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By Ray Fulcher MELBOURNE — On June 13, 350 residents and workers rallied outside Premier Joan Kirner's office in Williamstown to oppose a proposed expansion of the Mobil oil refinery. The working-class western suburbs have long been a
By Francesca Davidson MELBOURNE — An extremely successful World Environment Day rally was held in the city square on June 6. Weeks of hard work paid off as about 300 young people, mostly from high schools and on their first rally, turned up
By Max Lane As expected, the Soeharto regime's GOLKAR party suffered a small drop in its vote in last week's election. Early counting shows GOLKAR dropping from 72% to 67%. The Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI), which ran the closest thing to
Members of the Public Sector Union employed by Telecom (AOTC) have begun a campaign against plans to slash 4400 jobs in the next year. Members of other affected unions are expected to meet within a week. Some unionists claim to have seen a
"Given Bush's increasingly destructive role, we feel that the Earth Summit would be better off if he didn't come to Rio", said Greenpeace's Earth Summit coordinator Josh Karliner, echoing a sentiment widespread not only in Rio but around the
By Irina Glushchenko MOSCOW — With price liberalisation and the advance of private ownership, Russians are periodically assured, their country is on course for the market. What is this market, and where is it to be found? People here who
By Ian Jamieson BURNIE — Capping a tumultuous week, striking Associated Pulp and Paper Mill workers voted on June 9 to return to work, ending for the time being a strike widely described as Tasmania's worst. The mass meeting endorsed a
Youth take message to UN By Nick Fredman SYDNEY — World Environment Day was celebrated here with a rally organised by Environmental Youth Alliance outside the United Nations office in York Street on June 5. Young people heard speakers
Oh, Calcutta! City of Joy Patrick Swayze in a film by Roland Joffe Reviewed by Brian Brunton If you think of City of Joy as Hollywood's Salaam Bombay 2, you've got most of it. But not all. Because this is a movie that tells us almost as
Our Jim and the big green Brisbane ALP Lord Mayor, Jim Soorley, has a proposal to make us all environmentally friendly and to stop the destruction of the biosphere. He tells us so in his many new TV advertisements on the subject. It's so simple
Alienation Alien 3 Starring Sigourney Weaver Reviewed by Kath Tucker Take the most incredible scenario the movie makers can conjure up. So you've got the lead character struggling against all odds, on a planet with only 20 people on it.
A new tax slug In a piece of shabby demagogy, Victorian and NSW premiers Joan Kirner and Nick Greiner are trying to blame their latest round of tax rises on inequities in the distribution of federal funds among the states. The truth is, these
Court 'okays gay murder' By Pip Hinman MELBOURNE — Gay rights activists are protesting that a May 28 Supreme Court jury verdict sends a clear message to the community that it is allowable for a man to kill another man who makes sexual
By Graham Mathews NEWCASTLE — A capacity crowd of around 600 people packed Newcastle Town Hall on May 26 for a public meeting to "Save the Rail". The meeting was called by Newcastle community groups to protest against the decision of the
AKA Grafitti Man John Trudell Rykodisc through Festival Records Available on CD and cassette Reviewed by Norm Dixon Poetry spoken to a beat is a very powerful medium for social and political comment. In the '70s and '80s this style was
Personnel from the NSW Environment Protection Authority raided the Lucas Heights nuclear facility in Sydney on June 11, and claimed to have found radioactive waste leaking from drums, and safety equipment that had not been functioning for up to

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