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The right to medicine

Fifteen percent of the world’s people consumes more than 90% of all pharmaceuticals.  Meanwhile, some 2 billion people cannot get the essential drugs they need. A right to medicine is clearly a component of the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.  Drug companies have responsibilities to respect and promote the […]

Vale Peter McGregor

Peter McGregor, Australian pacifist and ‘education radical activist’ for over 40 years, died yesterday. An academic by trade, McGregor was also a convener of the Australian Anti-Apartheid Movement along with Meredith Burgmann.  Last year he attempted to arrest senior members of the Australian government on suspicion of war crimes. According to Queensland anti-war activist Ciaron […]

SLAPP writ fails against animal activist

In November 2003, animal rights activist Ralph Hahnheuser stole onto private property on Australia’s south coast and poured shredded ham into the feed troughs of sheep awaiting live export to the Middle East the next day.  His stated intention was to "taint the product or the animals in such a way that they are simply […]