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Bite in SA budget By Anne Pavy ADELAIDE — Despite being described as "almost mild" by current Australian standards, the SA budget delivered by Premier-Treasurer John Bannon on August 29 will have a nasty bite for many people. Government

By Brad Farmer GOLD COAST — Australia's favorite holiday beach, Surfers Paradise, could soon be named "Sewers Paradise" if protests against a $23 million ocean outfall pipeline are ignored. Queensland environment minister Pat "Rubber Stamp"

By Lisa Schofield WOLLONGONG — Under the slogan of "Wollongong — Clean and Green in the 1990s" the Active Community Team (ACT) is running three tickets in the local government elections. The ACT has released a comprehensive environment

Picket opposes hospital closure By Stephen O'Brien NEWCASTLE — More than 300 people gathered outside the NSW Industrial Commission offices here on September 4 to demonstrate community support for keeping Wallsend Hospital open. The

By Peter Boyle and Vannessa Hearman MELBOURNE — The More Not Less Campaign (a coalition of 28 groups) and the Campaign Against Newstart are organising a "rank and file contingent" at the September 10 Jobs and Justice rally to demand a "militant

By Kate Tregarthen and David Mizon By Kate Tregarthen and David Mizon MELBOURNE — Residents are angry and frustrated over the Kirner government's legislation on rezoning of land around the Altona petrochemical complex — especially in the

By Col Hesse SYDNEY — Openness, public participation and environmental protection are among the key issues being pushed by a range of progressive candidates in the local council elections to be held across NSW on September 14. These issues

Newstart appeals An article on Newstart in our in our July 3 issue stated that appeals against activity agreements could be submitted to the Social Security Appeal Tribunal in Canberra. In fact, there is a separate tribunal for each state and

By Stephen O'Brien NEWCASTLE — A community and trade union picket is being maintained round the clock at Wallsend Hospital's three entrances to prevent the transfer of patients and hospital facilities. The Hunter Area Health Service is

By Bill Mason BRISBANE — Queensland environment minister Pat Comben has announced a plan for possible seven-year jail terms and $1 million fines for owners and operators of ships which pollute waters off the state's coast. Penalties to make the

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