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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

CANBERRA — Welfare rights groups here hope to throw a spanner in the works of the Newstart scheme. The scheme requires unemployed people who have been on benefits for 12 months to sign agreements which CES officers decide are reasonable. If

By Tom Flanagan and Steve Painter HOBART — While the ALP national conference marked no turn away from the Hawke government's disastrous social and economic policies, Victorian left delegate Lindsay Tanner is "reasonably confident that you will

Story and photo by Steve Painter SYDNEY — Paddler for peace Sharon Gibson spent an anxious hour trapped between a French warship and the pier at Garden Island dockyard on June 24. Sharon exchanged friendly banter with the crew after her kayak

NSW education jobs cut By Rose McCann SYDNEY — The Greiner government has announced that 800 jobs will be axed from the Department of School Education head office. This is two-thirds of all jobs in the department. The government is also

MELBOURNE — In another round of union action against draconian job cuts promised by the Kirner Labor government, members of the Victorian Secondary Teachers Association working in the state's school support centres struck for one day on June 27. At

By Peter Boyle and Dave Mizon They couldn't even get their rhetoric straight. Prime Minister Bob Hawke ended the ALP national conference with a call for the Industrial Relations Commission to reopen the national wage case while ACTU secretary Bill

Brisbane Pride rally By Philippa Stanford BRISBANE — "We're here, we're queer, get used to it" was one of the chants that filled the Brisbane city mall on June 28 as 500 people attended Brisbane's second Pride rally for lesbian and gay rights.

Stonewall Day WA By Leon Harrison PERTH — One hundred and fifty gays and lesbians celebrated Stonewall Day June 29 with a vocal and lively march. Chants included "We're queer, we're here, and we're not going shopping!". The rally ended at

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

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

Browning acquitted on fire-bombing charges Anti-apartheid activist Kerry Browning was acquitted by a Canberra jury on July 4 on all charges related to the alleged fire bombing in 1988 of cars belonging to the South African and US embassies.

By Fran Ellery SYDNEY — A Chilean naval training ship, used as an interrogation and torture centre during the military dictatorship, will be arriving in Sydney this week. During the Pinochet regime, the Esmerelda was "non grata" in most

By Archie Moore MELBOURNE — Eleven political refugees imprisoned for up to 18 months at Maribyrnong Immigration Detention Centre have been on hunger strike since June 24. The group, eight Somalis, two Bulgarian Macedonians and an Iranian, are

By Peter Boyle MELBOURNE, July 4 — Hasan Donmez was lying on a camp bed in an old tent that couldn't completely keep out the winter wind. By his side was a bottle of water and some salt — all he had taken for eight days in his strike against

By Tracy Sorensen SYDNEY — When the Jabiluka uranium mine site was sold to North Broken Hill Peko Ltd on July 3, the Northern Territory government and what the Australian calls "industry observers" started talking up the possibility that mining

By Rose McCann SYDNEY — Call to Australia Party leader Fred Nile has foreshadowed yet another attempt to restrict women's access to abortion in NSW. Nile, narrowly re-elected to the state upper house on May 25, with less than 4% of the

Green fridge The Australian Conservation Foundation has launched a quest for an energy-efficient, ozone benign, commercial/domestic refrigerator for use in Australia and developing countries. The ACF's newsletter reports that the quest will

Lesbian Festival '91 By Janet Fraser SYDNEY — Lesbian Festival '91 continues all this week (through July 14) with art shows, a trade fair, dance party, workshops, cabaret and films. A cafe at Glebe High School can supply tickets, conference

WA Aborigines warn on heritage act By Leon Harrison PERTH — Aboriginal representatives have warned of a strong reaction if the state government goes ahead with pro-mining amendments to the WA Aboriginal Heritage Act. Following a statewide

BRISBANE — As a result of the Accord and enterprise bargaining, "the rank and file have less say in union affairs than ever before," Transport Workers Union Brisbane branch secretary Hughie Williams told an all-day seminar on June 30. Williams said

Controversy over women's dance By Melanie Sjoberg MELBOURNE — Months after the event, Northcote City Council has refused to return a bond for the hire of Northcote Town Hall for the International Women's Day dance. The bond was provided by

By Dick Nichols SYDNEY — In a special one-day sitting last week, the Liberal-National state government of Nick Greiner brought down proposals to lop 12,500 public servants off the payroll, privatise the Government Insurance Office and the State

Supporting Burma's struggle By Dick Nichols SYDNEY — A July 20 solidarity dinner here may wellmark the beginning of heightened support for the struggle of the Burmese people for democracy, according to Debbie Stothard of Burma Alert! After

Hot air at smog summit By Tracy Sorensen SYDNEY — An election promise by Liberal Premier Nick Greiner in the run-up to the NSW elections on May 25 has been fulfilled. A "smog summit" was held July 4-5 to talk about the Sydney region's worsening

By Peter Boyle Minister for employment, education and training John Dawkins didn't succeed in his effort to push a cut in immigration through the ALP national conference in Hobart, but the issue is being taken up by the media and others.

By Frank Noakes PERTH — About 80 members and friends of the Greens (WA) registered for a non-decision-making conference at the Perth Zoo Convention Centre over the July 27-28 weekend. They considered the environment, eco-feminism and green

By Bruce Marlowe SYDNEY — Community outrage has forced the Greiner government to back off from cuts to the Area Assistance Scheme, a funding arrangement that helps poorer people with housing costs. The government has even reaffirmed its

By Steve Painter The anticipated struggle for the NSW old-growth forest of Chaelundi began with a dawn raid by police on July 23. Forest campaigners have been camped in the forest for several months, erecting barricades to prevent Forestry

B>ADELAIDE — The SA government has offered about 100,000 state public sector workers a package including a flat $12 wage rise and possible further productivity-linked rises to be negotiated at enterprise level. The offer follows a SA Industrial

News by telephone SYDNEY — The Byron Bay-based data communications network Pegasus will play a major role in communications for the June 1992 United Nations environment conference. At a news conference here, Ian Peter, chief executive officer

Threatened ginkgo Korea's environmental movement may one day owe its birth to a 1000-year-old ginkgo tree, and a dedicated preservationist, Cha Joon Yup, attempting to save the tree's life. Construction plans for one high-rise apartment in

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