International

Fight for the right to organise online!

Winter/Spring 2000

The Accord era is well and truly over. Bosses now try to crush rather than co-opt as the preferred method to neutralise effective union delegates. The ability to organise during work hours, hold workplace union meetings and even the right of union organisers to enter a workplace is being severely squeezed, thanks to the efforts… Read more »

Crisis and Leadership: A time-tested blueprint for today’s leaders

Winter/Spring 2000

In the 1960s, when I was a teenager in the United States, it seemed like a day didn’t go by without a city boiling over in protest. The Civil Rights movement had erupted out of the South, and African Americans’ struggle for basic democratic rights had spread across the country. Conscription for the Vietnam War… 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Bracks ALP Government in Victoria has caved in to demands made by conservative independent MP, Russell Savage, and withdrawn the Equal Opportunity (Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation) Bill until the Spring Session of Parliament.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 »