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Protests have erupted across Australia at the new Tory government's anti-refugee policies.

On the Sunday before Easter several thousand people took to the streets in cities across Australia to protest against the Tory government's anti-refugee policies. It was the latest of a series of mass protests focused mainly, but not exclusively, on the Abbott government's harsh refugee policies. One feature of the rallies was the prominence in Sydney of 13 different trade unions participating in a "Unions for Refugees" contingent while the secretary of Unions New South Wales was a key speaker on the platform.

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Australian voters delivered a vote of no confidence in both major political parties at the recent election, resulting in a hung parliament, writes Judy McVey.


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Labor prime minister Julia Gillard has scraped back in by forming a minority government supported by the one Green Party MP and three independents. Despite the close call, with Tony Abbott's Tories almost taking power, larger numbers than ever signalled their desire for a left wing alternative.

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John Howard got his long awaited comeuppance in the November elections. Now the Australian left needs to unite to reverse his disastrous policies, argues Judy McVey

My friends are singing "Ding dong! The witch is dead!" Last November Tory prime minister John Howard lost not only the election, but his own seat as well.

While the left are still smiling, Howard's Liberal Party (the Tories) are attacking each other over whether to junk their own hated policies on industrial relations and climate change scepticism. Out of office at both federal and state level, their highest serving politician is the mayor of Brisbane.

Australian Elections: The Forgotten People

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Regardless of who wins the election in Australia [the result was due just after Socialist Review went to press] one group that is certain to continue to suffer is Australia's aboriginals.

Before 1967 when a majority of Australians voted to amend the constitution, indigenous Australians were not even counted in the five-yearly population census and most did not have the right to vote. The early 1970s saw the rise of the Black Power movement, led by radical urban-based activists who challenged the paternalism and assimilationist policies of the past. When the Whitlam government introduced the policy of self-determination, hopes were high that this beleaguered minority, for so long excluded from basic citizenship rights, would achieve social justice.

Australia: The Beginning of Howard's End?

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The upcoming Australian federal election, which the government could call any time now, raises the possibility that Liberal (conservative) leader John Howard - one of George Bush's leading allies in the 'war on terror' - will be sent the way of Jose-Maria Aznar by an angry electorate.

A catalogue of events has mounted to the point where people feel that 'enough is enough'. I have only listed a few here - a spontaneous reaction to what I, like many Australian voters, have been exposed to under this government.

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