Issue 12

Australia

By Adriaan Anarco-Troika

DARWIN — The federal government should implement the findings of the Resource Assessment Commission and incorporate the conservation zone into Kakadu National Park without delay, says the Northern Territory Environment Centre...

Women's collection threatened

BRISBANE — The University of Queensland student union executive is threatening to close the union library, which includes one of the largest collections of feminist writing in the country.

The threat follows cutbacks to other...

Call for action against WA officers

By Leon Harrison

PERTH — The Aboriginal Legal Service has called on police commissioner Brian Bull to discipline officers involved in the 1983 arrest of 16-year-old John Pat.

ALS legal counsel John...

Women picket Qld Labor

By Susan Price

BRISBANE — About 50 supporters of the Women's Abortion Campaign picketed the Queensland Labor Women's Conference on May 11.

The women were angry at the Goss government's refusal to act on the...

By Janet Parker

Around the globe, environmental activists will mark June 5 — the UN-designated World Environment Day — with rallies, marches, festivals, seminars, concerts, bike rides, tree-plantings and a great variety of other events.

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By Bob Cummins

BALLINA, NSW — Extensive bulldozing of Aboriginal sacred sites on an East Ballina housing estate and river lands has been temporarily halted after years of protests.

Bundjalung Aborigines from the Jali and Far North Coast land...

Brisbane mall fight

By Bill Mason

BRISBANE — Retailers have opposed proposals by the Electoral and Administrative Review Committee to amend the infamous Mall Act, which bans all political activity in the Queen Street Mall. The shopkeepers say the...

Balmain's toxic school

By Rose McCann

-1>SYDNEY — Some six months after fears were raised that Balmain High School students were being exposed to toxic chemicals, students have been barred from using the harbour shore sporting area.0>...

By Jacqui Kavanagh

SYDNEY — Aboriginal representatives have condemned the failure of the final report of the Royal Commission into Black Deaths in Custody to recommend the laying of charges against police killers.

"The royal commission had two...

The endorsed Green candidates for the May 25 NSW election are activists from a range of backgrounds. Green Left will profile all the Green candidates over the next three issues.

Bulli

For long-time women's, peace and environment...

Gaps in Qld bias law

By Nicholas Ward

BRISBANE — The Goss government appears to be hesitating over including sexual preference in its anti-discrimination legislation, announced in March.

This is despite submissions from organisations...

By Peter Boyle

MELBOURNE — The bulk chemical storage facility in Coode Island (in Melbourne's dock lands) is a serious menace to residents in nearby suburbs, to workers and to the environment, according to documents obtained by the Hazardous Materials...

WA left unionists organise

By Catherine Brown

PERTH — In recent months, a number of WA unions have disaffiliated from the ALP. Now, a group has emerged called Left Unionists, united around an anti-Accord perspective.

Several unions are...

By Dick Nichols

SYDNEY — One week into the campaign for the May 25 state elections, boredom, indifference and suspicion with the major parties reign supreme. The latest polls show a small increase in Liberal/National support (up to 35%) with Labor...

Latin Americans unite for May Day

By Lolo Madariaga

SYDNEY — Nine Latin American solidarity and community organisations collaborated in order to celebrate May Day within their own community.

More than 700 people gathered at Cabramatta...

By Debra Wirth

SYDNEY — About 100 people protested outside the Supreme Court on May 8, the day Arthur Murray and Sonny Bates were sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment by the trial judge in Bathurst after being convicted by an all-white jury.

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By Steve Painter

The record jump in unemployment in April makes nonsense of the Hawke government's boast through the '80s that its Accord with the trade union movement was responsible for creating jobs. If the Accord were to be credited for the growth of employment...

SA anti-abortion bill

By Catherine Goff Brady

ADELAIDE — A private member's bill to further restrict women's rights to abortion has been passed in the state lower house by 23 votes to 21.

Liberal Member for Hayward Mark Brindal's bill...

World

By Mono Badela

With the South African Communist Party's 70th anniversary just three months away, the party is building structures throughout the country — in the factories, in the mines, in townships and even [middle class] urban centres such as Hillbrow.

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The forces which eventually overthrew the Stalinist system in Hungary can be traced as far back as the immediate aftermath of the 1956 uprising, which was crushed by Soviet tanks. Last week, LASZLO ANDOR and PETER ANNEAR described the economic reforms of the '60s and the undermining of the...

By Satendra Prasad

SUVA — Fires destroyed a mining shaft and heavy equipment, causing F$800,000 damage, as the strike by more than 850 members of the Fiji Mine Workers Union (FMWU) entered its 10th week.

The fires broke out early on May 7,...

By Renfrey Clarke

MOSCOW — An "Action Program of the Council of Ministers of the USSR for Leading the Economy out of Crisis" has been placed before the parliament of the Soviet Union. Despite its innovative-sounding title, it is basically a reworking of...

By Adam Novak

and Peter Annear

PRAGUE — The reality of Czechoslovakia's privatisation program is proving quite different to the rosy picture painted in the early days of the "Velvet Revolution". Nor is the reform process the...

SYDNEY — A vocal picket by members of the Korean community and Australian supporters was held outside the US Consulate on May 10 to protest against recent war threats from the US...

By Peter Boyle

Kurdish people are hopeful about the prospects of achieving some form of autonomy within Iraq after current talks between representatives of the Iraqi Kurdistan Front and ministers from the Iraqi government, according to a spokesperson of the Victorian...

Urgent action needed to save refugees

Some 109 refugees from Aceh, the Indonesian province at the northern tip of Sumatra, face imminent deportation from Malaysia back to Indonesia.

On May 3, the human rights organisation TAPOL and SIMBA (Singapore and Malaysian British...

Indonesian union attacks Hawke government

Indonesia's only independent trade union has condemned the Australian government's decision to back Indonesian government minister Cosmas Batubara's candidacy for president of the International Labour Conference.

Industrial relations...

Editorial

Editorial: Inquiries and decisions

Aboriginal organisations are justifiably angry that the royal commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody did not recommend legal action against state officials responsible for the deaths of 99 people under their care. This is despite the fact that...

Culture

By Pat Brewer

"We have to understand quite clearly why people sought to conquer nature, how frightening they found its seasons, pests, predators and uncertainties. We must sympathise with why human society felt the need for the control that science and technology...

Footsteps
By Pramoedya Ananta Toer
Translated by Max Lane
Penguin. $14.99.
Reviewed by Stephen Robson

Like its predecessors, the third volume of this quartet of novels is riveting reading. Through the character of...

The Incredible Exploding Man
By John Jiggens
Samizdat Press, 1991. 132 pp. $12.95
Reviewed by Graham Lamond

Sydney, 1978: the Hilton bombing, an act of horrific violence, leaving three men dead. This was no game. Yet in...

Henry IV Part I
By William Shakespeare
Staged by Wayne Harrison, Philip Parsons and John Senczuk
With Andrew McFarlane, Marcus Graham, Angelo D'Angelo
Sydney Theatre Company
The Wharf, Pier 4
Reviewed by Angela Matheson...

By Kim Spurway

Lesbians on the Loose is the biggest and most widely read lesbian magazine in Australia. Circulated free of charge once a month, it emphasises topical issues, with lots of short, information-based articles and a smaller...