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Australia moves on oil By Richard Ingram The Hawke government is moving swiftly to sell off Timorese oil following implementation of the Timor Gap treaty with Indonesia. Federal resources minister Alan Griffiths announced on April 9 that the

By Dick Nichols SYDNEY — A small paper products plant in the outer Sydney suburb of Emu Plains has become the latest battlefield in the ongoing drive to break the back of Australia's already weakened trade unions. On March 4, at Vista Paper

By Michael Bell BRISBANE — Three weeks after the March 23 Brisbane City Council elections, Labor's Jim Soorley was declared lord mayor on April 13. Soorley was elected after winning 70% of Green preferences. Green Alliance candidate Drew Hutton

Walkout over Murdoch sackings By Andrew Bath and Jolyon Campbell MELBOURNE — Journalists with Murdoch's Herald-Sun and Sunday Herald-Sun walked off the job on April 11, following the sacking of Australian Journalists Association house committee

Progress on NT heritage bill By Adriaan Anarco-Troika DARWIN — Long-awaited legislation to protect the Northern Territory's heritage might be introduced in the May sitting of the Legislative Assembly, according to a spokesperson from the

The Committee to Defend Black Rights has launched a letter-writing campaign to press the federal and state governments to change conditions and practices leading to deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in police custody. The

Romero remembered By Katie Brown PERTH — A rally to mark the 11th anniversary of the murder of El Salvador's Archbishop Oscar Romero was held here on March 25. About 30 members and supporters of the Committee in Solidarity with Latin America

By Patricia Corcoran MELBOURNE - The Environmental Youth Alliance has targeted the federal government's resource security legislation as the main focus of future activities, culminating in marches and rallies on World Environment Day (June 2).

Unemployed plan protests By Andrew Bath MELBOURNE — Unemployment and welfare groups here are preparing a campaign to highlight Labor government attacks on the unemployed and to promote a genuine program of job creation. The groups are

By John Hallam In what has almost become an annual ritual blood-letting, the ALP is yet again preparing to tear up the "three mine policy". Everyone agrees that the "three mine policy" is not entirely rational. It can't be, because it is a

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