BY PHIL SHANNON CANBERRA — By the close of voting on October 23, 93% of staff in the federal Department of Health and Ageing (DHA) had voted in favour of the department's next certified agreement. This overwhelming endorsement followed a
BY SARAH PEART GLASGOW — The Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) is averaging 9% support in the latest opinion polls for elections to the Scottish parliament, which puts it on par with the Conservative Party. The SSP is looking to increase its
BY FEDERICO FUENTES PERTH — Refugees' rights activists scored a major victory on October 22, as students voted to declare the University of Western Australia Guild a refugee safe haven. Nearly 900 students voted during the half-day of polling,
IRAQ Clean lies, dirty wars BY PATRICIA AXELROD Twenty-two months after Desert Storm, I was finally on my way to Amman, Jordan, the gateway to Iraq. Somewhere over Europe, I caught a glimpse of the Kafkaland to come when I heard that
BY SUSAN REES & SUSAN AUSTIN CAIRNS — More than 300 psychiatrists, health academics, mental health practitioners, advocates and cons- umers converged on Cairns from September 12-14 for the triennial conference of the Royal Australian and New
BY SUE BOLTON On October 24, the Victorian state council of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union appointed Dave Oliver as state secretary of the AMWU, and industrial officer Steve Dargavel as assistant state secretary, with responsibility for
BY BONNY CAMPBELL SYDNEY — On October 22, Klaus Rohland, the World Bank country director for Papua New Guinea, East Timor and the Pacific Islands, addressed a lecture at Sydney University on instability in PNG and the Pacific. The abstract
BY SIMON ABRAHAMS MELBOURNE — Creative arts students from the University of Melbourne have responded to Australia's treatment of asylum seekers with Asylum, a theatrical work that addresses issues of "border protection" and the farce of the
BY MAX LANE JAKARTA — While Indonesian police investigations, conducted in cooperation with Australian, US, British and other police forces, continue into the October 12 Bali bombings, the policy responses to the bombing by President Megawati
Weapons of mass destruction Our politicians and other theorists, who will not be at risk at the sharp end of action, talk glibly of the need to eliminate weapons of mass destruction (WMD). We know they are talking about weapons such as chemical,
BY NICK EVERETT SYDNEY — For the last two months, a coalition initiated by the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network has been meeting to organise a “Stop the WTO agenda” rally for noon on November 14 in Hyde Park. Another coalition,
BY SUE BULL MELBOURNE — Some 10,000 workers rallied in support of Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) leader Martin Kingham as he marched to the Magistrates Court on October 24. Kingham, who is the CFMEU state