Editorial

Federal Budget: cheap bribes can’t hide whose interests are served

Winter/Spring 2007

A few dollars to seniors and a little easing of childcare costs — these were the miserable bribes tossed around by the Howard Government in its pre-election budget. A compliant media kept everyone focused on whether they’d get some personal relief, even if just a bit. But once the dust settled, a couple of details… Read more »

Military indoctrination: A factory for producing violence against women

Winter/Spring 2007

A long-ignored aspect of Washington’s war machine is now getting sporadic attention in the U.S. mainstream media. This is the explosion of violence against women, both in war zones and the military itself. The corporate media, however, is incapable of tracing this problem to its source: the character of imperialist military indoctrination. Gender-specific brutality is… Read more »

Don’t let education be handed back to the rich: It’s time for students and unions to take the offensive

Winter/Spring 2007

The Howard Government imposed Voluntary Student Union legislation to destroy a collective voice for students. In a privatising frenzy, John Howard’s Coalition Government is going after education as if there’s no tomorrow. For the ordinary person, education decides how life will turn out. It’s a right. But to Howard and his neoliberal ilk, rights are… Read more »

The Tale of Two Dictators

Summer/Autumn 2007

Last December Chilean dictator, Augusto Pinochet, died peacefully in bed. Contrast this with the demise of Saddam Hussein, executed later that month in a ghoulish vengeance killing videoed and posted on the Internet. Both had been renowned for carrying out the dirty work of U.S. Imperialism. Why were they treated so differently? To protect the… Read more »

Be part of our plans for 2007

Summer/Autumn 2007

Innovations. Readers of the Freedom Socialist Bulletin can expect to see some exciting changes in 2007. This is the last issue of the magazine we will produce using PageMaker 6. From issue 37, we will be moving to InDesign and redesigning the whole publication. There will be a different feel and a new-look cover with… Read more »

Facing down Nazis and other white supremacists

Summer/Autumn 2007

On December 9, 2006, a couple of hundred people gathered outside the Islamic Information and Support Centre in Melbourne’s multicultural suburb of Brunswick. The Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women were among those who responded to an appeal to be there as a defence in case of an attack by white supremacists. Days before, plans… Read more »

Terminator Trio Defeated!

Winter/Spring 2006

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity met in Brazil last March. On the agenda was terminator, or gene sterilisation, technology. Three governments — Australia, Canada and New Zealand — were dubbed the “Terminator Trio” when they teamed up to try and overturn a global moratorium on terminator technology, which prevents farmers saving and reusing seeds…. Read more »

Of Town Camps and Uranium Mines

Winter/Spring 2006

When Central Australian Prosecutor, Nanette Rogers, appeared on the ABC’s Late Line program in May, she described in shocking detail sexual assaults and domestic violence being perpetrated in Aboriginal communities. The media responded as if this was all new and used the story to launch a frenzy of racist vilification of Aboriginal culture. But for… Read more »

Our Work Choice: Strike or be crushed!

Winter/Spring 2006

It’s taken no time for the Howard Government’s so-called WorkChoices laws to bite, revealing the savagery of the corporate attack on our wages and conditions. As soon as they were enacted in late March this year, employers pounced. Cowra Abattoir sacked 29 workers, rehiring 20 on Australian Workplace Agreements (AWAs, or individual contracts replacing collective… Read more »