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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
Adelaide trains at a standstill By Theresa Dowding ADELAIDE — Restructuring plans by the State Transit Authority have brought the city's rail service to a halt. An indefinite strike began on June 10. The dispute concerns STA plans to have
By Steve Painter SYDNEY — After a campaign that almost resulted in his election to the NSW upper house, Ian Cohen is optimistic about the future of the green electoral movement. "I feel quite confident at the next state election we'll get
Stonewall Day WA By Leon Harrison PERTH — One hundred and fifty gays and lesbians celebrated Stonewall Day June 29 with a vocal and lively march. Chants included "We're queer, we're here, and we're not going shopping!". The rally ended at
Brisbane Pride rally By Philippa Stanford BRISBANE — "We're here, we're queer, get used to it" was one of the chants that filled the Brisbane city mall on June 28 as 500 people attended Brisbane's second Pride rally for lesbian and gay rights.
By Peter Boyle and Dave Mizon They couldn't even get their rhetoric straight. Prime Minister Bob Hawke ended the ALP national conference with a call for the Industrial Relations Commission to reopen the national wage case while ACTU secretary Bill
MELBOURNE — In another round of union action against draconian job cuts promised by the Kirner Labor government, members of the Victorian Secondary Teachers Association working in the state's school support centres struck for one day on June 27. At
NSW education jobs cut By Rose McCann SYDNEY — The Greiner government has announced that 800 jobs will be axed from the Department of School Education head office. This is two-thirds of all jobs in the department. The government is also
Story and photo by Steve Painter SYDNEY — Paddler for peace Sharon Gibson spent an anxious hour trapped between a French warship and the pier at Garden Island dockyard on June 24. Sharon exchanged friendly banter with the crew after her kayak

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