Issue 294

News

Jabiluka campaigners keep up the pressure By Trish Corcoran SYDNEY — On October 9, the day after the federal government gave the go-ahead to the Jabiluka uranium mine, a 300-strong demonstration marched through the city to protest outside John
Striking miner addresses Newcastle Green Left dinner Striking miner addresses Newcastle Green Left dinner By Jane Beckmann NEWCASTLE — More than 60 people attended the October 17 Green Left Weekly dinner to raise money for the paper.
By Kerry Nettle 1. Building roads invites more traffic. This is a well-researched phenomenon known as induced traffic. It exists in cities all around the world. People think that new roads will make their journey faster, so people who do
Unions rally against attack on WorkCover By Michael Bull and Bronwen Beechey MELBOURNE — More than 4000 construction workers rallied on October 14 in opposition to the Kennett government's proposed changes to the WorkCover occupational health
Environmentalists slam pollution plan By Jon Lamb A coalition of more than 20 environment and community groups from across Australia has condemned the latest draft National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) proposal. Representatives from the
Rally against McDonald's By Regan Davis BRISBANE — A rally was held on October 16 in King George Square as part of a national anti-McDonald's day. The action was designed to highlight things the golden arches have been getting away with
Hunter miners: court cripples right to strike By James Vassilopoulos Rio Tinto has succeeded in its bid to undermine the picket line at the Hunter Valley No. 1 coal mine. On October 14, the NSW Supreme Court ruled that unionists could
By Liam Hazell CANBERRA — More than 1000 people attended the "Sea of Hands" event here on October 12. Sixty-six thousand coloured hands, representing signatures on the Australian Citizens' Statement in support of Native Title, were placed into
Not a gamble Ten years ago, the world of the owners and brokers of stocks and shares took its largest nosedive in the history of capitalist wheeling and dealing. Careers were ruined as stock markets dropped over 20% of their morning values
SYDNEY — Up to 10,000 people took part in the October 11 rally for native title in the Domain. Organised by Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation, the rally was chaired by the ABC's Julie McCrossin and heard speeches from Hazel Hawke,
GL writer recognised Robyn Marshall of Brisbane was one of three state finalists in the annual MBF Health and Well-being Awards for journalism. Her article, which appeared in the July 23 issue of Green Left Weekly, was entered in the category "Most
Sydney tribute to Che Guevara By Margaret Gleeson SYDNEY — Six hundred people packed a University of Technology hall on October 11 to celebrate the life and ideas of Ernesto "Che" Guevara on the 30th anniversary of his death. The evening
Hinchinbrook: special lease? By Tim Walgers BRISBANE — In a new development in conservationists' campaign against the north Queensland Port Hinchinbrook development, it has become clear that no government department will take
Campaign against Eastern Distributor By Adam Nelson SYDNEY — Whilst the anti-progressive pursuit of profits — the Eastern Distributor — bulldozes ahead, public transport activists continue their campaign to expose this environmental
By Paul Glenning EMERALD, Queensland Three hundred Gordonstone coal miners and their families rallied and marched through Emerald on October 17 to express their solidarity and determination to make a stand against the bullying tactics used by
Queanbeyan residents fight for open space QUEANBEYAN — The Henderson Road Residents' Action Group is pressing ahead with plans for a community barbecue on Sunday, October 19, although NSW State Rail has refused permission. "We are going to
Meeting hears of Indonesian upsurge By Tuntuni Bhattacharyya SYDNEY Fifty people attended a politics in the pub on October 17 to hear Edwin Gozal from the Peoples Democratic Party of Indonesia and Max Lane, national secretary of Action in
Questions about Telstra CEO By Leo Wellin In the midst of all the corporate hype about transparency in decision making, being accountable and "taking ownership of the customer", the personal business interests of Telstra's CEO have raised
Support for Indonesian political prisoners Support for political prisoners By Karen Fletcher BRISBANE Indonesian Peoples Democratic Party (PRD) spokesperson Edwin Gozal and East Timorese activist Naldo Rai spoke to 60 activists at the
Hotel Windsor attacks award By Sue Bolton MELBOURNE — On October 15, several hundred metalworkers joined with hospitality workers and members of other unions to protest against the first attempt by an employer to use the new federal
SA voters surprise the government By Melanie Sjoberg ADELAIDE — In a result that surprised most commentators, the SA Liberals were re-elected to government on October 11 with a significantly reduced majority. They lost 12 of the seats won in
Nike protest SYDNEY More than 100 people protested against the super-exploitation of workers in Nike's factories in the Third World on October 18. The energetic, overwhelmingly young, crowd moved through Pitt Street in a flying picket that
Religious right censors art By Karl Miller MELBOURNE — Last week a campaign by the religious right resulted in the cancellation of an art exhibition. Their cries of "blasphemy" were centred on a photo of a crucifix immersed in urine. The
'Hanson will be greeted by protest' TOOWOOMBA — When Pauline Hanson comes here to speak on October 25, she will be met by protesters against her racist rhetoric. The protest is being organised by an ad-hoc committee of progressive activists, the
Hobart Earth Awareness Week By Tony Iltis HOBART — An October 13 public meeting and slide show on the proposed Jabiluka uranium mine launched activities here for Earth Awareness Week. Students who had visited the proposed mine site after

World

By Michael Karadjis This past northern summer, the Turkish military engineered the collapse of the Welfare Party (RP)-True Path Party (DYP) coalition, supposedly to prevent a "fundamentalist takeover". The military is now on a drive to ban RP. In
East Timorese arrested, tortured over bombs By Jon Lamb Indonesian authorities are believed to be holding up to 13 East Timorese in relation to a cache of bombs and weapons discovered in Dili and the Central Java city of Semarang. The regional
By Norm Dixon The second round of peace talks in New Zealand has resulted in a truce between the pro-independence Bougainville Interim Government (BIG), the Port Moresby-appointed Bougainville Transitional Government (BTG) and the Papua New Guinea
By Jenny Pierce ROSARIO, Argentina — "Thirty years since the death of Ernesto Che Guevara, he not only remains vivid in our minds, but also his legacy proves vital in political and cultural debate at the turn of the century." This was the theme
Brazilian Indian burned alive By Barry Healy A Brazilian judge has caused outrage with an extraordinary ruling in the case of the killing of an Indian, Galdino Jesus dos Santos. On September 29 Judge Sandra de Santis Mello ruled that the charge
This is an abridged version of the communiqué issued by the third NGO Parallel Forum, held to coincide with the South Pacific Forum meeting in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, September 19-26. The forum brought together Pacific-based non-government
By Michael Karadjis BEIRUT — Bourj al Barajneh camp is home to 20,000 Palestinian refugees, crammed into one square kilometre on the southern outskirts of the city. While life in the camp was always challenging, to say the least, the situation

Culture

Comedy survival skills MELBOURNE — Often the best humour comes from cultures that have been oppressed and persecuted. Laughter is a means of survival, of striking back at the oppressor, and a way of mocking those who adopt the ways of the
Magnetic Mountain: Stalinism as a CivilisationBy Stephen KotkinUniversity of California Press, 1997, 639 pp., $38.95 (pb) Review by Phil Shannon Steel by name, steel by nature — perhaps this sums up Stalinism with its iron rule by Stalin (the
Stories from Australia's unfinished land war details = Frontier: Stories from White Australia's Forgotten WarCD-ROMABC through Dataworks Educational Software$49.95 By Andy Gianniotis Frontier, shown recently on the ABC, is a documentary of
By Melanie Sjoberg ADELAIDE — More than 30 of the city's dynamic young performers come together on Into One, an exciting new CD which is part of a broader program of events to raise awareness and funds for Animal Liberation. Into One began as a
Left on-line New on the Democratic Socialist Party web site — One of the most comprehensive and enlightening socialist sites on the web, the DSP's web page continues to develop. New additions include 'Globalisation', Neo-liberalism and the
Che Guevara: A Revolutionary LifeBy Jon Lee AndersonBantam Press, 1997807 pp., $49.95 (hb) Review by Roberto Jorquera On October 9, millions throughout the world commemorated the 30th anniversary of the assassination of Comandante Ernesto Guevara,
Vince Jones dedicates performance to Dita Sari By John Gauci SYDNEY — "This song is for an amazing Indonesian woman named Dita Sari. Thanks for being political tonight. Keep holding up those placards." This was how Australian jazz icon Vince
Aboriginal struggle honoured in exhibition SYDNEY — A portrait of Aboriginal activist Jenny Munro has been selected to hang in the exhibition currently on display at the S.H. Ervin Gallery. The portrait, by Sydney artist Mandy King, is an entry
By Phil Shannon CANBERRA — Around 80 people wanting to invest in socially critical humour snapped up the latest portfolio offer in Hinze cartoon stock at a launch of Heinrich Hinze's newest cartoon float on October 13 at Tilley's in Lyneham.
Homage to Dita Indah Sari Democracy is not true democracy until everyone listens and heeds even the smallest voice. The voice of money is a false power that moves this world.Money talks — but its conversation is drained from the hearts and

Editorial

Editorial: Profits and the aged Federal family services minister Warwick Smith was unable to defend the Coalition's massive hikes in fees for the elderly in need of nursing home places during an angry exchange with the studio audience on Midday