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(en) Anarchist Age Weekly Review No.519 7th October ­ 13th October, 2002

From Philip McCrory <philmcc@melbpc.org.au>
Date Wed, 9 Oct 2002 02:31:38 -0400 (EDT)


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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
 
 7500 ­4000    2900 - 1500
The current bear run on the world's stock markets is far from over.  Those
commentators who believe that the market has bottomed out at around 7500
points on the New York Dow Jones index, and 2900 points on the Australian
index, are indulging in a bout of wishful thinking.  The current crisis in
the world's stock markets is not just a reaction to the carnage in New York
on the 11th of September 2001, or as a consequence of a forthcoming war
against Iraq, it's much, much more.  It's a consequence of a loss of faith
by investors in unfettered capitalism.
Over the past two decades, national governments have abrogated their
responsibility to the people they supposedly represent to the corporate
sector.  National authorities that were put in place to oversee the
corporate sector, have been deregulated and national laws have been and
continue to be altered, to create an environment where the interests of
national and trans-national corporations take precedence over the interests
of communities and society as a whole.
The devastating consequences of two decades of deregulation, are only
becoming to be apparent.  The greed is good philosophy that has underlined
the current so called economic miracle, has been based on virtual auditing,
creative accountancy practises, and the use of investor's funds by boards as
their private property.  The current bear run is a direct consequence of the
inherent inability of an economic system that is based on the creation of
profit, irrespective of the human and social costs, to create the economic
climate to satisfy human needs.
Although talk of a major crisis in the capitalist system is premature, there
will be a continuing fall in stock market prices over the next twelve
months.  If the current slide continues and major reforms are not introduced
and implemented to protect investors, the Dow Jones Index will fall below
4000 and the Australian index below 1500 by mid 2003.
The difference this time, in comparison to 1929, is that worker's
superannuation funds make up around 40% of all funds invested in the world's
stock markets.  The ramifications of such a dramatic fall in the value of
tens of millions of worker's superannuation nest eggs, may be just the
trigger that's required to create a major crisis in the capitalist system.

HERE WE GO AGAIN
It seems that a few scapegoats have been found for the Victorian Police
Forces over-reaction of the SII demonstrations.  Three of four police
officers are being asked to take the brunt of the criticism levelled at the
Victorian Police Force for their unnecessary and indiscriminate use of
violence during the three days of the blockade.
Once again the real culprits for the violence have got off scott free.  I
can sympathise with the reaction of the Victorian Polices Association at the
way their members have been asked to carry the can.  The very people who
created the climate which helped to create the necessary conditions for the
police violence that took place, newspaper, television and radio editorial
teams, have taken and continue to take no responsibility for manufacturing a
climate which gave the police a green light to attack with batons, a
relatively peaceful and good natured protest.
The political leaders, the Victorian Premier, Steve Bracks, the West
Australian Premier, Charles Court and the Prime Minister, John Howard, the
very people who encourage the Victorian Police Force to take a heavy handed
approach to the protest, continue to deny that their comments gave the
senior echelons of the Victorian Police Force the justification for a
quasi-military response to a peaceful protest.
Lastly but not least, those senior police officers who were in charge of the
2000 police (who were down at Crown Casino) have not been criticised or
admonished for giving the orders that resulted in injuries to dozens of
protesters.  Next time Victorian Police officers are involved in
confrontation with strikers, picketers or demonstrators, they need to
remember that they, not their superiors, the government of the day, or the
fourth estate will be asked to carry the can if anything goes wrong.  As
usual the wrong people find themselves in dock, the real culprits those in
power and authority who give the orders are the ones who refuse to take
responsibility for the chaos and carnage their orders have caused.

HOW ABOUT SOME REAL REFORM?
The problem facing Australians isnıt political party reform, but the reform
of the political process itself.  Although the country has compulsory voting
there is increasing disillusionment with the parliamentary process which is
manifested in the decreasing levels of participation in Federal elections.
Over 15% of eligible voters are not registered.  Of those that are
registered, around four per cent didnıt vote and up to 6% voted informal at
the last Federal election.  Only about 75% of eligible voters cast a formal
ballot at the last Federal election.
This disillusionment is reflected in the distrust and disgust that many
people have with what is often described as the cornerstone of Australian
life, the parliamentary process.  An increasingly sophisticated electorate
has become aware of the limitations of parliamentary rule.  Power does not
lie in parliament, it lies in the boardrooms of national and trans-national
corporations.  Although the people elect representatives into parliament to
make decisions for them, these representatives do not control the countries
financial affairs.  It doesnıt matter how many decisions they make, if
parliament does not have financial control they are not able to make or
implement any significant changes.
The situation is analogous to what happens in a household.  People in that
household can make as many decisions as they like, but if they donıt have
access to the resources to make those decisions a reality, nothing changes.
When people vote in parliamentary elections they give a representative a
blank cheques to make decisions on their behalf for the next three years.
These representatives do not have to honour any of their promises and only
have limited powers to make what are essentially cosmetic changes.
Changes to the Labor Party and the Democrats internal structures may make
them more attractive to some voters, but in the end major parliamentary
reforms which incorporate direct democratic principles need to occur to
overcome increasing disillusionment with the parliamentary process.

"GREED IS NOT GOOD"
It's amazing how long it's taken the fourth estate (Age Editorial 7/10) to
realise that "greed is not good".  While the share market maintained a head
of steam, Chief Executive Officers and corporate board members, achieved
cult status in the pages of the fourth estate.  Readers were regaled with
stories of their lavish lifestyles, their business acumen and how hard they
worked.
As they stripped companies of their assets, made workers redundant,
manipulated the stock market and increased shareholders dividends by virtual
audits and creative accountancy practises, they were hailed as the new
prophets.  They were painted as the saviours of Australia.  Nothing was too
good for them.  Government's, both at the State and Federal level, fought
among themselves to water down the power of those regulatory authorities
that had traditionally looked after Australian's economic interests.  As the
shackles were loosened and self-regulation became the new mantra, the "greed
was good" philosophy, became the mission statement of almost every C.E.O. in
Australia.
Not that you could blame them, capitalism is based on one simple principle,
creating a prophet, irrespective of the human and social cost.  The great
thing about self-regulation, was the C.E.O.'s didn't even have to give lip
service to even the idea of creating a profit, let alone posting one.  With
the help of government's that had abrogated their responsibility to the
people they represent long ago, and a pliant fourth estate that was
mesmerised by a never ending series of good news stories, many of the
countries chief executives were able to give new meaning to the "greed is
good" mantra.
Unfortunately, it's taken a major stock market correction, for a fourth
estate that is wholly integrated into the capitalist system, to challenge
the "greed is good" philosophy.  A philosophy that has been exposed as a
fraudulent misuse of trust and power.

SUHARTO THE BUTCHER'S
LEGACY LIVES ON
Thirty-eight years after the mass slaughter of over a million Indonesians
and the imprisonment and torture of hundreds of thousands more, the first
small steps have been made in Indonesia, to confront the reality behind
Suharto the Butcherıs legacy of fear.  On Tuesday the 1st of October,
President Megawati Sukarnoputri became the first Indonesian President not to
attend the October 1st ceremony at a disused well in East Jakarta.
On the 30th of September 1965, it was claimed that six generals and a
lieutenant were killed by (the 30th of September movement), a group of
Leftist army officers who were said to be linked with the PKI - The
Indonesian Communist Party.  Within thirty hours, Suharto the Butcher, using
the murder of the Indonesian army officers as an excuse, grabbed control of
the army, pushed President Sukarno (Megawati's father) aside, and began a
campaign of mass slaughter, that rivalled Pol Pot's killing fields in
Cambodia, a decade later.
With the full backing and support of the CIA and the United States
government, as well as the Australian government, Suharto the Butcher,
launched an attack, whose main aim was to physically liquidate the million
or so members of the Indonesian Communist Party.  Those that were not hacked
to death, were imprisoned, tortured, executed and humiliated.  The last
survivors from the vast gulags Suharto the Butcher ran, were only released
after he was deposed from office in 1995.
Indonesia's flirtation with parliamentary democracy has not led to any
discussion about these events.  The Indonesian government still has bans in
place that outlaw the Indonesian Communist Party and there are no plans to
lift that ban.  The political prisoners who survived the gulags, are still
shunned by society, thirty-five years later.  The millions of people who
lost family members during Suharto's reign are still viewed with suspicion
by a society that wants to bury the past.
Megawati's non-appearance at the 1st of October ceremony this year, is the
first small sign that there may be a push at government level to reassess
what really happened in 1965.  As the United States government once more
takes a keen interest in Indonesia's internal affairs, (this time the United
States sees Muslim fundamentalists, not Communists, as the enemy) it's
important that people remember what happened when the United States
government last destabilised the Indonesian archipelago and set in train the
events that led to the slaughter of over a million people and the
installation of a puppet government that supported United States interests
in the region.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q.     Are anarchistsı collectivists?
A.    Most anarchists seem to think that anarchists are invariably
collectivist.  Although most anarchists follow a collectivist tradition,
individualism not collectivism is at the heart of the anarchist agenda.  If
individualism is a central tenet of anarchism, why do so many anarchists
pursue a collectivist tradition?  They pursue a collectivist path because
they believe that the anarchist idea of holding wealth in common is
inextricably interlined with a collectivist approach.
An anarchist community holds wealth in common to overcome the problems that
occur when individuals or a minority within a community uses their access to
wealth to impose their will on the community.  Holding wealth in common does
not exclude the idea of personal property or forces individuals to pursue
collectivist solutions to the problems faced by human beings.  An
individualıs access to property in an anarchist community is determined by
use.  Individuals have the right to property they use, what they donıt or
canıt use they donıt have a right to.
Using these parameters, individuals are able to work along side
collectivists in an anarchist society.  Although most anarchists will choose
a collectivist approach because it lightens their individual workload and
maximises returns, it does not stop them from pursuing individual solutions
to problems they face.  Itıs possible that the same person may choose to
pursue both individual and collectivist goals.  The problem of whether
people should work collectively or individually was tackled by the Spanish
anarchists during the Spanish revolution.  While the communists pursued a
policy of forced collectivisation, the anarchists encouraged people under
the slogan _ Land and Libertyı to take over land and industry where wealth
was being created by wage earners.  Some groups formed collectives while
others broke down large estates into individual parcels.
The one common principle that both groups agreed on was that no one could
use another personıs labour to enrich themselves.  Most chose a collectivist
approach because it lightened their individual workload.  Although
collectivism is not a central tenet of anarchist thought, most people who
live in an anarchist society would choose to work collectively to decrease
their personal workload and maximise production.  Those who choose to work
as individuals, although a minority, would continue to be an integral part
of the community they live in.
Some people would choose to work collectively in some areas of their lives
and as individuals in other areas.  The common principle that both groups
would follow is that they would not use another personıs labour to
personally enrich themselves or enrich individuals within a collective.

ACTION BOX - OVER TO YOU!!
Have you ever wondered why the Ned Kelly legend plays such an important role
in Australia history while the Eureka rebellion, an uprising that challenged
the legitimacy of the British colonial authorities in Victoria, is barely
given lip service?  As the 150th anniversary of the Eureka rebellion
approaches, it would be a tragedy if the Victorian government, the very
organisation that crushed the rebellion in a sea of blood, organised and
controlled the celebrations to mark this important event in Australian
history.
The Southern Cross was raised for the first time at Bakery Hill in Ballarat
on Wednesday the 29th November 1854.  Raffaelo Carboni, one of the 13
prisoners tried with High Treason in the Melbourne Supreme Court after the
rebellion was crushed, called upon the 12,000 people who attended the
meeting at Bakery Hill to "irrespective of nationality, religion and colour"
salute the Southern Cross "as the refuge of all the oppressed from all
countries on earth".  The next day Peter Lalor proclaimed the first oath on
Australia soil to a flag that was not British to the assembled miners "We
swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other and fight to defend
our rights and liberties".  Three days later at 3.30am on Sunday the 3rd
December 1854, over 30 of the 105 miners who were left inside the stockade,
were massacred by mounted police and troopers.
Over the years the Eureka rebellion has been ignored and trivialised as a
nationalist, petit bourgeoise, racist struggle that revolved around the
abolition of gold licences.  As in all failed uprisings, history is written
by the victors and the Eureka rebellion is no exception.  The rebellion was
based on direct democratic principles, major decisions were made at mass
meetings.  The abolition of mining licences was just one of the many demands
that the miners made.  Their primary aim was to turn colonial Victoria into
a democratic society.  People from all over the world participated in the
rebellion.  Of the 13 people who stood trial for High Treason and were
acquitted by Melbourne juries, one was an Afro-American from New York, one
was a black man from Kingston Jamaica and another was a Jew.
Raffaello Carboni an Italian who also stood trial for High Treason wrote
_Gilburniaı in 1855 while awaiting trial in Melbourne.  _Gilburniaı was the
first book written Australia that was sympathetic to Aboriginal people.  It
addressed the question of Aboriginal dispossession and the devastating
effect the loss of land and freedom was having on them.  It also addressed
the position of women n society in 1855.
At 4.00am on Tuesday the 3rd December 2002, The Anarchist Media invites all
those Australians who believe social justice, liberty and freedom are
important, to join us to mark the 148th anniversary of the Eureka rebellion
at the Eureka stockade site in Ballarat.  We want as many people as possible
from all across Australia to RECLAIM THE RADICAL SPIRIT OF THE EUREKA
REBELLION and change the future direction of Australian society.  If you
canıt come to Ballarat on Tuesday the 3rd December 2002, take the day off
and organise your own celebrations

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
THE EUREKA SERIES NO. 36
"THE SOUTHERN CROSS" ­ PART ONE
The Southern Cross displayed in the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery is a tangible
reminder of the Eureka rebellion.  148 years later, it is still at the
centre of debate and argument.  The descendants of the Eureka stockade
miners want it displayed at the Eureka stockade site, unhappy that the flag
that symbolises the rebellion sits in the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, the
site of the government camp that housed the police and troopers who were
responsible for the Eureka massacre.
The star constellation the Southern Cross was the constant companion of the
miners at Ballarat.  Itıs logical that the Southern Cross was chosen as the
symbol for their flag.  The flag was designed by a Canadian, Lieutenant
Ross.  He became known as the "bridegroom of the flag".  It was hand sewn by
Anastasia Withers, Anne Duke and Elizabeth Hayes just before the "monster
meetingı at Bakery Hill in Ballarat on Wednesday the 29th November 1854.
The flag approximately 12feet x 8feet has five stars on a cross, sewn on a
blue background.  The blue section was made of a light woollen mohair type
of fabric used for clothes, the stars and white crosses were made from fine
white petticoat material.  The stars have eight points because the women who
sewed the flag were pressed for time and folded the material in four when
they cut out the stars.
An eighty foot flagpole was erected for the meeting at Bakery Hill and the
flag was first raised just before the meeting at around 2pm on Wednesday the
29th November.  Carboni mounted the stump beneath the Southern Cross and
called upon all "irrespective of nationality, religion and colour" to salute
the Southern Cross "as the refuge of all the oppressed from all countries on
earth".  On the Thursday morning 30th of November, mounted police and
soldiers undertook another licence hunt.  After a few minor skirmishes, the
miners assembled at Bakery Hill and the Southern Cross was unfurled for the
second time. Lieutenant Ross carried the flag at the head of the column of
miners as they marched to Eureka to set up the stockade.  Late that
afternoon the miners returned to Bakery Hill, the flag was hoisted up the
flagstaff and Peter Lalor proclaimed with a loud voice in front of around
500 diggers, the first oath on Australian soil to a flag that was not
British "We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other and
fight to defend our rights and liberties".  An "Amen" came from the crowd.
The miners marched back to Eureka and ran the Southern Cross up the flagpole
at the Eureka stockade site.
NEXT WEEK: PART TWO

 BOOK REVIEW
"UPSIDE DOWN"
_A Primer for the Looking Glass Worldı ­ Eduardo GALEANO, Translated by Mark
Fried, Picador USA Oct. 2001,
ISBN 0312420315
_Upside Downı catalogues the rhetoric reality gap (looking glass world) that
categorises post-modern existence.  Itıs not a novel although it reads like
a novel, itıs not a political treatise although it makes never-ending
political points, itıs not a satire although reading it youıd be forgiven
for thinking it was a satire on post-modern angst.  _Upside Downı outlines a
reality that is so perverse, so unjust, so devoid of life that at the end of
the book we canıt even trust our own inner most thoughts.
Itıs not a great novel, it makes few new points.  What it does do is equate
power and wealth with criminal activity.  Galeano slowly and methodically
builds up a case that shows that crime is the predominant activity of those
who have acquired power and wealth.  What the book has going for it is the
thread of truth that winds through its pages.
Each page is a testimony to the ugliness of globalisation.  Each page is a
catalogue of the sufferings of the powerless and poor.  Eduardo equates
their sufferings with the pointlessness of life in the western world.  He
successfully brings the contradictions that those of us who live in the west
face in the open.
_Upside Downı is an eye opener for the uninitiated.  It makes great reading
for people who are not happy with whatıs going on in the world and are
looking for a new way to analyse what causes them so much personal unease.
I donıt believe Galeanoıs book would be of much help to the committed
activist.  The authorıs message is the message contained in the everyday
conversations of thousands of radical activists.  The bookıs strength lays
in its ability to pack the absurdity of life in a global capitalist nirvana
in a mere 358 pages.  As itıs published by a major publisher, it should be
available from your local bookshop.  Want a copy, ask them to find it for
you.
Thanks to Peter and Margaret for providing me with the review copy of this
novel.  

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
Itıs sobering to realise that the more imminent a war, the more euphemisms
are trotted out to justify the unjustifiable.  The old nursery rhyme that
"sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me" is just
that an old nursery rhyme.  In the post-modern era, words are everything,
killing is easy, mass death is possible, whatıs difficult is finding
justifications for the human sacrifices that are needed to keep post-modern
civilisation afloat.
We all remember those classics that originated during the Gulf War,ı
collateral damageı was my favourite euphemism.  It took the tame teddies
from the fourth estate, who fed the world United States media releases as
biblical facts, a little while to realise the death of over 400 women and
children in a bomb shelter in Baghdad, was being dismissed by the United
States military media spin doctors as _collateral damageı.  What were once
described as unfortunate accidents, were now being dismissed as _collateral
damageı.  When you think about it, itıs much cleaner and nicer to describe
mega-death as _collateral damageı.  Using terms like unfortunate accident
makes people think that these deaths were unavoidable.  _Collateral damageı
has that ring of authority to it.  It happens, bad luck thatıs life.
As Australians are once again softened up for war, euphemisms have once
again become our constant companions.  My favourite to date, Iım sure Iıll
find a new favourite once the killing begins, is _regime changeı.  Itıs a
bit like saying Iım going to change my underpants.  Nothing nasty about
that, we all need to change our underpants every now and then.  The same
with governments, they need to be changed every now and then, life would be
boring without variety, wouldn'tı it?
Think about it, letıs talk about _regime changeı in Australia.  John Howard
lost his marbles and heıs nationalised a few United States companies.
United States business interests donıt like it, they contact Uncle Sam and
heıs told them itıs time for a _regime changeı in Australia.  American
business needs people in power in Australia who understand them.  John
Howard and his government have to go, unfortunately for Uncle Sam the
Australian people donıt mind John Howard and wonıt overthrow his government.
As John Howard and his cabinet ministers are led away by U.S Marines, the
savvy military media gurus strut their stuff and dismiss the death and
suffering caused by the _regime changeı, in John Howardıs case, as a little
bit of _collateral damageı.
Just white-out the name and add your favourite villain to the script.  All
the death and destruction that occurs with _regime changeı can be justified,
especially if it benefits the United States corporate sector and military
industrial complex.  Afghanistan yesterday, Iraq today, Australia tomorrow?

STOP PRESS - ITıS WAR!!
Everything points to it, the greatest military industrial complex the world
has seen is ready to use a significant amount of its armaments to put into
power a regime in Iraq that is sympathetic to their interests.  The
difference between this coup and previous coups that have been engineered by
United States governments, is that this time the Bush administration wants
the world to support their programs to install regimes friendly to United
States interests.  Their program is especially directed at those parts of
the world that have the raw materials that are required to keep the United
States military industrial complex running.
Although the struggle has been painted as a fight between good and evil,
that scenario is a little bit hard to believe when you look at the United
States post war record.  In South America, Africa, Asia and Europe,
successive United States governments have used and continue to use force to
install regimes that support United States interests.  A year after the
September 11th outrage, Osama bin Laden and Sheik Omar (remember him, the
head of the Taliban in Afghanistan) continue to elude worldwide attempts to
bring them to justice.
The change in tactics that has resulted in the focus shifting from Osama bin
Laden to Saddam Hussein in Iraq is inter-linked with the United States
fading star, in Saudi Arabia, the worldıs largest supplier of oil.  It no
coincidence that the United States focus shifted on Iraq after the failure
of the coup in Venezuela, the fourth largest suppler of oil.  Concerned
about its possible vulnerability and the economic downturn in the United
States, the Bush administration is doing what it believes has to be done to
guarantee the supply of oil it needs to keep its economic system and
industrial complex ticking over.  The sad part about this morality play is
that possibly a quarter of a million Iraqis, the great majority unarmed
civilians, will have to die to deliver Iraqıs oil supplies in to the hands
of the United States.
It seems that those of us who thought the Aztecs were a cruel civilisation
because they believed they needed a never ending line of human sacrifices to
keep their society from self destructing, were mistaken.  When you compare
the number of people sacrificed by the Aztecs to their Gods, to the number
of people sacrificed around the world to keep the United States military
industrial complex functioning, the Aztecs were amateurs compared to the
Bush administration.
Joseph TOSCANO/LibertarianWorkers
for a Self-Managed Society.





                   
ANARCHIST PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED THIS WEEK
_ SPARKS No106 June/July 2002, The Rank and File Transport Workers Paper,
P.O. Box 92, Broadway 2007, SYDNEY AUSTRALIA, Mobile:0406956341,
www.sparksweb.org 
_ CNT No.281July/August_02, Organo de la Conferedacion Nacional del Trabajo,
Avda Constitucion 21,9a, 18014 Granada, SPAIN, Tel:958289009, Fax:958288992,
jlgrua@ugr.es redaccion@periodcocnt.org
_ COUNTER INFORMATION No57 Autumn/Winter ı02, C/-17W Montgomery Place,
EDINBURGH EH7 SHA, SCOTLAND, U.K., 01315576242, http://counterinfo.uk
ci@counterinfo.org.uk
_ FREEDOM Vol.63 No.18, 21st Sept 2002, Anarchist Fortnightly, 84b
Whitechapel High St, London E17QX, ENGLAND Email:FreedomCopy@aol.com
_ LE MONDE LIBERTAIRE No.1289-90 19th Sept ­ 2nd Oct. 2002, 145 Rue Amelot,
75011 Paris, FRANCE, Tel:0148053408, Fax:0149299859
_ SOLIDARIDAD OBRERA No310 May/June ı02, Portavoz de la Confederacion
Nacional del Trabago(CNT) C/-Jocquin Costa, 34 entresueto, 08001 Barcelona
SPAIN, Tel/Fax:933188834, soliobrera@hotmail.com
_ TIERRA Y LIBERTAD No.170 Sept _02, Periodico Anarquista, Apartado 7.056 de
Madrid, 28080 SPAIN, Tel:917970424, Fax:915052183,
tierraylibertad@nodo50.org
_ UMANITA NOVA Vol 82 No.29 Enrol 15th Sept.ı02, Settimanale Anarchico, C.50
Palermo 46, 10152, Torino ITALY.  Email fat@inrete.it tel/fax (011) 857850
Mobile 338-6594361 email:fat@inrete.it
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5182 6002, Fax:03 5182 6042, email:strategy@net-tech.com.au
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ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Has been awarded this week to every politician who believe building more
jails and introducing harsher sentences will decrease crime in Australia.

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ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS
This week's stories: Prison Labour Sends Factory Broke...Wharves Dispute
Sequel?...Guards Charged With Assaulting Child Refugee...Executive Stress A
Myth...ALP Successfully Avoids Democracy...ANZ Bank Threatened to Sack
Unionist...Voting No Longer Compulsory...Refugees Given Numbers Instead of
Names...US Jail Industry Doing Better Than Education.
A toy factory has gone bankrupt because it can't compete with cheap prison
labour. Chequers Toy Factory in Ballarat has closed, laying off 12
employees, after being undercut by a government-run agency who uses
prisoners as workers. Public Correctional Enterprise does not have to pay
Workcover, payroll tax, super, or award wages. (Herald Sun).
Businessman Chris Corrigan has hinted that he might try and break the power
of the unions in the railway industry. Mr Corrigan said he wanted a
"significant culture change" in the industry. He also said that he would not
be surprised if there was a "flare-up" involving rail unions. Mr Corrigan is
the managing director of Patrick Corporation, which was involved in the
wharves dispute, trying to replace the workforce on the wharves with
non-unionised labour. (aus.rail news group).
Three guards at the Woomera detention centre have been dismissed after being
charged with assaulting a child detainee. (Herald Sun).
Despite most people believing in 'executive stress', researchers have found
that undemanding, low level jobs are more likely to kill you than demanding,
manager-level jobs. Researchers from the University of Texas School of
Public Health found that workers who spent their lives in undemanding jobs
with little control over their work were 35 percent more likely to die
during a 10-year period than workers in challenging jobs with lots of
decision-making responsibilities, after controlling for other relevant
factors (such as income). The workers were divided into four categories
based on their answers to questions that measured how much latitude they had
to decide what work to do and how to do it, the psychological demands their
job placed on them and other factors. On one extreme were low-stress jobs
with little decision-making responsibilities, such as maintenance worker or
housekeeper. At the other extreme were jobs with lots of demands and lots of
freedom to make decisions, such as high-stress managerial positions --
precisely the kind of jobs that people typically think can shorten your life
span. (Star Tribune).
The ALP has avoided any debate over their refugee policy (largely supporting
that of the government) at their special conference. The Labor for Refugees
lobby group agreed to stop pushing for debate, in return for their leaders
being part of a committee which will investigate the policy. (Sydney Morning
Herald, ABC news website, The Age).
ANZ Bank has been fined $10,000 for threatening to sack union official Joy
Buckland for talking to the media about work issues. (CEPU newsletter).
A woman has had charges against her for failing to vote dropped. Ursula
Howard refused to vote. She was charged with Refusing to Vote. She wrote
back pleading No Jurisdiction, saying that Australia had been occupied
against the will of Aboriginal people. A phone call came back from the court
saying they did not want to set a precedent like this so the charges will be
dropped. A letter followed asking her to disregard and destroy the summons.
A judge has apologised to an asylum seeker in court, for being legally
unable to refer to him by name. A law passed last year means that asylum
seekers can't be referred to by name in court. The Immigration Department's
lawyer suggested that the judge call him 'S200' instead. (Sydney Morning
Herald). 
Spending increases for US prisons far outstripped spending hikes for higher
education since the mid-1980s. A study by the Justice Policy Institute
showed that since 1985 an extra $20 billion has been spent on jails across
the US - almost twice the increased budget for colleges and universities. It
found that in 2000 there were 66,300 black men in Texas prisons, and only
40,872 in state colleges.

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. 
All the News That Fits appears in the Anarchist Age Weekly Review
(www.vicnet.net.au/~anarchist - PO Box 20 Parkville VIC 3052).
Some other Australian anarchist websites:
www.angry.at/racists - Anarchist/anti-racist music site with free mp3s, Real
Audio, Real Video, band interviews etc.
www.dolearmy.org - information for unemployed people.
www.activate.8m.com - anarchist magazine aimed at teenagers.


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publishers, the Libertarian Workers for a Self-Managed Society/Anarchist
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