Issue 150


Lesbians and gays rally in Brisbane

By Nick Everett and Ana Kailis

BRISBANE — 1500 people rallied on July 2 to support lesbian and gay rights. The rally, which commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, was followed by a

Refinery workers fight for jobs

By Dave Mizon

Workers at Caltex's Kurnell refinery voted on June 30 to take industrial action against the company if it moves against the remaining laboratory workers at the plant, members of the Australian

By June McKay

CANBERRA — In a period of international trade agreements, Australian workers can't ignore international issues and working conditions, Greens Senator Dee Margetts told a Canberra Public Sector Union dinner on June 22. The dinner

She can wear the pants

By Michael Boswell

PERTH — The trivial farce over women workers wearing trousers in the WA parliament ended on June 30 when the speakers of both the Legislative Assembly and Council indicated that women could now

Federal government to fund student organisations

By Alex Bainbridge

MELBOURNE — The federal government brought legislation before parliament on June 30 to override the "voluntary student unionism" (VSU) legislation enacted by the

By Stephen Robson

PERTH — WA's forest blockade began here on July 2 with several hundred people attending a two-day festival near Pemberton, about 400 km south of here.

The festival included talks and workshops on forest-related issues

Kerrupjmara protest against neglect

By Ruth Robles

MELBOURNE — During the early hours of June 28, 40 members of the Kerrupjmara Aboriginal community set up a tent embassy on the main street of Portland. Racism and neglect have driven them

Students organise against education cuts

By Merrie Caruana, Tegan Brink and Kristy Koglin

ADELAIDE — A new student group is campaigning to stop the Brown government from implementing cuts to education recommended in the recent audit


By Norm Dixon

JOHANNESBURG — The Rwandan Patriotic Front's assistant director of international relations for Asia and Africa, Dr Ben Rugangazi, firmly rejected the international media's "simplistic" claims that the RPF represents the Tutsi

By Renfrey Clarke

MOSCOW — Responding to pleas from terrified business people and urgent demands from Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, Russian President Boris Yeltsin on June 14 issued a decree permitting tough action against Russia's vast and

By Norm Dixon

JOHANNESBURG — A Namibian court has found that the 1989 assassination of SWAPO activist Anton Lubowski was the work of a South African Defence Force death squad. The verdict confirms the suspicions of many South Africans and

The Campaign to Oppose the Return of the Khmer Rouge (CORKR) in the United States has called on the US government to suspend military aid and training projects to Thailand. Sections of the Thai military are actively involved in supporting and arming

By Norm Dixon

JOHANNESBURG — Hopes that the African National Congress-dominated government of national unity (GNU) will rapidly move to redistribute wealth and economic power have begun to fade with the presentation of its first budget in Cape

Filipinos oppose new tax

By Jon Land

Two thousand people protested outside the Malacanang Palace in Manila on June 28 over the introduction of a new value-added tax (VAT). Organised by a coalition called KOMVAT, the action was part of a

By Jon Land

Two East Timorese were sentenced to prison for three years on June 27 for raising the flag of Fretilin in Dili on July 17 of last year. The peaceful protest marked the date that Suharto signed a bill declaring East Timor part of

By Renfrey Clarke

MOSCOW — If a presidential election were held in Russia in the near future, the winner would very likely be a populist candidate pledging strong action against corruption and crime; opposing privatisation and promising a

Strikes increase

Industrial action by black workers has increased dramatically in the first half of the year. Compared to the same period in 1993, the number of work days lost through strikes has almost doubled. Most strikes occurred in the

Strong campaign defends Indonesian media

By Max Lane

Giving evidence to a parliamentary committee in Jakarta on June 29, information minister Harmoko showed the first signs of a possible weakening in the regime's resolve over the banning of


Eroding democracy

Senator Nick Bolkus, not content with denying basic human rights and dignity to refugees, nor with insulting Australia's Macedonian community, is now bent on devaluing the democratic rights of Australia's elected


From Soweto to Perth

By Tamara Desiatov

PERTH — A Cultural Dissent program for youth, "From Soweto to Perth", was held here on June 18 to draw the international links in struggles by young people for freedom and justice.


Australia's Spies and Their Secrets
ASIO worked with unions and bosses

In Australia's Spies and Their Secrets, author David McKnight uncovers a shadowy hand behind the events which shaped Australian politics from the end of the second world

Community development manual

Resource Manual for Facilitators in Community Development
By Jeremy McArdle
Reviewed by Chris Slee

This loose-leaf manual is intended to help community groups gain the skills they need to organise

By Frank Enright

Xanana Gusmao trophy

A soccer tournament in Bourges, France, on June 11-12 featured a "Xanana Gusmao Challenge". Gusmao is the jailed leader of Fretilin, the East Timor resistance.

The trophy, a statue featuring a

New Country
Sister Moon
Reviewed by Philippa Stanford

Sister Moon are surely one of the most exciting musical experiences to come out of Brisbane. With a diverse range of talents, Sister Moon bring new meaning to the term a cappella.

By Sujatha Fernandes

Theatre, music, song and humour have been used to raise political consciousness in countries where dictatorships censor most forms of political expression. In India, a society in which women are still heavily subordinated

Public cinema for Newtown

SYDNEY — The third in a series of screenings to highlight the need for a public cinema in the inner suburb of Newtown takes place when the community newspaper Newtown Bridge presents Riding the Gale, a poignant

To the Ends of the Earth — The Hunt for the Jackal
SBS Television
Sunday, July 17, 9.30pm (9 Adelaide)
Reviewed by Barry Healy

Since the development of small-sized weapons of mass destruction, there have been many "terrorism" spates.

The Taming of the Shrew
By William Shakespeare
Bell Shakespeare Company
Directed by John Bell
Footbridge Theatre, Sydney, to July 30
Reviewed by Peter Boyle

Bell Shakespeare Company is touring Australia with a version of The Taming of

Southern Sky, Western Oval: A Year Inside League Football
By Martin Flanagan
McPhee Gribble, 1994. 191 pp., $14.95 (pb)
Reviewed by Phil Shannon

Footscray, in the western suburbs of Melbourne, has the highest unemployment rate (24%) in