Issue 395

News

Aboriginal academic assaulted and charged By Bill Mason BRISBANE — Professor Gracelyn Smallwood, the most prominent Aboriginal health expert in Australia, was assaulted and suffered spinal injuries while being arrested and thrown into a police
ACI flying pickets By Chris Slee MELBOURNE — Locked out workers from the ACI glass mould manufacturing plant in Box Hill have gone on the offensive. After more than two months of picketing the plant, they have begun paying visits to companies
Politics in the Pub discusses East Timor By Bernie Wunsch LISMORE — Forty people attended a lively discussion on East Timor sponsored by Green Left Weekly on February 25. The event was a great start to this city's Politics in the Pub series
By Chris Spindler MELBOURNE — In a bold move, the rank and file Workers First group in the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union has announced it will run a candidate against incumbent national secretary Doug Cameron. Long-time militant and
On March 8, the World March for Women 2000 will be launched in 146 countries. The WMW 2000 aims to highlight the issues of women living in poverty and violence against women. CATHIE PICCONE, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Shell fined for safety breaches By Chris Spindler GEELONG — The Shell oil company has been fined a total of $225,000 for six breaches of Victoria's health and safety laws in 1998 at its plant near here. The inadequacy of the fines is clearer
Centrelink delegate victimised By Chris Slee and Jim McIlroy MELBOURNE — Marcus Banks, a union delegate at the Moreland Centrelink office in suburban Melbourne, faces an investigation and possibly charges under the public service code of
Socialists launch council campaign By Jim McIlroy BRISBANE — The Democratic Socialists on February 26 launched their policy statement for the March 25 Brisbane City Council (BCC) election. The Democratic Socialists are standing Graham Matthews
Yanner wins job back ABORIGINAL ACTIVIST Murandoo Yanner has been reinstated as coordinator of the Carpentaria Land Council (CLC). The board of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission on February 22 overturned a ruling last month by
By Erica Haines ADELAIDE — Members of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union have agreed to accept a package offered by the state government. The agreement will partially settle a dispute which began on January 28, when the government announced that the
Perth IWD invites men to march By Trisha Reimers PERTH — The International Women's Day Collective here decided on February 22 to allow men to march at this year's IWD rally, although at the back of the march. The compromise means that, for the
National Textiles workers address students Sacked workers from the National Textiles factory at Rutherford spoke to students and staff at the University of Western Sydney's Werrington campus on February 17. The workers said that Stan Howard's top
Tug crews strike over job cuts By Dave Andrews FREMANTLE — Tug crews in Fremantle and Kwinana walked off the job for 36 hours on February 21 to protest against threatened job losses. The strike, by members of the Maritime Union of Australia,
Mandatory sentencing 'unjust and discriminatory' By Sibylle Kaczorek DARWIN — Six hundred people gathered in the centre of Darwin on February 22 to demand the repeal of the mandatory sentencing law and to mourn the death in custody of a
Women protest against tax on tampons By Kim Bullimore CANBERRA — One hundred protesters attended a rally here as part of a national day of action against the GST on sanitary products. Participants at the rally, which was held in Garema Place,
Refugee rights protest PERTH — Twenty people picketed the immigration department's office here on February 19 to protest against the government's treatment of refugees and asylum seekers. The action, organised by Resistance, demanded that

World

By Iggy Kim The January Marxism 2000 conference in Sydney hosted the first overseas delegation of South Korea's newly formed Nodongja-euy Him, the Power of the Working Class (PWC). The delegation's presence was the first contact between South
Demonstrations for Elian in the US By Hayden Perry SAN FRANCISCO — Thousands of people demonstrated in six United States cities on February 19 demanding that six-year-old Elian Gonzalez be returned to his father in Cuba (see article on next
US unions call for amnesty for immigrants The executive council of the United States' main labour confederation, the AFL-CIO, has called for an amnesty for an estimated 6 million workers who have entered the country illegally. In addition to an
By Jody Betzien MELBOURNE — Two human rights workers from West Papua visited Melbourne last week to draw attention to the training of pro-Indonesian militia and arbitrary killings in the Indonesian province. Albert Rumbekwan, a lawyer from the
Nepali communists plan defeat for Congress Nepal's communist movement is amongst the largest and most popular in Asia. A leading force in the 1990 people's power movement that ended the autocratic Panchayat system, the Communist Party of Nepal —
By Mark Abberton Following the downfall of the Suharto and Habibie governments, the election of the "reform" president, Abdurrahman Wahid, and the withdrawal of Indonesian troops from East Timor, the Indonesian government has been forced to grant
By Iggy Kim SAN FRANCISCO, US — Overhead, a towering computer-image bull accompanies a gloating invitation to "Be Quick, Be Smart, Be Bullish". Around the San Francisco Bay area, these new billboards for stockbrokers Merrill Lynch come across
By Michael Karadjis The death of Croatian president Franjo Tudjman was followed by the crushing defeat of his Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) in January's election, losing in nine of 10 electoral districts and receiving only 24% of the vote. The
Indonesia: Kong Tai workers protest By May Sari JAKARTA — Having failed to gain satisfaction from their employer or the Indonesian government, thousands workers from PT Kong Tai Indonesia protested outside parliament here on February 21. The
How long does it take to change a child's mind? The Cuban government has published, as a new booklet titled How long does it take to change the mind of a child?, a round table discussion with psychologists and other specialists reflecting on the
By Eva Cheng On March 18, the people of Taiwan will elect a president for the second time in the island's history. Around the time of the last presidential election four years ago, China's government "test fired" missiles near Taiwan to discourage
Indonesian campaign against price subsidy cuts grows By Pip Hinman JAKARTA — Around 500 members of the People's Democratic Party (PRD) protested outside the Presidential Palace on February 21 to demand that the Indonesian government abandon its
Teaching English in East Timor DILI — English language teacher and solidarity activist JACKIE COLEMAN spent January working at the Maubere Cultural Institute (MCI) in Dili, East Timor. Her visit, on behalf of Action in Solidarity with Indonesia
By Gilberto Firmat ATLANTA — A Federal Court ruling on Elian Gonzalez's case was put off on February 22 until at least March 6 after the Judge William Hoeveler was hospitalised with a stroke. Another judge has been assigned the case. The February
How the generals got away with murder in East Timor By James Balowski "In a forest west of Dili, Filomena Amaral is about to learn the details of how her husband, a village schoolteacher and church leader, was tortured and killed. Photographs of
Old tricks from British Labour By Greg Harris LONDON — Tony Blair's Labour Party is under fire for a particularly crude manipulation of the selection process for its London mayoral candidate. Candidate Ken Livingstone was defeated despite

Culture

The party millennium Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2000getherLuke Leal and Sveta GilermanMardi Gras MusicGay in the Life: adventures in queer undergroundVarious artistsOdd Man Out Records through Festival Review by Mark Abberton Mardi Gras in
Forward into the past By Peter Sykes Some of the most popular writers of a century ago envisaged futures in which poverty and oppression had been eliminated and people led simple lives, working together in peace and harmony for the betterment of
American Beauty and suburban blisters American BeautyStarring Kevin Spacey and Annette BeningDirected by Sam Mendes Review by John Gauci Success and happiness is attained through a delicate balance of wealth, a dynamic career, a loyal family,

Editorial

A humane force? The United Nations Security Council, stung by criticism that it didn't intervene to stop the mass slaughter of Tutsis and anti-Interahamwe regime Hutus in Rwanda in 1994, is pushing for a rapid-response "peacekeeping" force. The

General

Art as a weapon for people's liberation By Kath O'Driscoll and Melanie Bull In Yogyakarta a young busker with an old guitar stands in front of a wall adorned with graffiti of a large pig-like Suharto, his song calling people onto the streets.
Indonesian students enter a new phase of struggle By Simon Butler The mass anti-government protests of May 1998, which forced President Suharto to resign after 32 years of dictatorial rule, were largely led by students. The student movement
Justice for the East Timorese people! Justice for all refugees! Justice for the East Timorese people! Justice for all refugees! National day of action — May 13. In all capital cities, plus Newcastle, Wollongong and Lismore (add your city —
Indonesia — struggling for democracy and justice By Kerryn Williams During the first two weeks of February, 11 Australian solidarity activists took part in a student exposure tour to Indonesia. We met with activists from various sectors and
Indonesian generals must be brought to justice By Pip Hinman Action in Solidarity with Indonesia and East Timor (ASIET) condemns the decision by the United Nations Security Council, under pressure from profit-hungry imperialist nations, to
By Jon Land DILI — Walking through the streets of the capital of East Timor, one thing is very evident: the reconstruction of East Timor is taking place at a snail's pace. The only buildings that appear to be repaired in any significant way are
Fighting for women's rights in Indonesia By Bronwyn Powell and Susan Austin Under the Suharto regime, feminism in Indonesia was stifled and progressive women's organisations banned. Now, with more democratic space opening up, women are again

Resistance!

By Chris Latham One hundred and fifty East Timorese refugees refused to leave the East Hills army barracks in Sydney on February 22. The government was determined to remove the refugees from the camp for a "voluntary" flight home on February 22.
Resistance joined around 400 people during university Orientation Weeks on February 21 to 25. Stalls were held at Adelaide University, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology (Gardens Point campus), the Australian National
Abortion is not safe, legal and accessible in any state of Australia. Women receive (on average) two-thirds of the average male wage. Women do the majority of the unpaid labour in the home, work which is neither recognised nor valued. One in four
By Caroline Hawker HOBART — On February 23, Resistance organised a protest outside Salamanca Inn, where immigration minister Philip Ruddock was holding a meeting to "consult" the public on the government's migration and humanitarian programs.
By Susan Price SYDNEY — This year's International Women's Day (IWD) march and rally here will be open to all supporters of women's rights following a decision by the organising collective on February 22. Since the early 1980s, the impact of