civil liberties & police

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 »

Farouk Abdel-Muhti: Disappeared in America

Winter/Spring 2003

One of the most vicious aspects of the Bush Administration’s global war on working people is its unparalleled assault on immigrants. So far, the courts are giving their blessing to police-state measures against those who sought refuge in the “land of the free.” On June 17, for example, a District of Columbia Court of Appeals… Read more »

Tian Chua released! Abolish Malaysia’s Internal Security Act!

Winter/Spring 2003

On June 1, 2003, Malaysian trade union organiser and democracy activist,Tian Chua, was released from “preventative custody.” His release came after a vigorous international protest campaign which not only raised the call for Tian Chua’s release but demanded the immediate abolition of Malaysia’s Internal Security Act (ISA).  The ISA was introduced in the 1960s (see… Read more »

“Anti-terror” laws attack basic rights: Organise to force a repeal — now!

Winter/Spring 2002

On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, when two planes smashed into New York’s World Trade Centre, those responsible committed two atrocious crimes. They killed, in one shockingly memorable moment, more than three thousand people going about their work. And they handed the repressive forces of world Capital — headed up by the court-appointed President George W…. Read more »

Irene Xavier: women are playing a key role

Winter/Spring 2002

Irene Xavier is a labour activist from Friends of Women which has been organising women workers since 1978. She’s played a key role organising around health and safety issues in the electronics industry. In 1987 she was detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for 355 days. Alison Thorne spoke to Irene about the campaign… Read more »

Mabel Au: International solidarity really works

Winter/Spring 2002

Mabel Au is an activist who has fought for the rights of migrant and sex workers in Hong Kong. She is Program Coordinator for the Committee for Asian Women. Mabel recently visited Australia to campaign for the release of Tian Chua, a labour activist who was jailed for two years in April 2001 under Malaysia’s… Read more »

Free Tian Chua

Winter/Spring 2002

Governments around the word have used the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 as a pretext to introduce a raft of anti-democratic laws giving themselves sweeping new powers. But there is nothing new in this tactic which is a tested method for curtailing working class dissent. In 1960… Read more »