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— Australia will face a moral duty to accept thousands of “environmental refugees” when rising sea levels caused by global warming displace the peoples of small Pacific island states in future decades, Clive Hamilton, director of the Australia Institute, told an audience of around 300 at the Irish Club on May 1.

The April 27-29 ALP national conference adopted an industrial relations policy for the forthcoming federal election. Forward with Fairness confirmed Kevin Rudd’s announcement on April 17 that a future ALP government would seek to enforce the Howard government’s ban on all strikes outside of a recognised bargaining period and insist on secret ballots before strikes could be called.

“Activists are calling for Sydneysiders to stay in the city during the APEC summit in September to protest against climate change and war, despite the NSW government urging people to go away for the weekend to ease expected congestion”, Australian Associated Press reported on May 3.

Melbourne’s Stop the War Coalition (STWC) held a public meeting at Trades Hall Bar on May 1 to discuss organising a contingent to protests at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference, being held in Sydney in September.

Brisbane rock band Powderfinger have removed a song from their upcoming album after being threatened with legal action by the lawyer of a cop who is on trial for beating aboriginal Palm Island man Mulrunji to death.

Merdeka: Artists from around the world unit in support of the independence movement in West Papua

Dancing Turtle Records, 2007

Only available from <http://www.dancingturtle.co.uk>

Men in Contemporary Russia: The Fallen Heroes of Post-Soviet Change?

by Rebecca Kay

Ashgate, 2006

236 pages, $121.50

Bastard Boys — It was the fight that stopped the nation, the 1998 battle for Australia's waterfront, becoming a war for the hearts and minds of Australians. ABC, Sunday and Monday, May 13-14, 8.30pm.

Cutting Edge: Will Israel Bomb Iran? — What

Twelve workers have been sacked for refusing to sign AWAs (individual contracts) with their employer, Vopak Terminals, a Port Botany company that stores and handles bulk petroleum and chemical products.

Two leaders of Melbourne’s Tamil community have been arrested and charged with terrorism offenses. Aruran Vinayagamoorthy and Sivarajah Yathavan have been accused of diverting funds raised to help tsunami victims to assist the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

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