Issue 132



By Melanie Sjoberg

Nineteen waterside workers at Port Adelaide were sacked on March 17 after refusing to work "double header shifts" in protest over the sacking of 55 workers in Sydney.

Daryl Grey, South Australian branch

By Frank Enright

"The company's intention to extend the further utilisation of supplementaries [casuals] at the expense of permanent employees is yet a further example of the confrontationist tactics and policies within the stevedoring industry

Cuba solidarity night

By Bill Mason

BRISBANE — The Cuban people are facing the economic crisis confronting the revolution, known as the "special period", with strength and innovation, Roberto Jorquera, Latin American solidarity activist,

By Steve Rogers

CANBERRA — Quarantine and food quality issues have been cast aside in the latest round of cuts to the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service. On February 14, management released a proposed structure to staff which chopped

By Tom Kelly

A worker using a wooden stick presses plastic bundles into a hopper, where it melts into a grey mass. The plastic is mixed with a colouring agent and tipped into a moulding machine, where it is formed into coat hangers. Nearby,

By Tom Kelly

In response to pollution scandals and toxic disasters, in the 1980s the rich industrialised countries of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) adopted relatively strict regulations governing the disposal

Court government to close schools

By Stephen Robson

PERTH — Despite the "I'm not Jeff Kennett and this is not Victoria" rhetoric during the 1993 state election campaign from Liberal leader Richard Court, his school closure program has all

Cops mistreat logging protesters

By Aneurin Coffey
and Lachlan Anderson

MELBOURNE — Police use of neck holds to remove protesters from an anti-logging picket on the February 11 has been condemned by medical experts as highly dangerous.

Coalition to save Adelaide Hills face

By Ramona Shee

ADELAIDE — "The hills face is not protected, but ordinary people think it is", Ben Carslake, secretary of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) told Green Left

Victorian teachers still waiting for award

By Elisabeth Thomas

MELBOURNE — At a branch delegates meeting on February 12, Victorian teachers voted for a campaign of industrial action in response to a delay in granting an interim federal

Uranium scare in SA

By Anthony Thirlwall

ADELAIDE — Western Mining Corporation on February 14 revealed a contamination alert at its huge uranium and copper mine, Olympic Dam, in the north-west of the state.

The alert was sparked by

Sewage flows into Sydney Harbour

By Amy Phillips

SYDNEY — Up to 30% of Sydney's sewage will never make it to a treatment plant during rainy weather, according to recent reports. During severe storms, Sydney's ageing pipe system is forced

DSS heats staffing dispute

BRISBANE — The Department of Social Service escalated a dispute with the Public Service Union on February 18, by taking the state PSU branch to the Industrial Relations Commission over alleged breaches of dispute


PETER CAMEJO is chairperson of Earth Trade, a San Francisco-based import/export company specialising in environmentally sustainable development. He will be a featured guest speaker at the International Green Left Conference from March 31 to April 4

By Malik Miah and Rich Lesnik

By mid-year the largest airline in the country, United Airlines, could be "controlled" by its union employees. Leaders of the machinists' and pilots' unions say an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) is the best

By Frank Enright

Speaking on Radio New Zealand's Morning Report program on February 15, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Paias Wingti turned truth on its head.

"Paias Wingti claimed that there was no blockade of Bougainville, that PNG troops

White workers join COSATU

More than 1000 white workers in the transport giant Transnet — some of them members of the right-wing Conservative Party — have joined the COSATU [Council of South African Unions] affiliate, the SA Railways and

Today Hanoi, tomorrow Havana?

By Pip Hinman

According to the February 17 San Francisco Chronicle, many US businesses are keen to open trade relations with Havana. The dollars-and-cents argument is gaining some momentum.

In early

By Kate Shannon

On February 25 a delegation of five women will depart Australia to observe the Salvadoran elections. "We have been invited by the FMLN to join with other international representatives to observe the March 20 elections", explained

By Renfrey Clarke

MOSCOW — "'The Union of Labour' — that is the name chosen by a trade union social and political movement formed in Krasnoyarsk region. The founders include the trade unions of workers in education and science, culture and

By Frank Enright

The war against the people of Bougainville has been accepted on the agenda of the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) for this year in Geneva. The Bougainville interim government representative to the UN, Mike

By Robyn Marshall

Leoncio Sanic Simon is president of the Guatemalan peasant organisation People of Corn, or Achim Ixim. Achim Ixim was founded by Sanic and others in 1990 to help indigenous peasants who have been displaced from their homes by

Ruling against Colombian president

BOGOTA — Colombian President Cesar Gaviria may have to stand trial for the unauthorised presence of US troops in Colombian territory.

On February 9 Colombia's Council of State unanimously ruled that


Cognac for some, Claytons for others

Porsche sales are up: evidence, surely, of the the much eulogised economic recovery. Good news too on profit margins: they are forecast to rise 20% this year. And by year's end unemployment is expected to ...


East Timor 1942-1992: A Retrospective Photographic Exhibition
Curated by Oliver Strewe and Jenny Groves
Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Bondi Beach
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until March 6
Reviewed by Jill Hickson

This wonderful display, presented by

By Gyorgy Scrinis and Peter Lyssiotis

When the Compact Disc first emerged in the 1980s, it participated in the undermining of one of our most long-held assumptions. With the C.D., the whole distinction between Side A and Side B of the old vinyl

Schindler's List
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Screenplay by Steven Zaillian
Reviewed by Jon Land

This film traces the remarkable story of Oskar Schindler and his efforts to save some 1100 Polish Jews from the Nazi Holocaust. Adapted from

The Vibe hits Adelaide

By Michael Arnold

A highlight of this year's Adelaide Festival will be the presentation of three raves and a number of club nights by new rave travellers the Vibe Tribe.

The Vibe Tribe, formed from the

8 Gang with Mao

By Stephen Robson

PERTH — Over the school holiday period, the Photography Gallery of Western Australia organised an introductory photography course for eight high school students.

This led to the exhibition of the

Bertrand Russell
By Caroline Moorehead
Sinclair Stevenson, 1993. 596 pp. $26.95 (pb)
Reviewed by Phil Shannon

Though born in 1872, Bertrand Russell — philosopher and outspoken political dissenter — can still satisfy the sceptical and

Zapata, Dead or Alive
Friday, March 4, 8.30 p.m. (8 Adelaide)
Reviewed by Peter Boyle

Even before the surprise Zapatista uprising in Mexico on New Year's Day, there were Mexicans who believed that the legendary revolutionary leader

Needing a few more cuts

Fine cut: All out comedy
Monday, February 28, 11.15 p.m. (10.45 Adelaide)
Reviewed by Lou Stanley

Being gay doesn't mean that you're happy or for that matter funny. All out comedy is a reminder that

Black River
Directed by Kevin Lucas
Mercury Cinema, Adelaide
Reviewed by Melanie Sjoberg

Black River won the 1993 Grand Prix Opera Screen, Paris, and AFI nomination at the London, Hawaii, Melbourne and Brisbane international film

4ZZZ needs a computer

BRISBANE — 4ZZZ radio station is trying very hard. A ZZZ reporter was thrown out of PNG Prime Minister Paias Wingti's media conference for asking about Bougainville, and another was arrested over free speech in the Queen

The Boys in the Band
Directed by Kevin Jackson
New Theatre, Newtown, until March 19. $16/11
Reviewed by Tom Flanagan

The Boys in the Band is a play dealing with gay issues that dates from the pre-Stonewall era. First performed in New York