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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 »

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 »

Reproductive Rights: Report from the trenches in the ongoing war on women’s autonomy

Winter/Spring 2006

Outside Melbourne’s Fertility Control Clinic, a large banner that reads “Women will decide their fate!” stretches along the street. Placards call for free, 24-hour childcare, employer-funded paid maternity leave and equal pay for women. People shout, “Right to Life your name’s a lie, you don’t care if women die.” This is the defence cordon organised… Read more »

Same-sex relationship equality: Organising to win!

Winter/Spring 2006

Last June, Federal Member for Melbourne, Lindsay Tanner, told attendees at Pride Or Prejudice, a queer community forum, why the Australian Labor Party (ALP) had voted with the Howard Government to pass homophobic amendments to the Marriage Act. Not surprisingly, Tanner copped flack from queers angered by the bi-partisan support for the legislation which defined… Read more »

The future of Socialist Alliance

Winter/Spring 2006

In the last issue of the Freedom Socialist Bulletin (Number 34), we published an article, “Rescue Plan Needed for Socialist Alliance.” The piece contained our analysis of the problems which beset the Socialist Alliance and criticised decisions taken by the Democratic Socialist Perspective, which we believe damaged Socialist Alliance. We ended this piece with a… Read more »

Howard takes aim at Land Rights in the Northern Territory

Winter/Spring 2006

Yvonne Margarula, the most senior member of the Mirrar Gudjehmi clan, became a household name during the struggle to stop the Jabiluka Uranium mine in the Northern Territory. Margarula and the Mirrar people were able to exercise their right of veto under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (ALRA). They also had a… Read more »

A Lesson from a TelCo Centre: How IT workers defeated an individual contract

Winter/Spring 2006

Protesters waving placards and yelling slogans from a megaphone. Marching in the streets, massed anger and strength in numbers. Unionised, mobilised and determined collective strength. This is hopefully how most people envision a labour movement with the power to overturn the Howard Government’s WorkChoices regime. Inspired, organised action has created fearsome warriors prepared to stand… Read more »

Of Town Camps and Uranium Mines

Winter/Spring 2006

When Central Australian Prosecutor, Nanette Rogers, appeared on the ABC’s Late Line program in May, she described in shocking detail sexual assaults and domestic violence being perpetrated in Aboriginal communities. The media responded as if this was all new and used the story to launch a frenzy of racist vilification of Aboriginal culture. But for… Read more »