A - I n f o s
a multi-lingual news service by, for, and about anarchists **

News in all languages
Last 40 posts (Homepage) Last two weeks' posts

The last 100 posts, according to language
Castellano_ Català_ Deutsch_ Nederlands_ English_ Français_ Italiano_ Polski_ Português_ Russkyi_ Suomi_ Svenska_ Türkçe_ The.Supplement
{Info on A-Infos}

(en) Anarchist Age Weekly Review No.564 15th September ­ 21st Septembe 2003

From Phil McCrory <philmcc@melbpc.org.au>
Date Wed, 17 Sep 2003 10:02:57 +0200 (CEST)


________________________________________________
A - I N F O S N E W S S E R V I C E
News about and of interest to anarchists
http://ainfos.ca/ http://ainfos.ca/index24.html
________________________________________________

"THE TRUTH MATTERS" - Listening to an interview on ABC radio between Simon Crean, the beleaguered
Opposition leader and an ABC reporter about the Labor Partyıs exposure in
Federal parliament of the Prime Minister's duplicity surrounding the
deployment of Australia's defence forces in the unilateral invasion of Iraq,
Simon Crean blurted out "the truth matters". Well Simon, I hate to
disappoint you, the truth ceased to matter in Australia years ago.
Over the past decade, a trickle at first, a torrent since the Howard
government was re-elected on the basis of its Tampa lies, the truth has
become so devalued, those Australians who continue to insist on placing any
value on the truth are harming their career prospects.

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 18
5
The watershed occurred when John Howard attempted to muddy the waters about
what he promised the Australian people when he was first elected as Prime
Minister, by dividing his government's electoral promises into core and
non-core promises. The example set by John Howard and his parliamentary
colleagues has percolated through the community, infecting Australian
society with a cynicism about the value of the truth that has devalued
interpersonal, business and community relationships in this country.

Cheats, whether in Parliament, business or the community, not only prosper
but openly boast about their exploits. The example set by the movers and
shakers in Australian society is now being taken up by the community as a
whole. Honest, hard working Australians who obey the law of the land, pay
their taxes and meet their community obligations are derided, abused and
exploited by those who wield power in government, the bureaucracy and the
corporate world. Truth has become so devalued by the antics of the leaders
of this society, it has become just another disposable commodity to be
massaged, manipulated and contoured to bulster the position ego and
interests of that tiny minority in society that wields power over the rest
of us.

IıM INSURED, IıM ALRIGHT
One of the most important points that needs to be made in the current
Medicare debate is that those Australians who are covered by private health
insurance face some of the same difficulties assessing Medicare and hospital
treatment as those Australians who cannot afford to take out private health
care cover. Iıve been surprised at the number of people who, when Iıve
discussed the Defend and Extend Medicare campaign say "Itıs not my problem,
Iım covered by private health insurance".

A few points that may help to change the minds of those 9 million
Australians who have private health insurance about the importance of
Medicare are:-

Very few private hospitals have the facilities to look after patients with
catastrophic injuries and major life threatening medical problems. In the
majority of these cases, people end up in a major public hospital. The
yearly diversion of $2.5billion of taxpayerıs money from the public hospital
sector to subsidise private health insurance, downgrades the facilities
available at public hospitals to treat people with catastrophic injuries and
major life threatening illnesses. Although the 30% rebate may seem to be a
superficially attractive proposition to people who take out private health
insurance, it is in fact a long-term liability. This is because people with
private health insurance, like every other Australian, are denied access to
a well staffed, equipped and funded public hospital sector.

Private health insurance does not in many cases cover patients for the full
cost of investigations and doctorıs costs. Although some doctors have
entered into agreements with private hospitals not to charge more than the
recommended fee, many have not. Many private patients find they are faced
with major bills not covered by private health insurance when they use the
private system. In many cases people who have taken out private health
insurance continue to use the public health sector, except for minor
admissions because of substantial out of pocket expenses.

The Howard government is attempting to have its Medicare package passed
through the Senate by claiming that it will provide a new safety net for
concession cardholders and pensioners. It claims it will pay 80% of the
costs of out-of-hospital Medicare funded services above $500.00 spent in a
year. It also claims that a new private health insurance product will be
introduced for around $1.00 a week for a family, that will cover the costs
of out-of-hospital Medicare funded services above $1000.00 spent in a year.
Both propositions donıt stand up to even the most cursory scrutiny. The
Federal governmentıs claims are based on the fact that doctors will charge
the government recommended fee. Most doctors who donıt bulk bill, charge
above the recommended fee. As the government does not have the
constitutional power to fix doctors fees, doctors are still able to charge
whatever they like.

No insurance company is going to introduce a new private health insurance
product for a family for $1.00 a week, when a doctor can charge whatever
they like for their services. I donıt expect that the Federal governmentıs
package for concession card holders will be any different. No government is
going to make up the difference between what a doctor charges and what the
patient pays if there is no limit on the doctorıs fees. The introduction of
a new safety net for concession card holders and pensioners and a new
insurance product to cover peopleıs medical bills will not cover their
pathology, radiology and medical costs if service providers charge more than
the government recommended fee.

Paradoxically, Medicare has kept the lid on escalating medical costs in
Australia. Australia only spends around 8% of Gross National Product on
health care costs in comparison to the United States, a country without a
universal health care system, which spends around 14% of its Gross National
Product on health care costs. The higher the number of bulk billing
doctors, the greater the competition faced by those doctors who donıt bulk
bill and the lower health care costs for both the individual and the
community. The solution to the current Medicare crisis is very simple,
increase the General Practitioner rebate for medical services to a realistic
level. Those doctors that have abandoned bulk billing because they could
not meet their financial commitments if they continued to bulk bill, will
reassess their situation and increase their bulk billing levels if the
Medicare rebate for General Practitioner services is increased.

The dismantling of Medicare has ramifications for both Australians who are
privately insured and those that are not. This is an issue that effects
each and every one of us. Access to health care should be a right, not a
charity or a luxury. All Australians, irrespective of whether they are
privately insured or not, should examine the Howard governmentıs Medicare
package. If you find it wanting, if youıre concerned about the implications
of dismantling a universal health care system, join us at 5.00pm outside the
State Library of Victoria at the corner of Swanston and Latrobe Street on
FRIDAY the 3RD OCTOBER to protest against the destruction of the most
important social innovation since the introduction of pensions ­ Medicare a
system that acknowledges that the provision of health care is a collective
not an individual responsibility.

Joseph TOSCANO / Joint National Convenor Defend and Extend Medicare.
www.defendandextendmedicare.org
email: info@defendandextendmedicare.org
P.O. BOX 5035 ALPHINGTON 3078, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA.
Tel: (03) 5982 1170

EUREKA!!
"Try and stop us" singing Waltzing Matilda at the Rugby Union World Cup,
crowed the Prime Minister when questioned about his reaction to Rugby
Union's governing bodies decision to stop Australians singing Waltzing
Matilda as their national anthem. It seems a radical heart beats within the
chest of Mr. Conservative. John Howard singing the praises of the radical
sentiments espoused in Waltzing Matilda brought tears to my eyes.

Who would have believed that teflon John, the man of steel, would have
thrown his support behind the 1891 shearers strike, a strike that shook the
grip on power exerted by the colonial authorities of the day. The Prime
Minister is encouraging Australians to learn the verses of this rebel
anthem. Verses that encapsulate the life of a lonely itinerant worker
selling his labour to the shearing sheds in 1890, stealing a few sheep to
survive in the off season and committing suicide when confronted with the
brutality of the local police, preferring to die, rather than be locked up
and humiliated by them.

Matilda, an 1890's euphemism for the prostitutes that followed soldiers into
battle in the many wars that were being waged in the emerging German nation,
was taken up as their own euphemism by the swaggies and itinerant shearers
in Australia. During those long, cold nights when they camped out, they
crawled into their swags (Matilda's) and dreamed about the delights of
female company.

Possibly, just possibly, the Prime Minister's newfound fascination with
Australian working class history will cause a rush of blood to the head. He
could allow the Eureka flag to be flown over Parliament House on the 3rd of
December this year to mark the 149th anniversary of the Eureka Rebellion.
Last year a churlish Prime Minister refused to have a rebel flag flown over
Parliament House. Maybe this year he will allow the Australian people to
publicly acknowledge the importance the Eureka rebellion has played in the
establishment of a democratic tradition in this country, by flying the
Eureka flag over Parliament House.

FIASCO
Not content with the real possibility that a New World Order in trade that
would benefit the world's richest agricultural producers would be agreed to
at the World Trade Organisation meeting in Cancun, a revised draft agreement
on new rules for foreign investment was placed before the W.T.O delegates in
Mexico at the 11th hour. Fearing that the W.T.O. meeting in Cancun was
becoming dominated by the interests of transnational corporations and the
world's major economies, India and seventy other developing nations scuffled
the W.T.O.ıs meeting by refusing to support the proposed agricultural and
investment measures.

It had slowly dawned on many of the delegates of the W.T.O. that they don't
have to submit to economic blackmail. The W.T.O. acts as a forum which
legitimise the domination of world trade, investment and the economic health
of the world by less than 100 transnational corporations and the governments
of the richest twenty countries in the world.

Its agenda has been remarkably simple, it has attempted through economic
blackmail to strip National governments of the few powers they enjoy to
control their economic destiny. "Free Trade", the Holy Grail of Western
Capitalism, is in essence a mechanism by which the richest countries legally
dominate the world's economy. The W.T.O. has unsuccessfully tried to
legitimise the activities of the economic pirates and blackmailers who
currently dominate world trade and the world economy.

The new power bloc that has emerged at the W.T.O. , a group that represents
nearly 70% of the world's population, has said enough is enough, "Free
Trade" is an illusion, the removal of domestic subsidies, both for
agriculture and manufacturing and the removal of domestic tariffs, is a
recipe for economic disaster for most of the world's population. The
failure of the W.T.O. to impose a multilateral free trade agreement on the
world is not the end of the matter, the whole process will be repeated in
two years time.

In the interim, the Australian government has rushed headlong into
negotiations to enter into a bilateral "Free Trade" agreement with the
United States. If this agreement is signed, it will spell the virtual end
of manufacturing in Australia. What the Howard government has conveniently
forgotten is that the United States has one of the most protected economies
in the world and bilateral free trade agreement or not, the chances of
increased Australian agricultural imports into the United States will turn
out to be illusory. That's why the battle to oppose a bilateral trade
agreement with the United States is such an important issue for Australian
workers and their unions. Unfortunately for Australian workers, their
parliamentary representatives including the A.L.P., have decided to throw
their support behind a bilateral free trade agreement with the United
States. This means that the only way Australians can hope to halt this
agreement is through widespread community and workplace protests.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. What is the difference between a representative and a delegate?
A. Anarchists reject the idea of giving power to someone else to make
decisions on their behalf. Thatıs why they have consistently ridiculed and
opposed parliamentary elections. Giving a representative power to make
decisions on behalf of a community for a three to four year period is
anathema to anarchists. Anarchists tackle the issue about who makes
decisions and how complex societies coordinate decisions by using a delegate
system. Groups appoint or elect delegates to coordinate decisions they have
made. Delegates normally have a limited mandate to deal with one or two
issues. They are not able to make decisions at a delegate meeting if they
have not received a mandate from the group or community they are acting for.
If they stray outside the mandate they have been given and in some
situations they may be forced to indicate at a delegates meeting how they
believe the community they are acting for will vote about a particular
issue. Any decisions they make at the delegates meeting will have to be
ratified at a later community meeting.
The mandate delegates are given is determined by the community they are
acting as delegates for. In some situations, especially when dealing with
strategic issues, delegates may be given a far-reaching mandate. Very
specific mandates will be given to delegates when, issues which concern
policy and principles of association are to be made. All delegates are
recallable, their mandate is normally extended to a specific meeting or
possibly a series of meetings. Delegates who stray outside their mandate or
who do not follow the instructions they have been given, can be replaced at
the next community or workplace meting.
What at first sight may seem like a cumbersome way of making decisions is in
fact a highly efficient and inclusive decision making process. Giving
people both as individuals and a community the power to become involved in
the decision making process allows decisions to be discussed and implemented
with minimal community disruption. Problems that arise can be aired,
discussed and acted on before a final decision is made. The success or
failure of the delegate system revolves around the level of participation
that is required to make the system work. In a representative democracy
people only vote every three to four years. In communities that use the
delegate system, people have the opportunity to become involved in the
decision making process at multiple levels. Whether they continue to
participate or not will to a large degree depend on whether they believe
their active participation is able to influence the decision making process.

ACTION BOX
PICK AND CHOOSE
Everyday weıre faced with decisions about whether we should become involved
in one of the many campaigns that are under way in the communities we live
and work in. What issues we should become involved with can often be an
agonising decision to make. Not every issue is of equal importance. As
anarchists and as activists, we need to examine both what people involved in
a campaign want to achieve and how the organisation is structured.
Issues can be divided into those that are concerned with working up the
right channels and those that use extra parliamentary means. They can also
be divided in terms of whether they increase individual freedom and the
freedoms enjoyed by society as a whole. Whether the issue is one that is
happening in Australia or overseas, may also have a bearing on whether you
decide to become involved with it. Another aspect you should take into
consideration is whether the campaign is based around meliorating personal
or social problems.
Unfortunately, many campaigns that are waged in the community are dominated
by interests that are more concerned about increasing the membership of the
groups that are behind the campaign, than tackling the issue the campaign is
about. In some campaigns, your participation is reduced to that of a foot
soldier. Other campaigns are directed and dominated by rigid hierarchical
organisations.
Look at how the organisation that is conducting the campaign is structured.
Try to limit your participation in campaigns where you can not be involved
in the decision making process. Look at both the short and long term aims
of the groups behind the campaign, the issues that are tackled and the
tactics that are being used. Examine the issue itself, lifeıs too short to
become involved in campaigns that do not attempt to ameliorate the problems
people face, extend the freedoms people enjoy and break down the myths that
perpetuate capitalism, hierarchy and rigid centralised government.
Donıt just become involved in a campaign because you believe itıs a Œgood
causeı. Examine all aspects of the movement before you become involved. If
you believe itıs an issue you should support, then by all means pull out all
the stops and become involved in as many levels in the campaign as you can.


AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
The 3rd of December 2003 marks the 149th anniversary of the Eureka
rebellion. This year like last year, many readers of the Anarchist Age
Weekly Review will be going to Ballarat to join other activists from around
Australia, who will be reclaiming the radical spirit of the Eureka
rebellion. From 4.00am to 4.00pm on Wednesday the 3rd of December,
celebrations will be held at Eureka Hall, the site of the Eureka rebellion.
Participants will be marching to Bakery Hill, the place where the Eureka
flag was flown for the first time and the Eureka oath was sworn by the
miners at Ballarat in 1854 ­ "We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly
by each other and fight to defend our rights and liberties!" Over the next
three months the ŒAustralian Radical Historyı section in the Anarchist Age
Weekly Review will concentrate on the lives of some of the participants in
the Eureka rebellion.
LAST MAN STANDING
WILLIAM ATHERDEN
William Atherden was the last survivor of the rebellion at the Eureka
stockade. He died at Osborne Park in Western Australia on the 19th May 1934
at the age of 96. William Atherden was born at Dover, England and at the
age of 15 he was sent to sea on a sailing vessel. When the ship reached
Geelong, the sailors deserted the ship and made their way to Ballarat.
William walked barefoot from Geelong to Ballarat to find his fortune on the
gold fields.
He was involved in the Eureka uprising and was one of the 114 miners taken
prisoner. William was chained hand and foot to three other miners and
marched off with the other 113 captives. They were placed in a prison cell
that was meant to house 20 prisoners. He was one of the 101 miners who over
the next few weeks were released, as the authorities were not able to gather
evidence to prosecute them. Many of those arrested had not been involved in
the uprising and were found to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
William Atherden returned to the diggings, made his fortune and returned to
England in 1856. He married Miss Mary Martin when he turned 19. William
and Mary returned to Western Australia, they purchased an orchard at York
with what was left of the money made from the gold he found at Ballarat.
William Atherden was survived by a son and four daughters. The death notice
that appeared in the Western Australian newspaper in May 1934 claimed he was
the last survivor of the Eureka rebellion.
SOURCE OF MATERIAL FOR THE ARTICLE:
ŒMASSACRE AT EUREKA ­ The Untold Storyı,
Bob OıBrien, Revised 1998 Edition,
1st Published 1992, ISBN 0909874190.
The Sovereign Hill Museums Association,
Sovereign Hill Post Office, Ballarat, VICTORIA 3350.
Tel: (03) 5331 1944, Fax: (03) 5331 1528


BOOK REVIEW
"GRASS FORTUNE ­ My Life Story"
Ling Wang, Penguin 2002,
ISBN 014 10033170

"Even a raging fire can not
burn the grass down,
it shoots up again when
the spring breeze blows"
- Bai Juyi (Tang Dynasty)

There seems to be a fascination in the publishing world about the lives of
people who were caught up in the Cultural Revolution and who have since left
China. Ling Wangıs biography is another in a long list of books that have
dealt with the lives of people under communist rule in China. Ling was born
in Nonchang, China in 1957 and came to live in Australia in 1990. She
currently lives in Melbourne. To be brutally honest, I found the book to be
tedious, poorly written and difficult to read. I assume Iıd have the same
difficulty if I had to write my life history in Chinese, for a Chinese
audience.
Ling Wang dedicates her story to her late grandfather and grandmother and
her mother who still lives in China. The book gives a brief insight into
the life of a Chinese woman who found she was a judge at the age of 27. It
catalogues her life in a steady factual manner. A life punctuated with
brief moments of excitement. The book outlines the A,B,C of Wangıs life but
never seems to penetrate her inner being. Her biography ends suddenly in
1992. It has been written in a workman like manner. The reader becomes
aware of the milestones in her life but never actually gets to know Ling
Wang. Her life, although at first glance interesting, is no different to
the lives of many other immigrants. Many of the books that have appeared in
English about the lives of people who lived under the rule of the Chinese
Communist Party have a remarkable sameness about them. Their lives are
outlined in a monotone that lacks both emotion and affection. Would I pay
$30.00 for the privilege of reading this book? I doubt it. Would I buy it
if I saw it in a remainder bin? I donıt think so.
Iım sick of reviewing pedestrian post-modern authors. If you have a book
you like, send it to me at P.O. BOX 20, PARKVILLE 3052, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA
and Iıll review it. Enclose enough stamps to post the book back to you, if
you want me to send it back to you. ­ Joseph TOSCANO.


PERSONAL OBSERVATION
The older you get the more you realise that life is not just a dress
rehearsal. People you know get sick, end up in hospital and die.
"I havenıt seen so and so down at the shops recently?"
"Didnıt you know he died last week"
Although some elderly people hold positions of great power within society,
most just survive. Those that have worked hard, paid their taxes, brought
up their children, seem to be the ones that have the most difficult time in
old age. Their retirement nest egg whittled away by fees and continuing
family demands. Funerals become the markers that define the eldersı lives.
Today itıs a friend, tomorrow a partner. Death and illness ever present
companions. Illness defines and redefines who they are, what they can do.
They become locked in a cycle where they become both carers and those cared
for. The less they consume, the less power they exert in society.
Baby boom vultures circle, waiting to redistribute their estates, financial
gurus massage what they can from their meagre resources. The government
comes in for their chop and the nursing home industry for theirs. They wait
for the inevitable, some surrounded by their families others left to their
own devices, relying on the generosity of strangers to survive.
No place for experience or respected elders in capitalist society. The old
are barely tolerated, their needs are not met. Interestingly, as a group
they continue to vote for the conservatives, believing that the John Howards
of the world will protect them from a hostile world. Successive
conservative governments have succeeded in convincing the elderly that the
Queen, God and Country brigade are their natural allies. The elderly in
Australia have forgotten the lessons of their youth, the squeaky wheel gets
the oil while the rest get pie in the sky.

STOP PRESS
DEJA VU
Joint naval exercises off the coast of Queensland and the warning to Iran to
open up its nuclear power plant to international inspection have a sense of
déjà vu about them. It seems the United States supported by a handful of
States has not learnt the lessons of Iraq. The Bush administrationıs
decision to label Iran, Iraq and North Korea as an Œaxis of evilı is not
just a case of hyperbole.
The US administration has embarked on a program of violent regime change.
The Australian led naval exercises off the coast of Queensland are the
latest manifestation of the US program to destabilise and violently
overthrow any regime that does not fall under its sphere of influence. The
fate of Saddam Husseinıs regime in Iraq is a clear indication of how the US
intends to implement its program to dominate any State that does not fall
into line with its political program.
It seems that Saddam Husseinıs regime made the fundamental mistake of
destroying the weapons of mass destruction they purchased from the West.
North Korea and Iran seem to have learnt the lesson, that the only way a
regime can protect itself from invasion is to either acquire a nuclear
capacity or pretend to have a nuclear capacity. Itıs ironic that both North
Korea and Iran have been targeted because they are suspected of having a
nuclear program, while no mention is ever made of the nuclear arsenal held
by Israel. Whatıs worrying about the Bush administrationıs current agenda
is how far the Howard government has become involved in the Bush
administrationıs military campaigns.
Itıs no accident that the Australian Navy leads the current exercises that
are directed at North Koreaıs naval fleet. The US expected Australia to
provide the naval muscle to board, search and seize North Korean naval
vessels on the high seas. It will only be a matter of time before
Australian defence personnel will become involved in direct attacks, both in
North Korea and Iran. Active support for the Bush administrationıs military
adventurisms will ultimately dray Australia into disputes that will put each
and every one Australian in the firing line.

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


ANARCHIST PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED THIS WEEK
… THE OTHER ISRAELI No.109/110 Aug/Sept2003, Newsletter of the Israeli
Council for Israeli-Palestinian Peace, P.O.Bpx 2542 Holon ISRAEL Tel/Fax:03
5565804, Email;otherisr@actcom.co.il
… SOUTHERN VOICES, No.14 Aug 2003, Central Sydney Tenant Resource Service,
P.O. BOX 155, RIVERWOOD 2210, SYDNEY AUSTRALIA, Tel: 02 95848473, Fax: 02
95848471, email:cssrts@bigpond.com.au
… REDWATER NEWS, MAY/JUNE 2003, The Redfern Waterloo Neighbourhood Advisory
Boards Newsletter, Rear 770 Elisabeth St, Waterloo 2017, Sydney AUSTRALIA.
Fax: 02 93180852
… TENANT NEWS, No.72 March 2003, Free Newspaper for NSW Tenants, Tenants
Union of NSW Co-Op Ltd, 68 Bettington St, MILLERS POINT, SYDNEY,2000
AUSTRALIA, Tel: 02 9247 3813, Fax: 02 92521648, www.tenants.org.au

DEBT ELIMINATION APPEAL - Our debt stands at $2064.50
HERE WE GO AGAIN, ONLY NINE MONTHS INTO 2003 & we find ourselves struggling
to pay our bills & survive. Just in case youıre waiting for a renewal
notice ­ we donıt send any out, we leave it up to our subscribers to take on
this responsibility & re-subscribe when their subscription has run out. We
need to raise $210.00 per week in order to cover typing, printing, postage &
radio program and ongoing campaign costs. How much we are able to do depends
to a large degree on the level of our finances. You can help by A) -
Subscribing to the AAWR $10.00 = 10 Issues, $50.00 = 50 Issues, B) - joining
our Dollar A Day group or C) - donating money or stamps. Think about buying
your local library or a friend a subscription to the A.A.W.R. If sending
less than $20.00 save on banking costs & send us 50cent stamps. Otherwise
make out cheques & money orders to LIBERTARIAN WORKERS & send to P.O. BOX
20, PARKVILLE 3052, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA.
Debt 17-09-2003 $2064.50

ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Has been awarded to the Howard government for leading naval exercises off
the coast of Queensland which are designed to increase the probability of
military confrontations with North Korea in our region.

DEFEND & EXTEND MEDICARE AUSTRALIA
HEALTH CARE A RIGHT NOT A CHARITY OR A LUXURY
NEXT RALLY: 5.00PM FRIDAY - 3RD OCTOBER 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 5982 1170
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.

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
"We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other and fight to
defend our rights and liberties"
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

GRASSLANDS NEEDS YOU!!
Volunteers are urgently needed at Grasslands Groceries. Grasslands is an
alternative cooperative that uses all profits made, to fund innovative
projects such as the Resource Centre for asylum seekers. Come to an
information session at Grasslands, 205 Nicholson Street, Footscray.
Ring 93620830 to organise a suitable time.

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 ~ "A DOLLAR A DAY" 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 "I
Saved The Anarchist Media Institute" 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.
SIX READERS HAVE JOINED THE "DOLLAR A DAY" CLUB ­ 25 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.


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.

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.


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


*******
********
****** The A-Infos News Service ******
News about and of interest to anarchists
******
INFO: http://ainfos.ca/org http://ainfos.ca/org/faq.html
HELP: a-infos-org@ainfos.ca
SUBSCRIPTION: send mail to lists@ainfos.ca with command in
body of mail "subscribe (or unsubscribe) listname your@address".

Full list of list options at http://www.ainfos.ca/options.html


A-Infos Information Center