Issue 120

Australia

"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. Understanding "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
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

World

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. The
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

Editorial

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

Culture

BeDevil 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