Radical Women

Gaylene Seadon – Farewell to a gutsy feminist fighter

Winter/Spring 2003

On 31 May, Gaylene Seadon’s long fight with breast cancer came to a close. Gaylene, who was mother to Matthew and Katie, was 49 years old. She fought cancer in the same way she struggled against bosses, sell-out bureaucrats and patriarchs — with tenacity! Until ill health slowed her down, I knew I’d find myself… Read more »

Nelson and Costello’s plans for Higher Education: bad for all, worse for women

Winter/Spring 2003

The outcome of the recent review by Federal Minister for Education Dr Brendan Nelson, Higher Education at the Crossroads, is a 10-year plan for tertiary education which will complete the reintroduction of tuition fees and transform universities from institutions of learning into corporations managing the bottom line. Nelson and Federal Treasurer, Peter Costello, both received… Read more »

Junior rates are Wage Slavery – Equal Pay NOW!

Winter/Spring 2003

According to the Howard Government, young people should be grateful for being paid peanuts. The “youth wage,” it claims, gives them a foot in the door and reduces unemployment. But does it create jobs or slaves? International labour standards and human rights conventions prohibit workplace discrimination on various grounds, including age. Similarly the Australian Industrial… Read more »

Ngarrindjeri women vindicated! Make the developers pay compensation now!

Summer/Autumn 2003

On September 20, 2002 the Ngarrindjeri Nation of South Australia finally got some justice. National media reported the discovery of the 200-year-old bones of a woman and her baby daughter at Goolwa, outside Adelaide. Eighteen months earlier, the Hindmarsh Island Bridge had been opened with much fanfare, linking Goolwa to Kumarangk (traditional name for Hindmarsh… Read more »

Goodbye Delia: Huge crowd pays tribute at memorial meeting

Summer/Autumn 2003

On a hot summer’s evening, family, friends and comrades gathered at the home of Delia Maxwell, who had died from breast cancer, to pay tribute to a remarkable woman. It was December 21, and this would have been her 70th birthday. As a member of Radical Women, Delia had turned her house, with her lovingly… Read more »

Crush incipient fascism whatever its guise: Build the campaign to shut down the patriarchal Blackshirts!

Summer/Autumn 2003

I remember the morning I opened up the newspaper to find a huge spread on a Christian fundamentalist “men’s rights” group calling itself the Blackshirts. I felt sick. A couple of nights earlier, a Radical Women meeting featured a talk on the Citizens Electoral Council, adherents of American fascist Lyndon LaRouche (See “LaRouche: Fascism Restyled… Read more »

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 »

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 »