Posts in: International

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 »

Injustice: Families struggle to hold cops to account for deaths in custody

Winter/Spring 2006

There’s something very familiar about the images in the documentary Injustice. We see grieving families and angry protesters demanding justice and a wall of racist indifference from authorities. The stories could be from Palm Island, Redfern or Perth. But they are actually from England, where more than a thousand people died in police custody between… Read more »

Pramoedya Ananta Toer — novelist and revolutionary

Winter/Spring 2006

It was during the ’80s that I first came across legendary Indonesia writer and activist, Pramoedya Ananta Toer. The Suharto regime ruled Indonesia with a seemingly iron fist and the author’s books — which have been translated into dozens of languages — were banned in his home country. I vividly recollect reading Child of All… 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 »

Why must women lead the unions into a General Strike? Because we can!

Winter/Spring 2006

One of my most worn and treasured T-shirts is from my union, the Australian Services Union. It’s hot pink with the message, “Strong unions need women.” If ever women were needed to put some kick into the union movement, it’s now! Now, when Howard’s WorkChoices law is being used with ever-greater viciousness. The kick needs… Read more »

Cronulla Riot: Unions must mobilise against racism and fascism

Summer/Autumn 2006

Out of the sewer. Long time Nazi fanatic, James Saleam, founder of the thankfully defunct National Action, has rallied a small group of thugs, ultranationalists and racists into an outfit called the Patriotic Youth League, which orchestrated the Cronulla riot. Drunken racist goons, who wanted to defend “their” beaches and “their” women attacked anybody who… Read more »

Indigenous rights emergency! Don’t sit out the Stolenwealth Games

Summer/Autumn 2006

Just a little over five years ago, Australia witnessed its largest ever protests. A quarter of a million Sydneysiders marched across the Harbour Bridge, and hundreds of thousands of people turned out all around the country to participate in the walks for reconciliation. These were hopeful mass mobilisations of people wanting a new era for… Read more »