Issue 61

News

Rochedale dump 'legal' By Bill Mason BRISBANE — "We will never give up trying to stop the dump. We won't give up until we've at least we've got a wider buffer zone", Glenys Head, spokesperson for Rochedale residents fighting a proposed
UNE students call national day of Action LISMORE — Students at the University of New England - Northern Rivers have called a national day of action to protest against attacks on Austudy and the running down of education in general. The
By Steve Painter SYDNEY — In the tumult surrounding the Metherell corruption scandal and the June 24 forced resignation of NSW premier Nick Greiner, Michael Yabsley, the loudest of several loose cannons crashing about the deck of the NSW
Publication schedule Because many of the people involved in the production and distribution of Green Left will be attending the Resistance conference in Melbourne, we are not publishing a paper next week. The next issue will be the one dated July
ACT women score abortion rights victory CANBERRA — On June 23, the ACT Legislative Assembly voted by 10 to 7 to repeal 1978 legislation banning the establishment of a free-standing abortion clinic in the territory. An estimated 2000 women
By Linda Paric MELBOURNE — Maria Puric, a middle-aged woman, lost everything she owned, as well as family and friends, in the town that was once Vukovar. Vida and Mato Vulic are both in their 60s; everything they owned was left in the town of
SA employers ask for handouts By Craig McLeod ADELAIDE — South Australia currently has the highest unemployment rate of any state, with working-class areas such as Noarlunga, Salisbury and Elizabeth hardest hit. In May, SA had 74,585 on
NOWSA conference set By Annabelle Crabb ADELAIDE — One of the year's most important dates for Australian student women is the annual NOWSA (Network of Women Students in Australia) conference. This year's conference will be held here July
By Sean Lennon MELBOURNE — As Premier Joan Kirner held her mini-summit on youth unemployment on June 25, a crowd of around 200 people demonstrated on the steps of the state parliament. The rally, organised by an umbrella group called CRICIS
By Peter Chiltern Federal Police broke the law by handing over a list of 238 protesters arrested at the November 1991 Aidex armaments exhibition in Canberra, says a report to federal parliament by Human Rights Commission privacy commissioner
National incest survivors conference By Rose McCann SYDNEY — The first Women's National Incest Survivors Confest will be held on July 10-12 at the University of NSW. It is organised by women who consider themselves part of the grassroots
By Steve Painter SYDNEY — A blazing row has erupted between Sydney and Newcastle officials of the bus workers' union (ATMOEA) over a deal struck by Sydney officials with the Department of Transport. The deal was accepted by a majority at a
By Jonathan Strauss PERTH — A two-week strike by 2200 Pilbara mineworkers is likely to spread to other workplaces of Hamersley Iron parent company CRA. The strike, against the employment of a non-unionist at the Tom Price mine, has cost the
Children's exhibition launched By Bill Mason BRISBANE — Residents here have been the first to view a national exhibition of drawings by refugee children from Croatia, Bosnia-Hercegovina and the Nagyatad refugee camp in Hungary. The 250
Tas log hauliers fight APPM By Sam Wainright and Natasha Simons HOBART — Three log trucks are parked outside state parliament in a protest by log hauliers in the wake of the Burnie paper mill dispute. Log truck drivers and owners from
Brewery protests continue By Leon Harrison PERTH — The WA Labor government is in bed with Multiplex boss John Roberts over the development of the old Swan brewery site, well-known environmentalist and former union leader Jack Mundey told a
By Steve Painter Telecom workers at mass meetings around the country have voted for an industrial campaign over management plans to cut its work force by 4400, with further cuts expected. Up to 12,000 jobs may be threatened in the medium term.
MELBOURNE — A meeting of 400 public sector union delegates on June 23 called for a public campaign to oppose privatisation, corporatisation, the use of contractors and public sector cuts. The delegates called for a series of meetings and

World

Anti-gay law in Nicaragua On June 11, Nicaragua's National Assembly passed Latin America's most repressive sodomy law. The Sandinista bloc opposed the law but was outvoted by the right-wing forces of the pro-US UNO coalition. By 43 votes to
The African National Congress on June 21 suspended negotiations with the white minority government following the massacre of 39 people in Boipatong township. The Boipatong killings appear as part of a pattern of government-sponsored violence,
By David Robie AUCKLAND — Barely six months ago, maverick Maori politician Winston Peters was by far the government's most popular cabinet minister and was being tipped as a future prime minister. Today he is fighting for his political life.
Walk into any office in the former German Democratic Republic, and you are likely to find what the locals sarcastically call a "besser Wessi" — distinguishable by dress, accent and size of pay cheque — there to teach the "Ossis" how to do
By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — In the first half of June, peasants in numerous regions of the Russian Federation were threatening strike action against the consequences of the Yeltsin government's "reforms". Meetings of agricultural workers in
Indonesian report banned The Indonesian government has banned a report by a leading human rights group on the trial of rebels in the northern Sumatran province of Aceh. The report by the Legal Aid Institute (LBH) was banned on June 16
By Sean Malloy Ross Debrecery is a member of New Zealand's NewLabour Party and a student at Otago University in Dunedin. He will be attending Resistance's 21st national conference in Melbourne July 4-6. Debrecery talked to Green Left Weekly
EC rejects US anti-Cuban bill The European Community has announced it will not accept the extension of US territorial jurisdiction over its member nations. In a letter issued to the US State Department last April and circulated on June 19 by
Attacks by British army thugs on the small nationalist town of Coalisland in County Tyrone have caused political reverberations in London and Dublin. First the British army announced that an officer in the infamous Parachute Regiment had been

Culture

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New courses from Women's Academy SYDNEY — Second semester at the feminist "university" gets under way in July. The Women's Academy is offering a range of courses for the second half of the year, on subjects ranging from recent developments in
The following article really appeared in the June 16 issue of the Sun, a "newspaper" sold in supermarkets in the United States. Aside from the humour it unintentionally provides, it is an interesting commentary on the "free" media of the US.
Hypocrisy is the Greatest Luxury The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy Reviewed by Nick Fredman Hard beats and hard politics are delivered by this San Francisco hip-hop duo. Michael Franti and Rono Tse originate from the very political Bay Area
Bombed out Love and Bombshells Presented by Impact TheatreWritten and directed by Bernie Sheehan Showing for a two week season at Pilgrim Theatre, Sydney Reviewed by Kath Tucker Love and Bombshells could have been an important contribution
London Calling Three short films Released in Australia by Ronin Films At the Valhalla, Sydney, from July 3 Watch for showings in other cities Reviewed by Tracy Sorensen The Body Beautiful, one of three short films on offer in the London
SYDNEY — The Waterside Workers' Federation is about to celebrate its 120th anniversary with "Artists and Rebels on the Waterfront", an exhibition of drawings, oil paintings, etchings, linocuts and watercolours from 1939 to 1992. The display
Alien 3 Starring Sigourney Weaver Reviewed by Nick Everett Unless Hollywood can come up with a resurrection of Ripley from a giant cauldron of molten lead, Alien 3 is the final part in a trilogy about a struggle against a totalitarian
Batman Returns Directed by Tim Burton Starring Michael Keaton, Danny De Vito, Michelle Pfeiffer Reviewed by Wayne Ruscoe Ka-pow! The biggest opening weekend in movie history! Ker-rack! $60 million taken at the box office in three days!

Editorial

Resource security Little could be more short-sighted, not to say downright criminal, than the NSW government's proposed resource security legislation. The package of five bills would dump the existing state list of around 200 endangered species