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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
Mines and building unions unite By Steve Painter SYDNEY — On February 10, the building workers' (BWIU) and mineworkers' (UMFA) unions amalgamated to form the Construction, Forestry and Mining Employees Union (CFMEU), with about 96,000
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
120,000 tertiary places are missing By Simone Siracusa and Alex Bainbridge MELBOURNE — Around 120,000 students eligible for higher education will not be offered places in universities and colleges because of government funding cuts. For
By Petar Delyan More than 10,000 people of Macedonian descent rallied in Melbourne on February 1, calling on the federal government to recognise Macedonia's declaration of independence from Yugoslavia. On February 2, up to 8000 attended a
By Fiona McCrossin The south-east old growth forests of NSW in 1969 were the first large area of Australian forest to be allocated to export woodchipping. Since then, national park gains in the region have been concentrated in the unloggable
By Stefan Skibicki and Bernie Brian WOLLONGONG — Members of the Liquor Trades Union (LTU) and Transport Workers Union (TWU) working in the canteens at BHP's Port Kembla steelworks have voted to remain on strike indefinitely over plans by

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