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(en) Anarchist Age Weekly Review No. 542 14th April ­ 20th April 2003

From Phil McCrory <philmcc@melbpc.org.au>
Date Wed, 16 Apr 2003 09:01:18 +0200 (CEST)


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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

QUASI ­ LIBERATION?

The selective Kodak moments that the Western media has used to portray
the United States led invasion of Iraq only gives viewers glimpses of
the bacon pieces in the Iraqi Caesar salad. The significant difference
between the downfall of Saddam Hussein, the Shah of Iran and Marcos the
former President of the Philippines (two dictators who oppressed their
people on behalf of successive U.S. administrations), is the number of
people who visibly celebrated their downfall.

The images of the Iraqi people with the U.S. technological support
pulling down the statue of Saddam Hussein in central Baghdad, that were
used by Bush, Blair and Howard to portray themselves as liberators at
best, included a few hundred Iraqis and a few hundred reporters. The
images that accompanied the downfall of Marcos and the Shah of Iran
showed hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, of people celebrating
their downfall. The real story in Iraq as the Saddam Hussein regime
crumbles, is the festival of the oppressed that is taking place in the
streets. The wide scale looting of both government and corporate owned
buildings is a sign that the Iraqi people have little faith in the
invading forcesı ability to help them access the necessities of life.

Sixty percent of Iraqis relied on the United Nations ?food for oilı
program for their survival, most of the others were employed by the
government. The dislocation that has occurred as a result of the
invasion will result in the possible deaths of hundreds of thousands.
Itıs important to remember that the majority of deaths that occurred in
Iraq during the Gulf War in 1991 occurred as a consequence of the
destruction of the infrastructure thatıs needed to support people in an
urban environment.

The Iraqi people have not woken up as the people of the Philippines and
Iran did, as masters of their own destiny, they have woken up as a
conquered people. The military administration that Australia is part
of, will attempt to re-mould the Iraqi people in their own image. The
current patch of quasi-liberators may soon find that the Iraqi people,
like all other occupied people, may have other ideas about what type of
government they want, the institutions they want to create, how they
want to control and share their resources and the type of life they want
to lead.


BLACKMAIL!

The Australian (14/4) asserted that the Federal cabinet is about to put
its stamp on a higher education budget that has the finesse of a Mafia
extortion racket. Having failed on numerous occasions to get workers to
abandon collective bargaining, it is now selectively distributing
taxpayersı funds to institutions and organisations that support its
ideological agenda. The latest institutions that are being threatened by
the Howard government are the countryıs universities.

The coalition government will be removing funding from its three billion
dollar innovation action plan to fund its "special" ideologically driven
higher education reforms that it will incorporate in its May budget. It
hopes to draw out any opposition to its attempts to dictate industrial
relations policy at an individual level in universities in the fanfare
surrounding its new initiatives that will be announced in the upcoming
budget.

The bulk of the Commonwealth government's higher education initiatives,
around 700 million, will be given to universities that agree to comply
with individual relations conditions that will be set by the Federal
Government.

Having failed dismally in its attempts to impose individual contracts
through legislation, the Commonwealth is now attaching conditions to
money that it allocates to institutions that it funds.

University administrations that are short of cash and who are finding
that the intake of full-fee paying students, both at the local and
overseas level, is drying up will be vulnerable to the Howard
government's move to blackmail university administrations into
introducing changes they donıt support. Selective funding to
universities will create a climate that will soon remove what little
independence they now enjoy.

The changes to the higher education sector that have been introduced and
continue to be introduced by the Howard government since its election in
1993 have all but destroyed the character and role of universities in
Australian society. Dr. Nelson's proposed changes have the potential to
reduce universities to centres of learning that Saddam Hussein would be
proud of.

NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DONıT

Remember the tax cuts that wage earners were given to sweeten the
introduction of the GST? Well, it seems that workers are beginning to
realise that the financial bonanza that they were hailed as are illusory.

Increasing inflation levels (six per cent in the first year) that have
resulted as a consequence of the introduction of the GST and bracket
creep have combined to wipe out the so called GST tax breaks that were
introduced to compensate people for the introduction of the GST.

The Howard government has increasingly relied on taxation receipts from
Pay As You Go (PAYG) wage earners to raise taxation revenue. Around 65%
of all taxation revenue raised comes from PAYG wage earners. Faced with
a system where corporations and high-income earners virtually pay
voluntary taxation in this country, the Howard government introduced the
GST to bolster its annual tax take. The introduction of the GST
incorporated the 40% of Australians that rely on social security
benefits, and who never paid taxation into the taxation net. It also
increased the levels of taxation paid by low-income families.

Faced with this dilemma, the Howard government promised that the
government's taxation initiatives would ensure that no Australian would
be worse off under the GST. Barely three years after the GST was
introduced, courtesy of the Australian Democrats, the much-vaunted tax
cuts that were used to change the Democrats mind on the GST have turned
out to be illusory.

As workers' wages rose as a consequence of increased inflation levels
caused by the GST, many workers found themselves in higher tax brackets.
The initial rise in their wages was soon eaten up by the increasing
taxation levels that they were paying. Bracket creep, the shift of
salary earners into higher marginal taxation levels, has made a mockery
of the Howard government's promise that the tax cuts they introduced
would leave nobody worse off after the introduction of the GST.

PAYG salary earners are once again being forced to shoulder the major
burden of the taxation system in this country. The promises of the
Howard government, a government that likes to peddle the illusion that
it is a low taxing government, have turned out to be equivalent to Paul
Keating's LAW tax cuts ­ you see them one minute, they disappear the next.

SHOCKING?

You have to feel sorry for Steve Bracks, the Premier of Victoria. For
the first time in his parliamentary career, he is facing a wave of
public censure that is being fanned by a media thatıs shocked that Steve
Bracks is doing what comes naturally to a parliamentary representative.
The Victorian State government's decision to introduce tolls on the
Scoresby-­Frankston freeway although they categorically denied they
would do so before the last election is not a hanging offence but simply
a government prerogative.

Electors still seem to think that politicians have to honour promises
they make during election campaigns, and thatıs why they become so angry
when politicians of the ilk of "core and non core promise John Howard"
and "LAW tax cut Paul Keating" go back on their electoral promises.
Electors need to remember there is nothing in the Australian or for that
matter any State constitution that forces any parliamentary
representative to honour any promise they make. An elected
representative can even change their party allegiance at any time while
they're in office and continue to represent the interests of the people
who elected them when they were sprouting a completely different
political platform.

Electors of the local, State and Federal level need to understand that
the political contract that representative democracy is based on is
very, very simple. As an elector, you are forced by legislation to
participate in parliamentary elections; by participating, you freely
give a blank cheque to a politician to represent you in parliament. If
your candidate is not elected, bad luck! If your candidate is elected,
they can vote any way they like on any issue and break any promise they
make at any time. You the elector have to hold your power until the next
election when you can give another candidate a blank cheque to do
whatever they like during the next three to four years.

The Victorian government and Steve Bracks are not to blame for changing
their minds. They are doing exactly what electors have given them a
mandate to do ­ change their minds at any time they like. Representative
democracy has very little to do with democracy, and thatıs why I, at 51,
have never voted at a local, State or Federal election and have no
intention of doing so ­ I'm not willing to give a blank cheque to
anyone, let alone a politician, to make decisions on my behalf.

If, on the other hand, I lived in a society where the people involved in
a decision made that decisions ­ direct democracy ­ I would be an
enthusiastic participant in the political process.

IMPERIALIST LAPDOGS

Barry York's feature opinion piece in Murdoch's Australian flagship, The
Australian, (15/4) highlights one of the interesting debates that have
accompanied the US led invasion of Iraq. Looking for ideological allies
to justify the coalition of the willing's illegal invasion, the Murdoch
press has given prominence to the ranting of fossilised remnants of the
Maoist movement in Australia, a movement that long ago ceased to have
any relevance in the Australian working class movement, let alone the
revolutionary left.

It's not surprising to see Barry York and his ilk sprout their
admiration for the US Neo conservative administration. York still clings
to the idea that somehow his brand of the 57 varieties of Marxism, which
have been used to justify the ideologically driven mass murders that
were committed in their name during the 21st century, has something to
do with liberation ideology.

The pseudo babble parroted by Western Maoists is similar to the pseudo
babble sprouted by the Neo conservative US administration. Both are
capitalists: the Maoists believe in State capitalism, the State should
own the means of production, distribution and exchange; the American Neo
conservatives are using the enormous power wielded by the US, the worlds
only remaining super power to extend the interests of corporate
capitalism and the US military industrial complex.

Maoists, unlike today's anti-war movement, have no interest in human
liberation. Their agenda has revolved around national liberation,
seizing the State apparatus and using the State's power to impose their
ludicrous ideology on an unwilling population. It's no accident that
yesterday's pseudo revolutionaries have become today's imperialist
lapdogs providing ideological justifications for the US imperialist
designs in the Middle East and the rest of the world.

It's touching to see Barry York's concerns for the victims of the Iraqi
dictatorship. Considering the Maoist track record on human rights, it
would have been appropriate for the luminaries of the Australian Maoist
movement to have shown the same regards for the human rights of the tens
of millions of people that were liquidated under regimes that attempted
to implement what laughingly passes as an ideology ­ Maoism.

The left in this country is alive, well and growing. It isn't the
ossified, highly centralised, authoritarian left that ageing Maoists
still have wet dreams about. The left today is a broad house that is
decentralised and non-authoritarian' and which promotes human liberation
not national liberation. It is the only political movement that stands
in the way of the spread of corporate capitalism and United States
imperialism. Thatıs why those elements in society that currently wield
power have gone out of their way to attack it and deny it a significant
voice in the corporate dominated media and the government gelded ABC.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. Class?
A. Class has always been an important issue in the anarchist movement.
Differences of opinion exist about the definition as well as the
importance of class within different anarchist groups. Some anarchists
place class at the centre of their struggle and describe themselves as
class war anarchists using the slogan "No war but the class war" as
their mantra. Differences between anarchist groups about the issue of
class revolve around the definition of class, not its important role in
radical social change.

Many anarchists especially those in the anarcho-syndicalist and the
anarchist class war movement accept Marxıs definition of class using
class as a primary an economic division between people. The Libertarian
Workers for a Self Managed Society ­ Anarchist Media Institute believe
that the orthodox division of class in a society where people can
rapidly move from one class to another no longer provides a useful
picture of current reality.

A subcontractor who doesnıt employ labour and makes a hundred thousand
dollars a year may have more options because of the money they earn but
they donıt have as much influence as a bureaucrat who implements
government decisions and makes $50,000 a year.

The decision between white collar and blue collar work in the
information age has become almost irrelevant as many blue collar workers
earn more and perform more interesting work than many white collar
workers earn and perform. Class is no longer a matter of the money
someone earns but the amount of power they are able to wield. Although
income increases the options an individual is able to pursue in terms of
levels of consumption and leisure activities, it does not necessarily
increase the power they are able to wield. In order for class to be a
useful tool in the struggle for radical social change, it needs to be
redefined in terms of the power individuals and groups are able to wield
within the society they live in.

Power ultimately resides in the hands of those who own the means of
production, distribution and exchange and those who control the State
apparatus. In capitalist societies the amount of power thatıs wielded
by the corporate sector has increased, as State owned assets have been
transferred to the corporate sector. The anarchist struggle does not
revolve around capturing the State apparatus and replacing one ruling
class with a new ruling class. It revolves around abolishing both the
State and the corporate sector and replacing it with a society where
those involved in a decision have both the power to make the decision
and have access to the common wealth so decisions that are made can be
implemented.

The devolution of power into the hands of as many people as possible is
the goal of the anarchist struggle. Class analysis based on a
definition that defines class in terms of power is a much more effective
way of facing the current challenge than using definitions and terms
that are rapidly losing their relevance.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
"BLACK MANıS WORK"

The development of the sugar industry in Queensland marks one of the
darkest chapters in Australian history. Between 1863 to 1904 over
37,000 South Sea Islanders from the New Hebrides, Samoa, the Soloman
Islands and Fiji were "blackbirded" (kidnapped) and put to work on the
Queensland canefields. The death rate of these indentured workers was
186 per 1000, compared to 5.6 per 1000, for white workers in comparable
age groups.

Robert Louis Stevenson wrote about the trade in Samoa describing how
indentured labourers were placed on ships after their contracts ended,
taken back to Samoa and given the choice of "re-volunteering" or being
dropped off at a traditional enemyıs bay. Average earnings for working
7 days a week, were 6 pounds a year and keep. Many lived in makeshift
accommodation on the plantations and ate what they could forage.
On the 11th November 1883, the Sydney Bulletin reported that conditions
were so brutal 11 Kanakas tried to swim from North Queensland back to
the New Hebrides. The disgusting trade in slave labour continued till
Federation.

The Pacific Island Labourers Act passed by the new Federal parliament in
1902 allowed 75% of those to be returned to the islands to be replaced.
In 1903 the number was reduced to 50%. No more Islanders were able to
enter after the 31st March 1904. Federal parliament passed legislation
to deport all Pacific Islanders living in Australia (some had lived her
for decades) after the 31st of December 1906.

The Islanders collected petitions to oppose the deportation, which they
presented to the Prime Minister Deakin. They even took the matter to
the High Court but failed in their attempt to stop their deportations.
By March 1907 3,642 Islanders who had lived here for decades were
deported. Many escaped the round up, melting into the 'coloured'
ghettos which existed on the fringes of most Queensland towns. Many
passed themselves off as indigenous Australians. The tragedy
surrounding "blackbirding" still resonates 100 years after the trade was
stopped.

Although Kanakas have suffered at the hands of successive Australian
governments and bureaucracies because of the colour of their skins,
their descendants aren't entitled to any special assistance from the
Federal government because they are excluded from programs that have
been created to assist Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders. This
disgusting chapter in Australian history will not be drawn to a close
until the descendants of the Kanaka indentured labourers achieve justice
for the discrimination they have suffered at the hands of successive
Australian governments.

ACTION BOX

RECLAIMING OUR OPEN PUBLIC SPACE

The Victorian State government used over $500 million of taxpayers funds
to build a new city centre in Melbourne Federation Square. The square
consists of a jumble of buildings and a large square that is open to the
public. The Bracks Labor government has leased the whole complex to a
private corporation to manage Federation Square on its behalf. What was
supposed to be an extension of public space in a city that has never had
a suitable city centre, has turned out to be just another commercial
venture.

RECLAIM THE RADICAL SPIRIT OF THE EUREKA REBELLION group were the first
group that used the square to hold a protest. Since then, PEOPLE
AGAINST REPRESSIVE LEGISLATION a group that was formed to protect what
few common law rights we have to protest from local, State and national
government legislation has regularly used Federation Square to hold
protests. On each occasion the group has been approached by officials
and security guards, hired by the Federation Square Authority, and asked
to move on. On each occasion we have ignored their requests and have
continued to hold up our banners and distribute literature.

On Wednesday 9th April, the matter came to a head and police were called
to remove us from this public open space. After a cordial discussion
with the police officers concerned, no action was taken by them, despite
vigorous protestations from Federation Square personnel. It seems there
is a great deal of confusion about what legislation, if any exists,
regarding holding demonstrations in the Square. The sticking point
between the Federation Square Authority and us is the question about
permission. They claim that we have to get permission from them ­ a
private corporation to hold a protest in a public open space.

We believe that if we follow their rules and ask permission to hold a
protest on open public space, we will legitimise their assertion that a
private corporation has the right to decide who does and doesn't protest.

The loss of the power to freely protest when we want to, is the latest
in a long string of attacks on the right to dissent in this country.
Federal, State and local laws are being used to whittle away what few
common law rights we have to protest.

While the Federal government deploys Australian Defence Personnel in
Iraq to liberate them from tyranny, legislation is being used in this
country to remove rights in Australia that the Australian government is
fighting to introduce into Iraq. Enough local laws exist to control
demonstrations in Melbourne, no new ones are needed especially those
that require that protestors need permission from a private corporation
to hold a protest in open public space ­ Federation Square.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
JOIN PEOPLE AGAINST REPRESSIVE LEGISLATION
AT MIDDAY ON WEDNESDAY THE 23RD APRIL
AT FEDERATION SQUARE, MELBOURNE
& RECLAIM YOUR RIGHT TO USE OPEN PUBLIC SPACE TO PROTEST.
BRING ALONG BANNERS & MORE IMPORTANTLY YOURSELF ­ WE NEED YOUR HELP TO
RETAIN WHAT FEW COMMON LAW RIGHTS WE HAVE TO PROTEST IN THIS CITY AND
THIS COUNTRY.

PERSONAL OBSERVATION

I wonder if you've noticed the first wattle sprigs. Wattle, the
harbinger of winter has just started to appear in the suburbs. I first
noticed it then my attention was drawn to it on Sunday. In uncertain
times, the natural rhythm provides a semblance of certainty. The growth
of self-contained urban environments makes most of us oblivious of the
first sign of the changing seasons.

There is not one person living in Australia who does have some memory of
wattle. Almost 2 decades ago while visiting Santorini in the Aegean, I
was amused to see wattle being sold in the streets as a flower. Wattle
is so abundant in this country that most people don't even notice it,
let alone think of it as a flower. Indigenous communities knew every
inch of their land, every plant, every insect, every animal. They
waited for the natural signs that marked the transition of the seasons.

Time wasn't measured in seconds, minutes, hours or even days. The
certainty of the next day provided a simultaneous link with the past as
well as the future. Life revolved around the changing natural
environment. Experience not money was the currency of the moment.
Individuals who had survived long enough had the collective knowledge
that ensured the clan's survival. The appearance of shark eggs on the
sand of Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay marked the end of one period and
the beginning of the next.

Urbanisation and industrialisation has changed our relationship with the
environment. Leunig's seminal cartoon of a father, his arm around his
son's shoulder watching the sunrise on a television screen while the sun
rises past their window encapsulates how far we're divorced from the
natural reality around us. In Australia urban dwellers (over 80% of
Australians live in a half dozen urban centres) have even lost contact
with the stars. The Southern Cross, the stars under which the Ballarat
miners took the Eureka Oath "We swear by the Southern Cross to truly
stand by each other and fight to defend our rights and liberties" are
just a blur on many nights.

The significance the Southern Cross had on the day to day lives of the
Ballarat miners in 1854, was brought home to me when with 40 other
activists and I stood under the stars in Eureka Park in Ballarat on
Tuesday 3rd December last year, to celebrate the 148th anniversary of
the Eureka rebellion.

It's interesting to note that at the very moment we as a species have
triumphed over nature, that nature is fighting back. Around the world,
people are being forced to face the consequences of the damage
civilisation has caused. Hurricanes, typhoons, floods, droughts,
volcanic explosions, earthquakes and tidal waves have driven the
insurance industry to the wall.

The more we interfere with and ignore the natural rhythm of the seasons,
the greater the negative consequences that will have to be dealt with by
us and our children, the inheritors of the natural gulags we are creating.

BOOK REVIEW
"MONSTER"
The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member ­
Sanyika Shakur A.K.A. Monster Kody Scott,
Pan Books 1993, ISBN 0330 331736
"WE CARRY ON"
Is the motto of Kody Scott an L.A. gangster who slowly began to realise
that the black on black gang warfare endemic in down town America only
benefits those who wield power. Starting at the tender age of 11,
Sanyika Shakur (Kody Scott) is drawn into a lifestyle that beggars
belief ­ drugs, murder tribalism, sexual assaults and jail for nothing.
Lives lost, families destroyed, communities laid waste for nothing.
The 'Crips' and the 'Bloods' blow each other apart while the main man
laughs.

The emergence of 'The Black Panthers' in the 1960's put the wind up
white America. Faced with a potential revolutionary threat in its own
heartland, the rules of engagement changed. Black on black, black on
Mexican, Southern Mexican on Northern Mexican, Native American on
Southern Mexican and the list goes on and on became the norm. The U.S.
prison gulag became a microcosm of the life on the streets. Prison and
the streets became one and the same, the same petty disputes that turned
many inner urban areas into wastelands are played out over and over
again in prison.

As the body count rises, the main man laughs contented that the CIA and
the FBI have been able to successfully turn the most oppressed in the
U.S.A. against each other. While they blow out each other's brains over
petty macho posturing, the man keeps his power intact. Over 2 million
people rot in the U.S prison gulag, over 90% come from minorities. 12%
of 20 to 35year old black Americans rot in jail, many as a consequence
of pointless gansta crime.

Kody Scott's life turns to some extent because of people who care about
him. Although he doesn't want to be an absent father to his 3 children,
his long periods in jail almost make him like his own absent father.
Sanyika Shakur's autobiography is essentially pointless, his life is a
homage to the main main ­ the big CUZ the President of the U.S.A.
It's only at the end of his autobiography that Sanyika begins to
question how pointless it is and how important unity is. Even his end
thoughts are depressing ­ "From what I've studied and seen it would seem
that this country's 130 year old experiment of multi culturalism has
failed. Perhaps it was never designed to work". "My personal belief is
that separation is the solution". Reverse apartheid seems to be his
answer. The black Nationalist and the white Nationalist pursue the same
goal, separate development.

Do I recommend the book? Yes I do. Understanding how people live their
lives and reach the conclusions they do, is one way of overcoming what
separates us. At the end of the day, their enemy is my enemy fighting
each other, keeps those who wield power and accumulate wealth in
control. The solution isn't separation, it's building up what we share &
discarding what keeps us fighting each other.

THANKS TO PETER FROM RESERVOIR, MELBOURNE FOR SENDING ME THIS BOOK TO
REVIEW. IF YOU HAVE A BOOK YOU WANT ME TO REVIEW, SEND IT TO P.O. BOX 20,
PARKVILLE 3052, MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA.
P.S. I wonder what's happened to Sanyika Shakur in '03. He was sentenced
to 7 years jail in '91. I wonder if he made it out of jail & what he's
doing now. If anybody knows,let me know.

STOP PRESS
"LOOTING PATHWAY TO REVOLUTION!"
Looting for festival of the oppressed isn't, as most commentators have
implied, an end in itself. It has occurred as a result of the fear of
the unknown that the United States led invasion of Iraq has created.
When people are confronted with a power vacuum, they tend to loot
because they are concerned about how they will survive in the future.
The more property they loot, the greater chance they will be able to
survive a major dislocation.

Looting, when left unchecked, challenges the notion of private property.
Why should other people have more than you have? The loss of
centralised authority makes one individual equal to another. The
apparatus that divided people into rich and poor, order given and taken,
those with power and those without power has disappeared. People are
free to form new associations and new structures. The sky is the limit,
there is nothing to stop them forming the new world, out of the shell of
the old.

As social disintegration gathers pace, those with property and power
band together to protect the privileges they enjoyed under the old
regime. The vigilante attempts to reimpose order and retain their old
privileges at the point of a gun. At this juncture, the invading army
that created the power vacuum, either sides with elements of the old
regime, using the structures that have melted away to reimpose order and
hierarchy, or it allows people to form their own associations and
structures organically, allowing the new society to grow and flourish.

The United State's intentions were clear from the start. The Iraqi
people are a conquered people with access to considerable resources, the
second largest oil reserves in the world. The United State's
administration does not want to change the established social order, it
only wants to change the leadership group. Its invasion was not meant
to break down property relationships or significantly change social
structures. In order to ensure that the conqueror enjoys the fruits of
conquest, it will side more and more with the old administration, using
the Ba'ath Party infrastructure and personnel to administer its new
Middle East colony. Once those who have participated in the festival of
the oppressed begin to realise that the removal of Saddam Hussein from
power has not given them the freedom to organise their own affairs and
their economic situation will not change, the scene is set for the
creation of an underground network that will form the backbone of a
movement that will ultimately drive the Bush administration
from Iraq.

Joseph TOSCANO / Libertarian Workers
for a Self-Managed Society.


ANARCHIST PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED THIS WEEK
? FREEDOM Vol.64 No.7, 5th April 2003, Anarchist Fortnightly, 84b
Whitechapel High St, London E17QX, ENGLAND Email:FreedomCopy@aol.com
? LE MONDE LIBERTAIRE No.1313 27th March ­ 2nd April '03, 145 Rue Amelot,
75011 Paris, FRANCE, Tel:0148053408, Fax:0149299859
? NOTIZIARIO CDP Vol.33 July/Aug '02, Notiziario de Centro di
Documentazione, Via degli Orati 29, C.P. 347, 51100 Pistoia ITALY
Tel/Fax:0573977353, www.centrodocpistoia.it email:giorlim.@tin.it
? ROJO Y NEGRO No.147 SEPT '02. CGT, C/-Compania9, 10 1zda, 31001
Pamploma/Iruna SPAIN, Tel:948224766, Fax:948212399,
email:suscripciones@rojonero.info
? UMANITA NOVA Vol 183 No.11 EL 23RD MAR.'03, Settimanale Anarchico, C.50
Palermo 46, 10152, Torino ITALY. Tel/fax (011) 857850 Mobile 338-6594361
email:fat@inrete.it

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'THE ROLE OF THE AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCES
IN AUSTRALIAN SOCIETY'
WEDNESDAY 23RD APRIL - 7.30PM
AT
CHELSEA NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE
36 BROADWAY, BON BEACH
Melway Ref: 97 C3
The Neighbourhood House is around I kilometre from Bon Beach Railway
Station. Transport is available to take people back to the station
after the meeting. ALL WELCOME, TEA AND COFFEE PROVIDED.
ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Has been awarded to the Bracks Labor government in Victoria for leasing
Melbourne's Federation Square to a corporation and removing people's
rights to demonstrate in open public space without obtaining permission
from the corporate sector. Squares are for people not mammon.

184 MEMBERS ­ 366 TO GO
BEFORE WE CAN APPLY TO REGISTER AS A FEDERAL POLITICAL PARTY
Politically manipulated and scorned? Sick of being a peripheral player
every time a Federal election comes around, then join:- VOTE INFORMAL
TODAY, DIRECT DEMOCRACY TOMORROW - a "political party" that is putting
the boot into the Australian Parliamentary Process. Send a stamp
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Written and authorised by Joseph Toscano
(National Convenor 205 Nicholson St Footscray 3012 Melbourne Aust.)
Current membership 184. We need 550 members to apply for registration
as a political party, so that members can stand at the Federal election
in 2004 and show Australian's that Parliamentary Democracy is nothing
more than two minutes of illusory power.

ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS ­ (ATNTF)
www.aljazeerah.info/News%20Photos/Photos%20of%20Iraq%20war%20victims &
www.aljazeera.net/news/arabic/2003/3/3-22-26.htm - the reason the people of
Iraq aren't dancing in the streets.
www.iraqbodycount.net - tally of the number of civilians killed in war
on Iraq.
THIS WEEK'S STORIES: Support For Unions Increases...Govt Backs Off On
Enforced Individual Agreements...Royal Commission Into Building Industry
Was Biased, Unions Say...Australian of the Year to be Sent Back to His
Own Country...Govt May Have Deliberately Endangered Lives...Victorian
Police Get New Powers...Rebuilding Iraq In Whose Image...Some Middle
Eastern Terrorists Are More Terrorist Than Others All Alone In Iraq.
Research has found that support for unions has increased. The survey by
the Aust Centre for Industrial Relations Research, at the Uni. of
Sydney, found that 17% of employees now believe that Aust would be
better off without unions. In 1996 the figure was roughly 25%. 29% of
employees now think that unions don't look after their members, down
from 43%. 1 in 3 non-union members said they'd rather be in a union.
(Community & Public Sector Union).

Workplace Relations Minister Tony Abbot seems to have retreated from his
plan to enforce individual & non-union agreements on to the public service.
Mr Abbott recently told Aust Associated Press that if public servants
prefer collective agreements "they should have that option". (Community
& Public Sector Union).

The recent Royal Commission into the building industry, supposedly aimed
at looking into the behaviour of employers & unions, concentrated almost
completely on unions. The Commission spent roughly 90% of its time
looking into alleged misconduct by unions. The Commission heard evidence
from employers 663 times, totalling around 293 hours & from workers 36
times, totalling 7 hours. That is, employers gave more than 40 times as
much evidence as workers. The building industry is notoriously dangerous
- a building worker dies at work almost every week. But the only
attention given to occupational health & safety, was an attack on unions
for stopping work to mark the death of their members. The industry is
also notorious for avoidance of tax & non-payment of workers. It's
particularly known for 'phoenix companies' - companies which
deliberately avoid paying their workers & other debts by going bankrupt
& then start again under a new name.

The industry didn't make any specific finding of unlawful conduct
relating to underpayment of workers, tax avoidance, or phoenix
companies. The secretary of the Royal Commission, Colin Thatcher,
previously worked for the Business Council of Australia. Another senior
staff member at the Commission, Darren Gillespie, wrote the strategy
paper that the govt used to try & bring in a non-union workforce on the
wharves. Mr Gillespie's paper advised Peter Reith that the "most likely
scenario" was a dispute (he used the eg. of hiring a non-union
workforce) bringing about a national strike by the Maritime Union of
Aust. He wrote the company should then "use this opportunity" to sack
their entire workforce & hire non-union workers. The Commission hired no
lawyers with a background representing unions. The Workplace Relations
Minister Tony Abbott wrote a "letter of comfort" to the Multiplex
company in Dec. 2002. Mr Abbott reassured Multiplex that the
Royal Commission "wasn't inquiring into any particular company" &
instead that "a key focus of the Royal Commission is the 'closed shop'"
[enforced 100% union membership].

The CFMEU covers most people in the building industry & is regarded as
one of Aust most militant unions. The CEPU & AMWU also cover some
people in the industry & are also regarded as militant unions. CFMEU
leader Martin Kingham is facing jail, for refusing to give the
Commission a list of names of people who've attended union training.
Unions fear that employers will get access to the list & refuse to hire
anyone on it. Mr Kingham had confidential documents from the Commission
sent anonymously to his house with an offer to supply more if he paid.
During the course of the Commission it was revealed that the
Baulderstone Hornibrook company was trying to stop known union militants
from being employed at its sites - which is illegal under the Workplace
Relations Act. The Commission didn't investigate this.

Unions say the Commission refused to investigate evidence of the large
Globex construction company hiring workers to work on a contaminated
site, refused to take up a case where a worker was crushed to death on a
Melbourne building site, harassment of a worker including his being
underpaid by more than $20,000 & forced to work with a broken arm & many
other actions by employers. Unions say that in one case, where a worker
fell 9 metres & was seriously injured, the Commission spent more time
criticising a union organiser for using a company photocopier. The
investigation cost $60 million, more than twice the budget for the Royal
Commission into the collapse of HIH. (press release by CFMEU & ACTU).
(There are too many allegations of employer crimes ignored by the
Commission to cover in one ATNTF. More on this story next week).

Fivo is a 28yo East Timorese living in Richmond. As well as working &
studying part time Fivo is a community volunteer & was recently awarded
City of Yarra's Aust of the Year for his work. He's at risk of being
forcibly deported to East Timor by the Immigration Dept. 1700 East
Timorese mostly in Victoria who've lived in Aust for up to 10 years who
face deportation. (press release by Refugee Action Collective).

During a discussion with an Australian people smuggling taskforce, the
Immigration Minister, Philip Ruddock, asked Australian Federal Police
(AFP) to explain why pirates in Indonesian waters weren't attacking boat
people for their valuables, senior police officials say. The exchange in
June 2001 reportedly left police concerned & unsure about what Mr
Ruddock wanted them to do. The AFP's liasion officer, Leigh Dixon, later
felt the need to outline to the minister legal & ethical limits on what
the AFP could do to disrupt people smugglers. Once the Tampa crisis
unfolded, the Govt ordered Aust's overseas intelligence agency, ASIS, to
run a covert disruption operation, separate from the AFP, against people
smuggling in Indonesia.

Senior police officers said ASIS didn't have to comply with the legal
restrictions placed on the AFP. One Australian undercover operative who
worked with Indonesian police on 'disruption plans' said crews were
bribed to wreck engines when the boats pulled into Roti Island, halfway
between Indonesia & Ashmore Reef. "[T]hey just chuck a handful of
something in the engine so that it doesn't work properly," he said.
(Sydney Morning Herald, March 8).

A new law will give Vict police the power to secretly break into
people's homes & search them. The police will only be required to get a
warrant from a Supreme Court judge & have a 'reasonable suspicion' that
a terrorist act will be committed. The law is supported by both the
Labor & Coalition parties. It will also give the police or any govt
dept the right to refuse any Freedom of Information request on the
grounds of national security. The law is considered even by its critics
to be milder than similar 'anti-terrorist' laws in NSW & proposed for
the whole of Aust. (The Age, March 29).

The U.S. govt has given a US company a $4.8 million contract to manage
the flow of aid through the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr. Stevedoring
Services of America (SSA), is a major 'union-busting' company in the US.
Last year Int'l Longshore & Warehouse Union President James Spinosa
said SSA was "undermining negotiations because their primary interest is
breaking the union." (Corporate Research Project newsletter -
www.corp-research.org) Sivian Klein was crowned Miss Israel a couple of
days ago in Haifa. Ms Klein didn't mention "world peace" as one of her
aspirations. Instead, she said she'd like to serve in the Israeli Army
as an instructor in an anti-aircraft unit. An Israeli Army bulldozer
recently ran over & killed Rachel Corrie, a 23 yo US volunteer who'd
gone to Palestine as an observer to try & prevent Israeli army
atrocities. Witnesses say that it was done deliberately. (SMHerald,
April 5th, & The Age, Mar 29).

"12yo Ali has already asked his doctors if he can have artificial arms.
And he's not alone. Up the Al Kinndi hospital corridor there's 7yo
Miriam, damaged & fractured. In the next bed is her 4yo sister Abas,
who suffered nasty shrapnel wounds. Someone still has to find the
courage to tell Ali that he's alone in the world [his parents & 6
brothers having been killed]". The Age,April5.

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 ATNTF, forward it on. Love and Rage is a new anarchist,
non-profit record label. The first CD will be out in a few weeks - 20
songs for $10 within Australia (overseas prices available soon).
Address is PO Box 503, Newtown NSW 2042. www.angry.at/politicians - new
anarchist website with fliers for download, contacts www.angry.at/racists -
Anarchist/anti-racist music site with free mp3s, Real Audio, Real Video,
internet radio, band interviews etc. Also includes the text of 'Escape',
an anarchist novel - www.geocities.com/skipnewborn/novel.doc,
www.dolearmy.org - information for unemployed people, .www.activate.8m.com -
anarchist magazine aimed at teenagers. ATNTF appears in the AAWR
(www.vicnet.net.au/~anarchist - PO Box 20 Parkville VIC 3052) & The Ham
(www.theham.cat.org.au), as well as Melbourne Indymedia
(www.melbourne.indymedia.org).

Media outlets mentioned in All the News That Fits are sources - items
are not direct quotes from news media. Background information may have
been gathered from sources in addition to media outlets cited. Where no
source is cited, the information has been gathered from direct sources.

PEOPLE AGAINST REPRESSIVE LEGISLATION
NEED YOUR HELP
RECLAIM MELBOURNE'S FEDERATION SQUARE FOR THE PEOPLE
Do you want a corporation to decide if you have the right to protest in
public open space?
Do you want to see common law space that allows Australians to protest
legislated away?
IF YOU DON'T JOIN US AT FEDERATION SQUARE, MELBOURNE
AT MIDDAY ON WEDNESDAY THE 23RD APRIL
& Reclaim our right to protest whenever we like in public open space
without having to ask corporate permission.
JOIN US AT MIDDAY ON WEDNESDAY THE 23RD APRIL
& RECLAIM MELBOURNE'S FEDERATION SQUARE PUIBLIC OPEN SPACE IS FOR PEOPLE
NOT FOR MAMMON.YOUR RIGHT TO USE OPEN PUBLIC SPACE TO PROTEST.

'Anarchy for Life' - The 3rd Annual Australian Anarchist conference BRISBANE
MAY 2ND ­ 4TH .
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