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Jet-cats not accessible SYDNEY — A demonstration at Circular Quay on June 14 called attention to the fact that the new multimillion-dollar jet-cats and river-cats are inaccessible to people with any type of mobility impairment. The
Liberals' BWIU ban illegal By Steve Painter SYDNEY — In another blow to the accident-prone Greiner government, some aspects of its ban on government departments dealing with the Building Workers Industrial Union have been ruled illegal by
Indonesian campaigner to attend By Michael Tardif Prominent Indonesian political activist Helmi Fauzi will attend the Resistance national conference in Melbourne. Fauzi is in Australia as a guest of Resistance, the Environmental Youth
By Peter Annear PRAGUE — Leading Czech and Slovak politicians agreed on a formula that will divide the Czechoslovak federation into two independent republics, during discussions that culminated on June 17. The agreement is the result of
By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — On June 5 Gavriil Popov announced his resignation as mayor of Moscow. He was a little short of 12 months into a five-year term. In statements to reporters, Popov indicated that he was quitting in order to
Safety concerns at Robe River KARRATHA, WA — Workers at Robe River Iron Associates are concerned about safety following a series of dangerous accidents. WA Trades and Labor Council organiser Dave McLane says Robe's accident rate appears to be
Open door for nuclear waste CANBERRA — The Senate has passed a bill which will allow Australia to become an international nuclear waste dump, says Greenpeace. The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Bill, supported on June 18 by the
Things to come "The diplomats may be talking peace, but the generals are preparing for war." — A western ambassador in the Middle East, as US companies conclude arms deals worth $13 billion with regional governments, making the US the biggest
Privatisation from within SERGEI POROSHIN works at the Lenin Metallurgical Plant in Perm. He is a member of the trade union committee, and also of the Rabochy group. Has the issue arisen of privatising the Lenin plant? The factory has been
By Steve Painter Telecom workers are preparing for a prolonged struggle over the organisation's plans to cut its workforce by about 15%. Telecom (AOTC) management has already announced a cut of 4400 jobs over the next year, about 6% of the
By Michael Karadjis and Sue Bull SYDNEY — "Human life is very cheap in India. Democracy has been reduced to a farce", according to K.G. Kannabiran, president of the Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee. Speaking to about 50 people at
Studded belts now 'weapons' By Pip Hinman MELBOURNE — A decision to charge a receptionist with possession of a regulated weapon by Magistrate Peter Couzens has outraged and amazed the gay and lesbian community, among others. The "weapon"
By Michael Schembri The pink triangle is the symbol of gay and lesbian pride, chosen by the new wave of gay liberation following the June '69 Stonewalll riots in New York City. The riots marked a new wave of radical gay liberation politics, but
Threatened species bill up for vote By Tracy Sorensen A private member's bill to protect the biodiversity of the Australian continent is to be debated in the Senate this month. Democrat Senator John Coulter's Commonwealth Threatened Species
Film maker killed in PNG A Swedish documentary film maker and journalist, Per-Ove Carlsson, has been murdered in Papua New Guinea. The murder took place at the end of April, while he was working on a film about the liberation movement in West
Young people face growing poverty By Sean Malloy Youth unemployment has reached a rate of 34.1%. Paul Keating argues that it is really only 10% while he organises a hasty unemployment summit to be held next month. Keating argued that the

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