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An Extinction Rebellion protest in Melbourne on October 7.

About 5000 people participated in a week of disruptive actions organised by Extinction Rebellion (XR) groups in Melbourne. The protests, which kicked off on October 7, were part of XR’s international Week of Rebellion. 

In late June, New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland announced a joint review into the National Assessment Program — Literacy and Numeracy, known as NAPLAN. Many educators would be happy to see the end of standardised testing. But this review is no guarantee this will happen, even if NAPLAN is scrapped.

Australian Council of Trade Union’s president Michele O’Neil told an October 2 forum that the Coalition government’s attacks on refugees is a distraction from its failure to act on low wages, insecure work and climate change.

Venezuelan chargé d’affaires Daniel Gasparri said that his country's problems stem from the economic blockade imposed by the United States.

Some more great photos from Melbourne's amazing Climate Strike protest, where 100,000 took to the streets on September 20 to demand real and immediate action to confront the climate crisis.

See also: Will the huge student-led Climate Strike be a game changer?

Photos: Mel Kulinski

The following speech was given by Barathan Vidhyapathy, from the Tamil Refugee Council, outside the Federal Court hearing into the fate of the Tamil family of Priya and Nades and their two Australian-born daughters, in Melbourne on September 19. 

The family, who had lived in Biloela, Queensland, for four years before they were put in a Melbourne immigration detention centre in March last year, is being threatened with deportation to Sri Lanka.

A public debate has erupted over a decision by Moreland council, in Melbourne’s inner-north, to install armrests on benches outside Coburg Library.

Extinction Rebellion activists blockaded Princes Bridge in Melbourne’s CBD for several hours on September 14.

Tanya Louise Day was a strong Yorta Yorta woman who stood up for Aboriginal families whose loved ones had died in prison or police custody. She died from head injuries sustained in Castlemaine police station, in regional Victoria, on December 22, 2017.

Fifty people rallied outside the Federal Court building on September 18, just before the opening of the appeal by the Tamil family from Biloela, in Queensland, against the government's plan to deport them to Sri Lanka.

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