Issue 415

News

Military 'consultation' attract protest BY ADAM BAKER BRISBANE — "There will always be arguments for spending in other areas, but we have to make sure we are making the correct decision", said Prime Minister John Howard from a large video
ALP votes to support mandatory sentencing The ALP national conference voted on August 3 to withdraw its opposition to Western Australia's mandatory sentencing legislation. In a deal with the WA branch, the party changed its platform so that
Students occupy in IVF protest BY ANGELA LUVERA BRISBANE — Students from various political persuasions — socialists, Laborites, anarchists — united to protest against John Howard's plan to restrict access to in vitro fertilisation by
Students prepare for the 'big show' BY ADAM BAKER BRISBANE — "On September 11 in Melbourne the big show is coming to town", Griffith University academic Richard Sanders told students at an August 1 forum here, which discussed the penetration of
Campaign 2000 kicks into action BY CHRIS SPINDLER MELBOURNE — A 24-hour strike at white goods manufacturer Email on August 3 marks the first of possibly many industrial disputes here as manufacturing workers begin their cross-industry Campaign
  Hiroshima Day BY JENNY LONG SYDNEY — Three hundred people gathered here on August 5 to mark the 55th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and to protest against war and the nuclear industry.
BY TRISH CORCORAN& HELEN BRANSGROVE SYDNEY — Angry about suddenly losing their jobs and their employer's refusal to pay their entitlements, 140 construction workers occupied the head office of Deemah Marble and Granite and then the office of
Long walk at halfway point BY SEAN HEALY The "long walk" for Aboriginal justice, from Lake Eyre in South Australia to Sydney, has reached its halfway point. Starting from Lake Eyre on June 10, the walkers, who include Aboriginal elders and their
Indy Media Centres launched in Melbourne, Sydney BY SEAN HEALY SYDNEY — Independent Media Centres are now up and running in Melbourne and Sydney, where they'll provide a protesters' eye view of protest actions at the World Economic Forum's
BY KAREN FLETCHER ALICE SPRINGS — On August 2, the third day of the National Conference of Community Legal Centres, delegates learned that Prime Minister John Howard had announced he would amend the Sex Discrimination Act to make it legal to deny
BY ZANNY BEGG SYDNEY — A determined Aboriginal community would not be deterred by Olympics organisers' boast that "not one black toe would cross the Homebush Bay line", the Indigenous Social Justice Association's Ray Jackson told a packed public
By Chris Slee MELBOURNE — More than 200 people attended the Global Action Conference, jointly sponsored by Friends of the Earth and Green Left Weekly, held at Melbourne University on July 29. The conference comprised three plenary sessions and 11
Latin America solidarity BRISBANE — Supporters of the Cuban Revolution danced into the early hours of the morning to the Latin sounds of DJ Sonido Tropicale here on July 29, in commemoration of the 48th anniversary of the July 26 attack on the
BY SEAN HEALY SYDNEY — NSW Premier Bob Carr's Labor government appears hell-bent on committing 230,000 tonnes of predominantly old-growth timber from north-east NSW to be burned each year for charcoal at Gunnedah, the North East Forest Alliance
Big protest, little politics BY ALEX BAINBRIDGE HOBART — "Greenies don't want to take away jobs, we want to save jobs and forests" was the best message that came from the platform of a rally against woodchipping here on August 2. The plea for

World

CHILE: Pinochet's victims demand justice SANTIAGO — On July 5, I chanced upon a demonstration outside the national office of the Democratic Concertation, the ruling political coalition in Chile. Patricia Silva from the Association of Relatives of
Lift the sanctions on Iraq! BY LEIGH HUGHES When asked in 1996 about the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children from United States-enforced sanctions against the country, US secretary of state Madeleine Albright declared "the price is worth it".
FIJI: Why the military turned on Speight Following the arrest of coup leader George Speight and more than 360 of his supporters by the Fiji military on July 26, many mainstream observers are claiming that "normalcy" is returning in Fiji. However,
DENIS HALLIDAY is probably the world's most high-profile critic of continuing sanctions against Iraq. He should know. As United Nations assistant secretary-general heading the international organisation's humanitarian mission in Iraq he was
International news briefs WTO recognises asbestos danger World Trade Organisation officials are claiming a new trade ruling on asbestos proves that the body is not, as critics claim, stacked in favour of business interests. A WTO dispute
SOUTH AFRICA: iGoli 2002 — is the future private? JOHANNESBURG — By December 1998, this city's glitter was tarnished by capital flight and a decade of bad management. South Africa's city of gold (iGoli) was deep in the red. While suburban
SOUTH AFRICA: COSATU bitterly condemns labour law changes The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) on July 27 condemned the African National Congress (ANC) government's proposed amendments to South Africa's labour laws as "the most
On July 27, peaceful student protesters in the central Java city of Yogyakarta were attacked by baton-wielding thugs. At least 21 people were badly hurt. The students were commemorating the military-backed attack on Megawati Sukarnoputri's Indonesian
FIJI: 'Indigenous rights' smokescreen for elite rule Terrorist leader George Speight has claimed that his gang's kidnapping of the government of Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry was to defend "indigenous" Melanesian Fijians' political
PORTUGAL: 'Globalise the struggles' SAN GIAO — A huge banner with the words "Globalizar as lutas" (Globalise the struggles) heralded the 17th youth camp of the Fourth International, held in San Giao in central Portugal, July 23-29. Around 400
LAHORE — The Dada Bhai Cement Factory in the Norrieabad District, in Sind province, has become the focus of attention of Pakistan's labour movement. Sixty of the factory's workers have lost their jobs for attempting to forming a union. Thirteen
On July 15, 100 people protested outside England's Harmondsworth Detention Centre in solidarity with the asylum seekers imprisoned there. Most of the inmates are from poverty and war-stricken Third World countries outside Europe. The protest was
Spotlight on Indonesia and West Papua Independence activists killed in West Papua Two residents attempting to hoist West Papua's Morning Star independence flag in the coastal city of Sorong were shot dead by Indonesian police on July 28. More
Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori began his third consecutive term in power to the sound of massive protests in the country's capital, Lima, and the smell of police tear gas. Fujimori was inaugurated on July 28 for another five year term, alongside
President Hugo Chavez was re-elected by a comfortable margin in Venezuela's July 30 general elections. Chavez won 59% of the vote, beating his nearest rival and former ally, Francisco Arias, who gained 38%. Chavez and Arias were both leaders of the
Despite the announcement on July 31 by Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid that refugee camps in West Timor controlled by the pro-Jakarta militia will be closed, the fate of tens of thousands of East Timorese refugees remains perilous. The terror

Culture

ADF gets five red stars Community MusicAsian Dub FoundationLondon Records<http://www.asiandubfoundation.com> REVIEW BY DANIEL SULLIVAN What could one expect from a band which has toured supporting Rage Against the Machine and worked
Actively Radical TV — Sydney community television's progressive current affairs producers tackle the hard issues from the activist's point of view. CTS Sydney (UHF 31), every Sunday, 9-11pm. Ph 9565 5522. Access News — Melbourne community TV,
Setting the record straight REVIEW BY BILL NEVINS God and the FBIJanis IanWindham Hill State executions, antisemitism, racial segregation, book burnings, war, government surveillance and the terrorising of civilians, firings, black-listings,
Rules of racism The Australian Arabic Council (AAC) wishes to bring to your attention the film Rules of Engagement, directed by William Friedkin and produced by Paramount Pictures, which will be distributed in Australia from August 17 by Village
Fringe theatre gets a boost at last Rough CutsBelvoir St Downstairs, SydneyUntil August 13 REVIEW BY BRENDAN DOYLE Theatre in Sydney is still losing ground to the multiplex cinemas, television and the home computer. The subsidised,
BP rogue web site contest BP, the world's third largest oil company, has adopted the sun as its new logo and redesigned its web site (<http://www.bp.com>) to make it look like a clean, green environmental organisation. Greenpeace is
BY JACKIE LYNCH MELBOURNE — Art met politics on August 3 when 30 people attended a public forum hosted by anti-sweatshop group Fairwear in Westspace, a gallery run by a collective of "activist artists". The forum was held during a Westspace

Editorial

GST: rolling back the opposition In the month since the introduction of the Howard government's goods and services tax, the big-business propaganda machine — commonly referred to as the "mass media" — has mounted a sustained attack on the ALP's

General

Globalisation's myths and victims BY ALASTAIR GREIG When I heard the World Economic Forum was to be held in Melbourne in early September, my mind raced back to an ABC interview I heard around six months ago with Pru Goward — the Prime
BY JORGE JORQUERA MELBOURNE — In preparation for the S11 protests against the World Economic Forum meeting here in September, Green Left Weekly has launched a new web site. The site (<http://www.greenleft.org.au/globalaction/s11>) will
Heroes of the planet? BY SEAN HEALY The scene could be the boardroom of any major corporation: long teak table, leather seats, grey suits, million-dollar views - and an air of suppressed panic. "Gentlemen, we have a problem. Our market research
BY EVA CHENG Prompted by the 1997-98 world economic crisis and after two years of rapid growth, the fledgling international movement for a "Tobin tax" — a tax on currency transactions to help curb financial speculation — is seeking to speed up