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By Justin Harman PERTH — The future of WA's south-west forests is looking grim as the state government formulates a regional forest agreement (RFA) to determine what areas will be logged for the next 20 years. Opposition to the destruction of
Pro-choice vigil a success By Jo Williams MELBOURNE — More than 100 people gathered on the steps of the State Library here on May 28, the International Day of Action for Reproductive Rights. The vigil was organised by the Pro-Choice Coalition.
SYDNEY — On May 26, the NSW police force's latest victim was killed outside his grandmother's house. The Coalition Opposing Police Shootings (COPS) has called on the NSW police commissioner to immediately adopt English-style, unarmed beat policing.
By Shane Bentley The Australian Industrial Relations Commission decided on May 26 that union-backed seniority provisions in coal industry awards were no longer allowable. The decision was made under the Workplace Relations Act's requirement that
Speaking tour: Eyewitness report on Indonesia Following a visit to Indonesia, where he held discussions with activists in the student, worker and democracy movements, Max Lane will be speaking at public meetings in Adelaide (June 11), Sydney (June
Stop MAI public meeting By Nick Chesterfield BRISBANE — Around 300 people attended a public meeting here on May 27 to hear Reverend Tim Costello speak against the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI). The Organisation for Economic
Privatisation blackmail By Melanie Sjoberg ADELAIDE — In the May 28 state budget, the Liberal government has tied funding for South Australia's ailing education and health systems to the privatisation of the electricity utility, ETSA. Treasurer
Teachers stop work in Victoria By Mary Merkenich MELBOURNE —Victorian Australian Education Union (AEU) members struck on May 27 as part of a campaign the AEU has been waging to win a certified agreement with the state government and to get the
SCU students' victory over up-front fee By Bernie Wunsch LISMORE — On May 9, Southern Cross University (SCU) Council gave in to student pressure and dropped the newly introduced $18 up-front fee. The Education Action Group (EAG) had organised a
MUA victory in Newcastle By Alison Dellitand Jane Beckmann After 45 days locked out, maritime workers employed by Patrick Stevedores returned to work on May 23. The workers have been sub-contracted to Newcastle Stevedores. The return to work was
Rio Tinto under the microscope By Karen Burns NEWCASTLE — About 25 people attended a workshop on May 16 to discuss the activities of the mining company Rio Tinto. Speakers included Moses Havini from the Bougainville Interim Government;
International Students Solidarity Network launched By Arty Titiz MELBOURNE — The launch of the International Students Solidarity Network took place at Swanbourne University on May 20. Speakers included Vannessa Hearman from Action In Solidarity