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GEELONG — Workers at Geelong Wool Combing (GWC) are maintaining their 24-hour picket outside the gates of their employer. The 110 workers have been overwhelmed by the level of support they have received from the community.

Adrian Van Doren, workplace delegate for the Textile Clothing and Footwear Union (TCFUA), told Green Left Weekly that the workers were locked out on April 28. "We've been here all this time and if it hadn't been for the support from our union and all the other great unions, who knows what would have happened?"

In the biggest protests for Invasion Day in recent times, tens of thousands of people rallied across the country on January 26 to protest ongoing institutional racism. In many cities, the call to change the date — a recognition of Australia's colonial past — attract many new protesters. Other demands included ending the paternalistic removal of Aboriginal children from their families, ending Black deaths in custody and taking steps towards a treaty. 

Over 65 people took part in a Brisbane protest for refugee rights on September 1. The protest took up the government's draconian moves to cut the small support payment that refugees on bridging visas receive. At the same time, they have been given three weeks to find alternative accommodation and employment (even though many of them are still too sick to work).

Green Left Weekly speaks to Joel Gilmore about the March for Science in Brisbane.

Child care workers walked off the job at 3:20pm today to highlight the gender pay gap and to demand a fair pay rise. United Voice Queensland led the action involving workers from 20 child care centres in Queensland and 90 Australia wide.

Interview with Linda Revill (United Voice organiser). Also featured was Sharon Caddie (United Voice) reading a resolution calling on the federal government to fund a pay increase for child care workers.

Thousands of people, especially young people came out for the Pride march in Melbourne on 29 January.

A first nations contingent led the march followed by a diversity of community groups from high schools to unions.

Photos from the #StopAdani week of frontline action. Visit the Green Left blog for full story.

Hundreds rallied and marched through the streets of Brisbane on February 3 to join the global protests against the agenda of incoming US president Donald Trump.

Speakers included: Aboriginal elder Uncle Sam Watson, Queensland Council of Unions secretary Ros McLennan, human rights activist Rema Flihan, Kamala Emanuel from the Socialist Alliance and Tim Arnot from Socialist Alternative.

The march was vibrant and included a sit-in at a busy intersection.

Other rallies are taking place around the country.

Over 1000 people marched in heavy rain in Brisbane as part of the marriage equality national weekend of action.

170 people rallied outside Queensland parliament on March 1 - the day two abortion law reform bills were due to be debated. Instead, the bills were withdrawn by the mover, Rob Pyne, who secured a promise by the government that the issue of abortion rights would be referred to the Queensland Law Reform Commission.

Introducing the rally, Anna McCormack of the Womens Abortion Rights Campaign said "we're very, very disappointed about what has happened and we're more than a little angry by recent events".

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