Roger Clarke continues a debate Frank Noakes' letter (GLW #171) introduced a refreshingly reasonable note into our discussion of the ALP Left. His remark that Lenin "lived long ago and far away" is a fitting comment on the way that Lenin has
Public tenants union fights privatisation By Dave Mizon MELBOURNE — Late last month the Kennett government defunded the Public Tenants Union (PTU) by putting the funding traditionally available to it up for tender. The bulk of the

Times are hard in Cuba. The collapse of the socialist bloc has led to an estimated 85% drop in total external economic relations — that is exports, imports and foreign aid. The US trade embargo has been strengthened through the passage of the Torricelli Act, making it impossible for the West to make up for the bulk of the loss in trade with the socialist bloc.

Union takes anti-woodchipping stand The construction division of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has distanced itself from the recent activities of the union's forestry division in the woodchip debate. Martin
By Lisa Renfrey Penny Arcade's Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore! was welcomed back in Sydney on February 4 by a packed and enthusiastic audience. Written during the 1990 US arts censorship crisis to "stick it up the National Endowment for the
Pro-woodchipping rally By Anthony Brown PERTH — Some 1500 people, mostly timber workers and families from the state's south-west, attended a rally in the city centre on January 30. The rally, organised by the pro-woodchipping Forest
Hundreds of students at the Australian National University occupied the chancellery building for nine days last September in a battle to prevent the introduction of up-front fees for a postgraduate legal course. This struggle led to the holding of a
Under My Skin: Volume One of My Autobiography, to 1949 By Doris Lessing Harper Collins, 1994. 419 pp., $39.95 (hb) Reviewed by Phil Shannon To read Doris Lessing is to struggle between being unable to put the book down and wanting to
By Michal Schwartz Recurrent Palestinian attacks on Israeli soldiers stationed at the military checkpoint near Netzarim in the northern Gaza Strip have raised the question of whether or not the settlement should be evacuated. The killing of
Bligh campaign Well-known lesbian and community activist, Susan Harben, has announced her candidacy for the ALP for the inner Sydney seat of Bligh, the "pinkest" seat in Australia. The seat is currently held by independent, Clover Moore, who has
Film banned SYDNEY — For the first time in over a decade, the Censorship Board has banned a film from a film festival. The Spanish film, In a Glass Cage, deals with the themes of fascism, masculinity and physical abuse and was to be screened
Family man John Howard's re-election to the leadership of the party-that-can't-find-a-leader has been accompanied by a barrage of comments on that most fundamental of institutions, the family. Howard admits that "on ... issues such as the