Issue 125


By Melanie Sjoberg

ADELAIDE — The Arnold ALP government launched its bid for the women's vote in the December 11 state election, a policy titled "Women-Moving Forward", on November 22.

Some of the highlights are pledges to:


By Steve Rogers

CANBERRA — Public Sector Union members in the ACT have delivered a stunning rebuff to the incumbent leadership in the current branch executive elections. The PSU Challenge team campaigned on a wide range of issues including

ACT nurses stop work

By Tyrion Perkins

Canberra — Nurses at Canberra's main hospital at Woden Valley are taking industrial action to stop changes to rostering.

Management is trying to pressure nurses into reducing their hours of

Youth speak out

By Lesley High

ADELAIDE — The radical youth organisation Resistance held a successful youth speak-out in Rundle Mall here on Saturday, November 27.

Armed with placards and leaflets displaying slogans like: "Resistance

Hindmarsh picket continues

ADELAIDE — Support for the Friends of Goolwa and Kumarangk — opposing the proposed Hindmarsh Island bridge and associated developments — is growing.

Unions supporting this broad coalition now include all

Campbell continues in ALP

By Stephen Robson

PERTH — The MHR for Kalgoorlie, Graeme Campbell, has always been a loose cannon for Labor. Campbell has always outspokenly supported the interests of the mining companies.

So with the

Surprise decision to split preferences

By Chris Spindler

ADELAIDE — In an unexpected shift, the Green Party (SA) has joined the Australian Democrats in splitting its ticket for the December 11 South Australian elections.

That is,

NSW South Coast unionists in court

By Bernie Brian

WOLLONGONG — The trial of two south coast unionists is to continue, despite the disappearance of one of the prosecution's key witnesses.

South Coast Labour Council (SCLC) secretary

Green Alliance launches campaign

By Arun Pradhan

ADELAIDE — "We need an alternative to 
Liberal and Labor, an alternative that is inclusive and 
based on grassroots democracy, one that puts 
environmental and social justice

Victory for gay rights

By Melanie Sjoberg

ADELAIDE — David Paul Jobling was granted a $60,000 compensation payment on November 22. The Equal Opportunity Tribunal declared that Jobling was prevented from taking up an artist-teaching

ATSIC councillors face election

By Karen Fredericks

The second ATSIC (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission) Regional Council elections will be held around Australia on Saturday, December 4. The election comes at a time when

Brisbane garbos vote to end strike

By Bill Mason

BRISBANE — A dawn meeting of 300 garbage collectors in King George Square voted on November 26 to end their two-day strike and accept the city council's improved redundancy offer.


"A very disappointing result and most unexpected. We will go on, because we are fighting a battle for the civil liberties in this country." — Entrepreneur John Elliott on the Federal Court's refusal to stop the National Crime Authority

Vic Trades Hall doges campaign on holidays

By Jason Cheng

MELBOURNE — A Victorian Trades Hall Council shop stewards/job delegates meeting on November 24 voted to endorse action against the Kennett government's latest attacks on Workcover

Queensland rail lines reprieved

By Bill Mason

BRISBANE — The Goss government has agreed to retain 17 rail lines threatened with closure several months ago (some conditionally), to lease one as a private siding, to mothball five and close

By Nicole Ernst

BRISBANE — Environmental activists protested in the early hours of the morning at the Hamilton wharves on November 22. The aim of the protest was to raise awareness about destructive logging operations in Malaysia.

Greenpeace and the Ningaloo Preservation Association on Exmouth on November 26 staged a protest against an oil company which is about to start exploration drilling next to a marine park of world significance off the WA coast.

Two Greenpeace

Residents organise against council changes

By Geoff Spencer

MELBOURNE — North Carlton residents are organising against their expulsion from the City of Melbourne, of which they have been part for more than 100 years.

Following two


By Renfrey Clarke

MOSCOW — Liberal journalists and moderate political leaders have bitterly condemned the draft constitution released by President Boris Yeltsin on November 10. Major criticisms of the document include charges that it violates

By Felicity Arbuthnot

In a small Baghdad grocery store, a child of perhaps five came in, clearly proud to be doing an important errand. He was clutching a five dinar note — approximately 9 British pence at the official rate of exchange.

By Stephen Robson

HANOI — Economic reforms that began in the 1980s are changing the way Vietnam's unions organise.

The vast bulk of the 30 million-strong labour force works in agriculture. Prior to 1986, the industrial work force was

VIVIENNE PORZSOLT spoke recently to HA'IFA BARAMKI, director of continuing education at Bir Zeit University. Mrs Baramki was born in Gaza and stayed there until she went to study at the Beirut College for Women. She returned to Gaza and taught

By Norm Dixon

A last-minute concession by South African President F.W. de Klerk has allowed the multiparty negotiating forum finally to agree on an interim constitution under which South Africa will be governed until 1999. The agreement clears

A resurgent religious right in the United States is again contesting old hard-won rights. Youth are a particular target of homophobes. The insinuation of religious bigots onto school boards has led to censorship of textbooks and library books and the

Police on November 19 shot dead Raimal Punya Vasave, a 15-year-old tribal youth, during a protest against the giant Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada River in Maharashtra state. Three other tribal people were seriously injured.

The villagers

By John Pilger

When the United Nations leaves Cambodia, it will dismantle the only national organisation clearing landmines. Training of Cambodians to clear mines has stopped and vital equipment has been removed, leaving people isolated in

By Freddy Alexis in Jakarta and Max Lane

On November 25 the Suharto regime finally gave in to demands of demonstrators who had been protesting for several weeks against a decision to extend the life of a state lottery system notorious for its

By Anne O'Callaghan

Professor Manuel Amador is vice-director of the Cuban Institute of Nutrition and Food Hygiene. He was in Australia recently to attend the 15th International Conference of Nutrition, held in Adelaide from September 26 to

Controversial daily launched in PNG

By David Robie

A controversial new daily newspaper, published by an associate company of the Malaysian logging corporation which dominates Papua New Guinea's timber industry, appeared on November 11 —


Too much power

Canadian publisher Conrad Black's need to feed his enormous ego by revealing personal and political exploits (exploitations) in his self-important autobiography has lifted the lid once more on the shady dealings between leading


The Naked and the Dead
By Norman MailerWith an Introduction by John PilgerFlamingo 1993. 717 pp., $19.95 (pb) Reviewed by Phil Shannon

In 1948, Norman Mailer published one of the best novels to come out of World War II. This 1993 reissue of

C.D.s and Other Things
By Peter Lyssiotis and Gyorgy Scrinis
Masterthief Enterprises, 1993. 52 pp., $7.50
Reviewed by Anthony O'Donnell

"Only connect." This injunction of E.M. Forster's (I think) is as good a fulcrum as any from which to

ABC Television
Tuesdays, 9.30 p.m.
Reviewed by Sean Malloy

This is the second series of Blackout, and I'm elated to say that this new series looks as good as, if not better than, the first.

Blackout examines Aboriginal and

Cathie O'Sullivan
Jarra Hill through Larrikin Entertainment
Reviewed by Norm Dixon

Potential buyers of Cathie O'Sullivan's fascinating album should ignore the dreadful packaging. Through some strange lapse of judgment, Larrikin

Some of Robyn Archer's best

Ancient Wonders
By Robyn Archer
Larrikin Records
Reviewed by Melanie Sjoberg

It is a reflection of the high level of seriousness that Robyn Archer pays to political issues and her home town, that she sent

Lucky Dube still dazzles

By Sujatha Fernandes

SYDNEY — Dreadlocks streaming through the air, teasing the expectant audience with his wicked grin and rhythmic moves, Lucky Dube delivered every bit of what was promised by the promoters of

Nuff Vibes
Apache Indian
CD on Island Records through Polygram
Movin' On
Apache Indian
CD single on Island Records at import shops
Reviewed by Sean Malloy

Sounds of a Jamaican dance hall combined with percussion arranged by Sheila

The Wedding Banquet
Directed by Ang Lee
Brighton Bay, Kino cinemas, Melbourne
Reviewed by Wendy Robertson

The Wedding Banquet deals with a mixture of issues, including the everyday pressures of family and tradition that are faced by gay

Music as chronicle

True Believers
By John Schumann
Reviewed by John Williams

When Phil Ochs released his 1964 album All the News Fit to Sing, he continued a folk tradition of being the chronicler of popular concerns and

By Deb Sorensen in Kakadu National Park

The tourists are slowing down now, and the clouds are building up. The weather is hot and muggy; everybody goes around with their clothes stuck to their bodies with sweat.

The gathering clouds and