Issue 207

News

By Carla Gorton ADELAIDE — The state Liberal government's Hindmarsh Island Bridge Royal Commission, more accurately described as "Brown's Inquisition", has cost SA taxpayers more than $1.8 million. Recently the commission, now more exposed as a
By Emma Webb ADELAIDE The annual Students, Science and Sustainability (SS&S) conference was held at Flinders University on September 27-30 with the theme, "Think Globally, Act Locally, Start Tertiary". Around 150 tertiary students attended, with 50
By Geoff Spencer MELBOURNE — October 3 marked the third anniversary of the election of the Kennett government. To mark the occasion, the Victorian Trades Hall Council called a poorly-publicised "Cut Kennett Down to Size" rally which was attended by
By Bernard Wunsch BRISBANE — Six of the 10 students who participated in the September 8 walkout of Aspley State High School have claimed that they were manipulated by Resistance, the socialist youth organisation which has been active in the
By Sarah Stephen CANBERRA — Student Underground, an anti-nuclear magazine produced by and for students, was launched outside Narrabundah College on October 13. ACT education minister Bill Stefaniak said on local television news that he was
By Gregory Christopher BRISBANE — A lunchtime rally is being organised in Musgrave Park on October 19 in support of a proposed Aboriginal cultural centre at Musgrave Park. It has been 11 years since the proposal first went to the Brisbane City
By Anthony Benbow PERTH — The WA union movement's campaign against the Liberal government's anti-union laws moved up another notch on October 15 with the launch of a "week of discontent". The week will involve union action both here and interstate.
By Kerry Vernon BRISBANE — "Feminism in the '90s: beating back the backlash" and "Strategies for women's liberation" will be the main themes at a Women's Liberation Conference being organised by the Democratic Socialist Party on October 29. For
By Karl Miller MELBOURNE — The $1.7 billion CityLink project, a road privatisation scheme to connect several existing traffic-logged roads with electronic tollways, is on hold. Transurban won the contract some months ago. However, last week the
By Sean Healy MELBOURNE — The dispute between the Victorian government and the Ambulance Employees Association (AEA) has escalated over the last week with the former threatening to use its emergency powers legislation and privatise the service if

World

In response to a 63% increase in the price of rice in August, and massive repression of the right to form unions and to strike, Filipino workers, led by the National Confederation of Labor (NCL) and the Bukluran ng Manggagawa para sa Pagbabago (BMP),
By Norm Dixon Municipal workers and nurses have continued to take militant industrial action despite repeated threats of dismissal and legal action by African National Congress-led national, provincial and local governments. Press reports indicate
By Eva Cheng Social discontent is rising in China, in such an alarming way that Beijing has reportedly put its entire state machinery on the alert to contain or crush it. The Cheng Ming magazine, published in Hong Kong, has a reputation of being well
Kenya is among the highest pesticide users in sub-Saharan Africa according to a recent audit, "Pesticide Use and Management in Kenya", commissioned by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The audit examines the hazards of pesticide use, products
By Robyn Marshall On October 5, a group of 26 soldiers of the Guatemalan Army fired on unarmed returned refugees holding a meeting at Xam'an, in the state of Alta Verapaz. Between 10-30 were killed and 15-20 wounded, including a five year old girl,
By Jill Hickson Nuclear power is a dying industry in the US. The costs and the environmental problems are too great, while the price of natural gas and other fossil fuels has fallen thanks to the Gulf War. More than 100 planned reactors have been
By Eva Cheng More than 10,000 students staged mass rallies and boycotted classes in 12 cities in South Korea in late September. The protests were organised in response to the Kim Young Sam government's decision not to indict former presidents Chun
NIKOS SAKELARIOS is a member of the "Rainbow" organisation and the Macedonian Movement for Balkan Prosperity in northern Greece, representing the officially "non-existent" ethnic Macedonian minority. He was interviewed by MICHAEL KARADJIS. Question:
US exports banned pesticides At least 26 million kilograms of "dirty dozen" pesticides were exported from the US between 1991 and 1994, according to information released by the Foundation for Advancements in Science and Education (FASE). The
By Jennifer Thompson The Bosnian cease-fire commenced on Wednesday, October 11, but fighting continued as Bosnian government and Croatian forces continued their drive to take back Bosnian Serb-controlled areas. Murder and expulsions — "ethnic
By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — On September 1 Russia's children streamed back to school after the summer break. The bouquets of flowers they brought turned out to be almost the only benefits which the new education year brought the country's teachers.

Culture

Sustainable Energy Systems: Pathways for Australian Energy ReformEdited by Stephen DoversCambridge University Press, 224 pp., $29.95 (pb)Reviewed by Graham Matthews Energy is crucial to an ecologically sustainable technological society. With fossil
Arturo Sandoval and the Latin TrainArturo SandovalGRP through MCAReviewed by Norm Dixon Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval is one of Latin jazz's high profile artists. Sadly, this status has as much to do with his decision to flee to the US from his native
The Sports Factor — This weekly program goes beyond the scores, tabloid nonsense, and archetypical ockerisms that pass for commentary to bring listeners intelligent, interesting and thought-provoking coverage of developments in sport and the issues
On the box 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
Wild TargetCommences in Sydney Oct 19Verona Cinema, Paddington & Cremorne OrpheumReviewed by Margaret Allan A film has to be pretty funny to make me laugh out loud rather than quietly chuckle, and Wild Target has what it takes. It is equally unusual
Guerrilla FunkParisPriority RecordsPlanet of Da ApesDa Lench MobPriority RecordsReviewed by Sean Moysey This review is very late and I'm in trouble with the reviews editor. However being late has its advantages. I've been able to listen to these
The Menzies Era: A Reappraisal of Government, Politics and PolicyEdited by S. Prasser, J.R. Nethercote, J. WarhurstHale & Iremonger, 1995. 278 pp., $24.95 (pb)Reviewed by Alex Bainbridge Last year was the 50th anniversary of the founding of the
The World: A Third World Guide 1995/96Montevideo, Uruguay: Instituto del Tercer Mundo623 pp.Reviewed by Chris Beale This latest in the Guide series is the best yet. Published in the Third World, by Third World journalists, it is more than a handy
FunkensteinTim HopkinsABC MusicReviewed by Jenny Long This album — Hopkins' second — takes the mantle of both acid jazz and funk. Its motivating force is Hopkins' unbridled saxophone, combining with Mike Nock's sometimes flying, sometimes solid
You spend all your youthful years trying to get ahead. Isn't that right? You learn early that to get ahead you need to jockey for a position. Once there you should be set for life. But despite your immense talent and aptitude (at least Mum always
By Stan Lee The small, usually sedate coastal town of Victor Harbor on the Fleurieu Peninsula 80 kms south of Adelaide was this year's venue for South Australia's annual Folk and Music Festival between September 29 and October 2. Despite the wind and
The Golden Age Is In Us:Journeys and Encounters 1987-1994By Alexander CockburnVerso, 1995. 434 pp., $59.95 (hb)Reviewed by Phil Shannon It doesn't take much to upset some supporters of Profit and the American Way of Life. The radical journalist,

Editorial

Recent public statements by Prime Minister Paul Keating and foreign minister Gareth Evans denying the refugee status of East Timorese who have fled their Indonesian-occupied country to Australia, is yet another despicable episode in the federal Labor