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May Day Arrests Target National Liberation Movement

Winter/Spring 2007

On May Day, two Australian citizens were arrested and charged with the vague, yet frightening, charge of supporting a terrorist organisation — the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE). This is despite the LTTE not being proscribed as a terrorist organisation in either Australia or Sri Lanka! The Melbourne men — Aruran Vinayagamoorthy and Sivarajah… Read more »

Sectarianism leads to failure of Socialist Alliance

Winter/Spring 2007

After a year of discussion, the Freedom Socialist Party disaffiliated from the Socialist Alliance (SA). We helped found the Socialist Alliance back in 2001, because we wanted to see a united front where socialists — both affiliated and non-aligned — cooperate to present a strong and clear socialist message in the electoral arena. For the… Read more »

Federal Budget: cheap bribes can’t hide whose interests are served

Winter/Spring 2007

A few dollars to seniors and a little easing of childcare costs — these were the miserable bribes tossed around by the Howard Government in its pre-election budget. A compliant media kept everyone focused on whether they’d get some personal relief, even if just a bit. But once the dust settled, a couple of details… Read more »

Farewell Veronica Brodie

Winter/Spring 2007

Campaigners for Aboriginal justice lost a champion with the death of Veronica Brodie on the 3rd of May. Veronica, a respected elder, was a tireless freedom fighter from Ngarrindjeri-Kaurna nations. She was born Veronica Wilson at Point McLeay Mission, South Australia (SA) in 1941. Until the mid 1960s, her life was completely controlled by the… Read more »

Fiji strike vote brings hope for a breakthrough after four military coups

Winter/Spring 2007

Fiji nurses voted to strike against proposed pay cuts. On May 14 this year, Fiji marked the 20th anniversary of its first military coup. Two decades on, the country remains chronically unstable with workers and the poor forced to pay the price. In December 2006 the Fiji military, citing government corruption, staged Fiji’s fourth coup…. Read more »

Koorijack Speaks

Winter/Spring 2007

Koori Jack performs at the launch of his CD John Walker records and performs as Koorijack. In April, he launched a CD, A Place We Call Our Own. Alison Thorne caught up with him to discuss life, music and the struggle. I was born in Echuca, from the Yorta Yorta clan. When I was about… Read more »

Mother Jones: What workers today can learn from this union militant

Winter/Spring 2007

A portrait of Mother Jones during the Paint Creek Strike in 1912. In May, 2007 teacher unionist, Claudia Priori, presented this talk on Mother Jones at Radical Women’s celebration of May Day. Below is an abridged version. On my Radical Women T-shirt is the image of Mother Jones, a remarkable labour leader in the United… Read more »

Despair is not an option!

Winter/Spring 2007

Every night, a strange thing happens at Snowy Hydro’s Tumut 3 power station. Water that flows downhill from the Talbingo reservoir is pumped uphill for use the next day. The huge network of dams is nearly dry. It’s an excellent example of how a sustainable economy needs a sustainable environment. This country has neither. Unless… Read more »

Black Tears Sanitised

Winter/Spring 2007

On June 2, Powderfinger released their sixth studio album, Dream Days at the Hotel Existence. The album contains a sanitised version of the track, “Black Tears,” after the band was pressured by defence lawyers for Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley, who was charged with manslaughter over the death of Mulrunji in a Palm Island watchhouse. Hurley’s… Read more »