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TAFE staff and supporters rallied outside the Sydney campus on November 28 to demand the NSW government halt its job cuts.

Union members and commuters protested outside New South Wales Coalition Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s office in Martin Place on December 2 in response to her government’s plan to privatise the remainder of Sydney’s bus services.

Buses have already been sold off in the city's inner west and Newcastle, with disastrous results for commuters, including buses running late, service and route cuts and the loss of many bus stops.

The ongoing bushfire emergency is the reality of climate change. This was the message of the Brisbane #ThisIsClimateChange solidarity sit-down.

All the speakers - including a fire-fighter, a mother who lost her home to fire, an Aboriginal person from Gumbaynggirr country - spoke about the effects of the fires. Aunty Deb Sandy gave a passionate Welcome to Country.

Activists expressed solidarity with communities suffering from bushfires and raised money for fire services. One woman spoke about “apocalyptic” scenes as her family home was burned down on her 18th birthday. She invited Prime Minister Scott Morrison to her community and tell them that climate change is not causing the fire storms.

An Iraq solidarity protest in Brisbane on November 23.

Millions of Iraqis are protesting an economic system that is delivering a spike in unemployment, corruption but has failed to deliver basic services, such as electricity.

 

A vigil for West Papua outside the Indonesian consulate in Sydney.

There has been a recent upsurge in activism around West Papuan independence, including among Indonesians, despite intimidation and serious consequences for activists.

A Colombia solidarity protest in Sydney on November 24.

A National Strike called by trade unions on November 21 became one of the biggest mobilisations in Colombia's recent history as student, environmentalist, human rights and women's groups, among others, joined together to reject the neoliberal policies of President Ivan Duque's government.

A Pill testing saves lives rally in Sydney on November 23.

The state government and police have ruled out implementing recommendations made by a coronial inquest into drug-related deaths at music festivals. The inquest recommended introducing pill testing at festivals and an end to sniffer dogs and strip searches.

Pauline Jensen

Pauline Jensen will be missed enormously, but she lives on in the hearts and memories of many. A fighter for a better world and a moral and ethical voice on all injustices, she taught us all how to live life well.

Sam Watson. Photo: Alex Bainbridge

History will show that Uncle Sam was indeed a giant of the Australian Aboriginal struggle and of the broader fight for a just, cooperative society free of racial oppression.

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