Issue 640

Australia

Karl Cossar, Ballarat One hundred staff and supporters protested at Ballarat University's Open Day on August 22. The action was part of the National Tertiary Education Union members' long-running campaign for a better enterprise bargaining
SYDNEY — A mock trial of David Hicks held in front of PM John Howard's office on August 26 was organised by the Canterbury Bankstown Peace Group and Justice for Hicks and Habib Campaign. An activist dressed in US military uniform was the
Jim McIlroy, Brisbane The Queensland Labor government has suffered its first major electoral setback since its massive win in the February 2004 state election. In by-elections held on August 20, the ALP lost two "safe" seats in the Brisbane region,
Sue Bolton, Melbourne At its August 24 executive meeting, the Australian Council of Trade Unions decided to postpone the planned national day of action against the federal government's anti-union laws to November 15. The ACTU's rationale for
Simon Butler, Newcastle The Newcastle City Council motion passed in late July to stop companies who force their employees onto Australia Workplace Agreements (AWAs) from receiving council contracts, has come under fire from local business groups,
Kathy Newnam, Darwin Letty Scott has called for the Northern Territory government to re-open the coronial inquest into the death of her husband, Douglas Scott, in Berrimah prison in July 1985. For more than 20 years she has fought to overturn the
The photograph accompanying the article "The demise of university education" in GLW #639 was taken by Johanna Trainor. From Green Left Weekly, August 31, 2005. Visit the Green Left Weekly home page.
Tim O'Connor As little as $125 million of the pledged $1 billion in funds pledged by the Australian government for tsunami relief is going to the tsunami-ravaged province of Aceh according to the World Bank. Joe Lietman, manager of the World Bank
Kerry Smith, Sydney Sam Byrne, the deputy mayor of Marrickville, is standing for the Greens in the Marrickville state by-election. He believes he has a chance of taking the once safe Labor seat on September 17. In the last few years, the Greens
Refugee-rights activists rallied and marched in cities around the country on August 26-28, to mark the anniversary of the Tampa crisis in 2001. In Melbourne, Chris Peterson reports, around 500 people rallied at the State Library on August 26, and
Bill Mason, Brisbane Two Aboriginal communities say they are "bitterly disappointed" by the Federal Court's refusal to force the Queensland government to pay for lost wages. Justice John Dowsett ruled on August 19 that the state government didn't
Students protest VSU, Labor backflip Zoe Kenny & Chris Peterson Across Australia on August 25, around 2000 students took part in a national day of action against the federal government's "voluntary student unionism" (VSU), the second major
'Poet lorikeet' folds his wings Australia's "poet lorikeet", Denis Kevans, died at Sydney's Westmead Hospital on August 22, following complications from heart surgery. Blue Mountains-based Kevans built a reputation as "the people's poet"
Due to a sub-editing error, the article "Letty Scott drops charges" in GLW #639 mistakenly reported that "Douglas Scott was found hanging by a bed sheet in his prison cell in July 1985". It should have reported: "The prison officers claimed that
Fraser Allison, Melbourne On August 19, young environmental activists led a different sort of demonstration against global warming. Juliana Qian and Lachlan Campbell-Type, with a small group of supporters, thanked commuters at train stations for
Graham Matthews, Sydney Prominent Stop the War Coalition activist Pip Hinman has been pre-selected as the Socialist Alliance candidate for the Marrickville by-election on September 17. Hinman, a Newtown resident and parent, will be campaigning
Garry Preston, Sydney A protest was held outside James Hardie's shareholders' meeting on August 19. I am a city-based Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) site delegate. Over the years, many of us construction workers have seen
A rally on August 24, organised by the Macquarie University Students Against Racism Coalition, was attended by 100 students and staff angered by racist comments made to the media in July by Macquarie University academic Andrew Fraser. Speakers at the
ADELAIDE — Two-hundred protesters converged on the Adelaide Festival Theatre on August 27, where PM John Howard was addressing the state Liberal Party's annual general meeting. Organised by the Student Activist Alliance, a group from Glenunga

World

Rohan Pearce "War, what is it good for?", asked Edwin Starr in his 1970 hit single "War". The answer he gave was "absolutely nothin'!", a sentiment no doubt shared by most people. But for the owners of the euphemistically named "defence" industry,
Paul Benedek, Caracas On August 6, members of the first Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Brigade visited the Barrio 23rd of January. From the time we entered barrio's public housing, located in an old military area that had been taken over by
Alex Miller The Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) has condemned Scotland's most senior church leader for inflammatory remarks against the country's Muslims. The Reverend David Lacy, who is the moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of
Doug Lorimer By setting up a camp outside US President George Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, on August 6 and demanding he met with her regarding the death of her son, Casey, in Iraq, Cindy Sheehan and her supporters have helped reactivate the US
Having spoken for over two hours on the significance of the Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution earlier that day, President Hugo Chavez spoke to special discussion session on August 13 attended by a representative from each of the delegations at the
Stuart Munckton On August 22, well-known US televangelist Pat Robertson made headlines around the world when he called for the assassination of left-wing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Speaking to an estimated 1 million viewers on his nationally
Jamal Juma, Jerusalem Without a doubt, the Zionist occupiers of Palestine did not evacuate the Gaza Strip settlers out of good will. The occupiers understood they would never be able to defeat Palestinians in Gaza, and despite all the Israeli
Kamal Fadel On August 18, Richard Lugar, chairperson of the US Senate foreign relations committee, and acting as a special envoy of US President George Bush, oversaw the release by the Polisario Front of Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara of the last
Dita Sari, president of the Indonesian People's Democratic Party (PRD), and a leader of the militant Indonesian National Front for Workers' Struggle (FNPBI) union federation, was a special guest speaker at the fourth Brisbane Social Forum on July

The Unite trade union has been organising workers for three years in Auckland's low-paid and unorganised sectors — hotels, call centres, fast food outlets, and among cleaning staff, and cinema and casino workers. In June, Unite initiated an intensive recruitment campaign of McDonald's workers. In two weeks, 600 workers were recruited from 53 McDonald's restaurants across the city.

Analysis

David Llewellyn faced a barrage of criticism and no-confidence motions over his handling of the health portfolio when Tasmania’s parliament resumed on August 23.

Editorial

To grasp the real consequence Barnaby Joyce’s choice on the Telstra privatisation, we need to count in billions of dollars, unused to that as we ordinary folk are. The August 25 Australian’s triumphant headlines about BHP Billiton’s record-breaking $8.6 billion annual profit (Australia's largest company profit) should make us look at the next biggest Australian-based corporate profit earner this year and last — Telstra.

Culture

I was thinking that I wasn't as up as I should be with core Australian values. Here we have folk in the know like that Costello bloke going on about them , when I myself are a bit in the dark in that department. How so? I guess I'm taking a lot
Orthodykes — Three Jewish ultra-orthodox women are trying to come to terms with their lesbian tendencies in a religious environment that bans them. SBS, Friday, September 2, 10pm. Message Stick: Wayne Atkinson — Stories presented from the
Killing Me Softly: Voluntary Euthanasia and the Road to the Peaceful PillBy Philip Nitschke & Fiona StewartPenguin Books, 2005354 pages, $32.95 (pb) REVIEW BY PHIL SHANNON "May I wish Mr Kevin Andrews a long and excruciatingly painful life" was
Truth and UntruthExhibition openingSeptember 2, 8pmRyrie St Gallery, 64 Ryrie St, GeelongPh (03) 5258 2906 Queenscliff artist Peter Forward's paintings explore the outcomes of rapid change in a volatile world. "Wars are being undertaken on our
The battle for freedom over tyrannyIs the battle of remembering over forgetting. — Milan Kundera And yet there is another battle, but I'll save it for the endAs they write their lopsided histories of fiction'cause they get paid to show only one