civil liberties & police

Fight to overturn sexist laws: Free Heather Osland!

Summer/Autumn 2002

On 7 September 2001, Heather Osland’s five-year battle against a 14-year sentence for killing her violent husband came to an abrupt halt. After the High Court upheld her conviction in 1998, Osland tried her last legal channel: a Petition of Mercy to the Victorian government. The panel of Queens Councils decided to stick to the… Read more »

The right to dissent — use it, before we lose it!

Summer/Autumn 2002

Alert! The Howard government plans to use the climate of fear resulting from the September 11 attacks in the United States to follow the lead of Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the U.S. It plans to introduce repressive laws designed to outlaw dissent. They must be stopped. Cabinet has announced draft Australian legislation… Read more »

Resistance swells to stop the war at home & abroad

Summer/Autumn 2002

It didn’t take long for George W. Bush to show just who he had in mind when he declared his war on terrorism. The horrifying September 11 carnage provided U.S. authorities with an excuse not only for the murderous bombing of Afghanistan and a bully campaign against that whole region of the world, but also… 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 »

The Ombudsman must go!

Winter/Spring 2001

The Victorian Ombudsman, Dr Barry Perry, has produced a disgraceful report, giving police the green light to bash protesters who participate in mass blockades. Nine months to the day after the brutal assault by police on those protesting the World Economic Forum meeting, the Ombudsman presented his initial report in State Parliament. On the fundamental… Read more »

Anti-capitalist protesters murdered in PNG: Canberra has blood on its hands!

Winter/Spring 2001

In 1975 Papua New Guinea gained formal independence from Australia. However at no time since Australia took over control of the former British and German colonies has PNG been free of the domination of Australian Capital, particularly the mining sector. Australia accounts for two thirds of the foreign investment in the country, and successive governments… Read more »

Turn Up the Heat: Demand the Right to Demonstrate Free from Police Violence

Summer/Autumn 2001

“Police fear protest riots,” “Fear of violent protests,” Violence fears close stores,” “Help at hand for protest violence” and “Forum chief lashes wild protesters” were among the sensationalist newspaper headlines in the three months before the mass blockade of the Melbourne meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) from September 11 to 13 (S11).  The… Read more »

Drew Ridama: “I’m determined to expose the truth”

Summer/Autumn 2001

Drew Ridama is a queer liberationist and progressive educator who recently returned to Melbourne after living in London. After a number of years of focusing on his work as a teacher, Drew saw the impact of globalisation. Recognising the huge potential of the S11 protests against the WEF spurred Drew to become involved. Drew was… Read more »

Maria Mardones: “I don’t want to let go of the rage”

Summer/Autumn 2001

“When I heard about the Seattle protest against the WTO, I knew it was significant. As the protests began moving from country to country, it became clear that coordination of the Left on a global level was starting to occur. So, I was excited to hear on 3CR about planned protests against the World Economic… Read more »