Issue 71

News

US President George Bush's announcement of a $1.4 billion expansion of the US Export Enhancement Program (EEP) for wheat exports could cut the price of Australian wheat exports by as much as $40 per tonne. The 29 million tonnes of subsidised wheat
Anger over rape verdict By Adam Hanieh ADELAIDE — On August 24, a court here acquitted a man accused of raping his wife. The judge's remarks to the jury outraged many people. The judge told the jury that it was quite astounding the
ANC representative in Wollongong By Bernie Brian WOLLONGONG — The deputy representative of the African National Congress in Australia, Mahlubandile Radebe, told 200 students at Wollongong University on September 10 that a "soft war" was
Rainbow Festival in south-west By Michael Arnold PERTH — A Rainbow Festival will be held next month in Cambray, just outside of Nannup 300 km south-west of Perth. Cambray is renowned for its spectacular bushland and natural springs. The
Newcastle students fight cuts By Tim E. Stewart NEWCASTLE — Responding to cuts to education in the last federal budget, and frustrated by the inactivity of the University of Newcastle SRC and NUS, campus activists have formed a Committee
The six unions in metal manufacturing have launched a wage claim for pay rises totalling 6% over the next two years. Stronger union shops will also pursue enterprise deals. The claim will affect about 7000 companies. The rises would be in four
National estate forests threatened by APPM By Natasha Simons HOBART — Large sections of the Tarkine forests, situated in the north-west of Tasmania, are threatened with logging by APPM. The company plans to set up a world-scale pulp mill in
EYA activities The Environmental Youth Alliance's new office Sydney was launched on September 10. Indonesian environment activist Helmi Fauzi thanked EYA for the solidarity shown with the Third World, particularly EYA's efforts to protect
New premier backed by SA independents By Liam Mitchell ADELAIDE — Under the leadership of new Premier Lynn Arnold, the South Australian Labour government has attempted to distance itself from the John Bannon administration and avoid the
Real issues dodged in Queensland poll By Bill Mason BRISBANE — As the Liberals and Nationals desperately thrash around for an issue that can stop the Goss Labor band wagon rolling to victory on September 19, the real issues remain largely
Crime a product of social crisis: Price By Bill Mason BRISBANE — While the Liberal, Labor and National parties compete over who can be the toughest against the supposed "crime wave" in Queensland, Democratic Socialist candidate Susan Price
Right takes Young Labor SYDNEY — In elections for NSW Young Labor on September 6, for the first time in 20 years the right factions won the positions of state president and state secretary. The left immediately cried foul and announced it
Resistance campaigns at Qld Uni By Freya Pinney BRISBANE — Campaigning in the current elections at Queensland University has been even sillier than usual this year, with gimmicks such as champagne breakfasts on roundabouts, livestock
Protests have occurred in a number of Australian cities in response to the unprovoked attack by Ciskei security forces on peaceful demonstrators on September 7, in which 32 people were killed. The South Australian United Trades and Labour
By Carolyn Beecham SYDNEY — There is a "policy vacuum" on energy issues in the NSW government and the state Electricity Commission, says Greenpeace. Conventional power stations produce over 50% of greenhouse gas emissions in NSW, and the

World

'Respectable' Germans encourage racism By Tom Jordan and Sean Malloy Members of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) have been accused of assisting racist attacks on immigrants and refugees in Germany by
British-US tensions over Cuba trade ban By Chris Brogan LONDON — The British government is refusing to cooperate with US attempts to tighten the economic embargo against Cuba. Officials from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
Thousands of Guatemalan refugees in Mexico are thinking of returning home. MIKE KAY reports from Guatemala. In 1981 the military regime of General Lucas Garcia began what was, even by Guatemalan standards, an incredibly brutal counterinsurgency
By Norm Dixon Essop Pahad, 54, first became politically active in the Transvaal Indian Congress in the late 1950s and was elected to its executive in the early 1960s, after which he was detained and then banned. He is a member of the Central
Investors frightened By Tom Jordan Several Japanese banks and investment houses in Berlin have said they fear attacks against Japanese businessmen and investors, particularly in eastern Germany. Japanese businessmen have been mistaken for
In June Amnesty International secretary general Ian Martin addressed the annual general meeting of the US section of Amnesty in Los Angeles. The following is an excerpt from his speech on human rights in the US, reported in the September issue of
By Susan Price and Sean Malloy Joss Debrecery is a member of the New Zealand NewLabour Party and a student at Otago university. During a recent visit to Australia, Joss attended the Resistance national conference in Melbourne and the Students,
Move to impeach Brazilian president RIO DE JANEIRO — A formal request for President Fernando Collor de Mello's removal from the presidency was presented to the national Congress on September 1 by leaders of Brazil's press and bar
Non-Aligned back Cuba JAKARTA — Washington must end its hostile actions against Cuba, says the Non-Aligned Summit's final declaration. The document, approved by the leaders of the movement's member nations on September 7, states the 30-year
New report on Dili massacre LISBON — A new report demonstrates that the death toll in the November 12, 1991, massacre of civilians in Dili greatly exceeded the Indonesian government's claim of 50 killed and 90 "missing". The report,
Polish workers fear foreign takeovers By Anne Olson WARSAW — when a high-level US mission arrived here recently to determine why there is not more foreign investment in Poland, there was a single recurring complaint: the investors felt
An emergency situation continues in the regions of Nicaragua devastated by a tidal wave on September 2, according to reports from the Augusto Cesar Sandino Foundation (FACS). Thirty-seven communities and villages, and 16,913 people, were

Culture

The Proceedings of Ecopolitics V Edited by Ronnie Harding University of NSW Centre for Liberal and General Studies $40 ($45 to non-registrants) Reviewed by Carolyn Beecham The proceedings of the Ecopolitics V conference, held at the
The perfect couple, but ... Yellow Roses Written and directed by Roxy Bent Presented by Vitalstatistix in conjunction with the Festival Centre Trust, Adelaide September 17-19 and 22-26, 8.15 pm. Matinee September 24, 11 a.m. Reviewed by
Melanie By Melanie Woss Edited and compiled by Fiona Giles Picador, 1992 Reviewed by Carolyn Beecham Melanie Woss committed suicide in 1989 at the age of 17. She was one of 380 young people in Australia, aged between 15 and 24, who took
Low, written by Daniel Keene, is showing at Adelaide's Red Shed until September 26. The play features Ulli Birvé and Syd Brisbane as two down and out lovers who turn to crime as a way of making their dreams come true. Photo by Lisa
Near Ms's Written and performed by Sue Ingleton Directed by Kerry Dwyer At the Athenaeum, Melbourne, until September 27 Reviewed by Bronwen Beechey At the beginning of Near Ms's, Sue Ingleton states that the reason for her bringing her
By Sean Malloy A project designed to raise funds for, and awareness of, world refugees has been organised by Austcare and radio station JJJ for September 18 to 27. Titled "Australian music caring for refugees", the project includes around
Final Exit: The practicalities of self-deliverance and assisted suicide for the dying By Derek Humphry Australian edition prepared by Dr Helga Kuhse Penguin Books, 222 pp. $18.95 Reviewed by Mario Giorgetti After an extraordinary 18 weeks