Issue 147


By Ray Ferguson BRISBANE — Brisbane City Council bus drivers stopped work for four hours on June 3 in protest against council management failure to properly consult with the union leadership concerning the implementation of periodic medical
By Bernie Brian DARWIN — The defeat, once again, of the Labor Party in the June 4 Northern Territory elections has sparked a call for the formation of a new Aboriginal party. Labor looks like holding on to seven seats (a loss of two) in the
By Sam Lazarro "Green, feminist, anti-racist, activist, internationalist: Talking about a Revolution!" is the theme of the 23rd Resistance national conference, to be held at Sydney University from July 8-10. Hundreds of radical young activists
By Jon Land Supporters of Bougainville have sharply condemned the June 8 Senate report on the Australian parliamentary delegation's visit to Bougainville in April. "The Loosley report makes no mention of the fact that Australian arms, money
By Nick Sudakov The Whitsunday branch of the Queensland Greens has called on the federal government and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) to take immediate action to protect the reefs fringing the Whitsunday Islands.
Jobs go in WA budget By Stephen Robson PERTH — Another 1300 jobs will be cut from the state public service following the second Court government budget, brought down on June 9. Premier Richard Court indicated that most of these would be
Youth workers 'evil': cop By Sean Healy PERTH — Retiring Police Superintendent Kevin Moran has called for a royal commission to investigate youth workers and their "evil" impact on society and young people. "The youth industry in
Two thousand people rallied Australia-wide last week, marking World Environment Day on June 5. The participants were overwhelmingly young and very lively and energetic. As Rachelle Scoular of St Mary's High School said at the 300-strong
Bridge moratorium extended By Anthony Thirlwall ADELAIDE — On World Environment Day, June 6, a rally at Goolwa drew together about 500 Aboriginal people and their supporters from across the state. They were provided with entertainment and
Smith's gives workers the crunch By Anthony Thirlwall ADELAIDE — Workers at Smith's snack food company went on strike for 24 hours on June 7 following the shock sacking of nearly one quarter of the company's Adelaide work force. A
By Steve Rogers and June McKay CANBERRA — Despite union claims, an agreement before public servants in the Department of Employment, Education and Training provides no guarantees of job security. The Public Sector Union national leadership had
Status quo "Conservatives and Liberals do not read books. They don't buy books and they're not changers and thinkers. They are there to maintain the status quo." — Tim Curnow, managing director of publishing agents Curtis Brown, on why there is a
By Tom Flanagan Brisbane will be the scene of much discussion and celebration by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and generally queer and pro-queer people from all over Australia in the early weeks of July. The fourth Queer
Lawyers picket over watch-house scandal By Bill Mason BRISBANE — "If these men in the City Watch-house were dogs, the RSPCA would close it in 12 hours", commented Salvation Army courts chaplain Major Bruce Buckmaster on June 10. "The
Transitional centre debated By Peter Meredith SYDNEY — A public meeting in Glebe Town Hall on June 9 discussed a Department of Corrective Services proposal to establish a transitional centre in Glebe for women in the pre-release stage of
Brisbane garbo strike ends By Bill Mason BRISBANE — Northside Brisbane garbage trucks will carry canvas "beer stockings" to hold gifts from householders — including alcohol. This settlement has resolved an industrial dispute which


NZ government spending less on health By Ian Powell WELLINGTON — Since the 1991 budget the National Party government has overturned New Zealand's health service by converting area health boards into profit-oriented companies (crown health
Electricity privatisation in Wellington By Max Anderson WELLINGTON — With less than a month to go before the Wellington City Council makes a decision on the issue, the Save Capital Power group is rallying public support for its campaign
By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — In the last weeks of May, the nerve of Russia's chief economic strategists seemed to crack. Ending months of confident statements by government leaders, President Boris Yeltsin admitted to a meeting of industrial
By Stephen Marks MANAGUA — The FSLN congress held here May 20-22 made important advances in strengthening the largest party in Nicaragua and one of the largest left-wing organisations in Latin America. Called last year with the agenda of
JERUSALEM — In a tiny office in occupied East Jerusalem, a new independent weekly newspaper has started up. The Jerusalem Times has a small staff who draw on both the Arabic-language press and their own journalism to produce an English-language
By Petra Roith [The Nicaraguan Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (Marena) launched a campaign in 1993 to protect the sea turtle, an endangered species. The program's actions are focused on the dry tropical forests of Chacocente,
By Phil Clarke Panic and hysteria took hold of the South Korean capital, Seoul, last week as troops and police moved in to "protect" government buildings from the alleged threat of North Korean terrorist attacks. Seoul airport and the residence
By Jackie Coleman MANAGUA — Increased participation of women in the FSLN was a focal point of discussions before the party's recent extraordinary congress. One woman delegate, Lucy Gonzalez Picado, told Green Left, "There is no other party in
By Max Lane MANILA — FILEMON, the Free Lagman Movement, was official launched on June 2 at the University of the Philippines. Filemon Lagman, also known as Carlos Forte or Ka [Comrade] "Popoy", was captured by agents of Naval Intelligence in
Nigerian authorities have arrested hundreds of Ogoni people, causing thousands to flee their villages. Military checkpoints have been established throughout Ogoniland, where those passing are forced to undress. People bearing Ogoni tribal scars on
By Phil Clarke More than two million people died in the 1950-3 Korean War when the United States, under UN cover, went to war to defend South Korea at war with the North. Of those two million, just 53,000 were American troops. The overwhelming


Transforming Labor: Labour Tradition and the Labor Decade in Australia By Peter Beilharz Cambridge University Press, 1994. 245 pp., $29.95 (pb) Reviewed by Phil Shannon After 11 years of federal ALP government, it is not hard to weigh the
World music from Adelaide Mystical Traveller Dya Singh On cassette and CD Reviewed by Vikki Langton and Andrew Hall Anyone interested in world music should take note of Dya Singh, a band that incorporates a unique blend of sounds, in
Directed By David Cronenberg Screenplay by David Henry Hwang Featuring Jeremy Irons, John Lone and Ian Richardson Reviewed by L. Pradhan M.Butterfly opens in Beijing in 1964, where Rene Gallimard (Jeremy Irons) is a lowly accountant in
Paving over Pyrmont? Concrete City, a documentary film about Pyrmont, the small urban Sydney community which is to host the world's largest gambling casino as part of a huge urban consolidation, will be launched at the Mandolin Cinema on June
Strange Fruit Strange Fruit Multi-media exhibition by Brenda L. Croft Performance Space, Redfern until June 25 Reviewed by Sara Cohen The title of this exhibition is taken from a Billy Holiday song which describes the lynching of
Cave's dark love Let Love In Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Reviewed by Nick Fredman Nick Cave, the dark preacher of rock and roll, and his loyal disciples the Bad Seeds have released a new work. Musically and lyrically it breaks little
By Kath Gelber The Sydney Film Festival got off to an impressive start on June 10 with the screenings of the 1994 Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films. Shorts were screened in five categories: documentary, fiction, general, animation and
In April and May, SOA Watch and Witness for Peace sponsored a 40-day fast in Washington to call attention to the School of the Americas and to mobilise support for closing it down. The US Army School of the Americas was established in Panama in
Three plays by Brecht By Alex Cooper MELBOURNE — Over next weekend, the Collingwood Town Hall will be the venue for three Brecht plays performed by the Great Chorus Company. The plays are He who says yes, He who says no and The


Women lose out in enterprise bargaining A survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics released in the first week of June found that the gap between women's and men's wages is increasing. Although equal pay was supposedly won in the 1970s, the