Issue 451

Australia

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

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

World

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

@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

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.

Culture

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

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