Issue 437

News

BY JIM GREEN Federal industry and science minister Nick Minchin announced on February 8 that the Howard government no longer intends to co-locate a store for long-lived intermediate-level radioactive wastes alongside the planned underground dump
BY MARG PERROTT WOLLONGONG — Principals, teachers and local residents met at Woonona High School on February 13 to organise the a campaign to defend public education funding in the federal seat of Cunningham. Following the announcement of the
Fighting for global justice ADELAIDE — Twenty people attended a public meeting here on February 10, organised by the International Women's Day collective, to discuss the theme of the March 10 IWD march and rally, "Women fighting for global
BY CHRIS SLEE MELBOURNE — Workers in the power stations and coal mines of the Latrobe Valley have launched a new division of their union, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, which will give them substantially more autonomy and
BY JOHN McGILL ADELAIDE — The home of Sandra Saunders, Aboriginal activist and former director of the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement, was raided by court officers on February 13. They were searching for notes and other material relating to a
BHP fire crew strike WOLLONGONG — Eighty Port Kembla fire, ambulance and security workers at BHP's Port Kembla mill went on strike for 24 hours on February 12, forcing the company to stand down 2000 steelworkers whose safety could not be
BY SARAH PEART MELBOURNE — Major industrial unions look set to back the planned May 1 blockade of this city's stock exchange and nearby corporate headquarters, which is continuing to pick up steam both here and around the country.
BY JIM GREEN The PNG Environment Watch Group has condemned Australian mining company BHP's plans to pull out of the Ok Tedi copper mine in Papua New Guinea without rehabilitating the site. BHP, which announced a record A$1.43 billion profit for
BRISBANE — Latin American entertainers came out on February 3 to support the survivors of the January 13 El Salvador earthquake. The benefit was organised by Australia Aid for El Salvador and supported by Committee in Solidarity with
BY JAMES VASSILOPOULOS CANBERRA — Ten thousand people marched to save the ABC on February 11, in an enormous show of the support the national broadcaster has among this city's population. From the point when Canberrans began gathering at
BY IRMA VEP MELBOURNE — With the dulcet tones of Dusty Springfield singing "Anyone Who Had a Heart" in the background, the Fairwear campaign launched its latest weapon in the campaign to end the exploitation of outworkers — a super hero by the
BY PETER BOYLE SYDNEY — Seven radical left organisations — the Democratic Socialist Party, the International Socialist Organisation, the Freedom Socialist Party, the Workers League, the Worker-Communist Party of Iraq (Australian branch),
BY ANTHONY BENBOW PERTH — After eight years of attacks on workers' rights and living standards Western Australian Premier Richard Court's Coalition government is no more, swept from office by a backlash against its increasingly obvious
BY MARTIN ILTIS MELBOURNE — The local Brunswick community has reaffirmed its support for workers at the Chef whitegoods factory, holding a solidarity demonstration outside the factory on February 14. Despite being profitable, the factory faces
BY TONY ILTIS MELBOURNE — The Democratic Socialist Party's newly established Melbourne West branch is to open a new Resistance Centre in the city's western suburbs. While there have been members in the west since the party was founded in
BY CHRISTOPHER PERKINS WOLLONGONG — TAFE teachers set up a picket line outside Shellharbour TAFE College on February 15 to protest management's decision to close the innovative Engineering Flexible Training Centre. The teachers have vowed it will
BY MARG PERROTT WOLLONGONG — Peter Wilson, a local organiser for on the NSW Teacher's Federation, was elected unopposed as president of the South Coast Labor Council. Wilson replaced Mike Dwyer, who was forced to resign due to ill health. The

World

BY NORM DIXON Workers in Papua New Guinea have threatened to take action to have an increase in the minimum wage restored after it was revealed that members of parliament, ministers, judges and top public servants were secretly awarded massive pay
BY OREN YIFTACHEL On February 6, Israel elected its first settler prime minister. Premier-elect Ariel Sharon, who gave his negotiators 10 days to forge a “national unity” government with Labour, maintains an official residence in Old
BY NORM DIXON Former South African president Nelson Mandela has accused the British and US governments of "shifting the goal posts" by refusing to honour a deal to lift UN sanctions against Libya. Mandela told the February 9 London Independent
BY JASON MARK Eron Domingos de Rocha used to work in a shoe factory in the Franca district of Sao Paolo. He earned 220 reales a month there (about US$110) — not enough, he says, to "allow you to survive". Then he met an organiser with Brazil's
BY IGGY KIM SEOUL — In an effort to get back in the black, bankrupt Daewoo Motors confirmed on February 16 that it will proceed with the sacking of 1785 workers. This follows the sacking of more than 3500 in recent months. In response, the
BY JON LAND The Australian government is attempting to prevent East Timor from gaining full sovereign rights over vast oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea that are expected to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties over the next 20
BY EVA CHENG The January release of the Tiananmen Papers — the purported leaked documents and transcripts of important top-level meetings of China's leaders concerning the June 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre — appears to be aimed at
BY MAX LANE The Indonesian political elite is becoming increasingly fearful of a radicalisation of the country's masses, which is being provoked by a right-wing campaign to destabilise President Abdurrahman Wahid's government. It's turning to
BY SEAN HEALY Under concerted attack from increasingly vocal protest movements on its left flank, the International Monetary Fund may now face a new threat from its right flank — in the form of the new US administration of President George W.
BY NORM DIXON The Scottish Socialist Party's member in the Scottish parliament, Tommy Sheridan, was among the more than 370 anti-nuclear weapons protesters arrested at the Faslane navy base near Glasgow on February 12. Scottish Labour MP George
BY NORM DIXON Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) have escalated the violent harassment and repression of their critics. Mugabe faces a presidential poll in 2002. He will be

Culture

REVIEW BY MARCEL CAMERON Cuba as Alternative: An Introduction to Cuba's Socialist RevolutionBy Neville Spencer et. al.Resistance Books 2000116pp, $11.95 (pb)Order at <http://www.dsp.org.au/rb/rb.htm> When the Soviet Union collapsed in
The Cherry PickersWritten by Kevin GilbertSydney Theatre CompanyDirected by Wesley EnochPlaying at the Wharf 2 Theatre, Walsh Bay, SydneyUntil March 4 REVIEW BY BRENDAN DOYLE We laughed, cried, felt uplifted, some felt offended — one blackfella
SYDNEY — Alistair Hulett, former frontperson of the legendary punk-folk band Roaring Jack and long-time Newtown resident, now lives in Scotland. Hulett is back in Australia for a short solo tour. Hulett was well-known for his strong support for the

Editorial

The Industrial Relations Commission has endorsed the ability of unions to collect a "service fee" from non-unionists who benefit from union-negotiated pay rises. "Fee for service" unionism was adopted as policy at the 2000 ACTU national congress.

General

Adelaide International Women's Day Collective meeting. Sat Feb 17 (& every Sat), noon-2pm. Women's Studies Resource Centre, 64 Pennington Tce, Nth Adelaide. Ph 8231 6982. Women fighting for global justice against corporate tyranny. International
By Lauren Carroll Harris Everyday, women are oppressed by capitalist society's ideal of "beauty" and are told that what we look like is more important than what we think. Meanwhile, millions of migrant women work in sweatshops, "honour" killings
By Rachel Evans If the status of women marks the success of a society, then global capitalism is clearly failing the grade. Women have always been capitalism's second sex, and globalisation has made conditions for women worse. Globalisation is
By Anne O'Casey "What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?" asked feminist science fiction writer Ursula LeGuin. Her literary explorations of extra-terrestrial worlds make a vivid commentary on the inhumane state of our society.
In 1993 women contributed the monetary equivalent of more than US$11 trillion worth of unpaid household work to the global economy — equal to more than a third of the world's gross domestic product. Today, 140 million Indonesians are living below