Issue 10

Australia

Federal regulations giving legal recognition to homosexual relationships in immigration for the first time came into effect on April 15. Australia thus joins a handful of countries (New Zealand, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway) which acknowledge the basic human right of gay and lesbian...

"It is becoming clearer and clearer that the Chernobyl disaster was even more catastrophic than the antinuclear movement anticipated", said Friends of the Earth spokesperson John Hallam on the fifth anniversary of the disaster.

On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant near...

By Peter Boyle

A large number of police have been brought into Wodonga to contain a militant picket line by 270 striking workers from Wodonga Meats. The strike, according to the Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union, was forced by the company, which wanted to break...

By Jolyon Campbell

and Rjurik Davidson

MELBOURNE — Students at Melbourne University will consider sacking student union president Andrew Landeryou and general secretary Keir Semmens at a general meeting on May 7. The meeting...

Wetland decision deferred

By David Brazil

Greater Taree City Council this week reserved a decision on a sand mining development application affecting one of the most sensitive wetlands on the NSW north coast.

BHP-Utah wants to...

By Adriaan Anarco-Troika

DARWIN — The "razor gang" Estimates Review Committee, set up by the Country Liberal Party government late last year, will slash over $120 million from government spending over the next two years.

It recommends the axing...

Arthur Murray and Sonny Bates, convicted in the Brewarrina "riot" trial, will be sentenced in Bathurst on Friday, May 3.

The NSW Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Watch Committee is organising a demonstration outside the Bathurst District Court at 10 a.m. that day. As many supporters as...

Story by Barry Healy

Photo by David Brazil

SYDNEY — "We cannot morally aspire to be a free people in our own land while oppressing others. The plight of the Palestinians evokes a disturbing echo", Marta Romer of Jewish Women in...

By Martin Mulligan

MELBOURNE — State Liberal leader Alan Brown turned up for a day's work on April 23 only to find that his parliamentary colleagues had been conspiring to dump him.

By 10.30 a.m. the game was up. Both Brown and his deputy, Alan...

Rallies back Kurds

Brisbane

By Bill Mason

The plight of the Kurdish people in northern Iraq was the focus of a rally and march organised by the Kurdish Association of Queensland here on April 20.

Some 100 people gathered in Roma Street Forum...

By Steve Painter

SYDNEY — "I hope that if Tim is not released on this appeal, that you get up and get back at it again — and let them know that before the appeal", Paul Hill advised a large public meeting at Glebe Town Hall on April 23.

Hill,...

By Col Hesse

SYDNEY — It was standing room only on April 10, at St Peters Town Hall in Sydney's inner west, as 250 local residents met to protest against "Mt Sydenham". On May 5 their rage will be maintained at a public demonstration called by the South...

Queensland bribe claims confirmed

By Bill Mason

BRISBANE — Allegations that multimillionaire Sir Leslie Thiess bribed the Bjelke-Petersen government were substantially true, the jury has ruled in Australia's longest and most expensive...

By Peter Boyle

and David Mizon

Waiting for a national wages campaign from the ACTU? Don't hold your breath; there is none coming.

The electrical trades, metal and building unions are threatening to stop public...

SUPPORT GREEN LEFT WEEKLY

MARCH BEHIND THE GREEN LEFT BANNERS

Adelaide: Saturday May 4, 11 a.m. Peace Park

Brisbane: Monday, May 6, 10 a.m. TLC building, 16 Peel St, Sth Brisbane

Melbourne: Sunday, May 5, 2 p.m. Trades Hall, Cnr Lygon St & Victoria St

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World

By Jacqui Kavanagh

As the African National Congress' May 9 deadline for meaningful action by the government approaches, the negotiations process in South Africa is under greater strain than ever before.

The deadline was contained in an open letter on April 5, in...

By Sally Low

BRATISLAVA — Romanian Securitate secret police are still active in his country, President Petre Roman admitted in Washington on April 16.The Securitate were the backbone of the former Ceausescu Communist Party regime.

Released to...

By Peter Annear

PRAGUE — The Socialist Party government of Slobodan Milosevic in Serbia bowed on April 17 to textile and metal workers' demands for wages they had not received for several months and a guaranteed minimum monthly wage of 3000 dinars (US$...

By Conn M. Hallinan

While most of the US media were transfixed by the Gulf War, the Bush administration quietly carried out a violation of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.

On January 28, the US fired from Kwajalein Atoll in the South Pacific...

By Norm Dixon

Jean Eparo, a member of the PNG activist group Melanesian Solidarity (Melsol), on her way to attend the "Students, Science, Sustainability" conference at the Australian National University over the April 25-26 weekend, spoke to Green...

Two Soviet rocket scientists have warned that the solid fuel rocket boosters used on the US space shuttle release 187 tons of ozone-destroying chlorine molecules into the atmosphere with every launch.

Valery Burdakov, co-designer of the Russian "Energiya" rocket engine...

Three members of the separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM — Gerakan Aceh Merdeka) have been indicted by the East Aceh District Court for alleged participation in armed struggle against the Indonesian military. They are accused of murdering members of the police and military and...

WASHINGTON — Greenpeace's campaign against waste exports has revealed that two more New Jersey companies have shipped highly toxic mercury wastes abroad, this time for burial in the rolling farmlands of Spain.

From 1986 to 1987, Cosan Chemical shipped over 60,000 pounds...

By Sue Medlock

Seven hundred children died in a single measles outbreak in Nicaragua this year. The worst outbreak of this disease in years was primarily due to the fact that many children had not been vaccinated.

The immunisation program had been disrupted...

By Peter Boyle

Reporting back on April 19 after a two-week visit to Kuwait, an Amnesty International fact-finding team said scores of people had been killed, hundreds arbitrarily arrested and many brutally tortured by Kuwaiti armed forces and members of "resistance"...

By Adam Novak

PRAGUE — The second all-Czechoslovak meeting of Left Grouping, an informal network of left and Communist Party groups and platforms, took place in the Slovak capital Bratislava on April 13.

There was a striking contrast between...

By Max Lane

Indonesia's pro-democracy forces seem to be growing more confident as the 1992 elections near. The Suharto regime, with a discontented officer corps on one side and more confident grassroots protests on the other, is less able to control the political agenda...

By Adam Novak

PRAGUE — The far-right Republican Party held a 4000-strong march through Prague on Saturday, April 13, the culmination of a national week of action. Their supporters — skinheads, workers facing redundancy, political prisoners from the...

By Frank Noakes

Four Catholics in northern Ireland were murdered by British loyalist death squads in the space of six days in late March. Three of the victims were from the Drumbeg estate at Lurgan/Craigavon in Northern Armagh.

The three were all local people who...

Editorial

Editorial: Money, power and the law

A jury finds that Sir Leslie Thiess systematically bribed the Bjelke-Petersen government yet still awards him $55,000 damages against Channel 9, which exposed his crooked dealings; the federal government prepares legislation to sign away Australia's...

Culture

Strange Neighbours — The Australia-Indonesia Relationship
Edited by Desmond Ball and Helen Wilson
Allen & Unwin, 268 pp. $24.95
Reviewed by Robin Osborne

The most important difference between Australia and Indonesia —...

11 mad days in May

By Sean Healy

BRISBANE — This month the 1991 Biennial, the international art festival come to Brisbane. With it comes the initiative of a wide range of local Brisbane artists, poets and performers — the First...

A Shadow Over East Timor
A documentary by Mandy King and James Kesteven
Produced by Shadow Films in association with SBS Television
To be screened by SBS TV on Friday, May 3, 11.40 p.m. (11.10 p.m. in Adelaide)
Reviewed by Norm Dixon...

When things balance

em = By Paul Buckberry

The report on TV was heard

while a lone vulture bore witness to death.

He was pampered. He witnessed destruction,

cities made of matchsticks: again he gorged.

He witnessed green puss drain...

By Dave Riley

As new flavours go, the taste of the TV '90s is short courses in Australian comedy. Each skit and impersonation feeds an upwardly mobile giggle streak where each guffaw and chuckle rates with McNair Anderson. Undergraduate revue and...

The Return of Scarcity: Strategies for an Economic Future
By Dr H.C. Coombs
University of Cambridge Press, 1990
Reviewed by Malcolm Abbot

Collected in this book are nine essays written by "Nugget" Coombs since his retirement as governor of the...

By Tracy Sorensen

SYDNEY — Twelve years ago, the World Development Tea Co-operative imported just enough tea from Sri Lanka to fill someone's garage. Today, the non-profit organisation's Tradewinds teas can be found in Coles supermarkets nationally and...