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Death of a picketer: Honour Christine Clarke by continuing the struggle

Summer/Autumn 2000

December 31, 1999: while the world was mesmerised by multi-million dollar fireworks displays and TV cameras were pointed skyward, a tragic story — the death of picketer, Christine Clarke — was confined to New Zealand’s local news. Christine Clarke, aged 45, was picketing on the Lyttleton waterfront when she was run down by a scab… Read more »

NMIT Unionists Update: Flawed EO Law Allows Only Partial Victory

Summer/Autumn 2000

A decision in Alison Thorne’s Equal Opportunity Case against Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) was handed down on August 25 last year. Alison, the local Australian Education Union (AEU) branch President and a teacher of 20 years’ standing, was dismissed from her full-time position at Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) on April 11,… Read more »

Who’s pulling YOUR strings? The money manipulating the media

Summer/Autumn 2000

Did listeners find their views about the big four Australian banks “slowly shifting” over the past year? The views of John Laws, the immensely influential “shock jock” star of commercial radio’s 2UE certainly shifted. He changed from being stridently anti-bank, mirroring the resentment of his blue collar constituency — to urging “let’s be fair” approval…. Read more »

Elián González Brotóns: 6-Year-Old Hostage of Yankee Imperialism

Summer/Autumn 2000

December 5, 1999 — news from Miami: Elián González Brotóns, a young shipwreck survivor from Cuba, blew out the candles of his birthday cake. He had just turned six. With his mother, the “little Cuban refugee” had set out for the Land of the Free. She drowned. Elián was saved by the U.S. Coast Guard… Read more »

Mobilise Now Against Backward Laws: Equal Access to Reproductive Technology

Summer/Autumn 2000

The patriarchal nuclear family may have disappeared from most households, but it’s alive and kicking in Victoria’s fertility laws. In August last year, a lesbian police officer was charged with using an in vitro fertility (IVF) treatment. According to the Victorian Infertility Treatment Act (ITA), only married or heterosexual defacto couples can legally access IVF… Read more »

Welcome the New Century: Meet Revolutionary Women Leaders From Cuba!

Summer/Autumn 2000

Going to Cuba, as I did in 1997, is absolutely eye-opening. One day I was packaging bread for Buttercup; the next, I was landing at Havana’s international airport where murals said: “We believe in the Revolution. We believe in Socialism.” Stepping from Howard’s Australia into a workers’ state is a breathtaking experience. I was among… Read more »

Sexism and Racism — Linked by a Common Source

Summer/Autumn 2000

For Radical Women, art is as political as life. It can be a tool for change, as powerful as our struggles for a better world. Karen Brodine, acclaimed socialist feminist poet and Radical Women leader who died in 1987 from breast cancer, once said this about women artists she looked to for strength and insight:… Read more »

Bitter Harvest: The Legacy of the Snowy Mountains Scheme

Summer/Autumn 2000

Politics and water are intimately related in Australia, the driest inhabited continent. For example, after a close election, Victoria now has a minority ALP government, supported by rural independents. One of these, Craig Ingram, gained his seat on the basis of a single issue — restoring some of the flow of the Snowy River. Steve… Read more »

New Age Fascists: The dangerous politics of the Citizens Electoral Councils

Summer/Autumn 2000

Rural Queensland is fertile ground for reactionary populist groups. Isolation, withdrawal of services and sharp practices by the banks have given farming communities a lot to be angry about. In the late ’80s, the Citizens Electoral Councils (CEC) took root in these communities, set up by Eric Butler’s League of Rights. It campaigned around issues… Read more »

The Transitional Program: A Tool Kit for Radical 21st Century Organisers

Summer/Autumn 2000

Leon Trotsky wrote The Death Agony of Capitalism and the Tasks of the Fourth International 62 years ago while living in exile in Mexico. Trotsky was a leader of the 1917 Russian Revolution and, as Commander in Chief of the Red Army, was pivotal in the defeat of the counter-revolutionary forces, backed by foreign invaders…. Read more »