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(en) Anarchist Age Weekly Review No.545 5th May ­ 11th May 2003

From Phil <philmcc@123.net.au>
Date Wed, 7 May 2003 12:10:27 +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

DEMUTUALISATION DEBACLE
The deregulation of Australia's economic system over the past two decades
has been achieved as a consequence of the privatisation of public property
and the demutualisation of Australia's mutual societies. The economic
debacle currently faced by AMP shareholders is a direct result of the
demutualisation of AMP, one of Australia's biggest mutual societies. During
the late 19th and early 20th century, Australians created and invested in
mutual societies to share the economic burden of health care and insurance.

As individuals, they had little hope of dealing with catastrophic events; as
members of mutual funds, they shared the burden of dealing with personal
disasters. Mutual societies provided an important mechanism by which
individuals shared the financial costs of personal disasters with other
members of the same mutual fund.

A mutual society and a listed corporation are as different as chalk and
cheese. Mutual societies are primarily responsible for the welfare of their
members, a listed corporation's prime responsibility lies with the
profitability of its major shareholders.

By the end of the 20th century, Australia's surviving mutual funds were
prominent players in the countryıs financial future. Deregulation of the
Australian economy by successive Labor and coalition governments created the
legislative and philosophical environment that resulted in the privatisation
of public assets that had been created by generations of Australians, and
the demutualisation of mutual societies that had for decades successfully
looked after the interests of their members. The demutualisation of AMP
marked the beginning of the end of the company.

The change in company philosophy that occurred as a result of the
demutualisation process saw the new board pursue investment opportunities
overseas to maximise its major shareholdersı profits ­ opportunities that a
mutual society interested in its membersı welfare would never have
contemplated.

Privatisation of public property and the demutualisation of mutual societies
have been an unmitigated disaster for most Australians. The fate of AMP is
the latest in a long list of economic disasters that can be sheeted home to
governments who have pursued an ideological agenda that has allowed
corporate cowboys to view and treat public companies and mutual societies as
cash cows for a private sector that has little interest in civil society or
the fate of the individual.


"HEALTH CARE IS A RIGHT
NOT A CHARITY OR A LUXURY"
Like many other Australians, you are concerned about the Howard governmentıs
attempts to make access to non-hospital health care a two-tier system. You
and your family and friends were happy with the previous system: a universal
health care delivery system that resulted in the bulk billing of nearly 80%
of Australians who needed non-hospital medical care.

You have two choices: you can accept the changes as a fait accompli, or you
can become involved in a movement that wants to defend universal access to
health care and extend the same principle to non-medical health care
services.

WHAT CAN YOU DO? You can join or establish a DEFEND AND EXTEND MEDICARE
GROUP. Currently we are hoping to establish a group in each Federal
electorate. Itıs important that groups be established in Liberal, National
and Labor Party Federal electorates because many of the proposed changes DO
NOT have to be passed through parliament to be implemented. If there is no
Defend and Extend Medicare group established in your Federal electorate
a) CALL A PUBLIC MEETING to establish one
b) publicise the public meeting in the local media.
It only takes a few people to establish a group; youıll be surprised how
many people from all walks of life will be interested in joining you. Make
sure the group is NON-PARTY POLITICAL and membership is open to anyone who
believes health care should be a right, not a charity or a luxury.

Once youıve established the Defend and Extend Medicare group, the skyıs the
limit. Collectively the group can decide what actions it will undertake to
pressure the government to maintain and extend universal health care and to
make sure the opposition parties will oppose those changes that have to be
endorsed by the Senate.

Groups can organise
… demonstrations
… picket lines
… letter writing, email, telephone and fax campaigns
… public meetings and hold stalls to familiarise people with the proposed
changes.

If you canıt or donıt want to join a group, you can still make a difference:
a) Telephone, fax, email or write to your local Federal member and the State
Senators who represent you.
b) Demand a meeting with your local Federal representative.
c) Tell them you wonıt be supporting any political party that doesnıt
believe health care is a right.
d) Talk to your neighbours, family and workmates about what the government
is trying to do to Medicare.

The more of us who campaign against these changes, the more likely they are
to be abandoned.
If you can make it, you are invited to attend a public forum to
DEFEND AND EXTEND MEDICARE
ON WEDNESDAY THE 14TH OF MAY AT 6.30 PM
Meeting starts at 7.00 pm to organise non-party political Defend and Extend
Medicare groups across the country at
THE NEW BALLROOM ~ TRADES HALL
CRN LYGON ST & VICTORIA PARADE, MELB.
JOIN US AND
ROLL BACK THESE PROPOSED CHANGES.

ITıS THE SYSTEM STUPID
The problems that have arisen surrounding the tenure of the current Governor
General, Peter Hollingsworth, that are directly related to the poor
judgement he displayed before his appointment, and the widespread
dissatisfaction with the blatant political appointment of the newest member
of the ABC board, highlights the winner take all nature of the Westminster
Parliamentary system. Long after a government has lost office, they are able
to continue to influence society by the appointment of people for life to
positions of authority during their limited tenure. In some cases (The High
Court and other judicial appointments are prime examples) judges can sit on
the bench for twenty to thirty years.

The tragedy about the current system is that the government of the day
appoints whom it likes without any public discussion or reasons given about
why particular individuals are chosen. Invariably those chosen reflect the
political ideology of the government of the day and is not necessarily the
best person for the job. In the case of the Governor General, the Head of
State, the decision about who is and who isnıt Governor General is made
solely by the Prime Minister of the day.

The appointment of people who play a pivotal role in the State bureaucracy
has traditionally been seen as a perk of office for the serving Federal
government. The current unsatisfactory situation highlights the limitations
of a parliamentary system that gives the government the sole authority to
appoint people to positions that are pivotal in the administration of the
State apparatus. The Howard government should be taking greater notice of
the public disquiet that is growing with each passing week about its
politicisation of appointments to the Federal bureaucracy. It ignores this
disquiet at its own peril.

Appointments should not be the sole prerogative of the Federal government;
they should be made from a shortlist thatıs drawn up by the government of
the day, after widespread public discussion, which is then presented to
parliament and ratified by 75% of the members of parliament. This way, it's
much more likely that the appointees would be the most qualified persons for
the job, rather than the political hacks who currently find themselves in
positions of authority that they have no aptitude or talent for.

THREE-PIECE PUZZLE
Since the 2000 Sydney Olympics, legislative and on the ground moves have
been put in place that have resulted in the militarisation of Australia's
law enforcement agencies at both the State and Federal level. Legislation is
now in place that gives three Ministers of the Crown (not parliament) the
power to unleash the Australian Armed Forces on Australian citizens if they
believe Commonwealth interests or property are threatened. The Sydney
Olympic legislation has been followed by a raft of State and Federal laws
(courtesy of September the 11th) which have under the guise of combating
terrorism threatened what few common law rights Australians enjoy to freely
associate and organise to protest against government decisions.

The second piece of the security puzzle has resulted in both State and
Federal police forces receiving paramilitary training and equipment to deal
with threatened civil disturbances. The special units that have been set up
to neutralise perceived terrorist threats are now equipped with military
style equipment that could be used to deal with minor civil disturbances:
labour, social and cultural unrest. More and more State and Federal funds
are being earmarked to ensure that State and Federal police have ready
access to military equipment that can be used to control potential civil
disturbances.

The third piece of the anti-terrorist jigsaw puzzle has resulted in the
integration of the Australian defence forces with State and Federal police
to deal with these potential disturbances. The integration of the military
with civil police has opened a Pandora's box that, once opened, cannot be
closed. Environmentalists in Gippsland, Victoria, are one of the first
protest groups that are facing the very real threat of having their
activities monitored by a joint taskforce of Australian defence personnel,
State and Federal police.

Now that the puzzle has been completed, Australians involved in direct
action, in either the workplace or the community, face the possibility of
finding that they are dealing with integrated military and civilian police
forces that use the cover of September the 11th to target protest groups
that are deemed a potential political threat to the status quo.

MONOPOLY TRADE AGREEMENT
"Poor fella my country" (apologies to Xavier Herbert) will be the mantra
that Australians will be chanting if the nationıs greatest Americanophile,
John Winston Howard, Australia's Prime Minister, puts his mark on the
monopoly trade agreement with the United States that he has been fighting so
hard for. What is laughingly called a "free trade" agreement is in essence a
contract that will turn Australia into a typical banana republic, exporting
primary products and minerals, while its manufacturing and added value
industries disappear.

The agreement will be the legacy of a government that has made Australia
into a virtual economic, cultural and political colony of the
neo-conservative forces that currently control the US administration.
Neo-conservative politics is based on the might is right principal both in
the military and economic fields. The so called "free trade" agreement is an
agreement that will open up Australian markets to US corporations, while
keeping Australian imports at arms length from US monopolies.

The North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico has not
brought the much-vaunted economic rewards to both countries. The agreement
has made virtual trading colonies of both Canada and Mexico, allowing US
based corporations to pick the juiciest cherries, while allowing Mexico and
Canada to collect the spoilt fruit thatıs fallen on the ground. There is
nothing magic or even profitable about a "free trade" agreement ­ ask the
people of Chile how they have fared after signing such an agreement with the
US. Almost overnight, the Chilean middle classes found their savings were
virtually worthless.

The opposition to the proposed "monopoly trade" agreement has been
marginalised by a media thatıs partially owned by US interests and by an ABC
that long ago stopped providing a voice to alternative economic viewpoints.
There is nothing inevitable about a monopoly trade agreement between the US
and Australia. Whether it goes ahead or not depends to a large degree on the
depth of opposition the Howard government meets to this half-baked idea that
puts all Australia's eggs in corporate America's basket.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. NO GOD, NO MASTER?
A. Many anarchists make the mistake of thinking the slogan "No God, No
Master" encapsulates the essence of anarchist thought. Anarchism is a
philosophy that rests on the idea of creating a society where there are no
rulers. How this society will look like and how people make decisions
within such a society is a matter for debate, what isnıt a matter for debate
is whether a belief in God can play a role in the lives of people who call
themselves anarchists.
While all anarchists accept the idea that a "master" has no role in an
anarchist society, not all anarchists accept the idea that a belief in God
does not play a role in an anarchist society. The original "No God, No
Master" slogan was in essence a reaction to the power that the Christian
Church wielded over the State apparatus. The modern European Nation State
that anarchists struggled against was to a degree a product of that
struggle.
The problem anarchists have with God is not a problem with individuals or
even groups of people having a relationship with a God of their choice, but
the apparatus which is formed when a religious class springs up which acts
as intermediaries between people and their belief system. Anarchists are
against the idea of a State, irrespective of whether itıs a religious,
secular or a combination of both.
Anarchistsı problems with God rest with their problems with a specific
religious class wielding institutionalised power. A "Master" whether an
employer, a religious figure, a family member or a friend is a "master". As
long as they have the power to tell you how to live your life, they control
what you can or cannot do. A religious theocracy, a government directed
through a priestly order, is to an anarchist as obnoxious as a government
that is controlled by a military dictatorship. Both rule through fear and
their control of the disciplinary arm of the State.
The problem doesnıt lie within people having ideas about or even worshipping
some type of supernatural being. Problems occur when an intermediary class
that acts to protect the interests of that supernatural being, imposes its
views and will through force on believers and non-believers who live in the
sphere of influence of that intermediary class.

ACTION BOX
"BROAD FRONT"
>From time to time anarchists will become involved in struggles that involve
many different groups. In these situations itıs important that we do what
we can to retain our basic principles. In many situations the aim may be
the same, but the mechanism by which that aim is reached is different. Our
major contribution in a coalition is our ability to introduce people to more
inclusive forms of organisations. If weıre involved at the beginning of the
formation of a broad front, we may be able to influence the way the broad
front is organised and the way decisions are made.
In such a situation itıs important that every effort be made to form a
decentralised organisation where power to decide policy rests in the hands
of the groups that form the broad front. The more local participation that
occurs, the more people will be drawn into the struggle. Donıt leave the
running of the struggle in the hands of established groups that have their
own agenda to push. This is the best way of limiting the effectiveness of
such a group.
Attempt to form a new organisation within the broad front that specifically
organises around the particular issue that people are fighting for. This
type of structure can be based on locality, parliamentary electorates or
workplace. The organisations that are formed should have a specific aim.
Each branch of the new organisation should have the power to determine its
own tactics. An umbrella group of these new groups needs to be formed to
coordinate, not determine activity. Maximal participation at the local
level is the name of the game, the more people participate the stronger the
movement will grow.
Itıs important to define the groupıs aims and identify those institutions in
society that theyıre aiming to pressure to achieve their goals. Single
issue broad fronts that break out of the straightjackets that established
groups attempt to place on them, have the potential to become a mass
movement that can retain and extend those rights that make us an egalitarian
community.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
REVOLUTION?
The early 1890ıs in Australia were heralded by a period of intense workplace
activity. Employers attempted to break the growing union movement by
meeting them head on. The Maritime strike of 1890 set the mood for the 1891
shearersı strike. The developing economic crisis following the booming
1880ıs and the increasing numbers of unemployed created conditions that
allowed employers to employ contract labour to break union domination of the
Australian colonyıs major industry ­ wool production.
The shipping companies refused to negotiate with their ships maritime
officers if they maintained their affiliation with the Melbourne Trades Hall
Council. On 18th of August 1890, maritime officers followed by seaman
across Australia went on strike for better pay and conditions. The
employerıs organisation that was formed to deal with the strike (supported
by colonial governments around Australia) attempted to break the strike by
using non union labour to unload, load and sail the ships standing idle in
the ports. The 1890 Maritime strike became the first strike in Australia
where military units were used extensively to break a strike. A thousand
constables and troupers all armed, many mounted on horseback, were deployed
on Sydneyıs circular Quay to protect strike-breakers. Artillery was brought
into Newcastle in New South Wales to be used in case the dispute spiralled
out of control.
In Melbourne strikers and contract labourers clashed on the wharfs. On one
occasion a police magistrate sentencing 5 picketers to 2 months jail for
assaulting a "free" labourer, complained that their behaviour was
"absolutely un - English that I begin to think the race has died out". The
defendants roared out in unison "Thanks be to the Lord weıre not English
weıre Irish".
In Melbourne the announcement that a public meeting would be held on the
31st August 1890 sent the Victorian government into a panic. One thousand
military volunteers were sworn in and Victorian mounted rifles were
mobilised under the command of Colonel Tom Price (the son of one of Norfolk
Islandıs most notorious governors). Machine gun nests were mounted on the
roof of Victoriaıs Parliament House and each volunteer was issued with 40
rounds of ammunition and leaden bullets. Priceıs parting words to the
troops were "If the order is given to fire, fire low and lay them out. Lay
the disturbers of law and order out so that the duty will not again have to
be performed. Let it be a lesson to them".
Despite the threats and universal condemnation of the meeting in the
colonial media, over 60,000 people gathered in front of Victoriaıs
Parliament House in defiance of the governmentıs militarisation of a
workplace dispute.
NEXT WEEK:- THE MARITIME STRIKE CONTINUES.

BOOK REVIEW
"THE PROSPEROUS FEW AND THE RESTLESS MANY" - ŒNoam Chomsky Interviewed by
David Barsamianı,
Odian Press 2nd Printing 1993,
ISBN 1-878825-03-8
This 100 page booklet resulted as a series of three interviews that were
conducted with Noam Chomsky by David Barsamian on the 16th December 1992 and
January 14th & 21St 1993. Chomskyıs strength lays in his ability to place
complex ideas into simple language. His analysis stems from his familiarity
and support for libertarian and anarchist ideas. "The Prosperous Few and
the Restless ManyŒs" worth, lays in its ability to break new ground for
people whose understanding of the world comes from corporate dominated mass
media. It is the type of book youıd recommend to someone who is vaguely
uncomfortable with whatıs happening in the world and is trying to find
answers to the questions that the media never tackles.
This book one of ŒThe Real Storiesı series touches on a number of issues
that range from ŒPhoto ops in Somaliaı to ŒIt canıt happen here ­ can it?ı
The sixteen pages on the New Global economy that head the book sets the
parameters for many of the other topics examined by Chomsky.
One of the most interesting sections is the one on ŒClass - The
Unmentionable Five Letter Wordı. Chomsky is able to show that although the
role and importance of class division is never mentioned in American
society, it dominates both the internal and external agenda of the United
States. Racism, Gandhi, Non-violence and India and Human Nature and Self
Image are other interesting topic that are broached by Chomsky.
This type of book is only as good as the questions asked. Barsamianıs
questions written in italic sets the tone for this handy little booklet.
The range of issues that are dealt with is a testimony of Chomskyıs
historical knowledge. His understanding of historical precedents coupled
with his anti-authoritarian position gives him the ammunition he requires to
deal with the questions Barsamian asks. "The Prosperous Few and The
Restless Many" goes a long way to breaking the system of indoctrination and
propaganda that passes as informed commentary in a mass media thatıs totally
dominated by the corporate agenda.
Try your local library or 2nd hand bookshop if you want to get hold of "The
Prosperous Few and the Restless Many". Thanks to Michael from Torquay /
Australia for the review copy of the book.

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
10am Mayday not a familiar soul in sight, a few desultory shadows wonder
across Federation Square looking for their obligatory morning caffeine fix.
10.15am a few people have gathered behind what is left of the government
gelded Federation Square spire, a few minutes later, about 20 souls chat
amicably amongst themselves, they unfurl a number of banners and reclaim
Federation Square for the people. Within a few more minutes our numbers
have swelled to 30 maybe even 40. Waiting for the ubiquitous security
guards to turn up and tell us to move off, we exchanged information, held up
our banners and gave out leaflets to interested people.
Time marched on, nothing, no one bothered us, the security guards kept their
distance, the police stayed on the other side of the road. As the Flinders
Street clock approached 11am, two police cars, a few mounted police and a
few on foot preceded about 5000 people pouring down Swanston Street,
celebrating Mayday at the very spot where the police and military personnel
had broken up the Melbourne Mayday March in 1901 - Flinders Street
intersection. The police stopped the traffic and let the marchers cross
Flinders Street intersection and occupy Federation Square. Before we knew
it thousands of people had occupied Federation Square.
The obligatory truck with loud hailers flanked by our ŒDefend and Extend
Medicareı banner provided the focus for the Federation Square gathering.
The police looked on as speakers talked about the significance of Mayday.
Federation Square had become the peopleıs square or has it? Next week a few
dozen of us will unfurl our banners "PEOPLE AGAINST PRESSIVE LEGISLATION",
"DEFEND AND EXTEND MDICARE", "ITıS OUR ABC" and "RECLAIM THE RADICAL SPIRIT
OF THE EUREKA REBELLION" and "RECLAIM FEDERATION SQUARE AS OPEN PUBLIC
SPACE".
Will the Federation Square Authority send its security staff to try to force
us off the square, will the police be called once again because we are
trespassing on private property - Federation Square or will they keep their
distance and admit they canıt defend the indefensible? Only time will tell.
Have we won the battle to reclaim Federation Square as open public space or
do we still need to reclaim our common law right to protest where ever we
like without having to ask government, the police or the private sector to
demonstrate whenever we like on open public space without asking for
permission to do so.
Find out for yourself whether we have won this struggle. Join us at MIDDAY
on Wednesday the 14th of May at Federation Square, you canıt miss us, just
look for the banners. If nobody bothers us we will claim victory, if
security and the police harass us again we will continue to openly protest
at Federation Square until we regain our rights to freely assemble and
protest an open public space.

STOP PRESS
A PRICE TO PAY
It seems Australians are beginning to reap the rewards of the Howard
governmentıs hard line on refugees and Australiaıs involvement in the United
States led invasion of Iraq. Few Australians seem to realise that the
countryıs major earner and the major employer of labour, is the tourist
industry. Australian tourism at best a volatile industry, has been hit hard
by perception about this country, that are gaining momentum overseas.
Tourist numbers have dropped by a staggering 10% in the last few months.
10% few tourist means 10% few jobs. Tourist are not going to spend their
hard earned dollars in a country thatıs perceived to be racist and a
potential terrorist target. The last thing the Australian tourist industry
needs is a gung-ho John Howard pinning the countryıs future on the Bush
administration.
Australiaıs reliance on the tourist trade cannot be underestimated, hundreds
of thousands of people rely on tourists dollars for their livelihoods.
Tourist centres outside the major urban centres provide the only employment
in many parts of regional Australia. The decline in the Australian tourist
trade must be sheeted home directly to the Federal Coalition government.
Itıs important that people understand why they stand to lose their jobs and
their homes. Allowing the Federal government to dismiss the decline in the
tourist industry as a consequence of SARS or seasonal factors is to let them
off the hook. The policies they have pursued and supported to frighten the
Australian people into voting for them of the last election have very
important consequences that are only beginning to be felt now.
Images of asylum seekers being detained behind barbed wire in the middle of
the dessert, images of them sewing their lips together and burning down
detention centres has done nothing to bolster Australiaıs image abroad.
Tourism is an industry thatıs largely based on perception. People are not
going to travel to a racist environment and theyıre not going to put their
lives at risk travelling to a country that is perceived as a potential
terrorist threat.

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

ANARCHIST PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED THIS WEEK
… ANARCHY FOR LIFE, 2nd ­4th May, 3rd National Aust. Anarchist & Autonomist
Conference, Anarcon Collective, http://ronny.imess.net/anarcon,
email:anarcon@lists.cat.org.au, P.O. Box 8239, Wollongabbo, QLD 4102,
AUSTRALIA , Tel:(02)95570461, mobile:04130701571
… ANARCHY, No.54 Winter 02/03, A Journal of Desire Armed, C.A.L. P.O.Box
1446, Columbia MO, 65205-1446, UNITED STATES, Email:jmcquinn@coin.org
www.anarchymag.org
… LE MONDE LIBERTAIRE No.1316 17th ­ 23rd April ı03, 145 Rue Amelot,
75011 Paris, FRANCE, Tel:0148053408, Fax:0149299859
… UMANITA NOVA Vol 83 No.13 Enrol 6th April 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

Melbourne Mayday Solidarity conference, St Albans
VUT campus, building 4 courtyard, Thursday May 8th, 10 am - 4:00pm.
Email mundy.brian@bigpond.com for information.

THIS WEEK'S STORIES: US Troops Kill Iraqis...Public Dental Crisis...Jobs
Disappear in Rural Victoria...Quotes of the Week.

US troops have killed at least 15 Iraqis during a protest including 3 boys,
according to the Red Cross. The Iraqis wanted US troops to leave a school
they were occupying so it could be used again. US Central Command said the
Iraqis fired on the US troops. A US officer at the scene said Iraqis didnıt
fire on the troops, but fired in the air. A US soldier on the scene said
the Iraqis didnıt fire in the air, but threw rocks. Another US soldier said
he shot at what he saw, "& what I saw was targets. Targets with weapons &
they were going to harm me". (MX, April 30).
Waiting lists for public dental care in Victoria have jumped by more than
50% since the last change of govt. The average waiting time for public
dental care is now more than 2 years. At some clinics the wait is more than
4 years. More than 213,000 Victorians are now on the waiting list. (The
Age, April 26).
Full-time jobs are becoming more & more rare in regional Victoria. There
are fewer full time jobs in Vic's towns & rural areas than there were in
1990 while the population has grown by roughly 100,000. Bureau of Stats
figures show rural Vic. hasnıt gained back the 63,000 full time jobs it lost
during the 1991 recession & large job cuts by the Kennett govt. Andrew
McCallum from the Aust Council of Social Service said in many country towns
the only work available was in low-paid casual or part-time jobs. "We have
an under-class thatıs growing very fast in this country" he said. (The Age,
April 26).
Quotes of the Week: "If we just let our vision of the world go forth & we
embrace it entirely & we don't try to piece together clever diplomacy, but
just wage a total war ...our children will sing great songs about us years
from now." - Richard Perle.
"George Bush planned 'regime change' in Iraq before becoming US President in
Jan 2001. The events of Sept 11, 2001, were the pretext for invasion of
Iraq, not the reason. The blueprint for the creation of a "global Pax
America", to which Bush subscribes & which [inspired] the invasion of Iraq,
was drawn up in Sept 2000 for Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz,
Jeb Bush (George's younger brother) & Lewis Libby (Cheney's chief of staff).
The document, called Rebuilding America's Defences: Strategies, Forces &
Resources for a New Century, was written in Sept 2000 by the
neo-conservative think tank Project for the New American Century. According
to the document, written 3 months before Bush became President, "the US for
decades sought to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional security.
While unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification,
the need for substantial US force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue
of the regime of Hussein." The document outlines the global ambitions of the
Bush Administration. It sets out a "blueprint for maintaining global US
pre-eminence, precluding the rise of a great power rival & shaping the intıl
security order in line with US principles & interests". The real reasons
[for the war] can be summed up as deciding who controls Middle East oil &
gets access to the water from the Tigris & Euphrates, & what currency will
be used to pay for the development of the oil & water resources. According
to the think tank document, the US would have to increase its defence
spending to 3.8% of GDP (which it has just achieved) to finance a US
military capability 'to fight & decisively win multiple, simultaneous major
theatre wars' & to 'perform constabulary duties associated with shaping the
security environment in critical regions'. This is a massive task that can
only be achieved if the US can continue to draw on the resources of the
whole world, which in turn is only possible if the US can continue to run
massive trading deficits with Western Europe, China & Japan. In other words,
these regions must remain willing to exchange the product of their
industries for US dollars. It would be fatal to US global strategic
ambitions if countries in Europe began to ask for euros instead of US
dollars for their exports, or if China demanded settlement of their accounts
with the US in yuan instead of US dollars. The US would have to redirect
domestic demand for imported goods paid for in dollar-denominated IOUs into
exports to earn yuan & euros to pay for US imports. It is difficult to see
how the US could develop new, internationally competitive industries & run a
military machine on the scale envisaged by the think tank without a massive
increase in tax & redistribution of wealth to the productive elements in the
economy without precipitating a global recession. In 2000, Saddam's regime
had the temerity to demand payment in euros for the trickle of Iraqi oil the
US has allowed onto the intıl market. Iran and Venezuela are following
Iraq's example. This is the real threat to US hegemony". - Kenneth Davidson.

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DEFEND AND EXTEND MEDICARE PUBLIC MEETING
"HEALTH CARE A RIGHT NOT A CHARITY OR A LUXURY"
NEW BALLROOM ­ TRADES HALL ­ MELBOURNE
CNR LYGON ST. & VICTORIA PARADE ­ MELBOURNE
DOORS OPEN 6.30PM
WEDNESDAY 14TH MAY 2003
(The day after the budget)
Speakers: Marilyn BEAUMONT / Executive Director Womens Health Victoria
Rod WISON / Convenor Victorian Medicare Action Group
Leigh HUBBARD / Secretary Victorian Trades Hall
Dr. Joseph TOSCANO / Spokesperson Defend and Extend Medicare
Email: defendmedicare@yahoo.com.au
COME ALONG & FORM A ŒDEFEND AND EXTEND MEDICAREı GROUP IN YOUR FEDERAL
ELECTORATE
JOIN US IN THE STRUGGLE TO KEEP & EXTEND UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE
­ A RIGHT NOT A CHARITY OR A LUXURY.

ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Has been awarded to Mr. Kim BEAZLEY, the former leader of Her Majestyıs
loyal opposition, for his naked grab for the Labor leadership ­ Good one
Kim, congratulations for keeping the spirit of personal ambition, a core
Labor Party principle alive, at the expense of collective solidarity a core
principle the Labor Party ditched years ago.

RECLAIM THE RADICAL SPIRIT OF THE EUREKA REBELLION
JOIN US TO CELEBRATE
THE 149TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE EUREKA REBELLION
AT EUREKA PARK
Cnr Stawell & Eureka St, Ballarat / VICTORIA
4AM TO 4PM
WEDNESDAY 3RD DECEMBER 2003
Donıt let the State & business turn the Eureka rebellion into a tourist
event that does not acknowledge the radical nature of the Eureka rebellion,
a rebellion that was based on 3 important principles that are as important
today as they were in 1854.
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" ­ Eureka Oath 1854.
Current affiliate groups: ** ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE
** LIBERTARIAN WORKERS FOR A SELF MANAGED SOCIETY
** BAYSIDE ANARCHIST GROUP
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** PENINSULA GREEN HOUSE
P.O. Box 5035, ALPHINGTON 3078, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

JOIN PEOPLE AGAINST REPRESSIVE LEGISLATION
FEDERATION SQUARE, MELBOURNE
MIDDAY
WEDNESDAY 14TH MAY 2003
& reclaim our open public space
FEDERATION SQUARE ­ THE PEOPLES SQUARE

184 MEMBERS ­ 366 TO GO
BEFORE WE CAN APPLY TO REGISTER AS A FEDERAL POLITICAL PARTY
Politically manipulated and scorned? Sick of being a peripheral player
every time a Federal election comes around, then join:- VOTE INFORMAL
TODAY, DIRECT DEMOCRACY TOMORROW - a "political party" that is putting the
boot into the Australian Parliamentary Process. Send a stamp 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 184. We need 550 members to apply for registration as a
political party, so that members can stand at the Federal election in 2004
and show Australianıs that Parliamentary Democracy is nothing more than two
minutes of illusory power.


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