Posts in: Editorial

When in doubt, blame the driver: the scapegoating of Patrick Fernandez

Summer/Autumn 2003

Danger signals. A red traffic light means stop and wait for green, but not on the railway! Many travellers died before signalling regulations were imposed. The idea was that only one train could be in one section of track at one time. Not in Australia! Although there are stop signals, drivers are authorised to pass… Read more »

High Court legitimises dispossession: Racist judgement denies existence of Yorta Yorta Nation

Summer/Autumn 2003

In 1992, Indigenous Nations celebrated the Mabo Judgement, which finally recognised, partially, their traditional ownership of their country. Since then, both major parties have stacked the High Court with judges hostile to civil rights in general and Indigenous rights in particular. On December 12, a five-to-two majority effectively annulled Mabo — part of a ruling… Read more »

Terminator Trio Defeated!

Winter/Spring 2006

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity met in Brazil last March. On the agenda was terminator, or gene sterilisation, technology. Three governments — Australia, Canada and New Zealand — were dubbed the “Terminator Trio” when they teamed up to try and overturn a global moratorium on terminator technology, which prevents farmers saving and reusing seeds…. Read more »

Amal Basry’s life inspires hope

Winter/Spring 2006

When Amal Basry died on the 18th of March this year, all asylum seekers lost a courageous voice. She was one of the survivors of the sinking of the so-called SIEVX (Suspected Illegal Entry Vehicle X) in which 353 people lost their lives. Amal survived the night in the ocean, clinging to the body of… Read more »

War on dissent: anti-terrorism laws must be defeated

Winter/Spring 2006

Fantasy becomes reality. The plot of the movie, Minority Report, was that crime was so out of control in a future world that people could be arrested as “pre-criminals.” Faheem Lohdi, a Pakistani-Australian and Muslim, is unjustly held in the psychological management unit at Goulburn jail. He had some maps, videos, DVDs and handwritten notes… Read more »

Churches Out of State Schools

Winter/Spring 2006

Defend secular schools. A group of government parlamentarians recently proposed the establishment of a “National Schools Chaplaincy Program.” State schools, said one, are “anti-religious.” Oh, really? Which part of secular education don’t they understand? Naturally the reactionary Howard Government is “seriously considering” the proposal. Naturally, as part of the neoconservative agenda, they mean Christian chaplains,… Read more »

Demand justice for Errol Wyles Junior!

Winter/Spring 2006

Momentum is building around the country in the campaign to expose the truth behind the death of Errol Wyles Junior. The key goal is to achieve justice for the family of this 15-year-old Aboriginal boy who was killed in violent and tragic circumstances on 7 June 2003 in Townsville, Queensland. Errol Wyles Junior’s life was… Read more »

Shut-up and listen! Indigenous people have solutions

Winter/Spring 2006

When Nanette Rogers spoke out about violence against women and children in Aboriginal communities, a string of Federal and State politicians made statements about the need to be tough on crime! What they failed to do was support Indigenous community solutions. There are many excellent community projects, most of which are woefully under-funded. The Rogers… Read more »

Iranian feminist speaks out against invasion threat

Winter/Spring 2006

Roya Sahraei is an Iranian women’s rights activist who now lives in Sydney. This is an extract from her speech at the Unity for Peace Conference on 27 May 2006. “My childhood was lost during the 8-year Iran-Iraq war. Instead of happy memories, my childhood was full of fear, agitation, desolation and brutal human butchery…. Read more »