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Greens stand for Yabsley's seat SYDNEY — The Eastern Suburbs Greens have preselected Geoff Ash as their candidate for the seat of Vaucluse in the upcoming state election. Ash stood as the Greens' candidate for Wentworth in the February 1990

Middle East coalition established By Sue Bull SYDNEY — Despite media rumours that the peace movement has packed up shop due to the US victory in the Gulf War, a new group here — Middle East Action Coalition — has called for a picket on

Gladstone strike threatened By Bill Mason BRISBANE — A major row is brewing over the dismissal without warning of 90 workers at Comalco's Boyne Island aluminium smelter near Gladstone. Preparations for the use of scabs to keep the plant going

Abortion campaign continues in Brisbane By Susan Price BRISBANE — As part of regular actions around the abortion issue in Queensland, Children By Choice held a successful picket outside Parliament House on April 9. About a dozen women waved

While green activists around the country discuss last week's call by Tasmanian independent MP Bob Brown for a national green party, it seems some leaders of the green movement are pressing ahead already. Green Left Weekly has received a report

Australia moves on oil By Richard Ingram The Hawke government is moving swiftly to sell off Timorese oil following implementation of the Timor Gap treaty with Indonesia. Federal resources minister Alan Griffiths announced on April 9 that the

By Dick Nichols SYDNEY — A small paper products plant in the outer Sydney suburb of Emu Plains has become the latest battlefield in the ongoing drive to break the back of Australia's already weakened trade unions. On March 4, at Vista Paper

By Michael Bell BRISBANE — Three weeks after the March 23 Brisbane City Council elections, Labor's Jim Soorley was declared lord mayor on April 13. Soorley was elected after winning 70% of Green preferences. Green Alliance candidate Drew Hutton

Walkout over Murdoch sackings By Andrew Bath and Jolyon Campbell MELBOURNE — Journalists with Murdoch's Herald-Sun and Sunday Herald-Sun walked off the job on April 11, following the sacking of Australian Journalists Association house committee

Progress on NT heritage bill By Adriaan Anarco-Troika DARWIN — Long-awaited legislation to protect the Northern Territory's heritage might be introduced in the May sitting of the Legislative Assembly, according to a spokesperson from the

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