Editorial

Fully paid maternity leave now! Women must not fund motherhood

Winter/Spring 2002

Australia and the United States are the only two wealthy countries which do not provide a national paid maternity leave scheme. Compare this to Haiti and Jamaica, where women not only have this right, but employers pay for it! The lack of paid leave means that for two-thirds of working women, the “choice” is simple:… 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 »

New Palestinian leadership needed to counter Israeli State Terrorism!

Summer/Autumn 2002

During the first year of the Al-Aqsa Intifada, sparked on 29 September 2000, 560 Palestinians — 472 of them civilians, including 140 children — were killed by the Israeli army and settlers.  According to the Red Crescent Society, more than 15,000 Palestinians were also wounded, and 25 people died at border check points while being… Read more »

Assisted Reproductive Technology: The new pro-choice battleground

Summer/Autumn 2002

It seems the Liberals’ desire for Australian women to have more babies only applies to some women! During the last Federal election campaign, Prime Minister John Howard announced plans to introduce a baby bonus tax incentive to reward women who have a baby and then give up work in order to stay home and look… Read more »

Execution stopped! Redouble the fight to free Mumia!

Summer/Autumn 2002

We join with supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal the world over in celebrating the 18 December 2001 ruling which removes the imminent threat of the African American journalist’s execution. The decision is a crucial turning point in the fight to reverse this 20-year frame up, although Mumia is still far from free. The ruling by U.S…. 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 »

Finish the fight to stop Jabiluka!

Winter/Spring 2001

The fight to stop the Jabiluka uranium mine is close to victory. Rio Tinto, the new owner which took over North Limited, has announced that the mine will not be developed without the consent of the Aboriginal owners. The Mirrar people, led by feisty senior custodian Yvonne Margarula and activist Jacquie Katona, are rock solid… Read more »

Anti-abortion Terror re-emerges in Melbourne

Winter/Spring 2001

Right To Life, your Name’s A Lie, goes a well-used chant against the fetus worshippers organised by a tiny band of Catholic fanatics centred on Margaret Tighe. It continues: “you don’t care if women die!” Nor ordinary workers going about their job. When, on July 16, a man of unknown identity shot and killed a… Read more »