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(en) Anarchist Age Weekly Review No. 591 19th April ­ 25th April 2004

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STOP THE WAR MACHINE
On ANZAC day, a few moments should be set aside to remember and acknowledge
the efforts of the men and women whose struggles against the war helped to
prevent the deaths of tens of thousands of Australians on the European killing
fields. Australia was a bitterly divided nation during World War One. As the
war dragged on and the casualties multiplied, the number of men who were willing
to volunteer for the glory of God, Queen and Country brigade dried up.
The Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.), the forerunners of the modern
Australian Anarchist movement, had opposed the war since 1914. They
actively campaigned against the war, drawing the analogy that workers on
either side of a bayonet were fighting the war. Their opposition to the war
captured the public imagination and within a year church groups and much of
the trade union movement had become involved in the struggle to stop the
carnage.

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

Faced with a decreasing pool of volunteers and active resistance to the war,
the Billy Hughes government held the first of two Conscriptions referendums
in December 1916. Opposition to Australia's involvement to the war had
become so intense that large demonstrations were able to be mobilized
against the war and the proposed Conscription referendums. On the 21st of
October 1916, a Women's Peace Army demonstration attracted over 80,000
people to a rally at the Yarra bank in Melbourne. People listened intently
to a team of women speakers put the case for the anti-conscription vote.

Although the campaign against the Conscription referendums was obstructed by
government censorship and the I.W.W. was outlawed, its members jailed or
deported and its property confiscated, the Australian people defeated the
Conscription referendums that were held in December 1916 and in late 1917.
It's no exaggeration to say that the sacrifices made by those Australians
who stopped the war machine in its tracks during World War One, helped save
the lives of tens of thousands of young Australians that would have been
willingly used up as cannon fodder by the stay at home patriots that
promoted the war.

IRONY PILED ON IRONY
On the 21st of April 1856 Victoria's stonemasons implemented a decision they
made on the 26th March, that they would only work an 8-hour day from the
21st April. During smoko that morning, stonemasons working at the Melbourne
University site in Parkville downed tools and marched to the Parliament
House building site gathering workers from other building sites as they made
their way to Parliament House.

It is ironic that as we mark the 148th anniversary of the introduction of an
8-hour day in Victoria, that working hours have once again become a major
issue in this State. It's not unusual for many workers in 2004 to be
working 10-hour days and being paid for 8-hours work. A culture has
developed in many industries that only employ people who are willing to do
unpaid overtime.

In other industries, employees are expected to work 10 or 12-hour days
irrespective of their family and community commitments. The idea that
employees who work irregular hours or on public holidays or weekends should
be compensated financially for their efforts, has been destroyed by the
passage of legislation that allows employers to ignore previous legislation
that recognised that workers should be compensated for their efforts. The
passage of laws that have removed workers rights has resulted in the
creation of a plethora of underpaid part-time jobs that have done wonders
for the current artificially manipulated unemployment rate, but little else.

A dramatic increase in the number of people who are categorised as the
working poor, increasing work related family and community problems, and a
tired, depressed, irritable workforce, seem to be the only legacy of the
drive to maximise shareholder profits at the expense of both workers and the
community.

148 years after the introduction of the 8-hour day, the guiding principles
of the 1856 8-hour campaign that the day should be divided into equal 8-hour
portions for rest, recreation and labour, are as relevant to the community
today as they were in 1856.

BRACKS DREAMING
It looks like the Bracks government has finally lost their marbles. Five
years after they swept the Kenneth regime from office, it's apparent that
they have forgotten that they were elected into office to provide
alternatives to the neo-conservative Kennett regime. Listening to Bracks
and Brumby deliver their economic message to Victorians, it has become
apparent that their agenda has been hijacked by the corporate sector.

There is absolutely no point electing a Labor Party into office whose agenda
is identical to the agenda of their Liberal counterparts. Bracks' scenario
for Victoria goes a little bit like this. Give the corporate world more
financial breaks and hope against hope that they will create some poorly
paid part-time jobs that will swell the numbers of the working poor.

While Bracks and his neo-conservative Labor colleagues make decisions that
allow their mates to receive billion dollar handouts, nurses, public
servants and teachers wage parity and conditions are whittled away by a
State government that has become hostage to the corporate sector and the
fourth estate. While this is happening, more and more public services are
being privatised or sold off as joint ventures with the private sector.
Public housing, health, education, housing and transport are allowed to be
run down and are sold off to the private sector.

The scenario that is being played out in Victoria is very similar to what's
happening in every other Labor State in this country. Labor governments
have been shown to be both unable and unwilling to challenge the economic
orthodoxy that is promoted by a fourth estate that is owned by a corporate
sector that owns the means of production, distribution and exchange. That's
why it's important that activists spend what little resources and energy
they have promoting extra parliamentary alternatives to the tweedle-dee
tweedle-dum electoral circus.

PARABLES OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS
The Governor General has decided to abolish Federal parliament. He believes
that 104 years of parliamentary democracy has failed the Australian people.
It's time that the money, time and effort that is spent by parliament
pursuing symbolic issues is replaced by a system of government that delivers
positive outcomes.

The Governor General has decided to abolish Federal parliament immediately
and State and local governments in the next few months because he is sick
and tired of the pettiness, vindictiveness, omission, half-truths and
puerile and villainous behaviour displayed by this country's democratically
elected representatives. Enough is enough, the failed experiment of
parliamentary democracy cannot for the good of the Australian people be
allowed to continue.

The money that will be saved by abolishing parliament and the Australian
Electoral Commission and by selling off Parliament House in Canberra, the
country's State parliaments and local government chambers, will be ploughed
back into the community by a public service that will be directly
accountable to the Governor General. Those Australians who are upset that
their democratically elected representatives have been sacked and that their
democratic institutions have been abolished need to understand that they
will benefit by the improved outcomes that a one off injection of
significant amounts of money into the community will deliver.

The Governor General is aware that many Australians will be unhappy that the
unsuccessful experiment with parliamentary democracy has come to an end. He
would like to assure Her Majesty's subjects that he will in due course when
the time is appropriate, appoint a hand picked advisory committee of eminent
Australians ­ mainly media celebrities and well known sportsmen and women to
advise him about important matters of state.

As Her Majesty' representative in Australia, he wishes her subjects well and
would like to reassure them that the pain, suffering, disillusionment and
angst that the failed parliamentary experiment has caused them is well and
truly over parables, parables, parables this story sounds dreadfully
familiar, for some unknown reason the letters A.T.S.I.C. keep popping up in
my mind.

INSURRECTION
Listening to the one and only interview that the head of the United States
forces has given to Australian reporters in Iraq, it's interesting to note
the change in terminology that is being used by the US armed forces in Iraq.
The terms insurgents and insurrection, not terrorists, Baath Party remnants
or foreign fighters were used to describe the situation on the ground, by
the head of the US military presence in Iraq.

It seems that the armed forces commanders on the ground have a much better
grasp about the situation they are facing than their political masters are
willing to admit. The Coalition of willing is confronted by an armed
uprising against what is regarded by many Iraqis as an illegitimately
established authority. A small window of opportunity that existed for
peaceful change when the Saddam Hussein regime was overthrown has
evaporated. The rhetoric reality gap of the Baath Party was soon replaced
by the rhetoric reality gap at the Coalition of the willing.

The coalition's attempts to train both a police force and recreate an Iraqi
military presence have come to nothing. Iraqis are volunteering to fill
these positions because they need work, not because they have any faith in
the foreign imposed structures that are being forced on their communities.
Iraqis are loath to turn their guns on each other. The spreading spirit of
revolt is an indication that the coalition's attempts to impose order
through brute force have failed. The coalition of the willing is seen as
first and foremost a foreign occupation force. Iraqis do not view it as a
vehicle through which security, stability, freedom or democracy can be
established.

The US led occupation has become the problem. The spreading insurrection is
the only hope that many Iraqis believe they have of controlling their own
destiny. No amount of force by the coalition of the willing will alter the
fact that political problems require political solutions. Until a
negotiated withdrawal of forces is organised and Iraqi controlled political
infrastructures are formulated and implemented, the cycle of violence that a
foreign occupation inevitably brings will continue.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. DOES EQUAL DISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH MEAN THAT EVERYBODY GETS EXACTLY THE
SAME THINGS?
A. No. What equal distribution of wealth means is that everybody living in
an anarchist society has the potential to access what they require to
survive and prosper eg. nappies would be available to those who need them,
everyone else would not get any nappies, let alone an equal number of
nappies. Those who need blood pressure tablets would have access to them,
those who don't need them wouldn't get them.
Access to wealth would be based on real, not perceived needs. Although most
people want a home as well as a holiday home, people can only use one home
at the same time. If they had access to a holiday home, that access would
be restricted to the time they spent there. While they are living at the
holiday home, somebody else could have access to their other home.
Problems about who has access to what in an anarchist society arise in times
of scarcity. If the demand for a particular essential service or product
outstrips supply, decisions need to be made by the community about who has
access to what. In a situation where an item is in short supply, a
rationing system would have to be devised to ensure that only those who have
a particular need, not just a desire for a particular service or product,
have access to that service or product.
The difference between an anarchist society and any other community is that
the distribution of goods in an anarchist society are based on real needs,
not access to wealth or access to people and institutions that are able to
exercise power. The old maxim 'to each according to their needs from each
according to their abilities' highlights the principles that anarchist
economics are based on.

ACTION BOX
'HISTORICAL PRECEDENTS'
Over the past few years the Melbourne based Anarchist Media Institute has
been using local and national historical precedents to further our work in
the community. The Reclaim the Radical Spirit of the Eureka Rebellion
campaign is structured in a manner that allows us to use historical
precedents to explain the present and change the future. We do not as many
of people believe live in a vacuum. Each and every one of us is part of a
historical contingent that we are barely aware of.
Each town, each village, each city, each workplace, street, suburb and
family has a history. The story of those who sweat and toil is seldom told
and when it's told it's usually an appendum to 'real' history ­ the lives of
the rich and powerful. We need to discover our history so we don't have to
reinvent the wheel every time we become involved in a new campaign.
Valuable sources of information can be found in local libraries and local
records.
The elderly are a valuable source of information, the time spent taking oral
histories is usually a very worthwhile exercise. It's amazing how much
experience and local knowledge is lost every time we forget to put down our
elder's thoughts on paper. Although technological innovations have made
life more interesting and possibly easier, the important issues today are
the same as they were 100 years ago or 1000 years ago. Who makes decisions?
How is wealth shared? What happens when those who exercise power are
challenged? Our backyards are littered with examples of struggles that have
succeeded and failed.
The lessons that can be drawn from those successes and failures are as
relevant today as they were a 100 years ago. An understanding of where we
came from is an essential component of the struggles we are currently
involved in. We ignore these historical lessons at our own peril.
Anarchists are well aware that those who ignore their history are doomed to
repeat their mistakes, that's why historical precedents play such an
important role in our political and social activities.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
THE EUREKA SERIES 2004 No. 13
HER MAJESTY'S GOAL MELBOURNE FEBRUARY 1855
On the 14th of February 1855, Melbourne's Age printed a letter it had
received dated the 6th of February 1855 from the 13 State prisoners held in
Melbourne Goal that were awaiting trial for High Treason. The letter
outlined the appalling conditions that the prisoners were being kept in.
At 7am every morning, the 13 prisoners were released from their cells and
led into a small yard around 30 metres long and 8 metres wide. The prisons
then spent the next 8 hours standing, sitting or walking in this enclosed
space. There were no seats, benches or tables they could sit on and they
ate their meals on the dusty, sandy floor. At 3pm, 4 or 5 of the State
prisoners were herded into cells that measured 1 metre by 3.5 metres. For
the next 16 hours they huddled together until they were released into the
exercise yard at 7am when the process was repeated once again. In the
prisoners' own words, they described their ordeal
'the food is of the very worst description ever used by civilised beings'.
When they were confined to the exercise yard, they complained that
'our food saturated with sand, dust and with every kind of disgusting filth
which the wind may happen to stir up within the yard'
was the only thing they could look forward to.
The prisoners were denied writing materials, newspapers, tobacco and snuff
and were regularly stripped searched together in the exercise yard.
'We have been subjected to the annoyance of being striped naked, a dozen men
together, when a process of searching takes place that is debasing to any
human being'.
>From 3pm on Saturday till 7am on Monday the State prisoners were only
released from their 1 x 3.5 metre tombs for about 1.5 hours
'We appeal to you, and ask, was there ever worse treatment, in the worst
days of the Roman inquisition for men whose reputation had never been
sullied with crime?'
It's important to remember that the Eureka 13, were being held in remand,
they had not been found guilty of any crime and were awaiting trial. Their
treatment was designed to humiliate them and psychologically destroy them.
It's a testimony to their individual and collective strength that they
survived the inhumane conditions and were able to alert the people of
Melbourne about their treatment through the pages of Melbourne's Age.
I doubt whether today's Age would extend them the same support that the Age
showed the Ballarat diggers in 1854 and 1855. If the reports that appeared
in Melbourne's Age in September 2000 about the blockade of the World
Economic Forum at Melbourne's Crown Casino are any indication, it's highly
likely Melbourne's Age would throw its support behind any government attempt
to destroy any opposition to its activities.

BOOK REVIEW
'THE EUREKA STOCKADE'
by Raffaello Carboni,
Introduction by Geoffrey Serle,
Melbourne University Press 1969,
ISBN 522 83945 2,
First published by the author in 1855
Within a year of the Eureka stockade uprising Raffaello Carboni, one of the
major participants in the revolt, had written the miners story. On the 3rd
December 1855, Carboni handed out his book at the Eureka stockade site in
Ballarat to whoever wanted it. The book was initially denigrated as an
untrustworthy portrayal of the events that led up to the revolt, the revolt
itself and soon disappeared from sight.
In 1942 Sunnybrook Press issued a limited 150copy edition of Carboni's book.
This was the first time the book had been published since it was originally
written in 1855. Five years later, Dolphin Publications released a cheaper
edition that was distributed widely around Australia. The book was
republished in 1963 and reprinted in 1969. The 1969 edition brought the
history of the Eureka revolt to the emerging new Left in Australia. Sadly
the new Left, a movement mired in stagnate Marxist ideology, misunderstood
the importance and nature of the revolt and continued to look overseas for
their inspiration.
The fact that the book appeared so soon after the revolt is a testimony to
the character strength and intelligence of Carboni. The little red haired
and red bearded Italian had been acquitted of High Treason in March 1855
after spending the previous 3 months in jail, in conditions that were little
short of appalling. This feat is all the more remarkable because English
was not Carboni's first language.
If you read one book this year ­ the 150th anniversary of the Eureka
rebellion get a hold of one of the numerous editions of the 'Eureka
Stockade' by Raffaello Carboni that have been published since 1855 and read
it from cover to cover. I can do no more than reprint in Carboni's own
words the major reason why Carboni put his thoughts down on paper and shared
them with the rest of the world.
'Two reasons counsel me to undertake the task of publishing this book; but a
third reason is at the bottom of it, as the potent lever;'
'Brave comrades in arms who fell on that disgraced Sabbath morning December
3rd, worthy of a better fate, and most certainly of a longer remembrance, it
is in my power to drag your names from an ignoble oblivion, and vindicate
the unrewarded bravery of one yourselves! He was once my mate, the bearer
of our standard, the 'Southern Cross' shot down by a murderous hand, he fell
and died struggling like a man in the cause of the diggers. But he was soon
forgotten. That he was buried is know by the tears of a few true friends!
The place of his burial is little known and less cared for.'
Join the Anarchist Media Institute on Friday the 3rd December at the Eureka
Stockade site at 4am and reclaim the radical spirit of the Eureka rebellion
­ solidarity, direct action, direct democracy and multiculturalism. Mark
the 150th anniversary by remembering their fate, reclaiming your history and
using that history to remember the present and change the future.

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
'I don't want you to be my daddy any more' 'You're no fun!!' She must have
been all of two. Standing in the shopping trolley, she's gripped the sides,
stamped her feet and screamed 'I don't want you to be my daddy any more -
You're no fun'. He looked helplessly around and tried to distract her by
pointing to a packet of sugar encrusted cereal. He was 40 something, maybe
50, short-cropped white haircut in a manner to hide a spreading bald patch.
He turned the corner into the soft drink aisle, glancing at the caffeine
laden cocaine substitutes sitting on the shelves. A young woman who at most
would have been 25, hand in hand with a 4 or 5 year old girl, whose fat
deposits made her look older than she was, came up to our friend's trolley.
She had 2 cans of this or that in one hand and an eco-green shopping bag in
the other. He looked at them, shock his head, said they didn't need them
and moved on. They left the offending articles next to a carton of you
beaut sugar free, diarrhoea enhancing lolly water and dutifully followed
him.
At the end of the aisle, they peeled off from the offending toddler and the
aging silver back, ducking into an other aisle before he realised they were
gone. She was 5 foot nothing, her daughter looked more like a younger
sister than a daughter. She spoke English with a dull monotonous scanning
Philippine accent. She's come to Australia as a young bride and married a
much older man. She possibly was her family's meal ticket in the Great
South Land. Alone, isolated bored with a future full of commitments and
little else, she dreams of what could have been.
Unable or unwilling to challenge the orthodoxy she languishes in, she
projects her frustration on her youngest daughter ­ no fun, no fun, no fun ­
obligations, commitments, duty, a Rose Hancock clone wandering the aisles of
the local supermarket, waiting, hoping, dreaming of another life.

STOP PRESS
'SMORGASBOARD'
The Sunday Age's lead article 'New Terror Groups to be Outlawed' (18/4)
highlights the extraordinary powers that the Federal Attorney General has at
his disposal. Considering the abysmal state of this country's security
agencies and their propensity to manufacture information to suit the
Government's ideological peccadillos, it's frightening to think that Philip
Ruddock bases his decisions about what organisations need to be banned on
A.S.I.O.'s recommendations.
Steps can be taken to ban an organisation at any time, because the Attorney
General believes that organisation may prejudice Commonwealth interests.
Every protection the individual has relied upon to protect them from the
excesses of the State, have been wiped away by recent legislation passed in
both Houses of Federal Parliament by the Howard government with enthusiastic
support from the Latham led Labor Party.
Protections that have been won from the State through centuries of struggle
have disappeared overnight. The very rights and liberties that the Federal
government claims they are fighting the 'war against terror' for, have been
stripped away from Australians to obstinately protect them against
terrorism. The Pol Pots, Stalins and Hitlers of the world were able to
wreak the human misery they caused because no institutional checks and
balances existed to moderate the absolute State power they were able to
exercise. To allow the Federal Attorney General to recommend the banning of
an organisation at any time for whatever spurious reason the Government
wants to give, sets an extremely dangerous precedent for each and every one
of us.
Today it's Jemoah Islamiah, tomorrow it's the Anarchist Media Institute, the
day after it could be the Country Womens Association or the Returned
Services League (R.S.L.). All it takes to ban any organisation is the
Federal Attorney General's recommendation and the support of a majority of
States.
The exercise of absolute State power is the single greatest threat that
Australians currently face. The havoc wreaked by politically motivated
violence is nothing compared to the havoc and human misery that has been
caused and continues to be caused by the absolute exercise of State power.

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


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ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS
Police files relating to alleged sexual abuse by men dressed as cops are
said to have "disappeared" from police records. A deputy principal who
reported a student's claim of the abuse says detectives later told him
VicPol computer files on 1 of the alleged pedophiles were tampered with. He
was also told his initial report to the Dept of Human Services under the
mandatory reporting system 'disappeared'. The 13yo boy told staff at the
school he'd been repeatedly sexually abused by a nos of men on the
Mornington Peninsula. He said some of the men wore cop uniforms & warned him
they'd know if he reported the abuse b/c they were cops. The boy had also
been used to produce child pornography later published overseas. The deputy
principal said it was clear from a detailed 12-page statement made by the
boy the abuse was conducted by an organised & "well-connected" pedophile
ring. After the boy made more detailed disclosures & began displaying
disturbing behaviour, the school lodged a 2nd mandatory report in Dec'95
thru the Education Dept's regional office. The complaint was taken "very
seriously" & police were called. The deputy principal said cops told him
there was no record of the original report to community services or his
follow-up phone call. A senior child protection manager told him it wasn't
the 1st time reports had disappeared. Detectives from a community policing
unit said the main alleged offender in the ring was well known to police,
the deputy principal said. But the cops said a previous case against him had
been abandoned after info on cop files had disappeared. "I started to pinch
myself & think is this real or not? It seemed quite bizarre & I was very
frustrated..." he said. After cops dropped the investigation in 1996 the boy
"totally clammed up" & staff at the school didn't know whether the abuse
continued. (Source: The Age)
Unpredictable earnings & job insecurity have left the rising nos of casual
workers vulnerable to growing debt, less able to borrow money & unable to
plan childcare, a new report says. The report also found 1 in 4 Aussie
workers receive no pay if they're sick or want to take a holiday. Prepared
by academics from the Uni of Adelaide, Sydney & RMIT, found the nos of poor
quality jobs was increasing & people spent more years employed as casual or
part-time staff. Although casual workers theoretically receive higher pay
for trading off rights such as paid leave, that in practice casual workers
tend not to get higher pay than permanent workers. Many casual workers face
limited job security, low &/or unpredictable pay, poor career paths & few
leave & other rights. "No Aust industrial relations body or govt set out -
at least in a publicly articulated way to create a labour market where 1
in 4 Aussies are without annual leave or sick leave, despite extended
periods of employment in many cases. ". Much casual work in Aust is
part-time & much of it is unstable in terms of predictability of earnings,
working time, skill, representation, vulnerability to occupational health &
safety hazards, predictable work & work type & much of it results in low
pay." The report, Securing Quality Employment, says "casualisation" remains
a problem for more than 1/4 of women over 25 & is growing among young
non-student & "prime& mature-aged" males. "Casual work is highly
feminised,"it says. "Across Aust, casual workers are concentrated in the 2
occupations where over 1/2 of all women are employed: basic & intermediate
clerical, sales & service workers. Over half of all women in elementary
clerical, sales & service jobs identify as casual." The authors, Pocock,
Buchanan & Campbell, say casual workers' morale is often low & many have no
protection from unfair dismissal. "Casual workers can't easily borrow funds,
predictably contribute to households & dependent care, plan childcare, or
participate predictably in their communities,". "The costs of borrowing &
childcare are sometimes increased as a result." "27% of working women aged
25-54 years, when caring responsibilities are most intense, lack any paid
leave entitlements & the proportion who are excluded from even this basic
form of leave is rising". (Source: Sydney Morning Herald)
An Aust aid worker in the Iraqi city of Fallujah says her ambulance was shot
at 4 times by US soldiers while trying to deliver supplies to a clinic.
Donna Mulhearn, from Maitland, was captured by Iraqis who were fighting the
US military but was released unharmed a day later. Ms Mulhearn said many
families were stuck in the city with few supplies b/c US soldiers wouldn't
allow them to leave. "Even during a so-called ceasefire, Fallujah was under
siege with bombing, missiles & mortar attacks,". "But the worst form of
attack was the US snipers hiding on rooftops who kill 100s of civilians as
they tried to move about the city." "I felt a great deal of shame about how
blindly my govt follows the lead of the US in terms of foreign policy".
(Source: AAP)
Local people drank water from a tap that should've been shut off after last
month's leak of 150,000 ltrs of uranium-contaminated water at the
controversial Ranger mine. The mine also left machinery contaminated with
uranium in a local yard. The incidents came only days after govt regulators
allowed the ERA mining company to resume full operations at the mine, 230kms
east of Darwin. The switch of processing water into fresh water supplies
forced the mine's closure last month & intensified pressure on the Fed Govt
to tighten regulations on uranium mining. ERA has since confirmed 24 workers
have reported symptoms of ill-health after the incident, incl 3 contractors
who've suffered aches, lethargy, headaches & diarrhoea. No doc can tell them
what the long-term effects of drinking several ltrs of water containing 400
times the legal limit of uranium b/c no one else in the world has consumed
anywhere near that amount. Andy Ralph from the Mirrar community said local
people were concerned that the focus of ERA's attention in the days after
the leak was on the drinking water contamination at the mine instead of
areas off the mine site.

ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Has been awarded to Amanda Stone the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islanders Affairs for equating the recently abolished Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) with apartheid. ­ The Howard
government, One Nation's alter ego, still doesn't get.

Is The Internet Beneficial To The Cause For Serious Change?
By James Emerton, Independent Activist
The explosion of the virtual tangled world called the Internet has opened up
a wide range of opportunities for the ideologies committed to a serious
change in the current political & economic climate. Before the widespread
introduction of the Internet, the cost of getting an idea circulated in the
form of published material, such as books, magazines & newspapers, largely
limited the spread of ideas & philosophies like anarchism. Nowadays, at the
click of a few buttons, the already-mentioned material can be circulated to
thousands of Internet users & make itself available to the millions of
others users, who may stumble upon the material & find themselves faced with
a largely different viewpoint or way of thinking. The cost is minimal, if
anything. The concept of the message board where people can type messages &
discussions can take place has been revolutionary, to say the least. People
from all around the world can now find a political message board or boards
dedicated to certain ideologies & participate in discussion, having debate
that very rarely occurs in a lifetime without the Internet. I became an
advocate of classlessism this way. In fact, I still regularly visit my very
first political message board & irregularly participate in discussion. It
seems the Internet is beneficial to serious change, yes? It might seem so,
but the 'on the streets' activity, or the 'get out there & do something'
attitude has probably largely suffered because of it. People are all too
ready to have their daily dose of education, air their opinion & then call
it a day, all on the Internet, thinking they've made a contribution to the
world. But they haven't. To seriously make a change, you have to be out
there, actually doing something. Revolutions in societies don't come about
by discussion. Visible 'in your face' work is what seriously changes what
those who exercise power (in both govt and economy) do & think. A campaign
like Defend & Extend Medicare (dedicated to the idea of free universal
health care for all citizens) brought itself attention from Federal Health
Minister Tony Abbott, with only 100's of people attending rallies. Not to
mention the discussions, debate & contacting with individuals, orgs & groups
they do in the public arena. Meanwhile, 1000's are on the Internet signing
petitions on the same issue & having online discussions, then calling it a
day. Ask yourself: which strategy received serious attention? To quote the
sentence under my email inbox: 'Get off the Internet, I'll see you in the
streets.'

STOP THE WAR MACHINE
Join Melbourne Anarchist, Jeremy Dixon at 9.30am on Sunday the 25th of April
­ Anzac Day at the old I.W.W. (Industrial Workers of the World) headquarters
in Melbourne at the corner of Little Bourke and Russell Streets Melbourne.
Celebrate the peoples struggle that stopped the War Machine in its tracks
at 9.30am on Anzac Day Sunday the 25th April.

*** 7th DEFEND & EXTEND MEDICARE RALLY ***
5.30PM WEDNESDAY 12TH MAY
(POST BUDGET RALLY)
Forecourt THE STATE LIBRARY OF VICTORIA
Corner Swanston & Latrobe Streets, Melbourne.
P.O. BOX 5035, ALPHINGTON 3078, MELB, VIC. Tel: (03) 9766 8555.
Email: info@defendandextendmedicare.org
www.defendandextendmedicare.org
Access to health care a right, not a charity or a luxury.

RECLAIM THE RADICAL SPIRIT OF THE EUREKA REBELLION
150TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
4AM TO 4PM
FRIDAY 3RD DECEMBER 2004
EUREKA STOCKADE SITE, BALLARAT, VICTORIA
Reclaim the past to understand the present and change the future

OCEAN PRESS presents SACCO & VANZETTI
Italian anarchists, victims of anti-immigrant hysteria, who were framed &
executed in Boston during the Red Scare of the 1920's.
FILM & BOOK LAUNCH
THURSDAY APRIL 29TH 2004-04-12 7PM NEW BALLROON
TRADES HALL, 54 VICTORIA STREET,
(CNR LYGON STREET) CARLTON.
For more info contact: Ocean Press, phone: 9326 4280 or Hasta la Victoria
Street Bookshop, 360 Victoria St, North Melbourne.

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ANARCHISM ­ ADVANCING IN DIVERSITY STRIKING IN UNISON ­ YAMAGUCHI KENJI
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