Posts in: International

Australia must pay reparations for stolen East Timor oil

Winter/Spring 2004

The relationship between Australia and the newly independent nation of Timor-Leste is a classic case study of imperialism. The imperialist nation claims to be motivated by “humanitarian concerns” and “generosity” for its poor neighbour while blatantly plundering its resources. The dependent nation is expected the to be grateful for Australian aid, even though the amount… Read more »

Socialist Alliance has healthy solutions!

Winter/Spring 2004

Socialist Alliance bases its policy on health promotion, disease prevention and timely treatment of illnesses and includes promoting good health. A healthy life depends on a healthy environment and safe working conditions. It will be based on the concept of hope and community control. Socialist Alliance will restore and extend Medicare. Medicare is not just… Read more »

End corporate terrorism: Time to stop business getting away with murder

Winter/Spring 2004

Deadly dust. Asbestos is a mineral which should have been left in the ground. Its crystal structure causes it to break down into incredibly fine, sharp fibres which penetrate cells in the lungs and stomach, leading to scarring and causing mutations that become cancers. James Hardie was the leading source of this poison. Cut and… Read more »

Ugly Americans: Abu Ghraib shakes U.S. complacency

Winter/Spring 2004

When news broke in late April about American soldiers torturing and humiliating Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison, the U.S. public reacted with revulsion and dismay. The photographs and accounts of brutality, murder and gleeful sexual sadism were a jarring contradiction to the U.S. self-image as a people committed to fair play, decency, and democracy. In… Read more »

Your Say

Winter/Spring 2004

Free Mario Bango Mario Bango is a 21-year-old Roma from Slovakia, imprisoned since March 2001 for the “crime” of defending his younger brother when they were brutally attacked by a neo-Nazi skinhead. Now he has been sentenced to 12 years without parole in prison for attempted murder. Like most Roma in Slovakia, Mario and his… Read more »

Genetic Engineering and the Patenting of Life

Winter/Spring 2004

Basmati rice, potatoes that glow when “thirsty” and a highland man from Papua New Guinea would seem, on the face of it, to have little in common. In fact, they form part of a rapidly growing group of organisms whose very essence — their DNA — has been patented by corporations seeking to claim private… Read more »

Edith Morgan: A life of working class struggle

Winter/Spring 2004

In May this year, Melbourne lost an inspiring feminist and working class organiser. Edith Morgan was a veteran fighter against injustice. A founder of the Older Persons’ Action Centre, well into her 80s she led resistance by pensioners and superannuants against attacks such as the introduction of the Goods and Service Tax. A regular spokesperson… Read more »

Katie Ball: rebel with a “can do” attitude

Winter/Spring 2004

The death of Katie Ball on 25 June leaves a big gap in activist circles. Katie was a tenacious fighter for disability rights, the environment and against imperialist war. In her autobiographical piece in Jocelynne Scutt’s 1992 collection As a Woman she explains: “I refuse to limit my social and political participation to campaigns which… Read more »

Maori resistance to the theft of the seabed and foreshore

Winter/Spring 2004

In June 2003, New Zealand’s Court of Appeal ruled that the customary title of Maori (Aotearoa/NZ’s Indigenous people) to the seabed and foreshore had never been legally extinguished, and that cases relating to it could therefore be heard by the Maori Land Court. The social democratic Labour  government of Prime Minister Helen Clarke reacted to… 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 »