Issue 498

Australia

Student conference to welcome refugees

BY FEDERICO FUENTES

PERTH — The collective organising the July 7-13 Students and Sustainability
(S&S) conference, to be held at Murdoch University, has declared that
it will give sanctuary to

BY SARAH STEPHEN

The Howard government's Migration Legislation Amendment (Procedural
Fairness) Bill 2002 passed through the House of Representatives with the
support of the Labor Party on June 26 with very little publicity.

The new act

WA Socialist Alliance seeks registration

BY JANE ARMANASCO

PERTH — After successful state registration campaigns in NSW and
Tasmania, the Western Australia Socialist Alliance has begun the task of
acquiring state electoral

BY ALISON DELLIT 

On June 27, the Senate passed five of the six “anti-terror” bills,
in effect introducing a new “terrorism” offence into Australian law, broadening
treason offences to include any support for any group engaged in armed

News Briefs

'Youth for Refugees' hunger strike
CANBERRA — Pro-refugee high school and campus students and young workers
took part in a 24-hour solidarity hunger strike on June 28. The hunger
strike, organised by Resistance, was in

Nurses reject pay offer

BY MARIA VOUKELATOS

BRISBANE — The Queensland Nurses Union (QNU) has been in a month-long
battle over wages and conditions in the Queensland Health Service. Nurses
are demanding a 12% pay rise over the next two

BY NICK EVERETT
& SAM WAINWRIGHT

SYDNEY — Since the Royal Commission into the Building and Construction
Industry began sitting in Sydney in early June, lurid employer claims of
Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU)

CMG workers return to work

BY TERRICA STRUDWICK

ROCKHAMPTON — Meatworkers at the Packer-family-owned Consolidated Meat
Group's Lakes Creek abbatoir returned to work on June 20 after spending
two weeks on strike and another week locked

BY LISA MACDONALD 

More than 13,000 people joined refugees' rights protests around Australia
on the June 22-23 weekend. In many cities, these were the largest protests
for refugees yet. According to refugees' rights supporters, this is

Earthquake risk at Lucas Heights

BY ALEX MILNE

Work is continuing at the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor, despite
calls for the government to reconsider the project after an earthquake
fault line was discovered there.

The fault was

Socialist Alliance makes refugees an issue
in Tassie poll

BY DARREN JIGGINS

HOBART — The day after Premier Jim Bacon's June 21 calling of the
Tasmanian election, there was a 500-strong refugees' rights rally in Hobart
— the largest

Spanners in Beattie's dirty works

BY ANDREW PHILLIPS

BRISBANE — Workers at QBuild, the state government agency responsible
for building all Queensland government buildings, schools and offices,
are fighting for justice after being

BY JESS MELVIN & BEN COURTICE 

MELBOURNE — Culminating a week of pro-refugee protest action, 100
high school students gathered outside Flinders Street Station on June 28,
despite bucketing rain.

“People our age are the victims

World

PALESTINE: Operation 'Determined Path' to massacre
BY ROHAN PEARCE

The expression “peace process” has become increasingly meaningless.
As Israel's murderous “Operation Determined Path” continues, and White
House pronouncements lose any

Activists “welcomed” the G8 summit, held in Kananaskis, Canada,
June 26-28, with a string of anti-corporate protests. On June 26, some
4000 people took part in a three-hour snake march through Calgary, the
closest city to Kananaskis. The march

INDONESIA

The IMF: A globalising debate
BY MAX LANE

JAKARTA — The debate between minister Kwik Kian Gie, who is in charge
of the National Economic Planning Board, and the other ministers in President
Megawati Sukarnoputri's cabinet

UNITED STATES

Enron, WorldCom — there's worse to come
BY PETER BOYLE

The timing was spectacular. On June 24, US President George Bush
delivered a lecture to the Palestinian people about the corrupt and autocratic
nature of the elected

BY JO WILLIAMS
HAVANA — Critics continue to say that Cuba is undemocratic, closed off, repressive, and that critical ideas in general are suppressed. An investigation of the education system and the young people in Cuban schools paints a very

BELGIUM: War criminal escapes prosecution

BY ROHAN PEARCE

The Brussels Court of Appeals ruled on June 26 that a case against
Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for war crimes cannot be tried under
Belgian law. The case was brought by

SCOTLAND

Socialists ready to shock the establishment
BY FRANCIS CURRAN 

With less than one year until the Scottish Parliament elections,
due in May 2003, the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) faces its biggest challenge
yet.

SOUTH AFRICA: Sacrificing
AIDS victims for corporate profits
BY PATRICK BOND 

JOHANNESBURG — During the last few days of June, at the same time
as the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and Congress of South African Trade
Unions

BY SARAH STEPHEN
The European Union faces an ironic contradiction in coming decades. As birth rates continue to decline, many countries face negative population growth. The EU needs more immigration. Yet the European Council's June 21-22 meeting in

AFGHANISTAN

Sham assembly installs warlord coalition
BY NORM DIXON

The much-hyped loya jirga — or grand assembly — was supposed
to be post-Taliban Afghanistan's first step towards the creation of a representative
democratic

Editorial

Unwarranted Praise

Greens Senator Bob Brown, in a June 14 press release, congratulated
federal Labor leader Simon Crean for having “taken a large step in moving
Labor from the 'me-tooism' on asylum seekers it proffered during the [2001

Culture

REVIEW BY SARAH STEPHEN 

Escape to Paradise
Directed by Nino Jacusso
With Duzgun Ayhan, Fidan Firat, Nurettin Yildiz and Walo Luond
Distributed by First Hand Films

Frontieres (Borders)
Directed by Mostefa Djadjam
With Lou

Won't Pay!, 25 Monologues for a Woman">
Fo, Rame and theatre of intervention
Dario Fo and Franca Rame: Harlequins of the RevolutionBy Joseph FarrellMethuen, 2001308 pp, $49.95 (hb)
REVIEW BY PHIL SHANNON
Dario Fo and Franca Rame hit certain

Definitely not bubblegum pop

BY NICOLE HOYE 

BRISBANE — With the empty lyrics of bubblegum pop music artists like
Britney Spears and NSync hogging the mainstream music charts and airwaves,
selling millions of albums worldwide,

Global Circus

Roll up, roll up,
to the head of the queue.
Step up, step up,
come take a pew.

Gather round you clowns
applaud the acrobats
of global domination.
Cheer on the jugglers
Of world-wide manipulation.

Come to the