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By Reihana Mohideen AUCKLAND — Despite predictions by the media pundits of "blood letting rivalry" on the conference floor, the first national Alliance conference of New Zealand's five alternative parties held in Mount Wellington over the weekend
By Frank Noakes LONDON — "It is a serious national evil that any class of His Majesty's subjects should receive less than a living wage in return for their utmost exertions." So said Winston Churchill on introducing wages councils in 1909.
Women's Electoral Lobby reborn in SA By Connie Frazer ADELAIDE — About 100 women, young and old, white and Aboriginal attended a Women's Electoral Lobby conference in Adelaide on the weekend of November 14-15. Also invited to the
By Sean Lennon MELBOURNE — A ministerial briefing document produced by the Public Transport Corporation (PTC) for Victorian transport minister Alan Brown has outlined drastic cuts. Under the plan, which the Liberals are quite likely to adopt,
Radio Highlights 2SER-FM scores in National Radio Awards — Sydney public radio station 2SER picked up several awards at the 20th Annual Conference of the Public Association of Australia, a gathering of more than 100 stations held in Albury on
By Rob Graham ADELAIDE — Australia's prison system, and the attitude of a large percentage of the population to those within it, are inherited to a large degree from Australia's English colonial past, said Tim Anderson at the second public
By Steve Painter The South African government has got itself into deep trouble by failing to dismantle the apartheid system's death squads and other secret organisations of political destabilisation, says South African mineworkers' union leader
By Harry Blutstein This year Canada hoped to celebrate the anniversary of 125 years of confederation by resolving its festering constitutional sore, and once and for all end talk in the French-speaking province of Québec of splitting off to
By Steve Painter SYDNEY — Ten mineworkers are sitting in underground at the NSW central coast colliery of Newvale in protest against plans by the state-run Pacific Power/Elcom to close the mine on January 31, with the loss of 114 jobs. The
By Frank Noakes PERTH — No longer on the fringes of Scottish politics the Scottish National Party, is projecting itself as a party preparing for government. The SNP is a party that takes its task and itself seriously, and is gaining in influence
Sandra Lee, from Mana Motuhake, the Maori movement for self-determination, was elected deputy co-leader of the NZ Alliance at its inaugural Conference. She spoke to Green left Weekly's Kath Gelber. How would you describe the aims of Mana Motuhake?
By Peter Boyle MELBOURNE — The Kennett government anounced on November 20 that it would close 56 state schools, abolish 4000 teaching positions, sack 3760 school cleaners and 830 administrative staff. Among the schools closing is
WA Inc behind health minister resignation? By Jonathan Strauss and Anthony Benbow PERTH — Controversial health minister Keith Wilson resigned from state cabinet on November 13, ostensibly due to his opposition to the federal government's
By Tom Jordan and Norm Dixon Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Paias Wingti is to continue his government's push to crush the Bougainville independence movement militarily. During a brief visit to Buka Island, north of the Bougainville mainland,
Victorian Liberals gut FoI By Pip Hinman MELBOURNE — A new law which restricts freedom of information access to the records of hundreds of state authorities was passed here on November 17. Scrutiny of any state government business enterprise
By Sean Lennon and Peter Boyle MELBOURNE — Industrial action involving a wide range of public sector unions has followed the 200,000 strong November 10 strike and march because the Kennett government is refusing to back down from its plans to

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