Issue 142

Australia

By Bill Mason BRISBANE — New powers to allow police and security guards to forcibly move on "trouble-makers" at Brisbane South Bank were a return to the "police state tactics of the Bjelke-Petersen era", Susan Price and Ana Kailis said on May
ADELAIDE — Stephen Bull reports that around 400 people rallied in Victoria Square on April 30 as part of the city's annual May Day celebrations. This year's march celebrated the victory of the ANC in South Africa and the end of white minority rule
By Tom Kelly The campaign to restore Tasmania's Lake Pedder to its original condition is gathering momentum in Australia and overseas. The original Lake Pedder was a shallow glacial lake covering about 10 square kilometres and situated 320
By Chow Wei Cheng The government's long-awaited white paper, optimistically titled "Working Nation", has promised to cut unemployment to 5% by the turn of the century by implementing "reforms" in the labour market and in industry which will cost
By Steve Rogers CANBERRA — Incumbent national officials in the Public Sector Union have embarked on a campaign of red-baiting and dirty tricks prior to national union elections in mid-May. The cause of their concern is a campaign being run by
No help to industry — Democrats The white paper fails almost totally to mention, let alone address Australia's structural problems, according to the Democrats. "It started life as an industry statement, but a sandwich shop got in the way
Anti-union repression exposed Repression of trade unionists is increasing worldwide, with 92 killed last year, says the International Federation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) in a report published on April 28. The report says that some 2300 trade
Greens oppose 'employment merry-go-round' Greens (WA) Senator Dee Margetts, commenting on the release of the government's white paper, Working Nation, claimed it will merely create a nation of working poor. "To quote the prime minister, 'he
Agency bargaining in the ATO By Chris Slee MELBOURNE — An agency bargaining agreement for the Australian Taxation Office, endorsed by both management and the Public Sector Union leadership, will be put to PSU members around Australia at a
By Catherine Gow MELBOURNE — Prison privatisation plans for Victoria are the most sweeping of any Australian state. Almost 40% of Victorian prisoners will be in a private prison if the Kennett government's plans go ahead., Victoria will also
By Dave Mizon MELBOURNE — Workers at Shell's Geelong refinery returned to work on May 5, having won the reinstatement of six colleagues. The settlement of the dispute also set in place a procedure requiring management to prove that a refinery
Sydney: Pigsty 2000? The Waste Crisis Network (WCN) warns that Sydney is at risk of becoming a "pigsty" by the year 2000. The latest issue of the Waste Crisis Quarterly, the network's newsletter, points out that Sydney's waste levels have risen
New Wollongong Resistance Centre By Felicity King WOLLONGONG — The Democratic Socialist Party and Resistance opened a new centre on Saturday, April 30, with a lunch and drinks after the May Day march. An informal occasion, the
Socialists oppose $10 a week jobs "The government's white paper does not create any permanent jobs. Instead, it hands billions of dollars to business. This is a direct transfer of social security payments into the pockets of employers", says
Operation Sweep to continue By Sean Healy PERTH — On April 27 the state government confirmed that it would be reactivating "Operation Sweep", aimed at getting young people under 18 off the streets of inner city Northbridge and Fremantle.

World

Thousands of women took part in Germany's first national women's strike on International Women's day. From Bochum, MARY MERKENICH reports on the activities of the German women's movement. On May 28, 1993, the Constitutional Court, the highest
By Jon Land The Indonesian government has clamped down on the activities of East Timor solidarity and human rights groups in response to international attention to the plight of the people there. The release of John Pilger's film Death Of A
ROBYN MARSHALL was one of a party of five Australian women who acted as observers of the Salvadoran elections in March at the invitation of the FMLN. Here she describes some of their experiences. We're not quite sure how we ended up in Ruben
By Mary Merkenich BOCHUM — A thousand people on April 23 took to the streets here, in the heart of Germany's Ruhr Valley. The demonstrators demanded no deportations of Kurds, an end to the criminalisation of Kurds by the Bonn government,
By M. Bandung in Jakarta and Max Lane One hundred students, workers and farmers crowded into the offices of the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH) on May 2 for the launch of Indonesia's first campaigning democratic organisation, the People's
By Norm Dixon JOHANNESBURG — South Africa's major union federation, the Congress of South African Trade Unions, has vowed to do everything it can to ensure that the ANC's Reconstruction and Development Program (RDP) is implemented. COSATU
By David Robie PORT MORESBY — Papua New Guinea has given the all clear for parliamentary fact-finding delegations from New Zealand and the Solomon Islands to visit Bougainville. Pleased with the April visit by an Australian delegation,
By John Pilger Last month Prime Minister Paul Keating launched a "trade and cultural promotion" with Indonesia. Surrounded by businessmen and representatives of the arts, Keating made an extraordinary speech that was praised in the Australian
By John Hallam Eight years after the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, the governments of Ukraine and Russia have opted to proceed with ambitious nuclear programs that they can't afford. While studies done by the International
Manila 'cleaned' of people By Ray Fulcher and Rachel Evans MANILA — On April 28 Metro Manila's police began an operation to sweep the many thousands of street people (peddlers, beggars and street kids) from the streets in preparation for
Tens of thousands of people are expected to demonstrate in Paris on the weekend of May 28-29 to demand a 35-hour week with no loss of pay. Demonstrations and meetings will be the culmination of five separate marches from different parts of France
By Max Lane Following the massive May Day demonstration in Manila, when more than 100,000 workers demonstrated in a series of rallies, the Filipino left faces a serious challenge in an imminent resort to violence by one of its sections. The
By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — On the afternoon of April 28, several hundred representatives of Russian state structures, political parties, trade unions and religious and social organisations gathered in the Kremlin to sign President Boris

Editorial

Another beginning "It is not all that we wanted, but it is a beginning", were the words chosen by senior Palestinian negotiator Nabil Shaath to describe the signing of the accord between the Palestine Liberation Organisation and Israel on May 4

Culture

The Songs of Dougie Young Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and the National Library of Australia Reviewed by Jill Hickson This collection of songs relates the real life situation for many Aboriginal
Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer Directed by Nick Broomfield Ronin Films Now screening at Valhalla, Sydney and Melbourne Reviewed by Jon Land This film traces the life of Aileen Wuornos, a 35-year-old sex worker who killed
Eight Little Piggies: Reflections in natural history By Stephen Jay Gould Penguin, 1994. 479 pp., $16.95 (pb) Reviewed by Phil Shannon Stephen Jay Gould's latest book continues his engrossing series of essays on evolutionary biology —
The Last Whale Directed by David Bradbury Available through Youngheart Productions, 187A Whale Beach Road, Whale Beach, Sydney 2107, phone (02) 974 1102, fax (02) 974 1064 Reviewed by Francesca Davidson The Last Whale is a moving
The Gift of the Gorgon By Peter Shaffer Sydney Theatre Company Reviewed by Helen Jarvis "Set aside what anyone thinks of the play, it does ask a serious question. Perhaps the most serious question you can ask of a civilisation. Do you