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(en) Anarchist Age Weekly Review No.569 20th October ­ 26th October 2003

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INSURRECTION: The long suffering people of Bolivia have had enough. Sick and tired of
being ruled by a government that represents the interests of trans-national
corporations, not their interests, they have taken to the streets in their
hundreds of thousands. Farmers, miners, workers and students have withdrawn
their labour over the past few months paralysing the country, refusing to be
cowered by Boliviaıs military. Over a hundred workers have died in the past
month in increasingly bitter and violent clashes in the streets between the
people and Boliviaıs armed forces.
Columns of armed workers are pouring into the capital Le Paz in their bid to
dislodge a government whose neo-conservative agenda has improvised a people
who already have one of the lowest living standards in South America. The
people have refused to recognise the authority of the State and are in the
process of creating new structures that reflect their aspirations, not the
aspirations of those who have ruled and plundered them in the name of United
States and European trans-national corporations.

Over the past decade more and more people have slipped below the poverty
line, over 60% have trouble feeding themselves and keeping a roof over their
heads. The International Monetary Fund and World Bank structural adjustment
programs and the resultant privatisation of essential services, have
increasingly angered Bolivians. Embryonic workers and community councils
and popular assemblies are taking over the role of a government that
maintains its grip on power with the aid of US military assistance. The
catalyst for this insurrection was the governmentıs decision to sell its
natural gas supplies to the US at a fraction of its real value.

The insurrection in Bolivia is just the latest in a series of revolts by
people in South America who have realised that the neo-liberal
neo-conservative agenda followed by their governments over the past two
decades, have increased the profits of trans-national corporations at their
expense. All over Latin American people are taking to the streets
challenging the authority of both neo-conservative and reformist
governments. Neo-liberalism as a political and social philosophy is dead.
The authority of the State and the corporate sector is being challenged.

The oppressive apparatus built by successive US supported administration in
South America are crumbling. People in Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina,
Southern Mexico, Colombia and now Bolivia are taking advantage of the
current situation and are challenging the role of the State and corporate
sector, creating new structures out of the ashes of the old. They have
seized the moment to overthrow governments and destroy structures that have
been imposed on them by foreign interests supporting local ruling classes
that have been imposed on them by these same foreign interests.

As the Bush administration sinks into a quagmire of its own making in Iraq
and Afghanistan, people around the world, who have been systematically
stripped of their resources and culture by US and European based
trans-national corporations are taking the opportunity to refashion their
futures in a way that benefits them, not those who have ruled them for so
long.

MANNA FROM HEAVEN
³Did the earth move for you darling?² Encapsulates the sentiments expressed
by an Australian media that exuberantly celebrated the signing of a ³free²
trade agreement between Australia and Thailand.

The Prime Minister oozed that the agreement ³was money in the bank². Money
in the bank for whom? Australiaıs headlong rush into signing bilateral and
multilateral ³free² trade agreements, marks the beginning of the end of
Australiaıs manufacturing and information technology sector.

Opening up economic barriers to countries that are able to employ labour for
a fraction of the cost of Australian labour, is the quickest way of
exporting Australian jobs overseas. Even if the manufacturing and
information technology sector survive, increased pressure will be placed on
Australian workers to take wage cuts and sign off on hard won conditions.
The recent long and bitter dispute at a Geelong wool picking firm that
resulted in the closure of the company because workers were not willing to
take pay cuts and trade in hard won conditions, is a taste of things to
come.

³Free² trade is just another way that trans-national corporations with the
backing of sympathetic governments can maximize their profits at the expense
of workers wages and conditions. Although some industries temporarily
benefit from the removal of tariffs, it wonıt take long for a country with
low labour costs to flood Australian markets with the same goods. The loss
of jobs will have an immediate impact on the Australian economy. The mantra
pedalled by the Federal government is that ³free² trade agreements will lead
to increased agricultural exports. Any one wandering through a
supermarketıs fruit and vegetable section canıt help seeing mangos from
Mexico, oranges and cherries from the United States as well as snow peas
from Zimbabwe. What will the situation be like when all tariffs are
removed? The removal of all agricultural tariffs is more likely to help
overseas companies than local companies involved in overseas agricultural
trade.

³Free² trade is not a universal panacea, itıs not even a local panacea, it
is first and foremost a mechanism by which large corporations are able to
dominate the trading agenda. The earth moves for far fewer people than the
Howard government is willing to admit. If ³free² trade was such a wonderful
innovation, it would have happened decades ago. The Australian Federation
grew and prospered as a result of the imposition of strategically placed
trade barriers. To remove these barriers is to court disaster.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS
The appointment of Tony Abbott as Health Minister is not the end of the
Medicare struggle. Howard appointed Abbott to hose down the revolt against
the governmentıs ³fairer Medicare package². His ability to defuse the
medical indemnity crisis has watered down resistance among most doctorsı
organisations towards the proposed changes to Medicare. As more and more
doctors abandon bulk billing and charge up front fees, the cost of accessing
primary health care escalates. The increase in doctorıs incomes generated
by the introduction of up front fees, dilutes doctorıs resistance to the
introduction of changes to Medicare.

The greater the number of bulk billing doctors in the community the less
incentive for doctors to charge up front fees. Those that do charge up
front fees soon find that their pool of patients decreases and their profits
fall. Whether Medicare survives its current format, is directly related to
the degree of resistance to these changes that occurs in the community.
Most sections of the mass media, an increasing number of doctorıs
organisations and the government, would like to see the introduction of a
user pay health care scheme.

Resistance to the destruction of the universal nature of the schemes has
been hard to generate. Faced with a hostile media and a trade union
movement that to date has not been willing to seriously take up the issue,
the work needed to generate resistance to these changes is much more than
most people expected. Defend and Extend Medicare Australia finds itself at
a critical point in time. The next rally has been organized for 12.30 on
Friday the 7th of November outside the State Library of Victoria, corner
Swanston and La Trobe Street, Melbourne. Invitations have been sent out to
a number of speakers and preparations are being made for the rally.

Whether the rally succeeds or not ultimately depends on people taking up the
issue ­ whether the organisation grows depends on people forming Federal
electorate based Defend and Extend Medicare groups. Leaflets, posters and
information about the campaign can be downloaded from the Defend and Extend
Medicare website www.defendandextendmedicare.org. The group needs people to
download the material, copy it and distribute it in their local community.

If you donıt have access to a computer you can write to PO Box 5035,
Alphington 3078, Melbourne to obtain a copy of material you can photocopy
and distribute. No struggle is easy, faced with entrenched opposition and a
Labor Party that only wants to ³save² Medicare not extend it. The success
of failure of this campaign depends on individuals and groups taking up the
issues and working to ensure that Australia both maintains and extends
universal access to health care providers.

ITıS COME TO THIS!!
Listening to ABC radio news I couldnıt believe what I was hearing. The
parents of a 3year old child undergoing chemotherapy for leukaemia at
Melbourneıs world famous Royal Childrenıs Hospital were publicly complaining
about the substandard facilities their child needs to access at the hospital
to receive life saving treatment. It makes you wonder whatıs happening in
both the public and private health sector in this country.

Over the next few days the fourth estate will be full of stories about how
public hospitals are the State governmentıs responsibility. The State
government will blame the Federal government and the parentsı complaints
will disappear in a sea of accusations. The reality is very simple, the
public hospital sector is starved of both Federal and State funds. The
5year agreement signed between Canberra and the States short-changed the
States. The State Premiers signed agreements that have left the public
hospital sector critically short of funds. This has occurred, although the
Federal government boasts that it has a $7.5billion surplus and bankrolls
the private health insurance industry to the tune of $2.5 billion per year.

No one, let alone a child with cancer, should be denied access to suitable
treatment in this country. People pay taxes expecting that governments will
provide adequate funds to ensure that every Australia, especially children,
have access to the health delivery system. Currently, much of the tax take
is fritted away in incentives to trans-national corporations ­ corporate
welfare. The tragedy about these parentsı complaints is that they had to go
public to get any sort of media or government reaction. Whatıs even more
disturbing is that the spokesperson for Melbourneıs Royal Childrenıs
Hospital agrees with them and said ³they are raising funds to build new
childrenıs oncology centre at the hospital².

Iım forced to ask what type of society have we become when we have to rely
on donations and charity to provide badly needed infrastructure to treat
children who are fighting cancer. This state of affairs cannot go on, it
must not be allowed to go on, access to health care should be a right, not a
charity, or a luxury. This tragic situation must end today. Governments at
both the State and Federal level need to understand that they need to meet
their end of the contract between citizens and the government. If they
donıt they will be facing increasing protests across the country from
demanding that these essential services are provided to each and every one
of us.
THE LANGUAGE OF WAR
On Monday, 3 Israeli soldiers patrolling outside an Israeli settlement in
the occupied Palestinian territories, were killed by militants from the
Palestinian al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. The Israeli government described the
killings as the work of terrorists and launched a number of missile attacks
in the Gaza strip, killing and injuring militants and bystanders alike. A
few days earlier, 21 people had been killed by a suicide bomber in Haifa,
while in the last few days 14 Palestinians have been killed in the Rafah
refugee camp by Israeli troops looking for tunnels.

Cut and dry isnıt it? Well not exactly. We know that people have been
killed. The deaths have included women and children. The great majority
have been people going about their business. Whatıs interesting about
whatıs going on in Israel and Palestine is the way the conflict is reported
in the Australian media. Few Australians have any idea of whatıs going on
in Israel and Palestine. What little information they know comes from a
media whose sympathies lay with one side.

The death of 3 Israeli soldiers on active patrol in occupied Palestine was
described as murder in the Australian media. In the same news bulletins,
the death of civilians as well as militants in Palestine were presented as
revenge attacks for the murders of the Israeli soldiers. Although women and
children as well as bystanders had been killed, the word Œmurderı was not
used to describe the killing of Palestinians by the Israeli State.
Everybody knows that the way issues are presented, moulds the opinions of
people who use mainstream media outlets as their main source of information.

When news reporting is focused on Israel, little if any attention is paid to
the fact that over 30% of Israelis want peace now. Exposure is only given
to the Israeli governmentıs position and Australian listeners, viewers and
readers automatically assume that the Israeli people support the actions the
Israeli State carries out in their names. The tragedy in Palestine / Israel
is that religious fundamentalists hold sway in both camps. While they
continue to enjoy the support of significant sections of their populations,
the killings will continue until the revulsion generated by these crimes and
a war weary population will force their political leaders to the negotiating
table. The sooner the United States government withdraws its support for
the Sharon government, the sooner the possibility that a negotiated outcome
acceptable to both sides can occur and the sooner the killing will stop.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. How would an anarchist community deal with a serious internal challenge?
A. Society is a dynamic, ever changing organism. What may be appropriate in
one instance may not be appropriate in another. Itıs probable that elements
within an anarchist society will want to change the principles of
associating that bind that community together. As with all organisations
that are based on voluntary principles, anarchism sinks or swims around its
ability to deliver what it promises. Debate, arguments and confrontation is
a constant feature of a free society. Anarchists would deal with each
challenge as it arose, arguing their case publicly. Any attempt by a
minority within an anarchist community to impose their will on the community
by force would be resisted by force.
If a significant proportion of the community lose faith in anarchist methods
of organisation, that community would cease to be an anarchist community.
The anarchists within that community could leave or continue to function as
a minority within a wider community. Processes would exist within an
anarchist community that allows people to embrace other forms of
organisation if they voluntarily choose to do so. A small anarchist
community would face much more difficulties than a larger one, as they would
be prone to pressures from outside groups. Anarchists are not just going to
sit back and let all theyıve struggled for, disappear overnight. They will
not tolerate outside forces trying to undermine them from within. They will
resist attempts to destroy them through physical force or by the application
of an embargo on their community.
Whether they survive or not, whether they are able to resist both internal
and external challenges, is related to the type of society they have
created. If they have been able to create a free society that meets
peopleıs needs, where people are actively involved in the affairs of their
community, itıs highly unlikely that internal opposition will be a
significant problem. Who would want to go back to wage slavery when theyıve
experienced life in an anarchist community? Who would want to give power
back to rulers when theyıve been able to successfully organise their own
affairs with their fellow citizens.
Internal challenges will only be a threat if the community has been under so
much external pressures that life has become unbearable. In such a
situation, itıs likely that people would give up the power to manage their
own lives in order to survive. Whether anarchist communities continue to
survive ultimately rests on the strength of that community. The greater the
participation in the life of the community and the greater access people
have to the common wealth, the stronger that community is to both internal
and external challenges. Whether an anarchist society is able to resist
these challenges, is directly related to the degree power has been devolved
and wealth shared within that society.

ACTION BOX
³SOMEBODY SHOULD DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT²
If I had a dollar for every time I heard somebody say ³somebody should do
something about that², I would be tucking into a French provincial meal
somewhere in the south of French. I wouldnıt be worrying about how Iım
going to fill the blank space in front of me. We live in a culture that
expects someone, preferably someone from the government, to tackle problems
that we as a community are confronted with. The single most important
social change that has occurred in Australian society is the destruction of
what little community we enjoyed.
Logieıs gift to the world ­ television, has destroyed the desire and need
for community. Public interaction has been replaced with a one way
dialogue, an inert object that pumps out the same message into peopleıs
homes. Day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year,
pre-packaged social norms are fed to a population that uses Logieıs gift as
their getaway to the world. No wonder people lose faith in their ability to
do anything but consume. Problems are out there, the solution to problems
lays out there, not with them.
We Œre told change comes from working up the right channels, public
participation has been superseded by celluloid gazing. Letıs be realistic,
nobody in authority is going to do anything about it, unless it suits his or
her current agenda.
Issues are not automatically taken up by those in authority. Placing our
faith in the right channels, expecting that somebody else is going to do
something about it, is the type of tale that youıd expect to find in a Hans
Christian Anderson anthology. Change comes from people organising and
taking action. Change occurs when the pressure thatıs being built up by
mass action is so powerful, those who wield power are forced to look at a
particular issue. Nothing changes unless we as individuals come together in
groups to do something about it. Irrespective of how brave or foolhardy
individual action is, change only comes about when enough people decide to
do something about it. A citizenıs first responsibility is to their fellow
citizens, not the state, the corporate sector or religious ideology.
Initiating change by developing extra parliamentary organisations that
tackle issues, is the best way to ensure that somebody is going to do
something about it.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
³PETTY BOURGEOIS DUST UP²
Have you wondered why every Australian is familiar with the Ned Kelly saga
and why so few are familiar with the importance of the Eureka rebellion?
Ned Kelly and his gang never posed a serious threat to the state. The
Eureka rebellion posed an immediate tangible threat to the survival of the
state. 149 years after the rebellion was crushed in a sea of blood, many
radicals still dismiss the Eureka rebellion as a Œpetty bourgeois dust upı.
The Eureka rebellion is hailed as the beginning of the Republican movement
or as the birth of parliamentary democracy in Australia, its radical content
seems to be conveniently forgotten.
The community amnesia surrounding the rebellion is a legacy of a
disinformation campaign initiated by the people who crushed the revolt.
Eureka was more than a revolt by small business people about a license fee.
The fee acted as a catalyst for a much wider movement, the essence of the
Eureka revolt is encapsulated in the Eureka oath, an oath that was taken by
1500 miners at Bakery Hill in Ballarat on the 29th November 1854 - ³We swear
by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other and fight to defend our
rights and liberties². Many of the participants in the revolt had fled the
failed European uprisings of 1848. They had experienced state repression at
first hand.
The central elements of the Eureka rebellion are conveniently ignored by a
society that trawls through the entrails of the revolt looking for evidence
that supports their conservative viewpoints. The rebellion was based on
principles that are as important today as they were 149 years ago - DIRECT
DEMOCRACY - The people involved in a decision, making that decision. Mass
meetings of 10, 12 thousand miners were regularly held to elect leaders and
decide on the direction of the movement. SOLIDARITY was a central feature
of the rebellion, people of all races fought side by side. Two of the 13
tried for High Treason were black. John Joseph, the first of the 13 tried
was a black man from New York, who when acquitted of the charge was chaired
around Melbourneıs streets, cheered on by a crowd of over 20,000 people.
DIRECT ACTION was another important feature of the rebellion, the miners
armed themselves and used their arms against the state.
The Eureka stockade is part of our history, we must reclaim it for ourselves
and those who come after us. This year as we did last year, the Anarchist
Media Institute is organising celebrations to RECLAIM THE RADICAL SPIRIT OF
THE EUREKA REBELLION. We will be gathering at the Eureka stockade site in
Ballarat at 4am and will be involved in a number of activities from 4am to
4pm on Wednesday the 3rd December. We encourage you to reclaim the radical
spirit of the Eureka rebellion and join us on the day.

BOOK REVIEW
³A MAJORITY OF ONE -
Tom Aikens and Independent Politics In Townsville², by Ian MOLES,
University of Queensland Press 1979.
³Politics had once impinged on the personal lives of the workers because
they did not have enough money to buy the necessities, not to say the
amenities of live² encapsulated the thoughts of ŒChaimanı Tom Aikens, drunk,
alderman, foundation member of the North Queensland Labor Party and
Independent member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly for the seat of
Townsville from 1943 to 1977.
Ian Moles presents a great yarn about Tom Aikens, radical, astute
politician, populist, man of the people and egomaniac. He was a
contemporary of Fred Patterson, the member for Bowen, the only communist
ever elected to an Australian parliament. The author dissects Aikens life,
discussing his formative influences, pulling no punches, trying to piece
together the life of a man who in the middle of one of his notorious binges
in 1942, publicly yelled at his wife Margaret, that ³he would prefer to put
it into a ripe paw paw than her².
Aikens was one of those quintessential characters that Australian folklore
abounds with. He was a man who would not be tolerated in todayıs
whitewashed world. This is a fascinating book, personal glimpses of the man
fill in the space between meetings and parliamentary sittings. ŒA Majority
Of Oneı is well researched, Ian Moles is familiar with the subject and the
reasons behind Tom Aikensı political success. Ridicule and irony became
Tomıs parliamentary tools. In parliament he was ignored and ostracised by a
Labor Party that expelled him in 1942 for excessive drinking. He struck a
cord with the Townsville constituents, who kept on re electing him election
after election after election.
A man of the people, he understood why a politicised electorate bloated with
the spoils of successful workplace struggles, lost themselves in the innards
of Logieıs gift to the human race. He changed as they changed, reflecting
their hopes and aspirations. His radicalism was transformed into the
ramblings of a man who understood that workers in Australia have swallowed
the capitalist dream and have been metamorphosed into apolitical drones.
ŒA Majority Of Oneı is a fascinating book that should be of interest to
those readers who cherish the role of the maverick in the political process.
Molesı biography, an unauthorised one, gives us an insight into a period and
a man who the great majority of us would never have understood if Ian Moles
had not produced this well researched and exceptionally written peek into
Tom Aikensı life.
Thank you to Michael from Kooweerup in Victoria for sending me a review copy
of the book. I suggest you try your local library or contact the University
of Queensland Press if you want to get hold of this unauthorised biography
of one of Australiaıs enduring characters ­ Tom Aikens

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
Occasionally when the rainıs pouring, Harvey Buttonshawıs memory intrudes on
my thoughts. Harvey who? Harvey Buttonshaw. Harveyıs been dead at least
10 years. He died in a nursing home, so what? Why spare time thinking
about someone you met maybe half a dozen times? Harvey turned up at the
Australian Anarchist Centenary celebrations in Melbourne on the 1st May
1986, wine cask in hand, he looked just like any other ageing dero. I donıt
know how he found out about the celebrations, but heıd made his way from
Lavers Hill to join us, one of the older faces in a sea of young people.
He fought in the Spanish Civil War, told George Orwell to pull his head down
just before he was shot through the neck. He fought on the Aragon front
with the F.A.I., one of the few international volunteers who fought with the
anarchists. He escaped to France at the end of the civil war, threw in his
lot with the French Foreign Legion, it was the only way he could get out of
France before the Nazis arrived. He soon found himself fighting for the
Naziıs allies, the vichy French in West Africa. Four of them escaped. They
crossed West Africa and the Sahara desert. He was the only one who
survived. He eventually made his way to Libya.
Some of us interviewed Harvey with a hand held video camera, six hours of
film. Iıve no idea of whatıs happened to the film. I assume itıs lost,
maybe burnt, maybe itıs sitting in someoneıs cupboard, who knows?
At the end of his life, Harvey was honoured by both the French and Spanish
governments for his contributions. He lived in the bush at Lavers Hill with
his long suffering wife, waiting for death. His life was full of periods of
energy and utter exhaustion. I canıt remember if he had any children, all I
can remember is that he made his way to Australia after WWII, put his head
down and did what every immigrant did, make a buck, built a home, got
married. Life went on and on, the past became a blurred memory until his
interest in his past was rekindled by his contact with this group of young
anarchists who thought they could change themselves and the world.
Why think of Harvey Buttonshaw, he didnıt believe in God or the state or
leaders. He had no faith in government. His newfound brush with fame was
due more to his ability to survive than anything else. I thought he may
have some answers, maybe he knew the purpose of life. Heıd survived while
his comrades died. He was covered with the stench of death but survived.
Why was he spared? I asked him, he looked at me
- ³Joe² he said
- ³Iım here and theyıre dead because of plain stupid luck!²
- ³Thereıs no purpose in life, no master plan, you live it, you die.
Whether you live or die has no more rhyme or reason than what card you pick
when you cut a deck of cards².
At least his answer had a little more meaning than the purpose of life
outlined in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy ­ What was the purpose of
life? Was it number 43 or was it 24, Iım afraid I canıt remember, maybe you
know.

STOP PRESS
APEC DREAMING
George W. Bush, President of the corporate world, has undertaken a tour of
his dominions in Asia to let the Chinese know that Uncle Sam has no
intentions of playing second fiddle in the region. The APEC meeting in
Bangkok, is Bushıs last chance to prod the colonials into playing a more
active role in the Middle East. Irrespective of the propaganda thatıs being
churned out by the corporate press, things arenıt going that well for Bush
in Iraq and the rest of the Middle East.
Bushıs reasons for attending the APEC meeting are both military and
economic. He needs to wave the flag about the importance of the United
Statesı Œwar on terrorı and he needs to find proxy troops and money to pay
for a war that has little to do with curbing terror and everything to do
with protecting US interests around the world. Although the US resolution
on Iraq was passed in the United Nations, the chances of any other member of
the Security Council coughing up the troops and cash to maintain the US
presence in Iraq are very slim indeed.
While the US troops are being killed and US money is being poured into a
bottomless pit, the Bush administration is vulnerable to domestic pressure
from a public that is beginning to realise that Iraqıs weapons of mass
destruction was a fiction and that Saddam Husseinıs regime did not pose a
direct threat to US interests. Hence the need for Bush to parade around the
Asian region looking for proxy troops and cash. Itıs possible he will be
able to squeeze military assistance out of the Japanese government, a
government that is becoming increasingly nervous about North Koreaıs nuclear
program.
The rest of the region will be knocking on Bushıs door for cash, to prop up
their own shaky regimes, using Bushıs Œwar on terrorı as their justification
for eliminating political foes. That leaves little old Australia and John
Howard. Faced with an over stretched military budget, an election in the
next 12 months and an increasingly important economic alliance with the
Chinese, John Howard will shake Bushıs hand and bask in the glory of having
both the head of the US and China address Federal parliament on two
consecutive days.

Joseph TOSCANO / Libertarian Workers
For A Self-Managed Society.


ANARCHIST PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED THIS WEEK
- THE ANARCHIST RESPONSE TO WAR AND LABOR VIOLENCE IN 1914, Mother Earth
Vol.IX, Sept 1914, Insert in the July issue of the Bulletin of the Kate
Sharpley Library
- UMANITA NOVA Vol 89 No.29 & 30 EL 21st & 28TH SEPT 2003, Settimanale
Anarchico, C.50 Palermo 46, 10152, Torino ITALY. tel/fax (011) 857850 Mobile
338-6594361 email:fat@inrete.it
- BULLETIN OF THE KATE SHARPLEY LIBRARY, No.35 July 2003, BM Hurricane,
London WCIN 3XX, ENGLAND
OTHER PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED THIS WEEK
- THE CROC, No.1 July 2003, P.O. BOX 1381, Palmerston 0831, Darwin.
AUSTRALIA Tel: 89413108, email:emmaq@octa4.net.au

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An email version which will be published in the Anarchist Age Weekly Review
will be available soon.

ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Has been awarded to the Australian fourth estate for their puerile one
dimensional response to the death of Dr. Jim Cairns, a man who has been
denied his rightful place in Australian history, by a media that is
unwilling and incapable of even giving reformers their due.

RECLAIM THE RADICAL SPIRIT OF THE EUREKA REBELLION
JOIN US AT BALLARAT AT THE EUREKA STOCKADE SITE
CNR STAWELL & EUREKA STREET, BALLARAT
>From 4AM TO 4PM
ON WEDNESDAY 3RD DECEMBER 2003
CELEBRATE THE 149TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE EUREKA REBELLION
RECLAIM YOUR HISTORY
Celebrate the important elements of the Eureka rebellion
… DIRECT DEMOCRACY
… DIRECT ACTION
… SOLIDARITY
³We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other and fight to
defend our rights and liberties²
PROGRAM
… 4.00AM ­ 6.00AM ­ Gathering at Eureka Park to mark the 149th anniversary
of the battle on the site and at the time it occurred
… 6.00am ­ 10.00am ­ Breakfast Eureka Hall (Bring own food & drinks)
… 10.00am ­ 11.00am ­ Radio broadcast across Australia involving the
participants at the site on the National Community Radio Satellite
… 11.30am ­ 1.00pm ­ March from Eureka Park to Bakery Hill to re-affirm the
Eureka Oath. March back to Eureka Park
… 1.00pm ­ 4.00pm ­ Lunch & conversation (bring own food & drinks)
Reclaim your history, use that history to change the future.
JOIN US AT EUREKA PARK / EUREKA HALL.
(CNR STAWELL & EUREKA STREET, BALLARAT)
>From 4AM TO 4PM
ON WEDNESDAY 3RD DECEMBER 2003

STAMP APPEAL - We spend over $500.00 on postage stamps per month. If
youıre writing to us or have any spare stamps floating about stuff them into
the envelope & send them to us. JOIN our $5.00 a month group & send us a
book of 10 50 cent stamps every month.

EMAIL MADNESS - Have access to cyberspace? Want to help us save on printing
& postage costs? Then why donıt you receive the AAWR by email?
INTERESTED?? Then email us at anarchistage@yahoo.com & arrange to have the
weekly emailed to you.

DEFEND & EXTEND MEDICARE AUSTRALIA
HEALTH CARE A RIGHT NOT A CHARITY OR A LUXURY
NEXT RALLY: 12.30PM FRIDAY - 7TH NOVEMBER 2003
STATE LIBRARY
Cnr Swanston & Latrobe Streets, Melbourne
www.defendandextendmedicare.org
Email: info@defendandextendmedicare.org
Postal: P.O. Box 5035 Alphington 3078, Victoria Australia.
Tel: 03 9766 8555
Encourage your family, friends and workmates to take part in the next rally,
without your active participation you and your fellow Australians will lose
access to a universal health care delivery system. Form your own Federal
electorate group, join the campaign today.


A DOLLAR A DAY
Increasing financial problems have forced us to review how The Anarchist
Media Instituteıs finances are raised. Currently subscriptions and
donations only account for about 40% of the income necessary to cover our
costs. To overcome this problem weıve launched a:-
SAVE THE ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE ~ ³A DOLLAR A DAY² CAMPAIGN
We are looking for THIRTY People, interested in our activities, to pledge to
donate
ŒA Dollar A Dayı for twelve months. You can donate monthly or yearly. Make
out cheques and money orders to:- Libertarian Workers and send to PO Box 20,
Parkville. 3052. Melbourne. Australia. Those who pledge will receive a ³I
Saved The Anarchist Media Institute² A3 poster which you can frame and put
up at work or home - A great talking point if nothing else. Weıve got the
ideas and energy but we need your financial assistance to keep going. Go
on, become one of the Magnificent Thirty that saved the Anarchist Media
Institute.
SEVEN READERS HAVE JOINED THE ³DOLLAR A DAY² CLUB ­ 23 TO GO. JOIN TODAY!!
EMPTY YOUR POCKETS OF LOOSE CHANGE & SAVE THE ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE


187 MEMBERS ­ 363 TO GO
BEFORE WE CAN APPLY TO REGISTER AS A FEDERAL POLITICAL PARTY
Politically manipulated and scorned? Sick of being a peripheral player
every time a Federal election comes around, then join:- VOTE INFORMAL
TODAY, DIRECT DEMOCRACY TOMORROW - a "political party" that is putting the
boot into the Australian Parliamentary Process. Send a stamp self-addressed
envelope to
VOTE INFORMAL TODAY DIRECT DEMOCRACY TOMORROW
PO Box 20, Parkville. 3052. Melbourne. Australia Telephone (03) 9828 2856
(24 hour answering service). We will send information about how to join
this unique 21st century Australian phenomena.
DON'T PUT IT OFF JOIN THE PUSH FOR CHANGE NOW.
Written and authorised by Joseph Toscano
(National Convenor 205 Nicholson St Footscray 3012 Melbourne Aust.)
Current membership 187. We need 550 members to apply for registration as a
political party, so that members can stand at the Federal election in 2004
and show Australianıs that Parliamentary Democracy is nothing more than two
minutes of illusory power.

ANARCHIST WORLD THIS WEEK
Broadcast across Australia on the National Community Radio Satellite.
The Anarchist World This Week is broadcast from 3CR (855khz AM dial) in
Melbourne between 10.00AM TO 11.OOAM every Wednesday. It is also broadcast
simultaneously across Australia to a number of community radio stations,
some broadcast it live, others later on during the week. Do you listen to a
community radio station? Want to listen to the Anarchist World This Week?
Then ask them to download it from the National Community Radio Satellite,
play it live or play it later on in the week.


If You Like What You Have Read, Photocopy This Publication and Leave It In
Doctors, Dentists,
Vets Waiting Rooms and In Railway Stations, Bus Stops, Libraries and
Restaurants Etc.
The articles in the Anarchist Age Weekly Review reflect the personal
opinions of the authors, they do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the
publishers, the Libertarian Workers for a Self-Managed Society/Anarchist
Media Institute.
All material in the Anarchist Age Weekly Review can be used by anarchists,
anarchist collectives and non-profit organisations as long as the source of
the material is mentioned in the article. The Anarchist Age Weekly Review
reserves all rights as far as commercial publications are concerned.

ANARCHISM ­ ADVANCING IN DIVERSITY STRIKING IN UNISON ­ YAMAGUCHI KENJI
WELCOME TO THE 21ST CENTURY ­ THE ANARCHIST CENTURY

NO GLOBALISATION WITHOUT DIRECT DEMOCRACY ­ ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE
³WE SWEAR BY THE SOUTHERN CROSS TO STAND TRULY BY EACH OTHER AND FIGHT TO
DEFEND OUR RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES² ­ EUREKA REBELLION OATH 1854

From: philmcc-A-melbpc.org.au



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