Posts in: Editorial

The Ombudsman must go!

Winter/Spring 2001

The Victorian Ombudsman, Dr Barry Perry, has produced a disgraceful report, giving police the green light to bash protesters who participate in mass blockades. Nine months to the day after the brutal assault by police on those protesting the World Economic Forum meeting, the Ombudsman presented his initial report in State Parliament. On the fundamental… Read more »

Anti-capitalist protesters murdered in PNG: Canberra has blood on its hands!

Winter/Spring 2001

In 1975 Papua New Guinea gained formal independence from Australia. However at no time since Australia took over control of the former British and German colonies has PNG been free of the domination of Australian Capital, particularly the mining sector. Australia accounts for two thirds of the foreign investment in the country, and successive governments… Read more »

Finish the fight to stop Jabiluka!

Winter/Spring 2001

The fight to stop the Jabiluka uranium mine is close to victory. Rio Tinto, the new owner which took over North Limited, has announced that the mine will not be developed without the consent of the Aboriginal owners. The Mirrar people, led by feisty senior custodian Yvonne Margarula and activist Jacquie Katona, are rock solid… Read more »

Anti-abortion Terror re-emerges in Melbourne

Winter/Spring 2001

Right To Life, your Name’s A Lie, goes a well-used chant against the fetus worshippers organised by a tiny band of Catholic fanatics centred on Margaret Tighe. It continues: “you don’t care if women die!” Nor ordinary workers going about their job. When, on July 16, a man of unknown identity shot and killed a… Read more »

Self-determination for West Papua!

Summer/Autumn 2001

History is repeating itself in West Papua. After finally being forced to reverse course on East Timor, both the Howard Government and the Labor opposition have been gripped by another bout of bipartisan opportunism. Their prime concern is to maintain “good relations” with the Indonesian bourgeoisie. The result? The legitimate aspirations of the West Papuan… Read more »

Satellite nosedive shows queer workers must organise!

Summer/Autumn 2001

The collapse of The Satellite Group — the first publicly listed “pink dollar” company in the world — highlights the sharp class divisions in the gay and lesbian community.  In 1999, Satellite blasted onto the scene, buying up 80 percent of Australia’s queer press — including the national magazine, Outrage — and establishing a media… Read more »

Racist Immigration Laws Resurrect White Australia Policy

Summer/Autumn 2000

Chasing votes. Enraging the remnants of One Nation, the Howard Government has pinched its immigration policy by enacting the Border Protection Act. This cruel law permits officials to board refugee boats and threaten the occupants. Refugees who are in danger of death will be limited to three-year temporary residency visas, if they’ve “arrived illegally.” The… Read more »

Stop the War Against Iraq!

Summer/Autumn 1999

U.S. President Bill Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair have again bombed Bagdad. They justified their 70 hours of terror by claiming that Iraq alone had used weapons of mass destruction and will use them in the future. What blatant lies! The U.S. dropped weapons of mass destruction on inhabited cites in 1945, when… Read more »

Injustice! The cases of Greg Brown and Heather Osland

Summer/Autumn 1999

On December 10, the High Court ruled on the appeal of Heather Osland against her 14-year sentence for killing her violent husband. In a 3-2 decision, the Court resolved that years of systematic, sadistic abuse were not enough to afford Heather, who feared for her life, the right to self-defence. This ruling, by an all-male… Read more »