International

Radical Women Statement to AZT Rally and Candle light Vigil

Summer 1988/1989

Melbourne, 3 March 1988 Radical Women is an international socialist feminist organisation comprised of women workers, students and welfare recipients of many races, both gay and straight, older and young. We are pleased to be represented here this evening and are delighted that we could help build this important rally. We demand that all people… Read more »

Obituary – Manda Biles

Summer 1988/1989

On March 30 1988 the struggle for a better world lost a fighter with the death of Manda Biles. Right from the early seventies Manda was in the thick of the struggle for women’s liberation, gay liberation and workers rights. Manda was active during the seventies in the Australian Union of Students (AUS) and played… Read more »

Lesbians and Gay Men say “Our relationships are not ‘pretend’ ones” — Fighting Clause 28

Summer 1988/1989

Since Clause 28 has become law it has meant that any positive lesbian or gay male programs that promoted lesbian and gay male relationships as a viable alternative have lost their funding. It has virtually outlawed the ‘promotion’ of homosexuality by prohibiting discussion and distribution of information. This attack by the right wing is happening world-wide, not only in Britain. There is a strong push by the right wing to strengthen the image of the monogamous, heterosexual nuclear family as the only ‘acceptable’ and ‘proper’ relationship.

Obituary – Ted Hill

Summer 1988/1989

Ted Hill, who retired from his post of chair of the Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist) late in 1984, died in Melbourne on February 1 1988 after a long battle with cancer. Ted was 72 years old.  Hill, who worked as a lawyer in the workers compensation field, got involved in politics during the depression. He joined… Read more »

Bosses’ court cuts pay again, but demands “work harder!”

Summer 1988/1989

For more than 80 years the working class in this country has been shackled to the capitalists through the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission. This has held workers back, kept them impoverished, derailed their attempts to break the chains. The Accord, which is the parent of the new wage system is the latest attempt to clothe the emperor.

Launching the Public Sector Fightback

Summer 1988

We must all encourage and build the leadership of the most oppressed within the struggle. This task is all to clear in the public sector where, in many industries, women are a clear majority yet, almost without exception, we are, as a group, at the bottom of the heap.

Real Rape Law Campaign Gathers Momentum

September – December 1990

Rape is a largely unreported crime. And, given the myriad obstacles which a rape victim must endure, it is hardly surprising that many women decide not to notify the police. As a starting point, the law needs to be changed to mitigate the rape victim’s trauma from simply reporting the crime.

State Genocide of Aboriginal People Goes on: The Murray Family Fights Back

September – December 1990

In 1981, Eddie Murray was found dead in a police cell. In 1987, two cops bashed Eddie’s sister, Anna. Eddie’s murder and Anna’s persecution have a history, and they typify what happens to Aboriginal people regularly. The persecution of the Murray family for their militancy is an effort to break them and Aboriginal fighters like them.

Hawke Government Declares Open Season On Migrants

September – December 1990

At the very time the government is laying the foundations for its anti-migrant witch-hunt, migrants are being blamed for everything, from the destruction of the environment to the crisis of the economy.