Issue 41

News

Dangerous ozone levels in Sydney SYDNEY — Two sweltering days in Sydney on January 22-23 combined with car and industrial emissions to produce pollution levels exceeding the State Pollution Control Commission's health standards. In the
Festival for choice MELBOURNE — In a new venture in a six-month campaign for improvements to contraceptive and reproductive options, the Feminist Offensive for Reproductive Freedom (FORF) will hold a Festival for Reproductive Freedom on
By Melanie Sjoberg MELBOURNE — The November 12 Dili massacre provided the Australian government with an opportunity to correct its policy, Fretilin UN representative Jose Ramos Horta told a public meeting here on January 19. But the
By Tracy Sorensen DARWIN — When the Country Liberal Party Northern Territory government announced it would axe Darwin's Women's Information Centre, feminists here began two courses of action: a campaign in defence of the centre, and a plan to
Timber companies operating within Papua New Guinea have been given four months to submit proper environmental plans or face possible suspension of their operations. Environment and conservation minister Michael Singan gave this warning on January
By Tom Flanagan HOBART — An alliance of 13 powerful business groups has called for a vote for either the Liberal or Labor parties in the February 1 state election. The alliance, which includes the state Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of
By Tom Jordan and Allen Myers CANBERRA — A unionist and peace activist has filed a formal complaint alleging "intimidation and anti-union activities" against two officers of the Australian Federal Police. Electrical Trades Union member Don
Greenpeace pursues whaler The Greenpeace vessel Greenpeace is pursuing the mother ship of the four-vessel Japanese whaling fleet in the Antarctic Ocean. Greenpeace activists intend to disrupt the fleet's whaling activities, supposedly carried
Cuban solidarity set up in Perth By James Balowski PERTH — A branch of the Cuba Solidarity Coalition has been formed here following the launching of the coalition in Melbourne last year. The group has begun planning cultural and fundraising
Recent reports linking cot deaths, or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) with a face-down sleeping position in the baby are supported by WA scientists J.A. Corbyn and P. Matthews. In their paper, the scientists argue that the major contributory
By Craig Cormick Each December, as the world turns its attention to the Nobel Peace Prize, other individuals and groups are honoured with an alternative peace prize. The recipients, chosen by the London-based Right Livelihood Award jury, are

World

Antiwar actions in Serbia By Joe Hanlon More than 85,000 Serbians have signed a petition calling for a referendum on whether Serbs should fight Croatians. Under the Serbian constitution, when the total passes 100,000 — probably in late
California Greens registered The California Green Party has signed up more than the 80,000 voters needed to give it ballot status under the state's electoral laws. The registration campaign took 18 months. "Californians now have an
By Emlyn Jones Jaime Tadeo, "Ka Jimmy", is the chairperson of the KMP, the peasant movement of the Philippines. He is currently in prison, serving an 18-year sentence on frame-up charges. In 1979 Tadeo resigned from his job in the National
By John C. Brittain PORT-AU-PRINCE — "There will be no real Christmas here this year", says the owner of an elegant hilltop hotel with a scenic view of this Haitian capital. The innkeeper is speaking of the unstable political and economic
By Max Elbaum CLEVELAND — The most polarised and dramatic Communist Party USA convention in at least 35 years ended in two starkly different ways here on December 8. In the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton City Center — guarded by numerous
By Jolyon Campbell Despite diplomatic recognition by the countries of the European Community and others including Australia, one-third of Croatia remains occupied, and sporadic fighting continues. Green Left spoke to journalist Alemka Mirkovic
By Tracy Sorensen DARWIN — The Australian government should stop trying to delay the inevitable and recognise East Timor's right to independence, Fretilin's representative in Australia, Alfredo Ferreira, told Green Left in an interview here
Business as usual By Norm Dixon In a quiet ceremony on January 6, Australia and Indonesia agreed to four new contracts to explore for oil in the Timor Sea. The two governments signed contracts with oil-exploration groups BHP Petroleum and
US gay and lesbian solidarity with Cuba By Kim Spurway "The struggle for lesbian and gay liberation must be a struggle against racism, poverty and sexism. It is a struggle for equal access to health care, education and human rights. I believe
Border guards convicted By Bryan R. Thomas BONN — Two former East German border guards were pronounced guilty of manslaughter on January 20 for shooting dead Chris Gueffroy when he attempted to escape over the Berlin Wall. Gueffroy, a
Ku Klux Klan in Germany By Angela Matheson Racism is on the rise in Germany. The magazine Der Spiegel published a poll last week showing that one in three Germans believe the Jews contributed, in part, to their mass extermination by the Nazis
By Karen Wald HAVANA — Thirty years after the missile crisis that led the world to the brink of nuclear war ended with a pledge by the US government that it would not invade Cuba nor encourage those who wished to do so, two separate actions

Culture

Green Ban Fusiliers em = By Denis Kevans Chorus: Up Broadway to the MBA come the green ban fusiliers, They stole the street, with their striding feet, placards high above their ears, Move over squire, in the black maria, are there any season
The Hairdresser's Husband A film by Patrice Leconte Produced by Thierry De Ganay Starring Jean Rochefort and Anna Galiena Music by Michael Nyman Reviewed by Mario Giorgetti This film is for those of us who take any kind of sensual pleasure
JFK Directed by Oliver Stone With Kevin Costner Reviewed by Nigel D'Souza Anyone who was conscious on November 22 1963, is likely to possess memories of that day when John Kennedy was assassinated. For me, three days short of my sixth
The Bare-foot Bushwalker By Dot Butler ABC Books. $25.00 Reviewed by Denis Kevans Dorothy, "Dot", Butler recreates her remarkable life in The Bare-Foot Bushwalker". There's a photo of Dot, 50, climbing out of a crevasse in the Tasman Glacier
Images of Working Life By Steve Painter SYDNEY — An art exhibition featuring Wonthaggi miners, French peasants, Melbourne bar staff, La Trobe Valley briquette baggers, Warsaw construction workers and many more. It's Images of Working Life,
Inside the BLF: A Union Self-Destructs By Brian Boyd Melbourne: Ocean Press. 1991. $19.95 Reviewed by John Tognolini All the empty office space in Melbourne and Sydney is equal to 16 Empire State Buildings. Ninety per cent of the workers who
Artists for endangered species By Jenny Gilbertson In October 1990, Sydney artist Sharon Davson, in association with photographers Graham Ramsay and Terry Barker, and agent Fiona McNeill, started an organisation known as "Artists for Life".
Maleny Folk Festival By Karen Fletcher BRISBANE — Those attending the sixth annual Maleny Folk Festival, in Queensland's Sunshine Coast hinterland, were treated to a New Year's Eve they will never forget. More than 10,000 people enjoyed

Editorial

Admit the boat people! Historically, times of economic downturn in Australia have brought increased calls for reduced or racially based immigration, as demagogic political forces seek to deflect popular anger from the real causes of the crisis.