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Pro-democracy protests are again escalating in the Kingdom of Eswatini (Swaziland), after activists were temporarily scared off the streets by the killing of dozens of activists and bystanders by the armed forces, reports Maxime Bowen.

A coalition of groups are organising to protect parklands in Greater Sydney that are under threat from a new bill that aims to privatise land and buildings. Susan Price reports.

A refugee imprisoned at the Park hotel prison in Carlton told Green Left  that three refugees had tested positive for COVID-19 and that many others have symptoms. Chloe DS reports.

Students and staff are campaigning against the University of Sydney’s plans to move the Gender and Cultural Studies Department into the School of Social and Political Sciences. Adam Trumper reports.

The family of Wiradjuri, Kokatha and Wirangu man Wayne Fella Morrison, who died in custody, has forced the South Australian parliament to ban spit hoods. Markela Panegyres reports.

Inner West Council is the first of the forcibly amalgamated councils in NSW to give residents a direct say on a demerger. But, as Pip Hinman reports, it will distribute questionable information to residents.

As NSW eases restrictions for fully vaccinated people, vulnerable First Nations people are still struggling to be vaccinated, write Rachel Evans and Adam Trumper.

Socialist Alliance strongly supports vaccination as a public health measure. Vaccines should be free and easily available.

Bernard Collaery will be allowed to make public certain information in his trial. While he should not have to face a trial at all for helping his client, Witness K, this is a positive step, writes Jim McIlroy.

Rachel Evans spoke to Tamil refugees and activists Kalyani Inpakumar and Renuga Inpakumar about the continuing persecution of Tamils in Sri Lanka and the campaign for rights here.

Australia’s richest person, Gina Rinehart, warns that unless the federal government restrains its pandemic spending, the country will end up like Sri Lanka. Michael Cooke and Lionel Bopage argue that this is neoliberal nonsense.

In response to the plan to rapidly phase out the disaster payment, the Australian Council of Social Service said the JobSeeker rate needs to be lifted to $80 a day. Arie Huybregts reports.

Suzanne James writes about the rise in public support for the Voluntary Assisted Dying bill and the likely impact of the change of leadership in New South Wales on its potential passage.

Prisoner rights activists are demanding that authorities heed the health advice and protect people in prison. Adam Trumper and Rachel Evans report.

The  Australian Criminal and Family Lawyers is challenging several New South Wales Police powers under the COVID-19 public health orders in the Supreme Court. Adam Trumper reports.

Gladys Berejiklian, the soon-to-be-former premier of New South Wales, has been a major player in the Liberal-National Party's sell-off of public assets to corporate mates. Andrew Chuter reports.

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