Radical Women

Socialist Feminists and the Socialist Alliance: An exchange between Louise Walker and Radical Women

Winter/Spring 2004

In the last Radical Women Supplement, of Freedom Socialist Bulletin # 30 (Summer/Autumn 2004), Radical Women published its letter to the Socialist Alliance National Executive explaining its decision not to formally affiliate to Socialist Alliance (SA) but to instead remain autonomous while actively supporting SA as a united front. We publish below the subsequent discussion… Read more »

Stop the Execution of Amina Lawal!

Winter/Spring 2003

In a world smouldering with hotspots, women’s rights are often at the forefront. In Nigeria, the case of Amina Lawal, 31, sentenced to death in March 2002 by an Islamic court for the “crime” of having sex outside marriage, has ignited national and international outrage. She was sentenced to die by stoning in January 2004,… Read more »

Gaylene Seadon – Farewell to a gutsy feminist fighter

Winter/Spring 2003

On 31 May, Gaylene Seadon’s long fight with breast cancer came to a close. Gaylene, who was mother to Matthew and Katie, was 49 years old. She fought cancer in the same way she struggled against bosses, sell-out bureaucrats and patriarchs — with tenacity! Until ill health slowed her down, I knew I’d find myself… Read more »

Nelson and Costello’s plans for Higher Education: bad for all, worse for women

Winter/Spring 2003

The outcome of the recent review by Federal Minister for Education Dr Brendan Nelson, Higher Education at the Crossroads, is a 10-year plan for tertiary education which will complete the reintroduction of tuition fees and transform universities from institutions of learning into corporations managing the bottom line. Nelson and Federal Treasurer, Peter Costello, both received… Read more »

Junior rates are Wage Slavery – Equal Pay NOW!

Winter/Spring 2003

According to the Howard Government, young people should be grateful for being paid peanuts. The “youth wage,” it claims, gives them a foot in the door and reduces unemployment. But does it create jobs or slaves? International labour standards and human rights conventions prohibit workplace discrimination on various grounds, including age. Similarly the Australian Industrial… Read more »

Fathers’ rights advocates make common cause with Blackshirts thug

Winter/Spring 2003

It’s pretty chilling to open up the Saturday newspaper and see an article on Federal Government talks about the family with a well-known fascist. On June 21, “Why Howard suddenly started to talk about custody battles” appeared on the front page of The Age. John Abbott, leader of the Blackshirts — but described only as… Read more »

Ngarrindjeri women vindicated! Make the developers pay compensation now!

Summer/Autumn 2003

On September 20, 2002 the Ngarrindjeri Nation of South Australia finally got some justice. National media reported the discovery of the 200-year-old bones of a woman and her baby daughter at Goolwa, outside Adelaide. Eighteen months earlier, the Hindmarsh Island Bridge had been opened with much fanfare, linking Goolwa to Kumarangk (traditional name for Hindmarsh… Read more »

Goodbye Delia: Huge crowd pays tribute at memorial meeting

Summer/Autumn 2003

On a hot summer’s evening, family, friends and comrades gathered at the home of Delia Maxwell, who had died from breast cancer, to pay tribute to a remarkable woman. It was December 21, and this would have been her 70th birthday. As a member of Radical Women, Delia had turned her house, with her lovingly… Read more »