Posts in: International

Expose the Redfern Cover-up!

Summer/Autumn 2005

On February 15, 2004 an Aboriginal teenager was chased by police through the streets of Sydney’s inner city suburb of Redfern. The police in their high-speed cars were in hot pursuit of their 17-year-old “suspect” on his bicycle. He died when impaled on the metal fence bordering a park used by his neighbours: residents of… Read more »

Break the bosses’ rules – Free Craig Johnston!

Summer/Autumn 2005

It’s 2005 and Craig Johnston, former Victorian State Secretary of the AMWU, is still locked up in Loddon Prison. He’s serving nine months of a 33-month sentence for his alleged involvement in a run-through of Johnson Tiles after the company sacked 29 workers. Johnston was the only one of 18 unionists originally charged to receive… Read more »

Resisting the Bush War Machine

Summer/Autumn 2005

“For these reasons, it is absurd to condemn the resistance to the U.S. occupation in Iraq as being masterminded by terrorists or insurgents or supporters of Saddam Hussein. After all if the United States were invaded and occupied, would everybody who fought to liberate it be a terrorist or an insurgent or a Bushite? The… Read more »

Out of Proportion – ALP and Democrats hand Howard control of the Senate

Summer/Autumn 2005

In a travesty of the electoral process, little-publicised deals between the backroom operators of the Labor Party and Democrats meant that The Greens were denied Senate seats in four states. This was despite the first preference votes of hundreds of thousands of voters in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria. The NSW and… Read more »

Strong results for socialists in Council elections!

Summer/Autumn 2005

Socialist candidates attracted impressive support in the November 27 local council elections in Victoria. The Socialist Party (SP) ran three candidates for Yarra Council in Langridge Ward, which covers the inner city suburbs of Fitzroy, Collingwood, Abbotsford and Clifton Hill. The three candidates scored a combined first preference vote of 14% and SP candidate Steve… Read more »

Scrap the sexist defence of provocation!

Summer/Autumn 2005

In July 2003, Julie Ramage told her husband James that she was leaving him. So he killed her. In October 2004, the Victorian Supreme Court jury found him guilty of manslaughter, not murder, because she provoked him. The argument to the court went like this: Julie told him that she was in a relationship with… Read more »

Winning Women’s Rights: A question of reform or revolution?

Summer/Autumn 2005

Two days after the re-election of the Howard Government on October 9, Radical Women hosted a discussion about how to achieve women’s liberation. The election outcome injected a new sense of energy and determination. While participants had encountered gloomy voters, shattered and demoralised by a fourth Howard Government, all had met others who had decided… Read more »

Sexism and ageism place women of all ages on the frontlines for freedom

Summer/Autumn 2005

Here we are, in the 21st century, and young women are still portrayed as sex objects. From billboards, TV and glossy magazines the image of slim, sexy women sells products, from breakfast cereals to men’s toiletries and anti-wrinkle creams. They grace the catwalks, showing off the latest expensive fashions. These are bodies that all women… Read more »

Reta Kaur, anti-war activist, wins her court case

Summer/Autumn 2005

After a trial, which went into a second day, Reta Kaur was found Not Guilty on 24 November 2004 of criminal damage worth $9,080 to two marble statues outside the U.S. Consulate in Melbourne. On March 20, 2003 she had written “The killing has started!” in red paint in a moment of shock and grief… Read more »

Responding to the Tragedy in the Indian Ocean

Summer/Autumn 2005

Catastrophic. This is the only way to describe the deaths, injuries, disease and destruction resulting from the terrible earthquake and subsequent tsunamis in the Indian Ocean. Many communities have been obliterated. In an outpouring of grief and solidarity, people around the world are donating with a passionate desire to help in some small way. No… Read more »