Issue 175


WA DSS delegates oppose redundancies By Jonathan Strauss PERTH — Community and Public Sector Union delegates in the Department of Social Security decided on February 7 to oppose redundancies proposed by DSS Area North (covering the
Mercury spill at hospitals covered up by unions By Paul Jones BRISBANE — Reports last year in Green Left Weekly of mercury hazards to workers at the Royal Brisbane Hospital, are confirmed by a state government report submitted to the
Agency bargaining scrapes through By Phil Shannon CANBERRA — An agency bargaining agreement has been narrowly accepted by members of the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) in the federal Department of Human Services and Health. With

CANBERRA – Our world is in crisis. The world's resources are mined in an unsustainable way, more and more of arable land is becoming unproductive, the climate of the earth is under threat and the distance between rich and poor is increasing inside each country and between countries.

Hobart anti-woodchipping meeting By Rebecca Meckelburg HOBART — A "Stand up for the Forests" public meeting called by the Wilderness Society on February 7 attracted more than 900 people. While only 400 could squeeze into the hall, another
By Sean Lennon MELBOURNE — On February 10, some 20,000 angry people gathered in the City Square to demonstrate against the Grand Prix in Albert Park. Organised by the Save Albert Park Group (SAPG), the protest heard from a range of speakers
Speak-out calls for forests and jobs By Chris Spindler SYDNEY—A lively speak-out of some 500 people on February 9 finished with the chant, "Jobs not woodchips, stop the logging now". The speak-out, initiated by Resistance and
Arbitration in DEET dispute By Paul O'Brien CANBERRA — Department of Employment, Education and Training (DEET) staff in the ACT voted for a national delegates committee recommendation to lift all bans and other industrial action on


The federal government's capitulation to the timber industry on the pretext of "protecting jobs" has come under increasing criticism. One respected researcher, Dr Clive Hamilton, argues that protection of the 509 coupes would not


Catholic university bars gay group A gay and lesbian student group at the University of Notre Dame in the US state of Indiana has been told by administrators that it can no longer meet at the school. University officials confirmed that Gays
Reprinted here are parts of a faxed letter to Matthew J. James, associate professor and chair of the Department of Geology at Sonoma State University in California. It was sent by Macarena Green, a biologist now in the Galapagos Islands. The islands,
The Nama Sama Samaja Party (NSSP) of Sri Lanka was formed in 1977 by people who were a faction within the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP). In the 1960s the LSSP had a very large base within the working class and among peasants. However, during its
By Boris Kagarlitsky and Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — During the Gorbachev years, the popular Russian journalist Alexander Kabakov published a science fiction story entitled The Non-Returnee, in which he described the horrors of life after
By Kim Moody With the support of many pro-labour Democrats, Congress overwhelmingly ratified the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), the new worldwide free trade agreement. One reason for the big Democratic "yes" vote was that,
Political prisoners in Chile By Monica Chiappe After a year of investigation, the Chilean section of the International Association Against Torture (IAAT) has evidence that the cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of political prisoners
By Mikael Karlsson Swedish author Hans Andersson has fought against neo-Nazism for many, many years. This involves publishing books about organisations whose sole desire is to remain unknown to the public. This naturally creates certain
An unprecedented development is evident in Israel. A challenge is being mounted to the founding ideology of the state, Zionism. A key factor in this challenge has been the writings of what have been called the new or revisionist Israeli historians.


Blues Fell This Morning: Meaning in the Blues By Paul Oliver Cambridge University Press, 1994. 384 pp., $18.95 (pb) Reviewed by Phil Shannon Discovering the blues can be a life-altering revelation. A Bessie Smith record on ABC radio 20-odd
The last dance The Last Supper Canada, 1994 Directed by Cynthia Roberts Starring Ken McDougall Reviewed by Jennifer Thompson The Last Supper promises to be one of the highlights of the 1995 Mardi Gras Film Festival. It takes the
Strawberry and Chocolate By Thomas Gutierrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabio Showing in Sydney's Mardi Gras Film Festival, February 16-26 To be followed by seasons in Sydney and Melbourne Reviewed by Peter Boyle Several recent movies have
Women with a message Difficult Women With Linn Van Hek and Joe Dolce At Budinski's Theatre of Exile, Carlton, until February 25 Reviewed by Bronwen Beechey Following successful seasons and the Edinburgh and Vancouver Arts Festivals,
Calendars aid Cuban children By Joan Coxsedge Last October I launched a 1995 calendar featuring seven of my Cuban drawings as a fundraiser for the children of Cuba. I am immensely pleased to announce that, with the help of
Conspiracy Directed by Daryl Dellora Written by Daryl Dellora and Ian Wansbrough Produced by Sue Maslin Film Art Doco (1994) Screening on ABC TV, Sunday, February 19, 8.30pm Reviewed by Norm Dixon February 13 was the 17th anniversary
Sustaining Our Forests By Kara Joss 1994. 121 pp. $15 Reviewed by Lisa Macdonald Sustaining Our Forests is a much needed and very useful resource for both the novice and the well informed on forest conservation in Australia. The product of


A tax by any other name The federal government's current hyperbole promoting a carbon tax is gradually being revealed as nothing but a cynical exercise in revenue raising. The Labor government is seeking to exploit the perfectly sensible