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Rally against dole scheme By Rex McLeod MELBOURNE — Some 400-500 building workers and activists from the Unemployed Workers Union demonstrated here on June 25 outside the Southern Cross Hotel, where the Newstart scheme was being launched by

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

SYDNEY — 100 people picketed the NSW headquarters of the ALP here on June 20 to express their opposition to uranium mining. Requests were made for members of caucus, five of whom were in the building, to address the meeting on how they would vote

Interview by Debra Wirth The decision by the Hawke government on June 17 not to allow mining at Coronation Hill in Kakadu National Park is a victory for the traditional owners, the Jawoyn, and for the conservation of the region. DEBRA WIRTH spoke

By Peter Boyle MELBOURNE — The dominant Socialist Left faction in the Victorian Labor Party seems irrevocably split in the wake of the June 15-16 state ALP conference. Two days before the conference, an SL general meeting expelled five people

By Tom Flanagan HOBART — Churchgoers leaving St Mary's Cathedral on June 16 were confronted by a banner declaring "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone". Gay and lesbian rights activists handed out stones and leaflets protesting

By Ron Skinner SYDNEY — Six exiles from Somalia ended a 13-day hunger strike on June 21, after two of the men were granted temporary refugee status. About 34 other asylum-seekers from the strife-torn northern African nation are being held at

Workers at Vista Paper Products, in the outer Sydney suburb of Emu Plains, continue to maintain their picket 17 weeks after management sacked 70 workers for refusing to work longer hours for less pay and to give up the right to negotiate through

By Garry Walters and Peter Boyle MELBOURNE — Premier Joan Kirner's plan to axe 10,000 permanent and 2500 temporary public service jobs — confirmed in her June 19 "share the pain" economic statement — may provoke industrial action. Kirner

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