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The heroic act of resisting an order to serve in a war that is wrong has shaped the political views of many people. I remember the powerful impression draft resisters made on me as a young student during the tail-end of Australia's military involvement in the war on Vietnam.
On August 11, Ark Tribe, a member of the South Australian Branch of the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), will appear in court charged with refusing to answer questions from the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC).
Fifty people rallied outside the Fremantle Esplanade Hotel on July 22. The hotel was the venue of the Australian Uranium conference. The protest was organised by the Fremantle Anti-Nuclear Group.
Why L'Oreal? Boycott Israeli goods! I refer to the report "Boycott L'Oreal — because Palestine is worth it" (GLW #802). I find it puzzling that a French firm is being boycotted while Israeli-manufactured goods are not. The following are some
International students are big business in Australia. Enrolments peaked at a record 543,898 and generated $15.5 billion in export income in 2008.
Phil Monsour is a singer/songwriter based in Brisbane. His songs reflect a passionate commitment to the struggles of ordinary people. But Monsour does more than just sing about the world. As part of a broader political engagement, he deploys his music as an organising tool.
On July 21, Access Economics released its forecasts for the Australian economy. It predicted Australia was through the worst of the recession.
The government tells those aged between 17 and 25 they've got to be either learning or earning or their social security will be withheld. Young unemployed don't need to be compelled; they need to be provided with opportunities to
The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) hosted a forum on the jobs crisis in Sydney on July 20. The Jobs Summit: Pathways to Recovery brought academics, economists and trade unions together to discuss the effects of the global financial downturn on working people, and solutions to the resulting jobs crisis.
Continuing a long tradition, the RTBU Award for Poets and Songwriters is running again in 2009.
Anger at Premier Anna Bligh’s planned privatisation of $15 billion of public assets is growing, after the July 22 appointment of Rothschild, Merrill Lynch and the Royal Bank of Scotland to advise on the asset sale.
New anti-terrorism laws have been signalled in the immediate aftermath of the July 17 terrorist bombings in Jakarta.
MELBOURNE— Federal Labor MP Janelle Saffin was interrupted by heckling from five Moroccan protesters at a forum called “Western Sahara and East Timor: What has really been stolen?” on July 23.
British filmmaker Ken Loach’s decision to withdraw his film Looking for Eric from the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has led to a storm of debate.
WOLLONGONG — Poppets Schoolwear announced plans to sack 47 employees last week, almost two thirds of the workforce at its Fairy Meadow factory. It was more bad news for Wollongong workers. On the same day, an announcement was made the King Gee clothing factory had closed in the Wollongong suburb of Bellambi.
A small group of activists from the Climate Emergency Action Network South Australia (CLEAN SA) were threatened with ejection from the Art Gallery of SA grounds, during the recent Adelaide Festival of Ideas, for handing out flyers.

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