Posts in: International

The Progressive Labour Party: What went wrong?

Winter/Spring 2001

The Australian Section of the Freedom Socialist Party (FSP) has a proud history of working toward a genuine socialist alternative to the Australian Labor Party (ALP). In the post Hawke-Keating years, some left groups have continued to call for the re-election of the ALP in order to “expose” its pro-capitalist agenda. This is insulting. Working… Read more »

Network Unavailable: One.Tel collapses under the weight of its directors’ greed

Winter/Spring 2001

Like many Australians, I have a mobile phone. It’s a great organising tool. I was connected to One.Tel through a corporate deal brokered by my union. Capitalism is such a marvelously efficient system — not! One.Tel, whose directors include Jamie Packer and Lachlan Murdoch, was probably insolvent by December 2000, and currently owes around $1… Read more »

Your Say

Winter/Spring 2001

An enjoyable radical read I really enjoyed reading Freedom Socialist Bulletin # 24 — some great articles. I particularly enjoyed “I don’t want to let go of my rage” by Maria Mardones and “Loud, Proud and Effective,” the review of Graham Willett’s book, Living Out Loud. I do wish Maria and others the best of… Read more »

LaTrobe Hospital Fiasco Gives Privatisation Advocates a Black Eye

Summer/Autumn 2001

Once a small junction on the main Gippsland rail line, Moe together with neighbours Yallourn and Morwell, grew large because of the State Electricity Commission’s (SEC) huge open-cut coal mines and power stations. The expanding population needed medical facilities and throughout the 1960s, the people of the LaTrobe Valley towns raised money for a hospital…. Read more »

Step Up the Fight for Reproductive Rights in Australia: Bring on the Abortion Pill!

Summer/Autumn 2001

On September 28, American women scored a great victory when the United States Food and Drug Administration approved the use of mifepristone (RU486). Their French and other European sisters had already been safely using the “abortion pill” for almost a decade. Women in Australia are still waiting. What’s the holdup! For ten years, anti-abortionists in… Read more »

The aged care scandal: Demand justice for seniors!

Summer/Autumn 2001

Late last year, the plight of 88 year old Alice Croser, found confused and distressed at Sydney’s Central railway station, shocked the nation. Alice had been put on the train by her granddaughter in Adelaide to live in Sydney with her 59 year old son. But David didn’t want her, either: his mother, partially blind… Read more »

Self-determination for West Papua!

Summer/Autumn 2001

History is repeating itself in West Papua. After finally being forced to reverse course on East Timor, both the Howard Government and the Labor opposition have been gripped by another bout of bipartisan opportunism. Their prime concern is to maintain “good relations” with the Indonesian bourgeoisie. The result? The legitimate aspirations of the West Papuan… Read more »

The Stealing of the Presidency: Democracy in the U.S. is a sham!

Summer/Autumn 2001

With the help of big brother Jeb, the Republican Party machinery of Florida, a mainstream media obsessed with “chads” — the bits of paper that voting machines cut from the ballots — and a one vote majority in a Supreme Court dominated by conservatives, George W. Bush hijacked the 2000 presidential election. The racism, corruption,… Read more »

May Day! Global Finance System Foundering As Planet-wide Mass Revolt Builds

Summer/Autumn 2001

The November 30, 1999 (N30) Seattle protests against the World Trade Organisation (WTO) signalled a turning point in the domination of neoliberal policies over the aspirations of the world’s peoples. The militant mass takeover of that city’s streets by students, unionists, movement activists and even a few small business owners was a huge success. The… Read more »