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Comment by Jorge Jorquera The August federal budget will most likely put an end to Austudy as a grant scheme. The most likely outcome is the introduction of an optional loans scheme attached to the Austudy grants system. The loans "option"
MELBOURNE — About 50 tramway workers and supporters protested outside the Age building on June 19 over a story in the June 14 Sunday Age headlined, "If you drink and drive, you're a bloody tram driver". An accompanying photo purported to show a
Melbourne privatisation protest By Michelle Hovane MELBOURNE — Passers-by the Regent Hotel early on June 15 were confronted by the spectacle of "Premier Kirner" cosying up to a rambunctious "John Elliott" in a double bed. Clicking her
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
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
Worth discussing The question most worth discussing now and in coming years is whether the fall of communist structures from Tirana to Vladivostok implies that "worker and peasant governments" cannot be created and operated effectively by
Tax-pack not as bad as it appears By Robert Byrne A glance at page three of "Tax Pack 92" reveals that it was printed on paper "from managed plantation and native forests, 100% Australian content". This would seem rather alarming. How many
Queensland police 'grab for power' By Bill Mason BRISBANE — The Queensland Police Service and police union had cynically manipulated public fears on crime in a "grab for power", Terry O'Gorman, president of the Council for Civil Liberties,
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
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
Anger over delay to PNG forest act LAE, PNG — Tribal landowners, community organisations and members of the government have reacted angrily to delays in gazetting Papua New Guinea's new Forestry Act, says Sasa Kokino, director of the PNG
By Tracy Sorensen When a rare frog is threatened by the destruction of tropical rainforest to make way for a resort hotel, the extinction of species due to human activity is clear. Less obvious, perhaps, is the threat to biodiversity in the