Issue 30

Australia

By Ray Fulcher

MELBOURNE — The Croatian community turned out in large numbers on September 22 to protest against the war in their homeland. After rallying in the city square amid a sea of Croatian flags, they set up a seven-day, 24-hour vigil was set up in the square to...

By Greg Adamson

MELBOURNE — A campaign for the release of students imprisoned in Indonesia was one of several national campaigns launched at a conference held here over the weekend of September 21-22.

Around 70 people attended the first national conference of the...

By Sean Malloy

"The war is the most recent act of a tragic play" said Damion Buterin, referring to the war in Yugoslavia. Damion is a founding member of Combined Croatian University Societies (CCUS) and a postgraduate student at Sydney University.

The CCUS group...

By Max Bridson

MELBOURNE — The toxic smoke plume from Coode Island that hung over Melbourne for two days in August belonged to Australia's richest man, Kerry Packer. Naturally enough he didn't boast about it, or apologise for it. That's not Kerry's way. Very few people...

Spring has sprung ...

... and Green Left Weekly is taking a — brief — spring holiday. The next issue will appear in a fortnight, dated October 16.

SYDNEY — Alistair Hulett, Gayle Austin and Tania Bowra (l. to r.) are gearing up for an afternoon concert hosted by the Glebe Amnesty International group on October 6 at 3 p.m. at the Harold Park Hotel. Other guests include Voices from the Vacant Lot, Rob Clarkson and Paul Gleeson. The Glebe...

Gifts to Nats 'normal practice'

By Bill Mason

BRISBANE — The final round in the Fitzgerald Inquiry process got under way here on September 23 with the start of the trial of former premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen on perjury charges.

Bjelke-Petersen is charged...

Broken Hill strikes against Greiner

By Steve Painter

The entire city of Broken Hill struck for 24 hours on September 26 in a massive protest against the Liberal-National NSW government. Nearly all workplaces and most businesses closed for the day.

About...

SYDNEY — About 500 people participated in a march for abortion rights here on September 28, international abortion rights day. Speakers at a rally in Hyde Park included Sandra Nori, Labor MP for Port Jackson; Jenny Haines of the NSW...

Tully hydro project unnecessary

By Bill Mason

BRISBANE — The proposed Tully-Millstream hydro-electric project in north Queensland could be postponed if electricity demand were reduced, a consultant has told the federal government.

The project has...

Story by Tom Flanagan
Photo by Joel Winter

HOBART — Green activists have mobilised quickly in response to the release of a draft of the state Labor government's resource security legislation.

On September 16, cabinet received a detailed preliminary...

by David Brazil

SYDNEY — The court battle to save the Chaelundi State Forest, near Dorrigo, NSW, ended on September 25. Upholding a "common sense" interpretation of the National Parks and Wildlife Act, Justice Stein of the Land and Environment Court found the NSW...

By Peter Boyle

MELBOURNE — Harry van Moorst and Sue Graham could lose their home soon. They have two young children and Sue is expecting a baby in late October.

Four p.m. Friday, September 27 was the final deadline set by the Australian Government solicitor for...

More WA police terrorism

By Leon Harrison

PERTH — A new incident of police terrorism against blacks occurred on the night of September 18, when a CIB officer pointed a handgun at 29-year-old Aboriginal student Sydney Eades.

Eades, a student at Edith...

Funding for abortion referral

By Susan Price

BRISBANE — In a historic decision, Children By Choice, the only pregnancy counselling service offering advice on abortion, received $200,000 from the Queensland Health Department, as part of the government's budget...

Call on Hawke to recognise Croatia

By Sean Malloy

SYDNEY — The Croatian community called for the Australian government to recognise Croatia as an independent country at a press conference here on September 26.

Representatives from the Australian Croatian...

By Peter Boyle

West Papuan independence activist Melkianus (Mecky) Salosa is dead, a little more than a year after being handed over to Indonesian authorities by the Papua New Guinea government.

On August 20, Salosa, a leader of the West Papuan secessionist...

Funeral march against AIDEX

By Tyrion Perkins

BRISBANE — The Stop AIDEX Campaign staged a funeral march through city streets on September 24 to publicise the link between the Australian International Defence Equipment Exhibition, to be held in Canberra in...

World

Carmen Maclean

Violating a United Nations peace plan,

the Moroccan government has resumed its war against Western Sahara. Morocco first invaded Western Sahara in 1975.

A cease-fire was due to come into effect on September 6. This was to be followed by a UN...

The South African Communist Party is debating its vision for a democratic and socialist South Africa and its role in bringing it about.

A document called Building Workers' Power for Democratic Change — the draft manifesto of the SACP — is being circulated to all branches,...

Berlin strike against discrimination

By Will Firth

BERLIN — Monday-morning traffic in East Berlin and parts of West Berlin was seriously disrupted on September 9 by a warning strike of public transport workers. It was supported by the Transport and Public...

By Sally Low

PARIS — While the 10th anniversary in May of his election as president was an occasion for glowing eulogies to Socialist Party leader Francois Mitterrand, he and his party's government are now suffering from widespread disillusionment. One month after she...

By Peter Annear

The federal army is now an independent factor in the national conflict in Yugoslavia, Sonja Licht, co-convener of the Helsinki Citizens Assembly, an eastern European peace and human rights watchdog, told Green Left Weekly...

By Peter Annear

Following its September 8 referendum on independence, Macedonia could become a new flashpoint in the Yugoslav civil war. With a 75% turnout, 98% of voters favoured a sovereign and independent Macedonia which would have the right to enter an alliance with...

By Rosemary Evans

Which small country, often in the news, never provides TV journalists with images of police violently charging protesters (with or without tear gas), of faces consumed with murderous hatred, of fleeing civilians, of cars in flames? That country is Cuba...

By Mikael Hidayat

JAKARTA — Sana, 19, and a group of fellow Timorese workers first came here in hope of a life better than that to be found in Timor. Their expectations had been raised by the promise of jobs in a Jakarta hotel.

The promise had been made by...

The United Nations has appealed for $400 million in aid to help an estimated 22 million people affected by drought and civil war in the Horn of Africa. One of the countries worst afflicted is Sudan. The UN estimates that 8 million people in Sudan need emergency relief; malnutrition among young...

By Peter Annear

BELGRADE — An incident illustrates the tragedy that is unfolding in Yugoslavia. It is 4 a.m. Dawn has not yet broken. On the line from Budapest to Belgrade, our train pulls into lonely Subotica, the rail crossing and immigration checkpoint on the...

By John Mettam

"Cuban athletes have stunned their larger, richer neighbours", the International Herald Tribune reported in its coverage of last month's Pan American Games.

In number of participants and countries...

By Ian Powell

WELLINGTON — There has been a dramatic shift in the popularity of New Zealand's political parties.

A Morgan Gallup opinion poll conducted last month recorded a striking increase in support for the left-wing NewLabour Party from 7% to 16%.

...

Political evictions in Prague

By Sally Low

PRAGUE — The International Union of Students, the World Federation of Trade Unions and the International Organisation of Journalists are fighting moves by the Czechoslovak government to evict them from their...

Editorial

NSW stoppage a step forward

In a welcome return to recognition of the need for political action as a tool of labour struggle, the NSW Labour Council has provisionally called a statewide one-day stoppage for October 15 in opposition to the NSW government's anti-democratic industrial...

Culture

By Susan Mackie

SYDNEY — Carnivale kicks off with a free opening celebration, including an open air World Music Concert on October 6 at Campbell's Cove, which features international acts Lucky Dube — who some refer to as Africa's Peter Tosh — and the Birmingham...

By Norm Dixon

Genuine blues music comes from the heart. It originates from life experiences — sometimes the good ones, but more often the tough ones. Black Americans have always had it toughest in the United States, so it is little wonder that they both gave birth to...

Death Dreams and Dancing in Nicaragua
By Penny O'Donnell
ABC Enterprises. 1991. 221 pp. $16.95
Reviewed by Pip Hinman

Like thousands of other Westerners during the 1980s, Penny O'Donnell decided to see for herself what life...

Great expectations, mixed results

Great Expectations
With Phillip Gould, Megan Williams, Vincent Ball, Zoe Bertram.
Limited season at the Seymour Centre, Sydney
Reviewed by Richard Ingram.

I confess that musicals...

Success for long-awaited premieres

By Catherine Gough-Brady

ADELAIDE — The first Australian Composing Women Festival, held here September 20-22, heard works by Dulcie Holland, Miriam Hyde, Anne Carr-Boyd, Sarah Hopkins and many others.

It was an...

Walking On Sticks
Written by Sara Cathcart and Andrea Lemon
Performed by Sara Cathcart
Anthill Theatre, South Melbourne
Reviewed by Bronwen Beechey

An Australian tourist arrives in Nicaragua to visit an old friend....

When love doesn't conquer all

Aya
Written and directed by Solrun Hoaas
Starring Eri Ishida, Nicholas Eadie, Chris Haywood, Christopher Parker and Jed Chedwiggen
Kino Melbourne beginning October 18
Reviewed by Ulrike...