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Roxana Fuentes, Sydney On September 6, the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union (LHMU) announced that the ISS office cleaning company had agreed to sign on to the principles of the union's Clean Start: Fair Deal for Cleaners campaign. "Today
Federico Fuentes A sea of red greeted Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on September 1, as tens of thousands of his supporters — sporting the chosen colour of the Bolivarian revolution — mobilised in a demonstration of the force behind the
Plato's Republic: A BiographyBy Simon BlackburnAllen & Unwin, 2006181 pages, $22.95 (pb) REVIEW BY PHIL SHANNON Has all European philosophy been nothing but a series of footnotes to the ancient Greek philosopher Plato and his book, The Republic,
Federico Fuentes A growing conspiracy to destabilise the government of Bolivia's first indigenous president, Evo Morales, appears to be reaching a climax. On September 1 right-wing opposition deputies withdrew from the country's constituent
Stuart Munckton On August 24, the Howard government announced that the military would be expanded by 2600 troops, at a cost of $10 billion. According to that day's Australian, the expansion will add two new battalions, bringing the total number to
It is no exaggeration to say that Australia's political landscape would look pretty depressing if the Socialist Alliance didn't exist. Socialist Alliance members and our allies in the trade union movement have helped ensure that the overwhelming
Troy McGuinness Earlier this year Australia Post, one of the largest employers in Australia, began cutting full-time jobs at its five country mail centres — Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Seymour and Morwell. This has resulted in a large proportion
An Inconvenient TruthWritten and directed by Davis GuggenheimFeaturing Al GorePresented by Participant ProductionsIn cinemas September 14 REVIEW BY LACHLAN MALLOCH The last time we saw Al Gore on the big screen was that shameful introduction to
Duncan Meerding & Tim Douglas, Hobart The campaign against woodchipping giant Gunns' proposed pulp mill at Longreach on the Tamar River is stepping up. The release, in July, of its 7500-page integrated impact statement (IIS) makes clear that the
Marcus Greville, Melbourne On September 8, security guards employed by Chubb Protective Services and organised by the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union (LHMU) rallied outside the State Library to demand that Chubb sign a state-wide
CANBERRA — A teachers' strike on September 6 closed all ACT schools for half a day as 2500 teachers rallied outside the ACT legislative assembly. The action was the latest in a six-month pay and staffing dispute (see accompanying article). Clive
The people's champion is laid to rest, by the rank and file your soul is blessed, your casket draped with the flag of stars, for you did not break behind those bars, and behind those bars you served your time, for the workingman's gain is
Tim Doughney, Melbourne The ugly face of PM Howard's new Australia has been exposed by the actions of Melbourne electrical parts manufacturer Heinemann Electric. The company is refusing to pay its workers for five days that the workers have already
Vannessa Hearman Major Alfredo Reinado and 56 other men escaped Dili's Becora Prison on August 30. On that day, a report by David O'Shea and John Martinkus on SBS's Dateline alleged links between President Xanana Gusmao and military defectors
Sue Bolton The Western Australian branch of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union is organising a solidarity protest in Perth on September 28, when 40 metalworkers first face the federal court to fight fines of up to $28,600 each. The AMWU is
Message Stick: The Gathering — Indigenous magazine series presented from the perspective of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. ABC, Friday September 15, 6pm. Shorts On Screen Going To The Dogs — Afghan hounds are welcome in Australia, but

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