Issue 356

Australia

By Dick Nichols When Ian Bray, the National MUA Rank and File candidate for assistant secretary , was due to speak at CTAL, P&O Ports' container terminal at Port Botany, he didn't know what to expect. "You never know what reception you're going
Speak-out against war BRISBANE — "Stop the bombing in Kosova!" was the call by the Democratic Socialist Party and Resistance at an emergency speak-out held in the Queen Street Mall here on Friday, April 9. Brisbane DSP organiser Graham Matthews
Workers take protest to five-star hotel By Vannessa Hearman MELBOURNE — A combined delegates rally involving all construction unions is scheduled later this month to discuss the growing problem of non-union labour in the industry. More than
Anti-censorship group Electronic Frontiers Australia has attacked federal government plans to censor the internet as ignorant and draconian. "The proposal by the government sets the debate on internet censorship back three years", said EFA chair Kim
By Graham Matthews BRISBANE — "Socialism into the New Millennium" is to be the title of a conference organised by the Democratic Socialist Party and Resistance here over the ANZAC Day long weekend. "The conference will explore a wide range of
Protest against US nuclear ship By Mathew Munro HOBART — Thirty people gathered for a creative speak-out against the arrival of the US nuclear aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson on April 7. The protest was initiated by Everyone for a Nuclear
Federal government, AMA 'racist' SYDNEY — The proposal by federal health minister Dr Michael Wooldridge to drop immigration restrictions on foreign doctors willing to work in rural Australia — while maintaining discrimination against Australian

World

More terror in East Timor By Jon Land DILI — Two truck loads of paramilitary gang members careered up and down the street, waving their rifles and spears in the air and doing everything they could to frighten the population out and about on
Habibie regime reneging on East Timor MAX LANE is the national coordinator of Action in Solidarity with Indonesia and East Timor. He spoke to Green Left Weekly about recent events in those countries. Question: Is the Habibie regime looking
International news briefs Tiananmen protests 1976 and 1989 HONG KONG — About two dozen activists held a protest march on April 5 to commemorate the heroic demonstration by tens of thousands of Chinese in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, 23 years ago
By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — In cities and towns throughout Russia, repressive official policies have helped create a huge pool of narcotics users infected with the HIV virus. The infection is now poised to spread swiftly among young people who are
PRD prisoners on hunger strike People's Democratic Party (PRD) chairperson Budiman Sujatmiko and other PRD prisoners Anom Astika and Petrus Haryanto have been on hunger strike since April 6. The hunger strike coincides with nationally
French far-left election alliance raises hopes By Eva Cheng PARIS — The French far left could win four seats in the June 13 European elections. There has been an encouraging response to the joint ticket between the Ligue Communiste

General

1977-78: anti-uranium movement debates strategy By Greg Adamson Following delays under the Labor government of 1972-75, the uranium mining industry felt it was set for a major boost with the election of the federal Coalition government led by

Resistance!

McSux: taking on the corporate giant By Huw Lockwood and Kim Bullimore British activists Helen Steel and David Morris, who have been fighting the fast food giant McDonald's since they were sued for libel for producing the "What's wrong with
By Keara Courtney In the recent NSW election, voters had the difficult option of choosing between the Liberal and Labor parties, both of which advocated more police, prisons and penalties, cutting funding to education and health care, and which are
By Ruth Ratcliffe BRISBANE — Resistance and Jabiluka Action Group (JAG) activists are planning a combined high school and tertiary student walkout to protest against the Jabiluka uranium mine on April 29. The national day of protest was initiated
By Mark Abberton MELBOURNE — The national day of action against voluntary student unionism, which was to be held on May 5, has been moved to May 19. The decision was made by the National Union of Students (NUS) national education committee phone
If you think that McDonald's activities are an aberration, think again: With a turnover of $10.8 billion in 1996, Rio Tinto is the biggest mining company in the world; its environmental and human rights record is amongst the worst. According to its
Talking Up: Young Women's Take On FeminismEdited by Rosamund Else-Mitchelland Naomi FlutterSpinifex Press1998, 239 pp. By Zanny Begg Talking up: Young Women's Take on Feminism is a collection of essays by young Australian feminists. It was produced

Culture

Gentle reggae with a strong message Renaissance in FormationAnna FisherMolin MusicOrder from <http://home.pacbell.net/molinus> or <http://www.reggaecd.com> Review by Norm Dixon Many musicians dabble in support for "worthy
New film brings to life Indonesian struggle By Max Lane On April 23 and 24, a new documentary film is being premiered in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Entitled Indonesia in Revolt — Democracy or Death!, it depicts the student-led popular
Free double passes to Vince Jones' Sydney shows Five lucky Green Left Weekly readers and their friends will catch Australia's leading jazz vocalist/trumpet player Vince Jones and his band free of charge. Vince will be playing at the Basement,
The Whole WomanBy Germaine GreerDoubleday, 1999330 pp., $24.95 (pb) Review by Kath Gelber "It's time to get angry again." So ends the introduction to Greer's latest book, The Whole Woman. It's a powerful book, a call to arms, a reminder that