Posts in: International

Reject shared responsibility agreements

Summer/Autumn 2005

Hooray for the National Indigenous Times (NIT) for blowing the whistle on the Howard Government’s appalling track record on Indigenous affairs. The paper recently published leaked Cabinet documents which revealed the real story behind the government’s unseemly haste to abolish the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission — the near certainty of an embarrassing defeat… Read more »

Thai Government as blood on its hands!

Summer/Autumn 2005

At least 80 Southern Muslims were massacred by the Thai authorities on 25th October 2004. Those killed were part of a thousand-strong demonstration in the Southern province of Naratiwart who had assembled to demand the release of villagers arrested for surrendering government weapons to community activists. The government has armed “village defence forces,” which has… Read more »

Your Say

Summer/Autumn 2005

Capitalist education disgusting As a young queer woman of color in America, I wanted to express my deepest gratitude for your article on Helen Keller (FS Bulletin # 31), but also my outrage at the public school education I received, which misrepresented Helen Keller as only “a famous blind woman who overcame adversity.” Capitalist education… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »