Posts in: International

Work Choices can be defeated!

Summer/Autumn 2007

Australian workers have some decisions of their own to make about the Howard Government’s WorkChoices legislation, currently transforming the industrial landscape. In New Zealand (NZ), workers were attacked with very similar industrial legislation in the 1990s, and the hard lessons kept coming, even after the election of a Labour government. Aussie workers may want to… Read more »

Water is a feminist issue

Summer/Autumn 2007

Victoria burning, Melburnians choking from the smoke, parched land everywhere. This is life in the southeast corner of the earth’s driest continent. Across the Pacific, on the U.S.-Canadian border, pre-Christmas storms flooded homes, cut power and blocked main roads. On Christmas day, post-tsunami Aceh and North Sumatra were once again under water and mud. These… Read more »

Free, 24-hour Childcare is a necessity, not a pipe dream!

Summer/Autumn 2007

One hundred sixty-two thousand working mothers in Australia would return to work if they could access childcare. And that’s only the official figure! If free, 24-hour childcare were available, the number would be zero. “Free?! This is utopian. Impossible!” say many feminists who believe strongly in women’s right to childcare. Not only is this solution… Read more »

Yellow Woman Speaks by Merle Woo

Summer/Autumn 2007

Merle Woo’s poetry achieves a rare combination of substance and style. Undoubtedly political, often shocking, Yellow Woman Speaks is a pleasure to read. Her conversational, open, no-bull tone made me feel, as I turned page after page, that I was not sitting alone in my room reading, but engaged in an intense and wonderful discussion… Read more »

Two initiatives to remember Errol Wyles Junior

Summer/Autumn 2007

Poet, Amelia Walker, came up with the idea of producing a zine to pay tribute to Errol Wyles Junior after she attended a screening of Black and White Justice, hosted by the Indigenous Social Justice Association (Melbourne Supporters Group). A major issue discussed that night was the lack of public awareness of how and why… Read more »

Fijian feminist Shamima Ali: Moving beyond band-aid feminism

Summer/Autumn 2007

Shamima Ali is an Indo-Fijian feminist activist who works with the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC). She visitied Melbourne recently to participate in the Second Latin American and Asia Pacific Solidarity Gathering. Prior to the recent coup in Fiji, Alison Thorne caught up with her for Radical Women. The FWCC was established in 1984. The… Read more »

Queensland DPP fails Palm Island Community

Summer/Autumn 2007

“The whole system is rotten and needs to be changed,” said Ray Jackson, President of the Indigenous Social Justice Association, after hearing about the decision of Queensland’s Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) not to charge Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley for his role in the 19 November 2004 death of Mulrunji Doomadgee on Palm Island. DPP… Read more »

“My Israel Question”: A powerful critique of Zionist wrongdoings

Summer/Autumn 2007

Antony Lowenstein’s book, My Israel Question, was published last August. Within days, a second print run was announced and the book became a best seller. Speaking to a crowd at Melbourne Trades Hall, Lowenstein laughed and said, “It sounds bizarre now, but before the book was published my publisher was concerned that it might be… Read more »

How Marxists think

Summer/Autumn 2007

Cast your mind back to the days following September 11, 2001. George W Bush issued an ultimatum to the peoples of the world: “You’re either with us or with the terrorists.” Politicians are particularly good at simplifying an issue beyond the point of absurdity. However, this spin doctoring is useful, because it shows the limitations… Read more »