Issue 14


By Bob Cummins

BYRON BAY — With the NSW state elections over, protesters in the Chaelundi state forest are preparing for expected government efforts to dislodge them.

Since late March, up to 50 protesters have blockaded the Liberation Trail and...

Manning Clark

Professor Manning Clark died in Canberra on May 23. In our next issue, we hope to present an appraisal of the life and work of this distinguished historian.

MELBOURNE — The Western Region Housing Council has condemned the state Ministry of Housing policy of selling off public housing.

Announcing plans to demonstrate at the auction of a ministry home in Maidstone, WRHC spokesperson Mark Cafarella said, "In the next two...

Canberra rally against freeway

By Gina Rogers

CANBERRA — A crowd of about 200 people gathered outside Canberra's Botanic Gardens on May 18 to protest against the ACT government's drive to build a new freeway in the vicinity.


By Tim E. Stewart

NEWCASTLE — Nearly 500 students at a Newcastle University rally last week clapped and cheered as five members of the campus green society (WAGS) and an unknown enterprising student stopped the Maitland to Newcastle train and disembarked at the proposed...

By Bill Mason

BRISBANE — Fraser Island and the nearby Great Sandy Straits on Queensland's central coast will be nominated for World Heritage listing under the recommendations of the long-awaited Fitzgerald Report, tabled in state parliament on May 22...

By Maurice Sibelle

BRISBANE — Protesters stormed Parliament House, jumping the fence and occupying the courtyard for about two hours on May 23, during a 750-strong, mainly Aboriginal demonstration against the Goss Labor government's land rights bill...

By Steve Painter

SYDNEY, May 26 — The Liberal Party failed to win a mandate for its promised assault on the trade union movement in the May 25 NSW elections. A surprise swing of about 5% against the Liberal-National coalition might still produce a hung...

By Philip Baker

SYDNEY — More than 800 gays and lesbians and supporters marched in a May 12 protest against bashings and of lesbians and gay men and the murders of several gays. The march was sponsored by groups including the Gay Solidarity Group, Dykes...

Up to 12% for Greens

Green Alliance candidates averaged about 6.6% in the state election. At the close of counting on Saturday night, the best result was for Bruce Welch, who won about 12.5% in the inner-western Sydney seat of Marrickville.

Other results were: 8% for Carole...

By Philip Baker

SYDNEY — The AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power (ACT UP) has cautiously welcomed the announcement last week of a long-awaited Anti-Discrimination Board inquiry into HIV/AIDS-related discrimination. While ACT UP has been pressing for such an...


By Steve Painter
and Dick Nichols

"There's no right way to form a green party", says Steve Kisby, a leader of the Canadian Green Party who visited Australia for the Ecopolitics V conference at the beginning of April. "We had that debate in Canada, and it really...

Like many people in the former German Democratic Republic, HANNA BEHREND cannot find an appropriate term for the "events of 1989". An academic and feminist who has lived and worked in East Berlin for over 20 years, she says it "was a time when we were full of ideas of how we would change the...

A study of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident by the International Atomic Energy Agency is guilty of gross negligence and scientific incompetence, according to Friends of the Earth.

The IAEA study, released May 21, concluded that the accident produced "no health disorders that could be...

On her recent visit to Australia, Nidia Diaz of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front spoke to Green Left about the course of peace negotiations in El Salvador.

What has been the outcome of the latest talks?


UN rejects Fiji torturer

Fijian army officer Captain Sotia Ponijiase has been ordered out of Kuwait after the United Nations discovered his recent conviction for kidnap and torture.

Ponijiase was appointed a member of Fiji's contingent in the UN observer team in Kuwait by the...

By Peter Boyle

Whoever planted the bomb that killed Rajiv Gandhi, be, this act of terror grows out of a seedbed of violent communalism that has come to dominate Indian political life.

Since independence in 1947, Indian politics have been dominated by the Nehru-...

By Jake Jagoff

The clash between logging companies and the traditional landowners of Madang Province in Papua New Guinea escalated considerably starting on May 16, when the Gogol-Naru and North Coast landowners resumed blockades of Jant's (subsidiary of Honshu Paper)...

By Max Lane

A series of recent incidents indicate increasing dissatisfaction with the Suharto regime's policies among Indonesian business people and the middle class.

One of the long-standing opposition groups, the Petition of 50, last week both broke through a...

NEW YORK — A crowd of 1000 filled Stuyvesant High School auditorium on May 17 to hear former US attorney general Ramsey Clark outline 19 specific violations of international law committed by the United States and its allies in the Gulf War.

Clark was joined in the...


Editorial: Twin evils

The NSW Labor right owes Liberal Premier Nick Greiner a vote of thanks. After tens of thousands of traditional Labor voters decided in 1988 that nothing could be worse than Barrie Unsworth and the Labor machine, Greiner has convinced them otherwise with three years...


Black Cargo
Melbourne Workers Theatre
Anthill Theatre, South Melbourne
Reviewed by David Adamson

Based on the short story of the same name by John Morrison, himself a wharfie for 10 years in the '30s and '40s, this play has been adapted by John...

Against the 'silent famine'

SYDNEY — A fundraising concert is to help people suffering from famine in Eritrea and the Sudan thanks to the determination of Sydney teenager Kirsty Packham. Concerned that some 27 million people are at threat of starvation in Africa, Kirsty...

The Silence of the Lambs
Directed by Jonathan Demme
Starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn
Reviewed by Dave Riley

Here's something that will haunt you longer than the taste of popcorn. The story revolves around the pursuit of a...

By Maurice Sibelle

BRISBANE — Jeff Usher is widely regarded as this city's best jazz pianist. In jazz circles he's the cat with the cool fingers. Musicians purse their lips, hum and nod with respect.

It isn't hard to see why. His first...

By Pat Brewer

A leader of the democratic left in Hungary will speak at the Socialist Scholars Conference in Melbourne, July 18-21. Historian and Sovietologist Tamas Krausz, a leader of Left Alternative, will discuss the political and economic processes unfolding in...

Mates. Five champions of the Labor right talking with Fia Cumming
Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 1991. 344 pp, $29.95
Reviewed by Steve Painter

Keating, Richardson, Carr, Brereton and McLeay, five key figures in the NSW and federal...

Written and directed by Idrissa Ouedraogo
With Fatimata Sanga, Noufou Ouedraogo and Roukietou
Academy Twin Cinema, Paddington
Reviewed by Norm Dixon

Director Idrissa Ouedraogo invites the viewer to become part...

Toward a Transpersonal Ecology: Developing New Foundations For Environmentalism
By Warwick Fox
Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1990. 380 pp., $32.95
Reviewed by Phil Shannon

Some keepers of the secular philosophical and...


em = By Duncan Richardson

Rumour has it

they're closing you down,

Hitler's city

Napoleon's town

but neither wanted this much

from you,

no demon terrifies like friends

who know what's best.