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MELBOURNE — About 170 journalists from the Age newspaper picketed the headquarters of the ANZ Bank (receivers of the troubled Fairfax newspaper empire) to protest against increased concentration of media ownership and the threat this poses to
500 years committee launched By Martin Mulligan MELBOURNE — Exactly 499 years after Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas, a Melbourne Working Committee on 500 Years of Indigenous and Popular Resistance held a public launch to
Police assault Monash demonstration By Julie Tisdale MELBOURNE — A 200-strong demonstration against sexual violence on campus was broken up by police at Monash University on October 19. About 40 police moved in on students after they
By Teresa Dowding HOBART — The council of this fair city is not one of the more progressive bodies in the Australian governmental system. Resting on a system of multiple voting for property owners, its members are elected by a few hundred
By Tracy Sorensen SYDNEY — A one-day strike organised by NSW health unions on October 15 to protest against cuts and closures in the public health system was supported by more than 90% of workers in the sector. About 80,000 NSW health workers
People's power radio CANBERRA — "People Powered Radio" is the theme of community radio 2XX's radiothon, running until October 26. For 15 years 2XX has been the sole progressive voice on Canberra's airwaves. Earlier this year 2XX decided
WA government stalls on safe sex By Leon Harrison PERTH — The WA Health Department's safe sex campaign, aimed at 16- to 25-year-olds, has been stalled yet again. Health minister Keith Wilson, a right-wing Catholic, first blocked the
Brewery ruling threatens Aboriginal heritage By Leon Harrison PERTH — In a setback to Aboriginal plans to demolish the old Swan Brewery, the full bench of the Supreme Court has upheld an appeal by the WA Development Corporation and the state
Saboteurs at Coode Island? By Kate Tregarthen and Dave Mizon MELBOURNE — Police claim they have evidence suggesting that the August 21 and 22 explosions and fires at Coode Island, which caused a toxic smoke plume to drift over the city, were
Workers block provocation by Mobil By Dave Mizon MELBOURNE — Workers at Mobil's Yarraville terminal won a victory over management on October 15 after four days of strike action. The strike followed a series of provocative actions by the

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