Issue 292

News

By Jane Beckmann HUNTER VALLEY — Last week the dispute at the Hunter Valley No 1 coal mine near Singleton escalated. Unable to defeat the miners, Rio Tinto has applied to the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) to be allowed to
Labour hire workers on strike By Sue Bolton MELBOURNE — After three and a half weeks on strike, a September 24 mass meeting of Australian Manufacturing Workers Union members who work for labour hire companies voted to continue their
We're taking a break Green Left Weekly is taking a one-week break with this issue. The next issue will be dated October 15.
Youth rights under attack in the NT By Marina Cameron Over the last 12 months the Country Liberal Party (CLP) government in the Northern Territory has taken or proposed a range of repressive and unreasonable actions in relation to perceived
Nothing new at ANU By Kerryn Williams CANBERRA — Less than 800 students voted in the students' association elections at the Australian National University last week. This was due in part to a strike and teaching bans imposed by the
By Jo Williams MELBOURNE — Student union elections were held recently at Melbourne University. Around 20% of the student population voted. Left Focus, a broad coalition of left-wing activists, won all office bearer positions for the third year
By Chris Spindler and Angela Luvera John Pat was found dead in a police cell in the west Pilbara town of Roebourne, WA on the night of September 28, 1983. Locked up after helping friends who were being attacked by off-duty police officers, he
By Nick Everett BRISBANE — Community and Public Sector Union members in Centrelink, the federal government's new service delivery agency, struck for two hours on September 24. In response, the agency's new chief executive officer, Sue Vardon,
HEMP picket of newspaper BRISBANE — On September 19, HEMP (Help End Marijuana Prohibition) held a picket outside the offices of the Courier-Mail. In early August, the Murdoch press was campaigning nationally against the proposed heroin trial
Around 150 activists and supporters of the anti-racism campaign attended the Fight Racism National Conference at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) on September 27-28. The conference was supported by a range of campaign groups and socialist
By Corinne Glenn PERTH — For the first time in six years, student guild elections are taking place on Edith Cowan University. The guild has been run by the left of the Labor Party (NOLS) since its inception, and the elections have never been
Australia dumps toxic waste on Hong Kong On September 23, the Hong Kong environmental protection department impounded a shipment of computer scrap until authorities can arrange for its return to Australia. The export of computer scrap, which
Thousands rally against Badgerys By Dave Wright and Gail Lord SYDNEY — On September 21, more than 2000 people packed the Blacktown Civic Centre in Sydney's west to protest against the proposed second airport at Badgerys Creek. The rally
East Timor activist fined heavily By Tim E. Stewart DARWIN — Well-known Darwin activist Shell 63 has been fined $1000 for jumping into a parliamentary limousine during a demonstration for freedom for East Timor. The incident occurred
Cairns wharfies win 'for all unions' By Bill Mason BRISBANE — The victory of the waterside workers in Cairns in the week ending September 19 was a win "for the Maritime Union of Australia and for all unions", MUA spokesperson Col Davies
Nuclear scoop Green Left Weekly contributor Jim Green has brought to light some very interesting facts as part of his research for a PhD at Wollongong University. Quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald of September 24, Green has exposed the
Protest at BHP shareholders' meeting By Jon Lamb ADELAIDE — A protest against BHP's theft of East Timorese oil from the Timor Gap took place outside a BHP shareholders' meeting on September 23. Two of the main oilfields discovered by BHP
Labor exposed at native title rally By Martin Iltis CANBERRA — Around 100 people attended a rally and march on September 21 protesting against the Liberal government's attacks on native title. The rally, organised by the Campaign Against
Greens challenge in SA elections By Melanie Sjoberg ADELAIDE — The Greens SA will contest both the Legislative Assembly and lower house in the state elections on October 11. Paul Petit and Rita Helling will stand for the Legislative
CFMEU strike and rally on October 1 A half-day building industry stoppage will take place on October 1 in Sydney. Thousands of building workers will stop work and attend a rally at 11.30am at Town Hall Square. Several hundred miners will join
Dispute in Victorian hospitals escalates By Gabrielle Wheeler MELBOURNE — Health professionals in Victoria are turning to militant action in response to the refusal of hospital managements and the state government to enter into any real
By Chris Spindler The federal government's decision about whether or not to allow uranium mining at Jabiluka in the NT will be made very soon. If the go-ahead is given, Energy Resources Australia (ERA) will open the new mine and push a
New hope for 'day of mourning' site SYDNEY — The National Aboriginal History and Heritage Council has welcomed announcement by the Heritage Council of a review of the decision to allow the demolition of the old Australian Hall — site of the

World

By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — Anyone who follows western media reports on Russia will know the formula: the country's chances of economic recovery rest on the "young reformers", brought into top government posts early this year to battle
By James Balowski At least six people have been killed, scores wounded and hundreds arrested during three days of rioting in the Indonesian provincial capital of South Sulawesi, Ujung Padang. The riots were sparked by the killing of a
Historian BENJAMIN STORA is well known for his writings on Algeria and colonialism, including History of the Algerian War (1954-1962), History of Algeria After Independence (1962-1994), and The Sources of Algerian Nationalism. He has just published
Following is an abridged version of a leaflet handed out by the Loxicha People's Union Against Repression (LPUAR) at a demonstration in Oaxaca City Square in August against the arbitrary arrest of 68 people. Oaxaca is the capital of Oaxaca State in
September marks one year since the most significant clashes, in which more than 80 Palestinians died and 1200 were injured, since the Oslo Accords. 'ALA JARADAT, a Birzeit University student from Jenin, spoke to Green Left Weekly's ADAM HANIEH about
By Barry Healy One hundred representatives of native peoples from Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana held their first ever summit in Boa Vista, capital of Brazil's northernmost state of Roraima, for four days at the end of August. Leaders from the
By James Vassilopoulos From Los Angeles to Fremantle, Copenhagen to Durban, actions in solidarity with sacked Liverpool dockers were held on September 8. September is the second anniversary of the dockers' struggle to keep their jobs. The action
Urgent appeal The New Socialist Party of Sri Lanka is appealing for donations from supporters and friends to replace a computer that recently broke down . The comrades need $1200. The computer is essential to producing their newspaper Hareya.
By Norm Dixon Delegates attending the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) sixth national congress, on September 16-19, have sharply criticised the economic policies of the African National Congress government and its failure to
BILBAO — Members of the Spanish paramilitary civil guard shot and killed two young Basques on September 24 in what authorities described as a "shoot-out" with police in a narrow downtown street. The police operation is continuing. According to
Indonesian students and workers arrested By James Balowski On September 23, at least nine students and workers were arrested during a protest outside the Indonesian national parliament building against new, repressive labour laws.
Mining companies should 'fund famine relief' The Australian non-government organisation AID/WATCH is calling on Australian companies and multinationals operating in Papua New Guinea to commit a percentage of their profits to drought-ravaged
By Norm Dixon Representatives of the people of Bougainville are involved in a vigorous debate over the merits of the process that began with peace talks in New Zealand in July. Another round of talks is scheduled for early October. After two
By Eva Cheng Jiang Zemin appears to be the most powerful man in China today. He heads the state, the ruling Communist Party and the army. At the 15th CP congress, he managed to remove from power political rivals Qiao Shi (from the Politburo

Culture

The Sorrow of WarSBSMonday, October 13, 8.30pm (8pm in SA) Review by Brendan Doyle "Long ago, at the gates of Hanoi, there was a large drum. Any citizen was allowed to beat the drum and voice his opinion. If the speech pleased the Emperor, he
The one day of the year for us types It is right and fitting that some testimony of the passions and adventures of our times be provided for those who may succeed us. I am therefore taking this extraordinary step of addressing you because the
Rage for Indonesian political prisoners PERTH — Spank and Humbug are just two of the major bands which will be donating their time and talents for a Freedom Rage to be held at the Ozone Bar on November 7. The band night aims to raise
Kakadu If they're mining KakaduThen they're surely killing youCause they're killing all the thingsYou care about.We will see the wild ducks flyAcross a lemon coloured sky,When everything goes wrong in Kakadu.We'll see the mushroom cloudAnd
auth = By Mark Cronin The ACTU Congress in Brisbane earlier this month achieved little of political importance but it did have an interesting cultural offshoot. On the eve of the congress, 400 people packed the Culture Bank in West End to hear
Indonesia Alert!Edited by Kurt Biddle and Malik MiahPrinted by Inkworks, USA Review by Nick Everett Indonesia Alert! is a new publication produced by supporters of Indonesia's democracy movement in the United States. It reports on developments
Sunrise BlvdRod Quantock at The Comedy (Harold Park) Hotel115 Wigram Road, Glebe, Sydney.September 23 to October 5, 8pm. $7. Review by Chris Spindler Rod Quantock is a rarity. He is not only funny, he uses real politics as the drawcard and
As It Happened: Ernesto Che Guevara: Bolivian Diary — SBS, Thursday, October 9 — 8.30pm (8pm in SA) Review by Neville Spencer October 9 is the 30th anniversary of the capture and execution in the jungles of Bolivia of Argentine-Cuban
By Sue Bolton MELBOURNE — It is now three years since free-to-air community television Channel 31 hit the airwaves. Stephen Baras-Miller and Jeff Riley are involved in the weekly activist program, Access News, produced by Channel 31's Ska TV
Kabila: The Revolutionary RevealedSBSTuesday October 7, 8.30pm (8pm in SA) Review by Norm Dixon In spite of its title, don't expect this BBC report to shed new light on new Congo leader Laurent Kabila's background. Anybody who has followed the

Editorial

In power to plunder PM John Howard's removal of John Sharp, David Jull and Peter McGauran from his front bench was widely applauded by the big business media on the grounds that we can't have a government tainted by any suggestion that its
A warning against complacency Sarwono Kusumaatmadja, Indonesia's environment minister, last week spoke with honesty unusual in the Indonesian government, regarding the catastrophic fires spreading through the country. "We were operating on