Posts in: International

Reproductive rights advocate calls for a radical solution to the Bush blues

Summer/Autumn 2005

The following column is adapted from a speech given by Bernadette Logue for Radical Women at a post-election panel discussion held at Seattle Central Community College. Logue is one of the organizers of Seattle RW’s action in defense of reproductive rights on January 22, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision… Read more »

Howard’s Industrial Relations laws CAN be beaten!

Summer/Autumn 2005

The Australian trade union movement currently faces two huge challenges. One is external. From 1 July 2005 the Howard Government assumes control of the Senate and plans to enact more than 60 pieces of anti-union legislation previously blocked by the opposition parties. The other challenge is internal. In the aftermath of the Federal election result,… Read more »

Get Big Brother out of the workplace

Summer/Autumn 2005

Three years ago an unlikely group rebelled over monitoring in their workplace. Federal judges working at the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco expressed their outrage about the loss of privacy resulting from the introduction of computer monitoring. They disabled the software installed by the Administrative Office of the Courts, arguing… Read more »

Bob Brown: Not quite revolutionary

Summer/Autumn 2005

Bob Brown — environmental activist, turned Senator — has loomed large on the Australian political landscape for nearly three decades. In 1983, when the first issue of Outrage, a new gay and lesbian magazine, hit the streets, I was on the editorial board. We considered our interview with Brown to be something of a scoop…. Read more »

Stiff Gins flower

Summer/Autumn 2005

It’s been three years since Stiff Gins released their debut album, Origins. Kingia Australis, their latest offering, has been well worth the wait. When band member Emma Donovan (yes, cousin of Australian Idol Casey Donovan) left to pursue a solo career, the band had to rethink its approach. Their first album had a happy-go-lucky feel…. Read more »

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 »

ATSIC abolition creates opportunity to fight for something better!

Winter/Spring 2004

On the anniversary of the day Aboriginal people finally won the right to vote, the Howard Government introduced legislation into Parliament to abolish the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC). Established by the Hawke Government, ATSIC was an attempt to give Indigenous Australians a genuine say through an elected national body. Almost from the… Read more »

Defeat John Howard’s homophobic wedge politics: defend gay marriage!

Winter/Spring 2004

Last Federal election, John Howard lied about “children overboard” and succeeded in whipping up racist panic and hysteria around refugees on board the HMV Tampa, a tactic many commentators think won him the election. As the next election looms, he is up to the same tricks, and this time it is gays and lesbians he… Read more »

Challenging the last frontier

Winter/Spring 2004

“I remember the collective meetings organising Stonewall rallies back in the ’80s — it was fabulous! Since Stonewall, lesbians and gays have managed to win important changes in relation to anti-discrimination legislation. But the last frontier is relationships and families. When the government announced its plans to ‘defend marriage’ it also slipped in an announcement… Read more »

Lesbian and gay families are finding a voice!

Winter/Spring 2004

“I went to New York last year and had the amazing opportunity to see where the Stonewall Riots happened. I want to draw some parallels with the current fight around gay families and Stonewall. Gay and lesbian families have existed for a long time privately. But there is now an increasing amount of public tension… Read more »