Sue Bull, Melbourne
Federal education minister Brendan Nelson thinks it's not a problem that his government has increased public funding of wealthy private schools like Haileybury College, Ivanhoe Grammar and Presbyterian Ladies College, by up to

Sarah Stephen
In early February there was a flurry of media coverage about 25-year-old Palestinian Aladdin Sisalem — the lone asylum seeker detained in the Australian-financed Manus Island detention centre.
It was revealed by the February 11

ADELAIDE — A mass meeting of state public service unionists has been called for February 24 to discuss the dispute between the Public Service Association and the South Australian government over wages and conditions.
The call came at a 200-strong

DARWIN — The local No War committee has begun meeting to organise for the March 20 global day of protest against the occupation of Iraq. The rally also will demand a stop to plans for a new US base in the Northern Territory. The rally will be held

Kylie Moon & Stuart Munckton, Sydney
On February 14, Thomas "TJ" Hickey, a 17-year-old Indigenous man, was flung from his bike and impaled on a metal fence in the inner-city suburb of Waterloo. He died early the next morning in hospital. Redfern

Sarah Stephen, Sydney
Journalist and film-maker John Pilger and former intelligence official Andrew Wilkie addressed a packed crowd of 1000 at a public meeting organised by the Stop the War Coalition on February 15.
Addressing the impact of the

Tamara Pearson, Sydney
Forget the artist's impression of the Sydney western suburb of Auburn: the sleek and slender buildings, clean wide streets, happy people walking dogs in pretty parks with tall, blooming trees.
As construction on the Collex

Kiraz Janicke
Last year University of Western Australia student Joshua Taafee travelled to Israeli-occupied Palestine to work with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).
The principle role of the ISM in Palestine, Taafee told Green Left

Nicole Colson, Iowa
"Friends, the piece of news that I have is historic," Brian Terrell announced to a crowd of 150 cheering protesters gathered at the federal building in Des Moines, Iowa on February 10. "The subpoenas against the four of us were

Murray Smith, Paris
As campaigning for the March regional elections moves into top gear, the familiar odour of corruption is once again wafting across the French political scene.
Ex-prime minister Alain Juppe, president of the governing Union for


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