Dale Mills, Sydney NSW Labor Premier Morris Iemma announced on September 5 that he plans to introduce legislation later this month to abolish the "double jeopardy" common-law principle for criminal trials. The principle states that people who have
The Non Aligned Movement — which draws together 115 Third World nations in opposition to domination by rich nations of the First World — will hold its 14th summit on September 14-15 in Havana. Cuba will assume for a second time the presidency of
Not Part of the Public: Non-Indigenous policies and practices and the health of Indigenous South Australians 1836-1973By Judith RafteryWakefield Press, 2006 $39.95 REVIEW BY EMMA MURPHY "Black men, we wish you to be happy. But you cannot be happy
MELBOURNE — Around 150 people attended a party at Trades Hall bar on September 8 to celebrate Jack Thomas' release from Barwon prison. Organised by Civil Rights Defence, the event also raised funds to help the Thomas family pay legal fees
Sue Bolton A New Zealand subsidiary of Australian retailing giant Woolworths responded to a 48-hour strike by its employees at distribution centres in Auckland, Palmerston North and Christchurch on August 25 by locking them out. The sudden lockout
Indonesian non-government organisations say that the investigation into the assassination of Indonesia's foremost human rights defender Munir, who died on September 6, 2004, has reached a dead end. The NGOs, including the Commission for Missing
Eva Cheng On August 16, the Malaysian Court of Appeal rejected the Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) case to be legally registered as a national political party — which it has been fighting since 1998. In his 34-page judgement, appeals court judge
Kerry Smith, Sydney Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union delegate Barry Hemsworth was sacked on September 6 after 40 years in the mobile crane industry. He is another victim of the Howard government's assault on workers' rights.
Norm Dixon Readers of Britain's newspapers are regularly accosted with blood-curdling banner headlines screaming of the "thwarting" of potentially catastrophic "terror plots", of "Islamic fanatics" being apprehended in daring midnight raids.
Chris Peterson & Simon Cunich Melbourne's Age newspaper carried an article on September 4 titled "An Unholy Alliance" that accused anti-war and socialist students of causing a rise in anti-Semitism on university campuses. The article quotes
Matt Bunn & Niko Leka Four of the "Pine Gap 6" will stand trial in Alice Springs on October 3 for attempting to inspect the secretive US-Australian military installation at Pine Gap in the Northern Territory on December 9. Bryan Law from Cairns and
Maritime Union of Australia WA secretary Chris Cain and other MUA members were joined by members of the US International Longshore and Warehouse Union in an unprecedented protest during the 41st International Transport Workers Federation conference
Mick Bull, Melbourne On September 4, the trade union movement held a memorial service for the workers' hero John Cummins — "Cummo", as he was known. Three thousand people from all around the country and all walks of life packed the Regent Theatre,
Clive Haggar, Canberra On June 6, the ACT government budget cut 120 secondary and 15 primary teaching positions, 10 itinerant and 90 support staff positions, and has foreshadowed the closure of 39 public preschools and schools. In addition the
Jim McIlroy & Coral Wynter, Caracas "It is not possible [to accept] the continued massacre of our campesinos [peasants]", Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez declared during the August 6 edition of Alo Presidente, his weekly TV program. "They [attack]
Doug Lorimer On September 3, Iraqi national security adviser Mouwafak al Rubaie told journalists that the alleged second-in-command of the tiny al Qaeda in Iraq group, Hamed Jumaa Farid al Saeedi, had been arrested a few days earlier in north-east