Issue 34


Abseilers attack government light bill

By Bill Mason

BRISBANE — Environmentalists staged a novel protest against Queensland government power wastage here on the evening of October 30 by abseiling down the side of the Executive Building in George Street, after...

Victorian schools dispute partially settled

By Ann Steele

MELBOURNE — On October 29, the Kirner government finally decided to honour its industrial agreement with the Victorian Secondary Teachers Association (VSTA). The decision came just two days before a...

By Jim McIlroy

BRISBANE — Farcical scenes broke out in the Queensland parliament on October 31 as attorney-general Deane Wells began to read a statement by special prosecutor Doug Drummond justifying his refusal to proceed with a second trial of Joh Bjelke-Petersen on...

By Tracy Sorensen

SYDNEY — In a new victory for environmentalists, the NSW government lost its appeal on November 1 against the Land and Environment Court's ruling that logging in the north coast Chaelundi state forest would be in breach of wildlife protection laws....

Residents arrested defending Emerald Beach

By Tracy Sorensen

One hundred and seventeen people have been arrested at the Look At Me Now Headland at Emerald Beach near Coffs Harbour in northern New South Wales, for attempting to stop work on an ocean outfall...

New call to demolish brewery

By Leon Harrison

PERTH — The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission has called on the state government to abandon any redevelopment of the old Swan Brewery.

WA ATSIC delegates have urged federal Aboriginal affairs...

By Michael Tardif

I was expelled from Indonesia on October 29, more than a day after being arrested while photographing a student demonstration in Bogor.

The demonstration had been called against companies in the area that refuse to pay their workers the legal...

WA gay pride march

By Leon Harrison

PERTH — Five hundred members of Perth's gay and lesbian community celebrated gay pride through Northbridge on 26 October.

The march had a party-like atmosphere with floats, many banners, balloons and the Sisters of...

WA Greens choose senator

By Frank Noakes

PERTH — The Greens WA have chosen a new senator to replace Jo Vallentine, who steps down on January 31, 1992.

Christabel Chamarette, formerly better known as Christabel Bridge, but now using her maiden name, is a...

By Helen Jarvis

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen visited Australia last week and was welcomed by an unprecedented display of unity in the Khmer community. A packed dinner of more than 500 people at Fairfield on October 27 gave an enthusiastic response to his long and...

Partial step on driftnets

BRUSSELS — Moves against driftnet fishing adopted by the European Community Fisheries Council on October 28 might have been a step in the right direction, if the largest driftnet fleet in the north-east Atlantic had not been allowed to continue, says Greenpeace...

Solidarity with Cuba

By Peter Boyle

MELBOURNE — About 450 people attended a rousing meeting in solidarity with Cuba here on November 2. Visiting Cubans Nieves Alemany and Eva Seone addressed the crowd which included many people from the Latin American community...

Call to end use of traps

SYDNEY — Animal rights activists demonstrated outside Parliament House on October 24 to protest against the use of the steel-jaw leg-hold trap in New South Wales.

The traps are theoretically banned under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, but a...

By Geoff Spencer

PERTH — Sacked maritime workers from the iron ore port of Port Walcott near Cape Lambert in WA's north-west are in their eighth week of picketing the offices of Robe River Iron Associates and its partner Mitsui Australia.

The workers' lunchtime...

Coles sackings prompt strike

By David Mizon

MELBOURNE — Members of the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association at the Coles New World warehouse in Port Melbourne began their third week on strike on November 2. The strike started when a shop steward...

By David Mizon

MELBOURNE — Residents and community and environmental groups are demanding that clean-up and relocation costs from the Coode Island fire in August should be borne by the companies and not by the public.

At an October 27 public session of the Coode...

By Tracy Sorensen

SYDNEY — Two racing industry workers have been sacked because they refused a management order to work in the place of unionists who took part in the October 23 NSW general strike against the Greiner government's Industrial Relations Bill.


AVS welcomes Vietnam aid

By Stephen Robson

CANBERRA — The national meeting of the Australia-Vietnam Society on October 26 welcomed the Australian government decision to resume bilateral aid to Vietnam.

National chairperson of AVS Tom Uren characterised...

By Adrienne Barrett

MELBOURNE — Victorian Premier Joan Kirner has hailed proposed new rape laws as "trailblazing", but Melbourne barrister Jocelyn Scutt says the changes will do no more than bring Victorian law into line with reforms in WA, NSW and the ACT over the past...

By Tom Flanagan

HOBART — The spectacular failure of Tasmania's minority Labor government to pass its resource security legislation may not mean the end of the bill. Although Labor has made an agreement with the five Green Independents that the bill "cannot be introduced...


By Steve Painter

South Yorkshire police have paid more than half a million pounds (around A$1.2 million) compensation to mineworkers arrested at the Orgreave coking plant in June 1984. Orgreave was the centre of bitter clashes between police and pickets supporting the...

At least two, and possibly four, Timorese were killed in a church in Dili when Indonesian troops attacked it early in the morning of October 28.

TAPOL, the Indonesia Human Rights Campaign, identified the known victims as Sebastiao Ranel, 18 years, of Wai Mari, a resident in Vila Verde,...

By Steve Painter

Workers at Fiji's Vatukoula gold mine are into their ninth month on strike and say they expect to spend Christmas on the picket line. The strike has restricted production so severely that the company recorded a $20 million loss for the 1990-91 financial...

By Sally Low

Jablonec nad Nisou — This is a pretty Czech town whose name (apple tree on the Nisa River) is a memorial to all that was left standing by Catholic crusaders during one of their wars against Protestant Bohemia. In the foothills of the Jizera mountains about...

S tries to block UN debate

NEW YORK — The US government is conducting an intensive campaign at the United Nations to block a debate on the US economic embargo against the Caribbean country, Cuba's UN mission stated on October 25.

The need to end the economic, commercial and...

NIEVES ALEMANY (a member of the national secretariat of the Cuban Women's Federation, the National Assembly of Cuba and the central committee of the Communist Party of Cuba) and EVA SEONE (vice-president of the Cuban Institute for the Friendship with the Peoples) are completing a tour of...

Roy Medvedev was the leading dissident Soviet historian during the Brezhnev years. He was expelled from the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1969. In 1971, following the publication in the West of his monumental study on Stalin, Left History Judge, he was...


Greiner's law and human rights

The Greiner government's anti-union Industrial Relations Act was passed by the NSW upper house on October 30, paving the way for a giant step backwards not only in industrial relations, but also in the sphere of democratic and human rights.

In an...


Joe Orton three ways

Ménage à Trois: an evening with Joe Orton
Missing Link Productions
Crossroads Theatre, Darlinghurst, Sydney
Tues-Sat until Nov 17
Reviewed by Philip Bilton-Smith

If it does nothing else...

By Norm Dixon

Australian audiences have another opportunity to enjoy the vibrant and liberating musical culture of South Africa from the 11 members of Mango Groove, now on tour. Like the other recent South African tourists, Lucky Dube and Mahlathini and the Mahotella...

Medicare Blues
(with thanks to Elvis for the tune)

em = By Phil Shannon

Oh, people let's reform

your costly Medicare

Put a few co-payments in

and watch it shred 'n' tear

Oh let's reform

your ... Medicare
I don't...

Family Matters
Directed by Jiri Svoboda
Made in Czechoslovakia, 1990. Subtitled
Showing at the 1991 Australian Jewish Film Festival
Melbourne November 9-24, Trak Cinema
Sydney November 16-December 1 AFI

Anticlimax: A feminist perspective on the sexual revolution
By Sheila Jeffreys
The Women's Press Ltd, London.
Reviewed by Melanie Sjoberg

"Male supremacy is centred around the act of sexual intercourse ... justified by...

Women's Circus leaps ahead

By Melanie Sjoberg

MELBOURNE — The big top, straw, hard seats, clowns, lion tamers? No, the Women's Circus is very different from the traditional circus. Up to 70 women leap, tumble, juggle, fly and more — creating a message about...

Women, Jazz, Today

SYDNEY — A two-day festival celebrating women composers, leaders and improvisers in contemporary jazz is to take place on November 14 and 15. It is being organised by the Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) and supported by Women's Australian...

No Pain, No Gain? Sport and Australian Culture
By Dr Jim McKay
Prentice Hall, 1991. 189 pp. $24.95 (pb)
Reviewed by Phil Shannon

Sport tells lies. According to Jim McKay, sport is a social prop to the domination of...

Roots music rules, OK!

By Norm Dixon

Enthusiasts of roots music — blues, r&b, gospel soul, jazz, zydeco, cajun, Tex-Mex, Afro-Latin and music from Africa and the Caribbean — are getting organised.

The OK Music Association has been formed to...