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By Sue Bull CANBERRA — Few here were surprised to see Liberal leader Kate Carnell re-elected as chief minister in the ACT. Her massive personal vote, the ALP's abysmal performance and "independent" Michael Moore's obsequious devotion assured her
By Allen Myers The real unemployment rate in Australia is probably more than double the official rate of 8.1%, according to figures from an Australian Bureau of Statistics study announced on March 9. The survey "Persons Not in the Labour Force",
By Nikki Ulasowski and Amanda Lawrence CANBERRA— Following the charging of two Perth doctors and calls by feminists for the repeal of all abortion laws, ACT Pro-Choice has been formed in Canberra. The group hopes to build on the work of former
Support for Jabiluka action widens By Wendy Robertsonand Kirstie Brien SYDNEY — The Jabiluka Action Group here has continued to grow and win support for its campaign. The April 5 national day of action has attracted an impressive range of
By Sarah Stephen and Trisha Reimers With the recent charging of two doctors in Perth for performing an abortion, the issue of women's right to control her body and her life has once again made it into the headlines of major newspapers and
By Max Lane BANGKOK — Between March 4-6, affiliates and supporters of the Asia Pacific Coalition on East Timor met for the third APCET conference here. More than 50 representatives from Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines,
By Chris Spindler A Green Left Weekly forum on native title held at Glebe Town Hall on March 12 attracted 50 people. The speakers were Jenny Munro from the Metropolitan Lands Council; Darryl French, NSW field officer with the Aboriginal Education
By Matt Bloor KOOPALOONA NIARA — Logging has begun in the pristine, sub-alpine, old growth forests of Koopaloona Niara (Mother Cummings Peak) in northern Tasmania, despite a concerted effort by environmentalists to halt the destruction. For two
By Tony Iltis HOBART — Polls have shown 63% of Tasmanians oppose the privatisation of the Hydro Electric Corporation and the Liberals, ALP and Greens all promised before the last state election to oppose the sale. For the past year, however, the
By Phuong Dang and Sarah Lantz MELBOURNE — On March 8, International Women's Day, a loud crowd of more 1000 women and male supporters rallied at Melbourne's GPO around the theme "Women united for justice and native title". Nyrell Brooks, an
Iranian activists commemorate women By Rupen Savoulian PARRAMATTA — About 60 people attended a film night organised by the Association of Iranian Political Prisoners (AIPP) in exile held at the Parramatta Migrant Resource Centre, western Sydney
By Andrew Hall WOLLONGONG — The picket line at the Pivot fertiliser plant has ended after six weeks. A representative of the Australian Workers Union told Green Left Weekly that the four members sacked without notice on February 1 had accepted a