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Jabiluka activists meet By Lachlan Malloch CANBERRA — A national conference of environment activists committed to stopping the Jabiluka uranium mine was held here on June 27-28. Most of the 25 participants are leaders of the Wilderness Society,
By Bill Mason BRISBANE — Within 24 hours of being sworn in as the new Queensland premier, Labor leader Peter Beattie met with Brisbane's business and industry leaders to confirm the new government was "ready for business". At the meeting on June
By Jorge Jorquera On the waterfront, the National Farmers Federation (NFF) spearheaded the new wave of neo-liberal attacks on workers' wages and conditions by seeking to smash a well-organised union with a militant history — the Maritime Union of
By Marcus Pabian and Keara Courtney WOLLONGONG — The National Union of Students' (NUS) national education conference was held here on June 27-28. It was attended by students from all states and territories and discussed the state of higher
Rallies oppose racism and economic rationalism By William Thomas HOBART — More than 50 people, including many secondary students, rallied in Franklin Square on June 26, to oppose the racist, homophobic agenda of Pauline Hanson's One Nation and
By Jorge Jorquera MELBOURNE — More than 300 anti-racist activists and local residents protested against the policies of One Nation in Footscray on July 4. The rally was organised by the Democratic Socialists and Resistance. Participants came from
Free Burma conference MELBOURNE — To mark the 10th anniversary of the 1988 pro-democracy uprising in Burma, the All Burma Students Democratic Organisation is holding an Activists' Conference for a Free Burma here on July 18-19 at Ridley College,
Brisbane students plan walkout By Emma Tovell and Sarah Cunningham BRISBANE — Angry high school students and Resistance members have joined to organise a mass high school walkout, protesting against racism and the growth of Pauline Hanson's One
By Keara Courtney and Becky Fairall Lee SYDNEY — High school students here walked out of school on July 2 to attend a rally in opposition to the rise of Pauline Hanson and racism. The socialist youth organisation Resistance, which organised the
Jabiluka: pressure on Howard, ERA grows There were mass arrests at the Jabiluka uranium mine site in Kakadu National Park on July 3, as thousands blockaded construction. The government and the mining company, Energy Resources of Australia (ERA),
Crane drivers fight attacks By Shane Bentley SYDNEY — Mobile crane drivers, members of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), employed by three companies — Gillespie, Wilson and Kanabrook Cranes — have been locked out
Socialists launch new e-mail bulletin By Al McCall As an adjunct to its political campaigns, the Democratic Socialists have launched an e-mail based information service. Called DS_NET, it is geared toward generating information about the work the