Issue 124


Testimony blocked in child rape case

By Dave Wright

HOBART — A Supreme Court judge has refused to swear in a 12-year-old boy because he did not believe in God. The boy was called to give evidence against the man accused of raping him.

MELBOURNE — Community groups and environmentalists are highlighting the threat to Port Phillip and Westernport Bays by the oil industry and the danger to the Altona and Williamstown area from the proposed expansion of the Mobil Altona refinery.

Hospital workers win a battle

By Roberto Jorquera

MELBOURNE — After eight days of Industrial bans, management at the Austin Hospital was forced to back down and reach agreement with the Health Services Union (HSUA) on procedures to be

Lismore residents discuss Mabo

By Saskia Kouwenberg

LISMORE, NSW — A public forum on Mabo, organised by the newly formed Lismore Human Rights Group in conjunction with the Lands Council, held here on November 18, was an overwhelming

By Melanie Sjoberg

ADELAIDE — Hindmarsh Island is a picturesque spot near Goolwa on the Fleurieu Peninsula south of Adelaide. Still home to some of the indigenous people, it is also a popular holiday area for boating, fishing, swimming and

Residents slam Lang Park takeover

By Bill Mason

BRISBANE — Milton and Paddington residents outraged at the state government decision to fast-track redevelopment of the Lang Park rugby league stadium met on November 19 and called on the

By James Basle

CANBERRA — More than 1000 secondary students participated in a walkout of classes, on Tuesday, November 16, to protest against the ACT Labor government's recent cuts to education. Eight of the nine colleges and five high schools

WA meatworkers strengthen leadership

By Stephen Robson

PERTH — Elections in the meatworkers union here have consolidated the team around branch secretary Glenn Ferguson.

Ferguson originally won his position 18 months earlier, but

Danger seen in Lucas Heights waste

Storage facilities at Australia's Lucas Heights reactor have reached full capacity and a "crisis shipment" to the United States is needed, according to documents obtained by Greenpeace.

Nuclear campaigner

Protest hits waste incinerator

By Bill Mason

BRISBANE — With placards declaring "School kids demand clean air", some 40 protesters met outside state parliament on November 16 to oppose the continued use of Ace Waste incinerators at

Or a chook
"The economy is not taking off like a rocket. It's taking off more like a large plane, gradually gaining altitude. We expect it to stay airborne for some time." — Treasurer John Dawkins.

On the job training
"Well, I'm the prime

Community independent stands

By Anthony Thirlwall

ADELAIDE — Despite being offered little choice between the ALP and the Liberals in the state elections, South Australians will have the chance to vote for another alternative candidate.

Against the blockade of Cuba

The Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) is inviting people around the world to participate in the struggle against the US blockade of Cuba by submitting written or graphic material for a

'Education is the key' in SAIT campaign

By Chris Spindler

Adelaide — South Australian Institute of Teachers (SAIT) president Clare McCarty on November 14 publicly launched her bid to be elected to the Legislative Council.

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Appeal for delegates to African conference

The Melbourne-based Union for Democracy and Development in Kenya (UDD Kenya) is calling for donations to help fund two delegates from their organisation in Australia to attend a pan-African conference

Charges against squatters dropped

SYDNEY — Twelve people arrested in July for occupying a disused Department of Housing house in the inner Sydney suburb of Chippendale, despite having been given verbal agreement to do so, had charges against

Blockade planned against cable-car

By Tony Hastings

KURANDA — Preparation is being made for a campaign of direct action to prevent the construction of a sky-rail cable-way in World Heritage-listed national parks land just north of

By Dave Wright

HOBART — The Groom Liberal government is trying to cut the number of members in the House of Assembly from 35 to 30. The effect will be to weaken significantly Tasmania's democratic proportional representation voting system.

Anti-vilification bill passed

By Tom Flanagan

The New South Wales Anti-Discrimination Act has been amended to outlaw vilification on the basis of a person's homosexuality. The private member's bill, introduced by independent MP Clover

Socialists launch campaign

By Melanie Sjoberg

ADELAIDE — The Democratic Socialists formally launched their state election campaign at a relaxed dinner on November 19.

Andrew Hall, candidate for the seat of Adelaide, told supporters


By Edwin and Jo Hoffman

Is Cuba a racist country, denying equality to the considerable black portion of its population? Yes, say the New York Times and many books and articles appearing in the United States. But wait. The US is still fighting a

By Vivienne Porzsolt

Ha'fa Baramki, director of continuing education at Bir Zeit University on the West Bank, was in Sydney recently and spoke to Green Left Weekly of her experiences of the Israeli occupation.

At the beginning of the

CIA paid off Haiti coup leaders

US officials have admitted that the Central Intelligence Agency paid key leaders of Haiti's military from the 1980s at least until 1991, when the army deposed elected president Jean-Bertrand Aristide in a bloody

Land redistribution will be a crucial question for the incoming majority government in South Africa after the April 27 elections. The secretary general of the African National Congress, Cyril Ramaphosa, gave the opening address to the Conference on

NTOMBENTSHA NCIZA, a member of the ANC Women's League and a leader of the National Education Coordinating Committee, and DIKELEDI MAGADAZI, secretary general of the Northern Transvaal ANCWL, recently visited Adelaide as part of a work experience

By Darwin Juarez

MANAGUA — While Nicaraguans have seen more than their share of nature's foul moods, a recent disaster brought widespread realisation that human hands can sometimes tip nature toward malevolence. Beautiful and historic Lake

By Ana Kailis

AUCKLAND — With postal votes now counted, the National Party has retained government with 50 seats in the 99-member parliament. This result will only increase the alienation from mainstream politics felt by many young people in

By Renfrey Clarke

MOSCOW — During August, industrial output in Russia declined at an annual rate of 34%, the sharpest drop since the grim days of the Nazi blitzkrieg. In September the situation grew still worse: according to seasonally

By Norm Dixon

The international human rights watchdog Amnesty International says Papua New Guinea government troops and their allies are continuing to murder, torture and rape suspected opponents and non-combatants on the island of

By Catherine Brown
and Frank Noakes

SAN FRANCISCO — Gays in the US overwhelmingly supported Bill Clinton in last November's presidential election, largely because of his promise to end the official ban on homosexuals in the military.


By Michael Rafferty

LONDON — Winter in Britain this year looks like being a bitter and stormy one, with news that the November 30 budget is to target welfare cuts to single parent families and to entrench a harsh new tax on separated fathers.


ACOSS aims wide

"At least initially, someone will have to reduce their disposable incomes if job opportunities and working hours are to be shared more widely and the needed expenditure measures financed." That sounds familiar: is it another


Revolution in Rojava: Democratic Autonomy & Women’s Liberation in Syrian Kurdistan
By Michael Knapp, Anja Flack & Ercan Ayboga (translated by Janet Biehl)
Pluto, 2016
285 pp., $38.95

Rojava, which is Kurdish for the “west”, is to be found in Northern Syria. In the middle of a conflict zone, marked by the war against the Assad regime, a Turkish invasion and ongoing conflict with the brutal jihadists of ISIS and al-Nusra, the Kurds and their allies are creating a new kind of democratic system.

Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory
By Deborah Lipstadt.
New York: The Free Press, 1993. 278 pp., $39.95 (hb)
Reviewed by Phil Shannon

Did the Holocaust — the systematic annihilation of 4-6 million Jews under

Writers Defiled: Security Surveillance of Australian Authors and Intellectuals 1920-1960
By Fiona Capp
McPhee Gribble, 1993. 239 pp., $19.95 (pb)
Reviewed by Phil Shannon

Intelligence organisations are in the business of "security", which,

Oz Shorts
Two feature length programs screening on alternate nights until mid-DecemberAcademy Twin, Paddington and then in selected cinemas in most capital cities
Reviewed by Norm Dixon

When I was a just a little tacker, the highlight of the

Wait for the surprises

Red Rock West
A film By John Dahl
At Melbourne's Cinema Nova and Valhalla
Reviewed by Alex Cooper

Red Rock West, the latest offering from John Dahl and his brother Rick, centres on Michael (played by Nicholas

Done Bali
SBS Television
8.30 p.m. (8 Adelaide) November 30
Reviewed by Ignatius Kim

Bali is to Australia what Acapulco is to the US: an escape for Western suburbanites that's seedy for some, exotic for others.

Like Acapulco, Bali

Get your action on TV

ASEED UK is inviting campaign groups from around the world to send in video material for Hot Spots — a weekly five minute radical environmental activist bulletin to be shown on Sky Television.

Sky TV is a satellite

Desperate Remedies
Directed and written by Stewart Main and Peter Wells
At Melbourne's Kino Cinema from November 26, Sydney's Mandolin and Perth's Paradiso from December 2
Reviewed by Peter Boyle

If you liked Orlando, you should like

Two plays on domestic violence

The Keys to the Animal Room
By Peta Murray
Flowers and Chocolates
By Glenn Perry
Both at Junction Theatre, Thebarton

Community attitudes about domestic violence are still shaped by common mythologies

Southeast Asia Rainforests: A Resource and Action Guide
Edited by Martha Belcher and Angela Gennino
Rainforest Action Network in cooperation with the World Rainforest Movement
1993. 100 pp. (large format)
Reviewed By Jon Lamb