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Reports round-up

11 September 2012
Melbourne sparks lift their blockade Construction workers in Melbourne, Australia, lifted their blockade of a major building site after their boss asked for talks last week.

Australian construction workers 'ready to rumble' over rights

04 September 2012
Construction workers in Melbourne, Australia, are blockading building sites in a battle over union rights. They are fighting against Grocon building boss Daniel Grollo.

Australia: Hell in the Pacific as Labour seeks to 'stop the boats'

21 August 2012
Australia’s Labour government is set to bring back the notorious anti-refugee policies of the previous John Howard government.

Australia: biggest ever teachers' strike shakes union-busting premier

12 June 2012
Up to 30,000 teachers struck in the Australian state of Victoria on Wednesday of last week in what looks set to be a long-running battle over pay.

Qantas bosses hold Australia to ransom

29 October 2011
Almost seventy thousand passengers in Australia and 22,000 around the world were stranded last Saturday when Qantas grounded its planes and locked out its workers.

From Sydney to Lahore, protest camps continue to grow

25 October 2011
Police raided the camp in Melbourne’s central square in Australia on Friday of last week. They used pepper spray, horses and dogs to push out the hundreds of occupiers.

Desperately poor are the real flood victims

18 January 2011
The pictures from Brazil, where well over 600 people have already died in the floods and mudslides, are all too familiar. However it was the floods in Australia that got most of the attention.

Australia: Protest vote rocks Labour in elections

24 August 2010
The Labour party has crashed in a disastrous result in the Australian election. It is the only government since 1931 to face losing power after one term in office.

Mining bosses provoke fall of Australian Labour prime minister

29 June 2010
The Australian Labour prime minister, Kevin Rudd, has been ousted from office after a storm of opposition from powerful mining bosses to a planned tax on their profits.

Meeting to mark Invasion Day

26 January 2010
26 January is Australia Day, or what indigenous rights activists prefer to call Invasion Day. British colonialism brought dispossession and destruction to indigenous people – and this still very much part of the daily reality of indigenous Australians.

Student protests in Australia

15 September 2009
A student protest movement has exploded across Australia in recent weeks against racist attacks and the collapse of private colleges.

Medal for Tony Blair is another low for George Bush

06 January 2009
George Bush is to award Tony Blair – along with former Australian prime minister John Howard and Colombian president Alvaro Uribe – with the laughingly titled Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Baz Luhrmann's Australia: a melodrama not an epic

06 January 2009
Baz Luhrmann’s new film is set in the late 1930s in remote northern Australia.

Landslide defeat for Australia’s Tory government

27 November 2007
Australia’s long-serving Tory prime minister John Howard suffered a dramatic defeat in last weekend’s federal election. The opposition Labour party won with the biggest swing in any election since 1975.

Jindabyne

28 August 2007
This is a disturbing and beautifully shot film about tensions in a small Australian town in New South Wales.

Letters

26 June 2007
Australian plan is racist Outrage is growing across Australia in response to John Howard’s Tory government’s takeover of remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory (NT).

Migrants and wages

11 November 2006
Newspapers last week wanted us to panic about the 64,000 workers from eastern Europe who came to Britain last year. We are apparently supposed to be less concerned by the 68,000 people who came from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa - and we are expected to ignore the thousands of people from Britain who left the country.

Letters

09 September 2006
Workers defy Australia’s vicious anti-union laws Trade unionists across Australia joined demonstrations on Wednesday of last week at the beginning of court proceedings against 107 construction workers. These workers defied right wing prime minister John Howard’s new industrial law regime.

Australian workers protest at new labour laws

08 July 2006
More than 300,000 workers took to the streets of Australia's cities and towns on Wednesday 28 June to protest new industrial relations laws.

East Timor's crisis cannot be solved by imperialism

03 June 2006
Over 2,000 Australian troops have been sent to East Timor in the last fortnight as part of an international "peacekeeping force" along with troops from Malaysia, New Zealand and Portugal.

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