australia

Being an Aboriginal woman

Summer/Autumn 1994

I am a 31-year-old Aboriginal woman of Ugarapul and Bundjalung tribal roots, who is strong in my culture, but contends with the aftermath of European invasion of this my sacred land, Australia.

The Co-option Game: Enterprise Bargaining to Extend Bosses’ Plunder

Summer/Autumn 1994

The Federal ALP introduced enterprise bargaining in 1991 to replace the pre-existing centralised “wage fixing” system. No longer do workers get regular wage adjustments. Instead, the only way of getting so-called wage “increases” is by “bargaining” with the boss. With the deck stacked against us.

More Aboriginal Genocide: Miners Battle White Death at Baryulgil

Summer 1992/1993

“If the bullet takes 20 years to kill you, it’s not called murder, it’s called business” – (Paul Brodeur in Blue Murder by Ben Hills) The Aboriginal community of Baryulgil, in northern New South Wales, is fighting to redress an act of genocide — this time, the weapon is asbestos and the murderer is James… Read more »

Filling the Glass of Struggle

Summer 1992/1993

Much has been said already about the record 6% swing against the Australian Labor Party in the October 3 Victorian state elections, resulting in the election of Kennett and his band of small business barbarians. There is no doubt that working people in Victoria are faced with an onslaught, the like of which we haven’t… Read more »

Meriam People Win Land Title Case Indigenous rights not extinguished by invasion

Summer 1992/1993

Mer Island is the largest of the easternmost group of islands, the Murray Islands, in Torres Strait. About 400 Islander people live there. In 1879 the Murray Islands were annexed to the then Crown colony of Queensland. This annexation was done without reference to the Meriam people, but with relatively little disruption to customary society…. Read more »

AIDS Council Needs Urgent Change: A Founding Member Speaks Out!

Summer 1992/1993

A change is needed in the Victoria AIDS Council (VAC). The organisation, which now employs 50 workers, must open up to give all groups affected by AIDS a genuine share of the power within the organisation or they should stop pretending to be the peak AIDS body and change their name to the Victorian Gay… Read more »

Workers Demand More, Not Less

Summer/Autumn 1992

The connection between workers and users of public and community sector services is a natural alliance. The demands of the More, Not Less campaign, adopted at its public meeting in August 1991, reflects the diversity of support and the unity of our struggles.

THROUGH BLACK EYES: A Unique Approach to Family Violence

Summer/Autumn 1992

Aboriginal women have developed a unique approach to combating domestic violence. Through Black Eyes is a landmark document that, in its approach to combating violence in the home, places the focus on community-inspired, rather than state-driven, solutions.

Hands Off Bougainville!

September – December 1990

The ink is hardly dry on the August 5 agreement signed by the interim Bougainville government and the national government of Papua New Guinea (PNG), yet already PNG has reneged on its side of the bargain by landing seventy troops and thirty police on Buka Island, just north of the main island. Moses Havini, the… Read more »

Real Rape Law Campaign Gathers Momentum

September - December 1990

Rape is a largely unreported crime. And, given the myriad obstacles which a rape victim must endure, it is hardly surprising that many women decide not to notify the police. As a starting point, the law needs to be changed to mitigate the rape victim’s trauma from simply reporting the crime.