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BRISBANE — As a result of the Accord and enterprise bargaining, "the rank and file have less say in union affairs than ever before," Transport Workers Union Brisbane branch secretary Hughie Williams told an all-day seminar on June 30. Williams said

WA Aborigines warn on heritage act By Leon Harrison PERTH — Aboriginal representatives have warned of a strong reaction if the state government goes ahead with pro-mining amendments to the WA Aboriginal Heritage Act. Following a statewide

Lesbian Festival '91 By Janet Fraser SYDNEY — Lesbian Festival '91 continues all this week (through July 14) with art shows, a trade fair, dance party, workshops, cabaret and films. A cafe at Glebe High School can supply tickets, conference

Green fridge The Australian Conservation Foundation has launched a quest for an energy-efficient, ozone benign, commercial/domestic refrigerator for use in Australia and developing countries. The ACF's newsletter reports that the quest will

By Rose McCann SYDNEY — Call to Australia Party leader Fred Nile has foreshadowed yet another attempt to restrict women's access to abortion in NSW. Nile, narrowly re-elected to the state upper house on May 25, with less than 4% of the

By Tracy Sorensen SYDNEY — When the Jabiluka uranium mine site was sold to North Broken Hill Peko Ltd on July 3, the Northern Territory government and what the Australian calls "industry observers" started talking up the possibility that mining

By Peter Boyle MELBOURNE, July 4 — Hasan Donmez was lying on a camp bed in an old tent that couldn't completely keep out the winter wind. By his side was a bottle of water and some salt — all he had taken for eight days in his strike against

By Archie Moore MELBOURNE — Eleven political refugees imprisoned for up to 18 months at Maribyrnong Immigration Detention Centre have been on hunger strike since June 24. The group, eight Somalis, two Bulgarian Macedonians and an Iranian, are

By Fran Ellery SYDNEY — A Chilean naval training ship, used as an interrogation and torture centre during the military dictatorship, will be arriving in Sydney this week. During the Pinochet regime, the Esmerelda was "non grata" in most

Browning acquitted on fire-bombing charges Anti-apartheid activist Kerry Browning was acquitted by a Canberra jury on July 4 on all charges related to the alleged fire bombing in 1988 of cars belonging to the South African and US embassies.

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