HOBART On February 12, the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC) secured an injunction from the English High Court preventing the British Natural History Museum from conducting any further tests on the remains of 17 deceased Tasmanian Aborigines before a full hearing scheduled for February 22.
The Australian Youth Climate Coalition was launched around the country on February 16, World Kyoto Day. In Sydney, activists gathered at the Bondi office of federal environment minister Malcolm Turnbull to deliver the AYCCs declaration.
Mike Sambo, the national coordinator of Zimbabwes International Socialist Organisation, explained to Green Left Weeklys Steve Marks on February 16 what lies behind the regeneration of class struggle in the country.
BRISBANE On February 13, 600 people attended a public meeting at the Brisbane Institute to hear Canberra-based Australia Institute executive director Clive Hamilton speak on the recently published book Silencing Dissent: How the Australian government is controlling public opinion and stifling debate, which he co-edited with UNSW politics lecturer Sarah Maddison.
Two months before the Howard government’s draconian Welfare to Work package went to federal parliament, Labor’s spokesperson for employment and workplace participation Penny Wong argued that the proposals were “the most extreme attack on the social security system in history”.
October 2007 will be the 40th anniversary of Ernesto Che Guevaras death in the mountains of Bolivia. It will also be the occasion of what will hopefully be the biggest anti-imperialist convergence Australia has seen in decades the Latin American and Asia Pacific International Solidarity Forum.
Rachel Siewert, Greens senator for Western Australia, is concerned that the federal opposition hasnt come out more strongly against the governments welfare package. We would get rid of Welfare to Work and look towards better options that support people, she told Green Left Weekly.
Protest Cheneys visit! Join the protests against US Vice-President Dick Cheneys visit. Sydney * 5.30pm, February 22, Sydney Town Hall * 8am, February 23, Shangri-la Hotel, cnr. Essex and George Streets, the Rocks Phone Simon on 0438 297 552 or Paddy on 0415 800 586 Canberra * 5pm, February 23, Garema Place, Civic Phone James on 0403 943 529
An article by Adele Horin in the February 15 Sydney Morning Herald reported the findings of a world authority on income inequality, Sir Anthony Atkinson, of Oxford University, which he presented at a seminar at the social policy research centre at the University of NSW.
On February 15, PM John Howard’s government announced that it had agreed to the construction of a new US spy-satellite ground station at the Kojarena intelligence base 30 kilometres east of Geraldton. The new facility will transmit data to and from two US geostationary spy satellites focused on the Middle East and Asia.