Issue 504

News

BY SUSAN AUSTIN CAIRNS — A meeting of health union delegates and members on August 7 launched a campaign committee to organise the intensifying health workers' industrial dispute. This followed a similar meeting the week before which voted to
BY JONATHAN STRAUSS Around a thousand people participated in rallies across the country commemorating the 57th anniversary of the US nuclear attacks on the Japanese cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima at the end of World War II. In Sydney, some 500
BY LISA MACDONALD SYDNEY — The mood among the 52 delegates, representing nine NSW Socialist Alliance branches, was confident while tinged with a sense of urgency, when they gathered for the alliance's state conference on August 3. The
BY BILL MASON BRISBANE — More than 200 people, including representatives of Indigenous groups from all over Queensland, protested in the Roma Street Forum on August 3 against the state Labor government's compensation offer on the "stolen wages"
BY JIM McILROY BRISBANE — Centrelink, the federal government's social payment delivery agency, is demanding that its staff agree to work seven days a week at standard pay. Workers would be rostered as required by management, rather than
BY JAMES VASSILOPOULOS CANBERRA — The ACT conference of the Australian Labor Party on July 26 voted to end the ALP's support for mandatory detention of asylum seekers. A number of motions initiated by the Labor for Refugees group were passed
1000 sign to oppose refugee policy HOBART — More than 1000 people have signed a handmade, leather-bound book in one week to demonstrate their dissent from the federal government's refugee policies. The project was launched by Tasmanians for
BY LISA MACDONALD SYDNEY — August 6 was the 12th anniversary of the imposition of sanctions on Iraq by the United States. To mark the day and demand that the sanctions be lifted unconditionally, a 24-hour picket was staged outside the US
BY TAMARA PEARSON  BATHURST — Charles Sturt University's (CSU) solution to federal funding cuts is to axe courses and fire staff. The students' response has been to organise. The students have been camping outside CSU management's
BY GRANT COLEMAN WOLLONGONG — The Illawarra Refugee Action Collective (RAC) is campaigning to make the University of Wollongong a refugee safe haven. During the first week of August, students were greeted with life-size cardboard "refugees"
BY SIMON BUTLER Afghan temporary protection visa holder and refugees' rights activist Riz Wakil is embarking on a whirlwind speaking tour on university campuses along the east coast. Wakil, who is an activist in Free the Refugees
BY FEDERICO FUENTES PERTH — Refugees' rights activists at the University of Western Australia pledged to turn their campus into a refugee safe haven at the launch of the campaign on August 8. The campaign is being organised by the UWA Refugee
BY SARAH STEPHEN After a two-year fight, the Badraie family, who fled to Australia from Iran in March 2000, have been granted refugee status and issued with temporary protection visas. The Refugee Review Tribunal (RRT) announced its decision on
BY NATALIE ZIRNGAST & KYLIE MOON MELBOURNE — In a victory for the staff and student campaign against RMIT's bid to provide education and recreational facilities to asylum seekers in detention, RMIT vice chancellor Ruth Dunkin announced on
BY NICOLE HILDER BRISBANE — In a mostly peaceful action on August 7, 200 people picketed the Narangba irradiation facility construction site. Protesters have maintained a protest camp against Steritech and its contracted company Statham
BY KERRIE BARRON CANBERRA — A library display highlighting the plight of asylum seekers was removed on August 9 after it prompted a violent response. The Refugee Action Collective (RAC) was asked to pack up its display because library

World

BY ERTUGRUL KURKCU ISTANBUL — Top Pentagon brass may have doubts about the feasibility of the circulating war plans for Iraq, but George Bush's envoys have convinced Turkish decision-makers that a US military operation to overthrow Saddam
BY ERIC RUDER CHICAGO — "I'm all name and no money", George Bush claimed in 1986. In 1975, Bush returned to Texas after his stint at Yale and Harvard in the hope of copying his father's success in the Texas oil business. By the end of the
BY RUTH RATCLIFFE "They were all swept along by the one idea: that they might still get through the adjoining disused mine if they could get there before the way was cut off... In their frightened hearts old slumbering beliefs came back to
A ceasefire between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the organisation fighting for the national self-determination of the Tamil people in the island's north and east, has lasted almost six months.
BY ROHAN PEARCE The suffering of ordinary Palestinians inflicted by the Israeli occupation since September 2000 extends beyond the almost 1700 killed and the more than 20,000 injured by the Israeli army and paramilitary "settlers". A new report
BY BOB BURTON The Australian government has defended its embassy officials in Jakarta who lobbied Indonesian security forces and officials to deal with "illegal miners" at an Australian-owned mine. In three separate incidents after the lobbying
BY MARK WEISBROT WASHINGTON, DC — Last week's trip to South America by US treasury secretary Paul O'Neill is Washington's latest response to growing discontent about economic failure in the developing world. O'Neill, who has become known for
BY ALLEN MYERS PHNOM PENH — A showing of John Pilger's documentary film The New Rulers of the World drew a crowd of more than 200 people on the evening of July 24. The showing, sponsored by the Foreign Journalists Club of Cambodia, was
BY DAVID BACON SAN FRANCISCO — A labour war is looming on the west coast docks, which could become the defining union conflict of the Bush administration. But the traditional issues of union bargaining — wages, benefits and working

Culture

REVIEW BY IGGY KIM Abducting DianaWritten by Dario FoDirected and adapted by Shane MorganWith Hayley Buckley, Martin Viski, Moira Hunt, Mark Duffy, Mandy Thomas, Joanne Trentini and Shaun ParkerPlaying at the New Theatre, Sydney, until August 31
Strikebreaking and Intimidation: Mercenaries and Masculinity in Twentieth-Century AmericaBy Stephen H. NorwoodUniversity of North Carolina Press/Chapel Hill, 2002328 pp, $50 (pb) REVIEW BY PHIL SHANNON On 26 May, 1937, United Automobile Workers
BY BILL NEVINS Steve Earle has always been intrigued by fighters, and by the reasons why they fight. He has championed union organisers, the impoverished, death-row inmates and indigenous rights activists. As one of America's most prominent
SYDNEY — Every Sunday at 9pm, Green Left Weekly readers in Sydney can escape the usual Hollywood tripe for two hours and enjoy radical news and current affairs analysis. Channel 31's Actively Radical TV (ARTV) broadcasts a mix of documentaries,

Editorial

A blue-print to shift further right After six months of hoopla, the much-anticipated review of the ALP's structures was released on August 9. The document is part distraction — proposing minor changes to make the party appear more