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(en) Anarchist Age Weekly Review No.549 2nd June ­ 8th June 2003

From Phil <philmcc@melbpc.org.au>
Date Wed, 4 Jun 2003 09:04:51 +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
> FOOL OR LIAR? ­ YOU DECIDE
The man who added the core and non-core promise to the Australian lexicon
finds himself in danger of being branded a fool or a liar. The information
leaking out of the Pentagon that Iraq's possession of weapons of mass
destruction was a Pentagon strategical ruse, calls into question the Prime
Minister's credibility.
Not that John Howard's credibility hasn't been called into question in the
past ­ his Tampa and children overboard performances have earned him a
bronze and a silver medal in the banana bending Olympics. This time the
Prime Minister is a short-priced favourite to win the gold medal for the
furphy of the decade. If the Pentagon knew that Iraq had no weapons of mass
destruction, John Howard knew and he lied to the Australian people when he
told them Australian troops were needed to disarm Iraq because it posed an
unacceptable risk to the world. If he didn't know, the Bush Administration
treated him as a fool, lied to him, and tricked Australia into joining the
coalition of the willing liars.
Either way, the Australian people have been lied to and manipulated to
support the United States led invasion of Iraq. If Howard knew, he is guilty
of being the most divisive and hypocritical Prime Minister since Billy
Hughes. If he was treated as a fool by the Bush Administration, the
so-called alliance between Australia and the United States is not worth the
paper it's written on.
The Prime Minister's obsequious behaviour towards the Bush administration
has put the lives of Australian troops at risk, eroded Australia's
sovereignty, demeaned his parliamentary office, increased the risk of
terrorist attacks against Australia, and will eventually cost taxpayers
billions of dollars that could have been used for health and welfare
programs. When the Prime Minister lies in order to declare war, or is duped
into declaring war on our behalf, it's time that questions were asked about
his fitness to retain office.
If John Howard had any decency, he would resign as Prime Minister before his
continued tenure irreparably harms the Prime Ministers office and this
country's institutions, and before it destroys what's left of our
international reputation.

MANUFACTURING NEED
One of the most important aspects of post-industrial culture is the ability
of manufacturers to redefine human need in the race to maximise profits.
Over the past few years, the pharmaceutical sector has entered a new realm
in redefining human need. The need to create every increasing profits to
satisfy shareholders' demands has forced manufacturers to pursue cost-saving
strategies and explore ways of increasing the number of individual units
that are manufactured and sold.
An important result of the drive to increase profits is manufacturers
promoting their products to an ever-increasing number of people. In many
cases, the advertising material highlights that the product is manufactured
to satisfy a human need. Over the past decade, the pharmaceutical industry
has spent a great deal of time and effort promoting the idea that human
problems can be solved by swallowing a pill. Pharmaceutical solutions have
become interlinked with human needs, both in the orthodox and alternative
health care sector.
Today, pharmaceutical corporations are directing their propaganda directly
at consumers, creating a need for their product in the community. If you are
overweight, depressed, osteoporotic, have menopausal symptoms, a sexual
problem, or a host of other problems, there is a pill for you. Alternative
treatments whose efficacy has not been proved are promoted in the same
breath as orthodox medical treatments that need a doctor's prescription. The
doctor's role as gatekeeper is becoming usurped by human needs, manufactured
by pharmaceutical companies who view everybody as a potential customer.
Faced with a pharmaceutical redefinition of human need, pressure is being
placed on both State and Federal governments to dilute a medical
practitioner's role as gatekeeper, and to give consumers the right to
consume many more medications without consulting a doctor. Lifestyle
poly-pharmacy has become the new focus of private pharmaceutical research,
displacing research into products that help to deal with physical and
lifestyle medical problems that are prevalent within different communities.
Profits derived from manufactured human needs, not real human needs, has
become the major driving force behind the post-modern craze for a
pharmaceutical fix to what are in many cases essentially social and human
problems.

SIX HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS
AWAIT SENTENCING
Last year six human rights activists demonstrated inside the Northern
Territory Parliament while the Legislative Assembly was in session to
protest against the introduction of new draconian drug laws. Under the
legislation, the police can declare a house a 'drug house' on suspicion
only. Once the house is declared a 'drug house', the police can raid the
house at any time without a warrant. The police, under this law are allowed
to mark the house with a 1.2-metre highly fluorescent green sign. The 'drug
house' laws have been criticised by civil liberties groups around Australia.
On Thursday, June 5th at 10:00 a.m., the six demonstrators will be sentenced
in the Darwin Magistrates Court on the charge of 'unlawfully disturbing the
Legislative Assembly', a charge that has never been used in Australia before
today. The charge came into existence in 17th century England to deal with
the actions of Olivier Cromwell and his followers.
Three hundred and fifty years later the same charge has been levelled
against human rights protestors who had the audacity to protest against the
'drug house' laws while the Legislative Assembly was in session. The six
activists face the very real possibility of spending the next three years in
jail for showing their dissatisfaction by organising protests in the
Legislative Assembly. The Northern Territory government has a long history
of using judicial measures to deal with peaceful protest. The gravity of the
charge that has been levelled against the protestors indicates that the
Northern Territory assembly has decided to crack down on peaceful protests
within the assembly and throughout the rest of the Northern Territory.
Further information about this important case can be obtained by looking up
the Network Against Prohibition (Northern Territory) website
www.napnt.org/pages/Articles_8.htm. You can also contact them about this and
other cases by emailing them at pariahnt@yahoo.com or Kujuk2001@hotmail.com,
or writing to them at 19 Balbert Street, Ludmilla 0820, Northern Territory
Australia, or calling them on Tel + 61 (08) 894 20570.

WHY THE HIGH COURT?
The Australian Constitution outlines the relationship between the States and
the Commonwealth of Australia. Anybody who reads the Australian Constitution
will soon find it is a document that does not directly address individual
and human rights. The seven High Court judges, men and women (men
currently), are appointed by the government of the day when a vacancy
arises. Historically, governments appoint judges who reflect the
government's ideological position and political agenda.
Faced with the problem of interpreting a document that is over a hundred
years old, and that is hard to alter because only parliament has the power
to place constitutional questions before the people in a referendum, and
faced with a public that is suspicious that governments only put questions
to them in referendums that increase the power of the Commonwealth, only
eight changes have been made by the Australian people in the last century.
Working within these limitations, High Court judgements are increasingly
based on interpretations of the constitution that rely on implied rights
within the constitution.
Currently, Australians face an unparalleled attack on the few common law
rights they still enjoy. The Federal government's attempts to push
legislation through parliament that gives the Attorney General, not
parliament, the power to ban an organisation because it is perceived to be a
security threat by one of Australia's seven secret security agencies is a
legislation that if passed through parliament can only be challenged in the
High Court.
The decision by The High Court of Australia in the early 1950s to reject the
Menzies government's attempts to ban the Communist Party of Australia was
based on the High Court's interpretation of the constitution at that
particular point in time. How the High Court will react if the Attorney
General is given the power to ban any organisation he wants, is a matter for
conjecture. The precedent set in the 1950s does not necessarily hold sway
today.
It's important that Australians understand that governments only temporarily
control the State apparatus between elections. What legislation they can or
cannot pass depends to a large degree on the constitutional framework under
which the Commonwealth government works. In a situation where, for
short-term political gain, governments are willing to remove rights that the
citizens of this country have enjoyed for generations, the High Court of
Australia, through its interpretation of the Australian Constitution, stands
as the only institution in this country that can protect the individual from
a central government that believes it has the authority to wield absolute
power.

CRUDE
Senator Alston's crude attempts to intimidate ABC staff to support the
government's foreign policy agenda by suggesting that he had the power to
strip the ABC of funds if ABC staff did not co-operate, is the latest in a
long series of attacks on the national broadcaster. Over the past decade a
combination of strategies including budgeting constraints, the appointment
of ABC board members who support the government's ideological agenda, the
introduction of short-term staff contracts as well as major managerial
changes have created a climate of fear and self-censorship within the ABC.
The ABC has been reduced largely through government interference to a
broadcaster that is presenting an ever-narrowing band of opinions. It no
longer represents the broad spectrum of opinions that are held by
Australians. Senator Alston has quite rightly highlighted that the ABC is a
creature of government and as a creature of government, it owes its
existence to the government of the day. The ABC is not 'OUR ABC', it doesn't
belong to the Australian people, it belongs to the parliamentary incumbent.
If the government had a majority in both houses of Federal parliament, it
could legally sell off the ABC tomorrow.
The High Court of Australia has clearly indicated in a number of judgements
that electors require access to information to make an informed choice when
they are asked to elect a government. A free, independent media provides
that access to information. The ABC as the national broadcaster is in a
unique position to fulfil that fundamental role. To leave the ownership of
the ABC in the hands of the government of the day is a fatal flaw in the
parliamentary process. The only way to guarantee that the ABC fulfils its
role is to transfer the ownership of the ABC from the government to the
people.
This transfer of ownership can only be done in Australia through a
referendum. If the ownership of the ABC is enshrined in the Australian
constitution, the likes of Senator Alston would not be able to privatise the
ABC or threaten to starve it of funds if its broadcasters did not follow the
government's agenda. Governments in a parliamentary democracy temporarily
control the State apparatus on behalf of the people until the next election.
Allowing the government of the day, not the State, to continue to own the
national broadcaster, is a recipe for totalitarianism.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. WILL VIOLENCE DECREASE IN
AN ANARCHIST SOCIETY?
A. The State through its disciplinary arm (police, paramilitary
organisations and the military) maintains order by exercising the monopoly
on violence it holds. If order is not maintained by the use of State
sanctioned violence, the inequalities of power and wealth that exists
between people in both capitalists and State capitalists could result in an
explosion of violence in that community.
Anarchists believe that human beings are neither good or bad, how they act
in the majority of situations is determined by the circumstances they find
themselves in. Each individual has the potential to act cooperatively or
competitively, each individual has the potential to steal or become a sexual
predator. Whether they do so or not is to large degree determined by the
type society they live in. As individuals and groups have the potential to
simultaneously do both a great deal of good and harm, anarchists tackle the
problem of institutionalised violence by attempting to abolish and destroy
structures and institutions which give people power over other people.
Anarchists do not want to change human nature. They accept the frailties of
human beings and understand if given the chance, human beings can act in a
deplorable fashion. The history of the human race is littered with examples
of the damage that is caused when individuals or small groups gain control
of structures and institutions which allow them to improve their will on
other people. Violence is not just a matter of physically attacking
somebody, violence is manifested in many ways. Death from starvation and
preventable disease in a world where others are dying from the diseases of
over consumption is as real as the deaths caused by a soldier firing into a
crowd or unarmed protestors.
Violence will decrease in an anarchist community because people are capable
of creating structures that ensure that people donıt die from starvation or
preventable diseases. The level of violence will decrease markedly because
institutions that concentrate power in the hands of a few, will no longer
exist. Although megalomaniacs will still exist, the damage they can cause
will be limited to their immediate circle. Although violence will continue
to be an issue in an anarchist community, it will be a problem that will be
able to be contained within that community. That leaves the problem of
weapons of mass destruction, a problem Iıll attempt to tackle next week.

ACTION BOX
PROTEST ­ JUST AN OTHER CONSUMER PRODUCT
"Somebody should do something about that." If you had a dollar for every
time you heard somebody say that, you would have stopped working long ago.
People in a post modern society seem to be so disassociated from public life
that they have lost the will and the capacity to initiate action about what
upsets them about the society they live in. Its seems they are always
looking for somebody else to "do something about it". In such a climate,
radical activists find themselves in a situation where they are consistently
called on to act on behalf of other people. When they initiate a campaign
to deal with a particular issue, they are expected to do the bulk of the
organising, take all the risks and carry the can for the failures. Action
in such a situation seems to be based on the consumer model, most people
become involved as bit players in activities that are organised for them but
are not willing to become involved in the organising process itself.
Activists working in such a milieu, face the very real prospect of taking in
much more than they can deal with. When asked to do something for "the
movement" they feel a responsibility to do it irrespective of the havoc it
plays on their family and working life. In such circumstances,
disillusionment, cynicism and burnout become very real prospects. Activists
need to understand that they are not responsible for all the problems in the
world and that they cannot solve all of them. Itıs important we are willing
to say NO if we feel we cannot deal with a request for help and not feel
guilty about saying no. People need to be encouraged to take on positions
of responsibility and initiate and carry out actions themselves. Without
mass participation, there will be no mass change. The consumer attitude
thatıs held by most of the participants involved in community and political
struggles, needs to be discussed and dealt with.
To a great degree the consumer attitude to political struggle that is
prevalent in the post-modern world is a symptom of the types of extra
parliamentary organisations that are created by activists. In many
situations the structure created mirror the very structures they are trying
to replace, placing power at the peak of a rigid hierarchical structure.
The solution to the problem lays in the type of organisations that are
formed to deal with practical issues. Decentralised organisations that are
based on direct democratic principles are more likely to create the climate
that allows individuals to grow and take on organising roles within that
organisation. Participation is the key to the creation of successful
community and political action. Creating structures that encourage
participation is the best way to destroy the consumer attitudes that many
people who have no experience with any other mode of community interaction
bring to a struggle. Protest and community activity is not a product, itıs
a mechanism by which people are able to take back control of the communities
they live and work in and in the process transfer their role in the
community from positive consumption to active participation.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
"LABORıS VOLUTEER ARMY"
Less than 2 years into WWI, the tide against the war in Australia was
gathering momentum. The I.W.W.ıs crusade against conscription was being
taken up by large sections of the Trade Union movement and the Roman
Catholic Church headed by Archbishop Mannix. As the stream of volunteers
dried up, the Hughesı National Party government, a coalition of Labor Party
pro conscription scabs and the Liberal Party, placed conscription on the
political agenda. Faced with an onslaught of pro conscription propaganda in
most of the countryıs newspapers and a War Precautions Act that saw many
anti conscription activists jailed for being involved in campaigns that were
deemed to prejudice the governmentıs recruitment campaigns, workers based in
Broken Hill formed Laborıs Volunteer Army to fight the pro conscription
campaigns launched by the God, King and Country brigade.
The formation of Laborıs Volunteer Army was met by physical violence by
Empire loyalists around the country. Some of the most heated exchanges
occurred in Broken Hill. After the President of Laborıs Volunteer Army in
Broken Hill was assaulted while addressing a meeting and attempts were made
to destroy the I.W.W. rooms in Broken Hill, thousands of workers gathered to
protest against the loyalists violence and took the Labor Volunteer Army
pledge to resist attempts by the Hughesı government to introduce both civil
and military conscription.
"IŠŠbeing fully convinced that conscription of life and labour in Australia
will be a death blow to organised Labor and will result in the workers of
this land being crushed into subjection by a capitalist military oligarchy,
do hereby pledge myself to the working class of Australia, that I will not
serve as a conscript (industrial or military) and that I will resist by
every means in my power any attempt to compel me or any of my comrades in
this organisation to break this pledge, even though it may mean my
imprisonment or death and I take this pledge voluntarily and freely knowing
that if I break it, I will be branded as a traitor to my class"
The first conscription referendum took place on Saturday 28th October 1916.
The States that had a strong I.W.W. and Labor Volunteer Army presence,
N.S.W., South Australia and Queensland voted against conscription, while the
other States, Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia voted for
conscription. Out of the 2,247,590 votes cast in the referendum, the
conscription case had been rejected by a majority of 72,476 votes.
Buoyed by the result, the anti conscription forces mobilised to defeat the
second conscription referendum held on the 20th December 1917. Out of a
total 2,196,906 votes cast, a majority 166,588 voted against conscription.
Only Tasmania and Western Australia voted to introduce conscription. The
defeat of the second sounded the death knell of Laborıs Volunteer Army. As
the spectre of conscription no longer occupied workers minds, the need for
the L.V.A. evaporated and the organisation self destructed.
SOURCE OF ARTICLE: LABORıS TITAN ­ The Story of Percy Brookfield 1878-1921,
by Gilbert Roper, edited by Wendy and Allan Scarfe

BOOK REVIEW
"ELECTION 2001 ­ DIVISIONAL RESULTS,
VICTORIA ­ VOLUME 3"
Commonwealth of Australia 2002, ISBN 0-642-56593-7
I must have finally flipped, reviewing material produced by the Australian
Electoral Commission (AEC). Believe it or not, the AEC produces a series of
fascinating books that analysis the results. Considering that parliamentary
elections are held up as the pinnacle of human evolution and that the AECıs
Œmissionı statement is "Help you have your say", itıs worthwhile spending a
little time extracting the information necessary to highlight the
limitations of the electoral and parliamentary process.
The other great thing about the AEC is that all the material that they
produce is available free of charge, no questions asked for it. Mind you,
the people at the front desk may not know what youıre talking about, as
theyıre not used to people actually asking for the material. If you ask to
see somebody a little more senior, theyıll be more than happy to overload
you with reports, as theyıre not used to anybody actually turning up looking
for the material. Obviously if you canıt get to the office, you can
download material off the AEC website www.aec,gov.au
The snappy 158 page report Iım reviewing has a colour map of each Federal
electorate in Australia, an invaluable guide for the political activist
especially those activists who are trying to put pressure on their local
Federal member. After a rather turgid introduction, the type youıd expect
from the bureaucrats who are administering the system and a few useful pages
that explain how to interpret the results, you get into more substantial
territory - the results themselves.
Volume 3 is only one of this fascinating 5 volume series. Volume 1 includes
the National Results as well as a ŒBehind the Scenesı report. The other 4
volumes provide extensive ŒDivisional Resultsı from the States as well as
the Australia Capital Territory and the Northern Territory. The Holy Grail
of the series is the CD-ROM ŒDetailed polling place results are available
only on the CD-ROMı ­ Like Big Kev "Iım excited by this information".
Back to the nitty gritty. Each House of Representatives electorate results,
pre and post distribution of preferences, are outlined and each labourious
step taken to allocate preferences in the Senate election is outlined. My
favourite is the section that deals with the informal vote and the number
registered voters who fail to vote. Reading these statistics renews my
faith in humanity. Although voting is compulsory in Australia, around 10%
donıt vote or vote informal and at least another 10% arenıt even registered
on the electoral roll. You can learn a lot from keeping your eye in the
Australian Electoral Commissionıs publication. I do!!

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
The same wallpaper plastered on the same walls for over 30 years, the same
keepsakes in the places where they were left years ago, occasionally lifted
and dusted and put down again. Objects rekindle past memories, a small
ivory elephant from India jostles for space with a Chinese horse and a
Japanese ceramic doll. In another room, kitsch from a Swiss holiday rubs
shoulders with a rhinoceros from Zimbabwe. Downstairs, a mask from the New
Hebrides shares space with an Egyptian wall rug made by sweated child
labour.
The garden has the same flowers, the trees have grown taller. The
neighbours grow older, some have died, others keep to themselves waiting,
some for death, others for life. The house, a ghost of its former self,
fights the mould thatıs slowly immigrating from the fence to the house. The
remnants of the farm rot in a corner, disused pipes rusted with age are
locked in mortal combat with fibro (the friendly name for asbestos), chicken
troughs that were all the rage in the 1960ıs. Birds burrow into the earth
pulling out juicy tidbits, the white cockatoos do what sulpher-crested
cockatoos do best, the neighbourıs paw-paw tree is loaded with fruit.
As dusk falls, the constant hum of the traffic envelopes everything, trucks
their air brakes on scream for attention at 4 in the morning. The sun
rises, the clouds pregnant with moisture deliver their bounty soaking a wet
earth with more rain. Clocks tick, the tap drips, chairs and tables wait
for visitors who are pre occupied with their own lives. Flowers honour the
dead. As time slips by, pictures of the dead out number pictures of the
living. Books laden with loose sheets of paper, bring back memories that
have been buried by the very act of existence. Children who are now old men
and women stare out from the walls, sharing spaces with ancestors they never
knew or saw.
The agony of existence hangs heavy in the blank expressions of the dead.
What were they thinking of? Did they ever imagine theyıd grace the walls of
their offspring. I doubt it. They will be immortal till the flesh they
brought to life dies, then theyıll die. Who were they? What drove them to
leave their ancestral lands. Poverty, love, vendettaıs, hope for a new
beginning. I donıt know and will never know.
So many unsettling images, the same green and brown plastic mat in the
kitchen, the unused bar downstairs, the guest-room that hardly saw any
guests and the double bed that must be at least45 years old. Just a plain
bed, the type sharecroppers could afford after battling frosts and drought
for a year. The clocks tick the tap drips. The dead are honoured by fresh
cut flowers at the living wait their turn.

STOP PRESS
"GRUBBY LITTLE LIARS"
The catıs out of the bag, the Iraqis didnıt have any weapons of mass
destruction, and the United States and Britain knew all along. It seems
that John Winston Howard, our beloved Prime Minister, was kept in the dark
(or was he?) of the fact that the bellicose statements about weapons of mass
destruction were another in the long list of lies that was trotted out to
gain the much needed support from the minnows in the Coalition of the
Willing. The whole experience was an intelligent hoax that was perpetrated
by the US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his Deputy Paul Wolfowitz.
They used the office of Special Plans, a defence unit intelligence agency
working in the Pentagon, to fabricate the incriminating evidence.
It seems that little olde George Bush Junior may have been outmaneuvered by
his own Defence Secretary, arguably now the most powerful man in the US
administration. The fact that they knew there were never any weapons of
mass destruction highlights that this was primarily a trade war. The US
wanted bases in the Middle East and wanted unrestricted access to Iraqi oil
fields. They created the momentum for the invasion by secretly fabricating
evidence of their existence. The invasion is a classical case of the ends
justifying the means. Now that their little ruse has been exposed, theyıre
talking about how their intention all along was to liberate the Iraqi people
from as brutal dictatorship. Anyone who believes this little furphy must
still be putting their tooth under their pillow hoping that the tooth fairy
will leave them a few dollars. Considering the US unconditional support for
some of the most viscous regimes that have existed on the face of the
planet, you really have to take their claims that they invaded Iraq to
liberate the people of Iraq with a grain of salt. Iım afraid that the rent
a crowd mob (their words not mine) were once again right, this was one of
those Œmight is rightı exercises. The only problem is that the people of
Iraq donıt seem to be too grateful to their now hosts. They keep asking
themselves, if they liberated us, what are they still doing here? They keep
saying, why canıt we determine our own destiny? Have we swapped one
dictator for another? Concerned that they havenıt got enough troops on the
ground and the place is slipping out of their control, the Bush
administration is talking about doubling the number of US troops in Iraq.
Thatıs the problem when you invade a place, the ungrateful bastards want to
do their own thing and donıt appreciate the sacrifices that have been made
on their behalf. Maybe the people of Iraq seem like ungrateful bastards
because they knew all along that they had been punished for 12 years not
because Saddam Husseinıs regime had weapons of mass destruction but because
Iraq has the second largest reserve of oil in the world.

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

FILM & VIDEO REVIEWS
ORSTRAYLIANA THEME
ŒKANGAROO JACKı
94 minutes. Director David McNally.
A new contender for 'perhaps the worst film ever made.' Based on an 'urban
legend' Kangaroo Jack is about 2 low-grade thieves who get extradited from
Brooklyn to outback Australia to drop off a cool $US50,000. Kangaroo Jack is
about how their jacket containing the money gets swiped by a giant red
roo.Kangaroo Jack is a turd - nothing more, nothing less. This tripe is
(neo-conservative propagandist) producer Jerry Bruckheimer's loudest
brain-fart & is destined to offend most Australians who wait to see it on
TV. If you pay at the cinema or hire it from a video shop youıll realise
itıs a waste of time & money. The cliches pile on deeper & deeper, a
sun-burnt Australia with ugly cultural stereotypes, the token funny Negro,
the shallowness of model Estella Warren's delivery or the violently unfunny
CGI music-rapping kangaroo. Destined to be less popular than gonorrhea, &
quite frankly that would be preferable to a repeat viewing of Kangaroo Jack.
POLITICS 0 ENTERTAINMENT 0

ALSO WORTH SEEING: Follow The Rabbit Proof Fence, 2002 Phil Noyce & read the
book of the same title & the follow up Under the Wintamara Tree both by
Doris Pilkington / Nugi Garimara. Published by Uni of Qld Press & available
in public libraries. One Night, The Moon directed by Rachel Perkins 2001with
music by Kev Carmody / Paul Kelly. For more on some indigenous women's
experiences in WA also read Sally Morgan, My Place, 1987 Fremantle Arts
Press & Wandering Girl, Glenyse Ward, 1987 Magabala Books.
If you want a change from the 'bloke-fest' flix see: For Love or Money,
1983, doco Directed by Megan McMurchy & Jeni Thornley. It's a feminist
analysis of 200 years of women's experience in Australia. They use edited
archive footage, home movies, feature film clips, TV ads; with a medley of
diverse music & voices narrating aboriginal, convict, War mobilised, migrant
& suburbanised experiences. - A CLASSIC.


ANARCHIST PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED THIS WEEK
ANARCHIST BLACK CROSS NO.14 Winter/Autumn 2003, P.O. BOX 300 EAST BRUNSWICK,
3057, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, EMAIL:abcmelb@yahoo.com.au
REBEL WORKER Vol.22 No.2 (181) May/June Œ03, Paper of the
Anarcho-Syndicalist Network. P.O. Box 92, BROADWAY 2007, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA,
EMAIL:rworker@chaos.apana.org.au
A BATALHA Vol.29 No.198 May Œ03, R. Marques de Ponte de Lima, 37-2-D,
1100-337, Lisboa, PORTUGAL
FREEDOM Vol.64 No.10,17th May Œ03, Anarchist Fortnightly, 84b Whitechapel
High St, London E17QX, ENGLAND Email:FreedomCopy@aol.com
LE MONDE LIBERTAIRE No.1321 22nd ­28th May ı03, 145 Rue Amelot, 75011
Paris, FRANCE, Tel:0148053408, Fax:0149299859
UMANITA NOVA Vol 83 No.17 11th May Œ03, Settimanale Anarchico, C.50 Palermo
46, 10152, Torino ITALY. Tel/fax (011) 857850 Mobile 338-6594361
email:fat@inrete.it
OTHER PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED THIS WEEK
THE STRATEGY Vol.12 No.135 April/May 2003, 334 Commercial Rd, Yarram 3971
Victoria AUSTRALIA Tel:03 51826002, Email:strategy@net.tech.co.com.au
EDITORıS NOTE: THE STRATEGY is an extra-parliamentary righ wing publication.
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and donıt read.

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ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS
THIS WEEK'S STORIES: Nurses Ordered To Illegally Drug Refugees...A Nice
Compromise...US Govt To Build Death Camp...More People Read All The News
That Fits Than You'd Think...Scooby Doo Was Right...War On Terror Wins
Another Victory...Quote of the Week.
15 former nurses at the Woomera detention centre are taking legal action,
seeking compensation for trauma. The nurses say they were ordered to
illegally give refugees drugs such as sedatives. They say they were abused
when they complained to ACM, the private company that ran the centre on
behalf of the govt. Former guard Allan Clifton says ACM lied about how many
staff they had & programs that had been provided, in order to increase their
profits. He said one of one of his superiors that they werenıt meeting the
staff level written in ACM's contract with the govt & was told it was "a
figure he'd pulled out of his arse" to satisfy the govt. Conditions at
Woomera were so bad that Mr Clifton, whoıd formerly worked at Pentridge, was
'emotionally shattered' & won a compensation claim against ACM for
post-traumatic stress disorder. (The Age, May 24).
The G-G, Peter Hollingworth, continued to get his $6000 week salary while he
was taking a break from his duties to consider whether to resign. (The Age,
May 24).
The US govt has proposed building a death row & execution chamber at
Guantanamo Bay. Prisoners could be tried, convicted & executed inside the
prison camp, without a jury & without the right to appeal. Suspected Al
Qaeda members have been held by the US govt for 18 months without being
charged. A Pakistani prisoner freed from the US Army's camp at Gauntanamao
Bay says inmates there are tortured. 23 year old Shah Mohammad said most
prisoners were physically & mentally destroyed by their captors. (H/erald
Sun May 26)
75% of Aust companies are monitoring employees' emails, usually without
their knowledge, according to research by the Industrial Relations
Commission. The NSW Labor Council has called on Attorney-General Bob Debus
to quickly put email surveillance rules in place, fearing the Howard Govt
will introduce its own pro-employer legislation. (Herald Sun, May 4).
A study of 'haunted' areas has found that people's experiences there are
explainable by draughts, poor or variable lighting & other factors. (MX, May
22).
A 12yo boy has been arrested in Florida for "purposely stomping in the
water." For his crime, comitted on school grounds, he was handcuffed on his
way back to class, taken to jail & charged with disruption of an educational
institution. The boy spent 2 hours sitting by himself in a police holding
cell before being released. (SchNews).
Quote of the Week: [A journalist] "went to the main polo venue in Buenos
Aires, 'the cathedral of polo' & found everyone at the Palermo ground
looking 'wealthy, healthy, relaxed & chic. Hair is well-cut, skin is tanned,
sunglasses are expensive & expressions are flirtatious. Through the
railings, staggeringly beautiful horses are tethered, tails looped and
braided, fetlocks strapped with pads.' In fact, 'most of the polo players &
spectators will have escaped the worst of the hardship. Having their money
in dollar accounts outside Argentina, they won't know what itıs to have
their savings & salaries frozen & devalued. Indeed, many players, who breed
ponies & sell them abroad, have, like the many agricultural exporters among
the polo set, even benefited from the peso devaluation, as their running
costs are in pesos while their exports earn dollars'. Recently one affluent
horse breeder 'entertained 400 guests at a lavish launch party [for a new
polo club], while some of Buenos Aires' new urban poor slept in doorways up
the street'. & one wealthy Argentinean pointed out that polo gave lots of
jobs to poor people - the ones who look after the pastures, groom & prepare
the horses & drive the lorries transporting them to polo games: 'they are
glad they've got a job'. At a recent cup semi-final at the Palermo ground, a
food charity sent volunteers to hand out leaflets asking spectators 'to
bring a few kilos of non-perishable foodstuffs with them to the final, for
donation to feeding centres. It reminded Argentina's high society that
children continue to die of malnutrition in the world's 4th largest exporter
of food'. But the collection was disappointing. Ah well, said the charity
spokesperson, it was probably because 'people go all dressed up & they don't
want to carry unsightly tins & packets'. (Socialistdebate list, based on a
report by the Times of London, May 25).
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 to people or lists who might be interested
in it or post it on your local Indymedia http://www.indymedia.org. Some
other Aust anarchist contacts: Love & Rage is a new anarchist, non-profit
record label. The first CD is currently available by mail order. 20 songs
for $10 within Aust, $15 in NZ, $10 in the USA, $10 in Canada, 5 pounds in
Britain, or 10 euros in the rest of Europe. Other countries, or enquiries
from shops & distroes, email us & ask. Address for orders is PO Box 1191,
Richmond North VIC 3121 (Aust). Please make cheques or money orders out to
J. Hutchings. Website http://www.loveandrage.rocks.it,
http://www.angry.at/thegovernment - anarchist website with fliers for
download, contacts etc. Please note, this is the same website that was at
the address http://www.angry.at/politicians. http://www.angry.at/racists -
Anarchist/anti-racist music site with free mp3s, Real Audio, Real Video,
internet radio, band interviews etc. Also incl the text of 'Escape', an
anarchist novel - http://www.geocities.com/skipnewborn/novel.doc
http://www.dolearmy.org info for unemployed people.
http://www.activate.8m.com - anarchist magazine aimed at teenagers. ATNTF
appears in the Anarchist Age Weekly Review
(http://www.vicnet.net.au/~anarchist - 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 Federal Attorney General Daryl Williams for
attempting to emulate the career of the Œgreatı 20th century tyrants who
used the power of the State to outlaw and crush their political opponents.

3CR RADIOTHON
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THAT GIVES ANARCHISTS A REGULAR VOICE.
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If you want us to broadcast for ANOHER 25 YEARS,
SUPPORT THE 3CR RADIOTHON
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URGENT APPEAL: DONATIONS NEEDED!!
COURT CASES ARE BEGINNING SOON FOR SEVERAL ACTIVISTS WHO STAND ACCUSED OF
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WRITE TODAY!
Timothy Daniel COLLINS is incarcerated in Port Augusta Prison in South
Australia while he awaits charges that were laid against him when he
allegedly helped refugees escape from Woomera Detention Centre are heard in
court.
Timothy has asked people to write letters of support to him while heıs in
prison. (Remember all mail is read by the prison authorities ­
so be careful how you structure your letters)
WRITE TO: TIMOTHY DANIEL COLLINS, PORT AUGUSTA PRISON,
P.O. BOX 6, PORT AUGUSTA 5700, S.A. AUSTRALIA.



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