Posts in: International

Mass action, not restrictive laws, will stop anti-abortion violence

Winter/Spring 2005

In March, the Victorian Labor Party government foreshadowed legislation to prevent anti-abortionist protesters from approaching within a certain distance of fertility clinics. On several occasions, abortion rights activists from university campuses and Radical Women have defended the clinic. Over the past months, clients and staff of the Fertility Control Clinic in East Melbourne have been… Read more »

A conversation with Tasmanian Stolen Generations activist, Debra Hocking

Winter/Spring 2005

Debra Hocking is an Indigenous woman stolen from her family and the Tasmanian representative on the National Sorry Day Committee. Debra is from the Mouheneenner nation in the southeastern part of Tasmania. She is a strong feminist, dynamic organiser and proud palawa (Aboriginal Tasmanian). She spoke with Alison Thorne about her journey to be reunited… Read more »

Violence against women – A huge problem which demands concrete solutions

Winter/Spring 2005

For anyone who believes that women have equality, here’s a statistic. Domestic violence is the biggest cause of death or disability for Australian women aged between 15 and 44. This data comes from a study released by Access Economics in March this year. Just months before this revelation, in November 2004, a Victorian court found… Read more »

Exposing the Spartacist school of falsification

Winter/Spring 2005

For those who have not had the pleasure of an introduction, the Spartacist League (SL) is a self-described “propaganda group” which specialises in sectarian attacks on what it calls “opponent groups” in the socialist movement.  A correct view of history is important, because it informs how we organise today and how we form political policy… Read more »

Reproductive rights coalition leads offensive against anti-woman onslaught

Winter/Spring 2005

On June 30, 120,000 unionists marched with banners and umbrellas through the centre of Melbourne. Working people — old, young, women, men, queer, straight, of many colours and many pushing prams — choked the main streets to protest the Howard Government’s plans to destroy the union movement and drive down living conditions. Among them were… Read more »

Your Say

Winter/Spring 2005

Law change the tip of the iceberg It was great to read the article on provocation in the Freedom Socialist Bulletin. Rob Hulls and John Thwaites have made all the right noises, but the whole of the Defence to Homicide Report needs to be adopted or the situation for women who kill after abuse will… Read more »

Discussion — Socialists and elections

Winter/Spring 2005

Many thanks to one of our London subscribers who approached the Stop the War Coalition for an article about the impact of the anti-war movement on the recent British elections. We thank Lindsey German from the coalition for her contribution. Lindsey, who was a candidate for the Respect Unity Coalition, scored more than one-fifth of… Read more »

Afghan people protest failures of Karzai’s puppet regime

Winter/Spring 2005

In May, Afghan authorities attempted to suppress huge demonstrations which erupted  across the country. The media characterised these protests as a one-off event and superficially claimed that the cause was the publication of a Newsweek story exposing an incident where U.S. officials insulted the Koran. Afghan activists argue that, far from being a one-off event,… Read more »

Neoliberal policies produce a skills shortage

Winter/Spring 2005

A little while ago, I attended a national meeting of rail industry representatives, called to discuss the development of a national code of operating rules. The fact that national rules have not been developed in 160 years of Australian railways makes the task daunting. What makes it even harder is the fragmentation of the industry… Read more »

School can be hell for queer youth

Winter/Spring 2005

“From the age of 12 until the age of 19, when I finally accepted my homosexuality and ‘came out’ to family and friends, I was suicidal. I was totally alone in the world, feeling as if no one would ever accept me for who I really was. My parents were outwardly homophobic. To my friends,… Read more »