"We have stated clearly and on many occasions ... that we do not recognise abortion as a method of family planning, nor do we support abortion in our reproductive health assistance", Ellen Sauerbrey told a UN-sponsored global women's conference on

In a major speech in Melbourne on February 25, federal employment minister Kevin Andrews revealed just what the Coalition government's agenda for industrial relations "reforms" are really all about.
Addressing the Committee for Economic Development

Industrial relations and welfare "reform" are the two most important goals for the Coalition government's fourth term, Prime Minister John Howard told Sunday program host Laurie Oakes on February 6.
Over the last few weeks there has been a torrent

One year after the death of 17-year-old Aboriginal man Thomas "TJ" Hickey, the Redfern community is still fighting for justice.
TJ was riding his bike in Waterloo, Sydney, on February 14, 2004, when he was impaled on a metal fence after being

For the last three years, two Australian citizens have been imprisoned without trial, tortured and defamed by another country's government in clear contravention of international law and all standards of basic humanity. On January 28, one of these

On January 12, the Iraq Survey Group — Washington's "weapons inspectors" charged with discovering the vast arsenal of weapons of mass destruction that the White House claimed Saddam Hussein's regime possessed — announced that the search for Iraqi

With the US presidential election out of the way, Washington has now begun the escalation of the war in Iraq — a war that has already cost the lives of at least 100,000 Iraqis and almost 1300 US soldiers.
During the year-long US election

No politician wants to be associated with the James Hardie scandal. Who can blame them? Australia has the world's highest per capita incidence of mesothelioma, one of the painful forms of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos fibres. By 2020, 18,000

The bosses and the Reserve Bank are nervously looking over their shoulder. With relatively low levels of unemployment, a skills shortage, rocketing profits and massively increasing salaries for company executives, can the combined forces of PM John

When a High Court judge warns against "industrial ayatollahs" who are out to attack the trade unions, we know something serious is afoot. Justice Michael Kirby gave this passionate, if elliptical, warning at the centenary convention of the Australian


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