The ALP's continued rightward shift opens up spaces for left alternatives. Labor's refusal to act as a real alternative to the Coalition during the last federal election contributed to their electoral routing and deepened the disillusionment of a
According to a June 29 Forsa poll, the new Left Party, formed by an alliance between the Party of Democratic Socialism and the Electoral Alternative for Jobs and Social Justice (WASG) could expect 11% of the vote in the September 18 parliamentary
The federal Coalition government is attacking single-parent families from several directions at once. Welfare "reforms" will force single mothers to find paid work, despite their child-raising responsibilities. The proposed changes to family law will
Jim McIlroy, Brisbane "Now's the time — we're in the trenches", Platypus Action Group spokesperson John Woodlands told protesters on June 24. "Enough is enough. It's now or never.... We're not moving until we save this place." Woodlands was
In a major blow to civil libertarians and technological development, on June 27, the US Supreme Court ruled that manufacturers of peer-to-peer (P2P) software can be held liable for the copyright infringements of those using their software. The case,
James Balowski, Jakarta After criticisms that intelligence agencies had failed to prevent a May 28 deadly bomb blast at a crowded market in central Sulawesi, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered regional governments to revive the Regional
Matthew Davis, Perth In response to the federal Coalition government's unfair changes to the disability support pension, peak body Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) has initiated Campaign Enable. The campaign will target 16
Kim Bullimore On June 28, the Israeli courts found former soldier Wahid Taysir al Heib guilty of the manslaughter of International Solidarity Movement (ISM) activist, Tom Hurdnall. Hurdnall, a 22-year-old British student, was shot in the head by
Sarah Stephen Amnesty International released a highly critical report on June 30 titled "Australia: The impact of indefinite detention — the case to change Australia's mandatory detention regime". The report explores the appalling human cost of
On June 29, Canada's House of Commons passed a bill legalising same-sex marriages. The bill, which included a caveat allowing religious institutions to refuse to marry same-sex couples, passed by a comfortable margin, although one member of the


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