Australian News

By David Brazil Australia has the opportunity to make an important stand in the fight to save the remaining rainforests of Sarawak and other parts of the world on August 21, when federal parliament considers the Customs (Rainforest Timbers)

Parliament House staff fight for jobs By Sue Bolton CANBERRA — Catering staff at Parliament House have set up a picket in an effort to protect their jobs and working conditions. Catering services are being privatised. Workers have been told

By Peter Boyle The latest national account figures confirm that Australia is still deep in recession. Gross domestic product over the 12 months to June contracted by 0.9%, and unemployment is set to continue at around 10% well into next year. Yet

By Bruce Marlowe SYDNEY — In its 1991-92 budget, brought down last month, the Greiner government took aim at 12,500 jobs in the public service. Now that the lists of victims are going up on departmental noticeboards, the New South Wales Labor

By Bill Mason BRISBANE — The Labor-controlled Brisbane City Council has massively increased fines for breaches of the repressive Queen Street Mall Act, introduced by the Bjelke-Petersen government in 1983. Fines under the act have been raised

By Brad Adamson and Peter Chiltern BRISBANE — Newstart "agreements" being forced on long-term unemployed people could include references to matters such as medical treatment, dress, appearance and body weight, Social Security Minister Graham

TAFE teachers denounce award By Nina Murka SYDNEY — Mass meetings of TAFE Teachers Association members were held on August 14 across NSW in response to an Industrial Relations Commission award handed down a week earlier. The award, which has

MELBOURNE — The Industrial Relations Commission has brought forward the next national wage case to September 17 and 18 and asked unions, the government and employers to present submissions on whether centralised wage-fixing should continue.

Wallsend closure protested NEWCASTLE — For the second time, thousands turned out to protest against the proposed closure of Wallsend Hospital, near here. Union banners, hospital flags and solidarity signs were carried by the 10,000 protesters on

By Pete Malatesta CHAELUNDI — The Lismore Greens will send a protest to the NSW ombudsman and Amnesty International alleging the use of excessive force and torture by police against Chaelundi protesters. Peter Smith, the Lismore Greens'

Liberal wants youth work camps By Catherine Gough-Brady ADELAIDE — Peter Lewis, Liberal member for the state seat of Murray-Mallee, is proposing compulsory back-to-nature work camps for unemployed youth. Claiming there has been "a drop in

Women march for abortion rights By Susan Price BRISBANE — Hundreds lined the streets here on August 17 for the largest pro-choice rally in a decade. Chanting "Goss be nimble, Goss be quick, drop the law, you make us sick!", the march moved from

Cops turn nasty at protest By Catherine Gough-Brady ADELAIDE — Police here surpassed themselves in a display of illegal violence and brutality on August 15. About 140 protesters had been waiting in the cold at the gates of wharf 20 for about

To chants of "Save Chaelundi; save Sarawak; stop the logging now", about 100 people marched from Sydney Town Hall and through city streets on August 17. Participants later heard Dean Geoffrey speak about the struggle of the Penan people to save the

By Nick Carroll MELBOURNE — The Rainforest Action Group and the Forest Lands Action Group will stage an action against a ship entering Corio Quay South to pick up a supply of woodchips from the Midway woodchipping company. Supporters are urged

Chemicals close school By Jon Lamb PERTH — Dryandra Primary School in the outer suburb of Mirrabooka has been closed indefinitely following widespread sickness caused by chemical solvents used to clean graffiti. More than 600 students and 30

ADELAIDE — Workers occupied part of the Workcare building here during a 600-strong protest in freezing winds and hailstorms on August 23. The building workers, cleaners and corrective service employees were protesting against proposed changes to

Doubts cast on Chaelundi EIS By David Brazil SYDNEY — The Chaelundi court battle is still unresolved, but it has already caused severe embarrassment for the state government. The court has been told that the Greiner-Murray cabinet gave the

By Norrian Rundle MELBOURNE — Teachers voted unanimously for a campaign against budget cuts and a breach of their award restructuring agreement at a stop-work meeting here on August 20. The campaign will include bans on school closures, new

World heritage push for Blue Mountains By Denis Kevans KATOOMBA — A committee to push for World Heritage listing for the Blue Mountains was elected at a meeting at the Ellerslie Road Public School on August 16. Geoff Mosley, who has been a

By Chris Perkins About 5000 government workers gathered outside state parliament for the NSW Labor Council's August 21 protest against the Greiner government's plans to cut public sector jobs by more than 12,000. There were also large rallies

SYDNEY — Queer Notion, an organisation in the gay and lesbian community here, conducted an "outing" at a press conference opposite St Mary's cathedral on August 21. "Outing only works as a political weapon because there is a stigma attached to a

By Peter Boyle Robert Hudson, executive director of the Victorian Council of Social Services, is blunt in his assessment of the Hawke government's ninth budget, presented on August 20: Labor has turned its back on the unemployed at a time when

SYDNEY — An exhibition of pottery, including the work of several of Sydney's top potters, ran over the weekend of August 24-25. The Potters for Peace exhibition was a fundraising event for People for Nuclear Disarmament. Special guest Jane

WA Aborigines oppose mine By Leon Harrison PERTH — Aboriginal people in the Eastern Goldfields area are opposing the proposed Yakabindie Nickel Project, a Dominion Mining operation approved by the state in 1990. Approval for the mine

Students confront Baldwin summit By Nick Fredman SYDNEY — Angry students broke through police lines and into the Hotel Nikko at Kings Cross in a 500-strong August 23 protest against a "Higher Education Summit" attended by federal education

Demands for resignation over racist slur By Bill Mason BRISBANE — Calls are mounting for the resignation or sacking of Queensland Labor government whip Bill Prest over racist comments in state parliament on August 20. Prest described former

Story and photos by David Brazil New South Wales forests are going up in smoke. Up and down the north coast, bush fire brigades and the Forestry Commission are going though their ritual of winter burn-off. At Chaelundi, in the name of forest

By Tracy Sorensen SYDNEY — Nine protesters were arrested at a demonstration outside the Malaysian consulate on August 22. Organised by the Sydney Rainforest Action Group (SRAG), the action coincided with debate on a bill introduced by Democrat

Dump a 'toxic bomb': Serventy By Bill Mason BRISBANE — Opposition to the Queensland government's proposed toxic waste dump at Gulrulmundi is growing as the dangers involved become clearer to local residents and conservationists. Prominent

MELBOURNE — The Kirner government's budget, delivered on August 17, confirmed plans to cut 10,000 public services jobs, privatise $900 million worth of government assets, increase the cost of public transport, and introduce charges for outpatient

World Awareness Week at Tas Uni By Kate Booth HOBART — A World Awareness Week was held on Tasmania Uni from August 19 to 23. Jointly organised by the university Greens, Resistance, CISLAC and Amnesty International, it aimed to reach the

By Warren Brierley ALBURY — The NSW border city of Albury seems to be on the way to winning the Country Polluter of the Year Award for 1991. Not only have dangerous pollutants been discovered oozing from a city council waste dump, but a recent

By Vannessa Hearman MELBOURNE — The Victorian Trades Hall Council and the Victorian Council of Social Services have scheduled a "Jobs and Justice" rally for September 10. The rally is one of several joint initiatives announced on August 26.

By Tracy Sorensen SYDNEY — New South Wales National Aborigines Week activities will be launched at the Town Hall on September 2 with speeches by Aboriginal community leaders and federal Aboriginal affairs minister Robert Tickner. Aboriginal

Kirner stalls on Coode relocation By Melanie Sjoberg MELBOURNE — As the immediate danger from the Coode Island chemical fire subsides, it seems the government is hoping the initial shock and anger will also subside. The Kirner government has

Environment Independents launch campaign By Tracy Sorensen SYDNEY — Independent members of state parliament Dr Peter MacDonald (Manly) and Clover Moore (Bligh) on September 1 launched the campaign for the Waverley Environment Independents team

Aboriginal jail scandal By Frank Noakes PERTH — An all-party state parliamentary inquiry has confirmed, once again, that Aborigines are heavily over-represented in Western Australian jails. Although only 1.8% of the community, they make up 46%

SYDNEY — One hundred and fifty anti-freeway campaigners rallied outside Parliament House on August 27 to call for a royal commission into the Roads and Traffic Authority. Members of the Wolli Creek Preservation Society, Woronora Valley Association

Anti-Nile rally to defend abortion rights By Rose McCann SYDNEY — Under the slogan "Stop Nile's War on Women's Rights", a broad coalition of women's organisations here has set Saturday, September 7, as the date for its first action against the

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