Posts in: International

Liyarn Ngarn: A journey of oppression, resistance and hope

Summer/Autumn 2008

Liyarn Ngarn is a road movie. British actor, Pete Postlethwaite, renowned for his roles in Brassed Off and In The Name of the Father, takes an outback trip through Western Australia with singer songwriter, Archie Roach. Roach’s haunting melodies, combined with Postlethwaite’s journey to learn about the oppression of Aboriginal Australians, makes for a dynamite… Read more »

Your Say

Summer/Autumn 2008

Proposed Vic Relationship Register Hazy The Victorian government recently introduced legislation to Parliament for a relationships register. But how adequately does it support same-sex couples? The Brumby government has announced plans to improve IVF and surrogacy laws. But adoption was handballed to the national Council of Community Services Ministers. This will, at best, delay or,… Read more »

Bernie Banton 1946 — 2007

Summer/Autumn 2008

They gave Bernie Banton a state funeral. (“They” meaning the government of New South Wales.) It would have been a much better gift to Bernie and his family if they and their predecessors had, a quarter of a century before Bernie was born, made laws that kept asbestos in the ground. A better gift indeed,… Read more »

Red Earth: Don’t forget the cities!

Summer/Autumn 2008

Hands up who hasn’t had a gripe about one or more of the following, lately: roads, public transport, schools, hospitals, housing, water shortages, power/gas supplies, telecommunications? A lot of raised hands, I guess! All of these are examples of the essential infrastructure that keeps our cities and towns going. Their failure is an important environmental… Read more »

Union Eyes

Summer/Autumn 2008

The ABCC must go! The Howard government has gone, but one of its most repressive anti-worker bodies — the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) — remains. Established in October 2005, this body was given sweeping powers that remove the most basic of civil rights from building workers. In gathering evidence, the ABCC operates in… Read more »

Unprecedented mass reaction to the assassination of Benazir Bhutto

Summer/Autumn 2008

We are pleased to publish this slightly abridged version of a statement by the Labour Party of Pakistan (LPP), issued by General Secretary Farooq Tariq, on 29 December 2007, just two days after the assassination of opposition leader, Benazir Bhutto. This working class view from inside Pakistan tells a story of struggle that the mainstream… Read more »

After the Howard disaster: Indigenous leaders look to the future

Summer/Autumn 2008

Many Australians were jubilant to see former Prime Minister John Howard lose his own seat of Bennelong at the 24 November federal election. But for the Indigenous rights activists holding a sovereignty vigil outside the old Victorian Aboriginal Health Service building in Fitzroy on election night, the news that Mal Brough — architect of the… Read more »

Single-issue survey denies unionists a real voice

Summer/Autumn 2008

Shortly after the federal election, I received an electronic survey from my union, the Australian Services Union. The leadership was asking for members’ feedback on the election and the Your Rights at Work campaign. I thought: this is great — members get to say what we think. Since the union movement’s focus on the Your… Read more »

April 2008 national day of protest demands: Drop the Charges Against Lex Wotton Now!

Summer/Autumn 2008

A campaign to throw out all charges against Palm Island Aboriginal leader, Lex Wotton, is gaining momentum. Wotton participated in the November 2004 protest against the killing of his friend Mulrunji, a respected community member and father, while in police custody. Singled out in the crackdown that followed, Wotton faces charges of “riot with destruction”… Read more »