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(en) Anarchist Age Weekly Review No.555 14th July ­ 20th July 2003

From Phil McCrory <philmcc@melbpc.org.au>
Date Wed, 16 Jul 2003 12:17:59 +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 18
> "CULTURE WARS"
The two Federal government initiated inquiries that have been held into the
new National Museum of Australiaıs exhibits are the latest battles that have
occurred in the culture wars that have intensified since the election of the
Howard government. The Prime Minister has rolled out the Stateıs formidable
bureaucratic and legal armoury to conduct a war that intends to roll back
the cultural gains that have been made over the past two decades.

The attacks levelled against the National Museum of Australia are the
symptoms of a deeper, darker malaise that extends far beyond Federal
Parliament. Historical revisionism is not just practised by the David
Irvineıs of the world, it is practised both by governments and the people
they represent. The Federal governmentıs attempt to roll back the tides of
history are doomed to fail. History is no longer the sole preserve of those
who wield power. Universal education and the triumphant march of the
telecommunications revolution have allowed that hidden history that bubbles
below the surface to come to Australianıs attention.

The cultural warriorıs quixotic tilt at imaginary historical windmills is
doomed to be stillborn. They cannot bring back that mythical past that only
ever existed in their feverish imaginations. Governments, irrespective of
how much control they exert over their citizens, must not be allowed to
rewrite history to suit their ideological agendas. The staff at the
National Museum of Australia needs to be congratulated for creating a
permanent bridgehead in the National Capital, that has withstood the Howard
governmentıs attempts to whitewash our national history.

Australia has a black history, a white history, an English history, a
non-English immigrant history, a military history, a trade union history and
a history of protest. Each is relevant, each is important, each is part of
us. The National Museum of Australia, through its myriad exhibits tells
every Australian over and over again that a people who ignore their history
run the very real risk of repeating the atrocities and mistakes of the past.

INFORMATION VOID
Traditionally, the public service has been responsible for carrying out the
decisions a government makes and for providing the government with
information and advice that helps it to make decisions which are in the best
interests of the people they represent. The intelligence agencies' failure
to provide all the available information to the Prime Minister about Iraq
before the invasion of Iraq is a classical example of what happens when the
public service is politicised.

Ministers are surrounded by political appointees whose job it is to filter
the information that eventually reaches cabinet and the Prime Minister.
Heads of government departments and many senior public servants are now
government appointees. The traditional distance between a professional
public service and government has been replaced by a incestuous political
one. Public servants understand that the name of game has been changed and
that promotion and career prospects are determined by ideological loyalty,
not by advising Ministers and the Prime Minster about unpalatable facts.
Public servants are no longer the servants of the public; they are first and
foremost servants of the government of the day.

In such a climate, information that runs contrary to a government's
ideological agenda does not make it to the Minister's office;
self-censorship becomes the public services foremost mantra. Any information
that somehow makes it through the department is filtered by politically
appointed staff whose job it is to protect the minister from material that
may threaten or disturb a government's ideological agenda. Fear of being
left in a promotional cul de sac becomes a public servant's main concern.
Material is doctored to suit the ruling government orthodoxy, not the public
interest.

In such a climate the Prime Minister can say he didn't know that certain
information was withheld from his office when the decision to invade Iraq
was discussed in cabinet and when he made the infamous "children over board"
statement. Trust in both the objectivity of the public service and the
honesty of the government becomes a public issue. A situation slowly
develops where people lose both the trust and the faith they have in both
government and the processes of government. When this occurs, people become
receptive to ideas that challenge the role that both government and the
public service play in society.

LOOKING FOR MORE IANS
The ABCıs Australian Story on Monday night, which explored Ian Chappellıs
decision to publicly highlight the plight of asylum seekers in this country,
is an indictment on the number of prominent Australians who have not raised
their voices against government policies that make a mockery of us as a
people and a nation. As the Howard government, abetted and supported by a
gelded Labour opposition, passes and implements legislation that denies
asylum seekers even the most basic human rights, most Australians look away,
pretending not to notice that the atrocities that are being carried out have
been carried out in their name.

The struggle has been left to ordinary people who, for their troubles, are
vilified and in some cases have been jailed because they took direct action
to free asylum seekers from the concentration camps that they were held in.
Ian Chappell made the very telling point that when he was impotently
shouting at his television set when the S.A.S. boarded the Tampa and won the
Federal election for Howard, Ianıs wife told him that "bad things happen
when good people let them happen".

As far as prominent Australians are concerned, the former Australian cricket
captain Ian Chappell is a voice in the wilderness. His colleagues are too
concerned about being removed from the Prime Ministerıs invitation list to
raise their voices against what the Howard government does in our name.
Chappell says itıs a fundamental question of fairness and dare I say it,
treating fellow human beings in the same way that we expect to be treated.
Ian Chappell, the quintessential Australian sporting larrikin has matured
and put his neck out to highlight that the Howard governmentıs actions make
him ashamed to be an Australian.

The country needs a hundred, thousand, ten thousand Ian Chappells to
highlight that there is nothing wrong with wanting to treat people in a fair
and humane manner. Unfortunately, those with power, wealth and influence in
this country have better things to do with their time than waste it
following Ian Chappellıs example and taking an active interest in the plight
of asylum seekers in Australia. Their unwillingness to be counted increases
the pressure on those increasing numbers of Australians who understand that
the Howard governmentıs policies are a cynical exercise in political
populism, to re-double their efforts to keep this important issue alive and
fresh in the publicıs mind.

EXTEND MEDICARE
The single most important aspect of Medicare has been its universal nature.
Every Australian, irrespective of their income, has til now, had access to
medical care. The Howard governmentıs proposed changes to Medicare will
destroy the universal nature of the scheme. Itıs not good enough just to
organise to defend what we have, we need to go one step further and extend
universal access to health care to areas where Australians are denied access
to basic health care services because they donıt have the income to purchase
these services on the open market.

Dental, podiatry, physiotherapy, home help, attendant care, occupational
therapy, extending the optometry scheme to include the provision of
spectacles, and psychological and counselling services, are some of the
areas that the health care principles that underline Medicare could be
extended to. Whether or not Medicare based services are extended is not a
question of money, but a question of political will. Political
representatives at the Federal and State level need to understand that the
provision of access to health care services to everyone who needs them is a
fundamental political question.

The idea that health care is a right, not a charity or a luxury should be
included in the Australian Constitution. This can be done by building a
political movement that demands that this question be put to the Australian
people in a referendum. Governments must reflect the aspirations of the
people they represent. If they donıt, both parliamentary and
extra-parliamentary means need to be used to ensure that they reflect the
will of the people. Access to a universal, broad based Medicare scheme that
incorporates services outside the one-dimensional medical model is a right
that all Australians should enjoy.

In order to do this, we need to organise to create a movement that can
influence the current political processes. Any government or opposition
party that ignores such a mass movement does so at its own peril. Unless we
defend what we have and fight to have those few rights we currently enjoy
extended to other sections of the health care system, we run the very real
risk of losing what few rights we currently enjoy to use a universal health
care system.

NO WAY JOHN!!
Iraq, the Solomon Islands, North Korea? Buoyed by his illusory victory in
Iraq, the Prime Minister, the United States administration's deputy in the
Southern Hemisphere is about to embark on another Military campaign on
behalf on the US military industrial complex. This time he may find that
the public will not be so easily taken in by his rush to go to war.

Irrespective of how many elections he wins, Howard, like Billy Hughes, his
alter ego, will always be remembered as a man who bent the truth and rewrote
history to suit his ideological agenda. The difference between Billy Hughes
and Howard is that Hughes did it for Australia, while Howard believes that
marching to the tune of the US drum is the price that Australia has to pay
for the US ­ Australian alliance. The problem for Howard is that people
know he is a liar and Australians are beginning to understand that there is
an economic, as well as a social cost for aligning Australia with the Bush
administration.

Howard's attempts to make Australia the South Pacific's policeman have
unfortunately been met with almost universal acceptance. His push to extend
Australia's involvement with the Bush administration into a blockade of
North Korea is another matter. The economic costs involved in pursuing such
a strategy will be felt by all Australians who pay taxes and all those who
receive social security benefits. The war in Iraq and the continued
presence of a thousand Australian military personnel in Iraq will eventually
be payed by Howard's proposed changes to the Medicare and the Pharmaceutical
benefits scheme.

The increasing amounts of taxpayer funds that will be allocated to the
Australian military budget will have a profound effect on the type of
society we will become. As more and more Australian military personnel are
sent to fight the Bush administration's "war on terror", pressure will mount
on the Australian government to introduce conscription to bolster the number
of military personnel required to meet the Howard government's overseas
military commitments and maintain an effective defence force in Australia.

Once Howard makes moves to introduce conscription to provide the blood
sacrifice that's necessary to keep the military alliance with the US in
tact, Australians' support for his forward defence policies and for his
government will evaporate.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. WOULD FREEDOM OF SPEECH EXIST IN AN ANARCHIST SOCIETY?
A. I was a little surprised to hear some anarchists call for a ban on David
Irvineıs film that was to be shown at the Melbourne Underground Film
Festival last week. Iıve always taken it for granted that a diversity of
opinion should exist in an anarchist society. Although Irvineıs ideas are
offensive, hurtful and a lie and he uses his manipulation of historical
facts to pedal racist propaganda and build a political movement based on
those views, they should not be banned.
I have no problem with people vigorously protesting against what he says but
I am concerned when people want to ban his dribble. All types of opinions
should be able to be expressed in an anarchist society, some of these
opinions will be dangerous others will be offensive. Allowing these ideas
to be expressed will subject those who express them to public scrutiny.
Banning them, drives them underground and gives impetus to the development
of an underground movement that is not able to be scrutinised publicly. The
public exchange of ideas puts those who put forward authoritarian racist and
sexist material in the public limelight. Communities can then decide how to
best tackle the situation and stop those who put forward these ideas from
forming a political movement that can turn ideas into reality and destroy
what an anarchist community has been able to achieve.
Banning people from publicly articulating their ideas creates a situation
where those who decide what can and canıt be said will be able to exercise
power over the rest of the community in other areas of their lives. Giving
power to a minority or even a majority to stop individuals or sections of
the community from raising topics no matter have offensive or troublesome
for debate, creates the conditions for the formation of an authoritarian
community that has no time for the opinions of anybody else but those who
control the levers of power.
Societies that allow freedom of speech have a greater chance of tackling
problems that occur within their communities than those who turn a deaf ear
to what is happening within their ranks and try to solve social problems by
stopping inconvenient, uncomfortable, offensive and even what may be
considered to be dangerous discussion. Historically those societies that
use the power thatıs invested in them are responsible for some of the most
gruesome atrocities that have occurred in history.

ACTION BOX
DOES IT REALLY MATTER?
Change especially radical, social change only occurs when people lose faith
in the institutions they interact with. The disintegration of the social
cement that keeps a community together forces people to look for other ways
of governing themselves. Today in Australia, a greater and greater number
of people are facing a crisis of confidence that has very little to do with
economics and everything to do with the behaviour of State institutions and
private corporations.
The faith that Australians had, that the individual was able to achieve
justice by working up the right channels has been severely tested by the
discovery that the privatisation of the public sector and the
corporatisation of the private sector has resulted in the development of a
brave new world where both the short term interests of the State,
bureaucracy and the corporate sector take precedence over the interests of
the individual and the community.
Opinions that radical activists have held for a long time about the futility
of working up the right channels are now becoming commonplace in the
community. The growing loss of faith in institutions provides an
opportunity for activists to raise alternatives and more importantly
mobilise around he failure of the State and the corporate sector to do what
they say. The Prime Ministerıs penchant for twisting and reinventing the
truth to suit his own political and ideological agenda has accelerated this
process. It does really matter when the PM reinvents the truth to lock
Australians into a "war on terrorism" which has nothing to do with terror
and everything to do with maintaining the interests of the US military
industrial complex.
It does really matter when the State uses draconian legislation to oppress
its citizens and it does really matter when corporations use their market
dominance to push the interests of their major shareholders before the
interests of the community. The escalating crisis of confidence surrounding
this nationıs institutions provides just the framework that radical
activists need to promote our ideas and expand our activity in the
community. In times when people feel they can no longer trust the
government, the State and the corporate sector, they become much more
receptive to the possibility of radical egalitarian social change. As
individuals and groups we need to take advantage of this changing mood in
the community.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
THE EUREKA REBELLION SERIES B-3
THE TALE OF TWO JOES
It's ironic that on the eve of the 150th anniversary of the Eureka rebellion
- 3rd December 2004, the re-opening of the renovated State Library's domed
reading room has been renamed the La Trobe Room (The Age 9/7). Lieutenant
Governor Charles Joseph La Trobe, although not the governor at the time of
the Eureka rebellion, was in part responsible for the rebellion. When gold
was discovered in Victoria in 1851, he began to panic as many of the
colonyıs soldiers and police deserted their posts to try their hand on the
goldfields. La Trobe formed the mounted police, and established the Gold
Commission, which oversaw a force of goldfields police.
The goldfields police received a percentage of the gold licences and fines
they were able to collect as part of their payment. The brutality of the
goldfields police, many of whom were ex-convicts, was legendary. As the
gold police were La Trobe's "children", La Trobe's second Christian name
Joseph, inspired the miners to use the term "Joes" to bait and abuse
troopers and police on the goldfields.
Considering the importance of the Eureka rebellion to the Australian people,
it would have been more appropriate to call the reading room after one of
the forgotten heroes of the Eureka rebellion. John Josephs an African
American from New York was one of the 104 miners in the stockade when it was
attacked by mounted troopers and police at daybreak on the 3rd of December
1853. Josephs initially fired at the advancing troops from behind the
stockade, he then jumped over the stockade running at the troops and police,
firing his gun until he was overpowered. Some other Americans who had
participated in the rebellion had also been arrested. They were released
without charge after the American Consul spoke up on their behalf. As
Josephs was black, the American Consul made no effort to speak up for him.
John Josephs was the first of the thirteen miners charged with High Treason
to face the courts in Melbourne. Governor Hotham had no doubt he would be
convicted. When he was acquitted by a jury who deliberated about his case
for less than thirty minutes, he was carried around the streets of Melbourne
by a crowd of over 20,000 rejoicing people.
In the story about the two Josephs (Lieutenant Governor Charles Joseph La
Trobe and John Josephs), it would have been more appropriate to have named
the State Library's reading room after John Josephs, a forgotten hero of the
Eureka rebellion to mark the 150th anniversary of the rebellion, than La
Trobe, a man whose contribution has already been acknowledged in a number of
ways throughout Victoria.

BOOK REVIEW
"LAURA ­ My Alter Ego"
A novel of love, loyalty and conscience, Author Wendy SCARFE, Spectrum
Publications 1988, ISBN 0867862645
Laura ­ My Alter Egoı is another of the many novels written by radical
Warrnambool author Wendy Scarfe. The authorıs central character Dick McGill
lives one of those solitary lives that so many people live, alone but not
alone, successful but not successful, going through the motions of life,
marching to some inner tune that resonates with a handful of people. Wendy
Scarfe through her characters tackles the question of sexual fidelity using
the backdrop of the 50ıs and 60ıs Australia to weave a story round her
characters that is at once familiar and distant.
Her novel is both mundane and sensitive, tedious and brilliant. Thoughts
and words intertwine the personal and the political. Laura, the woman Dick
wanted to form a relationship, married his flat mate Kelvin. Three children
and 20 years later, they meet again. The inevitable happens and the impact
of their liaison leads to death, misery, misunderstanding, pain, suffering
and eventual freedom for Laura.
Wendy Scarfe weaves the story of Lauraıs sons Jonathan and Michael into the
novel but never really develops the character of Rosemary her younger
daughter. She successfully puts down on paper the boredom of living and the
ultimate futility of life. Although Laura and Dick are well developed,
rounded characters, other characters seem stiff and one-dimensional. While
they struggle to come to grips with their feelings for each other, Menzies,
the Vietnam War and the conformity of the early 60ıs plays a pivotal role in
their lives. Jonathan, Wendy and Kelvinıs eldest son, like many young men
in the late 60ıs, finds himself in jail labelled a coward and a draft
dodger. The moral choices that needed to be made when forced with
participation in an unjust war, become very real for everybody with the
introduction of conscription.
Itıs refreshing to see a draft resistor play a positive central role in the
story. Wendyıs book tries to gather the desperate strands of the period in
one story. She succeeds and fails in her task. Laura ­ My Alter Egoı is a
novel that tackles universal themes. Jonathanıs Michaelıs, Kelvinıs,
Lauraıs and Dickıs stories are as relevant today as they were in the 60ıs.
As the clouds of war gather and conscription once again becomes a possible
issue that affects all of us, Jonathanıs children may have to make the same
decision their father made. The God, Queen and Country brigade that
Howardıs Australia epitomeıs, will be calling their countrymen and women to
make the ultimate sacrifice to keep them in power in the very near future.
Laura ­ My Alter Egoı is a delicious book that looks at the banality of
life in the political and social maelstroms that envelope us, is available
directly from the author. Write to Wendy Scarfe c/- P.O. Box 5035,
ALPHINGTON 3078, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA if you want to get hold of this novel.

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
A kookaburra in one tree, one on the ground another sitting on a pile of
broken branches. Their bodies harvest the warmth of the elusive morning
winter sun. Yellow crested cockatoos screech jumping from tree to tree,
landing with a thud on the tin roof, jolting the occupants from their
slumber. Crimson rosellas flirt with the foliage crying out to each other
as they look for a dry perch.
The occasional magpie jets in to see whatıs all the fuss about. Their
colourful cousins sit in the branches enjoying the morning sun. The
kookaburras move closer, the rapidly disappearing morning sunlight drives
them closer and closer together. Red gums, their bark moulting, stare back.
Naked silver birches wait for spring. Introduced species live side by side
with the remnants of the great forests that have been simultaneously
deforested by fire and logging. Young trees abound, their thin lean trunks
fill the man made void. A wisp of smoke swirls through the cold morning
air, a claim to immortality next to a pile of chopped firewood.
The city spreads out beyond the hills all the way to the sea. The views of
the bay are enveloped by the debris of human habitation. Every now and
then, what seems like a familiar landmark, sears into the subconscious.
Bird noises fill the air, the trees are still, the sun hides behind a cloud.
On cue, the kookaburras sit side by side waiting for the sun to return. In
the corner of an un-kept lawn, one manıs sandstone Camelot grows out of the
earth. Day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year,
sandstone block after sandstone block, a vision becomes a reality. Camelot
in the Australian bush, a man transplanted from the Northern European
winters, brings an English myth to life in the Australian bush. The birds
donıt care, they just want the winter sun, enough food to eat and water to
drink. They squat on Camelotıs roof blessing it with their guano. Galahs,
parakeets, magpies, cockatoos, ducks and the kookaburras show their
practical disdain for the dreams of a man who has spent a good deal of his
life transforming a tiny patch of the Australian bush into his very own
Camelot.

STOP PRESS
IT AINıT OVER YET!!
El Nino may be over but the drought gripping South-eastern Australia is far
from over. Murray River water storages are less than 20% full. Farmers who
rely on irrigation have had their quotas cut by up to 60%. When you realise
that 80% of the profits from agriculture come from 1% of land that is
irrigated, you realise the extent of the problem.
The National Partyıs inability and unwillingness to stop the government from
making water quotas tradeable commodities have compounded the drought. It
wonıt be long before a handful of transnational corporations will own the
lionıs share of the water quotas dictating what will be grown, who grows it
and when they grow it. Dam levels in most of Australia are at their lowest
levels possible. The droughtıs impact is not limited to rural and regional
Australia. The major capital cities are faced with significant water
shortages in the near future. The problem is not just limited to drinking
water. It will affect the huge volumes that are used by industry and that
are used to dispose of vast amounts of human waste.
89% of New South Wales, 88% of Victoria and 65% of Queensland have been
drought declared. 10% of Australia has received the lowest rainfall on
record, while 8% of the country continues to receive below average rainfall.
Irrigation farming is a capital-intensive industry. Farmers borrow heavily
from the banks to establish their farms, if the drought does not break in
the next 12 months, and there is no indication it will, many face
foreclosure and will be forced to walk off their farms with nothing.
Farming has always been a difficult proposition in Australia. The first
European settlements at Sydney and Hobart suffered from starvation within a
decade of being established. Itıs possible that irrigation based farming is
a luxury the country can no longer afford. Considering that 80% of profits
from agriculture are derived from irrigated land, both the short and long
term consequences will be devastating for both the farmer and the country
alike. Faced with this crisis, the Federal government and State and
Territory governments are talking about pumping more taxpayer money into
irrigated farming.
It seems European farming techniques have done more damage to the land than
40,000 years of indigenous occupation ever did. Unless urgent steps are
taken to alter current farming practices, itıs no exaggeration to say that
the continued diversion of water into irrigation based industries will have
a profound effect, both on industry and lifestyles in regional and urban
Australia. The great privatisation swindle has left a significant
proportion of regional and rural Australians in circumstances they will
never be able to recover from. The continuing drought will drive many more
into ever expanding urban centres. Within the next decade, over 85%
possibly 90% of Australians will be living in six major urban centres that
will have problems providing the necessary infrastructure that large cities
need.

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


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ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS ­ (ATNTF)

THIS WEEK'S STORIES: Govt Knew of Iraq Doubts...Land of the Long
Week...Allied Soldiers Take Home Their Own Little Piece of Iraqi
Freedom...Centrelink Has Weapons Of Mass Destruction...Quotes of the Week.

Ex US offical Greg Thielmann says that serious doubts about the Iraqi govt's
alleged weapons of mass destruction were communicated to the Aussie govt
months before John Howard raised the issue in parliament. Mr Thielmann says
the US State Dept & Energy Dept both disputed claims by the CIA, & that this
"would not have been a secret to the Australian govt". Ex US ambassador John
Wilson was sent to Africa in 2002 to assess claims Iraq was buying uranium.
He said he has "little choice but to conclude that some of the intelligence
related to Iraq's nuclear weapons program was twisted to exaggerate the
Iraqi threat". (The Age, July 7).
A study has found that Australia's self-image as "the land of the long
weekend" is a myth. Australia has fewer public holidays than most
industrialised countries. The study has found almost 60%of full-time
employees didn't take all their annual leave last year; about 40% of them
for work-related reasons, including being too busy to take the time off.
(The Age, July 5).
Ex US Army Major & physicist Douglas Rokke said 1000ıs of soldiers &
civilians would suffer ill health & disability because of contact with
depleted uranium during the war on Iraq. Mr Rokke was in charge of a clean
up after the first Gulf War. He said it took a team of 100 trained experts
3 years to clean up 24 vehicles. He also said everyone in the team developed
respiratory problems, some within the first 24 hours. (Melbourne Times, June
25).
A report from the Intıl Labour Org. says every year 270 million employees
are injured worldwide in accidents in the workplace & 160 million are
affected by work-related illnesses. The report reveals more than 2 million
workers die on the job each year. The report makes it clear that these
statistics are probably an underestimate. (Le Monde Diplomatique, June 2003
issue).
QUOTES OF THE WEEK: "It's not until you see first hand the consequences of
policies, that you see they need to be changed". Stephen Byers, ex Trade
Minister for the UK govt, announcing that he no longer supported free trade
or globalisation after visiting Africa.
"This is a war that is not going to have any end for the forseeable future".
Richard Haass, US State Dept director of policy planning, on the 'war on
terror'.
"I think the biggest challenged is that the Army Reserve has traditionally
been trained for a war fighting capability, for use of force...the challenge
is now operating on Australian soil, dealing with our civilian community".
Army Reserve Major Murray Duckworth.
"If people think their civil liberties are being curtailed, well, there are
plenty of other things they can watch". Bill Muehlenberg, Pres of the Aust
Family Ass, on the banned film Ken Parkı.
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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 -
info for unemployed people, www.activate.8m.com - anarchist magazine aimed
at teenagers. ATNTF appears in the Anarchist Age Weekly Review
(http://www.vicnet.net.au/~anarch - PO Box 20 Parkville VIC 3052) & The Ham
(http://www.theham.cat.org.au).
Media outlets mentioned in ATNTF are sources - items arenıt direct quotes
from news media. Background info may have been gathered from sources in
addition to media outlets cited. Where no source is cited, the info has
been gathered from direct sources.

ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Has been awarded to the Solomon Islands parliament for buckling under the
pressure applied by the Australian government and unanimously voting to
allow Australia to recolonise the Solomon Islands.

STAMP APPEAL - We spend over $500.00 on postage stamps per month. If
youıre writing to us or have any spare stamps floating about stuff them into
the envelope & send them to us. JOIN our $5.00 a month group & send us a
book of 10 50 cent stamps every month.

EMAIL MADNESS - Have access to cyberspace? Want to help us save on printing
& postage costs? Then why donıt you receive the AAWR by email?
INTERESTED?? Then email us at anarchistage@yahoo.com & arrange to have the
weekly emailed to you.

A DOLLAR A DAY
Increasing financial problems have forced us to review how The Anarchist
Media Instituteıs finances are raised. Currently subscriptions and
donations only account for about 40% of the income necessary to cover our
costs. To overcome this problem weıve launched a:-
SAVE THE ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE ~ "A DOLLAR A DAY" CAMPAIGN
We are looking for THIRTY People, interested in our activities, to pledge to
donate
A Dollar A Dayı for twelve months. You can donate monthly or yearly. Make
out cheques and money orders to:- Libertarian Workers and send to PO Box 20,
Parkville. 3052. Melbourne. Australia. Those who pledge will receive a "I
Saved The Anarchist Media Institute" A3 poster which you can frame and put
up at work or home - A great talking point if nothing else. Weıve got the
ideas and energy but we need your financial assistance to keep going. Go
on, become one of the Magnificent Thirty that saved the Anarchist Media
Institute.
SIX READERS HAVE JOINED THE "DOLLAR A DAY" CLUB ­ 25 TO GO JOIN TODAY!!
EMPTY YOUR POCKETS OF LOOSE CHANGE & SAVE THE ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE

HEALTH CARE A RIGHT NOT A CHARITY OR A LUXURY
DEFEND & EXTEND MEDICARE - RALLY
5.30PM - FRIDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER
STATE LIBRARY TO FEDERATION SQUARE ­ MELBOURNE
ALL WELCOME, BRING ALONG BANNERS
If you want a universal Health care system that everyone irrespective of
income has access to join your local Defend and Extend Medicare group
Defendmedicare@yahoo.com.au Tel: (03) 5982 1170

DEFEND & EXTEND MEDICARE ­ MEETING
DELEGATES METING followed by GENERALMEETING
(Delegates meeting open to observers)
WEDNESDAY 24TH JULY - 7.00PM
EVATT ROOM - 1ST FLOOR / TRADES HALL / MELBOURNE
Cnr. LYGON ST. & VICTORIA RD ­ CARLTON (Entrance 54 Victoria Rd)

RECLAIM THE RADICAL SPIRIT OF THE EUREKA REBELLION
ORGANISING GROUP MEETING
7.30pm - WEDNESDAY 30TH JULY 2003
CHELSEA COMMUNITY HOUSE ­ 36 BROADWAY, BON BEACH
Melways Ref: 97C3 (Approx. 40kms from Melb G.P.O.)
ALL WELCOME
If you want to go on our mailing list, drop us a line at
P.O. BOX 20, PARKVILLE 3052, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA
JOIN US AT BALLARAT AT THE EUREKA STOCKADE SITE
CNR STAWELL & EUREKA STREET, BALLARAT
>From 4AM TO 4PM
ON WEDNESDAY 3RD DECEMBER 2003
CELEBRATE THE 149TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE EUREKA REBELLION

RECLAIM THE RADICAL SPIRIT OF THE EUREKA REBELLION
JOIN US AT BALLARAT AT THE EUREKA STOCKADE SITE
CNR STAWELL & EUREKA STREET, BALLARAT
>From 4AM TO 4PM
ON WEDNESDAY 3RD DECEMBER 2003
CELEBRATE THE 149TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE EUREKA REBELLION
RECLAIM YOUR HISTORY
Celebrate the important elements of the Eureka rebellion
DIRECT DEMOCRACY
DIRECT ACTION
SOLIDARITY
"We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other and fight to
defend our rights and liberties"
PROGRAM
4.00AM ­ 0.00AM ­ Gathering at Eureka Park to mark the 149th anniversary
of the battle on the site and at the time it occurred
6.00am ­ 10.00am ­ Breakfast Eureka Hall (Bring own food & drinks)
10.00am ­ 11.00am ­ Radio broadcast across Australia involving the
participants at the site on the National Community Radio Satellite
11.30am ­ 1.00pm ­ March from Eureka Park to Bakery Hill to re-affirm the
Eureka Oath. March back to Eureka Park
1.00pm ­ 4.00pm ­ Lunch & conversation (bring own food & drinks)
Reclaim your history, use that history to change the future.
JOIN US AT EUREKA PARK / EUREKA HALL.
(CNR STAWELL & EUREKA STREET, BALLARAT)
>From 4AM TO 4PM
ON WEDNESDAY 3RD DECEMBER 2003

If You Like What You Have Read, Photocopy This Publication and Leave It In
Doctors, Dentists,
Vets Waiting Rooms and In Railway Stations, Bus Stops, Libraries and
Restaurants Etc.
The articles in the Anarchist Age Weekly Review reflect the personal
opinions of the authors, they do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the
publishers, the Libertarian Workers for a Self-Managed Society/Anarchist
Media Institute.
All material in the Anarchist Age Weekly Review can be used by anarchists,
anarchist collectives and non-profit organisations as long as the source of
the material is mentioned in the article. The Anarchist Age Weekly Review
reserves all rights as far as commercial publications are concerned.

ANARCHISM ­ ADVANCING IN DIVERSITY STRIKING IN UNISON ­ YAMAGUCHI KENJI
WELCOME TO THE 21ST CENTURY ­ THE ANARCHIST CENTURY




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