BY TERRICA STRUDWICK The Australian government is using dental and wrist x-rays as a means of determining the age of refugees. Critics say these tests are highly inaccurate and scientifically unfounded. Legislation was passed by the Senate in
BY BONNY CAMPBELL SYDNEY — On May 7, about 80 protesters converged outside the Immigration and Population Conference at the Australian Technology Park in Redfern where immigration minister Philip Ruddock was due to speak. Fortunately for
BY ROHAN PEARCE Soldiers and officers continue to refuse to serve in Israel's reoccupation of the West Bank and Gaza. More than 450 reserve officers have signed the "Combatants letter", a statement pledging refusal to "continue to fight beyond the
BY NIKKI ULASOWSKI Plans for large protests on June 22-23 to "welcome refugees and end mandatory detention" are well underway in cities across Australia. Rallies and marches are already being planned for the weekend, which falls within World
BY BUSTER SOUTHERLY ABC TV's Media Watch on May 6 revealed that the Melbourne Age refused to publish a cartoon drawn by Michael Leunig that was critical of Israel's war against the Palestinians. The first panel of the cartoon shows a Jewish
BY SHANE BENTLEY Seventeen seafarers aboard the CSL Yarra docked in Port Pirie, South Australia, began a sit-in on May 1 in an attempt to stop Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) replacing them with poorly paid Ukrainian labour. Maritime unions are
BY KYLIE MOON MELBOURNE — On May 11 300 Palestinian supporters commemorated Al Nakba — otherwise known as "the catastrophe" — the destruction by Israel, between 1947 and 1950, of 415 Palestinian villages, creating a million refugees. The
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BY SARAH STEPHEN The New Zealand government announced on May 6 that it would accept 140 refugees — 71 Afghans and 69 Iraqis— to ease pressure on United Nations refugee camps in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Nauru. Fourteen of the refugees
BY SHANE BENTLEY SYDNEY — The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) held a rally on May 6 outside the offices of Canada Steamship Lines in support of CSL Yarra seafarers. The "Australian workers for Australian jobs" rally was greeted by the Sydney
BY TARIQ ALI LAHORE — It has been a stunningly beautiful spring in Pakistan. But the surface calm is deceptive. When the war in Afghanistan began, I suggested that the Taliban would be rapidly defeated and that the jihadi organisations and