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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 »

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 »

Talking to Andrea James about Yanagai! Yanagai!

Summer/Autumn 2007

Andrea James describes herself as a proud descendent of the Yorta Yorta and Kunai nations. She is a theatre worker and the current Artistic Director with Melbourne WorkersTheatre. Andrea is also an extraordinary playwright. In 1994, inspired by the decision of the YortaYorta people to lodge a land claim with the Native Tribunal Tribunal, she… Read more »

Noongar Native Title victory: Treaty Now!

Summer/Autumn 2007

It’s taken more than 200 years, but at last one of Australia’s first nations has been recognised by the courts as the original sovereign over a major urban area. In a rare display of justice for Indigenous Australians, a Federal judge ruled in September that the Noongar people of southwestern Australia still have Native Title… Read more »

Be part of our plans for 2007

Summer/Autumn 2007

Innovations. Readers of the Freedom Socialist Bulletin can expect to see some exciting changes in 2007. This is the last issue of the magazine we will produce using PageMaker 6. From issue 37, we will be moving to InDesign and redesigning the whole publication. There will be a different feel and a new-look cover with… Read more »

Workers resist union busting in Thailand

Summer/Autumn 2007

Goodyear is a union busting employer. In the U.S., members of the United Steelworkers Union at Goodyear just ended a 12-week strike with a settlement that will result in massive job cuts. In Thailand, the company uses fixed-term contracts as a union busting tool. Many workers have been employed by Goodyear Thailand for more than… Read more »

Facing down Nazis and other white supremacists

Summer/Autumn 2007

On December 9, 2006, a couple of hundred people gathered outside the Islamic Information and Support Centre in Melbourne’s multicultural suburb of Brunswick. The Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women were among those who responded to an appeal to be there as a defence in case of an attack by white supremacists. Days before, plans… Read more »

The Tale of Two Dictators

Summer/Autumn 2007

Last December Chilean dictator, Augusto Pinochet, died peacefully in bed. Contrast this with the demise of Saddam Hussein, executed later that month in a ghoulish vengeance killing videoed and posted on the Internet. Both had been renowned for carrying out the dirty work of U.S. Imperialism. Why were they treated so differently? To protect the… 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 »