Issue 107


International green left meeting set

By Claudine Holt

After the very successful 1990 and 1991 Socialist Scholars Conferences, plans are now under way to hold an International Green Left Conference in 1994. The gathering will be in Sydney

WA compensation campaign

By Stephen Robson

PERTH — Unions here have endorsed a proposal to organise protests culminating in a rally on August 19 in response to state government changes to workers compensation.

TLC assistant

By Jeremy Smith

MELBOURNE — Members of the AMEU at the Isuzu plant in Dandenong have gone out in protest at the company's refusal to negotiate adequate redundancy packages. Upon news of the plant's closure and Isuzu's shoddy proposals for

WA rail jobs to be cut

By Stephen Robson

PERTH — Westrail announced on July 13 that a further 460 jobs will be cut, in addition to the 750 to be lost with the planned closure of the Midland railway workshops.

The 460 jobs will be

By Melanie Sjoberg

ADELAIDE — Public sector workers have been the first victims of the state Labor government's attempts to solve its economic problems. The government announced in its April economic statement that 3000 jobs would be cut

Opposition to Mt Wellington plan

By Sarah Stephen

HOBART — A proposal to construct a cable car, revolving restaurant and artificial ski field on Mt Wellington — the beautiful, largely untouched, backdrop to the city — has state

By Paul Oboohov

SYDNEY — A mass meeting of cleaners from the NSW Cleaning Service (a state government department), on a 24-hour strike, filled the Sydney Town Hall to capacity on July 16. Numerous simultaneous meetings in country centres

Rally for peace in Bosnia

Story and photo
by Jon Lamb

SYDNEY — More than 800 people rallied and marched here on July 17 to protest against the continuing acts of violence and aggression towards women and children in

Community protests killing of Somalis

By Sue Bolton

MELBOURNE — "We are demonstrating to show Australian people and the international community how angry and upset we are with the continual killings of Somalians by the UN troops in

By Freya Pinney
and Joy McEntee

BRISBANE — Organisers of this year's Network of Women Students Australia (NOWSA) conference in Brisbane expected 250 women, but 500 arrived — double the number who attended NOWSA '92 in Adelaide. Many


A campaign has begun in several Asian countries to oppose deployment of Japanese military forces outside Japan. Both in Japan and in the Philippines, Malaysia, Nepal and India, there has been increasing opposition to any revival of Japan's

Vanuatu bars entry to unionists

The Vanuatu government has come under attack from trade unions for refusing to allow two South Pacific Council of Trade Unions (SPOCTU) officials into the country.

The action resulted in the cancellation of

By Arun Pradhan

MELBOURNE — A highlight of the Resistance conference earlier this month was Didit T, a student activist from Indonesia. Her eyewitness reports gave a rare insight into conditions there. Didit became politically active when

By Zanny Begg and Sam Wainwright

MELBOURNE — The third Students, Science and Sustainability conference was held July 13-15 at the University of Melbourne.

Judy Lambert, former adviser to environment minister Ros Kelly, opened the

Sinn Fein still barred from talks

By Catherine Brown

Since the Irish elections at the end of 1992 there has been growing concern in the nationalist community in the north of Ireland that the incoming coalition of the Labour Party and

By Renfrey Clarke

MOSCOW — On July 1, 700 teaching staff at the elite Moscow State University held an unprecedented demonstration demanding prompt payment and indexation of salaries. Similar actions, coordinated by the Moscow Council of

Bombing cover-up charged

By Frank Noakes

LONDON — A program aired on British television on July 7 claims that suspects in the bombing of Dublin and Monaghan in 1974 were never interviewed despite being known to the police.

The two

Official: Britain is 22nd rate

By Frank Noakes

LONDON — Thatcherism, the rule of the market and large scale privatisation have had one major triumph — the rich have gotten richer. Judged by any other standard, Tory ideology has

Worker dried in sun

Three hundred workers in a garment factory in Jakarta protested recently after the factory management forced a worker to stand several hours in midday sun as punishment.

The worker, Muhana, a woman in her 20s, had

Young people in the Netherlands have been at the forefront of resistance to the government's austerity program. In Amsterdam two leaders of the Dutch radical youth group Rebel, Barend de Voogd and Wilco Altena, talked with Green Left Weekly's

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Sun shines on British economy

By Frank Noakes

LONDON — Rupert Murdoch's Sun newspaper slashed its price by 5 pence to 20 pence on July 12 in a bid to win back lost readership. "Well done Sun" it congratulated itself

By Nick Fredman

LONDON — Key recommendations of the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice are not only inadequate, but positively harmful to the rights of the accused, according to supporters of civil liberties here.

The royal

'You eat pesticides'

On June 29, the United States National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released its long-awaited report — "Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children".

The NAS concluded that testing procedures for measuring

Matt McCarten is president of the New Zealand NewLabour Party and chair of the Alliance (involving NewLabour, the Greens, the Maori party Mana Motuhake, the Liberals and the Democrats). In April, he visited the United States, speaking on the

By Max Lane

Supporters and observers of the independence struggle in East Timor have for some time been watching for signs of differences between the Indonesian regime's two main factions: the Suharto clique and the armed forces (ABRI)

South Korean workers strike

By Michael Chong

On July 8 the workers of the nine largest subsidiaries of the largest corporation in South Korea, the Hyundai Group, began to go on strike.

The strike is in protest against the company's

By Norm Dixon

Moves are under way to begin negotiations between leaders of the independence-seeking Bougainville Interim Government, which controls much of the island, and Bougainvilleans representing those areas under PNG Defence Force

Land rights issue at WA TLC

By Stephen Robson

PERTH — Addressing the Western Australian Trades and Labour Council meeting on July 13, Rob Riley, the executive officer for the Aboriginal Legal Service, told the meeting it was important


By Frank Noakes

LONDON — Suddenly the lights went out, the crowd stirred. The music, from Jaws, drummed menacingly as smoke filled the platform. A thin beam of light shot out, then another stabbed the darkness. The tension built as the


Judy Small, one of Australia's best and most popular political singer/songwriters, is currently touring Australia to promote her album Second Wind. She spoke to Alex Bainbridge about the influences on her life, her politics and her music.


Old and new, both good

Second Wind
The Best of the '80s
Judy Small
Larrikin Records
Reviewed by Melanie Sjoberg

Judy Small's latest album, produced as she turns 40, reflects a shift in focus for her musical style.

In 1992,

The dancer who survived

The Tenth Dancer
A film by Sally Ingleton
Reviewed by Bronwen Beechey

Most of us are aware of the recent history of Cambodia, and the appalling devastation wreaked on that country by the Pol Pot regime. One

Deep sea diving machismo

Dark Side of the Heart
A film by Eliseo Subiela and Roger Frappier
Screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival
Reviewed by Peter Boyle

Argentinean Eliseo Subiela, the producer of the

Seeing Voices

Seeing Voices: A journey into the world of the deaf
By Oliver Sacks
Picador. 181 pp. $13.00
Reviewed by Dave Riley

This book is not as esoteric as the subject may seem, nor is it a voyeuristic peak at the disabled.

The Fertile Prison — Fidel Castro in Batista's Jails
By Mario Mencía
Melbourne: Ocean Press. 241 pp. $22.95
Reviewed by Sean Malloy

Honesty is the vigour with which one defends one's beliefs. — José Martí


For many Australians, Africa conjures up images of famine, war, poverty and helplessness. But now a campaign aims to show Africa's other face — its many achievements and the superhuman efforts that Africans are making to improve their lives.

Rock 'n' Roll Call
Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five
Bluebird/BMG Records
Reviewed by Norm Dixon

The greatest myth in modern popular music folklore is that what has become known as "rock 'n' roll" was suddenly "invented" by a motley

Changing the world?

By Lieszel Plumbe

A small, conservative country town. A young woman viciously raped at gunpoint. The headline "RAPE HUNT!" screaming out on the front page of the local paper. And so begins what may be the last will