On June 15, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's flagship, Farley Mowat, managed to escape from Cape Town's harbour. The ship had been detained when it returned from Antarctic waters, where it had pursued the Japanese whaling fleet. The Sea

Andrew Hall, Canberra
Many refugee-rights advocates describe the Howard government's Migration Amendment (Designated Unauthorised Arrivals) Bill 2006 as worse than the policy of mandatory detention introduced by the Hawke Labor government in the

PERTH — The Kalamunda Shire council, which covers some of the outer suburbs east of Perth, has written to Stuart Henry, Liberal MHR for the seat of Hasluck, to express its opposition to the location of any nuclear reactor within the shire. This

Kiraz Janicke, Geelong
More than 80 people, including young workers from the Gold Coast, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne, joined local participants at Geelong Trades Hall on June 17 for the "Up Yours Howard" young workers' conference.
The conference

According to the June 3 Age, the Victorian Labor government is now facing a shortfall of $600 million for schools in needy areas following the decision not to sell Snowy Hydro. But from where is the state government going to get the money from?

Dirk van Dalen & Liam Mitchell
The retailer Spotlight has imposed Australian Workplace Agreements on staff, giving a $0.02 per hour wage rise in exchange for eliminating penalty rates, rest breaks, and overtime and holiday pay rates. The result is

Refugee activist Betty Dixon died on June 15, aged 76. She made numerous trips to Woomera and Baxter detention centres to visit asylum seekers, and frequently visited the Villawood detention centre in Sydney, three hours' drive from her home in

British/ Sri Lankan singer MIA. (Maya Arulpragasam) was banned from entering the United States in May by the US immigration department. While US officials are refusing to make public any reason, there is speculation that the

Coral Wynter & Jim McIlroy, Caracas
Maria Rosa Jimenez is a leader of the Frente Francisco de Miranda (FFM), the major organisation mobilising young people in support of Venezuela's Bolivarian revolution. She will shortly be touring Australia to

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) is to launch a website, the contents of which will be secret, for large corporations to be fed information about "threats". It is expected that the site will contain information about protest


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