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Academics get political PERTH — Australian academics intend standing candidates in the next federal elections as a protest against government education cutbacks. Eight marginal Labor held seats will be targeted, including four in Western

By Bill Mason BRISBANE — The oil spill from the tanker Kirki off the Western Australian coast (see pages 12 and 13) has dramatically focussed attention on the threat of a disaster on Queensland's Great Barrier Reef. A 1988 report to a marine

By Chris Spindler MELBOURNE — More than 200 young activists attended the 20th national conference of Resistance, held here over the weekend of July 13-15. The theme of the conference was "Against their order — A new world for all!" Some of

By Shayn McCallum and Rohan Gaiswinkler HOBART — About 60 people attended a rally on July 26 to protest against the Newstart program, which entails the abolition of unemployment benefits after 12 months to be replaced by a compulsory

Bush garden in Redfern By Stuart Wax and David Brazil SYDNEY — Inner-city Redfern is to be the unlikely location for an organic garden, established by the Aboriginal community. Community leader Margaret Vincent explains that the garden

By Kerry Parnell SYDNEY — More than 2000 lesbians participated in the inspiring conference "Living as Lesbians — Strengthening Our Culture", held at the University of Technology here July 12-14. Women worked together in a collective over

Green fridge The Australian Conservation Foundation has launched a quest for an energy-efficient, ozone benign, commercial/domestic refrigerator for use in Australia and developing countries. The ACF's newsletter reports that the quest will

By Rose McCann SYDNEY — Call to Australia Party leader Fred Nile has foreshadowed yet another attempt to restrict women's access to abortion in NSW. Nile, narrowly re-elected to the state upper house on May 25, with less than 4% of the

By Tracy Sorensen SYDNEY — When the Jabiluka uranium mine site was sold to North Broken Hill Peko Ltd on July 3, the Northern Territory government and what the Australian calls "industry observers" started talking up the possibility that mining

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

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