International

Being an Aboriginal woman

Summer/Autumn 1994

I am a 31-year-old Aboriginal woman of Ugarapul and Bundjalung tribal roots, who is strong in my culture, but contends with the aftermath of European invasion of this my sacred land, Australia.

Capitalism’s Fascist Virus Needs Working Class Antidote

Winter/Spring 1993

That capitalism is in bad shape is not news. What is news is the sharpened polarisation of class forces, which has the decaying system as its source. Attacks by fascist groupings are on the rise. Anti-Semitic slogans, such as ones recently daubed on a synagogue in Brisbane and another in Perth, follow a global trend.

AIDS Council Needs Urgent Change: A Founding Member Speaks Out!

Summer 1992/1993

A change is needed in the Victoria AIDS Council (VAC). The organisation, which now employs 50 workers, must open up to give all groups affected by AIDS a genuine share of the power within the organisation or they should stop pretending to be the peak AIDS body and change their name to the Victorian Gay… Read more »

More Aboriginal Genocide: Miners Battle White Death at Baryulgil

Summer 1992/1993

“If the bullet takes 20 years to kill you, it’s not called murder, it’s called business” – (Paul Brodeur in Blue Murder by Ben Hills) The Aboriginal community of Baryulgil, in northern New South Wales, is fighting to redress an act of genocide — this time, the weapon is asbestos and the murderer is James… Read more »

Filling the Glass of Struggle

Summer 1992/1993

Much has been said already about the record 6% swing against the Australian Labor Party in the October 3 Victorian state elections, resulting in the election of Kennett and his band of small business barbarians. There is no doubt that working people in Victoria are faced with an onslaught, the like of which we haven’t… Read more »

Meriam People Win Land Title Case Indigenous rights not extinguished by invasion

Summer 1992/1993

Mer Island is the largest of the easternmost group of islands, the Murray Islands, in Torres Strait. About 400 Islander people live there. In 1879 the Murray Islands were annexed to the then Crown colony of Queensland. This annexation was done without reference to the Meriam people, but with relatively little disruption to customary society…. Read more »

Workers Demand More, Not Less

Summer/Autumn 1992

The connection between workers and users of public and community sector services is a natural alliance. The demands of the More, Not Less campaign, adopted at its public meeting in August 1991, reflects the diversity of support and the unity of our struggles.

THROUGH BLACK EYES: A Unique Approach to Family Violence

Summer/Autumn 1992

Aboriginal women have developed a unique approach to combating domestic violence. Through Black Eyes is a landmark document that, in its approach to combating violence in the home, places the focus on community-inspired, rather than state-driven, solutions.

Defending Reproductive Freedom: An International Struggle for Women’s Rights

Summer/Autumn 1990

Abortion is about the right of women to biological and sexual self-determination. It is about our right to be economically independent. It is about being able to make choices about if and when we will bear children. It is an extremely basic issue and one of the bottom lines in the fight for women’s freedom.

Perkins Scapegoated For Aboriginal Control of Aboriginal Affairs Now!

Summer 1988/1989

As the Bicentennial year draws to a close, the government is getting desperate to undermine the growing public support for the demands of Australia’s Aboriginal nations. Their desperation came to a head in early November with the sacking of Department of Aboriginal Affairs head, Charles Perkins. Cries of “mismanagement and nepotism” surround the sacking of… Read more »