Issue 16

Australia

Webster protest

MELBOURNE — Members and supporters of the Campaign for Women's Reproductive Rights protested at a forum in East Bentleigh at which NSW Liberal anti-abortion MP Alisdair Webster was speaking on June 6.

Webster, who currently has a private member'...

By Scott Cardamatis

The second national anti-fur day on June 1 was marked by demonstrations in each capital city. In the largest anti-fur protest yet in this country, 300 people marched through the streets of Sydney.

In the past 12 months, the fur trade has...

Qld Labor follows Goss on 'land rights'

Roberto Jorquera

BRISBANE — The state ALP has modified its policy on Aboriginal land rights to conform to the "Clayton's" land right legislation recently passed by the government of Premier Wayne Goss...

EIS loophole closed

CANBERRA — The Democrats have gained government agreement to remove a loophole from the telecommunications legislation now before the Senate which would have exempted telecommunications companies from having to conduct environmental impact studies...

By Tracy Sorensen

and Tom Flanagan

SYDNEY — World Environment Day activities here included a "Confest" on June 2, a day of ecological radio presented by public access station 2SER and an Environmental Youth Alliance...

By Susan Price and Phillipa Stanford

BRISBANE — While dozens of pro-choice supporters picketed for the second time outside the state Labor Conference here last week, inside, delegates voted to put the question of abortion back on the government's agenda...

Anti-uranium picket of ALP

SYDNEY — NSW anti-uranium groups will picket state ALP headquarters on June 20, following reports that sections of the party plan to change its policy to expand mining at the upcoming national conference.

The picket is being organised...

NPWS threatened

SYDNEY — The National Parks and Wildlife Service in NSW is to be dismembered in new cabinet arrangements being made by the Greiner Liberal government.

Greiner has proposed splitting the NPWS into a National Parks Service responsible solely for...

ACT UP protest

PERTH Perth — ACT UP descended on the Federal Department of Community Services and Health on June 6 to protest about health minister Brian Howe's inaction in releasing new drugs for AIDS sufferers in Australia.

About 30 protesters gathered...

By Tracy Sorensen

SYDNEY — The Wilderness Society's Karen Jurd dismissed the federal government's World Environment Day activities as a "sham". The government was attempting to "jump on the green bandwagon and drive it off the rails".

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By Melanie Sjoberg

MELBOURNE — With Victoria likely to go to the polls before the year is out, the Green Alliance has announced that it will stand two candidates in order to offer a real alternative to voters disillusioned with the major parties and...

By John Tognolini

Tim Anderson left the dock in the crowded Court of Criminal Appeal to cheers of jubilation on June 6, after Chief Justice Gleeson acquitted of charges relating to the 1978 Hilton Hotel bombing.

In its unanimous decision, the court said that...

By Peter Boyle

Employers across the country must have enjoyed the page 3 article in the May 31 Australian. '"Victory for all' at SPC says chairman", boasted the headline. A smiling shop steward and a smiling boss were pictured beneath a...

World

Persistent and often militant grassroots protests have re-emerged in Indonesia in the last 18 months. These protests have occurred in almost all provinces of the country and have involved peasants and workers as well as students.

The emergence of active alliances between students, workers...

A senior Soviet economist and leader of the left wing of the Social Democratic Party, Galina Rakitskaya is also playing an important role in developing the movement for popular self-management in the USSR. She was interviewed in Moscow for Green Left Weekly by...

French nuclear test condemned

AUCKLAND The French government conducted a nuclear test on May 30 at Fangataufa. Estimated at 110 kilotons, it was one of the largest underground tests ever conducted at the Pacific test site.

Greenpeace nuclear test ban campaigner...

By Craig Cormick

An independent US medical team has found that 170,000 Iraqi children may die this year from the delayed effects of the Gulf War.

A study team from Harvard University, which toured Iraq in April and May, found that malnutrition...

By Zhang Kai

HONG KONG — On the eve of the 15th anniversary of the April 5 Tienanmen uprising and the second anniversary of Democracy Movement '89, the overseas edition of People's Daily failed to censor a poem with an embedded phrase: "Li Peng,...

By Satendra Prasad

SUVA — The "interim" Fiji government led by Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara has promulgated a "Protection of the National Economy" decree aimed at crushing both a boycott of the sugarcane harvest by farmers and the 14-week-long strike in the gold...

In the ongoing conflict over the future of US military bases in the Philippines, the focus is usually on the clash between US strategic interests and Filipino nationalism. But there is another side to the issue, the social costs to the Filipino people of hosting US military...

By Sally Low in Wroclaw and Warsaw

"Solidarity has always been the umbrella that sheltered this government from the rain, but now we have closed the umbrella." In Wroclaw, the poster of a folded red and white umbrella advertised a two-hour strike as part of Solidarity's...

Strike will continue, say miners

By Norm Dixon

Fiji Mine Workers Union general secretary Kanekini Navuso has vowed that the Emperor gold mine strike will continue despite the government's anti-strike decree. He told the press: "This decree is designed by the...

RONALD MOFOKENG is a worker at PG Glass in Johannesburg, a leader of the Chemical Workers Industrial Union, the treasurer of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and a member of the African National Congress and the South African Communist Party. He has been...

By Tom Jordan

Although it has been largely ignored by the commercial media, there are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of military resisters of the US and European armies who refused to participate in the Gulf War.

According to the National...

By Norm Dixon

Riot police on May 31 opened fire on striking gold miners picketing the remote Porgera gold mine in PNG's Enga province. Seven miners were wounded by shotgun pellets.

The potentially deadly incident was covered up by the...

Editorial

Editorial: 'New World Order' in Lebanon

In its 13th attack on southern Lebanon this year, Israel began three consecutive days of bombing raids on villages and Palestinian camps on June 3, leaving dozens, including civilians, dead or wounded.

The first wave of bombs shattered the...

Culture

The Sheltering Sky
Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci
The Sheltering Sky,
the soundtrack of the motion picture
Produced by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Richard Horowitz
Virgin Records. Available on CD and cassette...

Strippers and 'immorality'

By Janet Fraser

The content of a recent late edition of the TV program Donahue astounded me. The discussion was about strip joints in Newport, Kentucky. The guests were erotic dancers and top...

By Willy Bach

If you ever get to rub shoulders with the rich and privileged or those aspiring to be, you will be amazed at the way they speak about and on behalf of the rest of society. It all sounds a little callous when they speak about the recession we had to have...

White Chrysanthemums — No longer flavour of the month

em = By Willy Bach

Human Rights

In polystyrene

As we walked

In sombre file

Remember

Savage slaughter

Tienanmen

Just two years ago

And no-one wants...

By Karen Fletcher

Courtroom Television Network will be launched next month on US cable TV. The brainchild (half-brainchild?) of Yale Law School graduate and legal journalist Steven Brill, the network is designed to bring "real life courtroom drama" to...

The alternative folk scene has found a new venue in Sydney: the Resistance Centre's Cultural Dissent evenings. Featuring acts like the south coast women's acoustic band the Strummettes, the Anglo-Celtic folk band Taliesin and left-wing songwriter Peter Hicks, the Sunday night spots have so far...

Below the Line
By Eric Willmot
Hutchinson, 202 pp. $12.95
Reviewed by Robin Osborne

A novel by an Aborigine about an Indonesian invasion of Australia simply has to be interesting, especially when the author is as wellknown...