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Federal education minister Brendan Nelson refuses to adequately fund the higher education sector. Yet he has been splurging on corporate hospitality, spending $600,000 on wining and dining business executives, including: $70,508 in 2001-02
Blaxtrax: Local Knowledge — Features Newcastle Indigenous hip-hop trio Local Knowledge, who are loved for their "in your face" lyrics addressing issues of cultural identity and empowerment. SBS, Saturday, February 26, 5.30pm. Message Stick:
Sydney University student and Socialist Alliance activist Bronwyn Powell spoke to Green Left Weekly's Kerryn Williams about the Freedom Ride's first week travelling by bus through northern and north-western NSW. Indigenous and non-Indigenous
Trent Hawkins& Fred Fuentes While students get ready for the start of the university year, federal education minister Brendan Nelson is already planning his next wave of attacks on higher education. Last December, the Australian newspaper
Sarah Stephen In the days after former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mamdouh Habib's interview with Channel Nine's 60 Minutes program aired on February 15, the Howard government and the heads of ASIO and the federal police were feeding every conceivable
Kerryn Williams A detainee in South Australia's Baxter detention centre has released a statement detailing the extent of abuse suffered by wrongly detained Australian citizen Cornelia Rau. The detainee, who shared the Red One (R-1) compound with
John Percy Laurie Aarons, general secretary of the Communist Party of Australia in the crucial years 1965-76, died earlier this month at the age of 88. The Aarons family played an important role in the CPA: Laurie's grandparents were members, his

SYDNEY — Sydney University lecturer Ed Aspinall gave a moving presentation about Aceh's devastation and recovery after the December 26 tsunami to a Green Left Weekly forum on February 16. Aspinall recently returned from Aceh, where he assisted

Doug Lorimer In the January 16 New Yorker magazine, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh reported that the Pentagon has begun updating its plans for an invasion of Iran. Hersh reported that, "Strategists at the headquarters of the US Central
Rohan Pearce On February 10, municipal elections were held in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh and its surrounds. The vote, the first since limited municipal elections in 1964, is to be followed by similar ballots in the south-western and eastern
Environmental pressures "More than 200 scientists employed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service say they have been directed to alter official findings to lessen protections for plants and animals, a survey released Wednesday says... More than half
The February 8 Danish elections have left the country polarised. The ruling conservative Liberal Party retained government, despite losing four seats. Its coalition partner, the Conservatives, picked up two seats as did the anti-immigration far-right
Prostitution I welcome Ema C's call (Write On, GLW #615) for progressive groups to campaign to remove all forms of coercion from the sex industry and show solidarity with sex-workers' struggles. Sexual violence must never be tolerated. Sex workers,
'Women should decide, not politicians, the church, or the media. Repeal all anti-abortion laws!' was the theme of a February 18 picket on the steps of King George Square. The action was organised by the Socialist Alliance and endorsed by the

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