australia

Injustice! The cases of Greg Brown and Heather Osland

Summer/Autumn 1999

On December 10, the High Court ruled on the appeal of Heather Osland against her 14-year sentence for killing her violent husband. In a 3-2 decision, the Court resolved that years of systematic, sadistic abuse were not enough to afford Heather, who feared for her life, the right to self-defence. This ruling, by an all-male… Read more »

The deadly consequences of private neglect

Summer/Autumn 1999

Australians have experienced a number of infrastructure breakdowns in the last few years. The country has vast supplies of energy, but the infrastructure to distribute it is at the point of collapse. This is life in late capitalist Australia.

Stop the War Against Iraq!

Summer/Autumn 1999

U.S. President Bill Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair have again bombed Bagdad. They justified their 70 hours of terror by claiming that Iraq alone had used weapons of mass destruction and will use them in the future. What blatant lies! The U.S. dropped weapons of mass destruction on inhabited cites in 1945, when… Read more »

Unionists and the community fire up to fight Centrelink cuts

Summer/Autumn 1999

Centrelink is a corporatised agency, which in 1997 replaced the Department of Social Security. It currently has contracts to deliver services on behalf of seven government departments. As each expires, these contracts will be put out for private tender, forcing Centrelink to compete for the delivery of welfare services.

Jabiluka Must Not Proceed!

Summer/Autumn 1999

The international spotlight is on Australia. The Howard government is hell-bent on allowing construction of the Jabiluka uranium mine at the Kakadu National Park. The United Nations World Heritage Committee has threatened to place Kakadu on the “World Heritage in danger list.” It has given the Howard government until April 15 to prove scientifically that… Read more »

Tenacity Pays Off: Nazi headquarters shut down!

Winter/Spring 1998

In April this year, after a 15-month battle, Campaign Against the Nazis (CAN) celebrated the closure of a Nazi organising centre in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. National Action (NA) is a Nazi outfit which occasionally emerges from the sewers of Australian politics. In January 1997, NA opened what it called a “bookshop” on Fawkner, a multicultural… Read more »

The Republic Debate: Capitalism vs Democracy

Summer/Autumn 1998

For the first time, the whole population – including women and Indigenous people – has the opportunity to shape the country’s political future. This calls for the widest possible debate. The many injustices of this society will only begin to be redressed when we have a government of the people, for the people and by the people – all of the people. Here’s to a Socialist Republic of Australia.

Say It Loud: Male, Feminist and Proud! A Social Feminist Critiques Men and Sexual Politics

Summer/Autumn 1998

Bob Pease’s Men and Sexual Politics: Towards a Profeminist Practice is an important record of the anti-sexist men’s movement in Australia. Pease himself has at least 20 years’ experience in raising men’s consciousness about gender injustice. He helped form Men Against Sexual Assault (MASA) in Melbourne in 1989 and has been involved in its sexism awareness education program for men. Since 1989 Pease has taught a course called “Men, Masculinity and Anti-Patriarchal Practice” to women and men Social Work students at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).