civil liberties & police

Pramoedya Ananta Toer — novelist and revolutionary

Winter/Spring 2006

It was during the ’80s that I first came across legendary Indonesia writer and activist, Pramoedya Ananta Toer. The Suharto regime ruled Indonesia with a seemingly iron fist and the author’s books — which have been translated into dozens of languages — were banned in his home country. I vividly recollect reading Child of All… Read more »

Terror laws: Mass action needed to defeat Howard’s police state

Summer/Autumn 2006

A few days ago I had a conversation with an activist from the Chilean community. At one point he said, “under Pinochet (the former dictator), we had these laws, but then it was a dictatorship.” Then, with only a slight hint of irony, he asked, “how can laws like these be passed in a democracy?”… Read more »

Defend civil liberties and democratic rights – Demand Justice for Jack Thomas

Summer/Autumn 2006

The film, Justice for Jack, by independent film maker Stefan Markworth, makes chilling viewing. It exposes the injustices which are already happening under the first version of the Howard Government’s anti-terror laws. It shows an ordinary Werribee family, the Thomas family, whose lives have been turned upside down. This is the story of a young… Read more »

Open finding in Doug Scott murder case: It’s time to turn up the heat!

Winter/Spring 2005

Letty Scott is an inspiration and a role model. For the last twenty years, she’s fought to prove that her husband, Douglas, did not commit suicide in Darwin’s Berrimah prison but was murdered by prison officers. Letty has built support for her campaign for justice and patiently gathered evidence. Earlier this year, she had Doug’s… Read more »

Reta Kaur, anti-war activist, wins her court case

Summer/Autumn 2005

After a trial, which went into a second day, Reta Kaur was found Not Guilty on 24 November 2004 of criminal damage worth $9,080 to two marble statues outside the U.S. Consulate in Melbourne. On March 20, 2003 she had written “The killing has started!” in red paint in a moment of shock and grief… Read more »

Expose the Redfern Cover-up!

Summer/Autumn 2005

On February 15, 2004 an Aboriginal teenager was chased by police through the streets of Sydney’s inner city suburb of Redfern. The police in their high-speed cars were in hot pursuit of their 17-year-old “suspect” on his bicycle. He died when impaled on the metal fence bordering a park used by his neighbours: residents of… 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 »

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 »

“Government cannot be allowed to buy its way out of the truth” – Black Lives, Government Lies reviewed

Winter/Spring 2003

Australian Governments have a horrible history of systemic racism. But they didn’t try to hide it! They wrote it all down. Thanks to historian and activist, Ros Kidd, the shameful treatment of Indigenous Australians is not gathering dust in the archives. A second edition of her powerful exposé, Black Lives, Government Lies, was published earlier… Read more »