Dickens By Peter Ackroyd Mandarin, 1994. 608 pp., $16.95 (pb) Reviewed by Phil Shannon Dickens was one heck of a writer. Only the rich and unfeeling do not cry with pity for the hard lot of his heroes, laugh at the pomposity
By Chow Wei-Cheng Germany has been plunged into political instability by the outcome of the general elections held on October 16. The 60 million voters gave Kohl's party its worst election result (41.5%) since 1949. The
By Jill Hickson The Senate inquiry into possible commercial influence over ABC television programming appears to have largely evaded the larger issue of the commercialisation of the ABC by the federal Labor government. An
By Stephen Robson Greens (WA) senators Christabel Chamarette and Dee Margetts are pressing the Labor government to amend its Indigenous Land Corporation and Land Acquisition bill. They have indicated that if substantial amendments are not
Memorial lecture well attended By Lisa Macdonald SYDNEY — Eighty people braved unusually cold and rainy weather to attend the 1994 Jim Percy Memorial Lecture here on October 18. The lecture, given by Dick Nichols from the
Bridging Two Worlds: Aboriginal English and Crosscultural Understanding By Jean Harkins University of Queensland Press, 1994 Reviewed by Nina Murka This is a scholarly yet readable book. It is motivated by Jean Harkins'
By Pip Hunter SYDNEY — The damp but determined Fast for the Forest team announced on October 23 that they had collected 16,000 signatures calling for a moratorium on the logging and woodchipping of old growth forests. Lisa,
By Mustafa Al-Haj Jneid Prison — Palestinian prisoners chose to sacrifice their freedom in their quest to fulfil the Palestinian dream. Such hope added fuel to the burning fires of the Intifada. Dialogue, understanding and
By Craig Cormick Based on highly reliably international contacts, leaked documents and horoscopes from several TV magazines, Nostradamus' Media Watch presents a highly accurate forecast of political events across the globe.
On October 15, Resistance organised a National Day of Action for freedom in East Timor. Across Australia people rallied around the demands "Indonesia out of East Timor" and " Australia out of the Timor Gap". The day mobilised thousands of people and
By Norm Dixon MADRID — Among the thousands of activists attending the recent Alternative Forum: The Other Voices of the Planet conference here was writer Darrin Wood. Wood recently visited Chiapas, Mexico, with a team of committed film
Police to be charged over abductions By Bill Mason BRISBANE — Six police officers here face charges of deprivation of liberty after they admitted dumping three Aboriginal children at Pinkenba, on the city's outskirts, as