Australian News

By Dick Nichols SYDNEY — Since April, when the ACTU launched its "campaign" for the full Accord Mark VI against the Industrial Relations Commission's "rotten egg" decision, industrial relations junkies have been speculating how the wage fixation

By Angela Walker PERTH — Students from the University of Western Australia Austudy Reform Action Group completed 10 days of protests against cuts to education funding with a demonstration at the Fremantle CES Office on May 30. Approximately 50

By Peter Boyle MELBOURNE — Opposition leader "Foot in Mouth" Jeff Kennett seems determined to live up to his nickname. His "quantum leap" attempt to force the Kirner Labor government to an early election fizzled when nearly everyone (even most

By Tracy Sorensen About 1100 participants from around the country came to last year's Socialist Scholars Conference in Sydney, where they were able to hear, meet and discuss ideas with such renowned international guests as Ralph Miliband, Giovanni

By Steve Painter SYDNEY — It took a week after election day, but it now seems Nick Greiner's Liberal-National coalition will have the 49 seats needed to form a minority government with the support of National Party defector Tony Windsor. There

By Melanie Sjoberg MELBOURNE — With Victoria likely to go to the polls before the year is out, the Green Alliance has announced that it will stand two candidates in order to offer a real alternative to voters disillusioned with the major parties

ACT UP protest PERTH Perth — ACT UP descended on the Federal Department of Community Services and Health on June 6 to protest about health minister Brian Howe's inaction in releasing new drugs for AIDS sufferers in Australia. About 30

NPWS threatened SYDNEY — The National Parks and Wildlife Service in NSW is to be dismembered in new cabinet arrangements being made by the Greiner Liberal government. Greiner has proposed splitting the NPWS into a National Parks Service

Anti-uranium picket of ALP SYDNEY — NSW anti-uranium groups will picket state ALP headquarters on June 20, following reports that sections of the party plan to change its policy to expand mining at the upcoming national conference. The picket

EIS loophole closed CANBERRA — The Democrats have gained government agreement to remove a loophole from the telecommunications legislation now before the Senate which would have exempted telecommunications companies from having to conduct

By Scott Cardamatis The second national anti-fur day on June 1 was marked by demonstrations in each capital city. In the largest anti-fur protest yet in this country, 300 people marched through the streets of Sydney. In the past 12 months, the

By John Tognolini Tim Anderson left the dock in the crowded Court of Criminal Appeal to cheers of jubilation on June 6, after Chief Justice Gleeson acquitted of charges relating to the 1978 Hilton Hotel bombing. In its unanimous decision, the

By Susan Price and Phillipa Stanford BRISBANE — While dozens of pro-choice supporters picketed for the second time outside the state Labor Conference here last week, inside, delegates voted to put the question of abortion back on the government's

Qld Labor follows Goss on 'land rights' Roberto Jorquera BRISBANE — The state ALP has modified its policy on Aboriginal land rights to conform to the "Clayton's" land right legislation recently passed by the government of Premier Wayne Goss.

Webster protest MELBOURNE — Members and supporters of the Campaign for Women's Reproductive Rights protested at a forum in East Bentleigh at which NSW Liberal anti-abortion MP Alisdair Webster was speaking on June 6. Webster, who currently has

By Tracy Sorensen SYDNEY — The Wilderness Society's Karen Jurd dismissed the federal government's World Environment Day activities as a "sham". The government was attempting to "jump on the green bandwagon and drive it off the rails".

By Tracy Sorensen and Tom Flanagan SYDNEY — World Environment Day activities here included a "Confest" on June 2, a day of ecological radio presented by public access station 2SER and an Environmental Youth Alliance demonstration against resource

By Peter Boyle Employers across the country must have enjoyed the page 3 article in the May 31 Australian. '"Victory for all' at SPC says chairman", boasted the headline. A smiling shop steward and a smiling boss were pictured beneath a kicker:

By Debra Wirth Young people have been in the lead of struggles for progressive social change since the 1960s, when they were a major part of the movement against the Vietnam War. Out of that movement grew Resistance, a group for young people

SYDNEY — Bill Pinwill died of a heart condition on June 6, aged 52. He was a "distinguished" journalist in more than the usual sense of the word: be remembered not only for the stories covered and positions held, but also for his influence on those

By David Mizon MELBOURNE — A mass meeting of all unions at Shell's Geelong site unanimously rejected the company's award restructuring proposals on June 6. Shell had offered a 13.3% pay rise in return for: acceptance of the "production zone"

Greens stretch Nile for NSW upper house With counting still under way to decide the important 15th seat in the NSW Legislative Council, the Greens are giving Call to Australia's Reverend Fred Nile a run for his money. With more than 50% of votes

By Peter Boyle MELBOURNE — All train services here stopped on June 13, when Electrical Trade Union members employed by the Victorian government struck for 24 hours to protest against a deal between the Trades Hall Council and the Kirner Labor

By Peter Boyle By giving metal industry employers the right to stand down workers, the Industrial Relations Commission has raised the stakes in its confrontation with the Hawke government and the ACTU over the April national wage case. The IRC

By Tracy Sorensen SYDNEY — Public Sector Union representative Vivienne Colmer has warned that there will be a significant fall in the quality of ABC radio and television programs as result of funding cuts, job losses and commercial sponsorship

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

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 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

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 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

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

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

By Stephen O'Brien NEWCASTLE — "It was my job to paint 'Forgacs Floating Dock' over the old name", said Bruce Ryan. Ryan was one of a number of painters and dockers on day seven of the picket line outside the Muloobinba at Carrington, an

By Lara Pullin CANBERRA — The trial of anti-apartheid activist Kerry Browning has now entered its third week. Browning was originally charged with fire-bombing three cars belonging to US and South African embassies in 1988. After nearly three

By Maurice Sibelle and Karen Fletcher BRISBANE — At a meeting of the Queensland Green Network on June 16, members of the Rainbow Alliance, supported by members of the Australian Democrats and the New Left Party, split the green political

By Steve Painter SYDNEY — About 150 people attended a June 19 meeting in support of 17 Aborigines charged with riotous assembly over clashes with the NSW Police Tactical Response Group (TRG) in Brewarrina on August 15, 1987. The meeting was

By Marit Hegge BRISBANE — On Sunday, June 16, the Queensland Green Network met to discuss the formation of the new national Green Party. Nearly 500 notices were sent throughout the state, and about 40 persons attended the meeting, with

SYDNEY — Sixty people demonstrated outside the opening of the new ABC offices in Harris Street on June 22, in an action organised by the Public Sector Union against cuts of at least 500 jobs. A harassed-looking Bob Hawke, there to open the plush

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

SYDNEY — The Road Traffic Authority is planning to make changes to the current traffic rules for King Street, Newtown, which increase the volume and speed of traffic and kill the small businesses and atmosphere of the area. More than 100 people

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