Issue 167


With the economy growing rapidly, DICK NICHOLS looks at the prospects for an extended upturn. As a group, Australia's economic forecasters have a rather poor record. Few predicted the heights that interest rates would reach in 1988-89;
By Allen Myers CATHERINE HILL BAY, NSW — On a windswept hill, next to the Catherine Hill Bay cemetery, Stella Evans and her husband live in the house Stella's father built. Stella was born in the house 55 years ago and has lived there
Defending The Chase By Marcel Cameron MELBOURNE — Residents of Warrandyte have renewed their battle to save an area of bushland rich in wildlife from housing development, just 25 kilometres from Melbourne's centre.
Goss drops freeway publicity By Bill Mason BRISBANE — The Goss government has shelved plans for early public consultation in planning Brisbane's next major freeway. Publication of a map showing the likely route of
Marches commemorate death in custody By John Nebauer BRISBANE — About 130 people braved a hot and blustery day on November 7 to commemorate the first anniversary of the death in police custody of Aboriginal dancer Daniel
Greens run in Kooyong MELBOURNE — The Greens Victoria are running author and philosopher Peter Singer in the Kooyong by-election on November 19. Singer, a professor, is running against Liberal Petro Georgiou, an architect of the Kennett
Agency bargaining rush is on in HSH By Phil Shannon CANBERRA — Departmental management and the national officials of the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) are priming union members for the adoption of an agency
By Stephen Robson PERTH — The Court Liberal government is attempting to dismantle the infrastructure that has been built up in the last decade to resolve occupational health and safety issues. The aim of the changes will be to shift more
By Arun Pradhan Thousands of people rallied across Australia on November 12 to commemorate the killing of more than 300 peaceful protesters in Dili three years ago. Protesters in 11 cities showed that they would not accept the Australian
Socialists announce national conference SYDNEY — The Democratic Socialist Party (DSP) has announced plans to hold its 16th national conference near here from January 3 to 8. Doug Lorimer, conference spokesperson, told Green
NSW teachers vote to strike By Paul Oboohov SYDNEY — By a vote of 98%, NSW teachers at statewide stop-work meetings on November 10 endorsed a wage campaign of 10%, backed by a 24-hour strike on November 23. The meetings had


By Peter Montague The New York Times recently described a dark trend. In the US, and overseas, the rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer, and the people in the middle are becoming less and less secure about their future. And
Newspaper workers strike in San Francisco By Norm Dixon SAN FRANCISCO — Newspaper workers struck here for the first time in over 25 years when they walked out on November 2. Eight unions representing 2600 workers employed at
Debate blocked on Thai arms sales Greens (WA) Senator Dee Margetts expressed outrage on November 10 when Labor and Coalition parties combined to prevent a debate on the proposed sale of $130 million of Australian arms to Thailand.
By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — The direct price of Russian President Boris Yeltsin's "reforms" is to include the devastation of the north Russian landscape and rivers, and quite probably of the Arctic Ocean as well, as worn-out oil industry
Murders mar Nepal election KATHMANDU, November 7 — The deaths of five party activists from the main opposition party, Communist Party of Nepal — Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML), has brought campaigning in Nepal's second democratic
By Norm Dixon AUCKLAND — Citing personal reasons and the "corrosive" effects of parliamentary politics, Jim Anderton, leader of the NewLabour Party and the five-party Alliance, announced on November 10 that he was immediately standing
By Frank Enright Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA) forces continue to maintain their defensive positions following the failure of the peace conference in October. "The cease-fire no longer applies ... But the BRA forces have not
FMLN commander arrested By Roberto Jorquera On October 17, a Salvadoran judge ordered the arrest of Joaquin Villalobos, one of the five FMLN commanders and leader of the ERP. Villalobos was charged with the offence, of
By Malik Miah SAN FRANCISCO — US voters on November 8 gave the Republican Party control of both houses of the US Congress. The last time the Republicans controlled Congress was in 1954. President Bill Clinton's Democratic
By Irina Glushchenko MOSCOW — To know their conditions of life are bad and getting worse, women in today's Russia do not need graphs, maps or statistical tables. Nevertheless, the newspaper Segodnya performed a useful service recently
By Peter Devereux MANAGUA — The Central American presidents met in an ecological summit here on October 12 and 13. The agenda was carefully slanted toward a future sustainable development, deliberately refusing to consider the
Campaign to free political prisoner in Chile Maria Cristina San Juan was arrested in March 1992 together with her husband and son. Since then she has been accused of terrorism and sentenced to life imprisonment. Currently she is at St

East Java — On November 10, approximately 1500 farmers and 150 students from Students in Solidarity for Democracy in Indonesia (SSDI) held a mass demonstration in front of


By Lyndall Barnett MELBOURNE — Australia's largest community circus, the Women's circus, has been presented by the Footscray Community Arts Centre to Melbourne audiences for the past four years. Last year, the circus attracted a total
Set down at the bottom of the system Downset Self-titled Polygram Reviewed by Jean-Paul Nassif Downset is a mixture of Consolidated (a socialist industrial/rap/thrash band), Pantera, "Rage Against the Machine and
Once Were Warriors Directed by Lee Tamahori Reviewed by Melinda Jollie Once Were Warriors is a powerful and disturbing account of the collapse of a contemporary Maori family through violence, poverty and alcohol, based on the
Landcare: Communities shaping the land and the future By Andrew Campbell Allen & Unwin. 344 pp. Reviewed by Chris Spindler Landcare the book provides a valuable insight into the success, restrictions and problems of Landcare
New Money for Healthy Communities By Thomas H. Greco, Jr. 1994. 201 pp. US$15.95 + $5 postage & handling PO Box 42663, Tucson AZ 85733, USA Reviewed by Brian Martin Considering that money is absolutely central to
Straight Left By Tom Uren Random House, 1994. 500 pp., $39.95 (hb) Reviewed by Frank Noakes It was the hottest Sydney October day in 100 years. In the humidity, squeezed between potted palms and the odd federal government


Editorial: Racism: education, not legislation The federal government's controversial Racial Hatred Bill will amend the Crimes Act to make it a criminal offence to incite racial hatred "against a person or a group of persons on the ground