This May-June, 12,000 Australian soldiers and nearly l4,000 US troops and sailors will bombard our shores and fragile landscape, storm our beaches gunning down terrorists in the newly-built urban guerrilla warfare training centre, and test their latest laser-guided missiles and smart bombs in some of the most pristine wilderness on this planet.
The Socialist Alliance will launch its campaign for the NSW election with a rally and concert on February 24.
Private train operator Connex is under fire after tests revealed its fleet of new Siemens trains were unable to brake if soapy water was on the tracks.
Petersham TAFE in inner-western Sydney, like most TAFE campuses in NSW, is experiencing the beginnings of a mass exodus of teachers into retirement, precipitating a drastic skills shortage that will start to bite in the next few years.
Oliver Ressler, an Austrian artist and co-director (with Dario Azzellini) of Five Factories Worker Control in Venezuela, hosted special screenings of his film in Melbourne and Sydney. Resslers presentations were part of the If You See Something, Say Something exhibition and were sponsored by the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network (AVSN), LASNET and the Melbourne Bolivarian Circle.
Twenty-five people rallied in Anzac Park on January 24 to call for the return to Australia of Guantanamo Bay prisoner David Hicks, during a visit by federal attorney-general Philip Ruddock.
The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) is launching a campaign to regulate safety in the power industry following two workers deaths late last year in the Latrobe Valley.
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With the NSW elections looming, Labor Premier Morris Iemma seems determined to try to outdo the federal government from the right. On January 28, Iemma demanded that Canberra ban the Sunni Muslim organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir, which was holding a conference in Lakemba in Iemmas western Sydney electorate.
On February 2, former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mamdouh Habib launched his NSW state election campaign in the western Sydney seat of Auburn. The seat is currently held by the ALPs Barbara Perry.
One-hundred people gathered at Brisbanes Riverside Centre on January 27 to discuss Indigenous self-determination and the United Nations draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which is expected to be ratified this year.
When questioned by the media about opposition in the US Congress to the George Bush administrations surge of troops to Iraq, Vice-President Dick Cheney kept his message simple: It wont stop us. In the January 24 interview with CNN, Cheney added, We have to have the stomach to finish the task.
Tim Zammit, a young worker at Woolworths in Hackham, South Australia, wrote the following letter to his union the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA) in response to the recent employment agreement negotiated by the SDA.
Queensland Aboriginal activist Phil Perrier died on January 26 after struggling with cancer for several months. A ceremony for Phil was held on February 2 at Sorry Place on Jagara nation tribal land in Brisbane’s West End.
Five footballers at North Carolinas Guilford College were charged with ethnic intimidation and the assault of three Palestinian students on January 21. The FBI will also investigate whether the footballers should be charged with hate crimes. The three Palestinian students were brutally attacked by up to 15 members of the college football team, who used brass knuckles and called them terrorists, sand niggers and fucking Palestinians. Students at the college have condemned the attacks as racist and have begun to organise in support of the Palestinian students. On January 24, Yes! Weekly online magazine reported that students have also threatened to walk out of school if the attackers were not suspended.
One of the best-known and most successful aspects of Venezuelas Bolivarian revolution has been the social missions social programs funded by Venezuelas oil wealth aiming to solve the most pressing problems of the nations poor majority. One of the best known and most successful social missions was one of the first to be established, the health program Mision Bario Adentro (Into the Neighbourghood). Established in April 2003, the mission has brought free quality health care via the establishment of popular health clinics in poor neighbourhoods across Venezuela. Before Barrio Adentro, health care was out of reach for many of the poor, as private health care was too expensive and the public health system was in a state of disrepair.