Posts in: International

Australia’s first woman Governor-General: Make her the last!

Winter/Spring 2008

In April, Prime Minister Rudd named Quentin Bryce as the first woman to hold the position of Governor-General in its 107-year existence. The constitutional powers of the G-G are to exercise the authority of the British Queen, although both act on the advice of the Australian government. Now this anachronistic vice-regal office, a bastion of… Read more »

Review: A Pleasing View

Winter/Spring 2008

The View from Here: Conversations with Gay and Lesbian Filmmakers by Mathew Hays. Arsenal Pup Press, 2007. ISBN 978-1-55152-220-3. 384 pages. The View from Here is rich in its diversity. Mathew Hays, a film critic and author with the Montreal Mirror since 1993, conducts 32 interviews with directors and screenwriters about their work. He gives… Read more »

Ending Imperialism’s non-stop war on humanity

Winter/Spring 2008

Of the 36,524 days of the twentieth century, not one was free of war. It’s impossible to know if actual fighting occurred every day, but somewhere on the planet armed militias faced each other in trenches, bunkers, warships or warplanes, ready to shoot on command. Some, such as the armed blockade of Cuba, the destruction… Read more »

Abortion Rights in Victoria are within reach – Pro-choice action is crucial

Winter/Spring 2008

By November this year, Victorians will have new abortion laws. For the first time in 50 years, women and their doctors will no longer face possible imprisonment, as stated in the state’s 1958 Crimes Act. Abortion might become the woman’s decision. But whether, or how much, the new laws will progress beyond the status quo… Read more »

The hidden history of Dr Antoinette Konikow

Winter/Spring 2008

I love studying history. But it is not the ruling class, great men, nationalist bunkum that I was dished up at high school in the seventies that gets me excited. There’s been an outpouring of historical writing that tells stories of resistance. Feminist, anti-colonial, queer, Indigenous and labour historians — both academics and grassroots enthusiasts… Read more »

Housing: soaring costs hit home

Winter/Spring 2008

There’s a monumental housing crisis in Australia. Rents are skyrocketing and vacancy rates are the lowest on record, pushing desperate tenants to resort to unofficial rent auctions. In 1996 the cost of buying a house was four times the average wage. By 2007 it had jumped to seven times. Three hundred thousand households are currently… Read more »

Tu Kotahi Freedom Fighting Anthems: A musical lucky dip full of surprises!

Winter/Spring 2008

Tu Kotahi Freedom Fighting Anthems is an eclectic mix of music from Aotearoa. The double CD is a solidarity project to raise money for New Zealand activists targeted last year in a series of politically motivated raids (see “Dateline Aotearoa — Communities unite against misuse of terror laws Union organiser, Louisa Jones, draws lessons from… Read more »

Defend Noel Washington! Hands off Dave Kerin!

Winter/Spring 2008

Anyone who thinks the Rudd government has ripped up WorkChoices needs only consider the situation facing respected unionists, Noel Washington and Dave Kerin, to see that anti-union laws not only remain but continue to be used. On 24 April 2008 the Workplace Ombudsman issued a notice to Dave Kerin, coordinator of the Union Solidarity Group,… Read more »

Olympic games: An expensive imperialist spectacle

Winter/Spring 2008

How much is an Olympic gold medal? Not the token itself, but the cost of training and maintaining the winner. About $40 million, based on the last 35 years of government funding for so-called “elite” sports. A bronze is a bargain, coming in at only $16 million! It’s important to remember that this funding goes,… Read more »

Bankrupting Dissent

Winter/Spring 2008

The federal minister for destroying the environment, Peter Garrett, has made a series of outrageous pro-business decisions, including approval of the Gunns pulp mill near Launceston, the dredging of Port Phillip Bay and a desalination plant near Wonthaggi. All three projects pose considerable risks to the environment and have led to the formation of local… Read more »