Issue 252


By Peter Boyle Asian Australians Against Further Intimidation (AAAFI) was launched on October 11, 1996 to counter the racist views promoted by right-wing organisations, such as Australians Against Further Immigration (AAFI) and Oxley MP Pauline
By Sue Brooke MELBOURNE — "Our people fought for the right to land, for the Land Rights Act. We don't want to be managers for any more destruction on our land. We will not agree to this mine and we'll take whatever action is necessary to stop
By Emma Webb ADELAIDE — The newly appointed vice-chancellor of Adelaide University, Mary O'Kane, announced on October 14 that, as a result of a 0.9% funding cut for 1997, the University Senior Management Group had decided to: abolish the Dance
By Dave Andrews ROSEBERY — This mining community on Tasmania's west coast has sent a strong message to the state Liberal government by electing three new members to the nine-member West Coast Council. Included on the new council is Ian Jamieson,
Indonesian activist in Perth PERTH — Action in Solidarity with Indonesia and East Timor and Resistance held a cross-campus week of solidarity from October 21 to 25 as part of a solidarity tour of Perth by Nico Warouw, representative of the
By Marina Cameron Figures published on October 22 reveal that one in three year 9 students do not have basic literacy skills. They also show that literacy problems have increased in Australia since 1975, and that literacy among disadvantaged
By Bernie Brian DARWIN — More than 50 students delayed a meeting of the NT University's planning board on October 24 to express their opposition to cuts to faculty funding contained in the university's draft budget. Arts will be the worst hit,
By Bruce Marlowe On October 30, workers in the Department of Social Security, and the Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs will be asked to vote for a campaign of lightning bans. The Howard government has rejected the
By Sue Bolton MELBOURNE — After eight days on strike, lift workers in Victoria forced two of the three biggest lift companies, Otis and Kono, to reimburse workers for losses as a result of the federal government's new tax on travel allowances.
By James Vassilopoulos SYDNEY — In early October, Telstra management announced, first to the media and later to staff, that the Telstra Shops and Mobile Sales and Service Centres are to be sold to an "affiliated dealership, leading to the loss of
By Tim E. Stewart DARWIN — In recent elections for the Northern Territory University Student Union, the Higher Education Action Team won two of the three executive positions and two of the three council positions it contested. Resistance and HEAT
Criminal treatment The Social Security Legislation Amendment Bill, to be considered by the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee in late October, will throw unemployed people off the dole for six weeks for a first offence and 13 weeks for
Labor right wins University of Canberra By Nick Soudakoff CANBERRA — After losing the student elections at the Australian National University a few weeks ago, Labor right won the positions of president, women's officer and environment officer,
By Dave Wright PENRITH — The victory of Liberal candidate Jackie Kelly in the Lindsay by-election on October 19 reveals that people in this predominantly working-class, outer-western Sydney seat have not forgiven Labor for 13 years of austerity.
By Helen Jarvis Students and staff at the St George campus of the University of NSW are mounting a strong campaign against the university's cutbacks and restructuring. Presented as "UNSW 2000", the plans are being dubbed "UNSW 200", or even "UNSW
By Adam Leeman MELBOURNE — On October 24, 200 students rallied at the Preston campus of Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE to build support for the restoration of funding, cut by management, to the Student Union. In an attempt to undermine
Developer accused of incitement against greens By Bill Mason BRISBANE — Port Hinchinbrook developer Keith Williams has been accused of inciting anti-green violence after telling ABC radio on October 25 that conservationists "have outstayed
By Marina Cameron On October 21, federal National Party leader Tim Fischer announced the lifting of an eight-year "ban" on Australian uranium sales to France. Greens Senator Dee Margetts responded on October 22, that, in fact, "Australia provided


Apartheid rulers named Hard on the heels of the acquittal of the Magnus Malan and other senior military and political officials of the apartheid regime have come further accusations of former apartheid rulers ordering violence against
Russian coal miners call strike An national strike has been called for November 5 by the Russian miners' union ROSUGLEPROF. At issue is the growing wage debt owed to Russia's miners. Already massive, the debt has soared by 89% since January.
By Norm Dixon "I have no confidence there can be justice in South Africa", Mbusi Ntuli said bitterly following the October 11 acquittal of former apartheid regime defence minister Magnus Malan and other senior police and security force officers
By Norm Dixon Witnesses have linked the murderer of Bougainville Transitional Government Premier Theodore Miriung to the pro-PNG "Resistance" groups. Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA) commander Sam Kauona has also named the person he believes
By Stephen Marks MANAGUA — Nicaragua's recent elections have been marred by scandal, chaos and accusations of fraud which have called into question the apparent victory, 49% to 38%, of the right-wing candidate, Arnoldo Aléman, over
NEW ZEALAND — On October 12, New Zealand held its first general election under the new mixed-member proportional (MMP) voting system. Expanding from 99 to 120 seats, the NZ parliament now consists of 65 constituency MPs and 55 list MPs. Parties'
By Adam Hanieh For several years US and Israeli capitalists have been pursuing a policy of economic liberalisation aimed at further opening the Middle East to Western business. To further this strategic aim — achieving a complete economic
By Jennifer Thompson SYDNEY — Two Palestinians visiting from the Ma'an Development Centre based in Ramallah in the West Bank spoke at a public meeting organised by the ACTU overseas aid organisation, APHEDA, on October 15. Among other community
By Eva Cheng Japan's main capitalist party, the Liberal Democratic Party, gained ground in the October 20 lower house election, increasing its seats from 211 in a 493-seat house to 239 out of 500. The gain is not big enough for a working majority,
This month is the 40th anniversary of the Hungarian revolution, a crucial event in the development of the crisis of international Stalinism. PHIL HEARSE explains. At dawn on November 4, Russian tanks, which had withdrawn from Budapest after the first


Welcome to the Human RaceProduced and directed by Betty WolpertSBS TV, Wednesday, November 6, 8.30pm (8pm in SA)Previewed by Norm Dixon This documentary is a sequel to Betty Wolpert's graphic 1986 film Mama I'm Crying which so effectively revealed
SociobeastFlipside PerformanceDispensary Cafe84 Enmore Road, Newtown, SydneyNovember 1-4 and 6Previewed by Nick Fredman Sociobeast examines the evolving and contradictory relationship between humanity, society and technology. In a collage of images
By Beavis Marks BRISBANE — A public outcry has erupted over a police attack on an outdoor fundraising concert for community radio station 4ZzZ on October 19. More than 95 people were arrested and many members of the crowd injured. A storm of
Born Again PagansBorn Again PagansReviewed by Alex Bainbridge "Things have changed a lot since the first album, Fighting Back" is the undeniably correct proclamation on the sleeve of the latest album from Sydney pub band Born Again Pagans. The Pagans
Last week, Green Left Weekly's KATRINA DEAN spoke to LIZ O'BRIEN, manager of Community Radio 2XX in Canberra, about the station's 20th anniversary this year. In 1975, the Council of Social Services, Council of Cultural Societies, the Sports Council,
Resisting the Virtual Life: The Culture and Politics of InformationEdited by James Brook and Iain A. BoalCity Lights Books, 1995. 289 pp., $15.95Reviewed by Stan Thompson Media, governments, academics and more all have heralded the close of the 20th
Rats in the RanksA film by Bob Connolly and Robin AndersonScreening at the Valhalla in Glebe and other cinemas in Sydney until mid-NovemberReviewed by Bruce Threlfo Many people would be surprised that the usually mundane event of a mayoral election
The Woman Who Walked into DoorsBy Roddy DoyleJonathan Cape. $29.95Reviewed by Dave Riley I first read a novel by Roddy Doyle soon after the film version of The Commitments was released. Since then I've kept up with what this Irish author has to
Music for our Mother OceanVarious artistsSurfdog RecordsReviewed by Marcus Greville Recorded through the combined efforts of the Surfrider Foundation and Surfdog Records, Music for our Mother Ocean brings together a huge diversity of artists on this


The results of the Lindsay by-election in western Sydney on October 19 mean more attacks on working people with Howard claiming a new mandate. The strength of the Liberals' victory — a swing in the two-party preferred vote from Labor to Liberal