Issue 347


AMA: 'Spend more on indigenous health' By Margaret Allum The Australian Medical Association used Australia Day to call for more resources from this year's federal budget to improve indigenous health. Dr Ngiare Brown, the AMA's indigenous health
ACT government to force staff into individual contracts By Stuart Martin CANBERRA — After failing to force certified agreements on workers employed in the Chief Minister's Department, Canberra Hospital and ACT Housing, the ACT Liberal
By Jim McIlroy BRISBANE — Service delays and staffing shortages have increased in Centrelink offices as the Howard government refuses to retreat on the 5000 job cuts it has imposed on the "social security" agency. Centrelink printing operations
NSW police commissioner put on the spot By Danny Fairfax SYDNEY — More than 100 people attended a public meeting with NSW Police Commissioner Peter Ryan at Ashfield Town Hall on January 27. The meeting was organised by the Ethnic Communities
Thousands mark Invasion Day The capitalist establishment and mass media organised spectaculars throughout the country on January 26 to celebrate the uninvited arrival of a bunch of scruffy British naval officers, prison guards and convicts at
Solidarity rally planned for locked-out workers By Chris Slee MELBOURNE The Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union (TCFUA) is planning a stop-work rally of its Victorian members to express solidarity with workers at the Australian Dyeing Company
Hobart rally backs republic By Nikki Ulasowskiand Tony Iltis HOBART — Later this year a referendum will be held on whether Australia should become a republic. On January 26, a pro-republic rally held at the state Parliament House Lawns
Waste time bombs for Hunter Valley By Graham Williams NEWCASTLE — Cessnock City Council was forced to release details of a video promoting the building of a waste dump at Cessnock on December 11. The Council has been investigating building a
By Melanie Sjoberg ADELAIDE — "Freedom, fairness and flexibility" proclaims the South Australian government's January 23 announcement of its proposed changes to the state's industrial legislation. Acting minister for government enterprises and
Activists seek to revive peace march By Kylie Moon MELBOURNE — Anti-nuclear and peace activists have come together to organise a Palm Sunday rally and march on March 28. The action was initiated by Jabiluka Action Group (JAG) activists and has
WA protests against clear-felling By Iggy Kim PERTH — On January 24, 100 people gathered in an area of old-growth forest in the south of Western Australia to protest against clear-felling. Known as the Wattle Forest, the area lies adjacent to
'We have paid rent in blood' By Kim Bullimore CANBERRA — On the eve of Invasion/Survival Day (January 26), the Daily Telegraph reported that the federal government intended to move the Aboriginal Tent Embassy from the lawns of Old Parliament
Indonesian Chinese PRD leader visits Hendri Kuok, a member of the central leadership council of the Indonesian People's Democratic Party (PRD), ended a one-month visit to Australia on January 30. One of the central purposes of Kuok's visit was to


By Eva Cheng COLOGNE — The mobilisations for a new round of Euromarches against crushing unemployment and other attacks of the ruling classes against working people were kicked off here by a well-attended preparatory conference of close to 640
By Ken Cotterill In 1996, Chiquita Brands' CEO Carl Lindner donated $US500,000 to US President Bill Clinton's re-election campaign. Now he wants some return. Lindner's gripe is that several Caribbean states in the Windward Island group — Grenada,
East Timor: independence now! By Jon Land The announcement by the Habibie regime on January 27 that it is prepared to "relinquish" East Timor as part of Indonesia marks a new turn in the struggle for independence. For the first time in the
By Barry Sheppard US politics must seem quite odd to people in other countries. The Democratic president of the United States is put on trial in the Senate by the Republicans for trying to cover up his affair with a young White House intern. In
By Eva Cheng COLOGNE — The Social Democratic Party's (SPD) September victory, coming to government in alliance with the Greens, ended 16 years of rule of the conservative Christian Democratic Party and raised hopes that it might turn its back on
Sri Lankan elections 'a fraud' The January 25 Wayamba provincial elections in Sri Lanka have been condemned as a "fraud beyond all imagination orchestrated by the PA [People's Alliance] government". Speaking on the day of the poll, the New Left
Crisis-hit Russians look to the stars By Irina Glushchenko MOSCOW — Suddenly, the Russian capital has been overrun by rabbits. You can find them in the markets, on the newsstands and in the toyshops. The reason? In Chinese astrology, 1999 is


UK writer and editor Alan Dearling is planning a new book on counter-culture in Australia. To be put together with Mook from the Byron Bay Rainboweb, it will be a follow-up to a number of publications Dearling has been involved in in the UK and
Correction The review of the book Lost Civilisations of the Stone Age printed in the last issue of GLW was incorrectly attributed to Robert Hodder. The review was in fact written by Maree Roberts.
Land and Freedom Socialist director Ken Loach's marvellous film about the Spanish Civil War is at last coming to television. Land and Freedom tells the story of David, young and unemployed, who leaves Liverpool to join an international brigade of
The Love GermBy Jill NevilleVerso, 1998 (first published 1969)149 pp., $19.95 (pb) Review by Phil Shannon "A fantastic, earth-shattering, dynamic, brilliant, beautiful, touching, unbelievably sensitive, outasight book written by my sister." So
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A history of contraception By Sarah Cleary Taking Precautions: the story of contraceptionA touring exhibition from the Powerhouse Museum, SydneyShowing at the Western Australian Museum until March 1. For thousands of years, women around the world
Blazing with revolutionary fire and energy Dreaming with his Eyes Open: A Life of Diego RiveraBy Patrick MarnhamBloomsbury, 1998370 pp., $59.95 (hb) Review by Phil Shannon Drama and controversy followed Diego Rivera everywhere. The Mexican


Rosa Luxemburg: profile of a revolutionary By Ella McHenry On January 9, 100,000 people marched through the streets of Germany to commemorate the death of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht. Demonstrators carried red flags, and some of the more
By Danny Fairfax SYDNEY — In a return to policies from the 1950s, the NSW government has proposed a new crackdown on truancy. It says truancy is "chronic", but in fact fewer than 0.5% of NSW students are regular truants. The government is
By Zanny Begg The Alternative Life Style Organisation's choice of theme for the January 23 gay and lesbian dance party in Melbourne — "Red Raw" — has been controversial. Red Raw was billed as a "revolutionary dance party", and the publicity
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Resistance magazine's Chris Latham spoke with visiting People's Democratic Party (PRD) student leader Wahyu about the development of the high school student movement in Indonesia. Question: How has the involvement of high school students in the
By Zanny Begg With an apparent lack of irony, the One Nation party used Starship Troopers to advertise the launch of its new youth group, Young Nation. Resistance national coordinator Sean Healy commented: "Starship Troopers is a film about a
By Sean Healy The federal government has announced a $143 million scheme to link dole payments to literacy and numeracy levels amongst unemployed young people. From April, dole claimants between 18 and 24 years old will be tested for literacy and
By Afrodity Giannakis ATHENS — High school students throughout Greece are continuing their struggle against the government's education bill 2525. The campaign, which kicked off in November, is dynamic and persistent. Hundreds of schools remain
On average, women receive only two-thirds of the wages of men. Accessible child-care is still not publicly provided. Free education and health care do not exist. Women still suffer violence in their homes and on the streets. Women of colour still experience racism. Women still do not have control of their reproduction: abortion is still illegal and expensive. Women still do the majority of the unpaid work in the home.