Issue 206

News

SYDNEY — East Timor solidarity activist Shirley Shackleton will be speaking at a dinner on October 15 marking the 20th anniversary of the murder of her husband and four other Australian journalists by the Indonesian army in Balibo, East Timor. On
By Alex Bainbridge NEWCASTLE — Academic work bans were lifted at Newcastle University on September 21 following the abolition of promotion quotas by the university council the previous day. Bans had been in place for four months following a
By Nick Everett BRISBANE Fifty people attended a September 30 dinner, organised by Aksi (Indonesia Solidarity Action), to raise funds for East Timor. The event, which commemorated the bloody 1965 coup which brought to power Indonesia's New Order,
By Ben Courtice HOBART Moves by the federal government to shore up its environment image before the next election have amounted to next to nothing for the Tarkine wilderness area in Tasmania's north-west. The forests of the Tarkine and the Great
By Anthony Benbow. PERTH — Workers at E Green & Sons at Harvey, 100km south of Perth, returned to work on September 28, with a substantial pay increase and agreement by the company to implement proper skill recognition. The entire work force walked
By Bill Mason BRISBANE — Letters to the editor in the Courier-Mail newspaper indicate widespread rejection of attacks by a minority of public figures on the role of Resistance in the high school walkout here. "Quotes from educators about students
All around Australia, there were protests during the week of the second French nuclear test in the Pacific. While the largest demonstration was in Brisbane (see page 3), actions also took place in other cities. Dave Wright reports from Sydney that
By Bernard Wunsch BRISBANE — On October 5 students from 45 different schools walked out of class, and 4000 high school students rallied in the streets. King George Square was filled with young people demanding "Stop the bomb". When the crowd
By Karen Fletcher and Kath Gelber SYDNEY — Around 500 women and a sprinkling of men attended the 5th Women and Labour Conference held at Macquarie University, September 29 to October 1. The conference attracted feminists who had been active in the
By Chris Spindler SYDNEY — The Carr Labor government's first seven months in NSW have been marked by broken promises, funding cuts to social services and a clear policy bias towards big business, all setting the tone for its first budget, on
MELBOURNE Solidarity groups for Bougainville and East Timor are organising a joint action to highlight Australia's complicity in both conflicts. AHAB (Australian Humanitarian Aid for Bougainville) and a new group, 9 Days Direct Action for a Free
By Sue Bull CANBERRA — The ACT Government Service Budget Disputes Committee of the Trades and Labour Council is finally ready to implement coordinated industrial action to oppose the Carnell government's budget cuts of September 19. At a meeting
By Freya Pinney WOLLONGONG — On October 26 women will take to the streets for the first time here to protest against violence against women in the Illawarra. For years women from Wollongong have been travelling to Sydney to participate in the
CANBERRA — ACT Greens member of the Legislative Assembly, LUCY HORODNY, spoke with Green Left Weekly's JAMES VASSILOPOULOS four days before the handing down of the ACT budget. Question: It's been six months since you were elected to the
The Save Albert Park (SAP) committee is gearing up for another major demonstration on October 15. Green Left Weekly's JEREMY SMITH and FELICITY WHITWORTH spoke to campaign convener IAIN STEWART, and acting campaign coordinator, CAROLYN HUTCHINS.
MELBOURNE — Fourteen people arrested in the campaign to halt the Eastern Freeway extension were sent to trial last week. The Coalition Against Freeway Extensions (CAFE) is organising a rally outside the magistrates' court on October 10 in support

World

What will &163;1 buy these days? Two copies of An Phoblacht/Republican News, a lottery ticket, or Irish Steel. Yes, the rainbow coalition cabinet agreed the sell-off of Irish Steel to the private sector [in early September] for the huge sum of
By Ian Powell While on a recent visit to England it was interesting, both as a parent and as a former teachers' union official, to observe developments in the education service after 15 years of Thatcherism. In the all-too-brief 10 days I was there,
By Roni Ben Efrat I recently came across a special advertising supplement of the daily Ha'Aretz entitled "Export 95". The articles effuse optimism, painting a picture of future growth in language not entirely free of propaganda. A close look
By Michael Karadjis The US-sponsored negotiations between Greece and the Republic of Macedonia, resulting in the September 12 interim accord, began before Greece lifted its embargo on the neighbouring state. This was a setback for Macedonia's
In an historic decision the European Court of Human Rights has found the British government guilty of violating Article Two of the European Convention, which protects a person's right to life. In the first decision of its kind against a government,
Russian nuclear subs: meltdown danger By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — At a naval base in the Russian Arctic, decommissioned nuclear submarines lie rusting next to the wharves. Their reactors still contain fuel rods, which emit significant amounts of

Culture

I climbed into the taxi and then noticed the windscreen was extensively cracked on my side. The driver seemed pretty cool. He owned the cab, and No. It wasn't dangerous yet. The crack extended each day about a centimetre, but there was still plenty
Kelly's reign 1878-1880Performed by Fireweb Productionsat the Performance Space, SydneyOctober 5-15Previewed by Nick Soudikoff Hanged by the empire, Ned Kelly remains a part of Australian folklore. By the age of 25 he had robbed two banks, shot three
Programs of interest on Sydney Community TV (UHF 31) — Perleeka, indigenous Australians' program, nightly, 7pm. Art Experimenta, Mondays, 8pm and 11.30pm, and Tuesdays, 3am and 6.30am. Bent TV, Gay and lesbian program, Thursdays, 10.30pm and
By colin Hesse SYDNEY — One word ... WE! Pete Seeger and friends is a new play about the life and singing of Pete Seeger and the times that shaped the music of Seeger and his contemporaries. It ranges over the end of the Great Depression, the Cold
Well I wandered down the other day to say giday to Senator Ray he told me to get out of the fucking way, seems he's got trouble with flag burners. He's head of the army so they say, he's pretty important is Senator Ray. Some it seems want to burn
The Jazz SceneBy Eric HobsbawmPantheon, 1993. 392 pp., $39.95 (hb)Reviewed by Phil Shannon During the Depression, the suburban teenager, Eric Hobsbawm, tried to convert his cousin to communism. He wasn't successful, but his cousin did convert Eric to
Hidden PicturesTravelling film festivalAustralian Film Commission Indigenous BranchReviewed by Chris Martin Hidden Pictures is the title of a confronting selection of film, some new, some old and archival, currently being screened nationally by the
The white flag with its slash of blood Blowing in the wind Above a land of crosses Whose ground is scarred with sin. Rat-a-tat-tat the guns sing With the scream of war The rich live upon the fate Of the murdered poor. The oil fields are wet But the
By Craig Cormick Based on highly reliable international contacts, leaked documents and horoscopes from several TV magazines, Nostradamus' Media Watch presents a highly accurate forecast of political events across the globe. French foreign minister's
The Young Poisoner's HandbookOpening on October 19, Dendy, Martin Place, SydneyReviewed by Margaret Allan To be a good poisoner, one must remain undetected, but being a famous poisoner depends on getting caught. Such is the dilemma of Graham Young, a

Editorial

The "deferred forestry assessment" process (DFA) has been an abject failure. Conceived after the Bedall woodchip debacle last year, with the stated aim of moving towards a world class forest reserve system in Australia, the process has been totally