Issue 120


By Vikki Langton

ADELAIDE — Five areas of Kangaroo Island's valuable natural wilderness are the first section of South Australia to be fully protected by a state government act. Under the Wilderness Protection Act of 1992, the areas, totalling

"One would think in a free and reasonable society that these things don't happen." — WA Liberal MLA Wayde Smith, after discovering that police had planted a bug in his home in 1991.

"He is a great man — a martyr, not a crook.

By Vivienne Porzsolt

SYDNEY — Human rights are at the core of a real settlement to the conflicts in the Middle East, said Dr Gabi Baramki, the president of Bir Zeit University, at a public meeting on October 13.

Bir Zeit University is a

By Dick Nichols

On October 18 mass meetings of Public Sector Union members around Australia voted to strike for 24 hours on October 25 and begin a campaign of rolling stoppages from October 26.

The action came in the wake of government

Students rally in Adelaide

By Alison Dellit

ADELAIDE — More than 400 students gathered outside of Parliament House here on October 13 to protest against the latest round of HECS increases.

The rally was organised by the right-wing

Lesbians celebrate in Brisbane

By Carolyn Ride

BRISBANE — Lesbians, gay men and supportive heterosexuals celebrated International Lesbian Day, October 10, with a public mock wedding in Post Office Square.

Deni and Solange,

By Paul Oboohov

SYDNEY — New Zealand brewing giant Lion Nathan bugged, spied upon, videoed and photographed union meetings of workers during a recent dispute at its Tooheys plant here recently.

Criminal lawyer and Sun-Herald columnist

By Mike Karadjis

SYDNEY — Representatives of more than 20 community and youth organisations have voted to cut off all joint activity with the police throughout the Fairfield-Cabramatta area following incidents of abuse of police power. These

By Ray Fulcher

MELBOURNE — Tony Longland is contesting Branch Executive and National Council positions in Public Sector Union elections in Victoria in November.

Longland, employed by the Department of Veterans' Affairs, has opposed the


COSATU calls general strike

The Council of South African Trade Unions Central Executive Committee has voted to hold a general strike on November 15, a week before parliament is scheduled to approve South Africa's interim constitution.


By Max Lane

Important sections of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) have joined the break from the Stalinist politics of the CPP's past. The regional committee of the Negros CPP, the democratic bloc of the Panay regional party

By Sean Healy

BUDAPEST — With the recent confrontation in Moscow, Russia seems to be entering a new stage. TAMAS KRAUSZ, a leader of the Hungarian Left Alternative and a member of the Institute for Russian Soviet Studies, spoke to Green Left

By Ana Kailis

AUCKLAND — The emergence of the Alliance as a credible left force in New Zealand politics has left Labour with nowhere to go. With significant sections of its traditional working-class constituency now supporting the Alliance,

By Michael Connors

Thumthong Phoirit recently visited Australia as part of the Thai delegation to the Australian Asia Worker Links conference, Workers Can Change the World. She told her story to a meeting of the Victorian Trades Hall Council on

By Boris Kagarlitsky

MOSCOW — When Russian citizens elected new people's deputies in the spring of 1990, they believed they were laying the basis for democratic change. And when the deputies elected Yeltsin chairperson of the Supreme Soviet,

By Stephen Robson

PHNOM PENH — After the adoption of a new constitution, the 22,000-strong forces of the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) are withdrawing.

On September 21, the 120-person Constituent Assembly

By Frank Noakes

AUCKLAND — The Alliance, a coalition of progressive parties, faces the conservative parties in the November 6 New Zealand general election confident that it has already forced the debate away from the extreme free market

By Chris Beale

Thailand's "pro-democracy" government of Prime Minister Chuan is fighting for its life in the face of a comeback by "unusually rich" politicians and destabilising arson attacks.

A super-merger of opposition pro-military

By Norm Dixon

"These Men Both Won the Nobel Peace Prize. Only One Deserves It." This was the bitter response of Sunday Nation, South Africa's leading weekly black newspaper, to the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to both Nelson Mandela and

By Marita Mueller

The fall of the Berlin Wall in October 1989 and the reunification of Germany a year later had many consequences for East German women. At reunification East German laws were simply replaced by West German ones, without any

October 8, 1993. Moscow

Dear Friends,

We have received many inquiries about the events in Moscow from September 21 to October 7. We have not had an opportunity to write a formal long letter about these events and thus we send you a brief


A sick system

"Disturbing", "scandalous", "disgusting": these are among the long list of adjectives used in Brian Burdekin's report on the human rights of people with mental illness to describe their plight. Yet words are inadequate to paint the


Written and directed by Tracey Moffat
At Melbourne's Cinema Nova and Academy and Walker Cinemas in Sydney from October 28
Reviewed by Peter Boyle

The three films that make up BeDevil were shot together in six weeks — on a low

The Nostradamus Kid
A film by Bob Ellis
Starring Noah Taylor and Miranda Otto
Reviewed by Peter Boyle

This is one of those films that annoys some people, intrigues others and makes some people laugh a lot. The subject matter of The

The Lenny Bruce Originals
Compact Discs in two volumes
Fantasy 1991 FCD-60-023/4
Reviewed by Dave Riley

Over 20 years ago in our shared, boldly political household, we took our icons seriously. To live the revolution in those days, we made

Sunday night in Brunswick

By Sean Lennon

MELBOURNE — Every Sunday night in Brunswick, music cooperative "One C One" puts on concerts at the Mechanics Institute. One C One provides music which is non-commercial and acoustic and caters to a

Broad Accents
Sydney's third multicultural theatre festival
November 4-27
Seymour Centre and Fairfield Arts Centre

The work of more than 15 theatre groups, from as many homelands and all resident in Australia, will be showcased in the

By Lesley Warne

WOLLONGONG — A couple of years ago Elizabeth Perry decided that she wanted to do something interesting with her life. She came to Wollongong on a visit one day and decided it was the perfect place for a second-hand quality