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Accord Mark 6.5? By Peter Boyle In talks with ACTU officials before and after the February 26 economic statement, the Keating government stitched up a new Accord deal. Unions will defer a national wage claim till next financial year and

By Tracy Sorensen SYDNEY — SICH (Student Initiatives in Community Health) has been lost its funding by the federal government for printing an article in its magazine Catalyst which was not to the liking of health minister Brian Howe. This

Environmental threats Significantly, the decisions in Keating's economic statement which affect most the environment come in the section titled "Facilitating Major Projects". Keating has promised big business that he will not let

NSW Forest Commission operated illegally By Steve Painter SYDNEY — The NSW government's proposed Timber Industry (Interim Protection) Bill amounts to an admission that the state's Forestry Commission has operated illegally for the past 12

Lesbians and gays oppose racism By Michael Schembri SYDNEY — The national gay magazine, Campaign, is embroiled in controversy over a racist letter run without an editorial disclaimer, which was dropped for a late advertisement. Act-Up

By Angela Matheson Photographs by Lisa Iley SYDNEY — A record crowd of up to 40 000 people jammed the route along Oxford Street in inner city Darlinghurst on the night of February 29to watch the 1992 Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. The

Aboriginal singer refused service at Melbourne bar By Rjurik Davidson MELBOURNE — Staff at the Catani Bar in St Kilda on the night of March 4 refused entry to the lead singer of the Aboriginal band Yothu Yindi. Mandawuy Yunupingu said that

WOLLONGONG — The second annual Swim for Guatemala was held on February 29. More than 170 swimmers raised over $6000 for aid projects in Guatemala. The event is sponsored jointly by the Committee in Solidarity with Latin America and the Caribbean

Thousands of women around the country celebrated International Women's Day on March 7-8. About 5000 marched in Sydney, reports Tracy Sorensen. Themes included the right to choose abortion, opposition to the closure of Royal Women's Hospital,

By Kath Gelber SYDNEY — Photocopies of the Fact and Fantasy File were enthusiastically received at Sydney Girls High school on March 6. Distributed by the radical youth organisation Resistance, the diaries were welcomed by a large crowd of

By Nick Everett SYDNEY — The federal government's decision to stop funding Student Initiatives in Community Health (SICH) and the NSW Family Planning Association's Making Sense of Sex Project is a big blow to the fight against AIDS, said

The Cuba Solidarity Campaign national conference will be held in Melbourne on May 9-10, a week earlier than previously planned. The conference dates have been changed to allow representatives from Cuban organisations to attend and address the

Liquor workers fight wage cuts By Roberto Jorquera MELBOURNE — Two thousand liquor trades workers took a tough stand on penalty rates and loadings at a March 5 stop-work meeting. "The membership voted unanimously to authorise our officials

By Pat Brewer SYDNEY — A split among NSW Greens has occurred with the application by two former secretaries of the Green Alliance's State Registration Committee, Dave Nerlich and Paul Fitzgerald, to change the registered officer of the NSW

By Bill Hannon ADELAIDE — Premier John Bannon's minority ALP government may be forced to an early election by the resignation from the party of one MP and the threatened resignation of another. Labor emerged from the last state election

Campaign to save D'Entrecasteaux park By Miles Hitchcock PERTH — Project Sandcastle — the campaign to prevent exploration of D'Entrecasteaux National Park for mineral sands — has begun in earnest. In January WA environment minister Bob

By Liam Mitchell ADELAIDE — "Employment growth is unlikely until the end of 1992 and into 1993", SA United Trades and Labor Council (UTLC) assistant secretary Chris White told a crowd of 200 at the Social Justice and Economy conference here

70% worse off under GST By Peter Boyle Around 70% of waged and salaried households and 60% of self-employed and farm households would be worse off under the Liberal Party's "Fightback!" package, according to federal Treasury and Finance

Cuba campaign launched in Melbourne By Roberto Jorquera MELBOURNE — The Australia Cuba Friendship Society initiated a meeting here on March 5 to discuss the solidarity with Cuba campaign in the coming year. The public forum, attended by 50

By Nick Everett SYDNEY — The January 27 police raid on the University of Technology Student Representative Council and Breakout, the printer of its student handbook, was politically motivated, said speakers at a March 3 public meeting. The

New magazine launched Story and photograph by Norm Dixon SYDNEY — One hundred people squeezed into the back bar of Sydney's Paragon Hotel for the launch of the monthly Modern Times, the newest addition to Australia's alternative media, on

Varied IWD in Wollongong By Lisa Schofield WOLLONGONG — During the past two weeks, women here have celebrated International Women's Day with a range of activities, starting with a toast and film night at the Illawarra Women's Health Centre

By Lisa Macdonald Australia's independent magazine publishers are in danger of being killed off by Australia Post. In August 1990, a standard 300 gram magazine cost 47 cents to mail anywhere in Australia. Under AP's new Print Post system, to

By John Layfield MELBOURNE — The Victorian government of Premier Joan Kirner has severely cut its Poverty Action Program and withdrawn funding from some of the most active poverty and unemployment groups. The cuts ignore the recommendations

By Maurice Sibelle BRISBANE — "Queensland's Transport Workers Union is now back in the hands of its members," says Hughie Williams, the union's Brisbane sub-branch secretary and newly elected organiser. When the votes in the branch elections

Aboriginal Embassy seeks support By Kristian Whittaker CANBERRA — Six weeks after the January 26 occupation of the old Parliament House, the Aboriginal Embassy situated on the lawns opposite continues to gather wide support. "We're

By Debbie Sewell DARWIN — The Lusitania Expresso set sail from Darwin on Monday, March 9 heading for Dili to lay floral wreaths at the Santa Cruz cemetery, site of a massacre by Indonesian forces on November 12 last year. Songs of freedom

2M>Blue Mountains Council55D> Regarding the article on the Blue Mountains Council in our February 26 issue, any imputation that wage increases for council officers were linked with the approval of a development application was not intended and is

Another 'Whitrod case' hits Queensland police By Bill Mason BRISBANE — Queensland Police Commissioner Noel Newnham has been forced to stand down while allegations of misuse of travel expenses are investigated by an independent tribunal, as

Janet Parker A huge crowd gathered at the port of Havana to welcome the merchant ship Bahia de Cardenas on January 27. The ship carried much-needed raw materials donated by the Paris book industry trade union and the French Communist Party. The

Uni staff fight restructuring By Alex Bainbridge MELBOURNE — Office, library, cleaning and maintenance staff at Melbourne University struck over award restructuring on March 19 as part of a national campaign of rolling strikes. Almost all

By Monique Choy SYDNEY — On March 10, more than 2500 timber workers and their families converged on state Parliament supporting the Timber Industry (Interim Protection) Bill, which was supposedly designed to protect jobs in the timber

By Peter Boyle Desperate for a job? How about $3000 a week to work with a British construction company in Kuwait? You answer the ad and get a letter promising return air fares, all meals and free accommodation. All you have to do is send $30 to

By John R. Hallam In what has almost become a ritual, the ALP is yet again preparing to tear up the "three mine policy" on uranium. Everyone agrees that the policy is not entirely rational. It can't be, because it is a political compromise

Tas duck season opens By Lisa Maclean COLES BAY, Tas — Almost 60 members of Duck Rescue were on location here in Moulting Lagoon (one of the world's great wetlands) for the opening of the state's duck season on March 7. Thanks to a

Women of conscience By Tracy Sorensen SYDNEY — About 80 people turned out to an Amnesty International public meeting on March 20 to hear accounts of women's social and political struggles around the world, and the repression against them.

Coode Island options bad news for environment By Megan Rush MELBOURNE — The Coode Island Review Panel, convened after last year's fire at the hazardous chemicals terminal in Melbourne's inner west, has looked at seven possible

By Rose McCann SYDNEY — On March 6, the day before Sydney's annual International Women's Day march, Helena Pollard had her car radio tuned to the Doug Mulray breakfast program on 2MMM. The program included a skit that involved a woman being

SYDNEY — Several unions are supporting a Sydney Workers' Cultural Project, which will take up a variety of social and cultural issues among workers. An initial project will take up the question of workers with disabilities. Main supporters of

Union battle looms over WA mines By Geoff Spencer PERTH — With the announcement of merger talks between the WA branches of the Australian Workers Union (AWU) and the Metal and Engineering Workers Union (MEWU), battle lines have been drawn

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