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(en) Anarchist Age Weekly Review No. 621 29th November-5th December 2004

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EUREKA REVISITED?
The incidents that contributed to the rebellion on Palm Island last week are
eerily familiar to the events that unfolded in Ballarat 150 years ago this
week. Both rebellions occurred as a result of governments that long ceased
to listen to the people they ruled, both rebellions occurred as a result of
the extremely poor relationship between the disciplinary arm of the State,
the police and the people they control, administer and order on behalf of
the State. Both rebellions occurred as a result of the death of a member of
their community in suspicious circumstances.

The parallels do not end there. Both, open displays of defiance; have been
labelled as riots - a violent disturbance by a crowd of people, by the
authorities and the fourth estate. Both incidents have been dismissed as
open resistance to authority - a rebellion. On Palm Island, the symbols of
the State, the courthouse, the jail and the police residences were the main
targets of the rebels. Community infrastructure was left alone.

In both instances, the State acted with overwhelming force. In Ballarat in
1854, police and military intervention led to the Eureka massacre on the 3rd
of December 1854. On Palm Island, the Queensland State government has
flooded the Island with police including the heavily armed tactical response
group and has arrested the alleged ringleaders of the rebellion. At
Ballarat the survivors of the Eureka massacre were rounded up and thirteen
were charged with High Treason. The thirteen were acquitted by a jury of
their peers and the Victorian colonial authorities realising they faced a
political crisis that required political answers not policing, met the
miners' demands within a year of the rebellion.

In Australia in 2004, Federal and State governments and both major political
parties have supported increasing authoritarian solutions to the problems
facing indigenous Australians. They have failed to acknowledge the
relationship between the current difficult situation in most indigenous
communities and the past, and to add insult to injury they have abolished
ATSIC - an organisation in which indigenous people had the right to elect
their own representatives and replaced it with an advisory body that meets
three times a year.

The significance of the Eureka rebellion has been denied for nearly a 150
years, dismissed as some insignificant riot about mining licences. It's
only as the 150th anniversary of the Eureka massacre that its role in the
development of Australian society has been acknowledged. Lets hope it
doesn't take non-indigenous Australians and their governments 150 years to
realise the significance of the Palm Island rebellion, a rebellion that in
its own way has indicated that political problems require political
solutions not outside imposed policing and paternalistic social solutions.

ONE MORE TIME
The Eureka 150th Anniversary celebrations have been accompanied by a host of
explanations about the meaning and significance of the Eureka rebellion.
Opinions have ranged from the conservative viewpoint that the miners were
small business people who didn't want to pay their fair share of taxes, to
the more radical idea that Eureka heralded the beginning of Australian
parliamentary democracy. Some claim it was a struggle for justice and
liberty, while others claim the Australian republican movement was born at
The Eureka Stockade.

Irrespective of the myriad opinions that exist about Eureka, certain
constants appear over and over again in the Eureka story. The themes that
are central to the Eureka story incorporate direct democracy, direct action,
internationalism and solidarity. All major decisions made by the Eureka
miners and their supporters were made by direct democratic processes of mass
meetings held at Bakery Hill in Ballarat. Delegates were elected and given
specific mandates to carry out those decisions. Those delegates that did
not carry out the wishes of the meeting were replaced at the next mass
meeting.

Direct action, the idea that people believe they are able to manage their
affairs better than those who are doing it for them, played a central role
in the Eureka story. The miners challenged the monopoly on force exercised
on behalf of the State by the police and the military, by taking up arms and
using those arms to defend those rights and liberties they believed the
colonial authorities wanted to forcefully strip away from them.

Internationalism, the idea that people of different races, religions and
nationalities can put their differences aside in the struggle against a
common enemy, was a significant factor in the Eureka rebellion. Solidarity,
the idea that people must support each other in any struggle against
authority or those who wield power, was an important theme in the events
that shook Victoria in 1854. The central elements in the Eureka rebellion
do not need to be reinvented to suit current conditions, they are constants
that are encapsulated in the Eureka oath:- 'We swear by the Southern Cross
to stand truly by each other and fight to defend our rights and liberties,'
sentiments, that are as relevant today as they were 150 years ago.

BYE, BYE BABYLON?
All good things eventually come to an end. Australians have been living
like there is no tomorrow, encouraged by a bounding stock market, easy
credit and relatively low interest rates. Personal debt has doubled over
the past five years. Embolded by corporate capital's mantra that growth,
growth, growth is the key to economic nirvana and personal fulfillment.
Australians have borrowed heavily on the increased value of their homes to
finance consumer lifestyle choices, cramming their lives and lodgings with
an incredible range of consumer goods.

Unfortunately, some would say fortunately, it seems that Sodom and Gomorrah
economics is about to implode. Australians have now reached the stage where
on average they are spending more than they are earning. The Reserve Bank
is concerned that if it increased interest rates, many ordinary Australians
are so highly geared the whole pack of cards will come tumbling down. To
compound the already serious economic problems facing the community, exports
are drying up, imports continue to increase, the United States dollar
continues to fall and the deficit has increased to $402 billion (77% of debt
was borrowed by private financial institutions who have offloaded the debt
onto individuals, to finance the housing boom). Currently every man, women
and child in Australia owes over $20,000 to foreign lenders.

All these factors, when coupled with the export of jobs overseas, decreasing
tariffs, a moribund manufacturing sector, a downturn in the IT industry and
a downturn in the number of foreign students that are buying a place in
Australian educational institutions, creates a gloomy picture as far as jobs
are concerned.

As around 70% of all economic activity in Australia is dependent on
individual consumption, falling job rates and increasing unemployment levels
will have a catastrophic effect on Australian families. Although the end is
not neigh, Australians, especially those who are about to lose their jobs
and those 40% of the community who rely on pensions to survive, face very
'interesting' times.

BHOPAL DREAMING
Maybe like me, you'd forgotten about Bhopal, after Chernobyl, the most
devastating chemical catastrophe of the late 20th century. I hate to admit
it, but the old adage 'out of sight out of mind' was my attitude to what
happened at the Union Carbide Plant in Bhopal, India, almost two decades
ago. As far as I was concerned, the victims had been compensated, the site
had been cleaned up and people had got on with their lives.

How wrong I was. It seems that little, if anything, has happened although
22,000 deaths (7000 of the time 15,000 later on) were attributed to the one
disaster. The site is still standing, no attempts have been made to
demolish the site and reclaim the land. Compensation has been almost
non-existent. Government and bureaucratic corruption have contributed to
the inertia that surrounds this post-modern catastrophe. The original
owners Union Carbide have been taken over by one of the world's largest
chemical conglomerations - Dow Chemicals. The transfer of ownership from
Union Carbide seems to have given Dow Chemicals the green light to shirk off
any responsibility it may have inherited for the disaster.

Twenty years later, the chances that the families of the 22,000 that died as
a direct result of exposure to chemicals and the tens of thousands that
still suffer the physical and psychological scars of their exposure, have a
snow flake's chance in hell of receiving any compensation from the Indian
government or Dow Chemicals. Although it's been proven beyond and shadow of
a doubt that the conditions tolerated in the plant at Bhopal that
contributed to the disaster would never have been tolerated in western
society, little if any international pressure has been placed on Dow
Chemicals to chase the chapter in this unfortunate story.

Nobody, not the Indian government, not Dow Chemicals, not the international
community seem to have any interest in the fate of those workers and
neighbours that succumbed to the exposure, and those who continue to pay the
price for the greed and incompetence of global transnational corporations
that continue to dominate this field.

GUNBOAT DIPLOMACY
It looks like Vanuatu has become the latest victim of the Howard
government's South Pacific gunboat approach to foreign affairs. Unhappy
that the Vanuatu government is unwilling to allow Australian Federal Police
and government advisors to continue to dictate policy to the government, the
Foreign Minister has sent in government advisors to put pressure on Vanuatu.
Canberra has stated it will downgrade its relationship with Vanuatu, stop
$31 million dollars of civil aid and isolate the Vohor government from other
South Pacific countries, if they don't accept Australian intervention in the
region.

Ironically the government's intimidation program is based on the premise
that Vanuatu has become a failed nation State, that it is a financial base
for transnational crime and a possible magnet for terrorist activity in the
South Pacific. In an attempt to overthrow a legally and popularly elected
government, it is exerting significant behind the scenes pressure that could
lead to the destruction of the country's tourist industry, Vanuatu's main
foreign currency earner.

A program of threats, direct intimidation and political thuggery has, now
replaced the failed Australian destabilisation program that has gone on at
judicial, political, media and investment levels. To date, the Vohor
government has stood firm, refusing to be intimidated by the Australian
government. It's quite clear that the current sabre rattling phase of the
Howard government's destabilisation program is directed at undermining
confidence in the Vohor government and creating conditions that will allow
it to dictate policy to the current and any future Vanuatu government. If
Australia's sabre rattling campaign doesn't do the trick, Australian
military intervention in the country's affairs has become a distinct and
looming possibility.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. Would everybody living in an anarchist society be involved in every
decision?
A. For some reason people seem to have the idea that if they lived in a
society where decisions were made using direct democratic principles, they
would be spending all their time going to meetings. A direct democratic
society is based on the principle that the people involved in a decision
have the right to be involved in the making of that decision.
One of the most important decisions people living in an anarchist society
need to make is what proportion of their resources will be allocated to
provide particular services. Health, education, water, defence, environment
are some of the areas that the community as a whole needs to make a decision
about. Once the community makes these decisions, the people that provide
these services make decisions about how the resources allocated will be used
to provide the necessary services.
Anarchism doesn't revolve around reinventing the wheel, burning everything
to the ground and starting again. It's about creating decision making
mechanisms that ensure that the interests of the people as a whole take
precedence over the interests of a minority or the interests of those who
own the means of production, distribution and exchange.
The best way to do this is to create structures and implement these
decisions through the election or appointment of delegates with limited
mandates, who have the authority to carry out these decisions. Although the
people providing health, education, environment and many other important
services will put a case to the community as a whole about why they need
certain resources to carry out those services, society as a whole will make
the decision about the amount of resources that are allocated to each
service.
Direct democracy is one mechanism by which people at a national, regional,
community and street level can make decisions in an anarchist community.
The guiding principles in an anarchist society (that wealth should be held
in common and used for the common good and that the people involved in a
decision should make that decision) provides the necessary framework within
an anarchist society that helps to create institutions and structures that
allow everyone, irrespective of race, colour, religion, sexual preference,
age and gender, to be a part of that community.
Direct democracy is a mechanism by which decisions can be made by a large
number of people. It can be used to make decisions in anarchist as well as
non-anarchist communities. Problems arise in communities where the means of
production, distribution and exchange are not held in common because the
people who monopolise the ownership of resources can use their monopoly to
push decisions in directions that suit their interests.
That's why anarchists have always stated that the will of the people is best
reflected in communities where wealth is held in common and used for the
common good.

ACTION BOX
READY, SET, GO!!
By the time you read this article, a new political movement-Direct
Democracy Not Parliamentary Rule will have been launched. With this issue
of the Anarchist Age Weekly Review, you will have received a membership form
to join Direct Democracy Not Parliamentary Rule. Have a look, if you like
what you read and agree with the thoughts and sentiments expressed in the
document, we encourage you to join.
The single greatest problem faced by radicals in societies where elected
representatives and those who own the means of production, distribution and
exchange share power, is how we react to the electoral process. While
people honestly believe they have the power to change governments and
determine policy, the ability of radicals (who believe the electoral process
is a sham) to influence the communities in which they work and live in, is
minimal if non-existent.
Direct Democracy Not Parliamentary Rule has been formed not because we
believe in the electoral process, or are foolish enough to believe that
members will be elected to Federal parliament, but because we want to use
the electoral process to raise real alternatives to parliamentary rule. If
you have decided to join, photocopy your blank application form and pass it
on to people you think may be interested in the idea.
Our first aim is to sign up over 500 members so we can become a registered
political party that will be able to stand candidates at the next Federal
election, under the Direct Democracy Not Parliamentary Rule banner. We're
ready to go. We want to hold a series of public meetings initially anywhere
within a 100km radius of Melbourne, later on in other parts of Australia.
You can help by joining the party and by arranging a spot for a public
meeting in your neck of the woods. We'll provide the speakers and
literature. With your help, we can raise legitimate, workable alternatives
to the parliamentary farce. Giving signed blank cheques to parliamentarians
to make decisions for you over the next 3 years is ludicrous.
It's time we celebrated the radical egalitarian alternatives we believe in.
Vote a radical into parliament, join Direct Democracy Not Parliamentary Rule
and help to destroy the myth that we live in a democratic society.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
THE EUREKA SERIES 2004-No.26
MURDER MOST FOULEST!!
On the 28th of November 1854 a detachment of the 12th Regiment was
travelling through the diggings to the government camp at Ballarat at around
10 o'clock at night. Three carts were bringing much needing supplies to the
government camp from Melbourne. Seeing the soldiers in their midst, the
diggers attacked the carts with stones and bottles, one cart was turned
over, a number of soldiers were wounded including one of 12th Regiment's
drummer boy who was shot in the leg.
The wounding of the drummer boy at Ballarat was used by the authorities to
try to turn the population against the miners. In the ensuing propaganda
war, the wounded drummer boy died. Generations of Australians have been
taught that the unruly miners killed John Egan on the 28th of November 1854.
The death of the drummer boy reinforced the popular idea that the rebels
were both callous and uncaring. In an attempt to deflect attention from the
massacre at Eureka, the authorities played the drummer boy card for all it
was worth. Sometime in the 20th century, a gravestone to John Egan appeared
in the soldier's enclosure in the Old Ballarat cemetery. The inscription on
the tombstone reads 'In memory of Drummer Boy 3159 JOHN EGAN 12th Regiment
of foot Killed in the line of Duty 28th November 1854'.
Unfortunately for those people who want to rewrite history to suit their
ideological perspective, John Egan did not die at Eureka. He was in
hospital when the Eureka massacre took place later on that week. He
survived his wound and continued to be a member of the 12th Regiment of
foot. Six years after Eureka, he was living in Tasmania. He was Court
Marshalled at some stage during his career and remained a member of the 12th
Regiment for some time.
It's been a year since I was at the Old Ballarat cemetery and I can't
recollect if John Egan's 'gravestone' is still in the soldier's enclosure.
Those readers, who find themselves in Ballarat and decide to pay their
respects to those who died at Eureka, should have a look to see if John
Egan's gravestone is still in the cemetery.
150 years after the rebellion, small pieces if information is still coming
to light. The history of Eureka was a hidden and forgotten history.
Today's history is lashed with liberal doses of misinformation, lies and
manufactured material. It's important we 'Reclaim the Radical Spirit of the
Eureka Rebellion', to allow others to do it for us is to allow them to
rewrite history to suit their current ideological agendas.
SOURCE OF INFORMATION FOR ARTICLE:
'Deaths At Eureka' by Dorothy Wickham,
November 1996, ISBN 0 64630283 3

BOOK REVIEW
'DEATHS AT EUREKA'
By Dorothy Wickham,
Publisher D. Wickham, November 1996, ISBN 0 64630283 3
- 'Joe Toscano? Hello',
- 'Hello', I answered back
- 'Remember me?'
Unfortunately the smiling middle age face staring at me didn't ring any
bells.
- 'I'm Doirothy Wickham, I worked with you at the Austin Hospital in 1981'.
Dorothy bumped into me at the registration desk at the Eureka-150
Democracy Conference held at Ballarat University last week. I'd just picked
up the obligatory speaker's registration papers at the conference desk and
while waiting for the paper to be processed, I'd wandered over to a small
display at Eureka literature, mostly Jeffrey Blainey's stuff. Coincidently
I'd picked up a copy of 'Deaths At Eureka', a slim 64-page pamphlet, that
had caught my eye moments before Dorothy bumped into me.
I was just paying for it when she began talking to me. The woman behind the
counter passed the book across to Dorothy who wrote on the front page 'Best
Wishes Joe-Dot Wickham'. The penny finally dropped, Dot was the author of
'Deaths At Eureka'-incredible when you think about it. She'd given up
nursing years ago and had plunged headfirst into a historical career.
'Deaths At Eureka' was her first Eureka publication, I understand she has
published many papers and books about Eureka since 1996.
One of the contentious issues about the Eureka rebellion is how many people
were killed in the revolt. Different sources give different numbers. I've
always believed that the numbers were higher than the 30 deaths that are
normally attributed to the rebellion. Dorothy looked at all the available
material and came up with a list of 37 names of people who may have died as
a result of the battle. She admits in the publication that this may not be
a full list as some of the wounded were hidden and may have died of their
wounds in the bush camps that ringed Ballarat.
The single most important contribution Dot's meticulous research has made to
the debate about how many people died at Eureka, is her account about the
fate of the 12th Regiment drummer boy John Egan. Australian folklore has it
that the drummer boy was killed in a skirmish with the miners on the 28th
November 1854. The myth is so ingrained in the popular imagination that
generations of school children have been told that John Egan died as a
result of the miners attack. The myth is so enduring that a gravestone was
erected in the ground that's set aside for the military that died at Eureka
at the Old Ballarat cemetery. The gravestone has the following inscription
engraved on it:
In Memory of
Drummer Boy 3159
JOHN EGAN
12TH Regiment of Foot
Killed in line of Duty
28th November 1854
The author has shown that John Egan did not die at Ballarat, he was alive
and well and living in Tasmania in 1860. It seems that the manufactured
story of the death of the little drummer boy was just another of the tools
that was used to discredit the Eureka miners.
'Deaths At Eureka' is an interesting little pamphlet, that has helped to
broaden the debate about Eureka. The material and photographs in the
booklet is the type of historical material that requires hundreds of hours
of dedicated and meticulous research. It's the type of research that needs
to be done to bring the real story about what happened at Eureka to the
public's attention.
'Deaths At Eureka' is a worthy addition to the growing body of literature
about the Eureka rebellion that has recently entered the public domain. I'm
looking forward to reading other contributions Dorothy Wickham has made to
the Eureka debate since 1996.

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
- 'It's not fair!!'
I've known John for about 10 years and I've never heard him utter an
emotionally charged statement before. He works hard. He owns the local
supermarket and liquor outlet as well as the local newsagency. He's a hands
on owner, there at 5.00am every morning and doesn't go home till about
8.00pm that evening. He does this day after day, week after week, month
after month, year after year, taking an average of 6 to 7 days off a year.
I'd never seen him so agitated before. I know it wouldn't be long before he
opened up.
- 'Considering all that cholesterol they're eating, you'd think they'd be
sick'
I looked at him
- 'Those bikers eating breakfast next door'
They seemed a nondescript bunch to me, 3 middle aged greying men with
leather jackets that had the inscription 'Hell's Helpers' or something to
that effect with 'Tasmanian Division' neatly written at the bottom of the
jacket. I did notice that the 3 young tattooed women were at least 20 years
younger than our friends. Their gleaming Harley Davidsons were parked on
the footpath next to the outdoor café.
- 'I've got clots and blood pressure' moaned John as he passed over the
change.
Our friends were quietly eating their bacon and eggs causing no problems for
anyone, their very presence outside his shop made him livid. He was so
angry I was worried he was going to have a stroke.
Obviously seeing the 3 gentlemen, girlfriends in tow, a picture of health,
gleaming Harley Davidsons to take them wherever they wanted to go, made him
realise that he had been wasting his life. He was fuming, jealous about
their lifestyle, saddened about his lack of a life. I'm afraid John doesn't
seem to have the will or inclination to learn. He continues to go through
the same meaningless rituals, jealous of those who have escaped his fate.
He later reminds me of an uncle I had, who's now dead.
Some years our family would go to his little Milk Bar in the northern
Brisbane suburbs on Christmas Day. We'd sit in the room behind the shop,
door open, he'd jump up and down every time somebody came in to buy a pack
of cigarettes or some matches or a bottle of milk-yes they had bottles of
milk in those days, but that's an other story. He hated people who enjoyed
themselves with a vengeance. Pity he didn't take a leaf out of their book,
if he had, he may have lived longer than he did.

STOP PRESS
SOLUTIONS NOT PROBLEMS
Mark Russell's article 'Driver dearth spurns train cancellation' and Terry
Lane's rambling about public transport (28/11), highlights the parlous and
precarious state of Melbourne's public transport system.
Connex and the Transport Minister Peter Batchelor seem to be in a state of
denial about how dangerous and ineffective the system has become since the
Kennett government ripped the guts out of the public transport network
during its privatisation jihad.
Outdated and perilous infrastructure, chronic understaffing, a user
unfriendly ticketing system, recurrent accidents which have resulted in an
unacceptable number of deaths at unmanned railway crossings, have resulted
in the premature retirement of more and more public transport workers. It's
pathetic to think that the State government's response to this litany of
disasters is to focus on 'giving passengers as much advance notice of delays
and cancellations' as possible.
Radical problems require radical solutions, tinkering at the edges just
increases the frustrations of both passengers and those commuters who are
forced to use overcrowded roads because of the terminal state of public
transport (my apologies, privatised public transport) in the Melbourne
bregion. A simple but effective way of tackling this seemingly intractable
problem is to make public transport free.
Free? Yes free!! One way that revenue could be raised for such an
initiative is by placing a levy on each rateable property within the
Melbourne Metropolitan region. Properties that are serviced by trains,
buses and trams would pay a higher levy than properties that are serviced by
one or two modes of public transport. A percentage of rapidly increasing
land and stamp duty taxes could also be set aside to maintain and expand
public transport infrastructure.
If the cost of public transport were incorporated in the initial and ongoing
cost of housing, more people would use the system as they have already
prepaid for the service through their rates. Increased revenue could be
used to improve safety on the system. Transit police could stop harassing
commuters for fare evasion and concentrate on keeping the system safe. The
money saved from scrapping the inefficient ticketing system could be used to
put back conductors on public transport. The resultant decrease in the
number of commuters who use their cars would decrease the amount of money
the State government would need to spend on roads.
The time has come for radical solutions to the current crisis to be
considered and implemented. It's time that the third world public transport
system that Melbournians are currently forced to use, was replaced with a
system that did justice to what we are told is the world's most liveable
city.
Joseph TOSCANO / Libertarian Workers
For A Self-Managed Society.


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ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS
11 inmates at South Aust's Baxter detention centre have said goodbye to
their friends, believing they'll die as a result of their hunger strike.
Refugee supporter Mira Wroblewski said today she'd received a goodbye letter
from a man she'd known for the past 2 years. "They've said they'll hunger
strike to death," Ms Wroblewski, from Rural Austs for Refugees, said. "They
didn't want to hunger strike. "These are people that are very unmelodramatic
people. "But they feel like they've got no other option." She said 2 men
started their hunger strike last Tuesday, with 11 refusing food today. The
hunger strike is a last appeal by the detainees to be allowed to live in
Aust & not returned to Sri Lanka, where they believe they face persecution.
She said the men were only drinking water during their strike, with
temperatures at the SA detention centre reaching 42 degrees in recent days.
"The 2 have been hunger striking for 6 days are now feeling really, really
bad," she said. "1 is not able to walk. "They've been told (by detention
centre medical staff) their blood sugar levels are really low & that they'll
be have to be hospitalised soon." 1 detainee said the group would continue
their action for as long as necessary. "There's no plan, no time limit," the
man told ABC radio. "We've been locked up like animals for a long time & we
aren't criminal people. "We want to live in Aust as free people. That is our
reason for hunger strike." (Source: news.com.au)
Local people set fire to a police station & courthouse after a man died in
police custody with 4 broken ribs & a punctured lung. 1 of the mostly
Aboriginal population of Palm Island in Qld told a crowd of about 200 "this
is cold-blooded murder...I'm not going to accept it & I know a lot of you
other people won't". The riot started after the release of a post-mortem
examination of 36yo Cameron Doomadgee. The Qld Police Union's acting Pres
Denis Fitzpatrick said of the accused rioters "these people deserve only one
place to be - that is brought to justice & placed in prison." He didn't
express any similar opinions about anyone who might have harmed Mr
Doomadgee. (Source: TVNZ website, The Age)
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "Many business owners think accidents only happen to
other people...they don't seem to realise that when they ignore OH&S
[occupational health & safety] they're not only putting lives at risk,
they're breaking the law." Philip Bendeich, of SCAX Consulting, who provide
specialist OH&S advice to businesses. Aust industry has 1 of the worst
safety records in the Western world with 1 in 12 employees suffering a
work-related injury during their working life. Every year in Aust over 2000
people die from occupational illness, more than 400 people are killed by an
accident at work & over 170,000 people are injured b/c of their work.
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ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Has been awarded to the fourth estate, both the corporate owned media and
the government gelded ABC, for their pathetic, superficial one-dimensional
reporting and analysis of last week's Palm Island rebellion.

TRIVIAL PURSUIT NIGHT
We now have a Trivial Pursuit Master to organise the questions and
festivities.
7.30PM SATURDAY 12TH FEBRUARY 2005.
We NEED A HALL IN MELBOURNE-Can anyone help?
(We are looking for a hall that has tables and chairs for at least 150)
We need YOU to organise a table of 10. Cost for a table of 10 = $100.
If you can't organise a table, don't worry, cost per person
$15-(wage earners) - $10-(non wage earners)
We are taking advance bookings from now. Make out cheques or money orders
to LIBERTARIAN WORKERS and send to PO BOX 20, PARKVILLE 3052, VICTORIA
I f you can help with the venue / hall call us ASAP ON 03 8508 9856 OR
Email us at anarchistage@yahoo.com
ATTENTION :THE ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE'S ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN THE
FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN, THE DEFEND & EXTEND MEDICARE STRUGGLE AND THE
EUREKA CELEBRATION STRUGGLES HAVE FORCED US TO PUT THE TRIVIAL PURSUIT NIGHT
BACK TO
*** SATURDAY 12TH FEBRUARY 2005 ***

ANARCHO-SYNDICALIST FEDERATION-EAST
Wants to contact readers who are interested in finding out what they're up
to and who may want to join them. Write to them at:
P.O. BOX 2282, RICHMOND SOUTH, 3121, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA.
Email: asf@yahoo.com.au Web: www.asf-east.tk

WOVEN HISTORIES
RECONCILLIATION LEAF BLANKET AND PICNIC
Friday 3rd December 12pm-6pm
Saturday 4th December 12pm-6pm
At Woven Histories Sculptural Installation, Northern Park, (near Indigenous
Wetlands), Ballarat, Botanical Gardens, Wendouree BALLARAT.
RECONCILLIATION PICNIC
Sunday 5th December 12pm-3pm
At 3.30pm there will be a ceremonial walk to the wetlands where the Leaf
blanket will be floated in the wetlands. Information: 0411 795 777

GIPPSLAND PEACE NEWSLETTER No.4 Nov / Dec 2004
This is a free newsletter for the people of the Gippsland. If you want to
get a hold of this informative newsletter, write to:
Peter Gardner (ed), C/- P.O. Box Swifts Creek, 3896, VICTORIA
Email: ngarak@bigpond.com to receive it by email.
We encourage readers to support this local initiative.

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copy, then download it from http://anarchistmedia.org/weekly.html.
Email it your friends, it's the cheapest and best birthday present you'll
ever buy them. Go on, be a devil, spoil the day of all those people you
know who wield power in society and email them the Anarchist Age Weekly
Review.

ANARCHIST WORLD THIS WEEK
Heard across Australia. 10am-11am every Wednesday.
An anarchist analysis of local, national & international events. Tune into
your local community radio station to listen to the Anarchist World This
Week. If they don't broadcast it, ask them why not! If they're one of the
150 community radio stations around Australia that are affiliated to the
National Community Radio Satellite, they are able to broadcast the Anarchist
World This Week.


RECLAIM THE RADICAL SPIRIT OF THE EUREKA REBELLION
JOIN US
4.00AM FRIDAY 3RD DECEMBER
EUREKA PARK (Cnr Stawell & Eureka St) BALLARAT
To celebrate the 150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE EUREKA REBELLION at the site and
time it occurred. Community breakfast after dawn gathering.
9.00am-Walk to the Old Ballarat Cemetery to pay our respect to the dead,
then we walk through Ballarat to Bakery Hill to reaffirm the Eureka oath,
then we will walk back to Eureka Park for a community lunch and
conversation.
Email: anarchistage@yahoo.com
Write: P.O. BOX 20, Parkville, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
For a poster, pass it on to your friends. Join us on the day.
Reclaim your history, change the future.
Join us at Ballarat at 4.00am on FRIDAY 3RD DECEMBER 2004

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Doctors, Dentists,
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opinions of the authors, they do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the
publishers, the Libertarian Workers for a Self-Managed Society/Anarchist
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All material in the Anarchist Age Weekly Review can be used by anarchists,
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ANARCHISM-ADVANCING IN DIVERSITY STRIKING IN UNISON-YAMAGUCHI KENJI
WELCOME TO THE 21ST CENTURY-THE ANARCHIST CENTURY

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




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