Issue 412


Lucas Heights reactor contract signed BY JIM GREEN SYDNEY — Construction of a new nuclear research reactor in the Sydney suburb of Lucas Heights is now due to begin in 2002, after the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
BY KAMALA EMANUEL HOBART — While the "walk for reconciliation" across the Tasman Bridge planned for July 23 has the endorsement of the political establishment as well as Aboriginal people, calls are also being raised for far more substantial
Unionists set upon by cops, then lawyers BY ALANA KERR SYDNEY — Having failed to keep construction union officials out of enterprise agreement negotiations at its Rooty Hill factory on July 7, giant construction parts company CSR has now
BY JUSTIN RANDELL BRISBANE — Activists here have described as a big step forward the July 7 merger of local anti-corporate groups into an S11 Alliance to plan and build local participation in protests against the World Economic Forum meeting in
Aboriginal rally condemns government 'war' BY RUSSELL PICKERING SYDNEY — The federal government's policy towards the Aboriginal people would turn the Sydney Olympics into "the games of shame, not the games of peace", Aboriginal Tent Embassy
NOWSA vox pops Evelyn, NSW: I've always had an interest in feminism, and when I came to uni I joined the women's collective there straight away ... There should have been more workshops [at NOWSA] on organising actions. Sharon, Vic: I first
Hospital dispute grows bitter BY STAN THOMPSON BRISBANE — Despite early signs of a breakthrough, the hospital workers' pay dispute escalated last week, with stop-work meetings and 24-hour strikes in dozens of hospitals across the state. Labor
Prisons 'out of bounds' for media BY KAREN FREDERICKS BRISBANE — Queensland police have charged three women prisoners and a journalist with criminal offences after an article appeared in the Townsville Bulletin alleging abusive treatment in the
Emission excuses compound embarrassment BY SEAN HEALY Friends of the Earth (FoE) Australia has described as "embarrassing" new figures which show a massive blowout in Australia's greenhouse gas emissions, to 16.9% above 1990 levels. The group has
Work conditions not in the 'Olympic spirit' BY ALANA KERR SYDNEY — Construction work at Olympics venues across the city has been disrupted by the discovery that 24 New Zealand workers were employed on inferior conditions to their Australian
Police close Aboriginal concert BY KAREN FREDERICKS BRISBANE — Police have been accused of racism after 12 officers raided the Melbourne Hotel in the suburb of West End on July 7, shutting down a National Aboriginal and Islander Day of
Abortion doctors reinstated BY MARY MERKENICH MELBOURNE — The Royal Women's Hospital announced on July 10 that it would reinstate three medical workers suspended for performing a late-term abortion on a 40-year-old woman who discovered that her
Wildlife conservationists protest SYDNEY — Activists from a wide range of environment groups gathered outside the Australian Museum on July 13 to protest against a NSW Liberal opposition proposal that endangered native animal species be conserved
Joy miners joyful SYDNEY — Two hundred union supporters enjoyed an excellent evening of Latin American and African music at a benefit at the Harbourside Brasserie on July 12 for the workers of Joy Mining. The evening, organised by the
Women students' conference heads left BY SARAH CLEARY & APRIL-JANE FLEMING ADELAIDE — Feminist students have described as a significant shift leftwards this year's Network of Women Students Australia (NOWSA) conference, held at Flinders
Centrelink introduces 'No sign-no start' BY TIMOTHY STARR BRISBANE — In a mock presentation about a new social security regulation, a Centrelink call centre worker took three props to her weekly team meeting: a dictionary, a carrot and a stick.
NSW Labor's commuter chaos BY SAM WAINWRIGHT SYDNEY — "CityRail regrets to announce ...". Before the details are even out, you can feel the atmosphere on the platform thicken with anger and exasperation. What is it this time: signal failure,
Unionists oppose unjust world economic order BY MELANIE SJOBERG The protests in Seattle and Washington against the global corporate rich have become a catalyst for activity in the struggle for a more humane and just world. In Melbourne on
BY ALEX BAINBRIDGE HOBART — While it poses as the heroic opponent of federal government support for genetically modified organisms, the Tasmanian Labor government is yet to take any concrete measures against it, or even against controversial
Correction In the last issue of GLW (#411), the article titled "Tasmanian upper house stymies land rights" includes comments from Clyde Mansell from the Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania. This is a different organisation from the Tasmanian
Students, staff demand VC resignation BY ROHAN PEARCE HOBART — Students and staff at the University of Tasmania have called for the resignation of the vice-chancellor, Don McNichol. One hundred and fifty students and staff marched on the VC's
Centrelink staff outraged at minister's attack BY JIM McILROY BRISBANE — Union members in Centrelink offices around the country are outraged at attempts by family and community services minister Jocelyn Newman to blame them for GST-related
P&O wharfies reject new "death bonus" BY ROBERT DARCY SYDNEY — Waterside workers at P&O Ports' White Bay site have labelled as a "death bonus" a new bonus scheme brought in with less than a week's notice and without consultation with


INDIA: Bihar assembly besieged Responding to a call by the Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist (Liberation), thousands of protesters staged a militant gherao (siege) of the assembly building in the poor, northern state of Bihar on July 11.
Some 25,000 public sector workers swamped the streets in Hong Kong's central business district on July 9, in a massive show of opposition to galloping privatisation and worsening employment conditions. On the same day, most eligible voters didn't
Human rights in China have deteriorated sharply, according to Amnesty International, which described Beijing's crackdown on peaceful dissent in 1999 as "the most serious and wide-ranging" in the last 10 years. "Thousands of people were arbitrarily
SOUTH AFRICA: Privatisers gets 'Seattled' JOHANNESBURG — Holding up an unexploded orange water balloon like a trophy, South Africa's water and forestry department director-general Mike Muller beamed with relief. He and a gathering of water
The following statement was issued by Rebwar Ahmad, secretary of the Worker Communist Party of Iraq on July 14. Green Left Weekly readers are urged to respond to the WCPI's urgent appeal for solidarity. On July 14, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan
PAKISTAN: Journalists appeal for help LAHORE — Police raided the Lahore Press Club on July 10 in an attempt to arrest a small traders' leader holding a press conference inside the building. Twenty-four journalists who sought to deny the police
MUNYARADZI GWISAI, a member of the International Socialist Organisation (ISO) Zimbabwe, was elected to the national parliament in the June 24-25 general election as a Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) MP. PETER MANSON, from the British Weekly
Call for international protests against sanctions on Iraq The following statement was issued by Jalal Mohammed from the Worker Communist Party of Iraq (email <> or <>) and John Percy, national
Up to 120,000 East Timorese are still languishing in refugee camps throughout West Timor 10 months after the post-referendum rampage by the Indonesian military and their pro-integration militia proxies forced around 290,000 East Timorese across the
Spotlight on Indonesia Right to form unions The Indonesia House of Representatives passed a bill on July 10 easing restrictions on workers' right to form unions. The law also allows public servants to form and join unions; for decades they were
On the evening of June 1, David Russell, senior solicitor at the British law firm Towells, received an unexpected phone call. Rio Tinto, the world's largest mining corporation, wanted to surrender. Russell was representing former Rio Tinto workers,
ARGENTINA: Mothers of Plaza de Mayo attacked The following statement was issued by Argentina's Mothers of Plaza de Mayo on July 3 to support groups around the world. The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo campaigns for the disappeared. In the early hours of
ECUADOR: Church calls cops on activists Friends of the Earth (FoE) Australia has called on supporters of environmental and social justice to protest against the detention of activists in Ecuador. On July 10, a group of more than 50 peasant,
More than 300 villagers were killed on July 10 in Adeje, near Warri, in Nigeria's Niger Delta region, in a oil pipeline explosion. It was the latest in a string of disasters in the oil-rich region. In May, 27 residents of nearby Okwadjeba village
On June 12-13, the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) issued regulations for the formation of a joint Timorese-UNTAET "cabinet" and announced changes to the nature of the National Consultative Council (NCC). The
FIJI: 'Parachute journalism' aids plotters' propaganda DAVID ROBIE, a respected commentator on Pacific island affairs and now head of the journalism program at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, spoke to Green Left Weekly's NICK FREDMAN.


Urban guerillas confront injustice Urban GuerillasJust a LifetimeMad in AustraliaCloud Above my HeadSelf-releasedOrder at <> REVIEW BY ROBBIE CASEY Marchers in this year's May Day parade in
Rock Against Racism 2 The Urban Guerillas are performing at Rock Against Racism 2 in Sydney, Thursday August 10, 7.30pm, Harbourside Brasserie. Proceeds go to Green Left Weekly, Art Resistance and the Indigenous Students Network. Phone Jill on 9596
The spectre of Frantz Fanon DURBAN, South Africa — July 20 is the 75th anniversary of Frantz Fanon's birth but his spirit lives on. A few days after McDonald's opened its first branch here, some large and bold graffiti appeared on the


Editorial : Support democracy in Fiji The Great Council of Chiefs (GCC) appointment on July 14 of coup leader George Speight's nominees, Ratu Josefa Iloilo as Fiji's president on July 13 and Ratu Jope Senilopi as vice-president, marked the