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Nile abortion bill defeated By Paula Nassif SYDNEY — Reverend Fred Nile's anti-abortion bill was defeated in the NSW upper house on November 20. There were only seven votes in favour, four of those from Labor Party members Johno Johnson,

By Anthony Thirlwall MELBOURNE — A coronial hearing into the 1989 police shooting of Gary Abdallah has heard allegations from the victim's family and counsel that the shooting was an execution carried out by members of the Victorian police

Upstart "The Newstart program will basically force the unemployed to work for the dole", says James Basle, an activist in the Sydney Unemployed Workers Union. "In essence, the government will be subsidising the private sector with public money,

Vigil against executions SYDNEY — Australians Against Executions will hold a silent vigil in remembrance of 254 prisoners executed in the USA since 1970 and in protest against the US death penalty. The vigil will take place on Saturday,

CANBERRA — Protesters blockaded entrances to the Aidex '91 arms bazaar here on November 24. Car bodies and other materials were used to barricade the two main gates to the National Exhibition Centre (Natex), locking out army vehicles intended for

By Melanie Sjoberg MELBOURNE — Outrage on the part of many trade union activists over the massacre in Dili and persistent activity by the Timorese community and solidarity groups have produced a response from the organised trade union movement.

By Camilo Jorquera SYDNEY — Australians will be sending a shipload of supplies to beleaguered Cuba. This is one of four solidarity campaigns adopted by a meeting here on November 22. The meeting was attended by a wide range of groups

By John Tognolini CANBERRA — "This exhibition is one which has attracted controversy and I stress once again that this event is not the 'arms bazaar' its opponents claim it to be", claimed defence minister Robert Ray in the magazine distributed

South Coast unions ban steel to Indonesia By Bernie Brian WOLLONGONG — Steel industry delegates have voted to ban the shipment of 30,000 tonnes of BHP slab steel destined for Indonesia in response to the recent massacre by Indonesian troops

AIDS quilt displayed in Sydney By Kim Spurway SYDNEY — As part of World AIDS Day events, 1000 people living with AIDS and their friends and family attended the unfolding ceremony of the Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt here on November 30. The

Tasmania gets women's abortion clinic By Kath Gelber HOBART — Tasmania's first independent abortion clinic opened here in November. Previously, only limited abortion services were available in some hospitals, and many women were forced to go

MELBOURNE — In an impressive community action, an estimated 7000 supporters of Croatian independence marched through the city on November 17. The Sunday afternoon action climaxed in a rally outside parliament. The demonstrators called on the

Story by Dave Wright SYDNEY — United States President George Bush was tried for crimes against humanity by a people's court here earlier this month. The event was organised by the Mobilisation Opposing Bush, a coalition of peace, environment and

East Timor embassy opened By Craig Cormick CANBERRA — An East Timorese embassy has been established here, further straining Indonesian-Australian government relations following the November 12 massacre in Dili. Relations were already strained

The Aidex arms bazaar wasn't just an exhibition of military hardware. Police from around the country treated it as a training exercise, and their latest techniques were on display. In this department, little changes, it seems. Boots, fists, batons,

Adelaide protest against Aidex Story by Liam Mitchell Photo by Rob Graham ADELAIDE — "Unless we in Australia end the traffic in war, the blood will be on our hands", Uniting Church minister Reverend Lee Levitt-Olsen told a 300-strong rally

Conference on fighting the New World Order By Bill Mason BRISBANE — International and Australian issues facing the left under the New World Order were the focus of a conference at the Resistance Centre in New Farm on the weekend of November

By Tracy Sorensen There has been a new round of arrests of Emerald Beach residents and supporters. They are opposing the construction of an ocean outfall sewage system at the Look at Me Now headland near Coffs Harbour in northern New South Wales.

By Bill Mason BRISBANE — The Queensland government's Anti-Discrimination Bill poses a threat to all teachers with alternative lifestyles, not just homosexual teachers, according to the Queensland Teachers Union. "So far the concentration of

By Steve Painter The Hewson tax package has been seen as the opening of the next federal election campaign. It is the program with which the Liberals hope to win government by offering big business more than the ALP-ACTU Accord does. The

According to a new report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 46% of employees earn less than $440 per week (a Morgan poll estimated recently that a family of four requires $441 per week to "keep in health and live decently"). Further, some

By Steve Painter A peace song, "Stop the War in Croatia", hit number 13 on the national record charts in early December and could go higher. Royalties from the recording, by Tomislav Ivcic, are being used to buy medical supplies for casualties

By Peter Boyle MELBOURNE — A 38-year-old plant operator received severe burns to 75% of his body when a 12-metre high tank containing gas oil tar exploded at Altona petrochemical refinery on December 2. Firefighters believe that the fire

Understanding Telecom By Tom Jordan SYDNEY — Having recently lost her job, Maureen Houlahan finds it increasingly difficult to make ends meet. Paying off her heavy mortgage is hard enough but when the Telecom bill turned up she knew she

SYDNEY — Up to 2000 people, mostly East Timorese, attended a December 7 memorial mass for the victims of the Dili massacre, and later marched to Town Hall, where the state Labor Party conference was being held. Photo by Susan Mackie.

By Dick Nichols and John Tognolini SYDNEY — In evidence before the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption, it has emerged that state coroner Kevin Waller advised Detective-Inspector Aarne Tees, investigator of the Hilton

By Nadya Stani I am a journalist who works in public radio. I was arbitrarily arrested at the anti-Aidex protest. My colleague, Annamarie Antonio, and her daughter were subjected to physical intimidation and harassment. We began our coverage of

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