Issue 118


BRISBANE — The Boycott Mitsubishi Campaign continued on Friday, October 1, as the Rainforest Information Centre, Environmental Youth Alliance and other rainforest activists gathered at Boondal Entertainment Centre for the Mitsubishi-sponsored

Cuban doctor speaks

By Bill Mason

BRISBANE — Cuba's unique and revolutionary health care system has faced the challenge of the recent polyneuropathy epidemic — affecting the eyesight of many citizens — by mobilising the country's

ADELAIDE — Around 80 people gathered on the steps of Parliament House on October 2 to protest against Indonesia's occupation of East Timor and demand the release of resistance leader Xanana Gusmao. The demonstration was part of a weekend of

By Vannessa Hearman

Melbourne — A leaked government report, which was suppressed by both Labor and Liberal state governments, declares Mobil's Williamstown facilities and its controversial expansion plans unsafe.

The report, released on

International workers conference

By Chris Slee

MELBOURNE — Twenty-five international guests and 110 Australian-resident workers attended a conference entitled "Workers Change the World" between September 29 and October 3.


By Cherie Marion
and Tasha Coleman

MELBOURNE — The feminist Belladonna Collective is campaigning for the establishment of a women's director position on the Swinburne University Students Union, but misogynist student politicians have been

By Ray Fulcher

MELBOURNE — Some 30,000 people took to the streets of Melbourne on October 6 in what is probably the last anti-Kennett mass rally called by Trades Hall. The demonstration was the high point of Trades Hall's "week of action".

Police blasted for Aidex violence

The Commonwealth ombudsman has condemned as "inexcusable" the methods used by Australian Federal Police against protesters during the Aidex demonstration in Canberra in November 1991.

A report released by

Inside Indonesia turns ten

The tenth anniversary of the important Australian publication Inside Indonesia was celebrated in Melbourne on October 3 with the release of issue number 36.

The celebration was held together with the opening of an

Business maths
"Although the details are secret, it is believed [Comalco] uses more than one-quarter of [Tasmania's] power production and provides about 12% of the state Hydro-Electric Commission's revenue." — Bulletin, October 5.


Workers protest compo cuts

By Alex Cooper

MELBOURNE — A rally was held to protest the against changes to workers compensation introduced since last November as part of Victorian Trades Hall Council's week of action against the Kennett

By Sam Wainwright

In the next few weeks Environmental Youth Alliance activists in cities around Australia will be protesting against the increasing pollution of the environment under the banner "People Against Pollution".

The greenhouse

Rainforest banner a winner

By Cam Walker

MELBOURNE — Thirty activists from the Boycott Mitsubishi Coalition leafleted the National Basketball League's finals at Flinders Park on October 1. The action was part of the campaign at events

Good turnout for GLW dinner
ADELAIDE — One hundred and seventy people packed into the Eastwood Community Centre for the annual Green Left Weekly dinner on September 24. Guests were treated to an array of Indonesian and African food, and heard

Compensation sought for wrongful jailing

By Bill Mason

BRISBANE — Kelvin Condren, who was jailed for seven years for murder, despite confessions by another man that he committed the crime, is claiming more than $1 million in compensation

Socialists announce candidates

By Liam Mitchell

ADELAIDE — The Democratic Socialists have announced two candidates for the next South Australian elections. A major point in their platform will be greater democracy and the involvement of

Adelaide rally against racism

By Col Smith

ADELAIDE — As a response to the racist backlash against the High Court decision on native title, a new alliance called People Against Racism (PAR) held a rally on October 1 outside the offices of


By Max Lane

Several Philippine left groups are holding exploratory talks aimed at assessing the possibility of establishing an ongoing united front formation. The talks, which began on September 28, involve the components of Peoples Challenge,

Solidarity theme of North-South dialogue

By Sean Healy

NEW DELHI — A round-table discussion on "North-South dialogue: youth perspectives" was held here September 22-23. Organised by the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY), the

PNG agrees to Bougainville peace talks

By Pip Hinman

A military stalemate on Bougainville and mounting international pressure have forced the Papua New Guinea government to announce that it will open Bougainville to independent observers

By Jabulane Matsebula

The government of Swaziland is reported to be using drought relief aid to lure voters to register under a widely rejected system of elections.

Swaziland has had a democracy drought for 20 years after the traditionalist

By Sean Malloy

The United States is deploying further troops and armour to Somalia after 12 US troops were killed, and at least one captured, in its October 3-4 attack on Hawiye clan leader, Mohammed Aideed. The attack killed an estimated 500

By Norm Dixon

JOHANNESBURG — "Anglo American are telling the outside world that there is no apartheid in their company, and that they are opposed to the apartheid system. That is not true. There is a lot of apartheid in this company."

By Chris Slee

Sri Lankan workers are suffering badly under the free market policies of the United National Party government, which has ruled the country since 1977. Anton Marcus, joint secretary of the Industrial, Transport and General Workers

Plot to assassinate ANC youth leader

By Norm Dixon

South African police have uncovered a plot by white right-wingers to murder the president of the African National Congress Youth League, Peter Mokaba. The police, however, have refused to

Egyptian trials a travesty, says Amnesty

Mass trials of civilians in military courts in
Egypt are grossly unfair, and many of those being tried
have reportedly been tortured to extract confessions,
said Amnesty International on September

A convoy of trucks from Britain carrying tonnes of goods and spreading a message of international solidarity has passed through Slovenia on its way to Tuzla in Bosnia.

The convoy left the Timex factory in Dundee on August 9. The trucks were sent

The war against the majority

This statement was issued by the "North-South Dialogue" sponsored by the World Federation of Democratic Youth in New Delhi, September 22-23.

Although the cold war between the USA and the USSR may have finished,


Ho-hum for the republic

Ignoring calls from Prime Minister Paul Keating for an unemotional and non-inflammatory debate on the prospects for a republic as the findings of the government's Republic Advisory Committee were handing down on October


Youth Cultural Dissent

By Taryne Laffar

PERTH — For a young person, trying to escape the mainstream culture thrust upon us, is difficult. Now Cultural Dissent has given us a chance to express our own music, literature, poetry, film and

Ethan Frome
Directed by John Madden
At the Kino, Melbourne, from late October
Reviewed by Peter Boyle

Forbidden passion seems to be a sexy topic among independent and art house cinemas these days — or perhaps it always was. John

After the Fall
By Arthur Miller
Directed by Elin O'Connell
New Theatre, Newtown (Sydney)
Friday-Sunday until November 13
Reviewed by Allen Myers

It's hard to find words sufficiently superlative to describe the New Theatre's After the

The view from Tralfamadore

Fates Worse Than Death — An Autobiographical Collage of the 1980s
By Kurt Vonnegut
Vintage, 1992. 240 pp. $12.95
Reviewed by Dave Riley

Once upon a time artists were people; that is, they were for the

Breaking the norms

By Sabina Nowak

ADELAIDE — Two short plays by David Paul Jobling, The grip and Grown-up's playroom, were performed together at the Space Theatre from September 21 to 25.

The grip, previously performed at the South

Shooting at the Moon

Shooting at the Moon: Peace Workers in Cambodia Tell Their Stories
A photographic exhibition at the Sydney Town Hall October 9-16 and from October 18 in Canberra at Old Parliament House.

Heide Smith's photographs

Seizing the night

By Lynda Hansen

BRISBANE — Green it Up! presented a special event on September 16. Nineteen women performers demonstrated their talents for an audience of more than 100 people.

A mixture of poetry, storytelling and

Emotions so powerful you can taste them

Like Water for Chocolate
A film by Alfonso Arau
Reviewed by Elle Morrell

In Mexico, hot chocolate is made with water, not milk. One brings the water to a boil and then adds the cocoa. When someone

The Wisdom of the Elders
By Peter Knudtson and David Suzuki
Sydney: Allen and Unwin. 232pp. $19.95.
Reviewed by Dave Riley

Human history is part of natural history. Human beings arose via their interactions with nature.

Human society

How Australia won the Olympics

By John Tomlinson

At 4.20 a.m. on September 24, the secretary of the International Olympic Committee announced that Australia had won the right to host the year 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. It can now be

By Bergen O'Brien

SYDNEY — "When I paint I am free. My heart bonds with my mind which gives me an eye so keen and a hand so steady — paints a true statement of beauty so totally free", writes Bud Lansdale, an Aboriginal artist, from Long Bay

Mabo made understandable

Mabo — its meaning for Australia
A Community Aid Abroad Background Report
30 pp. $8 (plus $2 for postage and packaging)
Reviewed by Lachlan Anderson

Community Aid Abroad recently released a compilation of