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(en) Anarchist Age Weekly Review No.537 10th March ­ 16th March 2003

From Phil McCrory <philmcc@melbpc.org.au>
Date Wed, 12 Mar 2003 06:43:48 +0100 (CET)

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The Prime Minister's determination to involve Australia in a war that has
minimal public support is a classical example of the exercise of power
without political authority. The Coalition's dilemma goes to the very heart
of Australia's political system. Federal cabinetıs support for the Prime
Ministerıs position is an indictment of the parliamentary system.

Every three years Australians are forced to participate in what is nominally
called the "democratic process". They are asked to give a blank cheque to a
group of people to make decisions on their behalf for the next three years.
Irrespective of what electors are promised, the government of the day can,
under the Australian constitution, pass laws and make decisions that are
diametrically opposed to what electors were promised. The electorate has to
wait another three years before it can vote out the government they elected
and elect a new government that in all probability will make decisions that
are diametrically opposed to the wishes of the people who elected them into

There is no mechanism within the Australian constitution that allows the
people to remove the mandate of a government that clearly does not represent
the will of the people. Thatıs why Australians find themselves, at such a
critical time in our history, in such a powerless position. Parliamentary
democracy is in essence democracy in name only. The current conundrum faced
by Australians highlights the inadequacy of a political system that places
ultimate power in the hands of the peopleıs representatives, not the people

Interestingly, the citizens of one Australian territory, Norfolk Island,
still retain the power to remove a government from office that does not
reflect the will of the electors. The Norfolk Island assembly can be removed
from office by a citizen's initiated referendum. It seems that the federal
government is so concerned that ultimate political power lies in the hands
of Norfolk Islanders that Wilson Iron Bar Tuckey, the Federal Minister for
territories, is actively campaigning to have legislation introduced into
federal parliament that will remove Norfolk Islanders electors rights to
remove a government from office that does not represent the will of the
people. If Australians had the same political rights that Norfolk Islanders
currently enjoy, we wouldn't be rushing headlong into a war that few people

The ABC has one of the most successful and easily recognisable logos in the
country. Since the Coalition government was elected into office, a battle
has been waged by the Howard government to win the hearts and minds of
staff, and change the character and culture of the ABC. This battle has been
fought on many fronts and has resulted in wholesale changes at board level
and senior management level.

The Coalition has succeeded in creating a climate of fear in the ABC by
introducing and extending the use of short-term contracts within the
organisation. The loss of tenure has made staff vulnerable to political
pressure. This pressure has been reflected in a climate of fear and
self-censorship that has resulted in a dilution of the range and number of
opinions that appear in ABC news and current affairs programs.

This change of culture is highlighted by almost imperceptible but
significant changes in how the ABC presents itself. Over the past few weeks
the highly successful, inclusive slogan which accompanies the ABC logo has
been changed from "Itıs Our ABC" to "Everyoneıs ABC". What at first sight
may seem to be a cosmetic change highlights the successful changing of
culture within the ABC. The word "Our" ­ belonging to all, or belonging to
us ­ denotes an inclusive, community attitude to the ABC. As it belonged to
all of us, many people believed they had the right to be involved in the
running of the ABC.

The slogan "Everyoneıs ABC" does not have the same community feel about it.
Although it belongs to everyone, it doesnıt necessarily belong to anybody.
That feeling of absolute ownership denoted by "Itıs Our ABC" has been
diluted by the introduction of the new slogan. What was assumed by the
Australian people to be common property, now becomes the property of senior
management, the government appointed board and eventually the government

The case of Zak Mallah, a 19 year old Sydney orphan who wants to go to
Lebanon to look for a bride, should be ringing alarm bells in every
Australian's ears. Zak, a Muslim fundamentalist Australian-born son of
Lebanese parents has been refused a renewal of his Australian passport
because of an ASIO security assessment report. He was refused a new passport
because those intelligent, hard working folk at ASIO believe he was "likely
to engage in conduct that might prejudice the security of Australia or a
foreign country".

His case is just the tip of the security iceberg that threatens to engulf
all of us. Since September the 11th, the Federal government has pushed
legislation through parliament that gives it extraordinary powers over its
citizens. Zak's appeal to the Civil and Administration Appeals Tribunal has
reached the level of high force. Alexander Downer, the Foreign Minister, has
ordered that the evidence given be held in secret because it could prejudice
Australian security. This means that Zak and his lawyer will not be able to
listen to the evidence the Federal government is using to deny him his
Australian birthright: a passport.

If you think this is an isolated case, think again. The Howard government is
trying to change the way justice is delivered in this country. Citing
security concerns, they want lawyers as well as jurors to pass security
checks before they can represent and sit in judgement on people who are
charged with security offences. Today, Australians who face security charges
because of the concerns of security agencies that don't seem to have enough
to occupy their minds, face the real prospect that they will be defended by
government picked lawyers and judged by government vetted juries. These
proposed security laws are an extension of the powers that the National
Crime Commission currently enjoys and will, if the Labor Party rolls over in
the senate, be extended to the countryıs security agencies.

Daryl Williams, the Federal Attorney General, the man behind the impetus to
change these laws, seems to have forgotten his first year law lectures. If
the Federal government gets away with these draconian changes, it won't be
long before dissidents, as well as people going about their everyday
business will be appearing before secret kangaroo courts, where specially
appointed security judges will do in secret what has been traditionally done
out in the open. 

One of the most reprehensible and heinous crimes an individual can commit is
child kidnapping. When the state kidnaps an enemyıs children and uses those
children as hostages, the dividing line between civilised and uncivilised
behaviour has clearly been breached. The kidnapping of Khalid Sheikh
Mohammedıs 7- and 9-year-old sons by the United States government clearly
puts them in the same moral and ethical abyss as al-Qaeda.

The manner by which the Bush administration has reacted to the Twin Tower
outrage has shown that when the going gets tough, there is little difference
in the tactics employed by both sides. The kidnapping of Mohammedıs sons is
the latest in a long line of actions taken by the United States government
that makes a mockery of the idea that the United States is a community where
the rule of law is paramount. The indefinite detention of hundreds of men at
Camp X in Cuba, the restriction of the much cherished civil liberties in the
United States, the interrogation methods used by the United States, the
refusal of the Bush administration to allow its soldiers to come under the
jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice, and George Bushıs plans
to launch an all out war against Iraq irrespective of United Nations
resolutions has exposed the iron-fist behind the United Statesı velvet

The Bush administrationıs abandonment of deeply held principals that define
the American dream is the single greatest victory that al-Qaeda has achieved
to date. As the so-called war on terror gains momentum, itıs difficult to
know who is the terrorist. The United States governmentıs abandonment of the
rule of law to achieve its military goals puts it in the same league as
al-Qaeda. Each side treats civilians as collateral damage; each side will do
whatever it believes necessary to achieve victory. The war against terror
has become a war that is waged by terrorists against terrorists. Thatıs why
the kidnapping of children is accepted as a justifiable and legitimate act.

A few weeks ago I was approached by friends and family of Mr. Robert Thomas
to see if I could help them bring attention to his plight.  They had
attempted without any success to get the Department of Foreign Affairs and
Trade to take up his case.  It was clear after reading his correspondence to
his family and friends that the embassy in Saudi Arabia and the Australian
government had only taken a perfunctory interest in his case.  I advised
them and assisted them in bringing the matter to the public attention in the
media because it was obvious that the Australian government would only act
if they were shamed into taking action.

The Prime Minister and the Foreign Affairs Minister were forced to comment
and take action a day after the case came to the publicıs attention, five
months after his imprisonment and 250 strokes of the cane because of the
extraordinary pressure applied by the media.  Robert Thomas is an ordinary
Australian going about his business in Saudi Arabia.  Heıs not a political
activist or a celebrity.  He finds himself in a kafkaesque situation
overseas not of his own making.  As an Australian citizen and a man who
assisted the honorary Australian Consul in Bishah while he lived in Saudi
Arabia, he expected assistance from his country.

The tradegy about Mr. Thoması situation is not just the way he has been
treated by the Saudi Arabian legal system but how he has been treated by the
Australian government.  It seems that not every Australian who finds
themselves overseas has the same type of Australian citizenship.  People
like David Pratt who was arrested in Yugoslavia and Mr. and Mrs. Dane who
were arrested in Laos, seem to have platinum Australian citizenship and the
government pulls out all stops to assist them.  People like Robert Thomas,
ordinary Australians who find themselves in difficult situations, have
bronze Australian citizenship and the government goes through the motions of
assisting them, while people like David Hicks who is still incarcerated in
Camp X in Cuba are no longer considered to be Australian citizens and the
government ignores their case completely.

Q.   Who owns what in an anarchist society?
A. The cornerstone of capitalism is the individual ownership of property.
The cornerstone of communism is the State ownership of property.  In both
cases, small groups own the means of production, distribution and exchange.
As an ideology, capitalism has been much more successful than communism
because individuals are able to own property in a capitalist society.  The
wider the ownership of property base the greater identification people have
with capitalism, even if it takes a lifetime of work to pay off a house.
In an anarchist society ownership, is held by the community not by the
State, individuals or corporations.  The difference in ownership between the
different groups is not just a matter of semantics, the differences are very
real.  In a capitalist society, money determines who owns what, the more
access to resources you have the greater potential to acquire property and
use that property to increase your wealth.  In a communist society, although
the State theoretically owns the means of production, distribution and
exchange, who has access to what, depends on the group that controls the
State apparatus.  Access to property and resources, is mainly determined by
whether somebody is a party member and whether theyıre loyal to the party
In an anarchist society property is held in common by the community, it
cannot be bought and sold.  Access is determined by need.  The greater the
need the greater access to resources.  A hierarchy of need is determined by
the community.  An individual in an anarchist society cannot access two beds
or two homes simultaneously.  What is not used becomes common property and
is able to be redistributed to somebody who needs access to that property.
How those decisions are made and who makes them may be a matter for debate,
argument and conjecture but at the end of the day the people who make up an
anarchist community have the power to make those decisions.
The question about who owns what and who has access to property and
resources reflects the major differences between the worldıs ideologies.
How people tackle this question is one of the fundamental problems of the
21st century.  Today, far too little attention is paid to this debate.  In
an era when power and wealth is concentrated in fewer and fewer hands, the
debate about who owns what and who exercises power should be at the centre,
not the periphery of political debate.  Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden and
George Bush, have much more in common than they are willing to admit.  They
are all capitalists who believe that wealth should be concentrated in the
hands of those who wield power.

Itıs amazing how few anarchist groups answer correspondence.  Letters,
faxes, emails, telephone calls, SMS messages are the lifeblood of the
movement.  Whatıs the point of spe nding all that time and effort trying to
convince people about what you want and what you are doing if you donıt have
the time to reply to their questions.  It doesnıt matter how busy you are or
think you are, itıs important that you set time aside to answer questions
and queries?  
If the group is big enough, attempt to divide the work among a number of
people.  Try to delegate one person to deal with each type of communication.
Make sure that you acknowledge all correspondence as soon as you receive it.
If the group is small, set aside an evening a week to deal with
correspondence.  Telephone calls are another matter, as they normally need
to be answered on the day.  The Anarchist Media Instituteı was created in
1986 to act as the interface between the community, media and the
Libertarian Workers for a Self-Managed Societyı.  We saved money by setting
up a virtual office.  The group entered into a contract with a professional
answering service.  The answering service answers the phone in the group
name and sends messages on a pager to the person in the group who is
handling the telephone calls.  This allows us to vet our calls and it also
provides a 24-hour service to callers.  The person who receives the messages
may decide to deal with it immediately or they may decide to deal with it
later on.
Letters should be sent to an office or a post office box.  Itıs important
theyı re not sent to peopleıs homes.  You never know who may target you.
Itıs especially important that home addresses not be used especially if
other people are living in the same house with you.  The same goes for fax
numbers, donıt use one attached to your home.  Mobile phones are a boom,
they not only allow activists to communicate directly they also let them
organise in real time.  Having a pre-paid mobile telephone that is used to
take incoming calls is a good way of running a virtual office.
If you get into the habit of answering correspondence efficiently, youıll
find that people will write or telephone back.  If somebody takes the time
to send you a note or an email, the least you can do is answer them.  If you
donıt answer them you may find that you have lost the opportunity to
encourage them to work with you.  Itıs hard enough getting people to take
anarchism seriously, itıs stupid not returning calls and answering
correspondence.  Communication is a two way street, if we as individuals and
groups donıt take the time to answer our correspondence, we donıt deserve to
survive as a movement, let alone prosper.

"From little things big things grow"
apologies to Kev Carmody

Billy Hughes the Prime Minister of Australia held a second conscription
referendum on the 17th November 1917.  Keen not to repeat the mistakes that
plagued the campaign that let to the defeat of the December 1916 referendum,
he strengthened the War Precautions and Censorship Act to such an extent
that it was illegal for anti-conscriptionists to campaign against the
referendum.  The Ryan Labor government in Queensland attempted to beat the
ban by debating the question in the Queensland parliament and distributing
copies of the debate as widely as possible.  The National Party dominated
Federal government, used the Censorship Act to ban the distribution of the
proceedings.  Billy Hughes challenged the Queensland Premier Ryan to repeat
his anti-conscription statements outside parliament.  He took up the
challenge and spoke at Centennial Hill in Brisbane.  Ryan was charged under
the Censorship Act but the Queensland courts dismissed the charges against
him, awarding costs of 10 pounds against the Federal government.
The Prime Minister Billy Hughes then took the pro-conscription case to the
Queensland back blocks.  At Warwick Railway station, an anti-conscription
demonstrator threw an egg at the Prime Minister.  Billy Hughes demanded that
the man be arrested.  Senior Sergeant Kenny, Warwickıs senior police
officer, refused to arrest the egg thrower telling the Prime Minister he was
a Queensland police officer and was responsible to the Queensland government
not the Commonwealth.  Hughes was livid and telegraphed the Queensland
Premier Ryan (the very same man he has taken to court) to dismiss the police
officer.  Ryan wrote back "that a preliminary investigation had shown that
the affair was not so serious as had first appeared" and refused to dismiss
Senior Sergeant Kenny.  Hughesı pre-conscription campaign became a farce,
anti-conscription demonstrators taunting him with the "Warwick egg" affair.
The Prime Minister had the last laugh when he returned to Melbourne and
created the Commonwealth Police Force to deal with Federal matters, before
the creation of the Commonwealth Police Force, the military dealt with
Federal matters.  Today, the Commonwealth Police Force is the most powerful
police force in the country.  Next time you have any dealings with the
Commonwealth Police, remind them of their humble origins by asking them if
they have an egg on their coat of arms.  If they havenıt, ask them why not?
Maybe theyıre ashamed of their humble beginnings.

By William JOB, 
University Of Queensland Press 2002, www.uqp.uq.edu.au  ISBN 0702232661
This is one of the driest books itıs been my pleasure to read.  The reason
Iım reviewing it is that I was born in Brisbane and once I got past the
first few pages, there were enough pictures of buildings I grew up with, to
hold my attention.  "The Building of Brisbane" is first and foremost a
labour of love, the author is responsible for many of the illustrations in
the book.  William Job has been an architect for nearly 50 years and was
elected Queensland Architect of the Year in 2001.
To be honest I found the historical snippets in the book much more
interesting than any of the information about Architects and Brisbane
Historical Buildings (1828-1940).  I was tempted on many occasions to shut
the book and put it away.  The chapters on Architectural Education and
Early Architectsı were particularly tedious.  Fortunately the bulk of this
300-page book is taken up by illustrations of Brisbaneıs historical
This is one of those books that only someone who is familiar with the topic
will love.  Donıt get me wrong itıs well researched, fact is piled on fact
but the presentation lacks excitement.  The 137 buildings that are described
are listed in chronological order from 1829 to 1940.  Chapter Six begins
with the Spring Hill Wickham Terrace Windmillı, one of the few building
still standing built by the cityıs first European settlers convicts.  The
Windmill provides a living link with the cityıs early years.  The city is
named after Governor Brisbane, the man who governed New South Wales when
Brisbane was established as a penal colony in 1824.  The settlement was
initially called Edenglasie but became known as Brisbane by 1834, Queensland
became a separate colony on the 6th of June 1859.  It was originally going
to be called Cooksland but Queen Victoria had other ideas.
Chapter 7 Brisbane Chronology of Historical Eventsı is as bland as bland
can be.  The cityıs colourful and radical tradition is replaced with a
Sunday school version of events.  The most interesting item seems to be the
story behind the creation of that great Australian favourite ­ the
lamington.  The story according to William Job is that in 1900 Lord
Lamingtonıs chef a Mr Galland, was asked to prepare afternoon tea for an
urgent meeting of the newly formed committee of the Brisbane Golf Club.
Finding nothing in the larder except a sponge cake and a few odds and ends,
the chef cut up the sponge cake into squares, dipped them in chocolate and
rolled them in coconut ­ yes youıve got it in one. the lamington was born
and Queensland hasnıt looked back since.
The Building of Brisbane 1828- 1940ı is available from the University of
Queensland press, BOX 6042 St. Lucia 4067 BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA.

A few weeks ago friends and family of Robert Thomas contacted me to see if I
could help them.  They had been trying for months to bring his plight to the
government and the publicıs attention, nobody was interested.  The media
ignored his case and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade sat on its
hands.  Robert Thomas was a prisoner in a Saudi Arabian jail for a crime he
had not committed.  He had already received 200 strokes of the cane when I
was asked to help.
I examined the correspondence between him and his family, wrote a media
release and sent it out to reach the media by last Monday.  Nothing happened
till Wednesday evening when a reporter from the Melbourne Age picked up the
story contacted his daughter, recognised my name and rang me.  Although the
media release circulated had the name of his daughter and myself on it, the
contact phone number given was his daughter as we decided she should act as
the primary interface with the media.  By Thursday morning Robert Thoması
plight had hit the front pages of The Age.  I woke up to find calls on my
beeper from Channel 9, 3AW, Channel 7, ABC radio & television and SBS.  It
seems everybody wanted a piece of the action.
The newspaper set the agenda for the electronic media, Robert Thoması story
on the front page acted as a catalyst fro a media frenzy.  Suddenly his case
had become news.  The resultant media scramble was a testimony to the
vacuousness of both the corporate media and government gelded ABC.  I spoke
to all of them patiently explaining the situation, directing them to
Robertıs daughter.  Not one of them had picked up the story about Robert
from the media release, they were all responding to The Age article. It was
obvious they were in a race, Robert had become a hot news item commodity. He
was a story, the story they wanted.  They lied and denigrated their
opposition in order to get an exclusive.  Fortunately Robertıs story got
out, he was hot news for 48 hours.  Alexander Downer, the Foreign Minister
and the Prime Minister John Howard were forced to respond to this plight by
last Friday.  
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade livid at being exposed started
feeding morsels to selective media outlets in an attempt to deflect the
pressure.  Robert was in an air conditioned cell, they forget to mention
that he shares it with 15 other people, he had access to television (Saudi
Arabia) and horror of horrors he like most other prisoners in Saudi Arabian
jails had access to conjugal rights.  The first phase of this campaign,
highlights the total bankruptcy of the Australia media, people are stories
not human beings, their personal tragedies are commodities that are packaged
and sold as news.  Although occasionally we need access to the mass media
and need to use it to apply pressure on governments and corporations, its
important to remember that no matter how friendly, involved and humane
individual producers, reporters and interviewers may appear, you, your
campaigns, your failures and triumphs are commodities that are packaged and
repackaged to suit their bottom line and editorial agendas.  The mass media
is the message, their workers are the storm troopers that promote that
message.  Our hopes and aspirations are the fuel they need to feed on to
survive and prosper.  Use them but never for one moment fall for the furphy
they are.   

The last time the US unleashed its military might in an all out war, it
lost.  Thirty years later the US is poised to lead a coalition of the bought
(Sans Australia and Britain, theyıre paying their own way) to invade Iraq.
Whether the Iraqi people resist or not will depend on a number of factors,
including whether they believe the Saddam regime is worse than the
unexpected future they will experience under US occupation.  People forget
that the Iraqis lost nearly a million people in the Iran/Iraq war 20 years
ago.  They understand the horrors of war.
13 years of sanctions have caused over a million avoidable deaths, half of
them children.  The US believes that they will overrun Iraq in a few days,
pointing to the Afghanistan example.  What they have conveniently forgotten
is that the Taliban were considered by the people of Afghanistan to be an
army of occupation.  In city after city, the people overthrew the local
Taliban warlords before any coalition troops even appeared.  Iraq is a
totally different situation. Although the country is no Indo-China and is
mainly desert and Saddam Hussein rules by force, a significant number of
Iraqis blame the US not the Baath Party for their predicament.  Itıs highly
likely that resistance in Baghdad will be fiercer than the US and the
coalition of the bought and the willing will encounter.
The US and her allies needs the legitimacy of UN backing to justify their
incursion into Iraq.  They may win the military battle but they run the very
real risk of losing the war ethically and morally.  Itıs one thing invading
a country, itıs another thing installing a new government by force that
people respect.  Itıs highly likely the coalition of the bought and the
willing will find that the Iraqi people will not be as easy to control as
they think they will be.  The US would prefer to keep the current Iraqi
infrastructure in tact and keep the Baath Party in power, only changing its
leadership.  It knows that the stakes are very high.
Itıs likely the region will become the scene of a civil war.  The Kurds in
Northern Iraq are concerned about a Turkish invasion and the incorporation
of Northern Iraq into Turkey, while the US is concerned that pro-Iranian
militias will use the confusion caused by their invasion, to incorporate the
rich southern Iraqi oil fields into Iran.  The situation is not as cut and
dried as the US expects.  Itıs possible that over the next 2 weeks more
Iraqis will die than died as a result of Saddam Husseinıs government, the
Iran/Iraq war, the first Gulf war and the UN sanctions.  If such a situation
occurs it will be very difficult for the US to continue its occupation for
any length of time.  This, a war nobody but the Bush, Blair and Howard want.
Their people donıt want it, the people of the world donıt want it and last
of all the Iraqi people Saddam Hussein or no Saddam Hussein, donıt want it.
 Joseph TOSCANO / Libertarian Workers
for a Self-Managed Society.

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THIS WEEK'S STORIES: Aust Soldier ChargedNursing Home Crisis Australian
Government Works With Iran To Return Dissidents...Marriage Dangerously Close
to Being up to the People Concerned...Space Shuttle Disaster May Have Had
Familiar Cause...Quotes of the week.
An ex member of the Aust SAS has been charged with abusing a corpse while on
duty in East Timor.  Investigations are continuing into allegations of
mistreatment of prisoners. The Age, Feb22.
An 87 year old patient at an aged care centre was assaulted at least 4 times
by another patient. Anastasia Sdrinis says she also found her mother smeared
with faeces several times.  Other relatives of patients at the Kingston
Centre say that emergency buzzers in some wards were broken, dementia
patients were often unsupervised & toilets were in a "disgraceful"
condition. A worker at the centre has been suspended after removing genital
hair from 14 patients with either dementia or serious mental illness,
without consent or authorisation. The Age, Feb 22.
The Aust govt is negotiating with the Iranian govt, to return 190 Iranian
citizens who are seeking asylum in Aust.  22 of the asylum seekers are
children. Among the 474 people officially listed as executed by the govt of
Iran in 2002 alone are people  killed by stoning, throwing off a cliff, by
public mutilation of limbs & eye gouging. Most of these punishments were
carried out before a public audience. 100ıs were arrested during recent
anti-govt demons, with the fate of many still unknown. The body of a female
student, Leila Nourgostari, was found dumped in a street a few days after
her abduction by the govt in Shiraz. In Jan 2003 , a 15 year old girl was
condemned to be flogged.  Itıs normal practice to include children under 18
to be sentenced to punishments such as execution, amputation of limbs &
flogging in public. On Dec 28 2002, a member of the powerful Guardian
Council said: "[death by] stoning cannot be replaced by any other form of
punishment & its validity isnıt subject to the [considerations of] time &
place." Commenting on a possible bill to abolish stoning, a pro-Khatami
Majlis deputy Elahe Koulaii said: "This is a lie. No proposal to abolish
stoning has been submitted to the Majlis." (State-run Khorassan daily, Dec
17, 2002).
press release by refugee advocates, Jan 20. The govt tried to have the
courts declare that a marriage between a woman & a female to male
transsexual was illegal, because they couldnıt have children. The govt
unsuccessfully argued that a principal purpose of marriage was having
children & therefore the marriage should be invalid. A spokesperson for
Attorney-General Daryl Williams said the case raised "serious issues" about
"the role of Parliament in determining the meaning of marriage". The Age,
Feb 22.
The space shuttle disaster may have been a result of privatisation.  The
space shuttle program has been 92% privatised & is now run by aerospace
companies Boeing & Lockheed Martin.  Over the summer a retired 36-year
veteran of NASA called on President Bush to enact a temporary moratorium on
all space shuttle flights because of safety concerns, but was ignored.
SchNews news report, Feb 7.
Quotes of the Week: "We would never have had tax reform if I had followed
the opinion polls on that issue". - PM John Howard, explaining why heıll
keep supporting war with Iraq regardless of public opinion.  "The fracturing
of the Western alliance over Iraq & the huge antiwar demonstrations around
the world this weekend are reminders that there may still be two superpowers
on the planet: the US [government] & world public opinion". The New York
Times.  "For a man leading Australia closer to a war possibly against the
wishes of the majority, John Howard seems remarkably at peace with himself.
He is absolutely sure it is the morally correct course of action". The Age.
[The US govt is] "about to betray, as it has done so many times in the past,
those core values of self-determination and human liberty". Iraqi dissident
Kanan Makiya, who at first supported war with Iraq, after seeing the US
govt's plans for Iraq after the war.  Reported in the Age.
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 "Rupert  Murdoch argued strongly for a war with Iraq in a recent interview.
Does it explain why his 175 editors around the world back it too?"
Roy Greenslade Guardian Weekly 27 Feb ­ Mar 5th 2003
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