MELBOURNE — On April 13, the La Trobe University Student Representative Council (SRC) held a Student General Meeting (SGM) to discuss and pass motions against the implementation of "voluntary student unionism" (VSU) legislation. The SGM was
On April 1, Judith Karpova and Faith Fippinger were issued with penalty notices from the US Treasury, alleging that they had shielded "government of Iraq infrastructure" and provided services to the Iraqi government in 2003, prior to the US invasion
BRISBANE — On April 9, 40 people attended a showing of the anti-war film In the Year of the Pig at the Activist Centre to commemorate the 30th anniversary this month of the victory of the Vietnamese people against the US invaders and their puppet
Due to lack of funds, 68% of community services are unable to help all people who seek assistance. One out of every three times that people seek help from housing services they are turned away. Legal services turn someone away for every six times
Barry Healy, Perth The Aboriginal community in and around Bedfordale, in the south-east outer area of Perth, is reeling under the combined impacts of a racist campaign by the local Comment News and an attempt by World Vision to impose a neoliberal
Rohan Pearce The April 9 anti-occupation demonstrations by supporters of Shia cleric Moqtada al Sadr marked the second anniversary of the fall of Baghdad, which was probably the last time anything went as planned for Washington in its war on Iraq.
John Pilger Can you imagine the BBC and other major broadcasters apologising to a rogue regime which practises racism and ethnic cleansing; which has "effectively legalised the use of torture" (according to Amnesty International); which holds
Dale Mills On April 6, the High Court handed down a decision in the case of Nuha Jamil Koehler v Cerebos (Australia) Limited which represents a setback for workers' health and safety rights. Koehler, 50, claimed she was unable to cope with the
Tara Guinness, Sydney Red balloons filled the streets on April 10 as 150 refugee-rights protesters marched to the Villawood detention centre. The rally, organised by the Refugee Action Coalition (RAC), was called after police popped balloons
Alex Rayfield, Melbourne Three activists — Jason MacLeod, Josie Lee and Adam Breasley — are currently before the courts after being arrested for non-violent direct action at the Australian Defence Industries (ADI) munitions plant in Benalla,
On April 12, a shepherd in Salfit in the West Bank found small pink pellets spread across his grazing ground. He took some of the pellets to the police. A Bir Zeit University analysis of the pellets found them to be wheat seeds boiled in rat poison,
April 20 1966: A candlelight vigil is held in Sydney as the first conscripts leave for Vietnam. 1996: The Scottish Socialist Alliance is founded. April 21 1856: Stonemasons in Melbourne are among the first workers in the world to win the
SYDNEY — Thirty supporters rallied outside the Downing Centre Local Court on April 12 to demand that charges be dropped against refugee activists John Morris and Sunil Menon, accused of making false statements to enable escaped refugees to make
Days after parliament rejected a Labour government bill to introduce identity cards for all citizens, Home Secretary Charles Clarke has authorised mandatory fingerprinting of new passport applicants to be introduced from next year. The passport
James Crafti, Canberra "Over the years our relations have experienced many twists and turns, highs and lows ... Prime Minister Howard and I are heralding a new era of Indonesia-Australia bilateral relations ... the security, prosperity and
On April 8, the British government decided to deny visas to all 18- to 30-year-old Nigerians who have not visited the country before and have not been accepted to study in Britain. Last year, 60,000 Nigerians in that age group were granted visas.


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