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No laughing matter edit = Q: What's the difference between Joan Kirner and a rottweiler? A: The rottweiler would probably leave Jeff Kennett for dead in the coming Victorian elections. edit = Kirner vs Kennett: the Victorian elections,

By Peter Boyle The federal opposition says an 18-month wage freeze and $3-$3.50/hour youth wages will help solve unemployment. The Business Council of Australia (BCA) agrees, as does the National Farmers Federation. But according a July 23

Stan Plumridge By Peter Limb PERTH — Veteran peace and social justice worker Stan Plumridge died here on June 15, aged 84. He was active in the working class, peace and anti-fascist movements in England, raising funds in the Spanish Civil

Greens and birth rates Your correspondent Ed Lewis (Write on, July 22) equates Green enthusiasm for a falling birth rate with rejoicing over a higher death rate (reply to my earlier letter about Russia's "catastrophic" falling birth rate). This

German privatisation The German government has announced extensive privatisation plans, supposedly to cover the expenses of unification. The government hopes to raise billions of marks by selling off Deutsche Telekom, the German

Austudy Five campaign continues By Nick Fredman The campaign is continuing to secure dropping of the charges against five activists arrested in dawn police raids in Melbourne after the March 26 student National Day of Action. Melbourne

By Peter Boyle MELBOURNE — What's the difference between the Labor and Liberal youth wages packages? About 29 cents, according to Wendy Robertson, 17 years old and out of work. She's looked closely at the figures. "If you're under 18, you'd

By Pip Hinman It's almost received wisdom within some sections of the women's movement that to be a feminist is to support censorship of pornography. But a growing number of feminists are concerned about anti-pornography campaigns. We

By Catherine Brown The on-again off-again talks among the British and Irish governments and select political parties from northern Ireland move into their summer break without progress. Politicians have hailed the talks as the most historic

Labour chooses new leader By Frank Noakes LONDON — On July 18, John Smith became Labour's 14th parliamentary leader. The result was never in any doubt. Smith, from the party's right wing, won the leadership with 91% of the vote in a

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