Issue 123


Hospital workers resist contracting

By Roberto Jorquera

MELBOURNE — Health Services Union (HSUA) members at the Austin Hospital voted on November 11 to "commence a campaign of industrial action" until the hospital management agreed to a

Call for women's solidarity

BRISBANE — Murri women here have issued an appeal for support and solidarity from all women regarding black deaths in custody:

"We, the women of the Aboriginal community send this plea for support and

Call for ban on steel jaw traps

By Kate Shannon

On November 13, National Anti-Steel Jaw Trap Day, Animal Rescue called for a total ban on traps and snares in Australia. Such a ban exists in 68 other countries.

Current laws in Australia

By Di Quin

MELBOURNE — The Victorian state government has begun a vilification campaign against the deregistered Builders Labourers Federation because of the recent appointment of three Victorian BLF members as organisers within the state

By Karl Miller

SYDNEY — "After twenty years of conflict, division in local communities and environmental destruction, the South East Forest Protection Bill gives Australia its best chance to free the forests of the bulldozer and chainsaw and

Powerful arguments
"When you get into Cabinet, if you don't have the support of the prime minister, at the end of the argument you don't win." — Health minister and numbers man Graham Richadson.

What a relief
"Pentagon officials now

Brisbane garbos reject offer

By Bill Mason

BRISBANE — Brisbane garbage collectors are continuing to campaign for a better redundancy deal when one-person collection is introduced next July.

Transport Workers Union state secretary

Bougainville Tent Embassy

CANBERRA — Medicines donated by organisations, doctors and hospitals were delivered to the Bougainville Tent Embassy in front of Parliament House here on November 4. Alan Coe, representing the Victorian Aboriginal

By Arun Pradhan

ADELAIDE — Despite the establishment media's focus on the two major parties, the vast disillusionment in these parties is reflected in the large number of alternative candidates contesting the upcoming state elections.


Melbourne residents fight boundary changes

By Geoff Spencer

MELBOURNE — With its City of Melbourne Bill about to become law, the state government of Jeff Kennett is making drastic changes to local government.

The bill is about


By Reihana Mohideen

MANILA — SANLAKAS (People's Solidarity for Democracy and Freedom), a broad coalition of organisations campaigning for national freedom and democracy, held its inaugural convention here on October 29.

The coalition is

By Vivienne Porzsolt

Dr Gabriel Baramki, president of Bir Zeit University, in Sydney on a recent visit, spoke to Green Left Weekly about the prospects for peace following the signing of the Declaration of Principles on September 13.


Amnesty International has criticised UN forces in Somalia after receiving reports of killings and unjustified detentions by UN troops. AI says the reports indicate breaches of human rights.

Hundreds of Somalis have been detained for short

By Catheryn Thompson

Vudthikorn Chittiwan is a lecturer in aquatic science at Prince of Songkla University in south Thailand. He has a scholarship from the Australian government to study the environmental impacts of prawn farming on mangrove

By Sean Healy

BRUSSELS "Workers across Europe appear to have taken strength from the spectacular victory of Air France employees ... In Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain and France, employers are facing increasing militancy as they demand job cuts

The United Nations has gone on record for the second time urging the United States to lift its 30-year economic blockade of Cuba. The vote on November 3 in the General Assembly showed a strong world majority against the US policy: 88 countries voted

In New Zealand's dramatic election, a progressive coalition, the Alliance, emerged as the major winner. Although two parliamentary seats fail to reflect its 18.3% vote, it is assured of a big role in the country's political future. MATT McCARTEN, the

By Alex Chis

On October 31 in Moscow, three television cameras and numerous radio and press reporters recorded the newly formed US Committee for Democratic and Human Rights in Russia read a statement condemning the attacks on civil liberties and

El Salvador's right wing has stepped up intimidation with the death squad murders of four FMLN members in one week.

On October 27, just two days after FMLN leader Francisco Veliz was shot while taking his toddler to a day care centre, two FMLN

Militants arrested in Senegal

A number of Senegalese trade union and socialist militants were arrested and many people were wounded on November 4, when a peaceful demonstration of several thousand people, protesting against a projected 15%

By Max Lane

The Suharto regime in Jakarta seems unable to end the resistance to Indonesian occupation in East Timor or bring to an end the international diplomatic controversy about the occupation. The regime continues to pretend that things are

Amazon peoples take Texaco to court

By Penny Saunders

QUITO — Representatives of several groups of indigenous peoples from the Ecuadorian Amazon region left for New York on November 3 to begin court action against the US oil company

By Renfrey Clarke

MOSCOW — For Russian trade unions, the coup d'etat launched and consolidated by President Boris Yeltsin between September 21 and October 4 dramatically increased the difficulties of defending jobs, wages, social benefits and


It's called democracy

"With the pace-setter across the Tasman hobbled, the pressure for reform in Australia — especially the labour market— will be diminished", wrote Steve Burrell in the Financial Review. Reason enough to celebrate the


Just right for the stocking

Black 'n' White 'n' Green
Edited by George Hirst
Envirobook, 1993. 128 pp. $14.95
Reviewed by Allen Myers

The subhead says it all: "Australia's top cartoonists draw the line on the environment". This is a

Save Our Planet Earth
Jimmy Cliff
Musidisc through Festival
Reviewed by Norm Dixon

Amongst the latest albums from the French Musidisc label to be released in this country by Festival Records is a little gem by Jamaican reggae great Jimmy

Lucky Dube give-aways!

South Africa's leading reggae star, Lucky Dube, is again to tour Australia. Those who witnessed Dube's two previous tours marvelled at this performer's inexhaustible energy and total commitment to ending racial

By Jill Hickson

SYDNEY — Around 70 people packed into the Art Resistance video studio here recently for the premiere of a new video on Bougainville. Bougainville: Australia's Hidden War was produced by Actively Radical TV, a community-based

By Kirsten Dunlop

The birth of a journal is not unlike the birth of a star: it happens all the time and goes unnoticed by a vast majority of the population. It is rare for a journal to be born which has a potential for a stellar existence. Siglo

Vietnamese Children's Drawings
Brisbane Town Hall
Until November 20
Reviewed by Dave Riley

Vietnam, after more than 30 years of war, has not yet won the peace. The brutal price that the people of Vietnam have paid for their independence

John Romeril
Edited by Gareth Griffiths
Australian Playwrights Series, No. 5
Editions Rodopi B.V. 1993
Reviewed by David Adamson

This is a generous, well-compiled and broad-ranging account of one of Australia's most significant and

Imagined Communities
By Benedict Anderson
Verso, 1993. $32.95
Reviewed by Jeremy Smith

This is the second edition of Anderson's quite original piece on the emergence of nationalism as a form of mass consciousness.

It is the second