Issue 222

News

By Natasha Simons Several hundred university students joined Resistance campus clubs around the country at first year orientation weeks, held over the past two weeks. In addition, around 1200 copies of Green Left Weekly were sold and hundreds of
By Tony Iltis WOLLONGONG — The quiet village of Jamberoo, eight kilometres inland from Kiama, became the centre of some unusual goings-on after an article appeared in the February 21 Illawarra Mercury reporting that the Ku Klux Klan was planning a
By Katrina Dean CANBERRA — The CPSU national leadership organised a candidates' forum here on February 28. Only three candidates for the seat of Canberra were invited to speak — Senator Bob McMullen (ALP), Gwen Willcox (Liberals) and Gordon
By Rohan Gaiswinkler HOBART — The feud between the Australian Democrats and the Greens turned into an all-in brawl just days before the federal election, with Democrat Senator Robert Bell suing the Greens' Senate team for defamation. The action was
By Dave Mizon MELBOURNE — On February 22, 100 people attended a march and rally in the Footscray shopping centre organised by the Public Tenants Union to mourn the death of public housing. The rally was conducted as a funeral procession complete
By Kathy O'Driscoll SYDNEY — Four hundred Telstra workers and supporters attended an anti-privatisation rally at Town Hall Square on February 28 organised by the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) and the Communications, Electrical and
By Sue Bull CANBERRA — Since February 23, when it was ordered to negotiate with unions over their 9% pay claim, the Carnell Liberal minority government has used every possible tactic to stall negotiations. Mediators unacceptable to the unions have
By Peter Boyle SYDNEY — An attempt by Marrickville Labor Mayor Barry Cotter to trick inner-city residents into supporting the ALP's plan to build a second airport at Badgerys Creek in outer-western Sydney backfired when demonstrators turned against

World

By Norm Dixon US President Bill Clinton on February 8 signed into law the Telecommunications Reform Act. Tied to the bill is another law which contains sweeping restrictions on the use of electronic communications called the Communications Decency
By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — Coal miners in Ukraine returned to work on February 16 after one of the hardest-fought strikes in the former Soviet republic in recent years. The resumption of work followed an agreement by the government to negotiate
US pilots have been violating international law by entering Cuban airspace for many years. Since 1994, there have been at least nine incursions, according to Cuban authorities; after each, protest notes were lodged with the United States Interests
By Karen Lee Wald HAVANA — US-Cuba relations came tumbling down along with the two Miami-based planes shot down over Cuban airspace on February 24. Although the US State Department had repeatedly warned the anti-Castro Cuban-American group
ANC minister calls for limits on human rights A senior member of the ANC-led government of national unity, justice minister Dullah Omar, has called for key sections of South Africa's current interim constitution that protect individual rights to be
By Eva Cheng As the anniversary of the 1959 uprising in Tibet against Chinese occupation draws near, speculation is growing whether there will be new outbursts of pro-independence protests there. On March 10, 1959, Chinese troops went into the
By Reihana Mohideen MANILA — The 10th anniversary of the EDSA rebellion, which brought down the US-backed dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos in February 1986, was marked by protests in Metro Manila on February 23. The protests were spearheaded by the
The International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions (ICEM) has reported that Milton Dabibi, general secretary of the ICEM-affiliated Nigerian oil and gas workers' union PENGASSAN, has been arrested in Lagos and is being
By Reihana Mohideen MANILA — Around 20,000 workers representing some 300 factory-based unions attended the first regular congress of the socialist labour centre BMP (Solidarity of Filipino Workers), held here on February 21. Elected unanimously by
JACKIE GRUNSELL is a member of Militant Labour in Sheffield. She was interviewed for Green Left Weekly by WENDY ROBERTSON. Can you tell me about the situation with racism in Britain and the campaigns that Militant has been running against it? One of

Culture

The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in LoveDirected by Maria MaggentiOpens March 7, Chauvel and Valhalla Cinemas, SydneyReviewed by Margaret Allan This is a lovely film about first love, with all of its excitement and awkwardness that is part
Women Travellers Accommodation DirectoryKaye Johnston & Andrea LofthouseA Moonraker Productions publication, 1995P.O. Box 186, Berry, NSW 253588 pp., $9.95 postage paid in AustraliaReviewed by Kath Gelber This project began when Johnston and
McSpotlight (http://www.mcspotlight.org /) — An on-line interactive library of information and communication on everything that McDonald's don't want the public to know. Compiled by a huge team of volunteers working from 14 different countries,
Antonia's LineWritten and directed by Marleen GorrisStarring Willeke Van Ammelrooy and Els DottermansDutch, with English subtitlesAt Dendy Cinema, Sydney, on March 9, 5pmOpens across Australia from March 14Reviewed by Natasha Simons Set in the Dutch
Healing Women: A History of Leichhardt Women's Community Health CentreBy Joyce StevensFast Books, Wild & Woolley, 1995. 135 pp., $17.95Reviewed by Jane Beckmann Healing Women presents an interesting and informative account of the development of the
By Geoff Spencer MELBOURNE — Public radio station PBS FM presents Babes on the Waves — a 24-hour extravaganza of women's music on International Women's Day. Eighteen of PBS's finest women announcers, who excel in the hitherto male-dominated world
Women in a Restructuring AustraliaAnne Edwards & Susan Magarey (eds)Allen & Unwin, 1995. 319 pp., $29.95Reviewed by Melanie Sjoberg We are constantly confronted by imagery and articles in the establishment media which attempt to enforce the view that
Sexy Bodies: The Strange Carnalities of FeminismEdited by Elizabeth Grosz and Elspeth ProbynRoutledge, 1995. 303 pp., $36.95Reviewed by Jen Crothers Sexy Bodies is a collection of 15 essays. Each crosses a wide variety of disciplinary streams,
SYDNEY — The Nambundah Festival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture has begun. For a short season only, until March 17, Belvoir Street Theatre will host The 7 Stages of Grieving — a contemporary indigenous performance by

Editorial

John Howard, the Liberals and the big business media are of course claiming that the Coalition's big election victory is a "mandate" for the policies they plan to implement. That's a lie. There is no mandate. There's no mandate for Howard's policies