In November 2004 Aboriginal AFL legend Michael Long and prominent Aboriginal Elders embarked on an historic and remarkable journey, walking from Melbourne to Canberra to meet with Prime Minister John Howard. Now everyone has the opportunity to join Michael in The Long Walk 2005 on Sunday 4 December at Princes Park, Carlton, Victoria. The Long Walk

‘More than 5000 visitors to the Rights at Work website flooded the Senate Inquiry with their views on Howard’s radical workplace changes during our 5 day campaign. Thanks to your energy and dedication we far exceeded our initial targets.’ Rights At Work


‘IN RECENT YEARS, I have become increasingly concerned by a host of radical government policies that now threaten many basic principles espoused by all previous administrations, Democratic and Republican.’ This isn’t the real America by Jimmy Carter, Los Angeles Times

Going Backwards – Justice Dept.’s Civil Rights Division Retreating from Activist Roots by Shannon McCaffrey, Common Dreams

Civil Rights Focus Shift Roils Staff At Justice – Veterans Exit Division as Traditional Cases Decline by Dan Eggen, Washington Post

‘Despite a month-old pledge, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has yet to reopen four of its biggest no-bid contracts for Hurricane Katrina work and will not do so until the contracts are virtually complete. A promise to hire more minority-owned firms also is largely unfulfilled.’ Washington Post


Sudan falters as US House rethinks aid – Peacekeepers in the Darfur region, already challenged in carrying out duties, face funding cuts. By Howard LaFranchi, Christian Science Monitor  


‘ON NOVEMBER 10, 2005 at Masinloc Coal Power Plant in Zambales, a Greenpeace activist was violently beaten by Plant security sentinels while few others were hurt as the environmentalists peacefully protest against Climate Change.’ Manila Indymedia


‘A secondary matter is that it may serve as a word of warning to anyone who is asked by the Guardian for an interview, and happens to fall slightly to the critical end of the approved range of opinion of the editors.’ Chomsky Answers Guardian by Noam Chomsky, ZNet

‘On the eve of Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko’s visit to France, the Secretary General of Reporters Without Borders went to Kiev to discuss the state of press freedom in the country with Ukrainian leaders. œThe time for promises is over. What we need now is action,  said Robert Ménard.’ Reporters without Borders

Launched in 2004, New Matilda is one of Australia's oldest online independent publications. It's focus is on investigative journalism and analysis, with occasional smart arsery thrown in for reasons of sanity. New Matilda is owned and edited by Walkley Award and Human Rights Award winning journalist Chris Graham.