Issue 193

News

In by-elections in June for the Community and Public Sector Union, one of the country's largest unions, GREG ADAMSON was elected ACT assistant secretary on the ticket of CPSU Challenge. STEVE ROGERS spoke to him for Green Left Weekly. What does
Airport 'consultations' cause uproar By Cameron Parker SYDNEY — Called by the federal government's hastily established Sydney Airport Community Consultative Committee (SACCC), a series of highly charged public meetings in Newtown, Hunters
Darwin anti-nuclear campaign By Tom Flanagan DARWIN — An information stall in Darwin's Raintree Park on July 1 collected hundreds of signatures on petitions opposing nuclear testing. This was the first of a series of public actions in
Mt Isa workers vote on log of claims By Bill Mason BRISBANE — A mass meeting of unionists at the giant MIM mine at Mt Isa will be held on June 27 to vote on a draft log of claims, including a 16% wage rise, free annual air fares to
Melbourne rally against privatisation By Alana Kerr MELBOURNE — Ten thousand people rallied on June 26 against the state government's plans to privatise Victoria's gas, water and electricity utilities. The rally and march, organised
CPSU delegates fight budget cuts By Peter Webster From July 3, many DSS workplaces around Australia will be "downsized". The federal government has slashed the budget for 1995-96 and, despite concerns raised by members, the national and
Nimbin police launch 'drug war' NIMBIN — The NSW Police Service has decided to throw money and civil rights to the wind in an effort to win the unwinnable "war against drugs". While some police want drug abuse to be treated as a health
By Kim Linden MELBOURNE The Queer Collaborations conference — organised by and for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenderists and their supporters — will be held here July 10-14. Cameron Cutts, a member of the conference organising
Socialists call for 'people before profit' By Bill Mason BRISBANE — The Democratic Socialist candidate for the seat of Brisbane Central, Zanny Begg, called for the creation of "a new kind of government based on putting the interests of
By Bill Mason BRISBANE — Law and order and the environment are becoming the main battlegrounds over which the Queensland state election on July 15 is being fought. Labor and the National-Liberal Coalition are competing over who has the

World

Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails began an open-ended hunger strike on June 15. The Prisoners' Central Committee in Jneid Prison announced that the goal is the immediate release of the roughly 5400 Palestinian political prisoners who continue to
By Pip Hinman On June 29, more than 15,000 people took part in a "flotilla for peace" demonstration in Papeete, the capital of Tahiti, in protest at the French government's decision to resume testing at Moruroa. According to ABC Radio
By Jon Lamb Students in Burma have played a major role in the fight for human rights and democracy throughout the decades of turmoil that have racked Burmese politics. Students led the waves of anti-government protests which swept across Burma
On June 30 the International Court of Justice (ICJ) announced that it had no jurisdiction to decide on Portugal's challenge to the Indonesia-Australia Timor Gap Treaty. This, the court said, was because it could not decide on the nature of
By Jennifer Thompson As opposition grows to French nuclear weapons testing at Moruroa atoll, Greenpeace and other campaigners will be remembering the bombing in Auckland harbour of the first Rainbow Warrior on July 10, 1985. The Rainbow
Haiti election fiasco The US-sponsored local and parliamentary elections that took place in Haiti on June 25 were a fiasco. Polling booths failed to open, voters' names were not on the electoral register, official candidates did not appear on
By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — The Budyonnovsk hostage crisis soon merged into the most ominous constitutional stand-off in Russia since October 1993. The political battle opened up on June 21 when the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian
East Timor 'resistance is strong' Recent arrivals from East Timor, who must remain anonymous, have told Green Left Weekly that the Indonesian occupation forces are stepping up their campaign of detention and terror, aimed specifically at young

Culture

In the stars: you're weak this month By Lucifer Skycrawler What do the stars hold for you? About as much as your bank holds for you, which is to say: whatever you put in, minus charges, fees, state taxes, financial institutions duty and
The Tricks of the Trade By Dario Fo Methuen. 224 pp., $19.95 Reviewed by Dave Riley Acting is taken so much for granted. So much of the culture we enjoy now depends on the ability of individuals to delude us into thinking they are someone
Moruroa — The Big Secret The Cutting Edge SBS, Wednesday, July 5, 8.30pm (8 Adelaide) Reviewed by Jennifer Thompson This documentary, made in 1993 by a group of French, Tahitian and Australian film makers, on the shelf until now, has
The Revolution Deferred: The Painful Birth of Post-Apartheid South Africa By Martin J. Murray Verso, London, 1994. 270pp., $39.95 pb Reviewed by Norm Dixon Martin Murray has written arguably the best book yet about the complicated series
The Right Road: A History of Right-wing Politics in Australia By Andrew Moore Oxford University Press, 1995. 166 pp., $22.95 (pb) Reviewed by Phil Shannon Right-wing politics in Australia has its well-populated rogue's gallery. It ranges
Piaf: The Songs and Story in Concert With Jeannie Lewis The Playhouse, Sydney Opera House, until Aug 1. Reviewed by Francesca Davidson Piaf is brilliant. Directed by Ted Robinson, the show played in the 1980s to rave reviews, and the 1995

Editorial

No aberration The controversy over the appointment of Lieutenant General Herman Mantiri as Indonesia's ambassador to Australia may be a little confusing to the Suharto dictatorship. After all, Mantiri has only carried through policies on East