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Winter/Spring 2004

Free Mario Bango Mario Bango is a 21-year-old Roma from Slovakia, imprisoned since March 2001 for the “crime” of defending his younger brother when they were brutally attacked by a neo-Nazi skinhead. Now he has been sentenced to 12 years without parole in prison for attempted murder. Like most Roma in Slovakia, Mario and his… Read more »

Sexism Never Scores!

Winter/Spring 2004

Who could forget the image of Indigenous Australian Football League (AFL) player, Nicky Winmar, lifting his jumper and pointing to his black skin in defiance of racist taunts from the Collingwood cheer squad? The AFL was disgraced by that exposure of the racism Indigenous and other players of colour are subjected to, on and off… Read more »

Resisting the breeding creed

Winter/Spring 2004

Remember when the Howard Government and business world were bellowing about a fertility crisis? They accused women of going on a “fertility strike” — in other words, making our own reproductive decisions — and throwing the economy into peril. When women answered back with the demand for maternity leave, the spin doctors called it “middle class… Read more »

Defend the right to dissent: Support Reta Kaur

Winter/Spring 2004

On March 20th 2003 the U.S.A. launched its “Shock and Awe” attack on Baghdad. Six weeks later, President Bush landed on the deck of an aircraft carrier to proclaim the end of major combat operations. For the people of Iraq, the nightmare of death and destruction continued. Saddam’s regime was gone, but the US-led occupation… Read more »

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 »

Socialist Alliance has healthy solutions!

Winter/Spring 2004

Socialist Alliance bases its policy on health promotion, disease prevention and timely treatment of illnesses and includes promoting good health. A healthy life depends on a healthy environment and safe working conditions. It will be based on the concept of hope and community control. Socialist Alliance will restore and extend Medicare. Medicare is not just… 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 »