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Lesbian/gay awareness week at UQ By Philippa Stanford BRISBANE — Gays and Lesbians on Campus at the University of Queensland have organised a lesbian and gay awareness week April 15-19. Lesbians and gay men on campus frequently experience

By Ariel Couchman MELBOURNE — The Campaign Against Militarism is preparing protests against the Australian International Defence and Equipment Exhibition (AIDEX), scheduled for November. CAM argues that the exhibition is not in the best

By Ken Davis SYDNEY — Red paint on cathedrals, media headquarters and government offices downtown and in Parramatta: Sydney's morning news on April 8 was dominated by the actions of a new, clandestine gay group, One In Seven. The previous

By Melanie Sjoberg MELBOURNE — Genuine job creation was the main theme of an April 14 unemployment summit attended by around 40 people here. Organised by groups including the Unemployed Workers Union and the Campaign Against Poverty and

Men Against Sexual Assault group formed By Brad Adamson BRISBANE — A branch of Men Against Sexual Assault has formed here and will be holding a rally and march through the city streets on May 11. MASA held its first rally in Melbourne in

Council to vote on 'Sydneygong' By Dick Nichols SYDNEY — April 29 will be a critical day for the environment in Australia. That evening Wollongong City Council, run by right-wing "independents", will vote on whether to allow industrial and

HOBART — Asia-Pacific Action Group wishes to express its deep regret and loss at the recent deaths of two special Tasmanian green activists, Rory Doohan and Gavin McKenzie. Both Gavin and Rory devoted their recent lives to preserving the planet

South Sydney Greens select candidates SYDNEY — South Sydney Greens have announced candidates for two seats in the coming NSW elections. Well-attended meetings in Redfern and Newtown selected Mark Berriman to contest the seat of Heffron and

By Kerry Parnell SYDNEY — The fundamental cause of world environmental destruction, according to environmental activist Georgina Abrahams, is heteropatriarchy. She says that the key to a green future lies in phasing out masculine values on both a

Police racism exposed By Leon Harrison PERTH — Police in WA, Queensland and NSW have been severely criticised in a report on violence against young Aborigines. Interviews with youths held in detention revealed 88% claimed to have been

By Steve Painter SYDNEY — Paul Hill, wrongfully imprisoned in Britain for 15 years, is visiting Australia on behalf of the campaign to free Tim Anderson (CEFTA). In 1974, Hill was the first person arrested under Britain's Prevention of

By David Brazil SYDNEY — The NSW state government is facing strong criticism from environmental groups over its proposed Environment Protection Authority (EPA). Legislation to establish the new body, which is to replace the State Pollution

Three hundred university students from all over Sydney besieged the offices of the ALP in a noisy protest against campus overcrowding on April 16, reports Barry Healy. A rock band from Sydney University played protest songs written especially for the

Gladstone strike threatened By Bill Mason BRISBANE — A major row is brewing over the dismissal without warning of 90 workers at Comalco's Boyne Island aluminium smelter near Gladstone. Preparations for the use of scabs to keep the plant going

Middle East coalition established By Sue Bull SYDNEY — Despite media rumours that the peace movement has packed up shop due to the US victory in the Gulf War, a new group here — Middle East Action Coalition — has called for a picket on

Greens stand for Yabsley's seat SYDNEY — The Eastern Suburbs Greens have preselected Geoff Ash as their candidate for the seat of Vaucluse in the upcoming state election. Ash stood as the Greens' candidate for Wentworth in the February 1990

By Dick Nichols SYDNEY — With uranium policy set to dominate the June Federal Conference of the ALP, an umbrella group of antinuclear campaigners, Campaign for a Nuclear-Free Australia, is moving to fight any attempt by the Hawke government to

By Peter Boyle Nobody could accuse the ACTU leadership of strategic genius. They locked themselves into the Labor government's rigged wages system right through the boom of the '80s, systematically opposing any attempt to pursue claims outside the

Senior nurses fight for jobs By Susan Price BRISBANE — About 150 senior nursing staff and supporters demonstrated outside Parliament House on April 10, calling for an end to the Goss Labor government's plans to abolish senior nursing positions

By Melanie Sjoberg MELBOURNE — At 193 Smith Street, Fitzroy, opposite the Collingwood Post Office, is the shopfront office of the International Women's Development Agency. People come in off the street to talk, volunteers come in to work. The

Wetland decision deferred By David Brazil Greater Taree City Council this week reserved a decision on a sand mining development application affecting one of the most sensitive wetlands on the NSW north coast. BHP-Utah wants to establish

By Peter Boyle A large number of police have been brought into Wodonga to contain a militant picket line by 270 striking workers from Wodonga Meats. The strike, according to the Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union, was forced by the

"It is becoming clearer and clearer that the Chernobyl disaster was even more catastrophic than the antinuclear movement anticipated", said Friends of the Earth spokesperson John Hallam on the fifth anniversary of the disaster. On April 26, 1986,

By Col Hesse SYDNEY — It was standing room only on April 10, at St Peters Town Hall in Sydney's inner west, as 250 local residents met to protest against "Mt Sydenham". On May 5 their rage will be maintained at a public demonstration called by

By Adriaan Anarco-Troika DARWIN — The "razor gang" Estimates Review Committee, set up by the Country Liberal Party government late last year, will slash over $120 million from government spending over the next two years. It recommends the

Federal regulations giving legal recognition to homosexual relationships in immigration for the first time came into effect on April 15. Australia thus joins a handful of countries (New Zealand, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway) which acknowledge the

SUPPORT GREEN LEFT WEEKLY MARCH BEHIND THE GREEN LEFT BANNERS Adelaide: Saturday May 4, 11 a.m. Peace Park Brisbane: Monday, May 6, 10 a.m. TLC building, 16 Peel St, Sth Brisbane Melbourne: Sunday, May 5, 2 p.m. Trades Hall, Cnr Lygon St &

By Peter Boyle and David Mizon Waiting for a national wages campaign from the ACTU? Don't hold your breath; there is none coming. The electrical trades, metal and building unions are threatening to stop public transport and disrupt

Rallies back Kurds Brisbane By Bill Mason The plight of the Kurdish people in northern Iraq was the focus of a rally and march organised by the Kurdish Association of Queensland here on April 20. Some 100 people gathered in Roma Street Forum

Story by Barry Healy Photo by David Brazil SYDNEY — "We cannot morally aspire to be a free people in our own land while oppressing others. The plight of the Palestinians evokes a disturbing echo", Marta Romer of Jewish Women in Support of an

By Jolyon Campbell and Rjurik Davidson MELBOURNE — Students at Melbourne University will consider sacking student union president Andrew Landeryou and general secretary Keir Semmens at a general meeting on May 7. The meeting has been called on a

Queensland bribe claims confirmed By Bill Mason BRISBANE — Allegations that multimillionaire Sir Leslie Thiess bribed the Bjelke-Petersen government were substantially true, the jury has ruled in Australia's longest and most expensive

By Steve Painter SYDNEY — "I hope that if Tim is not released on this appeal, that you get up and get back at it again — and let them know that before the appeal", Paul Hill advised a large public meeting at Glebe Town Hall on April 23.

By Martin Mulligan MELBOURNE — State Liberal leader Alan Brown turned up for a day's work on April 23 only to find that his parliamentary colleagues had been conspiring to dump him. By 10.30 a.m. the game was up. Both Brown and his deputy,

Arthur Murray and Sonny Bates, convicted in the Brewarrina "riot" trial, will be sentenced in Bathurst on Friday, May 3. The NSW Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Watch Committee is organising a demonstration outside the Bathurst District Court at 10

By Kristian Whittaker CANBERRA — Long-time anti-apartheid activist Kerry Browning, after two-and-a-half years of court hearings, will go to trial on May 27. Browning was originally arrested on charges of firebombing cars belonging to the

By Steve Painter Waterfront unions became the first to settle an Accord Mark VI deal outside the centralised wage fixing system when they agreed to a $12 rise from May 16 and a further 6% rise in three instalments between July 1991 and July 1992.

Wodonga meatworkers sacked twice By Dick Nichols Workers at the Wodonga Meats abattoir have been on strike since management sacked their 10 union delegates in mid-April. A few days later their jobs were advertised in the local press, proof to

Vista workers win one round By Dick Nichols SYDNEY — Workers at the small outer-Sydney paper products plant Vista have won a round in their fight for reinstatement and the right to representation by their union, the Printing and Kindred

By Greg Adamson SYDNEY - Public transport, housing, and the lack of city-wide planning are among the issues which the Sydney Greens will be raising in the May 25 state elections. Founding member and journalist Hall Greenland has been nominated as

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