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By Dick Nichols SYDNEY — One week into the campaign for the May 25 state elections, boredom, indifference and suspicion with the major parties reign supreme. The latest polls show a small increase in Liberal/National support (up to 35%) with

Women's collection threatened BRISBANE — The University of Queensland student union executive is threatening to close the union library, which includes one of the largest collections of feminist writing in the country. The threat follows cutbacks

By Melanie Sjoberg and Peter Boyle MELBOURNE — The May 1 ACTU special unions conference to discuss the Industrial Relations Commission national wage decision fell in unanimously behind ACTU secretary Bill Kelty's proposal to reject the decision

SYDNEY — "The current phase of negotiations demands international solidarity if we are to reach a cease-fire", Commander Nidia Díaz, a member of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front's Political-Diplomatic Commission and member of

By Dick Nichols SYDNEY — The first opinion poll released after New South Wales Liberal Premier Nick Greiner called a May 25 election here shows the Liberal-National coalition only three points ahead of Bob Carr's Labor (30% to 27%), with fully 35%

By Debra Wirth SYDNEY — A campaign against sections 45D and E of the Trade Practices Act was launched here by Greenpeace on May 1. BHP Petroleum threatened to use 45D against Greenpeace in March as a result of a protest action near

Green Labor defection to Democrats Gordon McQuilten, a founder of the Green Labor faction of the Labor Party, has joined the Australian Democrats and will seek preselection for the Victorian state seat of Richmond. McQuilten is the second

By Greg Adamson SYDNEY - Public transport, housing, and the lack of city-wide planning are among the issues which the Sydney Greens will be raising in the May 25 state elections. Founding member and journalist Hall Greenland has been nominated as

Vista workers win one round By Dick Nichols SYDNEY — Workers at the small outer-Sydney paper products plant Vista have won a round in their fight for reinstatement and the right to representation by their union, the Printing and Kindred

Wodonga meatworkers sacked twice By Dick Nichols Workers at the Wodonga Meats abattoir have been on strike since management sacked their 10 union delegates in mid-April. A few days later their jobs were advertised in the local press, proof to

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