Women and Labour Conference By Lisa Macdonald Women from around Australia will gather at Deakin University in Geelong November 28-30 for the sixth national Women and Labour Conference. These conferences were an important part of the women's
Cancer inquiry presents findings By Alex Bainbridge NEWCASTLE — Fifty people attended a public meeting here on November 8 called to discuss cancer and industrial pollution. Findings were presented from the Workers' Inquiry into Wollongong
'Certainty' still there for the big landholders By Chris Spindler Confidence in the value and profitability of land clearly remains strong in the eyes of big property holders, despite claims from the National Farmers Federation and the
WA TLC attempts to close 'workers' embassy' By Michael Bramwell and Mary Nielson PERTH — November 5 was Guy Fawkes Day, named after the man who was executed in 1606 for attempting to detonate a bomb under the British parliament. A ball on
By Marina Carman Recognising the unpopularity of further moves towards "user pays", the government has ruled out two major proposals contained in the discussion paper of the review of higher education being conducted by Roderick West. The paper
By James Vassilopoulos Twelve-hour shifts are increasingly being put into new enterprise agreements. Also increasingly common are cuts to penalty rates and the averaging of working hours over a month instead of a week. The five-day, 40-hour
By Bronwen Beechey MELBOURNE — Around 40,000 workers gathered on November 12 for the second Victorian Trades Hall Council-organised rally against the state government's proposed changes to the WorkCover scheme. The crowd marched to Parliament
Death in custody in private prison MELBOURNE — George Drinken, a 28-year-old remand prisoner, was found hanged in his cell at Port Philip Prison in the early evening of October 30. The Port Phillip Prison, a 600-cell maximum security and
By Nikki Ulasowski CANBERRA — On November 14, 65 people attended a meeting to discuss native title organised by the YWCA. The meeting was addressed by Camilla Cowley and Sean Brennan. Cowley is a Queensland pastoralist who has a native title
'Who wants to live near a nuclear dump?' By Andy Gianniotis SYDNEY — More than 150 people crammed into the Sutherland Shire council chambers on November 10 for a special meeting of the shire's environment and health committee. The meeting
By Tony Iltis HOBART — On November 14, as tenders closed for the privatisation of the vehicular ferry that provides the only link between Bruny Island and mainland Tasmania, a strike and picket by ferry workers ended its seventh day. Nine
Protests against forest agreement By Tony Iltis HOBART — The signing of the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) on November 8 provoked a week of angry protests by environmentalists. The RFA gives $70 million to the logging industry;
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