Issue 904

Australia

The 1LOVE conference organisers released the statement below on November 23.

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The first national, grassroots marriage equality conference in the history of the movement is taking place on Sunday December 4 at Sydney University.

It is scheduled to take place the day...

As US President Barack Obama received a standing ovation inside Australia's Parliament House on November 17, a protest organised by Sydney Stop The War Coalition, Peace Bus, Bradley Manning Support Group, Christine Assange and Wikileaks supporters took place outside.


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Occupy Adelaide released the solidarity statement below on November 22.

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The Egyptian occupiers of Cairo’s Tahrir Square were an inspiration to genuine democrats and 99-percenters around the world. They overthrew the repulsive US-backed Mubarak dictatorship, at the cost of...

Occupy Melbourne released the statement below on November 22.

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Today's victory of striking chicken workers is a massive boost in confidence to the most exploited workers of the 99% in Australia. Occupy Melbourne's Community and Union Outreach group has been a community...

Protesters gathered in Waterloo on November 17 to mark the national day of action against Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. The protest took place spot where 17-year-old TJ Hickey was killed during a police pursuit in 2004.


Photos by Peter Boyle.

A Corporate Greed Tour, organised by Occupy Sydney, took place in Sydney on November 19. The tour targeted several greedy corporations, including the Coles supermarket chain in solidarity with striking Baiada Poultry workers in Victoria. Baiada is a major supplier of chickens to Coles.

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"Still no justice! Stop Black deaths in custody!" were the themes of a rally held at Emma Miller Place on November 19. The protest marked 20 years since the release of the report of the Royal Commission into Black deaths in custody in 1991.

Up to 150 people attended the rally and marched...

Hundreds of people marched on November 12 in Hobart’s “Slutwalk” to protest violence against women and to reject the idea that victims of sexual violence are somehow responsible for the assaults against them because of what they wear.

Two people were hospitalised with breathing difficulties in the Newcastle suburb of Mayfield East on November 9. NSW Fire and Rescue crews identified the cause as ammonia gas blown from the Orica chemical plant five kilometres away on Kooragang Island.

The Environment Protection...

Ninety people gathered on Larrakia land in Darwin on November 18 to launch the new concerned Australians book, Walk With Us. A moving welcome to country by June Mills was followed by speeches from Bagot resident Joy White, Yolngu educator Yalmay Yunupingu, journalist Jeff McMullen,...

Occupy Hobart? Where to begin? The possibilities are infinite. It is not an organisation with a set political agenda. It is a decentralised mass of people coming together with their own ideas in fusion as a collective.

A major trigger for me to help start Occupy Hobart, which began on...

In a November 9-15 ballot, Austalian Taxation Office (ATO) staff voted 57% to 43% to accept management’s proposed enterprise agreement.

This was the second all-staff vote. The previous version of the enterprise agreement was rejected by 59% to 41%.

The two drafts did not differ...

UPDATE, Nov 22: The striking Baiada poultry workers have won their campaign and the company has backed down. The workers won a 4% a year pay rise over 2 years. They also won increased union and delegate rights and increased redundancy payments to 42 week maximum (up from 20 weeks)....

Since the Occupy movement in Melbourne began in City Square in October it has been met with resistance from the Melbourne City Council and the Victorian Police force.

Last month, the Melbourne occupiers were violently evicted and thrown out of City Square by more than 500 police. Close...

The Victorian Baillieu government is using Fair Work Australia to step up its attacks on two unions, the Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) and the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU).

By November 20, it had managed to get Fair Work Australia to order nurses to lift their work bans...

Security guards at the Northern Immigration Detention Centre (NIDC) locked a man suffering from an electric shock in a room until he collapsed on November 15. The incident happened less than a week after the contract with the private firm that runs the centre was made public and revealed guards...

Twenty people protested against the expansion of US military presence in the Northern Territory when US President Barack Obama visited Darwin on November 17.

During his visit to Australia, Obama announced a plan to use the Robertson Barracks to host a force of US marines for training and...

Activists from Occupy Melbourne’s Indigenous Working Group served an eviction to Melbourne City Council and Lord Mayor Robert Doyle on November 23.

Indigenous activist Robbie Thorpe said: “Australia is a crime scene, whose law is based on the principles of theft, rape and murder. We need...

World

Egyptians say this is not a second revolution, it's a continuation of the first one. As hundreds of thousands take to the streets, they insist they will not stop until the military regime is gone.


More at The Real News

November 23 report from The Real News Network.

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espite the government reaching an agreement with indigenous protesters on all 16 demands raised on their 10-week march onto the capital, La Paz, the underlying differences are far from resolved.

On October 24, Bolivia’s Plurinational Legislative Assembly approved a new law banning the...

The recent march in Bolivia by some indigenous organisations against the government’s proposed highway through the Isiboro Secure National Park and Indigenous Territory (TIPNIS) has raised much debate among international solidarity activists.

Such debates have occurred since the election...

On Palestine's Independance Day, November 15, seven Palestinian activists and one journalist were arrested after boarding an Israeli bus headed for Jerusalem from settlements within the West Bank.

The action and arrests highlight the similarities between Israel's system of oppression in...

World financial markets are increasingly staking billions on a bet that the eurozone is on its last legs. This bet on a euro break-up is looking more and more realistic, particularly because it becomes increasingly self-fulfilling as austerity programs bite and economic growth slows across...

Late on October 23, the culminating vote of the program congress of the German Left Party (Die Linke) came in Erfurt’s cavernous Congress Centre: 503 delegates raised their voting cards to support the document as finally amended by the congress, with only four against and 12 abstentions.

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The Syrian government of Bashar Al-Assad looks prepared to fight to the death in its brutal battle against pro-democracy protesters who have been calling for the downfall of the regime since March.

The death toll has spiked in recent weeks. LCCSyria.org said on November 16 that 376...

The main purpose of US President Barack Obama's November 16-17 visit to Australia was to announce with Prime Minister Julia Gillard the deployment of US soldiers in Darwin, new US air force and naval facilities in Northern Australia and more joint US-Australian training.

As if to dispel...

Anti-tar sands activists in the United States and Canada have been seeking to stop the Keystone XL pipeline, built to transport oil from the Athabasca tar sands in north-east Alberta, Canada, to refineries in the United States. Mining the Athabasca tar sands is one of the most environmentally...

A spirited mass meeting in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park after a police crackdown and a major student strike in Berkeley, California on November 15 showed the determination of the Occupy movement in the face of police repression and lies from politicians and the corporate media.

In New York...

The report below was posted by Occupy Wall Street on the evening of November 17.

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On the November 17 Day of Action in New York, to mark two months since the Occupy Wall Street camp began and coming just two days after violent eviction of campers from Liberty Park in...

Zurich’s Paradeplatz is home to Swiss banks such as Credit Suisse and UBS and the main slogan of the Occupy Paradeplatz protest is "Save human beings, not banks".

On November 7, 50 people were living at the Occupy Paradeplatz camp at Lindenhof, a nearby park. Occupy Paradeplatz holds...

Update: Occupy Wall Street reported at 8.40pm New York time on November 15, a huge general assembly was taking place at Liberty Square .

OWS said: "The feeling here at Liberty Square tonight is the feeling of a movement that is rising, building, and making headway....

Analysis

Stop the War Coalition Sydney released the statement below on November 23.

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Since November 17, Egyptians demanding an end to military government and for a democratically-elected and controlled government have battled riot police and security forces.

The more violent...

MichaelMoore.com, Nov 22 -- This past weekend I participated in a four-hour meeting of Occupy Wall Street activists whose job it is to come up with the vision and goals of the movement. It was attended by 40+ people and the discussion was both inspiring and invigorating. Here is...

The Socialist Alliance released the statement below on November 16.

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"PM Julia Gillard's policy backflip on the sale of uranium to India, a non-signatory to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT), is yet another sorry betrayal of ALP policy on the mining and export of...

City of Sydney Greens councillor Irene Doutney gave the speech below to Occupy Sydney’s Corporate Tour protest on November 19.

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I’d like to acknowledge that we are meeting on Aboriginal land, Gadigal land, land that was never sold, ceded or given away. I pay my respects to...

US President Barack Obama announced during his visit to Australia on November 17 a deal with Australia to base 2500 US marines in Darwin. The deal militarises the Asia Pacific and cements Australia as an ally of US imperialist designs in the region.

Obama said a US marine task force...

Community and Public Sector Union Tasmania general secretary Tom Lynch gave the speech below to a 4500-strong rally in Hobart on November 12. The rally was held in protest at the Labor-Greens state government’s budget cutbacks.

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While external forces often...

In early November, a Twitter hashtag called #mencallmethings was set up, under which women bloggers can post the sexist, misogynistic and often threatening comments they receive.

Tigerbeatdown.com’s Sady Doyle started the tag after becoming angry and disillusioned with the huge amount of...

November 19 marks the seventh anniversary of “the police murder of Mulrunji Doomadgee on Palm Island”, says Sam Watson, a prominent Queensland Murri leader and Socialist Alliance member.

In Brisbane, supporters of Aboriginal rights will rally that day to demand governments implement all...

Renowned Australian historian Humphrey McQueen spoke outside Parliament House, Canberra, at a November 17 protest to mark US President Barack Obama’s Australian visit. His speech, which first appeared on ChrisWhiteOnline, is below.

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Ten years ago, we were...

Stop the War Coalition Sydney, Sydney Solidarity for Bradley Manning and Peace Bus released the open letter below on November 17.

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An open letter to the President of the United States Barack Obama & Prime Minister Julia Gillard on the occasion of Barack Obama’s...

Officially, the announcement that 2500 US marines would be permanently based in Darwin had nothing to do with China.

Announcing the new military agreement with Australia on November 16, US President Barack Obama said: “I think the notion that we fear China is mistaken. The notion that we...

Don’t be fooled by their smiles. Ignore the trivia about “best friends” and crocodile insurance. This is about guns and money, about preserving the “right” of the richest 1% to exploit the world.

US President Barack Obama’s visit to Australia is in the tradition of previous US...

Non-profit climate research group Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) has slammed global engineering company WorleyParsons, saying the firm has suppressed a damning report into the emissions produced by coal seam gas (CSG) mining.

BZE executive director Matthew Wright told ABC radio's Greg...

Aboriginal affairs minister Jenny Macklin released the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Report on Consultations on October 18. The federal government facilitated “community consultations” across the NT between June and August, discussing future policy toward Aboriginal...

Prime Minister Julia Gillard's arguments in favour of uranium sales to India are dangerous and dishonest.

She fails to even acknowledge the crucial problem – India's refusal to sign the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT).

The NPT is the main international nuclear treaty and...

Occupy Adelaide's November 8 general assembly adopted the document below by consensus.

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We, Occupy Adelaide, are an open and evolving group engaged in the struggle for an equitable, inclusive and sustainable democratic society. We gather in solidarity with the world-wide...

Socialist Alliance Victoria released the statement below on November 14.

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Support nurses, teachers, and state public sector workers — reject the Baillieu government’s bullying tactics

Before Ted Baillieu’s Coalition state government was elected,...

Open Letter from three prolonged Burmese detainees in Australian detention call for humanitarian intervention

Call for humanitarian intervention

We are recognised refugees of Burma. Our ethnic minority is unknown to the world, yet is one of the...

-- This is a reconstruction from notes of a keynote address delivered to the Powershift West Conference, Eugene, Oregon, November 5, 2011.

All of us here today, along with countless others around the world, are currently engaged in the collective struggle to save the planet as...

US author and ecosocialist Joel Kovel gave the speech below to Occupy Wall Street at New York’s Zuccotti Park on October 28.

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I am honoured to be here this evening because you are the light of the world. I’m not saying this to flatter, but because we have to understand it...

Letters

Project Assange from extradition

I am writing to you to ask you to take action and urge the Australian government to protect Julian Assange from extradition.

In November 2010, a European Arrest Warrant was issued against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for...

Culture

Next Of Kin
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When Naomi Wenitong from Aboriginal hip hop group The Last Kinection is asked how challenging it is to...

Year in the Rear: 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 8pm
York Theatre, Seymour Centre
$48.60. Funds go to Asylum Seekers Centre of NSW
Bookings: (02) 9351 7940
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This has been an extraordinary year. Our best ever bowler...

Language and education specialists are concerned the federal government’s national roll-out of digital television will have a detrimental effect on the preservation and transmission of Aboriginal languages and cultures.

In 1987, the Broadcasting for Remote Aboriginal Communities Scheme (...

Fighting Fund

I will come straight to the point.

We are rapidly coming to the end of the year and we still need to raise $59,536 to meet Green Left Weekly’s $250,000 Fighting Fund target for the year.

Our supporters have raised $190,424 so far this year, but we need an extraordinary...