Issue 90

News

ay and Lesbian Mardi Gras was an exuberant festivity, with an estimated 400,000 watching the parade, which festival organisers described as a celebration of the community's self-pride, or participating in other festival activities. The
By Stephen Robson Dee Margetts is the Greens (WA) number one Senate candidate in the federal elections. She hopes to join Christabel Chamarette, who succeeded Jo Vallentine as Greens senator at the beginning of 1992. Green Left Weekly
More people get Green Left Sales of Green Left have been rapidly increasing this year. In particular, Resistance and the Democratic Socialist Party branches report enormous success in their street sales, with an increase this year of over 30%
'Anti-gay, go away!' By Joy McEntee HOBART — Anti-gay, anti-choice campaigner Fred Nile was confronted by 50 angry protesters from Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group and Women's Action Group when he arrived at the airport here on
Socialist presents alternative budget By Nicole Brett NEWCASTLE — "At a time when major parties are trying to outdo each other on who can give the best offer to business, we are experiencing unemployment of over 1 million, cuts to
By Barry Healy SYDNEY — As the voting for the position of assistant national secretary of the Public Sector Union moves into its final phase, a dirty tricks campaign initiated by supporters of Wendy Caird has surfaced. Caird is the endorsed
Toxic chemical bill launched By Pip Hinman MELBOURNE — Legislation aimed at regulating the chemical industry was launched by independent Senator Janet Powell, WA Greens Senator Christabel Chamarette and Hazardous Materials Action Group
Two decades of Tuesday Afternoon Group By Adam Hanieh ADELAIDE — The Tuesday Afternoon Group (TAG) has been meeting, discussing and demonstrating here for 20 years. It is the only women's organisation in Australia that arose during the
Tax the rich, says Brotherhood of St Laurence By Peter Boyle MELBOURNE — According to Bishop Michael Challen, executive director of the Brotherhood of St Laurence (a major welfare organisation) "incomes at the bottom of the scale must
By Ben Reid BRISBANE — A rally of 250 people here on February 26 slammed the federal Coalition and its attacks on young people. In particular, the rally condemned the Liberals' policies of "vouchers" for university degrees, a $3/hour youth
By Peter Boyle MELBOURNE — On March 1, some 800,000 workers in Victoria covered by state awards are forced to make a choice: sign an employment contract (individual or collective) or have award conditions automatically rolled over into an
Alternative candidates share views By Tyrion Perkins CANBERRA — Candidates of the Greens, Democrats, Green Democratic Alliance and Democratic Socialists came together here on February 23 to discuss their approach to unemployment, the
NEWCASTLE — Women from the International Women's Day Collective held a vigil in the Hunter Street Mall on February 18 in response to a call by the US National Organisation of Women (NOW) for protests against the atrocities being committed
NUS, ACTU campaign against Coalition By Kylie Budge MELBOURNE — Mark Seymour from the band Hunters and Collectors was one of the speakers addressing the February 22 launch of a joint National Union of Students-ACTU campaign against the
National Greens name candidate in Victoria By Pip Hinman MELBOURNE — The National Greens are standing a candidate in Victoria: Rebecca Wigney, a 23-year-old graduate in biological sciences, in the eastern suburbs federal seat of
By Therese Mackay PORT MACQUARIE — The Hospital Action Group (HAG) held a meeting on February 24 to inform the people of the Hastings Valley of the implications of the services agreement signed between the Health Administration Corporation
First Green elected to WA parliament By Teresa Szunejko PERTH — The first Green member of the WA Legislative Council has been elected. Counting of preferences gave Greens (WA) candidate Jim Scott the edge over the Democrats and
Evans faces protest over Timor By Nick Everett BRISBANE — Foreign minister Gareth Evans, addressing a breakfast on Australia's trade relations with Asia, faced questions and a protest picket from members of Aksi — Indonesia Solidarity
Anti-nuclear author challenges Ros Kelly By Frank Gollan CANBERRA — Anti-nuclear author Greg Adamson is contesting environment minister Ros Kelly's seat of Canberra for the Green Democratic Alliance. As in the 1990 federal
Building a green, left alternative in the Illawarra By Bernie Brian WOLLONGONG — Doctor Margaret Perrott has been campaigning for a decade to build a green, left alternative to Labor and Liberal. In 1984 she was the founding
Candidate launches socialist platform By Sylvia Porter BRISBANE — The Democratic Socialist Campaign launched its policy platform at a meeting here on February 24 with a talk by Brisbane candidate Susan Price. Price outlined the
Blockade delays logging By Tyrion Perkins CANBERRA — The Wilderness Society and Deua Action Committee blockaded loggers from an area of wilderness just south of the Deua National Park in NSW in mid-February. This area in the Narooma

World

PLO rep visits Vanuatu The Palestine Liberation Organisation's Ambassador to Vanuatu, Ali Kazak, has expressed satisfaction with talks he's held in Port Vila with that country's leaders, Pacnews News Service reported on February 17.
Havana workshop discusses homosexuality HAVANA — The Iberoamerican Sex Education Workshop on February 9 touched on an issue which has often caused polemics in the region: homosexuality. A panel of Cuban and international specialists
By Max lane and a special correspondent in Jakarta Indonesian President Suharto has begun attempts to counter armed forces (ABRI) headquarters, which last week announced that it intended to nominate former ABRI commander in chief Try Sutrisno
By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — In a resort complex north of the Russian capital on February 13 and 14, a "refounding-reunifying congress" re-established the Communist Party. More than a thousand people, including 651 delegates from all parts of
By Jaqueline Diaz and Nancy Nuñez The indigenous Mapuche people of Chile are fighting for recognition, self-determination and land rights against a military determined to protect the profits of logging companies. Their struggle also has
'Award' for World Bank Friends of the Earth in the United States last month presented the World Bank with the Worst Performance of the Year award because of its 1992 energy lending. The bank, said FoE, won for "by disregarding its own
Chinese reforms bring austerity By Max Lane Rising unemployment and declining living standards are becoming more and more a feature of the conditions of the working class in China, according to a recent issue of the Hong Kong-based
By Sean Malloy Continued UN sanctions and the January 14 bombing of Iraq have intensified the misery experienced by the Iraqi population and eliminated the possibility of a moderate social and economic recovery. The United Nations
By Norm Dixon The Bougainville Revolutionary Army has hit back hard against Papua New Guinea troops following their occupation of parts of the capital, Arawa. The Bougainville Interim Government's Honiara spokesperson, Martin Miriori,
By our Phnom Penh correspondent The State of Cambodia (SoC) government, through its political organisation, the Cambodian Peoples Party, has stated that it will seek coalition partners even if it wins an absolute majority in the May
Mexican gay leader assassinated On February 6, Neftal Ruiz became the latest victim in a wave of anti-gay violence in the state of Chiapas in southern Mexico. Ruiz was murdered in the town of Tuxtla Gutiérrez when an unknown person
East Timorese resistance to the Indonesian occupation of their country is continuing despite increased repression accompanying the trial in Dili of Xanana Gusmao, leader of the Maubere National Resistance Council. On the capture of Xanana,

Culture

Feminism and socialism: Putting the pieces together New Course Publications 91 pp. $3.95. Reviewed by Anne Casey "The struggle for women's liberation poses the problem of the total reorganisation of society from its smallest repressive
By Dave Riley The German revolution of 1918 was as vigorous and perhaps more spontaneous than its Russian counterpart of the previous year. The uprising of the Spartacists in Berlin and the Munich "reds" was smashed by the organised terror of
Chaplin Directed by Richard Attenborough Starring Robert Downey Jr, Geraldine Chaplin, Anthony Hopkins and Kevin Kline Reviewed by David Sampson "I love America", emotes Robert Downey as Charlie Chaplin. A bit later, in case you
The poet with muddy feet By Fiona McCrossin The Nagara River was the last river on the mainland of Japan whose flow had not been obstructed by a dam. In March 1992 an estuary tide barrier dam began being constructed. In October,
By Cameron Parker ADELAIDE — Three stages, 150 performers, multitudes of workshops and 10,000 people jumping about at the same time — the spirit of WOMADELAIDE '93 was upon us. With a vast array of talent from around the globe, this
RORY McLEOD is currently on his fourth visit to Australia, promoting his new album, Travelling Home. In his last visit in 1990-91, he played outside Long Bay jail at a concert protesting against the frame-up of Tim Anderson and at one of the
Angels in America By Tony Kushner Directed by Michael Gow Cast: Lee Biolos, Odile le Clezio, Judi Farr, Paul Goddard, Glenda Linscott, Colin Moody, Dhobi Opari and John Stanton Sydney Theatre Company, Wharf Theatre, Sydney until March 27
Direct broadcast from the Port Fairy Folk Festival — The concert will include Margret RoadKnight, Tiddas and the Italian folk group, I Papaveri. ABC FM Stereo, Fri March 5, 8 p.m. Perth Festival Indian summit — The word is that Indian

Editorial

Privatisation's hidden agenda Privatisation made a brief (but embarrassing to the major parties) appearance in the election campaign when Prime Minister Paul Keating pointed out that the Coalition's Fightback program counted on the sale of