Issue 151

News

Printers beat Murdoch By Jenny Long SYDNEY — Printing workers at Rupert Murdoch's News Limited voted to return to work on July 17 after defeating company attempts to impose significant and retrograde changes in working conditions in a new
AWU: A union too far away By Cameron Parker SYDNEY — "What sort of workers movement is it when the 20 superunions in Australia only represent one group in society — the employers?", asked Bob Fuge at a Rank and File Alliance public
Meat inspectors' conditions for the chop? By Steve Rogers CANBERRA — Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) agency bargaining negotiations broke down on July 8 over the issue of conditions for meat inspectors and field-based
Gay businesses push boycott campaign By Kath Gelber The struggle to repeal Tasmania's anti-gay laws has taken on a new edge with the launch of a boycott campaign by gay businesses around Australia and internationally. The campaign aims to
More Aboriginal land cleared for Skyrail By James Clark KURANDA — On July 5 police forcefully removed protesters opposing the skyrail and arrested two people. Sixty protesters, mostly locals from Cairns and Kuranda, have been using
SA's own Dan Quayle By Penny Farrow ADELAIDE — Single women are "going around getting pregnant to rort the system", according to state Liberal backbencher Joe Rossi. He has also been quoted by a suburban newspaper as saying that single
Tenants resist Kennett cuts By Margarita Windisch MELBOURNE — On July 10 a vocal and vibrant crowd of 150, mostly tenants, marched to the Broadmeadows Department of Planning and Development to demand the right to keep tenants groups. The
Hindmarsh bridge victory By Anthony Thirlwall ADELAIDE — A major victory has been won by those fighting to stop the construction of the Hindmarsh Island bridge. On July 10 the federal Aboriginal Affairs Minister Rob Tickner announced a
Protests target Tasmania's anti-gay laws By Tom Flanagan Protests demanding the repeal of Tasmania's anti-gay laws were held in a number of cities on July 14. Rohan Gaiswinkler reports from Hobart that 800 people attended a rally in
Students reject ALP's anti-VSU "solution" By Alex Bainbridge MELBOURNE — Federal Minister for Employment, Education and Training Simon Crean's proposal to bypass state-based Voluntary Student Unionism (VSU) legislation with a federal law
Campaign against privatisation By Maurice Sibelle BRISBANE — A July 13 meeting of activists from trade unions and community groups decided to launch a campaign against the federal and state government's plans to privatise parts of the
Opposition to Grand Prix grows By Bronwen Beechey MELBOURNE — Despite concerted government and media attempts to discredit the Save Albert Park campaign, thousands attended a second rally to protest plans to hold the Grand Prix at the
Socialist youth set goals By Tim Stewart SYDNEY — More than 250 people attended the 23rd Resistance National Conference here from July 8-10. Activists from around Australia, including Darwin, Perth and Launceston discussed the crisis of
By Stephen Robson PERTH — Former Labor Premier Brian Burke was found guilty on July 13 of four counts of cheating. Two days later he was sentenced to two years jail on each charge, to be served concurrently. The charges arise out claims
Right reinforced in Qld ALP By Bill Mason BRISBANE — The right's stranglehold on the Queensland branch of the Labor Party was strengthened at the party's triennial state conference during the week June 27 to July 1. The dominance of
Black deaths continue Black deaths in custody are increasing, according to a report into 1993 deaths by the Institute of Criminology. Eight Aboriginal people died in custody in 1993, a rate almost eight times the national average.
Brown attacks annual leave Dean Brown's Liberal government sided with a local South Australian employer in a failed bid to halve annual leave under an enterprise flexibility agreement. Secretary of the Automotive, Food, Metals and
Public service ends base grade recruitment By Steve Rogers CANBERRA — From September, the Australian Public Service is to end recruitment of regularly paid base grade (or ASO1) officers. These are to be replaced by "trainees". This has
SA public servants seek pay rise By Anthony Thirlwall and Tully Bates ADELAIDE — The state Liberal government has rejected wage claims by public sector unions, threatening further job losses if wages rise. It has said that departments
Queer conference stresses activism By Ana Kailis BRISBANE — Two hundred students from around the country attended the very successful Queer Collaborations Conference here from July 2-9. The conference opened with a rally at Albert
By Nick Everett BRISBANE — Fifty people attended a speak out in support of East Timor in the Queen Street Mall on July 15. The protest was called in response to the previous day's violent crackdown by Indonesian troops on a protest in Dili.
Delighted "I am delighted that Mr Murdoch has shown such confidence in the company and its management. We will do everything we can to ensure this investment is very rewarding to him." — Fairfax managing director Stephen Mulholland, commenting on
National student women's conference By Jen Crothers SYDNEY — Over 400 women gathered at Macquarie University from July 11-15 for the annual Network of Women Students in Australia (NOWSA) conference, the theme of which was "Women working

World

By Helen Jarvis PHNOM PENH — The gloves are coming off in Cambodia in the struggle against the Khmer Rouge. It is now one year since the United Nations ushered in a coalition government of the previously governing Cambodia People's Party and
Cuba blockade costs jobs According to a United States marketing consultant who visited Havana in May, the US economic blockade of Cuba prevents the creation of between 60,000 and 120,000 permanent jobs in the US. This is considered a
Haitian president opposes US invasion In a June 25 interview with Scott Simon of National Public Radio, Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide emphatically rejected proposals for the US to restore the elected government by means of a military
By Joshua Amuphadhi WINDHOEK — Four years after independence, Namibia's farm workers have yet to see their employers' attitudes change. Workers face unjustified dismissal, assault and exploitation at the hands of predominantly white farmers.
By Phil Clarke LONDON — Britain's railways came to a near halt on June 16 and June 23 as signal workers struck in support of an 11% pay claim. The signal workers are demanding a large pay increase to compensate for greater workloads and the
By Penny Saunders QUITO — Indigenous people throughout Ecuador have been engaged in protests against a new agricultural law which was approved by the national congress and President Sixto Duran Ballen at the beginning of June. Protests
By Norm Dixon JOHANNESBURG — The coming of democracy here has special significance for the lesbian and gay community. One of the gains, a world first, is a constitutional bill of rights that specifically outlaws discrimination on the grounds
The patterns of Western capitalist investment in the Third World have been changing rapidly. The result is an even greater dependence of underdeveloped countries' governments, writes CHOW WEI CHENG. Mutual funds have taken over much of the
By Norm Dixon JOHANNESBURG — The Police and Prison Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) is committed to building a democratic police service purged of "Third Force" elements, restructured to reflect South African society and respectful of trade union
By Lawrence Kilimwiko DAR ES SALAAM — Nine years into the structural adjustment program (SAP), Tanzania's workers, social workers and human rights activists are saying the program disregards basic human rights. They point out that
By Chris Albertyn PIETERMARITZBURG, Natal — The new South African government of national unity has not only rejected strong and well-motivated calls for a commission of inquiry into the skulduggery surrounding the toxic waste importing
Attempted coup a diversion In the days following my return from Phnom Penh, dramatic events put Cambodia back on the front pages of the world's press. As I arrived at the airport on July 1 a friend told me: "There's a coup in process — right
Indonesia denies abuses in Timor By Jon Land Indonesian authorities have reacted angrily to a film by British journalist Max Stahl which documents a second massacre soon after the shootings at Santa Cruz cemetery in Dili on November 12,
United Left makes gains in Spain By Jaime Pastor MADRID — The United Left (UL), based on the former Communist Party but which includes a wide spectrum of the left, scored a major success in the June 12 European elections with 13.4% of the
DUBLIN — Four Catholic priests, members of the Clergy for Justice group, have accused Irish church leaders of deliberately ignoring the "institutional violence of the British state in Northern Ireland". "Given the way the British government

Culture

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 war to the 1970s. In this period the Australian Security Intelligence
All in the Family is a new CD created in solidarity with East Timor. GIL SANTOS, who was part of the project, explains how it came about. This monster of a project had its genesis 18 months ago when a few of us who play at parties and
Tommy Emmanuel live By Peter Riedlinger GYMPIE — Joseph Furphy once said of his great novel Such is Life that it had "temper democratic, bias offensively Australian". In the case of the Tommy Emmanuel concert here on June 16, I would
A tribute to women often forgotten Bread and Roses Directed by Gaylene Preston Written by Graeme Tetley and Gaylene Preston Featuring Genevieve Picot, Mick Rose, Donna Akersten, Tina Regtien and Erik Thomson Cinema Nova, Melbourne
Henry V The Australian Theatre for Young People will open their major production for the year, Henry V by William Shakespeare, from July 18 at the Eveleigh Street Railway Yards in Redfern. The production involves a cast of 40 young performers
John Steinbeck: A Biography By Jay Parini Heinemann, 1994. 614 pp., $45 (hb) Reviewed by Phil Shannon When John Steinbeck observed one of the most cruelly victimised groups of the 1930s Depression — the Oklahoma Dust Bowl refugees — he
A moving portrayal of refugees By Tamara Desiatov and Gillian Hector PERTH — Refugee Week, sponsored by Austcare and the Refugee Council of Australia, ended with the multi-media production In Search of Peace at the Artists Club on June

Editorial

Elect all who govern It appears that the "debate" over republic versus monarchy is going to remain with us for some time. The campaign by Keating's ALP for a more "dignified national identity" has become one of the government's most important