Posts in: International

Newcastle CPSU members say NO to centralisation

Winter/Spring 2004

CPSU members in the Hunter region have been making waves inside the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU). When the National Management Committee (NMC) of the union made a decision to close its Newcastle office, members were incensed and vowed to get the decision overturned. Members were particularly angered by the shabby treatment of the… 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 »

Socialist Alliance Conference moves forward on policy despite organisational scheming

Winter/Spring 2004

The 2004 National Conference of the Socialist Alliance (SA) was a largely successful gathering which made major progress in adopting detailed policy for the upcoming Federal election. For far too long the Alliance has neglected policy. An interminable, and largely irrelevant, debate about its organisational structures has taken up a lot of energy that could… Read more »

Sexism Never Scores!

Winter/Spring 2004

Who could forget the image of Indigenous Australian Football League (AFL) player, Nicky Winmar, lifting his jumper and pointing to his black skin in defiance of racist taunts from the Collingwood cheer squad? The AFL was disgraced by that exposure of the racism Indigenous and other players of colour are subjected to, on and off… Read more »

Resisting the breeding creed

Winter/Spring 2004

Remember when the Howard Government and business world were bellowing about a fertility crisis? They accused women of going on a “fertility strike” — in other words, making our own reproductive decisions — and throwing the economy into peril. When women answered back with the demand for maternity leave, the spin doctors called it “middle class… Read more »

Defend the right to dissent: Support Reta Kaur

Winter/Spring 2004

On March 20th 2003 the U.S.A. launched its “Shock and Awe” attack on Baghdad. Six weeks later, President Bush landed on the deck of an aircraft carrier to proclaim the end of major combat operations. For the people of Iraq, the nightmare of death and destruction continued. Saddam’s regime was gone, but the US-led occupation… Read more »

Socialist Feminists and the Socialist Alliance: An exchange between Louise Walker and Radical Women

Winter/Spring 2004

In the last Radical Women Supplement, of Freedom Socialist Bulletin # 30 (Summer/Autumn 2004), Radical Women published its letter to the Socialist Alliance National Executive explaining its decision not to formally affiliate to Socialist Alliance (SA) but to instead remain autonomous while actively supporting SA as a united front. We publish below the subsequent discussion… Read more »

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 »