Issue 159


Hunger striker meets WA environment minister

By Anne Pavy

PERTH — Hunger striker Phil Gregory met with the Western Australian environment minister Kevin Minson on the steps of state parliament on September 9.

Hardly a day goes by without some Labor politician calling for an end to Labor's "three mines" uranium policy. The representative body for the Top End Aboriginal communities, the Northern Land Council, has also thrown its weight behind these calls.

By Anthony Brown

BRISBANE — One in 10 Australian families experiences chronic domestic violence. An estimated 76% of rapists are partners, ex-partners or close friends of their victims or known by them.

One in five women

Doctors speak out against uranium mining

By Anne Pavy

PERTH— "The ALP is poised to determine the future of uranium mining in Australia. This represents a critical moment in Australia's history with very serious implications

By Chris Spindler

ADELAIDE— The South Australian budget, brought down on August 25, has come under increasing criticism from unions, the community health sector, welfare organisations and political groups.

As a result of the

Victorian ambulance service at risk

By Katherine Heneghan

MELBOURNE — Cutbacks to Victoria's ambulance service in the last budget have led to the formation of the community group, More Ambulance Services in Victoria. MASIV

By Shane Hopkinson

NEWCASTLE — Seven hundred striking Tomago Aluminium workers returned to work on September 5, after one of the longest disputes in the history of the Hunter Valley. This was a test of the new federal legislation on

Portland Aborigines appeal

The Kerrupjmara people of far western Victoria are considering re-establishing a tent embassy in Portland, eight weeks after an earlier tent embassy was ended.

The embassy was set up in Portland's main

Nurses stop work over staffing crisis

By Bill Mason

BRISBANE — Nurses and other health workers at the Princess Alexandra Hospital picketed the hospital on September 9 demanding more funding for the state's ailing public health

Petition to revoke Timor Gap Treaty

A petition campaign which calls on the federal parliament to revoke the Timor Gap oil exploration treaty is being conducted at university tertiary campuses across Australia. The national launch of the

Brisbane meeting for 'Reworking Australia'

By Bill Mason

BRISBANE — "Economic rationalism in practice has proved irrational. It has produced injustice, poverty and unemployment", Professor Frank Stilwell, from the Sydney

Secret CJC inquiry clears Goss advisers

By Bill Mason

BRISBANE — A nine-month investigation by the Criminal Justice Commission, conducted in secret, has refused to support any allegations against current and former staff of

By Wendy Robertson

Preparations for the October 15 National Day of Action against Australian government and business involvement in the Timor Gap Treaty are under way in all states. The National Day of Action is jointly organised by

SA information jobs to go

By Rhonda Williamson

ADELAIDE — The Australian Small Business Association recently forecast a dramatic increase in bankruptcies over the next two years, due to an expected influx of thousands of

Call to defend health care

By Anthony Thirlwall

ADELAIDE — "Yes, we are political and we will continue to be political. We want more people to be political. We want a healthy society", explained Jill Archer, from Save

By Jorge Jorquera

On September 7, some 100 students gathered at Wollongong DEET offices and marched to the court house. The same day more than 500 students rallied at the Australian National University. Students were protesting against

Victorian hospital workers strike

By Seetal Dodd

MELBOURNE — Workers at Austin, Royal Talbot and Heidelberg Repatriation hospitals started a campaign of industrial action on September 6 with a 24-hour strike. Work bans and

A day to be believed

By Linda Kaucher

ADELAIDE — Giving domestic violence victims a chance to talk and be believed was the main purpose of a meeting called by the Women's Electoral Lobby (WEL) on September 4.


SA public servants reject deal

By Trish Corcoran

ADELAIDE — A meeting of almost 1000 PSA/CPSU (Public Service Association/Commonwealth Public Sector Union) members here on September 6 voted to reject the state government's

By Pip Hunter

Members of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and the Australian Maritime Officers' Union walked off the job on September 8 in protest at the federal government's moves to liquidate the Australian National Line (ANL). The


By Martin Reilly

MANAGUA — We knew that baseball in Nicaragua

was like a second faith, but to learn that the Amateur

Baseball World Cup was to be played here was something

like a divine revelation from the International

By Norm Dixon

JOHANNESBURG — Mass-based RDP Councils are being established throughout South Africa to ensure that the new government's Reconstruction and Development Program is "people-driven", Cheryl Carolus, the ANC's RDP coordinator,

Anti-Torricelli bill introduced in US

By Ivonne Cunarro

On August 11, representative Jose Serrano, from New York, introduced to the House of Representatives a new anti-blockade of Cuba bill, HR 4941.

Serrano, an early

By Zanny Begg

The death toll in Rwanda has shocked people around the world. Rows upon rows of dead bodies have filled TV screens, newspapers and magazines since the carnage began in April. It has been estimated that 500,000 people have

Mandela's Jakarta visit 'inappropriate'

TAPOL, the London-based Indonesia Human Rights Campaign, called on South African President Nelson Mandela to raise publicly a number of human rights issues during his visit to Jakarta, which began on

By Renfrey Clarke

MOSCOW — Plans for a massive oil terminal near the Ukrainian port of Odessa are now likely to be drastically scaled down or abandoned entirely, reports in late August indicated. The project has been the focus of a

The Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), long considered South Africa's most important liberation movement after the African National Congress (ANC), surprised many with its massive electoral failure in the April elections. The PAC won 1.3% of the national

By Norm Dixon

JOHANNESBURG — A security police officer accused of murder and being at the centre of "Third Force" destabilisation operations against trade unions has been allowed to flee South Africa to New Zealand. The details appeared

Censorship and repression in Uruguay

By Jorge Jorquera

A demonstration in Montevideo in support of Basque nationalists seeking refuge in Uruguay was brutally broken up by police on August 24. A number of people were killed, some

By Chris Beale

A leak of plans to reshuffle army staff — reported in Bangkok's Nation newspaper — has revealed further evidence Thai generals are staging a "creeping coup" against the "pro-democracy" government of Prime Minister Chuan


Time for a real alternative

"Australians are sick to death of being conned by politicians", opposition leader Alexander Downer told the faithful at the September 5 launch of The Things That Matter. He's right. And the Liberals' broad


A Song for Cuba

SYDNEY — The committee "A Song for Cuba" is organising a cultural artistic festival which will take place September 20-25 in various venues here.

The purpose of the event is to raise funds for the worldwide

Asian Theatre Festival

SYDNEY — The second Sydney Asian Theatre Festival continues at the Belvoir Street Theatre until October 1. Five unusual and intriguing presentations are offered.

The Return, by Ta Duy Binh, is a poetic

By Silvia Cuevas

September is a sad month for many Chileans: the month in which Salvador Allende's government was overthrown by Pinochet, and the month in which Pablo Neruda, one of Latin America's greatest poets, passed away.

Science of Coercion: Communication Research and Psychological Warfare 1945-1960

By Christopher Simpson

Oxford University Press, 1994. 204 pp.

Reviewed by Brian Martin

Before reading this book, I thought that psychological

Seeing Things

By Barry Lowe

Not So Straight Theatre Company

September 14-17, 8.30pm

Space Theatre, Festival Centre, Adelaide

Reviewed by Penny Farrow

Not So Straight Theatre Company, formed in late 1993, is made up

Poem: My belly may ache

By Phil Gregory

I long for it to be the sound of rolling thunder,

Or breakers crashing on the shore,

But it's the crunch and grind of woodchip milling,

And it makes me shudder to the core.

Dateline: The Uranium Mining Debate

SBS, Saturday, September 17, 7.30pm (7 Adelaide)

Reviewed by Tom Kelly

This week Dateline deals with the escalating debate around moves to change the ALP's "three mines" uranium policy. Jane

In the Back Streets of Paradise

Alistair Hulett & The Hooligans

Red Rattler

Reviewed by Chris Martin

Alistair Hulett, singer, songwriter, activist and entertainer, has given the Sydney left a lot of great times over the

The Death of Economics

By Paul Ormerod

Faber and Faber, 1994. 219 pp.

Reviewed by John Tomlinson

The title The Death of Economics seems the answer to every non-economist's dream as we tire of the multitude of Friedmanite

Although you have disappeared, you live in our heart

By Eliseo Balcazar

Dear mother and father

Dear sisters and brother

Dear companion and friends

Where are you? Where ... are you?

December, January

June August