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Webster protest MELBOURNE — Members and supporters of the Campaign for Women's Reproductive Rights protested at a forum in East Bentleigh at which NSW Liberal anti-abortion MP Alisdair Webster was speaking on June 6. Webster, who currently has
By Steve Thompson PERTH — Metropolitan Perth could take a radical step forward in transport planning by scrapping the proposed controversial City Northern Bypass Road and Burswood Bridge link road, replacing it with a light rail transit (LRT)
Qld Labor follows Goss on 'land rights' Roberto Jorquera BRISBANE — The state ALP has modified its policy on Aboriginal land rights to conform to the "Clayton's" land right legislation recently passed by the government of Premier Wayne Goss.
By Ray Fulcher MELBOURNE — The "Free Speech Committee" was launched here on May 30 in the offices of Joan Coxsedge, Labor MLC for Melbourne West. A group of activists representing various left and progressive groups came together to start a
By Susan Price and Phillipa Stanford BRISBANE — While dozens of pro-choice supporters picketed for the second time outside the state Labor Conference here last week, inside, delegates voted to put the question of abortion back on the government's
Criminals exploit black youth By Leon Harrison PERTH — Aboriginal youth are being exploited by adults who are forcing them into housebreaking and theft, according to Aboriginal Legal Service executive officer Rob Riley. Riley said that an
By John Tognolini Tim Anderson left the dock in the crowded Court of Criminal Appeal to cheers of jubilation on June 6, after Chief Justice Gleeson acquitted of charges relating to the 1978 Hilton Hotel bombing. In its unanimous decision, the
By David Jagger SYDNEY — In the wake of the report of the Royal Commission into Black Deaths in Custody, Aboriginal representatives here are calling for an Aboriginal ombudsman or crime authority. Commission evidence indicated that police
By Scott Cardamatis The second national anti-fur day on June 1 was marked by demonstrations in each capital city. In the largest anti-fur protest yet in this country, 300 people marched through the streets of Sydney. In the past 12 months, the
Comalco moves for bans clause By Bill Mason BRISBANE — Boyne Smelters, owned by the giant multinational Comalco, has applied for a clause banning all strikes at the Gladstone aluminium plant, after workers walked off the job for the sixth time in

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