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Clients at the Fairfield Migrant Resource Centre heard on April 29 that people in disadvantaged areas, such as Fairfield, could have their welfare benefits "quarantined" as early as next year. The public meeting at the centre featured Peter Davidson from the Australian Council of Social Services and Richard Downs, spokesperson for the Alyawarr people’s walk-off in the Northern Territory. The walk-off began in July 2009, protesting against the effects of welfare quarantining, and other NT intervention measures, in the community of Ampilatwatja.
Visiting Pakistani socialist and anti-war activist Ammar Ali Jan and Edmund Rice Centre director Phil Glendenning delivered powerful presentations on why the Afghanistan-Pakistan “war on terror” was a fraud. They spoke at a meeting organised by Stop the War Coalition on April 27. Ali Jan said the US was facing a checkmate in Afghanistan after failing to find a credible replacement for the corrupt and increasingly weak President Hamid Karzai (also known as “the mayor of Kabul” for his limited political influence).
The March 15 banning of two Socialist Alliance activists, Paul Benedek and myself, from the University of Sydney was revoked on April 9, after vice-chancellor Michael Spence received a storm of protest letters. Among the many who protested against this attack on freedom of speech were renowned journalist John Pilger, 15 professors and lecturers at Sydney and other universities, Sydney City councillors Meredith Burgmann and Irene Doutney, leaders of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU), students and civil rights activists.
The following is a transcript of a speech by award-winning journalist John Pilger at the Sydney Teachers’ Federation on April 23. It was part of a public launch of the Four Days in July national Aboriginal rights convergence in Alice Springs from July 6 to 9. * * * I am honoured to be on this platform tonight, and I would like to express my warm appreciation to Richard Downs for asking me to join him in launching this extraordinary call-out to all Australians, Indigenous and non-Indigenous.

This is an interview with writer and former GI resister to the Vietnam war, David Cortright. He is the author of many books and is now the Director of Policy Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. The interview was done in Sydney on Decenber 12, 2009, and conducted jointly by Helen Patterson, Max Watts, Pip Hinman and Vivienne Porzolt.

On the evening of March 2 at Jakarta airport, Dr Ed Aspinall, a lecturer in South East Asian history at the University of Sydney, was prevented from entering Indonesia.

Around 1500 Ku-ring-gai residents were drawn together on November 17 to stand against inappropriate over-development of their municipality, particularly the increasing density of housing. The rally, promoted by Friends of Lindfield, kicked off with folk songs before a variety of speakers took the podium.

Speakers highlighted the inadequate representation that they felt local council members are providing, and voiced their concerns about corruption in the council.

Refugee rights advocate Saradha Nathan told a July 9, 2010 Sydney emergency protest against the Australian government's right-wing turn on refugee policy that Sri Lanka was not safe for Tamils fleeing persecution to return.

Jeff Lee, a veteran activist from the Australia-East Timor Association in NSW, addressed an emergency protest in Sydney on July 9 against the turn to the right in refugee policy announced by ALP Prime Minister Julia Gillard

About 3000 building workers walked off their jobs and marched in solidarity with Ark Tribe, the Adelaide construction worker facing jail for standing up to the ABCC industrial Gestapo introduced by the former Liberal-National government of Australia but kept in place by the current Labor government.

Greens MP David Shoebridge gives greetings to Socialist Alliance national conference. 22 January 2012

Thousands marched on the Australian Labor Party national conference demanding equal marriage rights. The ALP conference adopted policy supporting equal marriage rights for same-sex couples but also voted to allow ALP members a "conscience vote" on this matter in Parliament. The crowd was not impressed withn this and vowed to continue the struggle.

Peaceful occupation against the dictatorship of the world's richest 1% outside the Reserve Bank in Martin Place, Sydney on October 15, 2011. ";i:1;a:1:{s:4:"TYPE";s:After keeping a low profile all day, police moved to disperse the camp at 10pm. However, the participants vowed to be back.

Video footage of the unfurling of the giant "Enough Is Enough: Stop Coal & Gas Expansion" banner by two activists who abseiled down the front of the hotel where mining company executives were meeting to plan the wholesale exploitation of Australia even at the cost of communities and the environment. This was the highlight Lock The Gates, an alliance of urban and rural groups opposing coal seam gas mining.

In the wake of the murderous Israeli commando attack on an unarmed aid flotilla to Gaza on May 31, more trade unions in Australia are joining the Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions campaign against Israel.

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