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By Doug Hine SYDNEY — Balmain Green activist Nick Masterman is likely to be the last candidate elected to Leichhardt Council, contributing to a strong progressive majority of 10 on the 12-member council. Masterman was originally to have headed

By Rebecca Meckelburg ADELAIDE — About 3000 students rallied on the steps of parliament house on September 11 to oppose the state government's budget decision to charge students full fares for travel on public transport. The only students who

Abortion debated in Hobart HOBART — The abortion issue in Tasmania flared up again two weeks ago when a Right to Life organisation organised a talk and video on Tasmania University campus. The video was interrupted by protesters who unfurled

Compensation for 10B victims? By Bill Mason BRISBANE — The Queensland government has announced plans to compensate former patients of Townsville Hospital's notorious Ward 10 psychiatric unit. Solicitors acting for 18 victims of the brutal

Government announces Fraser Island package By Bill Mason BRISBANE — Conservation organisation representatives have generally welcomed the Queensland government's decision to end logging and sand mining on Fraser Island by December 31, while

Feminist campaign for reproductive freedom By Adrienne Barrett MELBOURNE — An ambitious project has been launched here by the Campaign for Women's Reproductive Rights. The group aims to hold a host of activities, large and small, to publicise

By Chris Perkins WOLLONGONG — Throughout the Illawarra region, an estimated 50,000 workers took part in protests against the Greiner government's Industrial Relations Bill on September 17. Participants included public sector, health and welfare

Story and photo by Col Hesse SYDNEY — More than 2000 residents of packed the Marrickville Town Hall on the night of September 18 and heard nurse Sue Larkings condemn the state government's decision to close Marrickville Hospital without any

Actors Equity criticises Perth cops By Leon Harrison PERTH — The WA Police Union has been slammed by Actors Equity over its defence of the Tactical Response Group intimidation of two Aboriginal actors a fortnight ago. On the evening of

By Tracy Sorensen The Victorian government's standing committee on infertility has approved experiments on embryos up to 14 days old. Previously, the committee's guidelines allowed limited experimentation to embryos between 22 and 48 hours old.

Harsh US jail conditions for peace activists By Bill Mason BRISBANE — Australian peace activists Ciaron O'Reilly and Moana Cole are facing harsh prison conditions in the US, after their conviction for damaging a B-52 bomber and a US Air Force

Cuban women to tour By Bernie Brian A delegation of Cuban women will be visiting Australia from October 18 to November 9. Nieves Alemany is a primary school teacher, a member of the National Secretariat of the Cuban Federation of Women, a

ADELAIDE — The Australian National Railways Commission is about to issue more than 1000 forced redundancy notices in South Australia under an "inefficiency improvement" program. This follows the compuslory redundancy of 162 ANR employees in

Welch wins in Marrickville Bruce Welch became the first person to be elected as a Green in Sydney in elections to the Marrickville Council on September 14. The ALP has lost control of the council for the first time in over 30 years. Welch

By John Tognolini SYDNEY — Lucas Heights, on the southern edge of Sydney, has become a national dumping ground for radioactive waste. More than 10,000 drums of radioactive soil were transported there from Victoria, and there is a proposal for

Aborigines oppose Yakabindie nickel mine By Leon Harrison PERTH — The WA Labor government has declared its intention to allow the development of the Yakabindie nickel mining project at Wiluna, despite opposition from the traditional

Jobs and Justice rally By Jon Lamb PERTH — High unemployment and the intimidation of unemployed people through the federal government's Newstart program were the target of a "Jobs and Justice" rally held here on September 17. The rally,

By Max Bridson MELBOURNE — The toxic smoke plume from Coode Island that hung over Melbourne for two days in August belonged to Australia's richest man, Kerry Packer. Naturally enough he didn't boast about it, or apologise for it. That's not

By Greg Adamson MELBOURNE — A campaign for the release of students imprisoned in Indonesia was one of several national campaigns launched at a conference held here over the weekend of September 21-22. Around 70 people attended the first

By Peter Boyle West Papuan independence activist Melkianus (Mecky) Salosa is dead, a little more than a year after being handed over to Indonesian authorities by the Papua New Guinea government. On August 20, Salosa, a leader of the West Papuan

More WA police terrorism By Leon Harrison PERTH — A new incident of police terrorism against blacks occurred on the night of September 18, when a CIB officer pointed a handgun at 29-year-old Aboriginal student Sydney Eades. Eades, a

Story by Tom Flanagan Photo by Joel Winter HOBART — Green activists have mobilised quickly in response to the release of a draft of the state Labor government's resource security legislation. On September 16, cabinet received a detailed

SYDNEY — About 500 people participated in a march for abortion rights here on September 28, international abortion rights day. Speakers at a rally in Hyde Park included Sandra Nori, Labor MP for Port Jackson; Jenny Haines of the NSW nurses'

Broken Hill strikes against Greiner By Steve Painter The entire city of Broken Hill struck for 24 hours on September 26 in a massive protest against the Liberal-National NSW government. Nearly all workplaces and most businesses closed for the

SYDNEY — Alistair Hulett, Gayle Austin and Tania Bowra (l. to r.) are gearing up for an afternoon concert hosted by the Glebe Amnesty International group on October 6 at 3 p.m. at the Harold Park Hotel. Other guests include Voices from the Vacant

By Sean Malloy "The war is the most recent act of a tragic play" said Damion Buterin, referring to the war in Yugoslavia. Damion is a founding member of Combined Croatian University Societies (CCUS) and a postgraduate student at Sydney University.

Call on Hawke to recognise Croatia By Sean Malloy SYDNEY — The Croatian community called for the Australian government to recognise Croatia as an independent country at a press conference here on September 26. Representatives from the

Tully hydro project unnecessary By Bill Mason BRISBANE — The proposed Tully-Millstream hydro-electric project in north Queensland could be postponed if electricity demand were reduced, a consultant has told the federal government. The

Gifts to Nats 'normal practice' By Bill Mason BRISBANE — The final round in the Fitzgerald Inquiry process got under way here on September 23 with the start of the trial of former premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen on perjury charges.

Spring has sprung ... ... and Green Left Weekly is taking a — brief — spring holiday. The next issue will appear in a fortnight, dated October 16.

Funeral march against AIDEX By Tyrion Perkins BRISBANE — The Stop AIDEX Campaign staged a funeral march through city streets on September 24 to publicise the link between the Australian International Defence Equipment Exhibition, to be held

Funding for abortion referral By Susan Price BRISBANE — In a historic decision, Children By Choice, the only pregnancy counselling service offering advice on abortion, received $200,000 from the Queensland Health Department, as part of the

By Ray Fulcher MELBOURNE — The Croatian community turned out in large numbers on September 22 to protest against the war in their homeland. After rallying in the city square amid a sea of Croatian flags, they set up a seven-day, 24-hour vigil

By Peter Boyle MELBOURNE — Harry van Moorst and Sue Graham could lose their home soon. They have two young children and Sue is expecting a baby in late October. Four p.m. Friday, September 27 was the final deadline set by the Australian

by David Brazil SYDNEY — The court battle to save the Chaelundi State Forest, near Dorrigo, NSW, ended on September 25. Upholding a "common sense" interpretation of the National Parks and Wildlife Act, Justice Stein of the Land and Environment

By Pete Malatesta SYDNEY — A petrol bomb attack on the Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf on October 9 has resulted in a tightening of security on this unique and historic building. This was the fourth arson attempt on the wharf in the past seven

Cuba solidarity conference By Pip Hinman MELBOURNE — A national conference to discuss solidarity with Cuba is being planned here for Sunday November 3. Australia-Cuba Friendship Society spokesperson Dave Deutschmann told Green Left Weekly

ADELAIDE — On October 9 the federal Industrial Relations Commission approved sole coverage by a company union at CSR's new sugar distribution plant here. The organisation is the CSR Officers' Association, which is not affiliated to the ACTU and

Belfast councillor visits Australia Story and photo by Steve Painter Britain's policy in the north of Ireland is falling apart to the extent that many British Tory politicians will now admit privately that they would like to get out. But

Bob Hawke's pledge that by 1990 no child in Australia would live in poverty is little more than a forgotten sick joke. This has not prevented the federal government from undertaking new pledges to improve the lot of children. But, CRAIG CORMICK

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