International

Beyond the limits of reconciliation

Winter/Spring 2000

On 28 May, half a million crossed Sydney Harbour Bridge in the Walk for Reconciliation. Actions followed in cities and towns across the country — 50,000 participated in Adelaide and 70,000 in Brisbane. But reconciliation is a vague, “feel good” concept, and does not address the fundamental injustices experienced by Indigenous Australians. Many marchers understood… Read more »

Russell Savage: Hands Off Our Gender Identity!

Winter/Spring 2000

The minority Bracks ALP Government in Victoria has caved in to demands made by conservative independent MP, Russell Savage, and withdrawn the Equal Opportunity (Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation) Bill until the Spring Session of Parliament. The Bill would enhance the rights of gay men and lesbians and, for the first time, make discrimination against… Read more »

Your Say

Winter/Spring 2000

Geelong Campaign Against the GST Geelong residents are campaigning in the streets against the imposition of the Federal Government’s GST. The Stop the GST Committee distributed two petitions, one to address the current Federal Government and the other to call on the Federal Opposition to honour their 1998 electoral platform that there be no GST…. Read more »

George Petersen: Pioneer Australian Trotskyist

Winter/Spring 2000

I first heard about George Petersen in 1981. I was a 22 year old gay liberationist and budding socialist. The gay movement was buzzing with news of the Petersen bill, a private member’s bill introduced into the NSW Parliament to lower the age of consent to 16 for both homosexuals and heterosexuals and to repeal… Read more »

Bon Hull: Inspirational women’s liberationist

Winter/Spring 2000

Bon Hull, one of Australia’s first women’s liberationists, was born Jessie Mary Hull on 28 March 1915. She died 16 June 2000. Raised by her working class family in Footscray, Bon went to work in the rag trade in Flinders Lane and for many years combined family commitments with a successful career as a designer…. Read more »

Jack Davis: Indigenous leader & playwright

Winter/Spring 2000

Jack Davis, poet, playwright, actor and Aboriginal activist, died on 17 March at the age of 83. He leaves an extraordinary legacy. Born in 1917, Jack  lived for a period at the Moore River Native Settlement and the Brookton Aboriginal Reserve. As a young man, Jack laboured as a stockman and an itinerant worker. His… Read more »

End the persecution of refugees!

Winter/Spring 2000

Immigration Minister, Phillip Ruddock dubbed the “Minister for Misery” by The Age newspaper, has overseen appalling mistreatment of immigrants during his term of office. But it is important to remember that most of his inhumane and racist anti-immigrant laws and procedures were put in place by his ALP predecessor, Nick Bolkus, acting well within that… Read more »

Shut Down The World Economic Forum!

Winter/Spring 2000

Global capitalism faces a crisis — and it’s not the economic one, not directly, anyway. In the last four years, in cities across the world, mass protest has greeted meetings of global economic institutions. Now one of those bodies is descending upon Australia. A regional meeting of the big business think tank, the World Economic… Read more »

The “shocking truth” about corporate welfare dependency!

Winter/Spring 2000

Australian corporate welfare — free handouts to business — is a tale of commercial intrigue, political hypocrisy, back room deals, kickbacks and official cover-ups. The Greens have recently lifted the lid on this corruption with a detailed report, yet for something that should have made headlines across the country, it was mostly stifled and swept… Read more »