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(en) Anarchist Age Weekly Review No. 605 2nd August ­ 8th August 2004

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Every time I hear another opinion maker publicly extol the benefits of the
Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States, I can't help think about
the plight of an increasing number of Australia's dairy farmers. It's
interesting to note that a few years ago, the National Party were at the
forefront of the debate that convinced dairy farmers to vote for the
deregulation of their industry. The regulations that had served the dairy
industry so well for so long were swept away in the race to maximize profits
through the export trade.


Although large dairy producers have benefited from this export drive,
smaller producers have been pushed to the wall by the dramatic fall in milk
prices that have resulted as a consequence of the buying power retail
monopolies now enjoy. What was heralded as a win-win situation for
everybody has turned out to be a bonus for the larger producers and penury
and bankruptcy for a significant number of smaller producers.

It's ironic that the A.L.P. (Alternative Liberal Party) is like the National
Party during the dairy deregulation debate now singing albeit reluctantly
the praises of deregulation. Concerned that a principled stand against the
FTA would expose them to the Howard government, the Bush administration and
the monopoly owned media's condemnation, they have elected to take the easy
way out and will support the passage of the FTA through the Senate.

It's highly likely that this act of political expediency will in the next
few years result in the same unfavourable long term consequences that are
now being experienced by smaller dairy farmers. While a few sectors of the
economy will benefit from the FTA those sectors of Australian society,
manufacturing, textile and footwear, pharmaceuticals, local television,
radio and theatre, that are now struggling to survive, will bear the brunt
of the adverse consequences of signing a FTA with the US. It's a tragedy
and a condemnation of the political process that in 2004 so few
commentators, opinion makers and politicians have the courage to publicly
acknowledge that Australia will be signing a lopsided economic agreement
with the US, not to deregulate the economy but to offset the cost to the
United States of the Australian American military alliance.

The antics surrounding Channel Nine's, A Current Affair and Channel Seven's,
Today Tonight highlight how cheque book journalism has destroyed what little
if any credibility that commercial media enjoys. In their rush for ratings
and the ensuing advertising dollar, they have manipulated and corrupted
their professional integrity, possibly interfered with the course of justice
and have been guilty of the cardinal journalistic sin of manufacturing news.

Cheque book journalism, in whatever guise it exists, is an insult to
viewers, listeners and readers intelligence. The practice has been gaining
momentum over the past decade, almost every major commercial television,
radio, newspaper and magazine outlet is full of stories that owe their
existence to cheque book journalism. In the almighty race for the exclusive
interview, victims are showered with money to tell their story to a
particular commercial network. What's disgusting about the practice is that
it happens behind closed doors. Confidentiality agreements guarantee that
the public never knows what goes on behind those closed doors.

It's ironic that the very people who make their living demanding that the
public has the right to know never let the public in on their shady little
deals. One very simple way to put a puncture in their over inflated
opinions about their programs is to have legislation passed through both
Federal and State parliaments that make it mandatory for any cheque book
interview to be proceeded by a 5-minute independent commentary on how much
the interview cost and why the money was offered for the interview. Stories
that have being bought that appear in newspapers and magazines should have
an independent commentary preceding the article, that's half the size of the
article, explaining how much the interview cost and why money was offered
for the interview. If this simple approach is taken, it wouldn't be long
before cheque book journalism would be regarded as a liability not an asset,
both by the public and advertisers.

Helen Coonan, the Federal Communication Minister's acknowledgement in The
Age (2/8) that the Howard government is not interested in issuing a 4th
commercial television license, highlights the cosy incestuous relationship
that exists between the Federal government and the 3 commercial stations.
Coonan is more interested in selling the 51% of Telstra than issuing a big
fat juicy commercial television license that would add a few billion dollars
to the Federal treasury.

The 3 commercial stations earn around $4-billion dollars per year. Around
20% of their revenue comes from juicy taxpayer funded Federal government
advertising contracts. The government is not very keen to upset the bottom
line of its most loyal supporters in this country, commercial television
owners, by increasing competition in the sector. A government that has cut
its ideological teeth on pushing the free trade and competition barrow has
baulked at the very thought of its cosy ideological partnership with this
country's television monopolies being challenged.

No wonder Helen Coonan has run a mile at the mere mention of the government
issuing a 4th commercial television license. The Howard government is in no
rush to upset the very people who have for so long pushed its ideological
barrow. It would be foolish of them to upset their mates in the commercial
television sector on the very eve of the Federal election.

The ideological hypocrisy surrounding Coonan's assertion that the Federal
government is not even considering issuing a 4th commercial television
license is on a par to the A.L.P. (Alternative Liberal Party) refusing to
block the Free Trade Agreement with the U.S.A.

The bodgie debate surrounding the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) highlights
where real power lies in this country. Power does not lie in parliament.
It lies in the boardrooms of national and transnational corporations. The
A.L.P.'s current position on the FTA is an acknowledgement of the fact that
A.L.P. policy has been moulded to suit the reality facing the A.L.P. The
A.L.P. either stands by its principles and faces the very real prospect of
having the corporate owned media and corporate lobby groups use all the
power at their disposal to frustrate their attempts to win government or
they can make themselves a small target by modifying their objections to the
FTA so they don't pose a direct challenge to the status quo.

Countries and political movements that don't follow the script that has been
written for them, soon find their access to capital is restricted and the
basic services they are able to provide for their people are significantly
decreased. The resultant social dislocation creates the conditions that
allow the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to introduce
structural adjustment programs that redirects what little power national
governments have been able to exercise back into the hands of transnational
monopolies. What governments can or cannot do and what oppositions can or
cannot promise is directly related to what type of political and social
agenda is being pursued by these monopolies.

The sameness of the debate between the Coalition government and the
Alternative Liberal Party (A.L.P.) is a product of the realisation that real
power does not lie in their hands. If they believed that national
government had any real power, their policies would reflect a real diversity
of opinion. Instead, when Australians cast their ballots, the country's
compulsory preferential voting legislation will ensure that their votes are
ultimately directed to political parties that are articulating similar
political, social, cultural and economic agendas.

30,000 people, half under the age of 17 go missing in Australia every year.
Many are escaping intolerable domestic situations others are suffering major
medical and psychiatric problems. For every Australian that goes missing,
another 10 are permanently estranged from family and friends as a
consequence of the psychiatric, social and cultural difficulties they are
experiencing. The personal and economic cost borne by the individual their
families, friends and the community is enormous.

It's sobering to think how much of their personal pain could be minimised if
people had access to appropriate services before crisis intervention was
necessary. The lack of appropriate publicly available services, coupled
with an under-funded, under-staffed crisis system that is more interested in
laying blame than attempting to reconcile the estranged parties, tends to
compound problems rather than solves them. The provision of government
funded suburban mediation and counselling services that people could refer
themselves to, as well as an extension of the currently available telephone
counselling centres, could help to decrease the number of people who go
missing each year and the number of people who become estranged from their
families and friends.

A culture that encourages early intervention, not crisis intervention, may
go a long way to helping many people who just go missing. Access to health
care is not just a matter of access to doctors. Medicare needs to be
expanded to give people who are experiencing a major crisis in their lives
the ability to access crisis intervention centres that are staffed with a
wide range of services. This could be done by expanding the current network
of community health services so they can set up small satellite services in
the suburbs, that can act as a point of first call for anybody who believes
they are faced with an emotional, social, psychiatric or medical problem.

A. Left? Work together? It's extraordinary how people in the 21st century
still hang onto concepts that long ceased to have any relevance. People
still talk about the Left as some type of homogenous movement. The Left has
never been a homogenous movement. It has encompassed reformers as well as
revolutionaries, authoritarians as well as non-authoritarians. Although
anarchists, socialists and communists all talk about creating an egalitarian
community through radical social change, they differ markedly in the role
that they believe the State plays in that transformation. Socialists and
communists believe that capturing State power can bring about radical social
change. Socialists tend to believe that the electoral process can be used
to capture State power, while communists tend to use extraordinary means to
seize State power.
Anarchists do not believe that radical egalitarian change can occur while
the State exists. The communist experience has shown that although
communists talk about 'the withering away of the State' as the ultimate goal
of the communist movement, this cannot occur while the State apparatus
(irrespective of whose hands it's in) continues to exist. Although the Left
may be able to work together on particular issues, it cannot work together
in the struggle to create an egalitarian community because the authoritarian
and non-authoritarian elements within that movement have different goals.
One groups wants to capture State power and use that power to impose its
will on people, while the other group wants to abolish the State and replace
it with structures that allows the will of the people to be expressed.
Historically, communists have had a better understanding of the differences
between the Left than anarchists have had. Whenever the communist movement
has seized power, Russia, Cuba, Albania, Eastern Europe, China and in
revolutionary Spain during the Civil War, the anarchist movement had to
fight for its survival. Communists have always understood that the
anarchist movement stands in the way of the communists exercising absolute
power, that's why anarchists have been arrested, imprisoned and executed in
their thousands by communist movements during the revolutionary struggles of
the past.
The gulf that has existed and continues to exist between reformers,
revolutionaries, authoritarians and non-authoritarians in the Left makes it
difficult if not impossible for the Left to ever work together to create a
voluntary egalitarian society.

There's a little statement in the fine print at the bottom of the Anarchist
Age Weekly Review that can be more productive than the most up to date whiz
bang internet site. ­ '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'. Last Saturday the
Anarchist Media Institute received a call from someone in Perth, who while
waiting to go into Mike Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, stumbled on a copy of the
Anarchist Age Weekly Review on a seat just outside the theatre. He was so
interested in the contents and of the publication, he made contact that same
day and has subscribed to the Anarchist Age Weekly Review.
The Anarchist Age Weekly Review is, as you all know, available on the
internet at http://anarchistmedia.org. If you run a website and many
internet users have a few websites they're involved with, set up a link with
the Anarchist Age Weekly Review website. Download the weekly and email it to
everyone on your address list. A few minutes work can pay dividends, both
in the short and long run. If you're not internet savvy don't worry, the
Anarchist Aged Weekly Review is designed so subscribers can photocopy
multiple copies and send them on to their friends.
I assume someone in Perth who receives the Anarchist Aged Weekly Review has
been photocopying it and leaving it in strategic places around the city. It
doesn't take much time or effort to photocopy 20 or 30 copies. If only 1%
of people who come across a copy are interested in the contents, it wouldn't
take long for the weekly to be seen by thousands of people who would never
have any access to anarchist literature. Next time you receive a copy of
the Anarchist Age Weekly Review make a few copies and pass them on to
friends so they may leave them in places where other people may see them.
The Anarchist Age Weekly Review is designed so that it can be easily
photocopied. We can only do so much, with your help we will be able to
distribute the weekly much more widely than it is distributed today.

Unpaid convict labour formed the cornerstone of the labour force in
Australia during the early colonial years. Convict labour made it difficult
for 'free' men and women to organise to try to improve their wages and
conditions. The movement to end the transportation of convicts to Australia
began in Van Diemens Land (Tasmania) on the 17th December 1834. A
well-attended general meeting of all workers was called to oppose the
assignment of convict mechanics to master tradesmen.
Tasmanian workers complained that unemployment and poverty they experienced
was due to the competition they faced from convict labour. Early in 1835, a
free labour union consisting of workers delegates and employer
representatives was formed to oppose the transportation of convicts to Van
Diemens Land. It was common practice in the early years of the Australian
colonies, for the government to use convict labour to break any attempts by
workers to strike. In 1840, a compositors strike at the Sydney Herald and a
baker's strike in Sydney were defeated when the government replaced the
strikers with convict labour.
In 1846, the Operatives Anti-Transportation committee was very active in
Sydney. In 1848, many Tasmanian employers refused to take on convict
workers. Twelve petitions to end transportation were sent to Queen Victoria
from Tasmania between 1846 to 1849. In 1849, faced with record levels of
unemployment in Sydney, a huge mass meeting was held at Circular Quay to
prevent the convict ship 'The Randolph' and 'The Hashemy' from bringing a
new batch of convicts into New South Wales. Opposition to transportation of
the meeting was strongest amongst unemployed Sydney workers who had been
influenced by the revolutionary activity that engulfed Europe in 1848.
Governor Sir Charles Fitzroy had taken the wise precaution of dramatically
increasing the military guard around Government House. Concerned that he
faced a full-blown revolt, the ships were redirected to the newer penal
colony at Moreton Bay (Brisbane).
A petition to end transportation that was collected in New South Wales in
September 1850, garnered 36,589 signatures (2/3 of the population of
N.S.W.), while counter petition organised by the squatters (huge users of
convict labour) managed to attract a mere 525 signatures.
The Australian League was formed on the 1st of January 1851 at a conference
held at the Queen's Theatre in Melbourne to oppose transportation around
Australia. Interestingly, the flag adopted by the Australian League looked
very similar to the present day Australian flag. Transportation ended in
the Eastern colonies in 1853. It was introduced to Western Australia in
1850 and shiploads of convicts were redirected to the West until 1868 when
transportation came to an abrupt end, 80 years after the first batch of
convicts arrived at Port Phillip Bay in 1788.

Compiled by A. W. Reed
A.H. & A.W. Reed P/L, 1ST Published 1967, Reprinted 1974, ISBN 0 589 070029
There were at least 500 distinct Aboriginal languages in Australia before
the European colonisation of the country began in 1788. Although 'the
original inhabitants of the continent were regarded by so many early
settlers simply as a cheap source of labour or an obstacle to settlement
that needed to be exterminated as soon as possible', a few forward looking
souls recorded information that has been used by the author of Aboriginal
Place Names to produce this book.
Next to the Aboriginal place names that are listed, the initial of the State
that the name appears in is placed beside it. This is followed by a short
explanation about the meaning of the word. Babinda (Q) from Bunda mountain.
Bega (N) large camping ground. Seems little has changed over 40,000
years. Bega continues to be a camping ground, the only difference is that
today they use plastic caravans, not bark to camp under. Coonalpyn (S) -a
woman without children. Mount Cootha (Q) the honey of native bees.
Coolgardie (W) named after a boy who found a water hole at this place. As
you browse through the book, it soon becomes obvious that those areas of
Australia where the original inhabitants fared badly at the hands of the
colonisers, have far few places names listed than those areas of Australia
where significant populations managed to survive the invasion of European
Larow (V) a place where stone axes could be procured. Moondah (V) black
snake. Mudgee (N) ­ contended. Some place names have a number of
explanations. Wagga Wagga (N) crows, the call of the crows, many crows, a
sick or dying man staggering or reeling with exhaustion, to dance, to slide
to grind. You choose. Warragul (V) wild. Here's a fascinating one.
Wooloongabba (Q) whirling ground, known to present day Australian sporting
fans as the 'Gabba'. It seems that little has changed, the whirling figures
in a corroboree have been replaced with the whirling figures of footballers
and cricketers. One of the very few Tasmanian place names I come across in
the book was Wurrawana (T) ­ haunted. Considering what happened to
Tasmania's original inhabitants, it's somehow appropriate that this place
name is still used. Aboriginal Place Name is obviously a work in progress.
Two place names that came to mind, that are not listed are the Brisbane
suburbs of Yeronga and Moorooka.
A third of this 144-page book is taken up with an Appendix of English words
and their Aboriginal equivalents, while Appendix B lists present day English
names that have replaced earlier Aboriginal place names, Kangaroo Island ­
Karta, King Island ­ Yeeroobin, New Farm Pinkenbah. Reading these
extensive lists, it's depressing to see how many Aboriginal place names have
fallen off the map.
I picked up this little gem for $8 at a second hand bookshop. If anybody
knows about a more recent edition or another book that lists Aboriginal
place names, drop a me a line at ­ Joseph Toscano, P.O. Box 20, PARKVILLE,
One word that anarchists may find of particular interest, although not on
Aboriginal Place Names is the Arafura Sea (NT) from the Portuguese 'alfoura'
(or 'arafura') meaning 'free men'. They applied the term to the inland
tribes of the Aru (or Aroe) Islands, who were not subject to the influence
of the coastal Australian settlements.

10,000 in 6 months or was that 10,000 in 3 months. I can't remember.
Crammed between the escalator and the pretzel shop, a little card table
groaned under its weight. A young frumpish woman, looked at the ceiling,
paced beside her charges and waited. I saw her there 2 weeks ago, last week
the quota had been reduced to 7,654. This week our friend and the card
table had disappeared. In their place stood a gleaming silver open top BMW.
A square faced man with what looked like a nervous tic, was selling raffle
tickets at $2 a pop for the Epilepsy Foundation. This week, this little
corner of the universe was crawling with dreamers wanting to ride in an open
top sports car. All they had to do was buy a $2 raffle ticket and win.
Easy, real easy. Last week, people rushed past the spot, one or two glanced
at the table, I didn't see anyone stop. I'm not saying no one stooped, I'm
sure a few people did, it's just I didn't see them in the few minutes it
took me to come down the escalator.
Maybe if they had replaced our frumpish sensibly dressed friend with skimpy
clad bikini girls, sales would have rocketed. 10,000 in 6 months, roughly
40 a day. When you add up all the card tables across the city and the
advertising program that has accompanied the World Vision child sponsorship
program, 10,000 new sponsors in a country as affluent as Australia in 6
months is not a big ask. Considering that the card table groaned under
photos of children around the world waiting on a sponsor to change their
family's life, it's surprising how little interest the campaign generated.
The BMW, that's another story.
I remember an old man who died in a nursing home a few years ago. He had
made me the Executor of his Will because he wanted someone to organise his
funeral. Not that he had any money, only just enough for a funeral. He'd
been injured in an accident 40 years ago, lived on what was then called an
Invalid pension and drank himself to oblivion almost every night. Going
through his sailor's knapsack after he had died, I found 2 letters, one he
received 15 years ago from a former workmate and one he received from a
priest a few years later. The knapsack also contained receipts from a
number of jazz concepts, receipts from the donations he regularly made to
the 3CR Radiothon and 5 pictures of World Vision children he had sponsored
on his Invalid pension over the past 40 years.

Federal Finance Minister Nick Minchin has told the Sunday Age (1/8) that if
the Greens 'seized' the balance of power, they would try to push through
'dangerous policies' that include introducing wealth and inheritance taxes
and horror of horrors, they would abolish the private health insurance
rebate. He also claimed that the Greens, an 'extremist-Left Party' would
have a very big block in the Senate and they would give rapists and
murderers the right to vote.
In his diatribe, Minchin has conveniently forgotten that the only
Australians who have lost the right to vote are prisoners who are serving
more than 5 years in jail. Rapists and murderers, who have been sentenced
to less than 5 years jail or who have served their sentence, still have the
right to vote.
Reading the article, I was surprised that Senator Nick Minchin didn't blame
the Greens for any fires, floods and storms, tempests or plagues that may
hit Australia in the next few years. The Greens 'dangerous extremists'?
Who does he think he is kidding? The Greens believe in the current
electoral process. They are a legitimate political force in this country
who are trying to change society by working up the right channels. They are
a legally registered political party who hope to change society by using
parliament, like the Liberal and Labor Party are trying to do, so they can
have legislation passed through parliament that will allow them to legally
implement their political programs. They have as much right as Senator
Minchin has, of putting their political program to Australians at the next
Federal election.
It's extraordinary for Minchin to think that people are naïve enough to
believe his assertions that the Greens would have a 'very big block in
parliament' if they won another seven seats at the next Federal election.
The Greens cannot block legislation in the Senate without the support of the
Liberal / National or ALP (Alternative Liberal Party). Considering how
similar Labor and Liberal policies are, it's much more likely that the Labor
and Liberal Party will vote as a bloc rather than allow the Greens to block
important legislation in the Senate during the life of the next parliament.
If Senator Minchin was talking about the anarchists, well then maybe the
extreme tag would be appropriate, on second thoughts when you look art the
Liberal / National Party's policies, the extremists are already in Federal

Joseph TOSCANO / Libertarian Workers
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The Labor Party will support a FTA with the US. The 3 Labor members of the
Senate enquiry into the deal proposed minor changes to the agreement, to
deal with negative effects on the software industry, manufacturing, local TV
productions & the pharmaceutical benefits scheme. However the govt
immediately rejected all their proposals. George Brandis, a Liberal Senator
who took part in the enquiry, congratulated his Labor colleague Senator
Stephen Conroy for his "significant victory over the Left of his own party".
(Source: The Age)
About 120 miners were imprisoned by their employer in a remote mine as part
of an industrial dispute. The Aust Manufacturing Workers Union said miners
had been prevented from leaving the Yandi mine, until they rang police to
report they were being held against their will. (Source: MX)
A senior police officer responsible for the force's budget spent $6000 of
public money on a mahogany desk for his office. Ass Com. Dick Adams is said
to have stormed out of his office after being spoken to by superiors. Adams
then paid for the desk himself. (Source: MX)
About 100,000 people in Aust are homeless on any given night, according to
Mission Australia. The charity also said about a quarter of those without
permanent housing were aged between 12 & 18. (Source: MX)
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Wanting Everything: The Art Of Happines. By Dorothy Rowe
Psychologist Dorothy Rowe has written several 'self help' books. I've just
read the above book. Her psychology is more than sound, but more
importantly, in this book she does what no other mainstream psychologist has
done (& I read widely in this area) she foregrounds issues of authority,
society & govt (& its direct microcosm, the family) creating obedient
children & citizens, punishing & silencing; the coercive & duplicitous
aspects of the state as being primary agents in the emotional pain of its
citizens. She's equally scathing about the practices of mainstream
psychology & psychiatry, including the use of drugs to punish & silence &
the use of labels (like BPD & ADHD) to diminish the person & deny the social
responsibility for mental health. This was a wonderful discovery, to find
someone addressing personal suffering & pain (loss, sadness, misery, etc) in
a useful & constructive way, without ignoring the importance of the
political. I'm an admirer of R. D. Laing, but I think Rowe has probably more
to offer for anyone seeking intelligent & compassionate help in dealing with
personal pain.
All The Troubles. Terrorism, War & The World After 9/11. By Simon dams
Perth academic & political commentator Simon Adams has written a collection
of 26 essays, that give the underlying history generally traced back to
colonialism & the cold war imperialism of the US & the USSR of most of
the current conflicts around the world. There are essays on Afghanistan,
Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Northern Ireland,
Central Africa & the Balkans. A section centred on Aust looks mainly at our
dealings with Indonesia & East Timor, but also looks at our whole history of
going to war. AIDS, the UN & other global institutions like the IMF are also
'unpacked' & elucidated. This is a book for beginners, for people who
haven't really understood what was going on in the world in the different
trouble spots & who want to catch up on their former ignorance. Now I have
to confess that I've vested interest in this book: I was the editor (for a
small independent press) who worked with the author on developing it. I did
this b/c I saw his work in an earlier form & realised he's quite brilliant
at explaining things that I had until then found incredibly difficult to get
my brain around. I was excited & wanted him to explain other tricky things,
like Kosovo & in the end this book was the result. It's, as I wrote in all
sincerity for the back-cover blurb, 'less flippant than Michael Moore, more
compact than Pilger & easier to read than Chomsky S'Simon Adams, All the
Troubles: Terrorism, War and the World After 9/11, Fremantle Arts Centre
Press, 1994.
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