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Over 70 Jewish groups and individuals endorse calls to boycott Sydney festival over Israeli funding

Several artists and performers have pulled out of their scheduled events at the acclaimed Sydney festival citing Israeli sponsorship 

COVID-19 testing Australia Australian trade unions demand free COVID testing for all as cases surge

Australia has added around a million new cases in the past two weeks, making it one of the biggest Omicron-driven surges in the world. Meanwhile, the Scott Morrison government is relaxing quarantine norms for close contact workers, a step that has been roundly criticized by unions

Detained refugees in Australia As Djokovic is released, activists vow to fight for Park Hotel detainees and refugees in Australia

Dozens of asylum-seekers, some of whom have been detained for years, remain in Australia’s Park Hotel where tennis star Novak Djokovic was put under temporary detention while his case was being heard

Australia healthcare workers protest Essential healthcare workers walkout in South Australia, demand workplace safety

Over a 100 workers staged a walkout in a one-day strike action on December 14, the second to hit major hospitals in South Australia this month. Workers have complained of serious understaffing in State hospitals and unsafe work practices

Labor strikes in Australia Multiple strikes bring Australia’s most populous State to a standstill

Thousands of teachers, bus drivers and railway workers protested against the “anti-worker approach” of the New South Wales government by holding parallel strikes in the State

Australia anti-LGBT bill Rally held in Sydney against Morrison government’s push to dilute LGBT+ rights

Activists have opposed the conservative Liberal-National coalition government’s attempts to push through the Religious Discrimination Bill that dilutes the existing anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ individuals in faith-based schools and institutions

Australia bans Hezbollah Australia bans Hezbollah in totality, designates it a “terrorist organization”

Hezbollah is an anti-occupation and anti-imperialist organization with a strong popular base in Lebanon. Australia’s ban may create a diplomatic crisis as Hezbollah is also part of the Lebanese government

Activists and scholars condemn closure of Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity in Australia

In a surprise move, Flinders University has decided to shut down the world-renowned Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity, a key institution for the research of social determinants of health

Australia pandemic relief Over 1.5 million Australians might be hit by Morrison government’s decision to end COVID-19 disaster aid

The proposed end to disaster pay for millions affected by job loss and pandemic-induced economic slowdown comes at a time when the Scott Morrison government is pushing to reopen the economy despite a surge in COVID-19 infections

COVID-19-Vaccine How health activists got Australia to back patent waiver on COVID-19 vaccines

Months-long campaigning and advocacy efforts have played a large part in mobilizing public opinion in favor of a TRIPS waiver for the vaccines. Australia was among the few member-nations in the WTO to oppose the waiver

Clear away the hype: the US and Australia signed a nuclear arms deal, simple as that

The AUKUS despite being coined a security partnership, is a nuclear arms deal aimed at increasing pressure against China and should be cause for concern

AUKUS Activists, anti-war groups slam trilateral security alliance AUKUS as anti-China move and a return to Cold War

China too slammed the move calling it an “extremely irresponsible” act which may lead to an arms race. It also said that the move reflects “Cold war mentality and ideological biases”  

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