International

The Stealing of the Presidency: Democracy in the U.S. is a sham!

Summer/Autumn 2001

With the help of big brother Jeb, the Republican Party machinery of Florida, a mainstream media obsessed with “chads” — the bits of paper that voting machines cut from the ballots — and a one vote majority in a Supreme Court dominated by conservatives, George W. Bush hijacked the 2000 presidential election. The racism, corruption,… Read more »

May Day! Global Finance System Foundering As Planet-wide Mass Revolt Builds

Summer/Autumn 2001

The November 30, 1999 (N30) Seattle protests against the World Trade Organisation (WTO) signalled a turning point in the domination of neoliberal policies over the aspirations of the world’s peoples. The militant mass takeover of that city’s streets by students, unionists, movement activists and even a few small business owners was a huge success. The… Read more »

Your Say

Summer/Autumn 2001

Community Legal Centres Fight Back For the past three years, Community Legal Centres (CLCs) have been subjected to a review by the Federal Government which recommended that the 19 metropolitan generalist legal centres be amalgamated into four. This review has overloaded workers and reduced service provision in a sector that has had no significant funding… Read more »

Charles Perkins: a life of commitment

Summer/Autumn 2001

Doctor Charles Nelson Perrurle Perkins died in a Sydney hospital on 18 October 2000 from complications arising from a kidney transplant which he received in 1972. He was 64 years old. Charlie was born in 1936 to Hetti, an eastern Arrernte woman. His father Martin was of Kalkadoon and Irish descent. His early years were… Read more »

Interview with the Working Women Organisation of Pakistan

Winter/Spring 2000

Merle Woo, Asian-American poet and member of Radical Women in San Francisco, once wrote a poem based on a news item from China. Qi Deying, a 77 year old grandmother living in Shaanxi Province, had been attacked by a leopard while working in a field. She “grabbed the leopard by the ears, wedged its jaw… Read more »

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 »