Issue 113

Australia

10,000 rally against WA government

By Stephen Robson

PERTH — Ten thousand unionists rallied here at lunch time on August 19 to protest the Court Liberal government industrial legislation and changes to workers' compensation.

The

By Steve Rogers

CANBERRA — Public Service Union leaders are running for cover in the wake of the August 17 federal budget. On August 25 the PSU National Executive suspended its enterprise bargaining negotiations with the government.

Rally hits Goss budget cuts

By Nathan Laurent

BRISBANE — "We are not going to stop fighting until the cuts are stopped, until our education system improves, until students have some rights." This was the message from high school student

Sinking our future

By Melanie Sjoberg

ADELAIDE — When the first of the new Collins class submarines was launched at the Osborne Port Facility on August 28, 40 protesters met the officially invited guests in an attempt to raise

By Janet Parker

SYDNEY — The social and environmental impact of cars are well known, yet cars continue to dominate transport decisions and determine our sprawling pattern of land use. Developing an alternative public transport plan was the

Qld toxic waste dump site 'not safe'

By Bill Mason

BRISBANE — Two recent scientific reports on Queensland's toxic waste dump at Gurulmundi, 390km west of Brisbane, have questioned its location and impact on underground water systems.

Students rally against Groom's education cutbacks

By Ben Courtice

HOBART — Over 250 students from Hobart's four secondary colleges rallied at Parliament House on August 24 to protest against the Groom Liberal government's cutbacks to

Resistance wins Tas Uni women's officer

By Natasha Simons

HOBART — Resistance activist Jennifer Crothers was elected to the position of Women's Officer in the Tasmania University Student Union elections held August 25-27.

By Paul Oboohov

SYDNEY — Workers at the Tooheys brewing plant at Libcombe set up a picket line on August 18 following moves by the plant's owner, Lion Nathan, to force redundancies on 156 production workers.

Maintenance workers were

Police 'beat wars' against gays

By Jeremy Smith

MELBOURNE — An increase in the number of gay men being arrested by police decoys in Clifton Hill's public places has highlighted what is an ongoing outrage for Melbourne's gay community.

By Norrian Rundle

MELBOURNE — The Victorian Directorate of School Education's new staffing formula, recently sent to all primary and secondary schools in the state, has provoked industrial action by teachers. The new formula will cut staff

Kelly leaves way open to Starcke sale

By Nick Everett

BRISBANE — Federal environment minister Ros Kelly stated, on August 24, that the sale to developers of Starcke, a wilderness area of cultural significance to the Yimidhiuu and

Successful 1993 Queer Collaborations conference

By Tom Flanagan

SYDNEY — Sydney University was the scene of a very successful Queer Collaborations conference from August 13-15. Three hundred and forty students registered for the

Rigoberta Menchú to visit Australia

By Alberto Garcia

SYDNEY — Rigoberta Menchú, the Guatemalan human rights leader and the first indigenous woman in the world to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, is to visit Australia. This

Brian Rooney

By Chris Spindler

ADELAIDE — Former State Secretary of the Socialist Party of Australia, Brian Rooney, died of cancer in Adelaide on August 13. He was 58.

Brian was a long term political activist, joining the Communist

South Africa election fund launched

By Chris Spindler

ADELAIDE — Speakers at the launch of Australians for Democracy In South Africa (ADISA) made an impassioned plea for funds for the ANC election fund and the voter education campaign

Qld high school students walk out over education cuts

By Bill Mason

BRISBANE — High school students up and down Queensland have walked out, rallied and marched in protest at state government cuts in education funding in recent weeks.

World

By Boris Kagarlitsky

MOSCOW — At the end of 1990, when it was announced that trade in Moscow would be privatised, the city authorities promised that within a few months store shelves would be laden with goods. Queues would disappear, and

By Pat Chin

NEW YORK — Recent US threats to sabotage the economies of the English-speaking Caribbean are being pelted with criticism by prominent members of the Caribbean community, US House of Representatives member Charles Rangel and

CHICAGO — The scenes of devastation resulting from the Midwest floods have horrified the United States for weeks, but a recently completed survey by Greenpeace indicates that other invisible dangers will remain long after the waters have

By Catherine Brown

TOKYO — In the 12 months preceding the July 18 election, public confidence in Japan's ruling political elite was shaken by revelations of high-level political corruption. "Money politics", as the corruption scandals have

Greenpeace campaigns against toxic incinerators

SPAIN — Four Greenpeace activists blocked the chimney of a toxic waste incinerator in Martorell, Barcelona on August 8 to protest plans by Solvay, a Belgian chemical company, to burn toxic

Japanese left defends 'peace constitution'

By Catherine Brown

TOKYO — In June 1992 various independent left groups formed a broad alliance against the passage of the PKO (United Nations Peacekeeping Operation) Bill. After much heated

Russian left discusses unity

By V. Krasnov

MOSCOW — The question of unifying the democratic left in Russia has been under debate now for at least two years. After the attempted coup of August 1991, when the Communist Party of the Soviet

Editorial

Labor's 'Son of Fightback!'

The Catholic bishops have accurately described the Keating government's budget as "Son of Fightback!". It introduces indirect taxes that hit low- and medium-income earners the most and lavishes the largest cuts in

Culture

By Ignatius Kim

"I don't know how it's doing but it's a great relief to have it out. The rest of it is in the hands of the corporate gods", says Neil Murray of his latest album These Hands.

As Murray will tell you, when the whims of the

Clannad celebrate 20 years

Banba
Clannad
BMG
Reviewed by Ian Jamieson

This year marks the 20th anniversary for the Irish band Clannad. To mark the occasion, BMG have released their sixteenth album, Banba.

The eleven tracks are

Van Morrison comes full circle

Too Long In Exile
Van Morrison
Polydor
Reviewed by Bernie Brian

Van Morrison fans do not need reviews to tell them to buy one of his albums since he never fails to produce quality music. But if there

By Zanny Begg

"I just love being on stage", Lucky Dube told Green left Weekly as he prepared for his third tour of Australia. "I love what I do for the people and because of the people." Anyone who has been to a Lucky Dube concert before will