Issue 136


SA bill to overhaul IR

By Melanie Sjoberg

ADELAIDE — The Industrial and Employees Relations Bill, being introduced into state parliament this month, is predicted to generate the biggest overhaul of the industrial relations system since

By Maureen Baker

PERTH — "Kids swept from streets" was the headline on a recent edition of a community newspaper. Operation Sweep was launched by police on January 2 and has operated from 8pm to 4am on Friday and Saturday nights for seven of

Business opposes environmental controls

The Business Council of Australia is to begin immediately lobbying new-old environment minister Graham Richardson for Australia to repudiate certain future international environmental accords.


Toxic waste plan for SA

By Anthony Thirlwall

ADELAIDE — South Australia could be the site of Australia's first high-temperature toxic waste incinerator.

The state Liberal government has revealed that the Environmental Protection

Exports poison workers

In a report released last week, Greenpeace revealed that waste car batteries from Australia, the US and Britain exported to Third World countries are reprocessed in deplorable conditions.

Visiting lead acid battery

By Frank Enright

SYDNEY — As the 1994 Rugby League season got under way, players, through their union, registered their first dispute with the clubs in the Industrial Relations Commission. On March 17 the commission declared that a dispute

Greens' results

PERTH — The Greens (WA) polled 8.36% in the March 12 Fremantle by-election, a gain of 1.6% compared to the last federal election. In some booths the vote for the Greens was as high as 17%.

Labor candidate Carmen Lawrence

"There is no correlation between happiness and money. I believe the richer you get the richer you want to be and the competition to climb up the rich list causes unhappiness." — Stockbroker Rene Rivkin, explaining that his mate,

More jobs under threat on Sydney docks

SYDNEY — Australian Stevedores, the company at the centre of last month's waterside dispute, was castigated by Industrial Relations Commission deputy president Simon Williams on March 18.

"It [AS]

Building workers on picket line

By Geoff Spencer

MELBOURNE — Police were used to break a picket at a Department of Planning and Development (Ministry of Housing) building site on March 16. The picket was put on the Crown Street,

By Jolyon Campbell

MELBOURNE — A coalition of environmental groups has withdrawn from the environmental assessment process for the relocation of the Coode Island chemical storage facility, calling the negotiations a sham.

After repeated

By Tony Hastings

CAIRNS — The proposed construction of a 7.5km long cableway, from Caravonica to Kuranda, called Sky-Rail, is the first commercial development in a World Heritage listed area. The campaign to stop it must be won to prevent

Socialist candidate slams Valley Mall 'racism'

By Bill Mason

BRISBANE — Susan Price, Democratic Socialist candidate for the Central ward in the March 26 Brisbane City Council elections, has condemned the "racist harassment" of Aborigines

Hawkesbury pollution

By Marina Carman

SYDNEY — A 25 km stretch of the Hawkesbury-Nepean river in Sydney's north-west is infested with a noxious weed, which is capable of killing fish and plant life, and even threatening human life.

Heat danger for sports people

By Frank Enright

SYDNEY — Following the pre-season Tooheys Challenge competition, played in the heat of rural New South Wales, some Rugby League officials appeared contemptuous of concerns expressed by

Military tourism comes to Darwin

By Tim E. Stewart

DARWIN — This backpacker capital of the north is opening its doors to foreign military exercises. For 10 months of the year, locals will be host to air and naval exercises by visiting

Coal workers threatened with mass sackings

By Sean Moysey

WOLLONGONG — Metropolitan Colliery in Helensburgh threatened on March 14 to sack 70 workers unless seven workers targeted by the colliery's owners, Denehurst, resign and accept a


Three times in recent months, a Honduran woman named Alma went to US officials at the border between Reynosa, Mexico and Hidalgo, Texas, to ask for asylum for herself and her three children. She had fled Honduras because her other child had been killed by gang members, and she brought documentation to prove it.

But three times she was told by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that she would have to wait in Mexico. In February, the family was kidnapped.

After weeks of arm-twisting reluctant members and backroom negotiations, House Republicans voted Thursday to pass the much-maligned, "astonishingly evil" American Healthcare Act (AHCA), known as Trumpcare.

By Steve Taylor

A test of strength between the left and right of Italian politics takes place at the March 27 general election. Two major election blocs will confront one another.

On the right, racist and reactionary forces are grouped

By Margaret Gleeson

GUATEMALA CITY — The Guatemalan public hospital system has collapsed as the country's economic, social and political crisis deepens. Those seeking treatment are required to provide their own medicines, bandages and

By Stephen Marks

SAN SALVADOR — One of the jokes told at the left's closing election rally here referred to the big letter "Z" emblazoned on the T-shirted chests of "Zamora for President" supporters. The story goes that when Calderon Sol, the

ROBYN MARSHALL, ROBYNNE MURPHY and MARGARET GLEESON are in El Salvador as observers in the March 20 elections. Here they report some initial impressions.

To celebrate the winding up of the election campaign, 8000 FMLN supporters filled the Plaza

French protest against youth wage cuts

Hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated in Paris and other major French cities on Saturday, March 12, against government plans to abolish the minimum youth "wage". This minimum, about A$400 per month,

By Martin Khor Kok Peng

As the trade ministers of the world prepare to make the trip to Marrakesh for the final adoption of the Uruguay Round accord in April, each country should be doing its sums. Where has it gained, where has it lost, and

International Women's Day in Guatemala

By Robyn Marshall
and Robynne Murphy

GUATEMALA CITY, March 8 — More than 5000 women converged on central Guatemala City today, stopping traffic everywhere. Many different indigenous women's groups

By Pip Hinman

Private armies of wealthy landowners in Chiapas state are attempting to block a settlement between the Mexican government and peasant rebels. Round one of negotiations between the government and the Zapatista National Liberation

VIVIENNE PORZSOLT of Green Left Weekly spoke to Amos Wollin, an Israeli political commentator, on the Israeli response to the massacre at the Ibrahimi Mosque.

"In large numbers, Israelis have said they understand the murderer", Wollin reported.


Time to end the profits blow-out

"Companies don't invest in new projects for the public interest or the national good, they do it if they think the project will make a quid", notes Australian industrial correspondent Peter Wilson, in response to


The Dragon Bride
Wednesday, March 30, 8.30pm (8 Adelaide)
Reviewed by Sujatha Fernandes

I have a lone buffalo
How much can I milk her
I want to laugh but my heart weeps
How much can I cry
Some are happy, some are not

No corn whiskey required

The Tinkers: Traditional Irish and American Music
Cassette available from Tim Meyen (06) 230 2504, or Sean Kenan (06) 2470 294
Reviewed by Denis Kevans

If music means timing, then this tape by the Tinkers, which

Four generations
A dance event directed by Norman Hall
Performance Space, Surry Hills
Wednesday-Sunday until March 27
Reviewed by Gary Boyle

Four Generations is a poetic dance event which lives up to the designer's claim of uniqueness.

Free to Hate: The rise of the new right in post-communist Eastern Europe
By Paul Hockenos
Routledge. 1993. $49 (hb)
Reviewed by Phil Hearse

As the mass anti-bureaucratic movement gathered pace in East Germany (GDR) in November and December

The Cutting Edge — Agatha's Curse
Tuesday, March 29, 8.30pm (8 Adelaide)
Reviewed by Jill Hickson

This moving program alerts us to the grim picture for women in Australia. Breast cancer will kill 2500 Australian women this year.

But The Dead Are Many
By Frank Hardy
University of Queensland Press. 293 pp., $16.95
Reviewed by Dave Riley

The image of communism promoted during the Cold War years was that of the great purges. Leading communist cadre were executed as

Return of the boom bap
Jive Records through BMG
Available on cassette and CD
Reviewed by John-Paul Nassif

Rap philosopher and metaphysician KRS-ONE (Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone) is back with a new album. Return

International Women's Day art exhibition
White Egret Gallery, Darwin
Reviewed by Deb Sorensen

Ten women artists, eight of them from the Northern Territory, were represented in this exhibition, which ran for two weeks from International

The Sorrow of War
By Bao Ninh
Secker & Warburg, 1993. 217 pp., $24.95 (pb)
Reviewed by Phil Shannon

The one voice rarely heard from the Vietnam War is that of the Vietnamese, drowned by the babel of Hollywood, official Western historians

The next offering from Brisbane's Sitting Duck Folk Club is Peter Hicks, returning on March 27 to his native Queensland (born in Chinchilla in 1964), from his present home of Sydney.

Peter has made a significant impact on the national folk scene