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(en) Anarchist Age Weekly Review No.524 11th November ­ 17th November, 2002

From Phil McCrory <philmcc@melbpc.org.au>
Date Wed, 13 Nov 2002 03:46:26 -0500 (EST)


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  NO GLOBALISATION WITHOUT DIRECT DEMOCRACY ­ ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE
"WE SWEAR BY THE SOUTHERN CROSS TO STAND TRULY BY EACH OTHER AND FIGHT TO
DEFEND OUR RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES" ­ EUREKA REBELLION OATH 1854

IT'S STARTED
The Howard government has, during its term in office, been able through
regulation and legislation to successfully stigmatise and ostracise some of
the most disadvantaged members of our community ­ the unemployed. Its
divisive breaching policies and the onerous regulations it has imposed on
those Australians that receive unemployment benefits has resulted in the
fining of 259 000 unemployed people an average of 800 dollars per year, for
petty breaches over the last financial year.

Recent social security law changes, involving people who receive disability
support pensions, some of the most vulnerable people in the Australian
community, is having devastating effects on people with intellectual,
physical, and psychological disabilities, many of whom have literacy
difficulties and many who have a poor grasp of English.

Over the next two years, Centrelink will be carrying out Disability Support
Pension Medical Reviews, on all people receiving Disability Support
Pensions, in a cynical attempt to cut the number of people who receive
Disability Support Pensions. The first batch of letters, which have been
sent out to conduct these medical reviews, highlights the draconian nature
of the review process.

Those who have to undergo a medical review are sent a letter, which begins
with the innocuous phrase, "The purpose of this letter is to gather
information to help us make the right decision about your Disability Support
Pension." The letter includes two review forms: one, a complex medical form
to be filled in by the person's primary doctor, which demands complex
documentation about the person's disability and ends with the statement that
if the forms are not received within 14 days of the date on the letter, the
person's Disability Support Pension will be cancelled.

To expect some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the
community, some who have received a Disability Support Pension all their
lives, to complete this exercise without prior warning in fourteen days is a
cynical attempt to decrease the number of people receiving Disability
Support Pensions by exploiting their vulnerability. It seems the Howard
government has embarked on the same petty harassment campaign it has
successfully used to ostracise the unemployed. This time its mean spirited
approach will not work because most Australian's know somebody on a
Disability Support Pension and will not tolerate this type of government
bullying.

TOSCANO, 1    McFARLANE, 0
Regular readers of the Anarchist Age Weekly Review may have followed the
comments I've been making about the Governor of the Reserve Bank's assertion
that interest rates would have to rise by 1.5 to 2% in the near future. I'm
no economic expert and don't have the resources that the Governor of the
Reserve Bank, Ian McFarlane, has at his fingertips. If I could see that
there were no indications that interest rates would rise, why did the
Reserve Bank keep telling Australians that interest rates would have to rise
by up to 2% over the second half of 2002?

A good way to tell whether interest rates will rise or not is to look at
fixed interest rate mortgages that banks are offering customers. Over the
past year, fixed term mortgage rates have been relatively low in comparison
to variable mortgage rates. This is a good indication that interest rates
will not rise over the next twelve months. McFarlane and the Reserve Bank
staff are not fools; they have access to economic data that most
commentators donıt have access to. So why does the Reserve Bank put out
statements that have little or no co-relation with reality?

The Reserve Bank is not some independent think tank that monitors economic
data; itıs a major player in the game that manipulates economic information
to suit prevailing government economic theories. It's important to remember
that there are no independent economic commentators in the business; each
have their own barrow to push. The Chief of the Reserve Bank and the members
of the Reserve Bank board are political appointees. They owe their positions
on the Reserve Board to their political mentors. The longer a government is
in power, the easier it is to stack the Reserve Bank board with appointees
who mirror the government's economic concerns and agenda.

The Reserve Bank is not the independent value free organisation that it's
portrayed as in the media. In Australia, the Reserve Bank is essentially an
arm of government. It's ideas and decisions mirror the ideas that are held
by the government of the day. The Reserve Bank reflects the concerns of the
government of the day, not the concerns of those that the government
theoretically represents. Thatıs why so many of its statements on the
current state of the economy wouldn't be out of place in fairyland.

WORLD TRADE ORGANISATION SYDNEY BASH
The participation of 25 Trade Ministers, from some of the major players in
the World Trade Organisation Meeting at Homebush in Sydney, is an exercise
in defending the indefensible. The World Trade Organisation's mantra is
breathtakingly simple: "ıFree tradeı between the West and the impoverished
developing world will eradicate poverty" and raise the dead (my joke).
Economic gurus of the calibre of Alan Wood, The Australian's Economics
Editor, are frothing at the mouth that the "Mob" protesting outside the
Homebush meeting have the audacity to question this simple act of faith
(Australian 12/11).

"Free trade" is the scourge of the post-modern world. Rich, powerful Nation
States use their economic dominance to create zones that use cheap labour to
extract raw materials that are used to fuel the Western military industrial
complex. Local economies are devastated in the push to grow export crops.
Food self-sufficiency is replaced with the drive to farm export crops to
earn the hard currency that developing Nations need to pay off crippling
debts to the West.

"Free trade" is a recipe for economic ruin and starvation. What is happening
in the developing world today mirrors what happened during the infamous
Irish Potato Famine in the 1840s. While export crops were being grown and
exported, nearly a million people died from starvation because the rapidly
diminishing land used for agriculture was not able to produce enough
potatoes to feed the people of Ireland when the potato blight struck. The
term "Free trade" is one of the great ironies of the 21st Century. An
economic system that is dominated by the needs of some of the most powerful
economies in the world, which is skewed to protect their interests, is
called "Free trade", while attempts to promote self-sufficiency and economic
independence are dismissed as protectionism.

It's time the intellectually spurious arguments that are trotted out every
time the W.T.O. meets are met head on, and the push to deregulate the market
place, so all the cards are placed in the hands of some of the most wealthy
Nation States on this planet, is exposed for what it is ­ a naked grab for
power and wealth. In the 21st Century, "Free trade" is a term that has
become synonymous with the worst excesses of corporate capitalism.

DO VOTERS HAVE A REAL CHOICE?
If anybody took any notice of the drivel that passes for electoral comment
in this country, they could be forgiven for thinking that the new kid on the
block, the Greens, was going to make a difference at the Victorian State
election. As the Labor and Liberal party outdo themselves in their bid to
capture Green preferences, itıs becoming clear that the Greens today, like
One Nation yesterday, are not offering voters new alternatives.

Each passing day of the current lack lustre Victorian election campaign is a
salutatory reminder of how little power politicians at the local and state
level have in this country. Even if the Greensı wildest dreams came true and
they won a majority in both houses of the Victorian parliament, the changes
they could introduce via the parliamentary system would be limited. Power,
as we all know, doesn't lie in state parliament, it lies in the boardrooms
of national and transnational corporations.

These elections have become important, not because of who will be elected
into parliament, but because the Greens have given the parliamentary system
that shot in the arm it requires to remain relevant. Abstention politics are
one of the few ways that citizens can show their disgust with an electoral
process that reinforces the myth that power lies in parliament.

The more people who donıt vote or vote informal, the greater the challenge
that those who wield power will be faced with in the future.
Non-participation in electoral politics is one way that ordinary people can
challenge the myths that this society is based on. The question Victorians
on the electoral role should be asking themselves is not who they are going
to vote for, but whether they are willing to be forced to participate in a
system of government they have no faith in.

SUCCESS!
United Nations Security Council Resolution or no United Nations Security
Council resolution, the attempt to disarm the Iraqi regime is little more
than a crude attempt by the United States to seize, by military force, the
second largest source of oil in the Middle East. It seems president Bush has
succeeded in doing what even Saddam Hussein could not do, even though he has
a vast military machine and an extensive secret police network. Bush has
united the Kurds in Northern Iraq, Saddam Hussein's military machine and the
Shiites in Southern Iraq.

United States military intervention will be resisted by most factions within
Iraq society because both the Kurds in the North and Muslim fundamentalists
in the South know that United States intervention would slow down their
campaigns to achieve independence. The military invasion of Afghanistan was
relatively easy because the Taliban were regarded and acted as an army of
foreign occupation. Their downfall was welcomed by most people in
Afghanistan.

Although Saddam Hussein's downfall will be initially welcomed by people who
are tired of war, any attempt to curtail their sovereignty or divert their
resources to enrich the United States military industrial complex will be
resisted. A United States military occupation of Iraq may initially be
successful, but long term it has no future. The United States government,
like the Israeli government, will soon learn that it is one thing to invade
a country, but it's another thing ruling a hostile population.

Whatever happens over the next three to four months, the imposition of
military rule in Iraq will be resisted by a people who have a history of
ruling themselves in one way or another for over seven thousand years.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q.    Who benefits from terrorism?
A.   Anybody who still believes that using indiscriminate terror as a
strategy promotes their cause, only has to look at what has occurred since
September 11th 2001.  The State has been able to successfully use the threat
of terror to mobilise people behind it and to limit and in some cases remove
rights and liberties that individuals have enjoyed for decades.  Radical
egalitarian change does not occur as a result of campaigns that are based on
terror, it occurs as a consequence of mass action.
Trying to blow up a social relationship is as elusive as finding gold at the
end of the rainbow.  What may at first seem an easy proposition, inevitably
plays into the hands of those that wield power.  Fear of indiscriminate
terror drives people into the arms of those who exercise power.  Power may
come from the barrel of a gun for those people who control the State or want
to capture and transform the State to promote their ideological concerns, it
doesnıt create communities that are based on egalitarian principles.  Terror
is the weapon of the State and vanguard movements that are attempting to
destabilise the State.
Very few anarchists have been terrorists, most anarchists are not pacifists,
although there is a long tradition of pacifism in the anarchist movement.
The failure of the propaganda by the dead phase of anarchist activity in the
1890ıs was instrumental in the anarchist movement turning its back on terror
as strategy and embarking on a much more successful period in our history,
when anarchists used the increasing levels of dissatisfaction within
communities to create a mass movement that evolved around the places where
people lived and worked.  This movement attempted to destroy the legitimacy
of the governments they were living under and all governments, by setting up
parallel structures of power based on egalitarian principles and by creating
infrastructure that attempted to meet peopleıs social, cultural, health and
education needs.
By creating a society within a society, they were able to undermine the
authority of the State.  When the State attempted to reassert its authority
by the use of military force, they had enough popular support to forcibly
resist and in a few cases defeat the imposition of a military government.
Successful revolutions for egalitarian change occurs as a consequence of
using tactics that undermine the legitimacy of governments and the State,
and building a mass movement that reflects the egalitarian community we are
trying to create.

ACTION BOX
  "PSYCHOLOGICAL"
Whether radical egalitarian social change does or does not occur, depends to
a large degree on whether people believe itıs desirable or practical.  The
practice of slavery, where one human being could buy or sell another human
being, was a universally accepted worldwide practice a few hundred years
ago.  Today this practice only exists in a few isolated pockets.  Slavery
did not just disappear.  What was regarded by the majority of people as a
necessity, became a practice that was and continues to be frowned on by most
people after a long, vigorous and bloody campaign against the idea that one
human being could and should own another human being.
The movement for egalitarian social change finds itself in a similar
position to the anti slavery movement in the 18th century.  Most people
think our ideas are impractical and cannot be implemented.  Even some people
within our own ranks believe that what we want is utopia and that as a
movement we will always be part of a permanent protest movement, whose main
role is to stop the development of overtly authoritarian tendencies within
the communities we live in.
What is deemed to be possible and practical depends to a large degree on
what we believe is possible and practical.  Whether we personally become
involved in movements to promote radical egalitarian social change depends
on whether we believe that the ideas we want to promote are worth while and
whether they can successfully be introduced.  The gap between theory and
action can only be bridged if we believe itıs possible.  Ideas and movements
that have literally turned the world upside down have punctuated the course
of human history.  This has occurred because opinions and ideas that at
first seemed impractical and utopian, have caught the popular imagination
and have been implemented because people have realised that these ideas
would improve their way of life and that change through action was possible.
The inhibitions that individuals and groups face in the struggle to
implement radical egalitarian social change are both physical and
psychological.  The struggle needs to be played at both a psychological and
physical level.  Our ability to create the climate that radical egalitarian
social change is desirable and possible is one of the greatest challenges we
face in a society where the means of communication are owned and dominated
by the ideas of those who wield power and authority.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
THE EUREKA SERIES NO. 41
"JOHN BASSON HUMFFRAY"
John Basson Humffray was born in Wales in 1824.  He was involved in the
Chartist movement in Wales and arrived in Ballarat in 1853.  Humffray became
the leading advocate for the ?moral forceı faction of the Ballarat Reform
League.  He, like many other diggers on the goldfields, was convinced that
the use of physical force was immoral and counterproductive.  Humffray was
elected President of the Ballarat Reform League at a mass meeting of over
10,000 diggers at Bakery Hill in Ballarat on Saturday 11th November 1854.
He was one of the 3 delegates from the Ballarat Reform League that was
involved in a meeting with Governor Hotham in Melbourne on Monday 27th
November 1854.  Sensing that his ?moral forceı movement was losing support
among the miners, he said very little at the meeting.  Humffray remained the
leader of the Ballarat Reform League till Thursday 30th November 1854.
After a particularly viscous licence raid in the gravel pits on Thursday
morning when diggers were wounded and arrested, the miners accepted the
argument that force should be met with force.  Lalor was elected leader of
the Ballarat Reform League that afternoon and the Eureka stockade was
erected that very same day.  Humffray and his followers withdrew their
support from the Ballarat Reform League at the critical moment the diggers
took arms to protect their rights and liberties.
Although Humffray did not participate in the rebellion itself, he was at the
forefront of the movement that sprang up to defend the 13 miners who were
charged with High Treason for their role in the rebellion.  He was elected
unopposed with Lalor as a representative for Ballarat in the Victorian
Legislative Council in 1855.  He was still highly regarded, although he had
withdrawn his support for the Eureka rebellion at a critical moment.
Humffray had a long distinguished parliamentary career representing the
people of Ballarat.
He died in 1899 and asked to be buried in the old Ballarat cemetery with
those that had died in the Eureka rebellion.  Although he did not fight with
them because of his objections to the use of physical force, he now lies
buried with them in Ballarat while Lalor lies buried in the Melbourne
cemetery.

  BOOK REVIEW
"GLOBAL UPRISING"
  ?Confronting the Tyrannies of the 21st Centuryı,
  Stories from a New Generation of Activists.
  New Society Publishers 2001,
  Neva WELTON & Linda WOLF,
  ISBN 0-86571-446-0, www.newsociety.com
"Global Uprising" is one of those books that attempts to define the future
without acknowledging the past.  In a little over 270 pages the editors have
outlined 60 examples of what they believe are cutting edge new generation
movements.  The book is heavily orientated around North American examples of
the new generation of activists.  In tiny vinaigrettes of 4 or 5 pages
usually preceded by a photograph of the author, a window is opened on an
individual or a group who are challenging dominant culture.  An eclectic mix
of reformists, radicals and revolutionaries are thrown together in the same
pot.  Tom Hayden a Californian U.S. Senator, shares the same book with
Warcry, a serial anti globalisation protestor who attempts to explain the
role of the Black Bloc in anti globalisation demonstrations.
Animal activists share the book with American black activists, students for
democracy in Sierra Leone and exiles from Bhutan.  New generation activists
share the book with Noam Chomsky, Tom Hayden and Vandana Shiva.  Each has a
story to tell.  Poets rub shoulders with academics who in turn rub shoulders
with environmentalists. "Global Uprising" is in essence a mini coffee table
book of individuals and groups living in North America, who are not happy
with the direction life, in the land of hope and glory, has taken.
Unfortunately they seem to have little in common except their opposition to
global and corporate culture.  Reading their stories highlights the
ephemeral nature of the anti globalisation movement.  Although the editors
Neva Welton and Linda Wolf have been able to place a number of interesting
people, organisations and movements in the one book, the people they have
given this platform to, do little to promote a way forward.
If you want to get hold of this bold attempt to ?confront the tyrannies of
the 21st centuryı, you can order "Global Uprising" from Anarres Books for
around $27.95 (Australia).  Email your order to mailorder@anarres.org.au or
write to them at P.O. BOX 150, EAST BRUNSWICK 3057, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA.
Ask Anarres Books to send you their latest catalogue or have a look at their
up to date website  www.anarres.org.au. Thanks to Anarres Books for
providing me with the review copy of "Global Uprising".

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
R. McLaren and J. McLaren were two of the names on the Donnely Honour Board
that somehow had found its way into the Warrnambool sub-branch of the R.S.L.
Maybe Donnely was the forerunner of the Warrnambool sub-branch of the R.S.L.
It doesnıt really matter, Honour Boards with lists of Anglo-Saxon names on
them dot the Australian landscape.  Every town, every hamlet has one hanging
somewhere.
The Donnely Honour Board had 27 names on it, 9 had little golden crosses
painted beside them.  R. McLaren and J. McLaren had little crosses painted
beside them, both died in the war to end all wars, the First World War.
Maybe they were brothers, father and son, cousins, uncle and nephew or maybe
they werenıt related at all.  What was obvious was, that they had both died
somewhere overseas in World War One.  Their bodies had been buried, if they
hadnıt been blown to bits, somewhere in France or Turkey, possibly Egypt,
maybe Palestine, maybe even in Germany.
Armistice Day, Monday 11th November, marks the 84th anniversary of the end
of W.W.I.  A few people will wear poppies, a few people will observe a
minutes silence at 11.00am on Monday 11th November, most wonıt remember the
ultimate sacrifice R. McLaren and J. McLaren made, in what was essentially a
trade war.  A war where soldiers at either end of a bayonet slaughtered each
other for the ephemeral glory of Goad, King and Country.  They were only two
of 60,000 young Australian men who died, 8,000 in one day in one battle in
Flanders, in the European killing fields of W.W.I.
On another Honour Board in the sub-branch of the Warrnambool R.S.L., the
name McLaren pops up again.  This time H. I. McLaren is honoured for being
secretary of the sub-branch from 1926 to 1957, 31 years of service to the
club.  Maybe H. I. McLaren was the father of the R. and J. McLaren, maybe
their uncle or a younger brother, maybe he wasnıt related at all.

STOP PRESS
ITıS ON FOR YOUNG AND OLD
The axing of Asia Pacific on ABCıs Radio National is the latest in a long
line of decisions that have seriously undermined the role the ABC plays in
Australian society.  Faced with a hostile Federal government and a
politically appointed Board thatıs ambivalent about the role the ABC should
play in Australian society, the ABC especially local radio, has undergone a
transformation that has seen it mimic the format pursued by commercial
radio.
Although the change in format has paid dividends in increasing ratings,
especially in the older end of the listening audience, ABC Radio seems to
have lost its intellectual vigour and its ability to critically analyse
whatıs happening in Australian society, especially government policy.  Those
programs that do provide critical analysing, have borne the brunt of the
Boardıs and the administratorıs cost cutting program.  While those that have
embarked on a policy of presenting commercial radio without overt
commercials, have found favour with a Board and administration that believes
that the race for ratings and the expansion of the ABC in commercial arm,
are the prime reasons for the ABCıs existence.
If ABC Management continues to pursue its aggressively slanted commercial
policies, itıs highly likely that programs that attempt to critically
analyse events or break new ground politically, culturally and socially,
will continue to be removed from air, while light banter and easy listening
music will become the masthead ABC Board, Management and staff will hoist
their colours on.
If this occurs it wonıt be long before the government will be floating the
idea of selling off all or part of the ABC because all the ABC does is mimic
the commercial networks.
Joseph TOSCANO/LibertarianWorkers
for a Self-Managed Society.

FILM REVIEW
THE POET - (aka Unconcealed Poetry)
Indonesia. Director: Garin Nugroho screened at the Asian-Pacific Film
Festival in Sydney.  Director Garin Nugroho, born in Yogjakarta in 1961, has
made five features and over 20 documentaries since his film debut in 1991.
Leaf on a Pillow (Daun Di Atas Bantal) [1998] about street children in
Jakarta, was banned by the former Suharto regime.  The Poet is set in 1965
during the bloody massacre of alleged Indonesian Communist Party (PKI)
members and government opponents by the Indonesian military with the support
of Muslim extremists and the backing of US, British and Australian
intelligence forces.  Although figures vary, the number of people
slaughtered is estimated to be anywhere between 500,000 and one million.
Central figure in the film is Acehnese poet Ibrahim Kadir, who was arrested
and jailed for 22 days on suspicion of being a PKI member. Later released
without charge, Kadir, who plays himself in the movie, witnessed the fear
and trauma of those facing military execution. As he explains in one of the
chilling narrations: "I saw a young mother and her infant child shot dead.
Their bodies fell to the ground and fell over the cliff. I looked up at the
sky and saw the moon and stars screaming."  Nugroho's black-and-white film
is set in two adjoining cells in an Acehnese prison-one for men and one for
women. Kadir and other actors use a traditional poetic form called "didong",
a rich blend of music, poetry and song accompanied by handclapping, to
powerfully recreate the terror of these times.  While The Poet, which was
shot in six days on 1.5 billion rupiah ($390,000) budget, provides no
detailed documentary evidence on the military coup or its aftermath, it is
the first independent Indonesian film on the subject.

  EDITED COMMENTS FROM THE
  DIRECTOR OF THE POET GARIN NUGROHO
Garin Nugroho: I grew up in the shadow of this event and under the
authoritarian system that followed; people are still suffering from the
consequences of 1965, whether they were connected with the communists or
not, what happened was against all of humanity.  I read Ibrahim Kadir's
poetry and decided to set the film in Aceh. It was a very emotional
experience.Ibrahim Kadir suffered from recurring nightmares and would wake
up every night. The government dictates common understanding about this
event and according to them the PKI was planning to make Indonesia communist
and crack down on religion. Although many people knew this was not true we
were told this story from elementary school through to university. Only
outside Indonesia can you find a lot of material in the universities, books
and many interpretations available about 1965. Indonesia had an important
"non-aligned" position internationally and is strategic geographically at
that time & now. -there are so many questions you could deal with.  I want
to create a situation where people feel free to voice their opinions about
this event. The dark shadow of this event affects everyone's personality.
You cannot think properly and you cannot understand yourself unless you
trace this history. If you imagine yourself a tree and then discover that
some of your leaves are dying. In order to lead a healthy existence you have
to find out what has caused these leaves to die Americans can discuss and
argue about the Vietnam War but we have to remain silent about what happened
in Indonesia in 1965. This is very unhealthy, and some religious groups have
tried to confiscate literature from Indonesian bookstores they say is
related to communism. This means that the same issues are coming up again.
The term crisis in the Chinese language means "dangerous opportunity" and
this is what we now confront in Indonesia. We are in limbo. I screened the
film in Indonesia. It was shown in Jakarta and at the university but hasn't
been seen by a lot of people. I would like to screen it in Aceh but this
isn't possible yet because there are curfews. At the moment my film has
wider distribution outside Indonesia than inside, but it represents an
important achievement. The advertising poster we used showed a soldier
putting a bag over the head of one of the prisoners about to be executed.
This is the first cinema poster in Indonesia that shows someone in military
uniform doing this sort of thing. It will encourage other people to speak
out. It might be difficult to investigate your own history at first, and it
might take time, but it is impossible to ignore it. This applies to
everyone, not just filmmakers or artists. Unless we do this we will never
have democracy.
- PHIL OXENIA


ANARCHIST PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED THIS WEEK
? SPARKS No108 OCT/NOV 2002, The Rank and File Transport Workers Paper, P.O.
Box 92, Broadway 2007, SYDNEY AUSTRALIA, Mobile:0406956341,
www.sparksweb.org
? LE MONDE LIBERTAIRE No.1295 16thOct.- 6th Nov. 2002, 145 Rue Amelot, 75011
Paris, FRANCE, Tel:0148053408, Fax:0149299859
? UMANITA NOVA Vol82,No.33,Enroll,3thOct.ı02,Settimanale Anarchico,
C.50Palermo 46, 10152, Torino ITALY.  Email:fat@inrete.it
tel/fax:(011)857850 Mobile:338-6594361 email:fat@inrete.it

DEBT ELIMINATION APPEAL ­ Our debt stands at $824.00
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AT 11.00AM
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(1 minute walk from the Seaford Railway Station)
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PEOPLE AGAINST REPRESSIVE LEGISLATION
VIGIL - UNITED STATES CONSUL ­ MELBOURNE
11.30AM
WEDNESDAY 20TH NOVEMBER
553 ST.KILDA ROAD, SOUTH MELBOURNE
ALL WELCOME, BRING BANNERS AND LEAFLETS

A SLICE OF AUSTRALIAN ANARCHISTS HISTORY
We have a number of
AUSTRALIAN ANARCHIST CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
"ANARCHY IS ORDER GOVERNMENT IS CHAOS"
"Melbourne Australia 1st ­ 4th May 1986"
BADGES
Which we are selling for $10.00 each (includes packaging and postage within
Australia).  Send 45c stamps or cheques or money or money orders for $10.00
made out to LIBERTARIAN WORKERS, P.O. BOX 20, PARKVILLE 3052, MELBOURNE,
AUSTRALIA, if youıd like one

ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Has been awarded to the folk who gave the world Vietnam and are now about to
give the world Iraq.
  ­ The government of the U.S. of A.


STAMP APPEAL  - We normally spend over $400.00 per month on postage stamps.
If you have any spare stamps floating about or are about to write to us,
stuff a few stamps in the envelope.  Every little bit helps.



ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS
THIS WEEK'S STORIES:   Detention Centre Worker Fired For Refusing To Beat
Refugees...Govt Against Some Terrorism...Govt Lied About Refguees To Win
Election...And Here We Go Again...

A gym instructor working at a refugee detention centre has been sacked after
she refused to beat a detainee, according to Marion Le from the Independent
Committee for Refugee Advocacy. (news.com.au website, Nov 7).
Australian ships are currently helping with the U.S. fleet in the Persian
Gulf enforcing an embargo against Iraq which, according to the United
Nations Children's Fund, has led to the unnecessary deaths of more than
600,000 Iraqi children. In Indonesia, Australians together with their U.S.
counterparts, have restarted training the Indonesian military, who carried
out many human rights abuses, especially in East Timor. For almost 40 years,
Australian govts played a significant role in helping the Indonesian govt
commit acts of terrorism against their own people. In 1965, the then Prime
Minister Harold Holt joked about the mass murder that accompanied the
seizure of power by General Suharto, the West's man. "With 500,000 to a
million communist sympathisers knocked off," he said, "I think it's safe to
assume a reorientation has taken place." During the Suharto dictatorship
Australian Prime Ministers ignored the acts of the Indonesian govt, mainly
because of Australian companies' investments there. Indonesia's invasion of
East Timor, which cost the lives of a third of the population, was described
by the Foreign Minister Gareth Evans, as "irreversible". As Evans put it,
there were "zillions" of dollars to be made from the oil & gas reserves in
the Timor Sea. (John Pilger, Oct 17).
Aust's govt deliberately lied to the public during last year's election when
it said that refugees had thrown their children into the sea to attract the
attention of an Aust Naval Patrol, an inquiry has found. An Aust Senate
report said that Peter Reith "engaged in the deliberate misleading of the
Aust public concerning a matter of intense political interest during an
election period". He claimed that refugees on a ship off the country's
northwest coast had been throwing their children overboard, in an attempt to
force the Aust Navy to recover them & allow them to claim asylum.
Photographs of Aust naval officers attempting to save refugees after the
sinking of the boat were released to the media & presented as images of
children thrown into the water. The claims were repeated by leading members
of the govt including John Howard. It said that the children overboard story
had been propagated for political reasons. The way it was handled was to be
"a public show of the govt's strength on the border protection issue. The
behaviour of the unauthorised arrivals was to be a public justification for
the policy." (The Guardian, Oct 24).
A viedotape of an incident at a detention centre where detainees were
allegedly beaten by guards would not be publicly released, Immigration
Minister Philip Ruddock has said. Asylum seekers in the Baxter facility in
South Australia alleged they were savagely beaten by guards in full riot
gear last week after a detainee, who was denied medical help, broke a window
in frustration. Mr Ruddock said the tape would be given to the Commonwealth
Ombudsman who was investigating the allegations. However, he said it could
not be publicly released as it would breach the detainees' privacy.
(news.com.au website, Nov 7)

anarchist news service write to James, PO Box 503, Newtown NSW 2042
or email james.hutchings@ato.gov.au contact us to get ATNTF emailed directly
to you.
If you like All the News That Fits, forward it on.
All the News That Fits appears in the Anarchist Age Weekly Review
(www.vicnet.net.au/~anarchist - PO Box 20 Parkville VIC 3052)
and The Ham (theham@cat.org.au).

Some other Australian anarchist websites:
www.angry.at/racists - Anarchist/anti-racist music site with free mp3s, Real
Audio,
Real Video, band interviews etc. Now with internet radio.
www.dolearmy.org - information for unemployed people.
www.activate.8m.com - anarchist magazine aimed at teenagers.



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