Issue 509


BY ALEX BAINBRIDGE HOBART — Office-bearer positions in the September 10-13 elections for the Tasmania University Union (TUU) were predominantly won by a ticket called SHAG. A referendum to declare the campus a refugee safe haven won two
BY MARG PERROTT WOLLONGONG — The Illawarra Socialist Alliance met on September 8 and unanimously endorsed Chris "Will" Williams as its candidate in the October 19 federal by-election for the NSW seat of Cunningham. Williams is a 24-year-old
BY KATHY FAIRFAX SYDNEY — Rex Rumakiek, a long-standing OPM (Organisasi Papua Merdeka) representative in Australia, denied that the West Papua independence group was involved in the August 31 attack on the giant US-owned Freeport gold and
BY IGGY KIM On September 11, the Indonesian army in Aceh announced that it had taken into custody two foreigners — Lesley McCulloch, an Australian academic of British citizenship, and Joy-Lee Sadler, a US nurse — and their Acehnese
BY PAUL MILLER MELBOURNE — Workers employed at the Pampas factory in West Footscray have been on strike since September 4, after negotiations about wages and conditions broke down. It is the first strike at the plant in 20 years. The
BY SARAH STEPHEN For two years, Kevin John Enniss was a paid informant of the Australian Federal Police (AFP). He was also at the heart of the people-smuggling business in Indonesia. Enniss went far beyond the normal role of an informant. At the
BY GRANT COLEMAN WOLLONGONG — In the lead-up to the September 17 University of Wollongong student general meeting, activists have again met resistance from the Student Representative Council. The SRC meeting on September 13 reaffirmed its
BY EMMA CLANCY PERTH — "We want to see more events such as the 200-strong student general meeting held on September 3, which debated issues such as refugees, the looming war on Iraq and Palestine", Fred Fuentes told Green Left Weekly. Fuentes,
BY JIM McILROY BRISBANE — The September 7-8 “Radical Times: Brisbane in the '60s and '70s” conference overwhelmingly condemned US plans to wage war against Iraq. Participants demanded that the Australian government keep out of any war in
BY TIM STEWART BRISBANE — Three hundred people attended a September 14 forum organised by Australians for a Just Peace around the slogan “our grief is not a cry for war”. The forum was chaired by ABC radio presenter Sandy McCutcheon,
BY JULIE ALBERDI& JILL WESTAWAY MELBOURNE — On September 8, residents of Heidelberg Heights won their campaign against the erection of a mobile phone tower on their local church. They had been advised in mid-August by the Rosanna Baptist
BY LISA MACDONALD SYDNEY — Bands and performers from a range of music styles have joined forces with refugee-rights activists to organise a Rock for Refugees benefit concert next month. The all-ages, seven-hour concert on October 27 will
BY GRAHAM MATTHEWS MELBOURNE — On September 13, the Victorian Electoral Commission sent letters to all 764 Socialist Alliance members in Victoria. The letters ask one simple question — "Are you an Australian citizen 18 years or over and
BY AMIE HAMILTON PERTH — Despite a 200-strong student general meeting at which students voted overwhelmingly to hold a referendum in order to declare the University of Western Australia a refugee safe haven, it is unclear whether the referendum
BY LYNDA HANSEN BRISBANE — Thirty people attended a public meeting on September 12 to mark the fourth year since five Cubans were arrested in Miami and convicted in June 2001 for espionage. They had been involved in monitoring right-wing
BY CHRIS SLEE MELBOURNE — Members of the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) employed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) held stop-work meetings during the week of September 9 to 13, at which they voted to hold a two-hour strike on
BY NICK EVERETT SYDNEY — The coalition organising a mass unity rally protesting against the World Trade Organisation "mini-ministerial" meeting on November 14 decided not to have opposition to an impending war on Iraq as a main demand of the
Protesters target Howard CANBERRA — One hundred people protested against the federal government's pro-war and anti-refugee policies on September 11 outside the National Press Club while Prime Minister John Howard was giving a speech. 9/11


BY JACK BERHOFF AUCKLAND — The new New Zealand parliament is now sworn in and the Labour-Progressive minority coalition government headed by Prime Minister Helen Clark has delivered its "speech from the throne" — sketching out its
BY RACHEL COHEN Drug research and development (R&D) for diseases that disproportionately affect poor people in developing countries is at a virtual standstill. According to a study by Patrice Trouiller and colleagues, soon to be published in the
[The following statement was issued on September 11 by Peaceful Tomorrows, an advocacy organisation founded by family members of victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.] "The past is prophetic in that it
BY MAX LANE JAKARTA — Indonesian police used tear gas and water cannons to attempt to subdue a large demonstration outside the parliament of the Jakarta special province on September 11. Tens of thousands of protesters gathered to
BY ROHAN PEARCE The commemorations for the innocent people killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York received saturation television coverage across the globe. However, Israel's atrocities committed against the Palestinian


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Labor sells out on war The “me-too” approach that Prime Minister John Howard and his cabinet have taken to the US war drive against Iraq has given the ALP some leeway to appear to be an opposition on this issue. It isn't. Both the