Issue 121


By Michael Boswell

PERTH — The WA Liberal government will dissolve the City of Perth council at the end of 1993. Since the former Labor government introduced adult suffrage in local government in the mid-'80s, pressure has been applied by city

The Environmental Youth Alliance organised protest actions in most capital cities during October on the theme "People against pollution". In Brisbane 50 people gathered in the Queen Street Mall, for an environmental speakout on October 23. Following

By Wendy Robertson

MELBOURNE — Despite being signatory to an agreement which protects forests of high conservation value, the Victorian government announced on October 27 that it was giving the go-ahead to large-scale woodchipping in the old

By Lesley High

ADELAIDE — Green Alliance launched its campaign and selected candidates for the state elections at a meeting here on October 30. Trish Corcoran and Col Smith will stand in the Legislative Council. Green Left Weekly spoke to both

By Sue Bolton

MELBOURNE — Ray Fulcher, a Public Sector Union delegate for Department of Social Security Area West B Victoria, has had his rights to use departmental facilities withdrawn.

In a letter dated October 27, Kerry Blackburn, the

By James Basle

CANBERRA — In one of the largest expressions of student anger in recent history, 2500 college students walked out of classes on October 27, in protest at education and teacher cuts. This represents about 40% of all college

EZ sacks 330

By Dave Wright

Hobart — Pasminco Metals EZ has sacked 333 workers at its Risdon plant. EZ is implementing a comprehensive plant restructure which it claims will save over $8 million.

Unions believe that the company

By Sean Malloy

SYDNEY — "What we represent is the community, and hopefully the community will also represent us", said Brad Roberts, coordinator of Glebe Youth Centre, in the midst of a campaign to save the centre from closure.


Learning about history
"We're not putting him up there as a role model of any sort. What Milken did in the whole junk bond period really did change the face of corporate America, and I don't think there is any more dramatic way of learning about

By Chris Spindler

ADELAIDE — Campaigns by a number of progressive candidates, including the Green Alliance, a teachers union candidate, the Democratic Socialists and independents, in the December 11 South Australian elections have added

Public sector strike

By Geoff Spencer

MELBOURNE — There was a 70-80% stay-away rate of Public Sector Union members here during the strike on October 25.

Picket lines were set up at all major public service offices in the city (ATO,

By Dave Wright

Hobart — The Independent Reform Group will stand candidates for all official Public Sector Union positions in the November PSU Tasmanian branch elections.

The IRG will be campaigning particularly against what it calls

SYDNEY — Professor Albie Sachs, a prominent leader of the African National Congress, addressed a meeting of 150 people at the Sydney Town Hall on October 25. Sachs, author of the ANC's constitutional guidelines, reported on the progress being made

Brewery to sack 200

By Anthony Thirlwall

ADELAIDE — New Zealand brewer Lion Nathan continued its national round of attacks on workers when it announced plans to retrench 200 of the 500 workers at South Australian Brewing.


By Karen Fredericks

Reclaim the Night marches, against protesting violence against women, gathered more support than ever around the country this year. Green Left Weekly spoke to women who attended marches in just some of the many centres in

By Wendy Robertson

MELBOURNE — The consultants who reported that Mobil's Williamstown refinery expansion plans did not meet state safety guidelines have reversed their findings following a demand by the Victorian government that they review

By Kerry Vernon

BRISBANE — More than 300 women workers at Triumph International women's underwear factories at Ipswich and Wynnum went on strike from October 26. The strike is in response to the refusal of the company (trading as the House of

Jervis Bay strike near victory

By Russell Pickering

WOLLONGONG — An end is in sight for the strike by 24 civilian support workers at the naval training base, HMAS Creswell, Jervis Bay.

The workers have been on strike and have

By Chris Spindler

ADELAIDE — The October 30 State Council meeting of the South Australian Institute of Teachers endorsed SAIT president Clare McCarty to stand as an Education Independent for the Legislative Council in the state elections.

Secret tour exposes illegal waste dumps

By Bill Mason

BRISBANE — A late-night tour of illegal waste dumps here has given Queensland Greens convener Drew Hutton the information he needs to expose the racket of organised environmental crime

Blacks oppose CRA mine pipeline

By Bill Mason

BRISBANE — Aborigines at the Doomadgee community in north-west Queensland have confronted mining giant CRA over plans to build a zinc slurry pipeline to the sea near their land.


By Peter Boyle

Coolibah is a day centre, run by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, for isolated older people in Melbourne's inner city. But according to the Barry Pearce, the centre's coordinator, these days Coolibah is constantly having to turn


McDonald's sues activists

Worldwide hamburger giant, McDonald's is suing for alleged libel two London Greenpeace activists who distributed leaflets criticising the corporation's practices.

In 1985 London Greenpeace (a small, independent

On October 23-24, 1000 delegates and activists met in Manila to form a new socialist organisation, MAKABAYAN (Liberation Movement of the Sons and Daughters of the People). The founding congress elected a leadership council, decided on a national plan

Cuba travellers threatened

On October 17 and 18, most of the 175 US citizens from various walks of life who participated in the Freedom to Travel Campaign were detained by US Customs agents as they returned from a week-long vacation in Cuba.

By Frank Noakes

AUCKLAND — Matiu Rata, leader of the Maori party Mana Motuhake, has an infectious enthusiasm. A candidate for the Alliance, of which his party is a constituent member, Rata is no newcomer to politics: a minister for Maori

By Craig Etcheson

Thailand is emerging from the Cambodian peace process as a big loser. Patient efforts by the UN in Cambodia to cut Thai military and business links to the Khmer Rouge have yielded little but frustration.

The United Nations

By Frank Noakes

AUCKLAND — "We are the only party that is actually offering a comprehensive strategy to deal with unemployment. And yet, we're still so low in the polls that nobody's taking it seriously.

"We have a health strategy that is

By Poul Funder Larsen

MOSCOW — "In general the left is in an extremely difficult position, particularly as regards the coming elections, which by all accounts will be a farce ... We are facing a nearly impossible choice. Either we stay out and

By Ana Kailis

AUCKLAND — An October 29 Herald opinion poll shows support for the Alliance (composed of Greens, Democrats, NewLabour, Mana Motuhake and Liberals) growing. Support for the Alliance has risen from 12% a week ago to 17%. Pockets of

By Renfrey Clarke

MOSCOW — When a country's parliament has been abolished, the Constitutional Court suspended and the constitution overturned, it is hard to argue that a coup d'etat has not taken place. Accordingly, the more brave of Western

By Helen Shaw
and Duncan Chapple

LONDON — In the largest anti-racist mobilisation in Britain since the 1970s, 50,000 mainly young people marched in protest towards the British National Party headquarters on October 16. The march's progress

By Mike Karadjis

Three years of ferocious attacks on living standards were decisively rejected by voters on October 10, when the ruling right-wing New Democracy party was crushed and the Panhellenic Socialist Party (PASOK), led by Andreas

By Ossi Rask

Something is wrong. It has something to do with the unofficial slogan of the lower-level bureaucrats: "The more chaos, the better".

The gross national product of China last year grew by 12.8%. In the first quarter of this year

By Nick Fredman

The 50,000-strong October 16 rally on the south-east London headquarters of the fascist British National Party (BNP) showed the anger of ordinary people against the rising level of racism in Britain.

When I was in Britain in

By Norm Dixon

The Bougainville Revolutionary Army has claimed it has uncovered a Papua New Guinea Defence Force plot to kidnap the Bougainville Interim Government's representative in the Solomon Islands, Martin Miriori. Miriori has been the


Back to the trenches

"Our willingness to compromise has been callously rejected. We will not stand by and allow the irreplaceable old growth and wilderness forests of the south-east to be trashed by the woodchip industry. It's back to the


Time Will Tell
Shane Howard
BMG Records
Reviewed by Ignatius Kim

For an artist of his abilities, Shane Howard is strangely unnoticed here. As special guest on Mary Black's recent Irish tour, he played with Black at the Fleadh festival in

Beyond Beef: The Rise and Fall of the Cattle Culture
By Jeremy Rifkin
Dutton, 1992. 353 pp., $26.25
Reviewed by Dave Riley

As rural researcher Geoffrey Lawrence has pointed out, "Farmers do not care who buys, so long as someone buys." That

Anger and Love
By Justina Williams
Fremantle Arts Press. 280 pp. $16.95
Reviewed by Dave Riley

In answer to the question, "Are you or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?", many supporters of the federal Labor government

Something to sing about
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir recorded live by the ABC
Larrikin records, $25 (proceeds to the AIDS trust of Australia)
Reviewed by Karen Fredericks

One of the things I really regret missing this year is the

By Bronwen Beechey

MELBOURNE — Since its launch in 1991, the yearly production of the Women's Circus has been an eagerly awaited event. Audiences have been thrilled by the celebration of women's diversity, vitality and strength in the previous

Fighting Back
Peter Hicks & the Born Again Pagans
CD or Cassette $20/$15
Recorded & mixed at Rising Damp Studios
Reviewed by Paul Boundy

Peter Hicks and the Born Again Pagans launched their new CD at the Sydney Cultural Dissent evening