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Ted was a committed trade unionist, with a hunger for knowledge and a desire to both understand and change the world.

On May 8, Bridgid O’Brien was elected a councillor of the City of Yarra following the resignation of another councillor. She will join Stephen Jolly as a second socialist on the council.

Traditional owners are fighting to save ancient trees on Djab Wurrung country from being bulldozed for an extension of the Western Highway in Victoria.

The City of Newcastle Council passed a resolution “Recognising there is Global Climate Emergency and the urgent need for real action on climate change” on May 28.

A Queensland magistrate has declared that climate change is not an extraordinary emergency, in finding an anti-Adani protester guilty of three charges related to his blockading of coal trains.

Three hundred people rallied on May 24 to show solidarity with refugees, who face increasing attacks following the re-election of the Coalition government.

The Federal Court reserved its decision on May 28 and adjourned so parties can consider a complex administrative issue that could mean that an appeal by Wangan and Jagalingou Family Council (W&J) against Adani could be thrown out.

The Council for Peace with Justice University of Sydney is urging support for journalist and publisher Julian Assange.

Green Left Weekly sponsored a public forum on May 28 on the future of the campaign for climate action following the win by the Coalition government in the May 18 federal election.

Marie Flood, from Stop Coal Seam Gas (CSG) Sydney and the Knitting Nannas, denounced the "big push" by the Murdoch press and the fossil fuel lobby for a rapid increase in coal mining and CSG production after the election. 

Days after coal loving coalition Prime Minister Scott Morrison was elected and Queensland Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk pushed for Adani’s approval process to be rushed ahead climate activists rallied around Australia. The rally was organised by Extinction Rebellion as part of the global climate strike on May 24.

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