Issue 451

News

BY ALEX BAINBRIDGE HOBART — Voluntary and forced redundancies at the Incat boat-building company have resulted in Incat’s work force being reduced from 900 to 710. Last year the work force was 1000-strong but workers who left have not been
BY ZANNY BEGG SYDNEY — Approximately 20 people came to an M1 Sydney meeting to discuss what the anti-corporate movement would do in Sydney in relation to October 3-5 Commonwealth Business Council forum meeting in Melbourne and the October 6-8
BY JACQUIE MOON & RACHEL EVANS MELBOURNE — Ten years after the original "D-Day" for action on the HIV/AIDS crisis, activists in the group QUEER have called a D-Day of their own for June 6. The group, whose acronym stands for Queers United to
BY NOREEN NAVIN SYDNEY — Community rallies and protests have resulted in the postponement of the NSW Labor government's plan to close and "restructure" several Sydney schools until 2003. However, public outrage has not prevented education
BY LISA MACDONALD SYDNEY — Chanting "Hands off workers' comp!", 2000 construction workers and their supporters brought lunchtime traffic to a halt as they marched through the city on May 29. The rally was smaller than originally expected due to a
BY GRAHAM MATTHEWS & CHRIS SLEE  MELBOURNE — “Growing up in this area, I understand that working families are doing it tough. Too many people are worried about losing their jobs or about getting by with casual work”, said Josephine
BY DICK NICHOLS Through the first telephone hook-up of its National Liaison Committee since its founding in March, the Socialist Alliance last week decided to have its founding conference in Melbourne on the weekend of August 4-5. The conference
BY ROHAN PEARCE "CHOGM and the Commonwealth Business Council are the next stops for the anti-corporate movement and we're going take to the streets with a clear message — global justice not global misery", Angela Luvera, Sydney Resistance central
BY TILLY ELDERFIELD SYDNEY — Police in New South Wales are to be given wide powers to arrest people seen entering or leaving suspected "drug houses" and those suspected of acting as lookouts. Officers will also be able to seize properties and
BY JEREMY SMITH The Australian Vice-Chancellors’ Committee has released a new survey of post-secondary education demonstrating the effects of funding cuts on teaching. Overall the staff to student ratio for the industry has increased by 3%
BY GILBERT HOLMES BRISBANE — A determined band of activists are preparing a blockade in an effort to save Brisbane's last piece of inner-city bushland. The two hectares of bushland, known as "The Gully", have received council approval for a
BY TILLY ELDERFIELD SYDNEY — After 18 robberies, Sefton newsagent Les Clark armed himself with a pick handle. He declared, "It's a big relief to know you'll be able to defend yourself without breaking the law. I've got a pick handle beneath the
BY PAUL OBOOHOV BADJA FOREST — The South East Forest Rescue Squad of about 30 activists is blockading two roads, one of them recently bulldozed, to stop logging in the old-growth Badja Forest wilderness on the escarpment overlooking the NSW south
BY SAM WAINWRIGHT SYDNEY — When the 165 employees of Metroshelf in Revesby turned up for work on June 28 they found security guards standing in front of the locked gates. Management told 50 of them that they had been sacked for
BY SARAH PEART & SEAN WALSH MELBOURNE — In scenes reminiscent of the police violence at the S11 protests last September, 250 police officers, including 10 on horseback, assaulted and dispersed a crowd of several hundred protesters peacefully
Ruddock 'greeted' NEWCASTLE — Federal immigration minister Phillip Ruddock attended a citizenship ceremony here on May 28. With only two hours notice, 20 protesters outside greeted the "Minister for Racism" outside the Town Hall. The
BY MELANIE SJOBERG Unions claim that Qantas is training management to act as strike-breakers in anticipation of a labour dispute over a new enterprise bargaining agreement. Secret training operations, which include teaching up to 75 managers
health, hospitals, schools, education, state budget"> = Jails, private schools favoured in NSW budget Jails, private schools favoured in NSW budget BY JENNY LONG SYDNEY — NSW treasurer Michael Egan delivered the state

World

@box text intr = A global campaign to overturn a US patent on basmati rice has scored a further and near-fatal victory with the announcement that the US Patent and Trademark Office has thrown out 13 of 16 remaining claims from US-based RiceTec's
BY JOHN GAUCI SYDNEY — "East Timorese must ask themselves, why are we still divided? We can't go on holding other countries to blame", the new country's foreign minister Jose Ramos Horta told a public lecture at the University of New South Wales
BY SEAN HEALY A funny thing happened on the way to the third United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries in Brussels: the representatives of the rich nations suddenly discovered that their restrictions on market access for poor
BY MAX LANE JAKARTA — On May 30, an alliance of members of parliament from Golkar (the party of former Indonesian dictator Suharto), the armed forces (TNI), the muslim right-wing Central Axis parties and vice-president Megawati Sukarnoputri's
BY MARGARET ALLUM Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair is smug in the knowledge that his government is almost certain of victory in the June 7 British general election. Blair knows that the continuing political impotence of the Tory opposition will
BY SEAN HEALY A majority of people put more trust in the groups who protest outside the summits of major international institutions to operate in the best interests of society than in the representatives of governments and corporations inside the
WASHINGTON — The non-profit Centre for Science in the Public Interest has launched an internet site to provide information on links between big corporations and research by scientists, mostly in the fields of nutrition, environment, toxicology and
The Scottish Socialist Party office in Glasgow has been inundated with requests from teachers for campaign packs for school pupils holding mock elections. One teacher phoning from a school in the Gorbals told the party that she has been
BY SEAN HEALY While still pushing hard for a new round of trade talks, United States trade representative Robert Zoellick and other senior US officials have signalled that their government has no intention of reviewing imbalances in
BY IGGY KIM SEOUL — South Korea's movement for democratic unions won an important victory on May 21, when the candidate of a rank-and-file alliance, Kim Jae-gil, won the powerful post of secretary of the Korean Railway Union in a landslide. The
The US Central Intelligence Agency worked in tandem with Pakistan in the 1980s to create the "monster" that is today Afghanistan's ruling Taliban, Selig Harrison from the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars said at a conference in London
SAN FRANCISCO — Consider the irony of two events that occurred a couple days apart last month. On May 23, the first Chinese American ever to be elected to the US Congress was denied entry to the Department of Energy offices in Washington, DC. The
BY MARK BROWN GLASGOW — In a powerful blow against the anti-refugee bigots, the Campaign to Welcome Refugees here held a 200-strong hustings meeting in the city's Moir Hall on May 24. Representatives of all six parties, including the Scottish

Culture

REVIEW BY SIBYLLE KACZOREK& JO ELLIS Organised by Michael Scott, education and community development manager for the Northern Territory AIDS Council, the recently concluded A Walk Through History exhibition presented a historical insight into the
BY LISA MACDONALD SYDNEY — Sydney has a new indigenous radio station — Koori Radio 93.7FM. After six years of campaigning by the Gadigal Information Service, the Australian Broadcasting Authority finally granted a full-time community radio
REVIEW BY PHIL SHANNON War Criminals Welcome: Australia, A Sanctuary for War Criminals since 1945By Mark AaronsBlack Inc, 2001649 pp, $34.95 (pb) When justice minister Amanda Vanstone said that the alleged Latvian war criminal Konrads Kalejs was
In the Blue HouseBy Meaghan DelahuntBloomsbury, 2001$35 (hb) REVIEW BY KEVIN WILLIAMSON There are few historical figures on the left who provoke such controversy, inspiration and opposition as that of the Russian revolutionary leader, Leon
AsylumDirected by Claudia Chidiac54 Joseph St, LidcombeShowing May 31-June 9 REVIEW BY VIV MILEY SYDNEY — From the moment you arrive at the venue — a vacant wallpaper shop in Lidcombe — there is a sense of unease. In the main room is an
Big Brother Channel Ten 7-7.30pm Mondays to Fridays 9.30-10.30pm Thursdays 8.30-9.30pm Saturdays 7.30-8.30pm Sundays REVIEW BY ALISON DELLIT “It's just a game show”, said contestant Johnny to fellow contestant Sharna, in the

Editorial

The people's rollback versus Labor's In the five years since John Howard was elected prime minister, his government has carried through a breathtaking range of attacks on the working class. Key among these were the sale of Telstra, the

General

The Green Left Weekly staff will be taking a well-earned break next week. The next issue of the paper (No. 452) will appear on June 20.