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About 60 members of the Sudanese community and their supporters rallied on June 15 in solidarity with the democratic uprising in Sudan. The action was called by the Until We Return Cultural Group Australia.

West Australian Greens MLC Alison Xamon read a statement to the protest condemning the murder of peaceful protesters by militias and the Sudanese army linked to the Transitional Military Council (TMC).

The TMC took over after the Omar Al-Bashir regime was toppled by protesters on April 11. The Sudanese movement is demanding a return to civilian rule.

The biggest and youngest and loudest abortion rights march for years was organised in Sydney on June 9.

Protesters outside the Downing Centre court in Sydney on May 31 denounced the prosecution of Stephen Langford for his “close the camps” graffiti. Langford, representing himself, was found guilty by Magistrate Julie Huber, who rejected the “duress” defence and ordered him to pay $2421.

More than 60 people gathered outside the electoral office of Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts Paul Fletcher in the northern Sydney suburb of Lindfield on June 11 to demand the federal Coalition government protect press freedom.

Up to 1000 people marched through the streets of Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains, on June 9 to oppose the NSW Coalition government's plan to raise the wall of the Warragamba Dam by 14 metres.

500 people gathered in King George Square to reaffirm opposition to the Adani mine in the wake of the federal election. The Queensland government is rushing headlong into fast tracking the mine which would be a climate pollution disaster.

The march proceeded into the Queen St Mall - where protest is basically prohibited - in a sign of preparedness to take whatever steps are necessary to end this mine and to avert a climate catastrophe.

About 60 people attended a forum organised by Right to Strike NSW on June 4 where a panel of union activists discussed the struggle for union rights after the re-election of the Scott Morrison Coalition government.

The 2019 Rich List, published by the Australian Financial Review in late May, revealed that the wealth of the 200 wealthiest people in Australia has increased by more than 20% over the past year. Their combined wealth totalled a massive $342 billion.

Below is an appeal, initiated by Michael Rubbo and signed by many journalists, to the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) to pull out all stops to do more to get Julian Assange released.

This year will be forever etched in our collective memories as the year Labor lost what was widely seen as the unlosable federal election.

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