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On a catastrophic fire day for NSW, November 12, the Liberal-National government had planned to push through a bill to weaken the state’s planning laws, in favour of coal and gas corporations.

A snap action outside NSW parliament drew hundreds of people from across the state. They made their opposition to the bill known and expressed support for the NSW Rural Fire Service, which is battling the flames with shortages of equipment and personnel due to budget cuts.

The Refugee Action Collective organised a protest in Brisbane on November 9 to save the Medevac bill. The Medevac legislation applies to around 600 refugees in PNG and Nauru. It means that refugees who need medical care can receive it without political interference. The government plans to repeal the bill but doesn't seem to have the numbers to do so at this point.

Elections ahead

The proposed law will raise the amount of government funding political parties receive for campaigning purposes while placing tighter restrictions on individual and third-party donations.

Sydney train

Community groups and transport experts have spoken out about the wrong-headedness of dismantling the existing public Sydenham to Bankstown rail line service only to replace it with a privately-run service.

Sydney bus

In a time of climate crisis, Sydney needs to urgently improve its public transport system — not privatise it.

A protest was held outside BHP's annual shareholders meeting, in Sydney on November 7.

Speakers condemned BHP's climate denial and spoke about the devastating impact bushfires are having in Australia.

The rally was called by Extinction Rebellion.

World Resistance Day for Rojava, Sydney, November 3.

Initially known as World Kobanê Day, the day was first observed in November 2014 as a day of international support for the resistance of the people of Kobanê in Rojava who defeated the extremist forces of Islamic State (ISIS).

Climate activists protested outside the Townsville office of Adani contractor BMD on November 1, just hours after Prime Minister Scott Morrison threatened to outlaw such secondary boycott campaigns.

Hundreds of people marched through Sydney to show solidarity with Chilean protesters demanding the resignation of President Sebastian Pinera, on November 2.

Casuals occupy office of University of Melbourne Arts dean

It is an open secret that Australian universities are underpaying casual academics. However, casuals and their allies, with the support of union officials, are fighting back by forming union member-led groups such as the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) Casuals Network.

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