Issue 109


Workers seize equipment

ADELAIDE — Workers from a bankrupt crane hire firm have hidden hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of equipment to guarantee that they will receive their redundancy payments.

The workers seized two 50-tonne

By Peter Boyle

On July 26 the federal cabinet worked out new drafting instructions on a legislative response to the 1992 Mabo land rights case. This represents an attempt to come to a common position with Liberal state governments in Western

Campaign to save professional centre

By Nikki Ulasowski

BRISBANE — Thirty people attended a rally on July 30 against the sale of Bardon Professional Development Centre. The centre is the latest victim in a range of cutbacks by the state

By Vannessa Hearman

A report published by the Australian Manufacturing Council last month, The Environmental Challenge: Best Practice Environmental Regulation, demands relaxation of environmental regulations which are alleged to be

Kierath changes WA compo plans

By Andrew McGain

PERTH — The Court government announced on July 29 that it will "soften" its proposed changes to workers compensation. However, industrial relations minister Graham Kierath's new proposals

By Dave Riley

BRISBANE — Queenslanders should brace themselves for continued government spending cuts. With the state budget not due to be brought down until September, already the razors are out. After 44 months in office, the Goss

Students Rally Against Education Cuts

By Nathan Laurent

BRISBANE — A rally of more than 600 student teachers at Queensland University of Technology on July 28 expressed anger at proposed state education cuts.

The rally was

600 meet on Victorian Workcover

By Di Quin

MELBOURNE — State award union delegates, occupational health and safety delegates and injured workers met on July 21 to condemn the Kennett government's Workcover scheme.

The meeting,

By Geoff Spencer

MELBOURNE — Sixty people gathered outside the Australian Defence Industries (ADI) plant in Footscray on July 25 to draw attention to Australia's continued role in the Bougainville war.

Organised by Australian

British environmentalists jailed

Seven environmentalists, including Simon Fairlie, one of the editors of the Ecologist, were jailed for 28 days on July 23 for breaching a High Court injunction preventing them from protesting against the

By Sue Bolton

MELBOURNE — Members of the Australian Services Union (ASU) employed by the State Electricity Commission of Victoria (SECV) in the La Trobe Valley went on strike for 24 hours at midnight on July 28. This followed a period of

Shadow over Cambodia

Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge are on the verge of another international victory. The propaganda campaign by the US, the UK and the UN Security Council has by and large been taken up by the media. The UN peacekeeping

By Peter Boyle

MELBOURNE — The Australian Chemical Industry Council released a code of practice on "Community Right To Know" on July 13. In the wake of major chemical disasters, community groups here have been demanding legislation to


From mono-loyalty to real discipline

According to news agency reports, the Indonesian government has decided to impose military training for new civil service recruits in a bid to "improve their skills and mentality".

A policy of

Independent union conference banned

On July 29 the Indonesian government barred supporters and members of a recently formed independent trade union from holding its first congress.

Plain-clothes police and military intelligence banned

By Cipto R.

JAKARTA — Since the middle of the year, strikes have been increasing. Recently the Ministry of Manpower raised the Jakarta minimum wage to Rp3100 (A$2), and companies should have been paying this amount by July.

There have

Korean human rights activist arrested

South Korean human rights campaigner Noh Tae-hoon was illegally arrested on July 15 in his lawyer's office. He is being detained under the notorious National Security Law.

When an officer from the

By Sean Malloy

Up to half a million civilian refugees have been created by a week of Israeli bombing and shelling of southern Lebanon. More than 8000 Israeli artillery shells have indiscriminately pounded towns and villages. One hundred

By Max Lane

The largest demonstration of Filipino progressive forces since 1987 took place in Manila on July 26. Between 35,000 and 50,000 workers, students and others marched on the Congress to demonstrate against the Ramos government's

On July 21 a force of between 150 and 300 men, made up mostly of discharged members of the Sandinista Popular Army (EPS), but also including some former contras, seized the northern Nicaraguan city of Estelí.

The group, which calls

By Mark Cox

South Africa is not a subtle place. On the second day of my work with the South African Prisoners Organisation for Human Rights (SAPOHR) in Johannesburg, a white policeman shot dead one innocent pedestrian and injured another

Where is Cambodia headed now that a National Assembly is to adopt a constitution and a coalition government has been formed? Khuon Sundary is the deputy editor of Pracheachun, the daily newspaper of the Cambodian People's Party (CPP). She was

By Renfrey Clarke

MOSCOW — The remaining confidence of many Russians in the economic strategies of their government perished over the weekend of July 24- 25, as a shock monetary reform threw retail trade into chaos and threatened to


A jobs levy?

Tax the majority, not the minority of super-wealthy people who live off company profits, dividends, and rent: this is the "solution" to unemployment that the ACTU and the ALP left are rallying behind. They are calling for a


The right to murder

Cutting Edge: Impunidad
SBS Television
Tuesday, August 10, 8.30 p.m. (8 in Adelaide)
Reviewed by Neville Spencer

This documentary from Australian film maker Helen Gaynor examines a key issue behind the horrific

See no evil: the Sabra and Shatila massacres
SBS TV's Timewatch series
Monday, August 9, 7.30 p.m. (Adelaide 7.00)
Reviewed by Sean Malloy

"Tell the world. Film it, film it, film it", pleads a Palestinian woman who survived the horrors

Gross Misconduct
Directed by George Miller
Written by Lance Peters and Gerard Maguire
Starring Jimmy Smits and Naomi Watts
Reviewed by Didit T. and Max Lane

[Note: This review has to reveal the plot of Gross Misconduct. Don't read it

Current affairs with conscience

By Superna Aggarwal

"When two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers the most. It's the same when the two elephants make love." — Rakiya Omaar, a Somali woman, on the impact of the Cold War and

The warm inner glow
em = By Denis Kevans

I've worked at Lucas Heights for years,
Though tell me any want to know,
And when I leave, I'll take with me
A permanent warm inner glow.

And politicians scoffed their best
At people

By Deb Sorensen in Kakadu National Park

Never smile at a crocodile,
No, you can't get friendly with a crocodile,
Don't be taken in by his (sic) friendly grin,
He's imagining how well you'll fit beneath his skin.

A generation of

Bye Bye Blackbird
John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Jimmy Garrison
Fantasy through Festival

First Meditations (for quartet)
John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Jimmy Garrison
Impulse!/GRP through BMG Records

Timely drama

Sons of Cain
By David Williamson
Directed by John Rado
New Theatre, 542 King St, Newtown (Sydney)
Reviewed by Betty Downie.

David Williamson's play about political corruption seems very relevant these days. Indeed,

By Bronwen Beechey

Despite the time that has elapsed since the names Guy Burgess, Kim Philby, Donald McLean and Anthony Blunt made headlines, they are still guaranteed to send shivers up the spines of the British establishment.