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Chris Slee reports that a petition calling on Victorian Premier Dan Andrews to stop the cruelty towards refugees was handed over to his office. The protests to free the refugees are growing.

Chris Slee reports that refugee rights supporters will rally on January 27 outside the Melbourne Magistrates Court to support activists who have been charged for organising safe protests.

A sizable protest in Melbourne demanded freedom for refugees detained in a hotel prison, reports Chloe DS

Chloe DS reports that refugees were forcibly transferred under excessive police presence from the Mantra hotel in Melbourne's north to a former COVID-19 hotspot in the CBD.

The City of Moreland Council has condemned a secret immigration detention centre in Fawkner and urged the Victorian government to change planning laws to disallow such cruelty, reports Chloe DS.

Refugee rights supporters rallied outside the Mantra Hotel demanding the detainees be released, not moved, reports Chris Slee.

Iain McIntyre writes about Ken's Lovett's generous spirit and that he was even canonised by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence as 'Saint Kendall the Constant'.

A protest camp has sprung up outside the Mantra Hotel in Preston to try and prevent the detainees from being removed. Jacob Andrewartha reports.

Far-right activist Phillip Galea has been jailed on terrorism charges after threatening to commit violence against left-wing activists and Muslims. Sue Bolton discusses what it will take to defeat such extremists.

Jacob Andrewartha reports on concerns that state funding for new public, as distinct from social, housing has not been included in the Victorian government's housing plan.

Refugee action

Chris Slee reports on a 150-strong, rostered protest for refugee rights outside the Mantra Hotel, where 65 refugees are being detained.

There has been a surge of support for socialist candidates in the Victorian local council elections, with four socialists elected to three councils, reports Jacob Andrewartha.

Socialist Alliance councillor Sue Bolton will be able to continue working on unfinished community projects, after being reelected for a third term on Moreland City Council, reports Chloe DS.

Cock fighting and dog fighting were regarded as legitimate sports, but are now rightly seen as cruel and barbaric. Horse racing should also be banned, argues Mary Merkenich.

Sign warning visitors not to enter the site. Photo: Alex Milne

Victoria Police removed the last few protesters on October 30 from the site of a hotly-contested new highway extension between Ararat and Buangor, reports Alex Milne.

Efforts to save sacred trees in Djab Wurrung country have been dealt a savage blow. Alex Milne reports.

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