Issue 309

News

Green Left Weekly's RUSSELL PICKERING spoke to STEVE ROACH, secretary of the Shearers and Rural Workers Union, about the struggle to get rural workers covered by a union which will defend their interests. Question: How did the SRWU get coverage at
By Phil Shannon Voting on a certified agreement in the Commonwealth Department of Health and Family Services (HFS) finished during the last week in February. The agreement, which will determine the wages and conditions of HFS staff for the next 18
By Russell Pickeringand Sue Bull On March 2, 300 workers from the Cobar CSA copper mine and Grafton's Gilbertson's meatworks picketed Parliament House to protest their sacking and the non-payment of their entitlements. The joint protest demanded
O-week launches campaigns By Amanda Lawrence CANBERRA—During the recent orientation week at the Australian National University and the University of Canberra, a wide range of political issues and campaigns were initiated. At the ANU more than
Solidarity with maritime workers: 'Our fight is your fight' By Andy Gianniotis BRISBANE — more than 4000 unionists and supporters marched and rallied here on March 4 in solidarity with the Maritime Union of Australia in its dispute with the
Rally in solidarity with Pivot workers By Andrew Hall WOLLONGONG — A picket at the Pivot fertiliser plant in Port Kembla, demanding the reinstatement of sacked workers, has entered its sixth week. A solidarity rally and march are to held on
By James Vassilopoulos Waterfront bosses and the Coalition government are investigating the possibility of setting up a non-union stevedoring company in Fremantle. Other measures aimed at the Maritime Union of Australia include the planned
SYDNEY — Long Wait, Short Sight: Migrants Denied Security to Settle is the title of a resource and action kit launched at a forum of community welfare organisations on February 23. Since March 4, 1997, newly arrived migrants have been subject to a
Power price cuts for business only By Bill Mason BRISBANE — In a bid to limit outrage from business at losses from the power cuts which hit Queensland from February 23, the Borbidge Coalition government is to bring forward a 5% cut in
Anti-war actions continue By Nikki Ulasowski CANBERRA — On March 7, 100 people protested outside Parliament House against the continued presence of US and Australian military forces in the Persian Gulf, and for an end to sanctions on Iraq.
International Women's Day 1998 On March 7, tens of thousands of women and male supporters joined International Women's Day marches and rallies around the country. In Sydney, reports Lucy Honey, at least 5000 marchers joined an incredible array of
By Wendy Robertson The campaign by the Mirrar traditional owners and other land rights and environmental activists nationwide to stop Energy Resources Australia from opening the Jabiluka uranium mine in the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National
By Mel Bull Many University of Western Sydney (UWS) students are wondering what hit their campus over the Christmas break. Not only is David Barr, the chief executive officer of Macarthur campus, pushing for up-front fees, but students on Rydalmere

World

By Stuart Ross In September 1992, Peter McBride was shot dead by British soldiers in the New Lodge area of North Belfast. He was one of the hundreds of people — mostly Catholic — acknowledged to have been killed by the army or Royal Ulster
By Zohl de Ishtar Ainu Moshiri, now known as Hokkaido, has been the home of the Ainu people for at least 7000 years. When the Japanese arrived in the 16th century, first to set up a penal colony and then to take the land for farming, the Ainu
Philippines: US bases again? By Reihana Mohideen MANILA — On January 14, the Philippine and US governments initialled a Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) which allows for the resumption of joint military exercises and US warship visits to the
By Barry Sheppard When UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced that he had secured a deal with Saddam Hussein, the anger in Washington was best expressed in Secretary of State Albright's face, twisted with rage, on TV. President Clinton was
More speakers for Asia Pacific conference International speakers for Asia Pacific conference By Jo Brown More than 30 international guest speakers are now confirmed for the Asia Pacific Solidarity Conference in Sydney, April 10-13. New
By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — In Russia, anyone who blows the whistle on the mishandling of radioactive waste can expect at least passing attention from the security forces. If the waste comes from naval reactors, and the whistle-blower is a serving
Budiman Sujatmiko, chairperson of the banned People's Democratic Party (PRD), was sentenced to 13 years' jail in April 1997 for "subversion". Budiman was interviewed last month from his cell in Cipinang prison by Resistance and ASIET activist KYLIE
US claims right to attack Iraq By Norm Dixon The 15-member UN Security Council on March 2 unanimously passed a resolution threatening Iraq with the "severest consequences" should it renege on the deal signed with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan
Global enterprises dominate commercial agriculture According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, global mergers and acquisitions accounted for a record US$275 billion or 79% of all global foreign direct investment in 1996.

Culture

Special season by Bangarra SYDNEY — The justly acclaimed Bangarra Dance Theatre has opened a special season of Fish at the Enmore Theatre (Tuesday-Sunday until March 29). This production has added choreography by Stephen Page, while David Page
Reinterpreting Malinche Malinche's FireWritten by Beatriz Copello and developed by the Malinche Project's Artistic TeamShowing at the Fairfield School of Arts, March 14-15. Ph 9559 2973. Review by Francesca Davis Malinche's Fire is a magic
Cajun down under Beau Jocque and the Zydeco Hi-Rollers kicked off their Australian tour at the Adelaide Festival's Club Squeezebox, February 27-March 1. It seems Beau Jocque and his gang are the biggest things in the south Louisiana-east Texas
Left on-line Solidarity with the Wharfies — Send solidarity greetings to the struggling wharfies of the Maritime Union of Australia at the MUA's official site . The Democratic Socialist Party is sponsoring a web site in support of the struggle
By Bronwen Beechey MELBOURNE — The Brunswick Music Festival celebrates its 10th birthday this year with an impressive array of international and Australian artists. The line-up reflects the cultural diversity of Brunswick and surrounding suburbs,
The Myth of FingerprintsDirected by Bart FreundlichStars Noah Wyle, Roy Scheider, Blythe Danner and Julianne MooreReleased on March 19. Review by Margaret Allan "It's about identity and how it's not a constant the way a fingerprint is. People
TwoBy Jim CartwrightDirected by Crispin TaylorWith Julie Hudspeth and Daniel MitchellEnsemble Theatre, Kirribilli, Sydney, until March 28. Review by Allen Myers The "two" of Jim Cartwright's play are the couples whose stories can be viewed in a
Red Lamp40 pp., $5Write for subscription details to 39 Norfolk Ave, Islington 2296 Review by Al McCall After putting in more than two years as the one, the official, no-correspondence-will-be-entered-into Green Left Weekly poetry editor, I am

Editorial

Telstra privatisation Following Telstra CEO Frank Blount's announcement, several weeks ago, of a record interim profit of $1.6 billion, PM John Howard and treasurer Peter Costello have been talking up their plan to fully privatise the profitable