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By Tom Flanagan HOBART — A blockade organised by the Wilderness Society brought road works to a standstill in the threatened East Picton region of Tasmania's southern forest on February 17. About 40 protesters, including Green Independent
Blue Mountains mayor resigns By Denis Kevans WENTWORTH FALLS — Mayor Peter O'Toole has resigned from the Blue Mountains City Council after the council failed to back his actions in regard to a controversial development. O'Toole had
By Ray Fulcher and Jason Cheng MELBOURNE — The Victorian Trades Hall Council's February 17-21 Jobs and Justice campaign flopped badly. A series of suburban meetings on unemployment attracted miserable crowds of between 15 and 40, and a
Socialist to contest Wills By Dave Holmes MELBOURNE — The Democratic Socialist Party has announced that it will contest the Wills by-election. The party has selected Bob Lewis, a 40 year-old employee of the RMIT Student Representative
By Caroline Petersen A scandal has erupted over government harassment of people who participated in the Aidex protests in Canberra last November. Protesters have had their Department of Social Security benefits reviewed after their names were
By Melanie Sjoberg MELBOURNE — While some media and business circles have hailed the recent Nissan plant closure as a necessary rationalisation, prospects in the vehicle industry are no brighter for Nissan's demise. Ford motors has announced
By Peter Boyle MELBOURNE — Controversial papers being circulated for community discussion by the Victorian ALP Budget Coordinating Committee argue convincingly that the money can be raised to pay for urgently needed social and environmental
By Kristian Whittaker and Sue Bolton CANBERRA — Last month, Aborigines briefly occupied the old Parliament House and issued a Declaration of Aboriginal Sovereignty "invoking our claim to all the lands of the territories of our ancestors".
MELBOURNE — Nissan workers have voted to accept a redundancy package from the company, which will close its Australian car manufacturing plants by October. According to vehicle builders' union (VBEF) secretary Ian Jones, the deal averages out to
By Dick Nichols SYDNEY — Has the State Rail Authority here reached the point of outright sacking of its workers? This would seem to be the message of moves to eliminate 600 cleaning positions prior to privatising all cleaning work on Sydney's

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