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(en) Anarchist Age Weekly Review No. 557 28th July ­ 3rd August 2003

From Phil McCrory <philmcc@melbpc.org.au>
Date Wed, 30 Jul 2003 09:09:07 +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

CHARADES ANYONE?
Coles' entry into petrol retailing is yet another nail that's been hammered
into the Australian small business coffin. Although the Howard government
and Her Majesty's loyal Labour opposition wax lyrical about the importance
of small business to the Australian economy, almost every major legislative
change that has been passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate
in the last twenty years has reinforced the increasing stranglehold
monopolies have over the Australian economy.

The idea that competition is an integral component of capitalist economics
is an enduring myth that is propagated by a corporate dominated fourth,
estate by State governments and by the Federal government. Every major
parliamentary party seems to be chanting in unison the mantra that
competition is a natural by-product of capitalism.

Nothing can be further from the truth, the natural outcome of competition in
a deregulated economy is the formation of monopolies. If it wasn't, there
would be no need for the Federal government to establish the Australian
Competition and Consumer Commission, a government instrumentality that has
been given the task of protecting small business and consumers from the
predatory practices of well armed monopolies with a legislative slingshot.

The history of the 20th Century is a history of States being forced by
protests, rebellions, revolts and revolutions to intervene in the unequal
struggle between the public and monopolies to protect people from the
wholesale exploitation that occurs in a deregulated economy.

It's not surprising that as governments around the world deregulated the
economy that the worst excesses of 19th Century capitalism are once again
becoming an important community issue. Coles¹ and Safeway¹s entering into
petrol retailing is a practical reminder to Australian's of the harm that
monopolies can cause when governments refuse to intervene to protect the
interests of the very people who elect them into office.

COUNTER CULTURAL REVOLUTION
There has been a cultural revolution going on in this country, aided and
abetted by the Howard government, appointing neo-conservative cultural
warriors to positions of authority in Australia's major institutions that
has temporarily succeeded in changing the Australian character. This war
has been waged on a number of fronts by neo-conservative elements in the
corporate sector, the fourth estate and the Federal government.

Its victims have included indigenous Australians, unionists, women, the
unemployed, disability pensioners, asylum seekers and anybody who holds
political positions that have challenged the legitimacy of the narrow
neo-conservative ideological agenda. They have succeeded in distorting
historical reality and transformed institutions that were created to protect
Australian's interests to ones that promote foreign corporate interests and
a worldview that denies the collectivist tradition in Australia's past.

The fruits of this cultural revolution are now being felt by a population
that is becoming increasingly dismayed by the type of society we are
becoming and the personal cost that we individually carry as the
collectivist traditions which served us so well in the past have been
discarded for laissez faire individualistic principles. Principles that
benefit those who control wealth and wield power and disenfranchise the rest
of the community.

The social and human costs of this Cultural Revolution are reflected in a
tired, irritable, apathetic, insular, fearful population that has lost faith
and patience in the parliamentary process, the fourth estate and an ever
increasingly powerful corporate sector. Fortunately the first signs that a
counter cultural revolution is spreading across the country is becoming
clearer by the day. A growing number of Australians are beginning to
realise that the human and personal costs of the neo-conservative cultural
revolution do not compensate them, their families and children, for the
illusory economic gains they have made.

Increasing numbers are reassessing their lifestyles, downsizing their
economic aspirations and rejecting the new cultural orthodoxy, liberating
themselves from the dead hand of a neo-conservative cultural revolution that
has robbed us of our souls for a fistful of dollars and an illusory sense of
security.

SLOW NEWS DAY
The jockeying by Australia's mayors for the privilege of having George W.
Bush visit their town while he's here in Australia in December have begun.
Ballarat mayor David Vendy wants the President of the coalition of the
willing to open Ballarats new ex-prisoner of war memorial. The Ballarat
Courier, struggling to find a local news story worthy of front-page
treatment splashed Vendy's attempts to bring Bush to Ballarat on their front
page.

The Ballarat Peace Network responded to the proposal by threatening to
invite thousands of demonstrators to take to the streets if Bush showed his
nose in Ballarat. It would be ironic if Bush just happened to be in
Ballarat on Wednesday the 3rd of December, the 149th anniversary of the
Eureka Rebellion. It would be interesting to meld the celebrations that
will be held in Ballarat by The Reclaim the Radical Spirit of the Eureka
group on December the 3rd, with the action proposed by the Ballarat Peace
Network. Councillor Vendy would then have his wish to put Ballarat on the
world map fulfilled, unfortunately for Vendy it would be for all the wrong
reasons.

It's pathetic to think that there are local councils in this country who
believe that having the President of the United States visit for a few hours
will somehow put them on the map. The expense necessary to provide the
necessary personnel for such a visit would cancel out any so called benefit
to Ballarat. It's disappointing when councillors are willing to open up the
fracture lines in their communities for the sake of a few hours of dubious
publicity.

Vendy's call for Bush to drop into Ballarat is a transparent attempt by him,
to generate publicity around his political campaign to retain the mayoral
position. Fortunately for the people of Ballarat, his efforts have very
little chance of succeeding. The mayor may find that when the next Council
elections occur, his tactics will have backfired and the good burghers of
Ballarat may not be interested in re-electing a councillor that is willing
to turn the people of ballarat against each other by inviting George W.Bush
to their town.

"WMD"
Just a few months ago John Howard was adamant that Iraq's cache of "Weapons
of Mass Destruction" (WMD) was an imminent danger to world security and
Australia. He committed Australia to the coalition of the willing and
Australia's defence forces took an active role in the invasion of Iraq.
Today an increasing number of Australian's are wondering where all those WMD
that the Prime Minister was so insistent about that posed an immediate and
real threat to the country, are.

After carefully analysing all the available evidence and entering into
exhaustive discussions with a number of government sources and some highly
placed sleepers in Australia's security agencies, I've been convinced that
WMD are real and are not a result of John Howard's feverish imagination.
WMD do exist, they exist in Australia, they have been hidden in Senator Kay
Patterson's, the Federal Health Minister's parliamentary office in Canberra.
Weapons of Medicare Destruction (WMD) have been assembled by the Federal
cabinet and have been carefully disguised as a Medicare reform package, that
when activated by its passage through the senate will destroy universal
health care in this country.

While John Howard's WMD have been found to be an exercise in verbal
gymnastics and hyperbole, the Federal government's WMD are real and if the
WMD package is passed by the Senate, will have a profound and lasting effect
on the health of Australian society. It's effects will not only be felt by
the 40% of Australian's who rely on Social Security benefits to survive, it
will also be felt by all those working Australian's who will find they will
have to put their hands into their pockets to access even the most basic
health care for themselves and their children.

It's important that for the welfare of the Australian community, the Federal
government's weapons of Medicare destruction be destroyed. Defend and
Extend Medicare - is at the forefront of a struggle that has been launched
to destroy WMD in Australia. We will be holding mass rallies across the
country until the next Federal election is held to keep this issue alive in
the public domain. Join us at the first of these rallies which will be held
at 5.30pm outside the State Library in Swanston Street Melbourne on Friday
the 5th of September and destroy the Weapons of Medicare destruction that
are currently stored in Canberra.

FIT UP?
Simon Chapman, a London anti-capitalist activist who was involved in an
anti-European union demonstration in Thessaloniki, Greece on the 21st of
June is rotting in prison in Thessaloniki, awaiting trial with seven other
anti-capitalist activists on charges which carry a seven to twenty-five year
sentence. The ŒSalonika eight¹ have been remanded in prison till September
when they will be making their first court appearance.

Solidarity demonstrations with the ŒSaloniki eight¹ were held in early July
in Rome, Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Greece. Simon has been
charged with rioting, construction and possession of explosives, arson,
serious damage to property and resisting authority. The unusual aspect of
Simon's arrest is that his arrest and framing have been caught on camera by
both the mainstream and Indy media. One moment Simon is seen reeling over
the curb, carrying a blue backpack, with the boot of a policeman pressing
down on his body. The next moment the cameras catch police putting a hammer
and axe into a black bag full of Molotov cocktails, before placing it next
to Simon.

The Greek government, host to the 2004 Summer Olympics, is concerned about
their international image. Simon Chapman is the victim of a police force
and a government that is looking for scapegoats for the anti EU riot in
Thessaloniki. A Prisoner solidarity group has been formed to push for the
release of the ŒSalonika eight¹. Funds are being raised for a legal
defence. More solidarity actions will be carried out in the near future to
highlight the plight of Simon Chapman and the other anti-capitalist
prisoners. The Greek government, mindful of the forthcoming Olympic games
is keen to present a positive face to the international media and community.
Protest action, especially international protest action that highlights the
plight of the ŒSalonika eight¹ is just the thing that the Greek government
does not want to see.

Letters of support & paperbacks can be sent to
Simon Kratoumeno
Simon Chapman,
Dikastikes Fylakes Diavton T.K. 54012
THESSALONIKI GREECE

Email updates on the Salonika 8 can be obtained from:
Thessalonikiprisoners@yahoo.co.uk
Photos of Simon being set up can be obtained from:
www.wombles.org.uk/action/thesspris.php
For a video upload see
http://italy.indymedia.org/uploads/simon.avi

Source of information for article:
FREEDOM - anarchist fortnightly
Vol 64 No 14, 12th July 2003.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. WILL POVERTY CONTINUE TO BE A PROBLEM IN AN ANARCHIST SOCIETY?
A. Poverty will not be eliminated in an anarchist society. Although wealth
will be redistributed according to need, it¹s quite possible that different
anarchist communities may not have access to enough resources to fulfil all
their needs. Each community will, after extensive debate, draw up a
Œhierarchy of need¹ that outlines what is considered to be important in that
community.
Anarchist communities may find that they will have economic embargos placed
on them by hostile neighbours. They may find that they may have to divert
limited resources to protect themselves from attack. Faced with the problem
of access to limited resources, possible economic embargo and the
possibility of invasion, it may be very difficult to eliminate poverty in an
anarchist society. The central difference between an anarchist society and
other communities is that everybody shares both the good and bad times.
Pooling resources is the best way of keeping poverty at bay and maintaining
morale in the community. Knowing that everybody is in the same boat and
that they all prosper when the community as a whole prospers is an important
reason that most people in an anarchist community will support that
community both through the good and bad times. Questions about distribution
of resources become a fundamental issue when there are not enough resources
to go around. In these situations debate will occur about who should access
to resources. This debate will result in the establishment of a Œhierarchy
of need¹ that determines who has access based on their need to use these
resources. Those whose need is greatest will have access to limited
resources, while others will have limited access or miss out all together.
The elimination of poverty revolves around having access to adequate
resources as well as the products that are generated from these resources.
In a federation of anarchist communities, excess production would be shared
with those communities that are experiencing poverty. Neither barter or
access to cold hard cash would determine how that access is distributed. It
would be distributed on the basis of need, those communities that suffer
from poverty would receive assistance from surrounding communities. Next
year, the role could be reversed and those communities that had a surplus
may now require help. Knowing that you will receive assistance in times of
need is the glue that binds an anarchist federation together.

ACTION BOX
PLAQUES ­ YES PLAQUES
No, I haven¹t finally lost my marbles. Yes, I mean plaques. History is
written by the victors, the history of towns and cities is remembered in the
names of streets, roads, parks and the city itself. People go about their
every day business oblivious of the past. Momentous events happen and are
conveniently forgotten. Those who have put down popular uprisings with
unparalleled brutality are remembered, while those who rose up are ignored
and eventually forgotten.
Just today, I found out that a street I lived in, in Melbourne, 25 years ago
was named in honour of Victoria¹s first hanging judge, Judge Willis. He¹s
remembered, while the indigenous guerilla fighters who were sentenced to
hang 161 years ago are forgotten. Cities, towns, councils, State & Federal
governments jealously guard their right to name our streets, parks, roads
and cities. Each town has a Œnames committee¹ that embellishes the legacy
of the past with the names of the very people that have fought tooth and
nail to keep ruling class history alive, whilst ignoring the history of
those that have struggled for a fair share of the wealth they produce and
share in the decisions that are made that govern their lives.
Carefully excavate your local library, local history societies and public
libraries are a good source of information. Find an event or an individual
or a group that you believe should be remembered and begin a public campaign
to have a street or a road named after them. Begin a campaign to have
plaques placed at important sites to help remember their contribution to the
welfare of the communities we live and work in. A few examples that people
could rally around are, the erection of a plaque at the corner of Franklin
and Bourke Street in Melbourne, to mark the site of Melbourne¹s first public
execution of Jack Napolean Tunermenerwail and Robert Smallboy, two
indigenous Australians who had the audacity to declare war on the white
colonisers in 1841. For their troubles, they were hanged on the 21st
January 1842. Also, a plaque should be placed in the Supreme Court of
Victoria to mark the 150th anniversary in 2005 of the acquittal of the 13
miners who were charged with High Treason for their participation in the
Eureka rebellion in 1854. Their names placed on a plaque in the Supreme
Court would acknowledge the important contribution they made in the struggle
for freedom. Even names like Victoria, Queensland, Melbourne, Sydney should
not be sacrosanct. Brisbane named after a New South Wales Governor, could
be renamed Mabo, in honour of Eddie Mabo¹s contribution to the overturning
of the ridiculous idea that this land was not inhabited when colonised by
the British in 1788.
The list¹s endless, think about it, challenge their right to record history
for future generations, seize the moment and reclaim our past by remembering
those who fought for us in the past.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
MELBOURNE¹S FIRST EXECUTIONS
In 1841 George Robinson, the Chief Protector of Aborigines in Tasmania,
brought across a band of Tasmanian blacks to Victoria to Œcivilise¹ the
local tribes. Those that came across were the survivors of the Œblack wars¹
that almost destroyed Tasmania¹s indigenous population. In October 1841,
Jack Napolean Tunermenerwail, Robert Smallboy and three women including
Trugernanner (Truganini) stole two guns and some ammunition, raided seven
stations, killed two white whalers and wounded another four white settlers.
A team of police, assisted by local black trackers, eventually caught up
with the group capturing the women and holding them as hostages, threatening
to shoot them unless the men surrendered. Tunermenerwail and Smallboy
surrendered and were taken to Melbourne for trial. The three women were
acquitted by a Melbourne jury, who were sympathetic to their plight
especially when during the trial it came to light that Trugernanner¹s
husband had been killed by the whalers and had been abducted and sexually
abused by them. Although they found the men guilty, the jury asked Judge
Willis to show mercy. Faced with increasing Aboriginal resistance in
Victoria to European colonisation, Judge Willis declared that "the
punishment that awaits you is not one of vengeance but of terror to deter
similar transgressions".
On the 21st January 1842, the men were taken in a horse drawn cart from
Collins Street jail, paraded round the streets of Melbourne and taken to the
corner of Franklin and Bourke Street to be hung. Over 6,000 people gathered
round the gallows to watch Melbourne¹s first public execution. The scaffold
that had been hastily constructed and the hangman who was unfamiliar with
his work, made Melbourne¹s first public execution a particular macabre
event. Smallboy terrified by the crowd sobbed and groaned. Tunermenerwail
resigned to his fate remained impassive. When the moment finally came, the
trapdoor only partially opened and the men were left to dangle and choke. A
spectator sickened by the spectacle, finally got the trapdoor to open
properly, Tunermenerwail died instantly, Smallboy slowly asphyxiated.
SOURCE OF MATERIAL FOR THIS ARTICLE: -
ŒRadical Melbourne ­ A Secret History¹, Jeff & Jill Sparrow with a foreword
by Stuart McCintyre 2001, ISBN 0957735243.
Available from New International Bookshop ­
Melbourne Trades Hall, Cnr Victoria & Lygon St. Melbourne.

BOOK REVIEW
"THE CALL"
Martin Flanagan,
Allen & Unwin 1998, ISBN 1 86 448 7690
Martin Flanagan sporting writer for ŒThe Age¹ and author, has woven an
imaginary story round the life of Tommy Wills, Victoria¹s first sporting
hero. A native born Australian, educated at Rugby in London, cricket wizard
and father of Australian Rules football. Wills died forgotten and ignored
of alcoholism in the 1880¹s. Flanagan attempts to incorporate the fate of
Victoria¹s rapidly dwindling indigenous population in the 1850¹s with Wills¹
life. In 1866, Wills coached the Aboriginal team that became the first
Australian cricket team to tour England. (Most of the team came from the
area around his father¹s farm in the Western District)
The author¹s attempts to fill in the gaps of Tommy Wills¹ life don¹t really
gel. The imaginary scenes and conversations don¹t do justice to the man and
his life. ŒThe Call¹ is neither a historical account or a novel. Tom Wills
never comes alive, he¹s there but not there. His thoughts are Flanagan¹s
thoughts, his words are Flanagan¹s words. Wills was born in 1835 at
Molonglo Plains near Canberra, his father set off from Molonglo Plains and
squatted a run near Ararat in 1838 just three years after Melbourne was
established. Tommy Wills learnt the language and the folklore of the
surrounding tribes while playing with the Aboriginal children.
At 15, he was sent to Rugby, returning in 1856 aged 21 at the height of the
Victorian gold rush. He became captain of the first Victorian cricket team
to beat New South Wales and using his knowledge of indigenous games and his
experiences at Rugby in England, he helped lay down the laws that still
govern the spirit of Australian Rules football.
ŒThe Call¹¹ is not an easy book to read, Flanagan has not quite mastered the
knack of moving effortlessly from the past to the present to the past again.
The book although interesting is not gripping, although based on historical
events, not factual. Although Martin Flanagan¹s heart is in the right
place, ŒThe Call¹ doesn¹t quite come off. Maybe somebody else will be able
to do justice to Tommy Wills, the father of Australian Rules football,
somewhere in the future.
ŒThe Call¹ is available directly from Allen & Unwin,
It should be in your local library and most likely sits on a shelf somewhere
in your local second hand bookshop.

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
The Œall the way with Bubba Bush¹ policy that has been embarked on by the
Federal government has both expected and unexpected consequences.
Australia¹s policies both at home and abroad have slowly changed the world¹s
attitude towards Australians. One of the subtle changes that has occurred,
has had a direct impact on Australians travelling overseas.
When Australians travelled in the past, it wasn¹t unusual for them to
proudly display an Australian flag on their knapsack or carry some
Australian coins for the local children. In the middle of nowhere, you¹d
come across a fellow traveller proudly displaying a small Australian flag
somewhere on their clothing. You would exchange a few words with them, find
out where they¹re from, how long they had been travelling and where they
were going.
Today everything has changed, the comradeship that was displayed has been
replaced with a sullen Œyou and them¹ attitude to the world. Travellers do
not want to be identified as Australians, irrespective of who we are, what
we believe, we have all become potential targets as a consequence of the
Howard government¹s policies. Australian travellers try to blend in by
removing any identifying mark on their clothes or belongings. They¹re
concerned that if they are identified as Australians, they will become
targets. They have good reasons for being concerned. The reservoir of
goodwill that Australia had, built up by supporting the establishment of the
United Nations, accepting more than a million refugees as citizens, sending
aid abroad especially to South East Asia and support for the anti-apartheid
movement in South Africa, has been exhausted.
An increasing number of people overseas have come to think of us as a cruel,
capricious people who both abuse our indigenous population and using the
Prime Minister¹s own words, have become the United States deputy sheriff.
The consequences of this shift in government policy are real and will take
generations to overcome. Somehow I don¹t believe the reservoir of goodwill
that is necessary to make Australians safe and welcome when they travel
overseas, will occur in my lifetime.

STOP PRESS
"MAN OF STEEL"
The Œman of steel¹s¹ 64th birthday bash has been celebrated by the fourth
estate as an event worthy of the public¹s attention. It seems that the
corporate owned media and the government cowed ABC, are happy to bequeath
the mantle of Œman of steel¹ on the Prime Minister. ŒMan of steel¹? You
have to wonder who spiked their drinks when they babble on about Howard¹s
leadership qualities.
John Howard, the undisputed leader of the Liberal / National Party
government, is the most divisive PM since Billy Hughes. He is a master of
wedge politics, pitting Australians against Australians. When he loses the
next Federal election and lose he will, (I know you don¹t believe me) people
will reassess the Œman of steel¹ tag, a tag that John Howard is very proud
of. If making decisions that disenfranchise significant proportions of the
Australian population is a mark of a strong leadership then John Howard is a
strong leader.
Fortunately for those of us who don¹t equate ideological brutality with
strength, Howard¹s days as PM are drawing to a close. His policies have
caused and continue to cause so much suffering that the tears of the victims
will rust through the Œman of steel¹. The single most important failing of
steel is that it doesn¹t bend. If enough pressure is put on steel, it
breaks. What at first may seem to be an immovable object, soon turns out to
have the strength of a matchstick. The drip, drip effect of the public¹s
concerns about a number of significant issues including health, education,
immigration, security and foreign affairs will test the Œman of steel¹s¹
resolve and strength.
The sheer force of numbers will sooner or later have the desired effect and
like John Howard¹s leadership like steel, will pop. Once his aura of
invincibility is challenged, his victims will find new strength in their own
ideas. Howard is nothing without a pliant fourth estate, his contributions
to public life in a parliamentary career that spans 30 years could be
written on the back of a postage stamp. As the consequences of Howard¹s
policies are felt by an increasing number of people, his divisive reign will
come to an end.

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


ANARCHIST PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED THIS WEEK
THE SOCIAL ANARCHIST No.3 July ¹03, Newsletter of the Brisbane Inst. For
Social Ecology, ISE Room, West End St Festival Offices, 93 Boundary St, West
End 4101, Brisbane AUSTRALIA
FREEDOM Vol.64 No.14,12th July 2003, Anarchist Fortnightly, 84b Whitechapel
High St, London E17QX, ENGLAND Email:FreedomCopy@aol.com
LIBERTAIRIA Vol.5, No.3 July 2003, Il piacere dell¹utopia, Editrice A,
Cas.Post.17120, 20170 Milano, ITALY, Tel:022896627, Fax:0228001271,
Email:arivista@tin.it www.anarca-bolo.ch/a-rivista
LE MONDE LIBERTAIRE Series 23 July 2003, 145 Rue Amelot, 75011 Paris,
FRANCE, Tel:0148053408, Fax:0149299859
MENAHNE ANBRHCA 2003, TYNBCKNK, AHAPXNCTO B, RUSSIA, Tel:8-0872-35-74-84
UMANITA NOVA Vol 83 No.25 EL 6th July Œ03, Settimanale Anarchico, C.50
Palermo 46, 10152, Torino ITALY. tel/fax (011) 857850 Mobile 338-6594361
email:fat@inrete.it

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ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS ­ (ATNTF)
THIS WEEK'S STORIES: Gov¹t Out-sources Fraud...Union Demands 8 Minutes
Rest...Majority Disbelieves Official Story on Iraq...Up In Smoke.

Crime syndicates are making millions of dollars from false GST claims. Some
investigators estimate as much as 10% of GST revenue is lost through false &
fraudulent claims. The Sydney Morning Herald says some staff at the
Australian Tax Office privately refer to the ATO as the ATM b/c of the ease
of making electronic claims. During 2001-02 the ATO registered 476,785
Australian Business Numbers. As at June 30 last year there were 3,892,756
active ABNs. In 2000 a House of Representatives economics committee report
found there were 5.3 million excess tax file numbers, many of which were
used to commit fraud. ABNs can be registered over the internet. An ATO
spokesman said in 2001-02, the office's audit program targeted 9% of
GST-registered businesses that resulted in $363 million in additional GST
being paid. The govt claimed that the GST would stop the 'black economy'.
(Sydney Morning Herald, July 21).
Some linesmen are putting in working days of more than 16 hours, doing
dangerous work repairing electrical equipment. The Electrical Trades Union
says some workers in the country can spend a standard working day just
driving to a site to repair damaged power lines. The ETU has put in a claim
for 1000% penalty rates. The union says they don't really want these rates,
they¹re just trying to achieve a complete ban on dangerously excessive
hours. (Sydney Morning Herald).
Apprx 2/3 of Aussies believe the govt misled the public about Iraqi war. 36%
believe they were knowingly misled by Howard govt, 31% believe they were
unknowingly misled & 25% believe they weren¹t misled at all. (The
Australian, July 22).
A senior tobacco company employee says his company "sanitised" documents
that contained damaging info on the health risks of smoking. Frederick
Gulson was secretary & legal counsel of WD & HO Wills Pty Ltd in 1989-90.
He was responsible for preparing the company for an expected wave of legal
action. The company, now called British American Tobacco Services has denied
selectively destroying documents. Mr Gulson said in an affidavit, it was
"obvious to everyone in the know" that the company's strategy was to "get
rid of all the sensitive documents but to do so under the guise of an
innocent housekeeping arrangement". The documents included info on what the
group of companies knew about addiction & the disease risks of smoking,
including reports on the companies' efforts to make cigarettes more
addictive. It also included information on marketing "directed at all age
groups". (The Age, July 19).

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fliers for download, contacts etc. 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 -
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 aren¹t 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 Senator Alston - the Federal Communications Minister,
for his amateurish attempts at impersonating Gobbels - the Nazi Propaganda
Minister.


HEALTH CARE A RIGHT NOT A CHARITY OR A LUXURY
DEFEND & EXTEND MEDICARE - RALLY
5.30PM FRIDAY - 5TH SEPTEMBER 2003
STATE LIBRARY TO FEDERATION SQUARE ­ MELBOURNE
ALL WELCOME, BRING ALONG BANNERS
If you want a universal health care system that every body irrespective of
income, has access to join your local Defend and Extend Medicare group.
Email:Defendmedicare@yahoo.com.au www.defendmedicare.cjb.net
Tel: 03 5982 1170, Postal: P.O. Box 5035 Alphington 3078, Victoria
Australia.
Download any material you want and distribute it to your local community.

STAMP APPEAL - We spend over $500.00 on postage stamps per month. If
you¹re 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 don¹t you receive the AAWR by email?
INTERESTED?? Then email us at anarchistage@yahoo.com & arrange to have the
weekly emailed to you.


DEFEND & EXTEND MEDICARE
DELEGATES METING
THURSDAY 4th AUGUST - 7.00PM
EVATT ROOM - 1ST FLOOR)
MELBOURNE TRADES HALL
Cnr. LYGON ST. & VICTORIA RD ­ CARLTON (Entrance 54 Victoria Rd)


187 MEMBERS ­ 363 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 self-addressed
envelope to
VOTE INFORMAL TODAY DIRECT DEMOCRACY TOMORROW
PO Box 20, Parkville. 3052. Melbourne. Australia Telephone (03) 9828 2856
(24 hour answering service). We will send information about how to join
this unique 21st century Australian phenomena. DON'T PUT IT OFF JOIN THE
PUSH FOR CHANGE NOW.
Written and authorised by Joseph Toscano
(National Convenor 205 Nicholson St Footscray 3012 Melbourne Aust.)
Current membership 187. 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 Australian¹s that Parliamentary Democracy is nothing more than two
minutes of illusory power.


A DOLLAR A DAY
Increasing financial problems have forced us to review how The Anarchist
Media Institute¹s finances are raised. Currently subscriptions and
donations only account for about 40% of the income necessary to cover our
costs. To overcome this problem we¹ve 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
ŒA Dollar A Day¹ 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. We¹ve 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


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 ­ 6.00AM ­ 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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