Issue 339

Australia

ACT anti-abortion bill opposed By Pat Brewer CANBERRA — On October 27, 300 people packed into the reception room at the ACT Legislative Assembly to protest against the proposed anti-abortion bill introduced by right-wing MP Paul Osborne. The
By Tom Flanagan SYDNEY — One hundred people held a two-hour rally outside NSW parliament on October 29 to demand protection for the remaining old-growth forests in north-east New South Wales. Organised by the NSW Forest Alliance, the rally aimed
Labor left students do deal with Libs By Marina Carman SYDNEY — Students who voted for the Labor left-aligned National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS) in University of Sydney Student Representative Council (SRC) elections last month
By Margaret Allum While the traditional focus of Reclaim the Night marches has been on violence against women, some RTN collectives this year included a broad range of demands relating to women's right. Marches were held around the country on
Chilean community demands prosecution of Pinochet By Lara Pullin CANBERRA — The arrest in Britain of former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet has produced an eruption of anger and grief among survivors of his regime. The Latin American
Court victory for East Timorese refugees A Federal Court judge on October 30 upheld an appeal by an East Timorese man, Kon Tji Lay, against the Refugee Review Tribunal's decision to refuse him refugee status because he was "entitled" to Portuguese
By Leo Wellin After 16 months of negotiations, union leaders on October 22 endorsed a two-year enterprise agreement designed to deliver greater profits to Telstra. Endorsement of the deal by union officials has angered many members of the Community
Carr announces Eden forests decision By Margaret Allum SYDNEY — Reactions varying from outrage to cautious optimism greeted the NSW Labor government's October 26 announcement of a regional forest agreement (RFA) for the south-east forests near
Safety fears as Shell 'downsizes' work force Safety fears as Shell 'downsizes' work force By Rupen Savoulian SYDNEY — The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) says that Shell management's plans to reduce the work force at
Is this you? The photo shown here was taken by Leigh Howlett at the Hiroshima Day march in Sydney in 1992. The Historic Houses Trust of NSW would like to use the image to promote an upcoming exhibition on the environmental protest movement, but it
Gordonstone mine sold to Rio Tinto By Bill Mason BRISBANE — Mining union leaders have warned of further industrial unrest at the Gordonstone coal mine in central Queensland, following the sale of 80% of the mine to the world's largest mining
Ngarrindjeri, ferry workers unite against bridge Ngarrindjeri, ferry workers unite against bridge By Martin Iltis ADELAIDE — On October 25, 50 people gathered at Currency Creek, near Goolwa, to celebrate a victory for the ferry workers who
Kumarangk campaign to screen McLibel ADELAIDE — The Kumarangk Legal Defence Fund is to present McLibel, a remarkable documentary about British campaigners Helen Steel and Dave Morris, who were sued by the giant McDonald's corporation. Funds
Appeal for Pinochet victims to come forward British lawyers representing victims of the Pinochet regime in Chile have appealed for individuals or their relatives whose cases are mentioned in the Spanish request for the extradition of Pinochet to
Tent embassy hosts anti-genocide forum By Margaret Allum On October 26, at the Aboriginal tent embassy opposite Canberra's Old Parliament House, a forum was held to support the case being heard y the ACT Supreme Court claiming that acts of
Native title laws face court challenge By Bill Mason BRISBANE — New native title laws, tabled by Queensland Labor Premier Peter Beattie in state parliament on October 21, are to be challenged in the Federal Court. The Kullilli community plans

World

By Norm Dixon The leader of the left-wing pro-independence Basque party Herri Batasuna (HB), Arnaldo Otegi, has described the results of the October 25 Basque regional election as "a vote for peace, liberty and self-determination". He said it is a
Pakistani scholar assassinated By Nadeem Ansari Early on the morning of October 17, a prominent and renowned scholar, Hakim Mohammad Saeed (78) was assassinated near his clinic in Karachi. Hakim Saeed was the founding president of the Hamdard
By Renfrey Clarke ANZHERO-SUDZHENSK, Russia — The Soviet system had a way of playing cruel jokes on this coal-mining centre in the Kuzbass industrial region of Siberia. One such malign whim was to locate the city administration building hard by
By Dick Nichols In early October, when Italy's Olive Tree coalition government of Romano Prodi lost a confidence motion by one vote because the Party of Communist Refoundation (PRC) withdrew its support (and split in the process), most observers
Beijing intimidates democracy activists During the last few days of October, Beijing detained, interrogated or harassed at least 40 activists involved in a recent attempt to register a China Democracy Party. Xu Wen-li, a leader in the 1979-81
FMLN selects presidential candidates By Allen Jennings On September 27, amidst recrimination and tears, delegates of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) chose Facundo Guardado and María Marta Valladares, better
By Norm Dixon Largely unreported by the establishment press, 400,000 Ugandans have been forced to flee their homes by vicious attacks by terrorist groups sponsored by the reactionary Arab-chauvinist government in Sudan. The bandits operate from
By Adam Hanieh RAMALLAH — The signing of the Wye Agreement between the PLO and the Israeli government has brought to the surface all of the contradictions inherent in the Oslo Accords, the Israeli political establishment and Palestinian society.
'Pro-lifers' murder again By Barry Sheppard Dr Barnett Slepian was shot and killed by a sniper using a high-powered rifle on the evening of October 23, as he stood in his kitchen with his wife and one of their sons. Dr Slepian provided abortion
Belgian cabin crews take action over refugee murder Belgian cabin crews take action over refugee murder By Rina Anticich On September 21, Semira Adamu, a 20-year-old Nigerian woman, was murdered by her police escort while awaiting deportation

Editorial

Wages and jobs Surprise! It's less than a month from the federal election, and already the powers that be have discovered the need for — guess what? — wage cuts! On Monday (October 26), five academic economists made front-page headlines in

Culture

Go fish set to thrill By Jo Ellis ADELAIDE — The film Go Fish, which included the famous frank discussion about how to refer to female genitals and the line "the girl is out there", appears on stage at this year's Feast Lesbian and Gay Cultural
Reclaim the Night It's been 20 long years and still we fight,for equality and justice, basic human rights.Will we ever be able to walk alone?Never truly safe, not even at home.The predators they stalk, always hunting,assuming our bodies are there
The rise and fall of a porn star Homme Fatale: the Joey Stefano StoryWith Shane C. RodrigoWednesday-Saturday, 9.30pm, and Sunday, 5pm, until November 8Lion Theatre, AdelaidePart of the Feast Lesbian and Gay Cultural Festival Review by Katie
Sweet as nectar, intoxicating as tsipouro IntoxicationThe haBiBisLarrikin through FestivalXylouris EnsembleSelf-titledHi-Gloss Records/MDS Review by James Vassilopoulos Advances in music are often the result of migrations: people leaving their
Face Value Look at it this way.Wrinkles are for usenot smoothing out.If I were going to placein a capsule for possiblealiens, a filmed faceto depict the human femalewould I choosean infant with trulylovely womb-washed eyesbut little else?While that
East Timor: the survivors speak out Speaking for the DeadHayman TheatrePerformed at PICA, Perth, October 17 Review by Rebekah Honey A group of people chatting inconsequentially was the deceptively mundane start to Speaking for the Dead. The
The Romantic Exiles: A Nineteenth Century Portrait GalleryBy E.H. Carr 1998, Serif. 343 pp., $34.95 (pb) Review by Phil Shannon "He raised aloft the banner of revolution", wrote Lenin. Trotsky admired his identification with the oppressed and read
A short story by Craig Cormick Central Australia Harry Lasseter lies against the rock wall and watches the desert sun set over his empire. He's the richest man in the world. But he's stuffed and he knows it. Long black shadows stretch across the
The real radio alternative By Arun Pradhan MELBOURNE — Supporters of community radio 3CR are being asked to become listener sponsors of the station. The current listener sponsor drive, essential for the survival and expansion of the station,
'The only Aborigine and lesbian in the world' White Baptist Abba FanDirected by Cathy DownesWritten and performed by Deborah CheethamPresented by the Adelaide Festival Centre and the Feast Lesbian and Gay Cultural FestivalPhone (08) 8231 2155