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Maximus: Maximising Profits at the Expense of the Poor

Summer/Autumn 2003

The Federal Government wants out of the “welfare business.” John Howard thinks that “the family” is the best provider of welfare. He would love to dump the entire responsibility for raising children and caring for the sick, the elderly and people with disabilities squarely onto the unpaid shoulders of women — if only he could… Read more »

“Money Now Goes Into the Pockets of Big Business”: A Welfare Warrior Speaks Out

Summer/Autumn 2003

Pat Gowens is an activist with the Milwaukee-based welfare rights organisation, Welfare Warriors. Alison Thorne spoke to Pat about the impact of Welfare Reform and resistance mounted by Welfare Warriors. How did Clinton’s 1996 “welfare reform” impact on welfare recipients? Welfare Reform has caused the loss of millions of dollars to poor communities, resulting in… Read more »

Socialist Alliance Debate sparks discussion about Revolutionary Regroupment

Summer/Autumn 2003

Note: Links in this article may not be active. There is a discussion inside the Socialist Alliance about which way forward. In late August 2002, the Democratic Socialist Party (DSP) announced plans to dramatically change how it would work as part of the Socialist Alliance. The DSP outlined a process which would result in its… Read more »

War of Ideas – September 11, 2001: Feminist Perspectives Reviewed

Summer/Autumn 2003

Just weeks ago, travelling to the U.S., I had a dose of the “anti-terror” measures introduced as a result of the shocking events of 11 September 2001. From Melbourne onwards, each airport was effectively a military checkpoint. I particularly remember Honolulu, on the way home, where the only passengers pulled out of the line-up for… Read more »

Your Say – Summer/Autumn 2000

Summer/Autumn 2000

Global Sisters owed an apology I have just finished reading your article “Defend Indigenous Sovereignty without conditions! Global sisters debate Makah whale hunt” (FSB # 21). I found many points within the article inappropriate and a distorted interpretation of material posted to Global Sisterhood Network (GSN). From your heading, you infer that considerable argument concerning… Read more »

David Widdup: Pioneer Gay Liberationist, 1947-1999

Summer/Autumn 2000

David Widdup was one of Australia’s earliest, longest-serving and most flamboyant gay activists. When he heard about the formation of the Campaign Against Moral Persecution in Sydney in September 1970, he was quick to volunteer his services, becoming one of the first members of what was to be the nation’s premier homosexual rights organisation. That… Read more »

Hit the Greedy NOT the Needy: Government caught out on vicious cost-cutting plan

Summer/Autumn 2000

On 29 September, Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Jocelyn Newman, made a speech at the National Press Club announcing that social policy would be the next major “reform” priority of the Government. She has set up a hand-picked committee to develop a Green Paper on welfare reform. But Minister Newman already has her… Read more »

Business Dumps its Arbitration “Umpire”: if they want a fight, let’s give ’em one!

Summer/Autumn 2000

On August 12 last year, at least 80,000 strikers marched in Melbourne against the anti-union “second wave” assault by Federal Industrial Minister, Peter Reith. In many other cities, workers took to the streets to protest against the Howard Government’s agenda. His proposed legislation — perversely titled the Workplace Legislation Amendment (More Jobs, Better Pay) Act… Read more »

Death of a picketer: Honour Christine Clarke by continuing the struggle

Summer/Autumn 2000

December 31, 1999: while the world was mesmerised by multi-million dollar fireworks displays and TV cameras were pointed skyward, a tragic story — the death of picketer, Christine Clarke — was confined to New Zealand’s local news. Christine Clarke, aged 45, was picketing on the Lyttleton waterfront when she was run down by a scab… Read more »