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The Socialist Alliance will be running three Hunter-based candidates in the March 23 NSW state elections.

Following its successful November state election campaign, the Victorian Socialists held its inaugural conference on February 16, attended by more than 230 members.

Grandmothers Against Removals rallied in Sydney on February 13 against new state laws that are set to further raise the rate of forced removals.

Hundreds of people marched through Newtown, Sydney, against Adani’s proposed Carmichael mega coalmine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin, on February 17.

Protesters demanded local Labor MP Anthony Albanese and his party come out against the mine.

School students led the march and called for support for their March 15 School Strike 4 Climate.

Residents from Annandale and Rozelle, in Sydney’s inner west, protested against WestConnex on February 15. The controversial $17 billion WestConnex tollway is set to destroy a much-used park and cycle track in the area.

Former secret police agent under dictator General Augusto Pinochet Adriana Rivas will face court again on March 1 to see if she is extradited back to Chile, where she is facing charges relating to alleged torture and kidnapping offences.

Around 50 protesters gathered at short notice outside a forum addressed by Adani’s Australian CEO Lucas Dow on February 19.

The meeting was for contractors interested in working with Adani on its proposed Carmichael mega coalmine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin.

Activists highlighted the dangers of working with Adani which is facing prosecution for alleged crimes, has been involved in legal disputes with former contractors who have not been paid and has a record of attracting protesters to companies that associate with it.

After years of eluding justice, notorious Chilean torturer Adriana Rivas has finally been arrested and her extradition request by the Chilean state accepted by Australian authorities.

Aboriginal children are currently being removed at five times the rate they were in 1997, the year when the Bringing Them Home report was brought down by the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families.

TJ Hickey’s mother Gail Hickey led a march through Redfern to NSW parliament on the 15th anniversary of TJ’s death on February 14.

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