Issue 195


By Frank Gollan SYDNEY — A restructure of one of Australia's largest unions threatens to gut democratic functioning and centralise control over the finances and staffing. Voting on the proposed restructure of the PSU Group within the
Perth Hiroshima Day By Anne Pavy Perth — The proposed French nuclear tests have multiplied interest in plans for the Hiroshima Day demonstration here. The theme for the rally and march on August 6 at Russell Square will be "Nuclear Tests
By Bronwen Beechey MELBOURNE — The existence of yet another basic community service is being threatened by the Victorian government. The latest target for privatisation is public libraries. The Kennett government has abolished local
No Fees Campaign plans conference, day of action By Emma Webb ADELAIDE — The South Australian Education Network (SAEN) will be coordinating the second National No Fees For Degrees Conference, to be held at Adelaide University on September
By Dave Wright SYDNEY —Fifty waterside workers picketed the French ship Renoir at Darling Harbour on July 20. The peaceful picket was called by the Maritime Workers Union to protest against the French government's decision to resume nuclear
By Susie Brown From September 26 to 30, hundreds of tertiary students from all over Australia will be meeting in Adelaide to develop practical strategies for the ecologically sustainable reconstruction of our communities, economy, industry and
By Sean Lennon MELBOURNE — About 30 members of the Timorese community gathered at Tullamarine Airport on July 20 to welcome 11 of the 18 Timorese boat people who arrived in Darwin on May 30. Perhaps hoping to avoid a demonstration, the
By Alex Bainbridge NEWCASTLE — BHP appears confident of little opposition to its plans to eliminate 2000 jobs from its steelworks here before 2002. This will leave only 1000 people employed by BHP in Newcastle, compared with approximately
Melbourne Hospital workers strike By Kim Linden MELBOURNE — Around 300 health workers struck here on July 19 in protest against the government's proposals to slash jobs and health services at the newly amalgamated Austin and Repatriation
SA prison officers, police in wage claims By Melanie Sjoberg The two industrial disputes currently making headlines in South Australia are actions of the police and prison officers. On July 20 the government was ordered by a compulsory
By Jim McIlroy BRISBANE — Third party candidates, especially the Greens, had an unprecedented impact in the recent state election. Yet the bitter controversy over preferences threatens to split the environment movement in a very damaging way.
By Jonathan Strauss The Richard Court government has introduced a Industrial Legislation (Amendment and Repeal) Bill which launches a new attack on workers' right to organise in defence of wages, working conditions and social rights. A
By Sue Dunn ADELAIDE — The SA government announced on March 21 that it would begin the construction in December of the Southern Expressway, a 21-kilometre freeway from Darlington to Old Noarlunga south of here. Local residents report that
By Jim McIlroy BRISBANE — Counting in doubtful seats proceeded at a snail's pace after the July 15 state election, however the ALP appears likely to fall over the line by a seat or two. As of July 22, the Labor Party had 43 seats, the
AIDS memorial SYDNEY — The third Sydney HIV/AIDS tree planting day was held in St Peters Sydney Park on June 25. Kendall Lovett, one of the organisers, reports that around 70 people planted 300 young trees in memory of a lover, friend or
By Allen Myers Ernest Mandel, a world-renowned Marxist scholar and revolutionary, died in Belgium on July 20, at the age of 72. Mandel is best known for his numerous contributions to the Marxist understanding of economics. He was one of at


OSCAR TEMARU is leader of Tavini Huiraatira (Polynesian Liberation Front), the main pro-independence party in French-colonised Tahiti. He has led the Tahitian opposition to the French government's decision to resume nuclear testing. Green Left
By Frances Kelly KENT — Protesters are occupying a piece of woodland as part of a campaign against a new road. The 50 protesters managed to stop bulldozers clearing the last two hectares of a four-hectare area of trees by erecting a hut
The following statement marking Cuba's national day was issued by the Democratic Socialist Party and Resistance. Revolutionary congratulations and international solidarity are due to the Cuban people and government on July 26, their national
By Richard Horsey Whatever the reason for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, we can be sure that it was not the sudden realisation by the Burmese junta that it had been wrong all these years in denying its people democracy. When it comes to
By James Balowski For the second time in two consecutive days, on July 19, thousands of striking workers from a garment factory, PT Great River Industries (GRI), rallied at the regional parliament in Bogor, West Java, for better wages and
By Kathryn Hamilton "When shots were fired outside the bus, people inside started to scream and cry. The bus stopped to let the BSP [Border Security Force] aboard. They yelled at the passengers as they searched them, guns pointed in their faces.
By Eva Cheng An international appeal has been launched to free three Chinese activists arrested last year for attempting to form an independent union. A July 16 press release from the Hong Kong solidarity group April 5th Action reveals that
Cuba holds municipal elections According to official figures, 97.1% of Cubans turned out on July 9 to elect delegates to 169 municipal assemblies. According to the official statistics, 7,568,548 Cubans cast ballots out of a total 7,795,623
At 1:30 in the morning of July 12, Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) finally began releasing results from the June 25 legislative and municipal elections, the first held since a US-led military occupation began last September.
Ships, planes from US invade Cuban waters In a statement released on July 14, the Cuban government reported that on the previous afternoon, "around 11 ships, six aircraft and two helicopters from the United States penetrated into the waters and


China for Women: Travel and Culture Spinifex Press, 1995. 357 pp., $24.95 (pb) Reviewed by Eva Cheng China for Women is a useful introduction to women's issues in China. It is handy for non-Chinese speakers, carrying enough in one collection
Ideas for winning indigenous rights A good idea waiting to happen: regional agreements in Australia Proceedings from the Cairns workshop, July 1994 $15 from Colleen Burfitt, Cape York Land Council, PO Box 2496, Cairns Qld 4870 Reviewed by
Born in Soweto Directed by James Ricketson SBS, Friday, July 28, 8.30pm (8 in Adelaide) Previewed by Norm Dixon This Australian-made documentary, made soon after Nelson Mandela became South Africa's first democratically elected president,
Melbourne MUDfest 1995 By Bronwen Beechey MELBOURNE — Melbourne University has been an artistic springboard for many performers, from Barry Humphries to the D Generation. Since 1990, the Melbourne University Drama Festival — MUDfest —
Rosa Luxemburg: A Life, By Elzbieta Ettinger Pandora, 1995. 325 pp., $22.95 (pb) Reviewed by Phil Shannon It is a frustrating feature of the later films of the Marx Brothers that the Marxist funny business keeps getting interrupted by the
The music of wandering Latcho Drom: a journey into the soul of Gypsy culture Available through Larrikin records Reviewed by Sujatha Fernandes Latcho Drom is the soundtrack of the film of the same name currently screening around
By Dave Riley Augusto Boal is a major figure in world theatre. Any contemporary discussion about taking theatre to the people, of popularising it and renewing its relevance, cannot proceed without reference to him. Enthusiastic exponents of his
One year after Cairo In a statement issued by the International Planned Parenthood Federation on World Population Day, July 11, secretary general Halfdan Mahler decried the gap between promises made at the Cairo International Conference on
Beijing conference compromise By Kath Gelber As the Fourth World Conference on Women, due to be held in Beijing in September draws closer, a compromise has been reached on the controversial issue of a site for the NGO forum. Initially
Stanley Road Paul Weller Go! Discs Reviewed by Stuart Loasby Although he is best known for his achievements in the Jam and the Style Council through the '70s and '80s, Paul Weller's solo career, which began in 1992, has proved very
DARWIN — During April and May, East Timor activist JOSE GUSMAO visited Portugal to take part in discussions with the East Timorese independence movement. On his return, Gusmao, who is the representative of CNRM (National Council for Maubere


Greens and parliament The Queensland Greens' decision to direct preferences to the Coalition parties in the recent state election has generated a lot of debate among environment and left activists. While it is sickening to watch the mass media