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BY KATHY FAIRFAX SYDNEY — Rex Rumakiek, a long-standing OPM (Organisasi Papua Merdeka) representative in Australia, denied that the West Papua independence group was involved in the August 31 attack on the giant US-owned Freeport gold and
BY ALEX BAINBRIDGE HOBART — Office-bearer positions in the September 10-13 elections for the Tasmania University Union (TUU) were predominantly won by a ticket called SHAG. A referendum to declare the campus a refugee safe haven won two
BY IGGY KIM & NICK EVERETT An "informal" meeting of 25 trade ministers will be hosted by the World Trade Organisation in Sydney on November 14-15. The meeting will be a caucus, involving the advanced capitalist countries plus a handful of the
BY NORM DIXON US President George Bush delivered his much-anticipated ultimatum to the United Nations on September 12: enforce all Security Council resolutions passed against Iraq since 1990 or a massive US attack on Iraq will be "unavoidable".
BY SUE JOHNSON  [The following is the text of a talk given at a session on the Socialist Alliance at the International Socialist Organisation's Marxism 2002 conference held in Melbourne, September 6-8. Sue Johnson spoke on behalf of the
Oh yes! I'm the Great Pretender!Pretending I'm for human rights.My badge, you see, is from Amnesty,But my heart says, "Australia is for the whites!" Oh yes! I'm the Great Pretender!I claim to protect girls and boys,But look that's not my style: I
BY PAUL MILLER MELBOURNE — Workers employed at the Pampas factory in West Footscray have been on strike since September 4, after negotiations about wages and conditions broke down. It is the first strike at the plant in 20 years. The
BY RACHEL COHEN Drug research and development (R&D) for diseases that disproportionately affect poor people in developing countries is at a virtual standstill. According to a study by Patrice Trouiller and colleagues, soon to be published in the
BY EMMA CLANCY PERTH — "We want to see more events such as the 200-strong student general meeting held on September 3, which debated issues such as refugees, the looming war on Iraq and Palestine", Fred Fuentes told Green Left Weekly. Fuentes,
BY GRANT COLEMAN WOLLONGONG — In the lead-up to the September 17 University of Wollongong student general meeting, activists have again met resistance from the Student Representative Council. The SRC meeting on September 13 reaffirmed its

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