australia

More Deaths In Custody: Private Prisons Profit from Misery

Summer/Autumn 1998

George Drinken died at the Port Phillip Prison in Laverton North, Victoria on 30 October 1997. The death at Port Phillip brings the total of deaths in custody in private prisons in Australia to at least 18. The position of State and Territory governments that private prisons would somehow be “better” than State prisons is… Read more »

Wik is Women’s Business National Feminist Conference Rejects Big Business Land Grab

Summer/Autumn 1998

The panels at the Women & Labour Conference reinforced Wik as a feminist issue. They showed how non-Indigenous rural people are hurting badly from a crisis-ridden system, which is becoming increasingly brutal. The profiteers are attempting to use small farmers to incite mass panic in Australia – a panic fuelled by misinformation.

Ted Bull: Lifelong Communist – 29 January 1914 – 11 December 1997

Summer/Autumn 1998

Ted Bull was a working class leader, radicalised by being unemployed during the Depression. After years of working as a wharfie, Ted was elected as Secretary of the Waterside Workers Federation in 1967 and held the post for 12 years. The Freedom Socialist Party first worked closely with Ted against the Cain government’s assault on… Read more »

TAFE Workers Fight Breaks in Contracts

Summer/Autumn 1998

Western Melbourne Institute of TAFE (WMIT) has an appalling track record in the way it treats workers employed on fixed-term contracts. A favoured management tactic to prevent workers from being eligible to certain entitlements is to place breaks between the end of one contract and the start of the next. Members of both the Australian… Read more »

Nation Feminist Conference Backs TAFE Union Struggle

Summer/Autumn 1998

The 6th Women and Labour Conference (held at Deakin University in Geelong, 28 – 30 November) featured a workshop, “Resist Casualisation and Union Busting in TAFE: Frontline Fighters Speak Out!,” which was jointly sponsored by Radical Women and the NMIT Unionists Campaign Committee. Strong women unionists from the Australian Education Union (AEU) and National Tertiary… Read more »

Walter Hillbrick: Homosexual Rights Pioneer – 7 April 1920 – 11 September 1997

Summer/Autumn 1998

Walter was born at the Salvation Army Home for Unmarried Mothers in North Fitzroy. He became a ward of the state and spent his childhood and adolescence in foster homes and eventually at the Central Mission Training Farm, Tally Ho, run by Edgar Derrick, a humanistic Christian who strongly influenced Walter. After undertaking psychoanalysis in… Read more »

Gee, Thanks Guys!

Summer/Autumn 1998

One thing working class activists have learned is that working people can’t rely on the capitalist state to stop injustice. The reason for this is, of course, that capitalism is the source of injustice, inequality and oppression across the globe. If there’s a battle to be fought, then we have to do it ourselves. We… 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.