Issue 22

Australia

MELBOURNE — Ford Australia announced on August 1 that it would cut about 550 jobs in its Broadmeadows and Geelong plants partly through voluntary redundancies because it was halving its production of Capri sports cars. The Vehicle Builders Union is not opposing the cutbacks and...

Rainforest activist jailed

By Nick Everett

PERTH — A local Rainforest Action Group member, Nancy Rolfe, is serving a 60-day sentence for criminal trespass in Sarawak. She was one of eight protesters arrested two weeks ago during a logging protest at Kuala Baram...

Qld Aborigines take fight to UN

By Philippa Stanford

BRISBANE — In protest against the Goss government's land rights legislation, a group of Aboriginal community leaders have organised a trip to the United Nations on behalf of the Queensland Aboriginal people...

Nuclear-free Brisbane campaign

By Jim McIlroy

BRISBANE — Hiroshima Day was the launching pad for a public campaign to call on the new Labor-controlled Brisbane City Council to declare the city nuclear free. Brisbane's previous nuclear-free status was revoked by...

By Bernie Brian.

WOLLONGONG — Southern District coal miners will hold stop-work meetings on August 7 to discuss moves by NSW coal companies to deregulate safety conditions in the mines.

South Coast District check inspector Glen Dwyer told Green Left that...

By Frank Zeller

CHAELUNDI — NSW Forestry Commission operations in the Chaelundi forest were halted at least temporarily on August 1 by the discovery of a rare beech skink habitat in the path of proposed roading and logging operations.

Operations stopped when the...

Setbacks for AIDEX

By Tim E. Stewart

NEWCASTLE — The Newcastle University Students Association at a meeting last week passed a motion opposing the proposed Australian Industry Defence Equipment Exhibition (AIDEX) in November at Canberra.

The motion was...

By Angela Matheson

Juana was repeatedly raped and tortured during her two-year imprisonment in Central America. She is still receiving medical attention for the wounds. Her husband was killed while she was in prison, while her one-year-old daughter was raised by her...

By Karen Fletcher

BRISBANE — "When I become Lord Mayor of Brisbane there will be no dump in Rochedale." So said Jim Soorley at a fundraising dinner for the campaign against the Rochedale dump in Brisbane several weeks prior to the poll at which he was elected lord mayor...

Story and photo
by Kim Shipton

SYDNEY — A group of expectant and fully equipped whale watchers left the wharf at Birkenhead Point at 8 a.m. on July 13 hoping to catch sight of humpback whales as they migrated north from the Antarctic to the Great Barrier Reef....

By Jane Beckman

NEWCASTLE — An estimated 4000 people marched through the city on July 30 to an open air rally in Civic Park in support of Hunter health services.

Hospital workers, public servants and the waterfront unions stopped work to attend the rally.

...

By Debra Wirth

A call for a national public inquiry into the policy of removing Aboriginal children from their families has been launched by the Secretariat of the National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC).

Under the assimilationist policies of...

World

By Renfrey Clarke

MOSCOW — When the draft of a new Union agreement, meant to lay the basis for relations between the Soviet government and the republics of the USSR, emerged on June 17, it provoked intense discussion in the press. But enthusiasm has waned, and there is...

By Burma Support Group

Burma is rich in natural resources — forests, fish, oil, minerals, gem stones and jade. In 1962, Burma was the world's largest rice exporter and the richest country in South-East Asia. By 1987, Burma had been reduced to one of the 10 poorest...

By Peter Annear
in Zagreb and Ljubljana

The defeat of the federal army by Slovenia's territorial militia and the July 7 signing of the Brioni Declaration produced a temporary stand-off in Yugoslavia's long-simmering national crisis.

Following the June 25...

By Ian Powell

WELLINGTON — Workers at the Ashton Rest Home in Marton (a small rural town in the central North Island) are experiencing the exploitative nature of the Employment Contracts Act.

Five workers were pressured by the manager of the rest home, Trevor...

By David Robie

Middle-class supporters of New Zealand's ruling National Party were hit hard by last week's tough budget. But unemployment is expected to continue growing, and economists are divided as to the future. Already lagging in opinion polls, Prime Minister Jim...

Peter Annear

The national question in Czechoslovakia has taken some peculiar twists, among them the sacking earlier this year of the popular premier of the Slovak republic, Vladimir Meciar. PETER ANNEAR concludes a series of reports from Prague and Bratislava.

...

The Burma Support Group is a Sydney-based group of Burmese and non-Burmese volunteers supporting a free and democratic Burma.

A recent "Burma Alert!" dinner and talk raised over $3200, which has been sent to the student camps on the Thai-Burmese border. The money is being used to meet...

By Peter Boyle

The Bush administration appears to have succeeded in convincing Israel, Syria and the Soviet Union to participate in preliminary negotiations on Middle East conflicts. However, the Israeli government insists — and the Bush administration accepts — that it...

By Norm Dixon

The South African government's (and Australian media baron Kerry Packer's) secret funding of Chief Mangosuthu Gatsha Buthelezi's Inkatha movement, following revelations of police and military complicity in murderous attacks on supporters of the African...

Editorial

The bomb and Iraq

If a worldwide referendum were held tomorrow, there's little doubt an overwhelming majority of 5.3 billion people would vote for the elimination of all nuclear weapons. The question arises, why can't humanity rid itself of this scourge? Nuclear weapons have never...

Culture

By Phil Shannon

New World New Mind: Changing The Way We Think To Save Our Future
By Robert Ornstein and Paul Ehrlich
Paladin Grafton Books/Collins. 302 pp. $15.95 (pb)
Reviewed by Phil Shannon

When...

In print

Amnesty International's summer catalogue is now out. Offering a range of progressive apparel from board shorts to T-shirts to sarongs, it also includes a range of other items including cards, kettles, rugs, hammocks and recycled paper stationery. Get one from...

By Ulrike Erhardt

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead
A film by Tom Stoppard
Starring Gary Oldman, Tim Roth and Richard Dreyfuss
Reviewed by Ulrike Erhardt

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead...

a city at war with itself

em = By Phil McManus

lights on the hill

above the river;

even the Romans

couldn't site a city

this well.
neon signs between stone and darkness

are like colours in an oil spill.

there is...

By Phil Shannon

Biospheres: Metamorphosis of Planet Earth
By Dorion Sagan
Arkana/Penguin. $18.95 (pb)
Reviewed by Phil Shannon

"It would be difficult to wax poetic about medical waste, CFCs and...

Pacific book wins grant

AUCKLAND — A book about peace and social, environmental and political issues in the South Pacific is one of the projects awarded grants by the Rainbow Warrior trust fund.

Auckland-based Asia Pacific...

Terra Australis

em = By John Queripel

[In last week's issue, we accidentally omitted the last line of John Queripel's poem. This is the full text.]

It's a bloody big land this Australia

With its great wide brown barren plains.

For...