Issue 108


By Bill Mason

BRISBANE — The government of Premier Wayne Goss has provoked an explosion of popular anger over harsh cuts to rail, education and health services, announced over the past couple of weeks.

Rail workers have threatened

By Kristian Whittaker

CANBERRA — "When I used to live in the USA, I was an activist against the war in Vietnam. Now I'm living in Australia, I find myself compelled to be an activist against 'Australia's Vietnam', Bougainville." Barbara

By Anna Drews

PERTH — State government proposals to amalgamate the privately owned St John of God with the publicly owned Bunbury regional hospital have brought to the fore the issue of abortion rights and job losses.

If the plan is

Groom to legislate against Mabo

By Dave Wright

HOBART — A campaign of fear and misinformation has begun in Tasmania, orchestrated by those hostile to the recent Mabo High Court decision. They include the Tasmanian Chamber of Mines, the

Government funds moralistic sex booklet

By Rohan Gaiswinkler

HOBART — A sex information booklet entitled "The Things You Do For Love" was launched here on July 16. The 12-page glossy booklet is a joint project of the Pregnancy Support

By Lara Pullin

Miguel Marmol, known to his people and comrades as "the living legend", and to his enemies as "the red phantom", died of natural causes on June 24 in San Salvador at the age of 75. A dinner and video showing is being held in

Campaign against closure of women's prison

By Bronwen Beechey

MELBOURNE — Women's groups, prisoners' rights activists, community legal services and welfare organisations such as Catholic Social Services have joined in condemnation of a

Bougainville awareness week

By Mara Ochea

SYDNEY — A picket organised by the Bougainville Freedom movement was held on July 23 outside the Australian Regional Defence building in Liverpool St.

About 30 people distributed leaflets

Abortion Rights under attack in ACT

By Lara Pullen

CANBERRA — In August 1992, following six months of intense pro-choice agitation, the ACT Legislative Assembly voted to repeal the 1978 act which prohibited abortion in all but limited

Teachers, public servants rally

By Sean Healy

BRISBANE — Teachers and public servants rallied outside Parliament House here on Thursday, July 15, against savage cuts to public spending by the Goss Labor government. The rally, called by

WA unions support appeal to 'send Kerry home'

By Kath Mallot

PERTH — The WA Trades and Labour Council has voted unanimously to support a national campaign which will put pressure on states and territories to implement the

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DARWIN — Local band Kerygma performing at this year's very successful Community Aid Abroad dry season feast on Sunday, July 18. CAA has just opened an office in Darwin and can be contacted by ringing Jenny

ACTU retreats on aid to phoney union

The ACTU appears to have been forced to retreat on plans for a large scale program of cooperation with the Suharto regime's puppet trade union, the SPSI.

Several weeks after publication in Solidarity

Pro-choice picket

By Lynda Hansen

BRISBANE — A group of noisy, energetic protesters formed a powerful picket here on July 12 in King George Square under the eye of the recently installed "security camera".

The group called for

Victorian police face murder charges

By Alex Cooper

MELBOURNE — Years of campaigning by the families of two of the 11 men shot by police between 1987 and 1989 have been partially successful. The director of public prosecutions, Bernard

Small businesses take a stand

MELBOURNE — The Alternative Small Business Association has been set up by a group of small business people who were sick of the right-wing diatribes of former Small Business Association leader Peter Boyle (not

Susan George for Green Left Conference

SYDNEY — Susan George, famous for her writings on third world issues, has confirmed that she will be able to speak at the April 1994 International Green Left Conference.

George is particularly

By Peter Boyle

Prime Minister Paul Keating on July 22 announced major backtracking on the income tax cuts promised in his 1992 One Nation statement. The changes had been prepared over the preceding period by a series of "leaks" to the effect

People to People Conference

Activists from a range of grassroots and community organisations in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia will visit Australia in August to attend a People to People Conference between Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and


By Renfrey Clarke

MOSCOW — By a margin of 433 to 62, Russia's Constitutional Assembly voted on July 12 to adopt a draft of a new "basic law". The draft, which generally follows a text proposed in April by President Boris Yeltsin, will now

NZ military exercise in Fiji

The New Zealand army and air force are taking part in tropical training exercises in Fiji for the first time since the 1987 coups.

New Zealand military aid programs, navy visits and maritime surveillance

By Boris Kagarlitsky

The closer elections come, the more vital it is to have an economic program. Russia is ready for new ideas. Neo-liberal theories no longer evoke the earlier rapture, and people no longer applaud every mention of the

Scandal may end German commando unit

By Catherine Brown

The shooting of suspected Red Army Faction member Wolfgang Grams by the German crack commando unit GSG9 has led to the resignation of the German interior minister and the federal

By Peter Devereux

MANAGUA — "Ortega Threatens the Government" was the headline in La Prensa, the conservative daily newspaper, on July 20, the day after the celebration of the 14th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution.


Malaysian appeal on Timor

During President Suharto's visit to Malaysia beginning on July 16, a broad range of non-government organisations and political parties issued a statement condemning Indonesia's occupation of East Timor.


By Jenny Long

The combined effect of the dislocation of Palestinians from their land and competition from Israeli mass production agriculture has all but destroyed the Palestinian farming industry and driven Palestinian male unemployment to

Thugs attack friends of Cuba

Right-wing rioters on July 17 attacked members of the US-Cuba Friendshipment as they loaded humanitarian aid destined for Cuba. The attacks occurred during a send-off event in Elizabeth, New Jersey, organised by

By Anne Casey

A fourth political formation — the New Zealand First Party — was launched on July 18 with Winston Peters, the "nation's most preferred prime minister" and former National party MP at the helm. This follows the breakdown in

By Norm Dixon

South African police opened fire without warning on African National Congress vice-president Walter Sisulu's motorcade as it travelled from Johannesburg to his Soweto home in the early hours of July 18. An ANC driver was killed

By Mitchell Hamilton

The East Timorese resistance has rejected a proposal from Jakarta that it hold talks with East Timorese collaborators with the Indonesian occupation forces.

Jose Ramos-Horta, an official of the National Council of

Workers, peasants strike in India

Tens of thousands of Indian industrial workers not represented by trade unions went on a day-long strike on July 14 to press for a minimum wage act and job security. The strike was spearheaded by the radical

By Sean Magill

BELFAST — The security forces in the north of Ireland, in an attempt to extricate themselves from further embarrassment, have dropped the murder case against five young men, known as the Beechmount Five.

The five,

By Max Lane

Indonesian President Suharto's right-hand man in Cabinet, research and technology minister Habibie, is continuing a public flirtation with the leaders of the long-time anti-Suharto opposition group, the Petition of 50. The

Anti-nuclear protest at Buckingham Palace

By Sigrid Shayer

BRISTOL — A spectacular break-in of Buckingham Palace grounds in London on July 6 brought international attention to British nuclear testing on the lands of the Western


BWIU deregistration

There is little doubt that there is a major push under way by employers and governments to eliminate any real role for trade unions in defending workers' interests in the struggle over wages and working conditions. This


Produced and directed by Ron Mann
With Hank Ballard, Chubby Checker, Joey Dee, Mama Lu Parks and the Parkettes, Dee Dee Sharp
Shown at the Melbourne International Film Festival
Reviewed by Bronwen Beechey

Ron Mann's last film,

Franco between two stools

Franco: Behind the Myth
SBS Television
Friday, August 6, 8.30 p.m. (8 p.m. Adelaide)
Reviewed by Richard Ingram

What myth? I'm guessing here, but if you asked people at random on the street, "What do you

Real friends

Peter's Friends
Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Written by Rita Rudner and Martin Bergman
Starring Kenneth Branagh, Rita Rudner, Emma Thompson
Reviewed by Claudine Chionh

Peter's Friends has both admirers and detractors.

The Street and other stories
By Gerry Adams
Brandon Books, Co. Kerry. 1992. 159pp.
Reviewed by Sean Healy

Until now, the books of Gerry Adams, the president of the Republican party Sinn Fein, have focused on one aspect or another of

Rolling Back the State
By Jane Kelsey
New Zealand: Bridget Williams Books. 1993.
Reviewed by Noel Hester

Just prior to the March federal elections, the Sydney Morning Herald ran a story on its front page titled "Kiwis Love GST". This

Eric Bogle
Larrikin Entertainment

Jigsaw Days and Sunday Dinners
Robert Brock
Larrikin Entertainment
Reviewed by Ian Jamieson

Traditional Western folk has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with the labour

The Cutting Edge: Sex, Drugs and Dinner
Presented by Alexei Sayle
SBS TV, Tuesday, August 3, 8.30 p.m. (Adelaide 8.00)
Reviewed by Ignatius Kim

Throughout the modern era, in a time of unparalleled human achievements, when we have

Demonstration by Thugs and Terrorists

By Kristian Whittaker

When Cameron Muir, Joe Ferguson and Laurie Agar came together late last year to form a new rock-based punk band, they adopted the name Thugs and Terrorists. The name derives

Successor to a certain dog

Directed by John Musker and Ron Clements
With voices of Robin Williams, Linda Larkin
Reviewed by Dave Riley

You know the story, of course: everyone knows the story. The tale of Aladdin's lamp was