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Weevils at Work: What's happening to work in Australia? An oral recordBy Wendy LowensteinCatalyst Press240pp., $24.95 (pb) Review by Gerry Harant In 1978, Wendy Lowenstein published an oral history of the 1930s depression called Weevils in the
Suharto moves to silence critic By James Balowski On August 5, the private secretary of one of Indonesia's best known statespersons was brought to trial for "insulting" President Suharto. Thirty-four-year-old Buyung Rachmat Buchori is being
Racism Pauline Hanson's racism is only the expression of Australia's xenophobia inherited from Mother England. Just consider some facts: the enormous hateful and spiteful animosity when we changed into the decimal system; the uproar when mama
By Susan Laszlo The push to privatise child-care, in private centres or in the home, is starting to take effect. Since the fee increase in July — the result of the federal government's withdrawal of operational subsidies to community based
Blair attempts to end free education By Marina Cameron Following the release of the Dearing review report on higher education, on July 24 the Blair Labour government announced a new policy for higher education in Britain. The policy
By Bronwen Beechey MELBOURNE — The dispute between electricity supplier Citipower and the Electrical Trades Union has entered its 13th week. ETU members voted on August 5 to stay out until the issue of job security has been resolved. The
By Aziz Choudry Since 1995, OECD governments have been negotiating a Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI). Following the leak of a draft copy in January, people worldwide are appalled at the vastly expanded freedoms for investors being
Save Our Services rally By Bronwyn Richards and Sharon Callahan WOLLONGONG — On July 19, the Save Our Services Warrawong Community Committee held a successful public rally against the withdrawal of Commonwealth government services from
How the coalition collapsed By Allen Myers @box text intro = The armed conflict in Phnom Penh in early July was in many respects simply a renewal of the earlier conflict between the Cambodian People's Party forces and FUNCINPEC, which in
Cambodia: media lies exposed By Tony Iltis Since fighting between the forces of Cambodia's two prime ministers broke out in Phnom Penh in early July, the establishment media have loudly condemned what they call a "coup" by Second
Rally against the youth allowance By Alison Dellit MELBOURNE — Around 100 people gathered on August 6 to protest against the federal government's common youth allowance (CYA) for all young unemployed and students. Speakers at the rally
Fighting racism at Melbourne University MELBOURNE — Strategies for students fighting racism will be discussed at a student general meeting (SGM) to be held on August 13 at Melbourne University. There is strong opposition to racism and the
Kennett's Coode Island betrayal condemned By Jeremy Smith MELBOURNE — On August 3, Footscray residents expressed their anger at the Kennett government's announcement that it would not honour its promise to move the Coode Island chemical
Mental health and social control By Jane Marni Surely"mental health" means more than just being sedated. Perhaps this sounds harsh, but these are the treatments in current therapies, supported by the stereotyped image of what someone with a
James Vassilopoulos Secret Australian Workplace Agreements (individual contracts) obtained by the Australian Centre for Industrial Relations and Training (ACIRT) debunk industrial relations minister Peter Reith's claim that no worker would be
By Norm Dixon Supporters of the leader of the Kinshasa-based establishment "opposition", Etienne Tshisekedi, have called for armed struggle against the government of Laurent Kabila's Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Congo

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