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Democrats and greens "If a Green Party forms and then almost immediately loses its identity by merging, this could prejudice the credibility of both organisations", writes Australian Democrat Senator Janet Powell in the first issue of Forest

By Peter Boyle MELBOURNE — While there's talk in sections of the Labor Party about asking governments to create jobs, Victorian Premier Joan Kirner is not remotely interested. She is preparing the state's harshest budget ever, at the expected

By Norm Dixon The government has singled out Pacific islanders, particularly from Fiji and Tonga, in a campaign to reduce the number of "illegal" immigrants. The government claims the total number is now over 90,000. While the proportion of

By Frances Kelly SYDNEY — The NSW appeal court has reserved its decision on the case of Tim Anderson following a week-long hearing. Anderson was appealing against his conviction on three counts of murder resulting from the 1978 bombing of the

Green calls for job funds By Bernie Brian WOLLONGONG — Greens candidate for Bulli Carole Medcalfe says local unemployment, already 24%, is bound to get worse with the completion of major construction projects at Southern Copper and the BHP

By Jacqui Kavanagh SYDNEY — Aboriginal representatives have condemned the failure of the final report of the Royal Commission into Black Deaths in Custody to recommend the laying of charges against police killers. "The royal commission had

Women picket Qld Labor By Susan Price BRISBANE — About 50 supporters of the Women's Abortion Campaign picketed the Queensland Labor Women's Conference on May 11. The women were angry at the Goss government's refusal to act on the opinions of

By Debra Wirth SYDNEY — About 100 people protested outside the Supreme Court on May 8, the day Arthur Murray and Sonny Bates were sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment by the trial judge in Bathurst after being convicted by an all-white jury.

Brisbane mall fight By Bill Mason BRISBANE — Retailers have opposed proposals by the Electoral and Administrative Review Committee to amend the infamous Mall Act, which bans all political activity in the Queen Street Mall. The shopkeepers say the

SA anti-abortion bill By Catherine Goff Brady ADELAIDE — A private member's bill to further restrict women's rights to abortion has been passed in the state lower house by 23 votes to 21. Liberal Member for Hayward Mark Brindal's bill is just

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