International

Tenacity Pays Off: Nazi headquarters shut down!

Winter/Spring 1998

In April this year, after a 15-month battle, Campaign Against the Nazis (CAN) celebrated the closure of a Nazi organising centre in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. National Action (NA) is a Nazi outfit which occasionally emerges from the sewers of Australian politics. In January 1997, NA opened what it called a “bookshop” on Fawkner, a multicultural… Read more »

More Deaths In Custody: Private Prisons Profit from Misery

Summer/Autumn 1998

George Drinken died at the Port Phillip Prison in Laverton North, Victoria on 30 October 1997. The death at Port Phillip brings the total of deaths in custody in private prisons in Australia to at least 18. The position of State and Territory governments that private prisons would somehow be “better” than State prisons is… Read more »

“My life is mortgaged to the university”

Summer/Autumn 1994

Wendy Harper is a 22-year-old working class student from The Basin, who is studying first year humanities at Latrobe University. “One of the impacts of the education cuts is day students being forced to take classes in the evening, because the University is no longer prepared to fund both a day and evening class. Full-time… Read more »

“When a school closes, it can kill a community”

Summer/Autumn 1994

Susan Garrett is a TAFE student who lives in the small Gippsland town of Meeniyan. Her daughter, Liz, has just completed grade 6 at Meeniyan Primary School. “I’ve lived here for five years. I’ve had four children go through the state school system. I’m a firm believer in consultation and parent involvement. This year, Meeniyan… Read more »

“Job Satisfaction, It’s A Joke!”

Summer/Autumn 1994

Paula Pope is a sole parent who works as a sessional teacher. She teaches in the Associate Diploma of Community Development at Broadmeadows TAFE. “I get paid $23 per hour, but only for the time I spend in front of the class. I don’t get paid for preparation, or for administrative work or assessment. I… Read more »

“You have to be very assertive to get assistance!”

Summer/Autumn 1994

Nasrin Aidvandi, who was born in Iran, is studying Computing Information Technology at the Monash University, Caulfield Campus. “Although I intend to study full-time this year, I may find that, as a parent of a young child, I’m forced to drop some subjects. Tutorial times are allocated on a first-in basis. The most popular time… Read more »

“My work life became unbearable!”

Summer/Autumn 1994

In 1982 Karen Sellenger began teaching humanities in a technical school. She taught full-time in Melbourne’s northern suburbs until she took a “voluntary” redundancy package (VDP) in April 1993. I spoke to Karen, who is now unemployed, about how voluntary this was. “The school went through a ‘reorganisation.’ After the amalgamation, the new school was… Read more »

“They recognise my debt, but they won’t recognise my results!”

Summer/Autumn 1994

Jennifer Allen grew up in the western suburbs and studied arts at Melbourne University after getting excellent results in her VCE studying in an adult TAFE program. Jennifer deferred after one semester of study. “When I arrived at uni, the lectures were very overcrowded. Students were sitting in the aisles. The major problem I had… Read more »

Government Guts Equal Opportunity Law

Summer/Autumn 1994

Moira Rayner, Commissioner for Equal Opportunity in Victoria, thought her job was to let oppressed groups know about the Commission and encourage them to make complaints when they face discrimination. She had obviously been doing it well. But it seems the biggest perpetrator of discrimination is the state government. The slash-and-burn policies of the Kennett… Read more »

State Education: The School of Hard Knocks!

Summer/Autumn 1994

Across the country, students and workers in all sectors of education are organising against cutbacks, increased costs and a “reform” agenda that is turning education into a servant of industry. Last year, Queensland teachers took strike action against cuts, Canberra secondary school students organised militant walkouts to protest reduced staff numbers and academics held a… Read more »