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(en) Anarchist Age Weekly Review No.548 26th May ­ 1st June 2003

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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

THE POWER OF ONE
Hezbollah today, The Anarchist Media Institute tomorrow, The Country Women's
Association next week! The Federal government has reactivated its campaign
to have the most contentious aspect of its security bills passed through
Federal parliament. Concerned about the sustained public pressure being
exerted on the Howard government as a consequence of the Prime Minister's
appointment of Peter Hollingworth as Governor General, they are using the
spectre of threats to the nation's security to push legislation through
Federal parliament to give the Attorney General extraordinary powers to deal
with perceived security threats (threats largely due to the Australian
government's unilateral support for the neo-conservative Bush
administrations First Strike policy).

If the current push to pass the draconian aspects of the security bill
succeeds, the Attorney General, not parliament, would have the power to ban
any organisation that any of Australia's six security agencies deems to be a
threat. If this legislation is passed, members of the banned organisation,
and anybody who raises funds for the organisation or disseminates material
that may have been produced by the organisation, can be jailed for up to
twenty-five years.

The Federal Attorney General would have the sole power to ban overnight an
organisation that is working legally one day and obeying the laws of the
land and declared illegal the next day, by issuing a notice that the
organisation is deemed a threat to the security of the country.
Historically, the greatest threat posed to a people is the threat of the
nation state having the power to arbitrarily detain, interrogate and
imprison members of organisations that it perceives to be pursuing agendas
that are contrary to the interests of the nation. The history of the 20th
century is littered with examples of what happens when the State is able to
exercise absolute power.

Giving the Federal Attorney General power to arbitrarily ban organisations
is a recipe for creating the conditions that allowed the Hitlers, Stalins,
Pinochets and Pol Pots of the world to use State power to destroy both their
political opponents and civil society.

IT'S TIME!
With each succeeding charge laid against former members and current members
of the Victorian Police Force, the reputation of the Victorian Police is
being held up to scrutiny. For over 20 years, accusations about the Force's
activities have bubbled to the surface. On each occasion, the public have
been told its just one rotten apple in the barrel. So many accusations have
now been raised about the Vic. Police that it's time to question the idea
that corruption is just an isolated problem.

For over 20 years many Victorian's have been asking that a Royal Commission
be called to explore the serious possibility that corruption is endemic in
the Force. On each occasion, their requests have been dismissed by
successive governments who claim the Vic. Police Force is the most honest
and ethical force in Australia. You have to give credit where credits due:
when it comes to public relations, the Vic. Police Association and the Vic.
Police Force are second to none, employing the best spin doctors money can
buy. Current police practices and corruption allegations are not just
government's business. What has been happening in the Vic. Police Force
should concern each and every one of us. Victorians need to remember that
one rotten apple left in the barrel eventually contaminates all the other
apples in the barrel.

It's time that recurrent allegations about the Vic. Police are no longer
dismissed as the rantings of lunatics who donıt know what theyıre talking
about. Enough questions have been raised about the ethical standards in the
Force to keep two Royal Commissions working simultaneously for months,
possibly years. The corruption that seems to be endemic in the Vic. Police
Force needs to be exposed. As long as questions remain unanswered about
allegations that have been raised, all police will be tainted with the same
brush. The only way that the structures and practices that have created the
corruption that seems to be endemic in the Vic. Police can be eradicated, is
through public exposure.

Questions about police corruption need to be dealt with in a forum where
witnesses can speak freely about their concerns. A Royal Commission with
wide terms of reference is about the only way that the truth can ever be
exposed. Without the protection provided by a Royal Commission, few people
will be willing to testify because of the fear of retribution. The sooner a
Royal Commission is called, the sooner honest police will be able to be
exonerated and the public trust that a police force needs to successfully go
about its duties will be restored.
RECONCILIATION WEEK
26TH MAY ­ 3RD JUNE
Reconciliation Week is flanked by National Sorry Day, on Monday the 26th of
May, and Mabo Day, on Tuesday the 3rd of June. Although events have been
organised by indigenous communities and organisations to mark this most
important week, most Australian's will go through the week oblivious of the
significance of National Sorry Day and Mabo Day, and will not attend any
event to mark the week.

Two hundred and fifteen years after the beginnings of colonisation of this
continent by Europeans, it's sad to note that most Australians can't even
bring themselves to acknowledge that indigenous Australians were robbed of
their lives, land, culture, language, freedom, dignity, were sexually
abused, had their children removed, their history expunged and their very
existence threatened by the colonisation process. The loss of their lands
was only the first of many indignities that they were subjected to as a
people. The history of colonisation and the continual denial of this history
is a legacy that Australians must face and acknowledge, if we are to move
forward as a nation.

Unless we come to a satisfactory accommodation with the first nations of
this continent, we will be guilty of sharing the myopic views of the John
Howards of this world: men and women who are unwilling, possibly unable to
recognise the past, apologise for past injustices, compensate people for
what they have lost, and move forward. National Sorry Day recognises that
over 55,000 indigenous children were taken away between the 1920s and the
1960s as a consequence of government policy. Church officials and
politicians co-operated to "breed the blackness" out of generations of
indigenous children. The appalling social and human costs that occurred as a
consequence of these policies are still being felt today among the
indigenous population. The psychological damage caused to their communities
reverberates in many of the social problems that continue to plague many
indigenous families.

Mabo Day, Tuesday the 3rd of June, marks the day, eleven years ago, when the
High Court of Australia recognised that indigenous people had rights to land
in law. Their prior occupation of this land meant that in some situations
they still had rights to that land. For the first time in the history of
Australian society, indigenous people did not have to rely on charity. The
lack of any real movement, both by the Australian State and the Australian
people, as far as progress in the land rights and reconciliation process is
concerned, is not due to the limitations of the Mabo decision, but due to
the legal obstructions that the Howard government, assisted by a pliant
opposition, have put in place through parliament to ensure that neither the
letter nor the spirit of the 1992 Mabo High Court decision has been
implemented.

RIDICULOUS
The Victorian State government's plans to emulate their New South Wales
counterparts and introduce a swipe card (similar to an e-tag) for public
transport commuters, is an exercise in futility. When you examine the
plethora of schemes that have failed to attract patronage to the public
transport system, it's time the Victorian State government looked beyond the
square for a solution to the current catastrophic situation. Increasing
public transport usage has benefits that go far beyond increasing revenue
for the State government.

It's time that serious consideration was given to ending the leases held by
private sector companies to manage the public transport system and return
its management back to the public sector. Instead of wasting hundreds of
millions of dollars trying to introduce a new ticketing system and
bankrolling more ticketing inspectors, public transport should be free.
Revenue could be raised for the public transport sector by placing a levy on
properties that are serviced by the public transport system that's
proportional to the properties rateable value.

As everybody within the public transport system is paying to use it, the
number of potential commuters will increase. An increase in passenger
numbers would be matched by a decrease in the number of people that are
using private cars, decreasing both congestion on the roads and the amount
of exhaust fumes produced. Increasing patronage on the public transport
system would diminish security concerns currently experienced by commuters
and would increase the frequency of the service, encouraging even more
people to use the public transport system.

Everything that has been tried to encourage people to use the public
transport sector and force them to pay for the service has failed. The time
has come for the trial of innovative solutions to the current unsatisfactory
state. Any loss of revenue generated by abolishing fees would be soon offset
by the benefits to the community that the introduction of a free service
would generate.

THE MOUSE ROARS!!!
Alexander Downer, the Foreign Minister, not content with the human and
financial costs of Australia's participation in the invasion of Iraq is now
sabre-rattling Iran. While in Baghdad, acting as a United States mouthpiece
in the Middle East, he increased the regional temperature by telling the
Iranian government to pull its head in. "Well," I can hear him think, "if
they are part of the axis of evil and we are best mates with the new kid on
the block, the U.S. of A, what else could I say?"

It seems the Federal government just can't control their collective trigger
finger. Flushed with their success in Iraq, they think they can transform
the Middle East by using the threat of military action. Unfortunately,
Downer's gung-ho attitude is the last thing that Australians both here and
overseas need. His latest foray into foreign affairs is just the response
you'd expect from a poodle who believes that it can yap at the big dogs
because its best friend is an American pit-bull Terrier. Considering how the
Federal government's position has put us in the international spotlight,
youıd presume that Downer would think before he opened his mouth.

Unfortunately, I believe that Downer's statement that told Iran to pull its
head in or suffer the consequences was not an ill-conceived quip. Acting as
the eyes and ears of the United States in the region, he wouldnıt have
opened his mouth if he hadn't cleared his comments with the Bush
administration. It's highly likely that, acting as the United States
mouthpiece in the region, Downer was asked to put the heat on the Iranian
government on behalf of the United States.

The main problem about being Bush's deputy in the Middle East or any other
part of the world is that it makes us a target. If you can't get the
sheriff, you turn your attention to the deputy. Downer's comments are an
indication that the Australian government won't be leaving the Middle East
in a hurry. The cost of Australian's military adventurism in the region will
have profound implications both financially and socially. The Australian
government has already diverted funds from education and health to bankroll
Australia's new role as the United States trusted deputy. It's important to
remember the human costs of actively supporting the United States First
Strike policy will make Australians both here and overseas prime terrorist
targets.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. WHAT IS A RECALLABLE DELEGATE?
A. The delegate is the building block of an anarchist community. People
appoint or elect delegates to represent their opinions at regional and
national meetings, a delegateıs mandate is determined by the group they
represent. The delegate doesnıt have the power to make decisions on behalf
of the group that they represent. At a regional or national meeting,
delegates present the position of the people they represent. Once the
delegateıs positions have been articulated, they discuss the problem at
hand, examine solutions that take into account the decisions made by the
communities they represent and decide on a position that is acceptable to
the delegates present.
The delegate then reports back to the people who have given them the mandate
to act on their behalf. At this point the local meeting has a number of
options, they may accept the delegateıs arguments and ratify the decision
made at the regional or national meeting. They may decide not to accept the
decision made at the regional or national meeting and ask the same delegate
to return back to the regional or national meeting to explain why they have
made such a decision or they may not be happy with the delegateıs
performance and appoint or elect another delegate to represent their
position at the next meeting.
If consensus cannot be reached at a regional or national delegateıs meeting,
delegates have a number of choices. They can recommend to the local groups
that they represent, that the decision be abandoned, as consensus cannot be
reached. If the decision discussed does not challenge the principles of
association that bind that society together, delegates holding both majority
and minority opinions can go back to their local groups and ask them if they
want to try to implement the decisions made by both groups, as no compromise
is possible.
In this situation the resources that have been allocated to implement the
decision to be made, would be divided amongst both the majority and the
minority. Each group would receive a percentage of the resources available
that reflects the number of people holding each position.
NEXT WEEK: "Who owns the resources within a federation of anarchist
communities?"

ACTION BOX
"PARTICIPATION"
The paradox about living in the post industrial cyber age is that as
individuals and communities, we have lost the ability to participate in the
life of our communities. Post-modern life is about consumption, nothing
else matters. The fascinating aspect about post-industrial consumption is
that everyone, irrespective of how much power they have, how much they earn
and how old they are, through the Œmiracleı of mass communication share the
same dreams, aspirations and ambitions.
Human interaction has been reduced to a one-dimensional conversation between
inanimate objects. Society has long ceased to exist. Faced with this
dilemma, radical activists focus their energies on influencing those who
control access to the media. Organisation has fallen by the way side, the
medium has become the message. The challenge for 21st century activists
lays in our ability to shake people out of their consumptive stupor. Human
beings have traditionally created social organisations to survive
communities. The myth that we are self-contained individuals who donıt need
to be involved in society, needs to be challenged again and again.
The ability to participate is the key to change, without participation
change is impossible. Participation at all levels needs to be encouraged,
the more individuals that participate the greater the possibility that
organisations will change and others will spring up to coordinate their
contributions. Anarchists should be encouraging people to participate in as
many organisations as possible. Joining a club or organisation isnıt
enough, you need to be involved in all facets of that organisation.
When anarchists talk about participation, theyıre not talking about
maintaining the status quo, or putting up your hand when youıre asked to, or
attending the annual general meeting. Participation is about examining the
constitution or principles of association, itıs about attending meetings,
arguing for your point of view and changing what needs to be changed.
Society is not a television screen full of manufactured images and ideas,
society is an organic breathing pulsating mass. Change does not come from
changing the talking heads on the television screen. Change comes from
people using established organisations or creating new ones to reflect their
hopes and aspirations. It comes from people talking, organising, arguing,
broadening the two-dimensional arguments that are the by-products of a
fourth estate that long ago ceased to represent the views of anyone except
that little happy band that controls and owns the technology that has
reduced citizens to consumers.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
"A NEW TYPE OF PARLIAMANTARIAN?"
Faecal material emanating from the anal orifice of a male cow, I can hear
you say shouting. Give me a few minutes to tell you the story of Percy
Brookfield, the member for Broken Hill in the New South Wales parliament
between 1917 and 1921, before you howl me down. Brookfield entered the New
South Wales parliament as an Australian Labor Party member. He soon learnt
how little power individual parliamentarians, even members of the A.L.P.
were able to wield in office.
Direct Action the paper of the I.W.W. deplored his election into the N.S.W.
Parliament and accused him of deserting the class war.
"When Brookfield M.L.A. took the oath one of the confidence man took umbrage
of it. Œ Leave him alone said Premier Halman. Heıll be alright when he
draws his first salaryı Halman knew" ­ Direct Action 19th May 1917.
Brookfieldıs opposition to WWI and his support for the wobblies made him a
marked man, he was arrested, charged and found guilty of flouting the War
Precautions Act that had been passed to silence the anti-conscription
movement. Brookfield used his maiden speech in parliament to shake off the
Œmenaceı of the War Precautions Act, as a member of parliament he could
speak his mind. He concluded his maiden speech with a heartfelt plea, that
in the interests of justice, an inquiry should be held into the convictions
of the I.W.W. twelve.
Over the next 4 years he kept the fate of the I.W.W. and its members fresh
in the publicıs mind using every occasion he could to unravel the
governments conspiracy against the I.W.W. Although a staunch
anti-militarist, he took up the case of the returned service men attracting
many disillusioned former soldiers to the A.L.P. Brookfield exposed the
fraud surrounding the soldier settlements and demanded jobs for returned
service men.
On the 3rd August 1920, 10 of the I.W.W. twelve were released, a testimony
to Brookfieldıs dogged parliamentary representations on their behalf. At
the meeting that was held to welcome the martyrsı home, Brookfield stated
"The release of the men is the greatest victory of the working classes and
justice and truth have been vindicated"
He was re-elected as an A.L.P. member in 1920 running against a National
Party candidate, as well as a candidate for the A.L.P. executive.
Brookfield found himself holding the balance of power in the N.S.W.
parliament. On the 11th April 1920, a general meeting of the A.L.P. at
Broken Hill decided to form the Industrial Labor Party with Brookfield as
their sole parliamentary representative. Brookfieldıs parliamentary career
came to an end when he was shot and killed by a Œpsychotic Russianı at
Riverton Railway station, South Australia on the 21st March 1921. Although
Tomayiff claimed he was paid to kill Brookfield, no government inquiry was
ever held into his death. Brookfieldıs death had a profound effect on the
extra parliamentary workers movement in Australia, many members of the
I.W.W. and other direct action activists joined the Labor Party, many others
gave up political activity altogether.
SOURCE OF ARTICLE: Chapter 5, Laborıs Titan ­ The Story of Percy Brookfield
1878-1921, by Gilbert Roper, edited by Wendy and Allan Scarfe

BOOK REVIEW
"LABORıS TITAN"
The Story of Percy Brookfield 1878-1921,
by Gilbert Giles ROPER,
Edited by Wendy & Allan SCARFE, Warrnambool Institute Press 1983,
ISBN 0 9497 590 31
Wendy and Allan Scarfeıs introduction gives the reader an insight into both
the life and times of the author Giles Roper and the subject Percy
Brookfield. They provide a snapshot into the life of Giles Roper whose
journey reflected the journey of many Australian trade unionists during the
20th century. Roper took the well worn path through socialism, communism,
Trokskyism and the Australian Labor Party that many activists followed,
eventually being elected as a Labor Party Alderman for the Sydney City
Council.
Brookfield was an orator, he had the ability to put complex political points
into simple language that people could readily understand and identify with.
The genuine displays of grief that accompanied his funeral at Broken Hill in
1921 are seldom seen at Australian political funerals.
Giles Roper had his book/s Percy Brookfield socialist orator, only member of
the New South Wales parliament representing the Industrial Labor Party and
member for Broken Hill ready to be published on the 5th anniversary of
Brookfieldıs death in 1971. Brookfield left no written legacy, his untimely
death and his expulsion from the Labor Party in 1920 regulated his thoughts
and achievements to the dust bill of history. In his short biography of
Brookfield, Roper hoped to succeed "in disseminating a greater knowledge of
Brookfield and the fundamental principles by which he was guided".
Roperıs short 1971 biography of Percy Brookfield, edited by Wendy and Allan
Scarfe a decade later was released in 1983. It tells the tale in 8 chapter
of a larger than life character who had an influence far beyond his
immediate circle of supporters. ŒLaborıs Titanı users Brookfieldıs own
words excavated from piles of newspaper articles, NSW parliamentary Honsard
records and references to Brookfieldıs life, thoughts and times lost in the
public record as well as the personal recollections of those people who had
been touched by Brookfieldıs radical activism.
Wend and Allan Scarfeıs contribution to the publication of this book is a
testimony to their diligence and perseverance. Giles Roper was fascinated
by Brookfeildıs life, believing that important parallels existed between his
life and Brookfieldıs life. He wrote and rewrote his biography on
Brookfield between 1955 and 1971. At his death in 1974, two versions of the
current book existed. The editors combined both versions and added
"approximately half of the text to improve continuity of narrative".
ŒLaborıs Titanı is of interest to Australian anarchists because of
Brookfieldıs close association with the Industrial Workers of the World
during World War One. His efforts both inside and outside the NSW
parliament were instrumental in leading to the early release of the I.W.W.
twelve, twelve members of the Sydney branch of the I.W.W. who were
fraudulently jailed in 1917 for long periods for "conspiracy to commit
arson".
ŒLaborıs Titanı is available from the International Bookshop, Trades Hall,
Corner Lygon St and Victoria Parade, CARLTON AUSTRALIA 3035. It is also
directly available from the editors from $10 plus five 50cent postage stamps
to help cover postage costs. Write to Wendy and Alan Scarfe, c/- Joseph
Toscano, PO BOX 5035, ALPHINGTON, VIC AUSTRALIA 3058 and your letters will
be forwarded on to them.

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
The fourth estateıs power doesnıt lay in its ability to tell people what to
do, most people show a healthy scepticism towards what they read, hear and
see. Its power lies in its ability to decide what is news and what are the
parameters of debate. The range of opinion thatıs expressed in the
government gelded ABC and the corporate dominated media, is limited to what
are deemed to be acceptable options.
Take the case of the former Governor General Dr. Hollingworth and the debate
swirling round his shortcomings as the Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane. The
debate revolved around the decision he made regarding a number of child sex
abuse cases that involved members of the Anglican clergy and how those
decision affected his ability to carry out his role as Governor General.
Little discussion, if any, has been publicly aired about the reasons that
child sex abuse is such a major problem within religious organisation. No
debate has occurred about the structures that allowed this behaviour to
flourish within, not just the Anglican Church but within all religious
organisations.
The debate and push for a Royal Commission into the prevalence of childhood
sexual abuse within government and religious establishments never took off
the ground because it didnıt suit the Prime Ministerıs or the mediaıs
agenda. Debate has been successfully contained within a narrow framework,
efforts to extend the debate into questions about the need and role of the
Governor General have been aborted by editorial teams that are more
interested in the idiosyncrasies of the person who holds office than the
office itself.
How the issues surrounding the Governor General have been confined to a
debate about personal integrity is the untold story of this saga. Whatıs
happen with this debate is a classical example of how the fourth estate
reduces issues to their lowest common denominator. The focus is always
centred on the individual if problems arise about the role and functions of
institutions within the society we live and work in.
This is in stark contrast to the way the fourth estate tackles issues that
involve institution or organisations that are seen as potential threats to
the status quo. In those situations the focus is concentrated on the
organisation. While Pauline Hanson acted as an individual member of
parliament she was lauded by most of the Australian fourth estate. When she
formed a political organisation that had the potential to ruffle the
feathers of those who wielded power in this country, the fourth estateıs
focus shifted from lauding her to destroying the political organsiation she
was trying to create. The western media is neither objective or impartial,
it is part and parcel of the status quo, its primary function is to maintain
the reputation and integrity of the institutions and organsations that allow
those who hold power to maintain that power.

STOP PRESS
THE G.Gıs GONE, SO WHAT?
Donıt break out the champagne just yet!! Although the Governor General has
resigned, nothing has changed. The Prime Minister has the prerogative of
picking the next Head of State, considering his past choices you have to
wonder who he now has in mind. The question about whether Australia needs a
non-elected Head of State hasnıt been raised let alone debated. The
constitutional powers that the Head of State is able to exercise have not
been challenged.
Nothing has changed, the way the Governor General is chosen, has not been
changed. The fact that he owes his allegiance to a foreign monarch has not
been challenged. The public money that six State Governor Generals and a
Federal Governor General cost to the community and the powers they possess,
have not been put under public scrutiny. The office is protected, the Prime
Minister is let of the hook and Peter Hollingworth rides into the sunset
collecting his generous pension till the day he draws his last breath.
Everybodyıs happy, except those of us who believe there is no need for a
Head of State and a head of government.
Considering the amount of trees that were destroyed to keep this grubby
little sage alive, youıd think that more questions would have been asked
than the question about the justability of the previous incumbent. The
great thing about the Australian media is their inability and unwillingness
to think beyond the immediate issue. Itıs no accident that more questions
havenıt been asked about the current mess.
If they had been asked, itıs quite possible the Prime Minister would not
have got off so lightly. We need to remember that John Howard bears the
sole responsibility for appointing Hollingworth. No Cabinet discussion, no
vote on the floor of parliament, no popular vote. Hollingworth was first
and form most Howardıs man. The single most disappointing aspect of this
grubby affair is Hollingworthıs unwillingness to tough it out. Instead of
slinking out his tail between his legs, Hollingworth should have forced the
Prime Minister to revoke his commission. You have to wonder what promises
Howard gave to his man Hollingworth, to get him to resign. Maybes if he
didnıt resign, heıd have to rely on his church stipend to survive.
Considering the powers he enjoyed under the constitution, youıd think he
would have made a fuss. The fact that he didnıt put up a fuss means that
Howard has cut a deal with Hollingworth to save him the embarrassment of
revoking his commission.

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


ANARCHIST PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED THIS WEEK
- LE MONDE LIBERTAIRE No.1320 15th ­21st May ı03, 145 Rue Amelot, 75011
Paris, FRANCE, Tel:0148053408, Fax:0149299859 SPARKS No.110 April/May 2003,
The Rank and File Transport CNT No.290, May Œ03, Organo de la Conferedacion
Nacional del Trabajo, Avda Constitucion 21,9a, 18014 Granada, SPAIN,
Tel:958289009, Fax:958288992, jlgrua@ugr.es redaccion@periodcocnt.org
- SICILIA LIBERTAIRIA Vol.27 No.218 April Œ03, Giornale Anarchico per la
Liberazione Sociale Lıinternazionismo, Via Galileo Galilei 45, 97100 Ragusa,
SICILY, ITALY, email:si_lib@hotmail.com
- UMANITA NOVA Vol 83 No.16 4th 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 OTHER ISRAELI No.107/108 April Œ03, Newsletter of the Israeli Council
for Israeli-Palestinian Peace, P.O.Bpx 2542 Holon ISRAEL Tel/Fax:03 5565804,
Email;otherisx@actcom.co.il

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FILM & VIDEO REVIEW
MAGDALENE SISTERS
Director Peter Mullan. 2002. England / Ireland.
The Vatican has been furious with this Venice 2002 Golden Lion Award winning
film. The Church authorities claim anti-Catholicism is the anti-Semitism of
the educated left & the movie plays to secular prejudice. The Magdalene
Laundries were institutions sponsored & maintained by the Catholic Church in
Ireland for the incarceration of young women thought to be in moral danger
to themselves & others. With the legal consent of their fathers, they were
imprisoned & made to work for no pay in laundries, always exploited & in
many cases sexually abused. The laundries existed until the 1970's, but the
very last didnıt close until 1996. Mullan's gut-wrenching film tells the
story of 3 Dublin women in 1964. Margaret, Rose & Bernadette are entrusted
to the un-tender mercies of Sister Bridget, the empress of emotional sadism.
(An echo of the SuperNun in the classic Blues Brothers musical film). The
young women are always getting beaten & humiliated by the nuns. Director
Mullan himself has a ferocious cameo as a Da, who drags his (runaway) errant
daughter back into the laundry. He gives her a belting while Sister Bridget
looks on. Another classic scene is a posed 'one big happy family' film set
up. Mullan's film was inspired by his seeing a TV documentary that used an
original short film made to sell the laundries as happy worker
mansions....Itıs reminiscent of the Nazi pseudo-doco tours showing "Jewish
holiday camps" that in reality were brutal death centres, or Australian
Mission films with all smiling Aboriginals.
RESISTANCE. One of the Sisters gets her revenge on a priest who
sexually-abuses women. She puts nettles in his laundry. A gathered crowd
watch as the man wrenches of fhis vestments in the middle of communion in
agony, skin aflame.
ENTERTAINMENT *** POLITICS *** -
B.A.SATANMARIA

TRIVIA: Also maybe worth seeing is the new film Crime of Father Amaro/2003.
It's set in Mexico, tells the tale of a questioning priest who breaks the
celibacy vow & exposes the corruption of the Church collaboration with
authorities & gangsters. Itıs also been denounced by the Catholic media. An
older flick is Priest, set in Liverpool & showing a gay priest. It was also
decried at the time by the Church. The current Federal & State budgets
continue to subsidise religious schools beyond the level of funding for
State, secular schools! So parents pay twice, first in taxes then for school
fees. The rest of us also pay for the perpetuation via our taxes so the
kiddies can be terrified eg by anti-abortion bigots. Luckily secular
teachers are now employed by these 'private' regimes & have gone on strike
over their lower wages & conditions.

You are invited to A gathering of women.
Please tell other interested women you know.
Where: 18 Clarke Street, North Coburg.
Tel 9350 2190 to confirm or enquires.
When: from 12pm, Saturday, 31st May 2003.
Why: To catch up, sing songs, swap potions, tell tales, cuddle kids, make
plans, grant wishes, make magic, soothe sores, feast fantastically.
Who: All women, all kids.
@ Press women re-union., @nti-state screen-printing women re-union.
C@ntankerous magazine re-union., @ House Women's Space re-union.
BRING: Food drink for shared feast at 1pm.

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We have now been broadcasting on 3CR and now across Australia
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If you want us to broadcast for ANOHER 25 YEARS,
SUPPORT THE 3CR RADIOTHON
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ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS
Where are the weapons of mass destruction?
THIS WEEK'S STORIES:ŠNow That Invading Iraq Has Made Us Safer...Govıt Spent
Domestic Violence Money On Fridge Magnets...Stealing Hundreds of Dollars Of
Public Money Is Being A Dole Bludger, Stealing Millions is Business As
Usual...Doctors To Investigate Themselves...Bali Victim Refugee Stranded in
Australia...Police Deny Treating Prisoners Any Worse Than They Treat Each
Other...Quote of the Week.
The govıt will create new anti-terrorist units in every mainland capital
city. The Army's official newspaper said Australia was vulnerable to
'asymmetric attacks' similar to the bombing of the World Trade Centre. (The
Age, May 18).
The Federal govıt spent more than $10 million which was assigned to stopping
domestic violence, on 'anti-terrorist' fridge magnets. (The Age, May 18).
Cıwealth IT out-sourcing contracts worth a combined $1.2 billion are running
up to 40% over budget, according to figures revealed in an Aust National
Audit Office report. (Financial Review, April 8).
The Victorian govıt wants to severely limit people's ability to sue doctors
for malpractice. The Labor govıt is said to favour a package drawn up by the
Australian Medical Association. Under the AMA's package, people couldnıt
sue their doctors unless their claim was approved by a board. The board
would be made up of doctors. (The Age, May 18).
A refugee whose wife died in the Bali bombings has lost his appeal for
visitors visas for his children & so has no way of staying with them.
Ebrahim Sammaki is being held in the Baxter detention centre. The Indonesian
govıt has refused to grant a visa to Mr Sammaki to visit his children & the
Australian govıt refused visitor visas for his 2 children. Mr Sammaki could
return home to Iran but wouldnıt be able to take his children, who are
Indonesian citizens. Mr Sammaki's wife Endang died after receiving burns to
80% of her body after the Bali bombing. (Sydney Morning Herald, April 15).
At least 4 policewomen have received payouts from Victoria Police in the
last 18 months based on complaints of sexual discrimination or harassment.
ŒThe Ageı interviewed Sandra Jose, a personal trainer & bodybuilder (13
years police experience) & a gold medal (Police & Fire Games), who was made
to retire from the police on health grounds after being warned not to apply
for a post at a police station where the officer in charge "didn't want a
woman". (The Age, May 18).
Crimes 'against the person' (such as assault) on & around public transport
in Melbourne have doubled in the last 5 years. Of 290 stations around
Melbourne, 130 never have staff on duty, with many of the others only being
staffed at peak hours. (The Age, May 18).
Quotes of the Week: "Politics should be regarded as less like an exercise
in producing truthful statements & more like a poker game". Political
scientist Glen Newey.
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 government gelded ABC and their scintillating
reports on the adventures of the Australian Foreign Minister ­ Alexander
Downer in liberated Iraq.

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