Posts in: International

Open finding in Doug Scott murder case: It’s time to turn up the heat!

Winter/Spring 2005

Letty Scott is an inspiration and a role model. For the last twenty years, she’s fought to prove that her husband, Douglas, did not commit suicide in Darwin’s Berrimah prison but was murdered by prison officers. Letty has built support for her campaign for justice and patiently gathered evidence. Earlier this year, she had Doug’s… Read more »

How the Howard Government used refugee policy to attack workers’ rights

Winter/Spring 2005

Even the Murdoch newspapers called it a “bloody disgrace.” Cornelia Rau, an Australian resident, had spent 10 months in immigration detention.  Despite the fact that she was listed as a missing person in Queensland, no attempts had been made to establish who she was. Her use of a pseudonym and a nearly imperceptible German accent… Read more »

Momentum builds to boycott the Melbourne Stolenwealth Games

Winter/Spring 2005

The fiery battle for Land Rights was the big news of the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games. Footage of massive protests by Aboriginal people and their supporters was beamed around the world. Aboriginal people in their hundreds occupied Musgrave Park in central Brisbane. Hundreds of demonstrators — such as Biri woman and story teller, Maureen Watson… Read more »

Indigenous land is NOT for sale

Winter/Spring 2005

The Howard Government has already announced its plans to attack working people through the combination of its anti-union laws and attacks on welfare. But unless faced with mass resistance, it won’t stop there. On its medium-term agenda it is dismantling Aboriginal land rights legislation in order to open up communally-owned land to unfettered corporate plunder…. Read more »

Break the blackout on repression in Nepal

Winter/Spring 2005

Democratic rights suspended. The people of Nepal are locked in a battle to restore their basic democratic rights. On 1 February, King Gyanendra abrogated the constitution, declared a state of emergency and imposed a reign of terror. No section of society is safe. Union offices have been closed and leaders arrested. Journalists can be jailed… Read more »

The tale of two conferences: National Union Fightback and the Socialist Alliance National Conferences

Winter/Spring 2005

The contrast could not have been greater.  On Saturday 11 June, Socialist Alliance (SA) organised a militant National Union Fightback Conference, involving not only rank-and-file unionists, but the leaders of fighting unions across the country and representatives of the combative UNITE union from New Zealand. Arising from this historic gathering was a defiant statement pointing… Read more »

Mass action, not restrictive laws, will stop anti-abortion violence

Winter/Spring 2005

In March, the Victorian Labor Party government foreshadowed legislation to prevent anti-abortionist protesters from approaching within a certain distance of fertility clinics. On several occasions, abortion rights activists from university campuses and Radical Women have defended the clinic. Over the past months, clients and staff of the Fertility Control Clinic in East Melbourne have been… Read more »

A conversation with Tasmanian Stolen Generations activist, Debra Hocking

Winter/Spring 2005

Debra Hocking is an Indigenous woman stolen from her family and the Tasmanian representative on the National Sorry Day Committee. Debra is from the Mouheneenner nation in the southeastern part of Tasmania. She is a strong feminist, dynamic organiser and proud palawa (Aboriginal Tasmanian). She spoke with Alison Thorne about her journey to be reunited… 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 »