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(en) Anarchist Age Weekly Review No. 583 23rd February ­ 29th February 2004

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'OFF THE RECORD'
The debate surrounding the Chatham House Rules' ­ academic rules' that
permit service personnel, senior politicians, bureaucrats and diplomats to
speak their minds free of the inconvenience of having the media tell the public
what the bastards are really thinking, reminds me of the off the record' rule
another little rule' that those who exercise power use to manipulate public debate.
Any senior political figure worth their salt learns to invoke the off the
record rule' to cultivate a team of sympathetic and pliant media camp
followers. Every senior media hack in the country knows the ground rules.
Success is measured in terms of juicy off the record remarks that fall their
way. The senor political figure and the senior journalist are drawn into a
mutually beneficial association that cheats the public off the knowledge
that's necessary to conduct a full and frank debate about the issues of the
day.

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

The Chatham House Rules' and off the record' remarks are tools that are
used to prevent the dissemination of information that's necessary to conduct
a public debate about issues that concern the community. What's so wrong
about reporting what figures whose decisions affect the lives of millions of
people, really think about a particular issue? The public's distrust of
senior politicians, bureaucrats and the media is in part due to the fact
that those in authority resort to double speak when they talk to the public
through the media. The conspiracy that develops between the media and
senior figures in authority as a consequence of these unwritten' rules,
limits both the content and the extent of debate about major issues in the
community.

The sooner Chatham House Rules' and off the record' remarks are consigned
to the historical record, the sooner Australians may have the opportunity to
participate in a wide ranging debate about the issues that affect them
without second guessing what those sections of the community that exercise
power are really thinking.

MORE MEDICARE DREAMING
The end of universal access to the health care delivery system has meant
that more and more Australians are finding that they have to think about
whether they will see a doctor or use that money to pay a more pressing
bill. The dramatic fall in bulk billing rates and he decrease in the number
of people who have visited a general practitioner in the last 12 months are
directly interlinked. Falls in bulk billing rates are no longer confined to
more affluent areas.

Areas with high percentages of concession cardholders are now being hit by
dramatic falls in bulk billing rates. Lalor, the electorate that has the
highest number of aged pensioners in Australia, has seen bulk billing rates
fall by nearly 15% to 77%. 15,941 fewer general practitioner visits
occurred in Lalor as a consequence of falling bulk billing rates. At the
very time in life that people need access to health care, they are being
denied access because they don't have the disposable income to buy health
care services.

The same story is being repeated in every Federal electorate in the country.
General practitioner gap fees (the amount of money a patient has to pay to
see a G.P) have increased by over 30% in the last 3 years. The decline in
bulk billing rates has hit Liberal / National Party electorates much harder
than Labor Party electorates. Bulk billing rates in Dunkley and Flinders
have dropped below 50%, both these electorates are held by Liberal members
who are feeling the political heat of these falling rates.

Abbott's much-vaunted MedicareMinus package has resulted in the death of
Medicare as a universal health care delivery system. None of the solutions
that have been offered will resolve any of the problems that the
Government's Medicare policies have created. Unless people start
campaigning around this issue, they will find that their health and the
health of their friends and families will be seriously compromised.



FANTASTIC
Anybody listening to, watching or reading the media reports surrounding the
Redfern disturbances could be forgiven for thinking that they were not about
the same event. Widely different accounts about what happened, the
significance of the events and the underlying causes seem to have more to do
with the presenters or the author's political opinions than the facts.

Across the country, conservative commentators have seized on the
disturbances to create a climate of fear and loathing in the community
that's directed at indigenous Australians. Last week's events are portrayed
as a reaction to a single death. The increased police presence in Redfern
before the riots is dismissed as the police response to the activity of a
single bag snatcher.

Discussion and what little debate that is occurring is limited to specific
events that happened last week. Little, if any, attempt has been made to
discover why a community would use their bare hands, stones, bricks and
Molotov cocktails against well armed riot police. Little account is taken
of the fact that many indigenous people view non-indigenous police as a
foreign occupying force. It's no surprise that some Redfern activists liken
themselves to the Palestinians.

Historically, police have been used to hunt and exterminate indigenous
people, drive them off their lands, shunt them into concentration camps and
steal their children. These practices occurred in the lifetime of many
living indigenous elders. Although the rhetoric has changed, police
practises have not. Indigenous people are still jailed at least 5 times the
rate of the non-indigenous population, for many crimes that non-indigenous
people receive non-custodial sentences for.

The New South Wales Polices immediate response to the riots has increased
tensions in the Redfern community. Treating the situation as one that is
due to individual criminal acts and arresting participants before the
funeral of Mr. Thomas Hickey has destroyed any chance of any possible
solution to the ongoing problem between police and indigenous communities
around Australia. The arrest and denial of bail to relative of Mr. Hickey
before his funeral is held, have inflamed already tense circumstances.
Australian political leaders at both the State and Federal level and the
Australian corporate and government owned media are pouring petrol on an
already explosive situation.

Treating the Redfern disturbances as a policing and justice problem
compounds the current tragedy. There are no individual solutions to social
problems. Making an example of those arrested by incarcerating them for
longer periods of time will only direct more anger at government, the media
and police. Social problems demand social solutions. Social solutions are
dependent on political leaders taking the lead and making the necessary
legislative changes that will help people to find social solutions to the
social problems they face.

IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE?
Sadly no, the current crisis regarding the number of general practitioners
in the community is both real and immediate. General practitioners are a
vanishing breed; the average age of the workforce is 49. The numbers of new
graduates undertaking onerous general practitioner courses are minimal.
General practice is denigrated, the skills of those working in general
practice is not appreciated, those who continue to bulk bill all or some of
their patients are poorly paid. The hours they work would not be tolerated
by other sections of the community, the numbers entering general practice
are falling, practice costs are escalating, the legal impositions faced by
general practitioners are rising and the paper work involved has escalated.

Despite all these problems, thousands of students who successfully complete
their high school studies would like to train as doctors. It's hard to
believe that so many organisations, government departments and politicians
could not have seen the crisis coming. Over the past 20 years, entry into
medical schools has been restricted to the lucky few. The spectre of an
oversupply of doctors has been used to limit training to levels that could
never deal with the number of Australians who require access to primary
medical care.

In a desperate drive to fill this shortfall, more and more overseas trained
doctors are being poached from parts of the world who cannot afford to lose
the few doctors they are able to train to service their own populations.
Short gap measures will never solve the current shortage. Allowing overseas
trained doctors to fill the gap is a short-term panacea that will only
worsen the problem.

Governments, health departments, workforce experts, educational institutions
have got it all wrong. It's time that the work general practitioners do, is
valued by both the State and the community. It's time that more young
Australians are allowed to embark on what could be a useful and satisfying
career. The Australian community is faced with the present crisis because
of widespread government and bureaucratic incompetence. It's time they were
forced to clean up their act.

A DOSE OF REALITY
Only 50% of Iranians cast a ballot at elections on the weekend. It seems
that the Ayatollah has decided that they have had enough of the reformists
who dominated the current Iranian parliament and have now barred many
reformers, including parliamentary members from standing for re-election.
It looks like the people of Iran, like voters in the rest of the world have
learnt the first lesson of parliamentary democracy ­ "if voting could change
anything it would be illegal".

Different parliamentary democracies tackle the problem of participation in
different ways. The turnout in Iran is relatively good compared to the
voter turnout in the United States, Europe and Russia. Australia solves its
participation problem by making voting compulsory. Iranians voted in much
larger numbers in the past because they believed that they could change what
was happening in their country by voting. The cold hard facts have resulted
in a dramatic fall in the participation vote. It's unusual for more than
50% of eligible voters to vote in Presidential elections in the US. Usually
only 1 in 3 eligible voters cast a ballot for Congress and the Senate.

Many people around the world share the Iranian's disillusionment with the
parliamentary process. It's almost impossible for candidates who are not
involved in a major political party to be elected. Those who wield power
and control wealth, manipulate the electoral process around the world.
Irrespective of who's elected, a politician always seems to win. Change
doesn't come from voting, it comes from people taking direct action. Change
in Iran will come when people take to the streets and make that change
happen. Change in Australia will not come from participating in
parliamentary elections, it will come when people take extra parliamentary
action. Strikes, occupations, demonstrations, picket lines, sits-ins, go
slows are the catalyst for significant social change.

Casting a ballot every 3 to 4 years for a particular candidate will not
result in significant change. It hasn't taken the people of Russia, Iran and
the former communist nations in eastern Europe to realise that parliamentary
democracy is a sham, that's why more and more of them are refusing to
participate in parliamentary elections.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. SHOULD ANARCHIST GROUPS HAVE FULL TIME OFFICIALS ON THEIR PAYROLL?
A. The boast of the Spanish CNT was that although they had millions of
members they only had one paid full time official on the group's books. One
of the major reasons that anarchists oppose the payment of people elected by
them to represent them, is that unless that particular person continues to
work with the people that elected them, they soon lose that affinity they
have with the people they represent. One of the major problems within trade
unions is that a self-perpetuating bureaucracy soon forgets what life is
like at the coalface.
It's not unusual in Australia to see union bureaucrats who have never worked
in the industry they represent. Factional alliances are entered into, that
see people put up for election that have no experience in that particular
field. Anarchist delegates need to continue to work in the field or in the
community they have been elected to act as delegates for. The creation of a
fully paid bureaucracy tends to destroy solidarity and the militant
traditions that have given particular groups the power they enjoy.
Anarchist struggles are directed against the evolution of internal
bureaucracies as well as the struggle against those who wield power.
Replicating structures that mimic the organisations and institutions we are
trying to replace, recreates the same set of conditions within our own
organisations that we are fighting against. Relying on volunteers to take
on important functions within an anarchist organisation prevents the growth
of bureaucracy within that organisation.
What at first may seem to be an inefficient way to run an organisation may
not be as crazy or stupid as it first sounds. Although anarchist groups may
decide to pay people to provide services to the group, they should not pay
delegates or office holders in the organisation. These people should
continue to work and live in the communities they act as delegates for.
Creating full time bureaucracy within an anarchist organisation is the best
way to blunt the group's effectiveness as an instrument for radical
egalitarian social change.

ACTION BOX
BILLBOARD REASSIGNMENT
The symbols of capital are all around us. Commodity fetishism has become
the opiate of the people. Human beings, their clothing festooned with brand
names proudly parade their subservience to capitalism. Everywhere we turn,
we are assaulted by the icons of consumerism Golden arches, the real
thing, revolution, rebel sports jostle to capture our attention.
Capitals icons flash on television screens that are punctuate by programs
that the same icons strategically placed within programs, adds within adds
within adds. If you turn off your indoctrination machine and wander the
streets trying to regain your sanity, your vision is assaulted by billboards
adorning bus stops, tram stops, shop fronts, every available space a temple
to consumer fetishism.
Billboards are constant reminders of our consumer addictions. Reassigning
billboards can become a revolutionary act. The greater the number of people
involved the greater the impact you can have on your community.
Occasionally you can see the efforts of someone who's finally cracked and
attempted to deface a billboard by scrawling their despair across the face
of consumer capitalism. We find ourselves in a struggle to reintroduce
ideas and conversation back into everyday life. Ideas can be brought to the
attention of people by cleverly reassigning billboards. The bigger the
corporation the more extensive the battlefield. Coordinated action will
have maximal impact. Although difficult to organise and even more difficult
to execute, a campaign where a pre-printed alteration to a corporation's
billboard advertising campaign is distributed to people to paste over a
strategic portion of the poster can be a very effective strategy. Bubbles
with words in them pasted next to the mouth of their main figure on the
poster are extremely effective. 'These shoes are killing me, liberate your
feet from fashion', 'Revolution the real thing', 'Fast cars, quick lives',
the list goes on and on.
People with far more active imaginations than my own, could dream up a
thousand reassignment campaigns. Think about it, think about the impact you
could have. Think about the States and the corporate world's response to
your public sacrilege. Remember the heretic is always signalled out for the
most draconian punishment.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
THE EUREKA SERIES 2004 No. 6
CORRUPTION!!
Graft and corruption were endemic on the goldfields. The police and
administrators were ensconced in the camp on one side of the Yarrowee
(Ballarat's main river), the miners were camped on the other side. A few
diggers struck it lucky, some made ends meet, most lost everything. The
goldfields authority earned a pretty penny collecting bribes because they
enjoyed absolute authority on the goldfields. It wasn't unusual for one
side in a claim dispute to offer the presiding magistrate with a share of
the profits of the claim, if the dispute was resolved in their favour.
Arbitrary arrests were conducted to extract bribes. If the person arrested
didn't pay up, the police still received a percentage of any fine imposed on
the miserable wretch. The Ballarat Gold Commissioner's capacity to extract
graft from the miners was legendary. The Irish came in for special
treatment as the colonial authorities were concerned about the growing fifth
column in their midst. Police magistrates had never had it so good, they
augmented their wages with bribes from some sly grog merchants while
receiving a percentage of the fines of those who refused to pay bribes. The
Gold Commissioners and police magistrates were able to amass enormous
fortunes. It's estimated that magistrates who took bribes could earn up to
ten thousand pounds every 3 to 4 months, an enormous sum in 1854.
Miners and businesses that were making money accepted official graft and
corruption as the price they had to pay to make the profits they were
enjoying. Those who didn't find gold and most miners didn't, soon found
they ran out of money and weren't able to afford the miner's licence imposed
by the Crown. These men were marked for special attention. The local
newspapers the Diggers Advocate and the Ballarat Star were full of stories
of graft and corruption. The camp where the police magistrates, police and
Gold Commissioners resided was according to these newspapers:-
'a kind of legal store where justice was bought and sold, bribery being the
governing element of success, and perjury the base instrument of baser minds
to victimise honest and honourable men, thus defeating the ends of justice'
No wonder Ballarat was a finder box ready to explode.
NEXT WEEK: MURDER MOST FOUL!!

BOOK REVIEW
'THE SOCIAL ORGANISATION OF HEALTH'
by Hans Peter Dreitzel, Recent Sociology No. 3,
MacMillan Publishing Co. 71, 1975 Edition, Library of Congress Catalogue
Card No. 70-82560
Health care like fashion goes through phases. Eventually brown becomes the
new black and ideas that were considered to be revolutionary come back into
vogue. This book promotes concepts and ideas that are not currently
fashionable but which when they were initially published had a profound
impact on the health care debate. The book's underlying philosophy is
outlined in the last sentence of Hans Peter Dreitzel's introduction; 'The
crucial question is whether we want to live in a society organised according
to standards of individual efficiency and private profit or whether we
prefer to live in a community of people who care for each other, who are
more equal and therefore healthier.'
21st century medicine is dominated by the need of monopoly pharmaceutical
and medical corporations to maximise their major shareholders profits.
Taxpayers funds have been diverted from the public to the private health
care sector by governments who are held hostage by these corporations. The
ideas that appeared in the Social Organisation of Health in 1971:Health As
A Problem, Pollution and Drugs, Poverty and Stress, Negligence and
Communication Barriers and Health As A Political Problem are more relevant
today than they were in 1971. The thoughts of the 11 contributors in this
book were appreciated in 1971, access to health care in the west was
undergoing a revolution. Universal access to health care was legislated
into law in Australia in 1974. 30 years later the social innovations that
resulted in governments accepting the idea that the best way governments
could improve health outcomes was through universal access to health care,
have been defeated politically.
The Social Organisation of Health gives activists who are involved in the
current health care debate the necessary theoretical background. They
require to understand what is happening, it will also help them find the
energy to continue the struggle for the reintroduction of a universal health
care delivery system in Australia and the rest of the world.
Try your local library for a copy of this book, maybe MacMillan Publishing
has a few unopened cartons gathering dust in some forgotten corner of one of
their warehouses.

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
We receive many calls at the Anarchist Media Institute, some just want
information, a few ask for help. A week or so ago, I received a call from
Andrew Crowley, a listener to the Anarchist World This Week who wanted to
have a chat about Eureka. Imagine my surprise when I rang him and he
introduced himself as a descendant of James Bentley. Anybody familiar with
the story of the Eureka rebellion would be familiar with the pivotal role
the murder of James Scobie played in the events that led up to the revolt.
Andrew is the great, great grandson of James Bentley, a man who in the
stories surrounding Eureka is often portrayed as a cross between Pol Pot,
Gengis Khan and Ivan the Terrible. It's long been accepted that he and his
mates kicked James Scobie to death and he was lucky to have been acquitted
of murder and sentenced to a few years in prison for manslaughter for the
crime. I felt Andrew was still carrying the burden of being a descendant of
the publican James Bentley 150 years after the events had occurred. I
arranged to meet him at his home, a very modest unit he shares with his sick
father. He keeps a few beehives next to the unit and offered me a jar of
his honey when I arrived, an offer I couldn't refuse.
His father sat at one end of the table, he made the occasional remark while
Andrew did most of the talking. James Bentley was innocent, he'd been
framed for a murder he didn't commit. Circumstances had made him into a
scapegoat for a murder that occurred as a consequence of a mining dispute.
He had a stack of papers a mile high, disputing every point in the current
historical account. This evidence was presented to the Supreme Court of
Victoria a few years ago. The case wasn't heard because as the judge said
'You can't sue the Crown'. Public opinion is now the only option left to
him and his father. Years of meticulous research rested on the table before
me, as he spoke. He showed me a copy of a note left by his great, great
grandmother in 1904 a few months before she died, asking the family to clear
their name. Her husband committed suicide in 1873 unable to live with the
odium of a crime he claims he had nothing to do with. Conspiracy theory?
I told him he needs to get the material in the public domain in a book.
He's reluctant, he doesn't want to tarnish the reputation of significant
figures in the rebellion. One hundred and fifty years later, the ghosts of
the past weigh heavily on the shoulders of the survivors. After finishing
my cup of tea sugared with his home grown honey, we parted. I told him that
his only option was to publish. I said I'd call again, I told him Eureka is
more than the individual events that led up to the revolt. What anarchists
are celebrating is the radical spirit of the rebellion. An uprising based
on direct democratic principles, multi-culturalism, direct action and
solidarity. Principles that are as relevant today as they were 150 years
ago.

STOP PRESS
WHINGERS
I've never seen such a pathetic editorial as the one that appeared in the
Sunday Age (23/2) about the Age's industrial dispute with their printers.
Who ever wrote the editorial laments that although the Age 'had the rule of
law on its side', the Victorian police didn't descend on the Age when they
were asked to break a picket line that had been placed on the Tullamarine
printing plant by the AMWU.
It seems that the police spokeswoman who was quoted in the same edition of
the Sunday Age (page 4), 'the primary role of the police is to preserve
peace' seems to have a much better grasp of reality than the Sunday Age's
own editorial staff. The role of the police is quite clear, to maintain
both law and order. Problems arise when legislation is passed through
parliament as in the case of this country's industrial relations laws that
criminalise what have traditionally been accepted as legitimate industrial
tactics. When the law is used to outlaw such tactics, there will never be
enough police to enforce them.
In such situations, the police's duty to maintain peace in the community is
much more important than their duty to uphold overtly political laws. The
maintenance of order in the community has to be traded off against the
community damage the enforcement of unjust laws can cause.
The dispute at the Age is a dispute between an employer and their employees.
Printers who have worked at Spencer Street for decades are naturally
concerned about what the move to Tullamarine means for them. You'd think
that a newspaper that's made its reputation by exposing the short comings of
the rest of the community, would have mechanisms in place that would have
prevented the current dispute from escalating as it has done. The Sunday
Age editorial (23/2) would have been much more effective if whoever wrote
the editorial had reflected on the reasons one of Australia's major
employers had need to call in the police to protect it against its own
employees.

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


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ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS
Call centre company TeleTech has rejected a claim by a Sydney employee for
leave following the death of his grandmother. The company refused to let him
use accumulated sick pay, leave without pay or annual leave, to allow him to
observe a traditional Jewish 7 day mourning period. The company refused a
similar request from another employee in Victoria. TeleTech workers in NSW &
Vic stopped work on Monday Feb 16 over the company's refusal to negotiate
with the USU & the Community & Public Sector Union (CPSU). Paul Morris from
the USU said "these are young workers aged 20 to 25 who up until 6 months
ago didn't even know a union existed...the statement that young people think
unions are dinosaurs is simply not the case". (Source: Workers Online
website)
Melbourne Nazis may be behind an arson attack that gutted a suburban home on
the weekend. Robert Cecala's house in Greensborough was broken into & set
alight at about 11.15pm on Sat. Mr Cecala & his family were out. The words
back off' & or die' were spray painted on his garage & car. The attack
might've been motivated by comments Mr Cecala made on a community radio
program. He was commenting on a series of arson attacks in Perth against
Chinese shops, where swastikas were painted on the scene. Mr Cecala said
left wing people had run Nazis out of town in the 1970s & may do so again.
(Source: news.com.au)
A chief inspector & 2 other officers have been removed from their positions
at the Victoria Police Academy after an enquiry into allegations of
widespread bullying. A staff member reported a series of incidents to Chief
Commissioner Christine Nixon & was victimised afterwards. The enquiry
investigated allegations of bullying of a policeman's son, apparently as
payback for going over his immediate superior's head in order to get time
off to visit a critically ill family friend in hospital; the bullying of a
gay recruit & another Greek-Australian recruit & a recruit being intimidated
over needing to take time off due to an illness. The enquiry was based on 6
months of research, using interviews & submissions from more than 100 staff
& ex recruits, including recruits who'd resigned before completing the
course. It referred to managers who'd "been party to inappropriate behaviour
& to fostering cultural norms that reinforce bullying & discriminatory modes
of behaviour". The report also noted the existence of cronyism, with
friendships unduly affecting management style & decision-making. (Source:
The Age)
The cost of paying private operators to run Melbourne's trains & trams for
the next 5 years has almost doubled to $2.3 billion under new public
transport deals announced by the State govt. Train company Connex will be
receive an average of $345 million of public money per year for 5 years to
run Melbourne's train system. This is an increase of $165 million a year.
Yarra Trams will be paid an average of $112 million a year for 5 years to
run Melbourne's trams a $36 million a year rise. No competitive bidding
was allowed for the contracts. The Govt has also released Connex from its
obligation to redevelop Flinders Street Station. (Source: The Age)
More than 60 of the US leading scientists have accused the US govt of
systematically distorting scientific facts to fit policies on everything
from climate change to whether Iraq had been trying to make nuclear weapons.
In an open letter, the independent Union of Concerned Scientists said: "When
scientific knowledge has been found to be in conflict with its political
goals, the Admin has often manipulated the process through which science
enters into its decisions. "This has been done by placing people who are
professionally unqualified or who have clear conflicts of interest in
official posts & on scientific advisory committees; by disbanding existing
advisory committees; by censoring & suppressing reports by the Govt's own
scientists; & by simply not seeking independent scientific advice."
According to a 38-page report detailing its accusations, the govt has
misrepresented scientific consensus on global warming, censored at least one
report on climate change, manipulated scientific findings on the emissions
of mercury from power plants & suppressed info on condom use.
Quote of the Moment: "There's no need for the threats of punitive
punishment". (A recruit to the Victoria Police Academy complains about the
culture of bullying that exists there & also sums up the anarchist case
against having a police force...)
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ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Has been awarded to Bulldozer' Thomas Hickey, the New South Wales leader of
the Opposition for his helpful remarks about the Redfern disturbances. ­ Eat
you heart out John Howard.

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

*** 6th DEFEND & EXTEND MEDICARE RALLY ***
SPEAKERS START AT 12.15PM
MIDDAY THURSDAY 1ST APRIL 2004
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.

CELEBRATION
Celebrate the 149th anniversary of the acquittal of John Joseph, the first
of the 13 Eureka miners to be acquitted of the crime of High Treason.
Join the Anarchist Media Institute at:
MIDDAY ­ WEDNESDAY 25TH FEBRUARY 2004
OUTSIDE THE VICTORIAN SUPREME COURT
210 WILLIAM STREET, MELBOURNE.
Reclaim the past, understand the present and change the future.

STAMP APPEAL We spend over $500.00 on postage stamps per month. If
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A DOLLAR A DAY
Increasing financial problems have forced us to review how The Anarchist
Media Institute's finances are raised. Currently subscriptions and
donations only account for about 40% of the income necessary to cover our
costs. To overcome this problem we've launched a:-
SAVE THE ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE ~ 'A DOLLAR A DAY' CAMPAIGN
We are looking for THIRTY People, interested in our activities, to pledge to
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A Dollar A Day' for twelve months. You can donate monthly or yearly. Make
out cheques and money orders to:Libertarian Workers and send to PO Box 20,
Parkville. 3052. Melbourne. Australia. Those who pledge will receive a 'I
Saved The Anarchist Media Institute' A3 poster which you can frame and put
up at work or home A great talking point if nothing else. We've got the
ideas and energy but we need your financial assistance to keep going. Go
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190 MEMBERS ­ 360 TO GO
BEFORE WE CAN APPLY TO REGISTER AS A FEDERAL POLITICAL PARTY
Politically manipulated and scorned? Sick of being a peripheral player
every time a Federal election comes around, then join: VOTE INFORMAL
TODAY, DIRECT DEMOCRACY TOMORROW a "political party" that is putting the
boot into the Australian Parliamentary Process. Send a stamp self-addressed
envelope to
VOTE INFORMAL TODAY DIRECT DEMOCRACY TOMORROW
PO Box 20, Parkville. 3052. Melbourne. Australia Telephone (03) 9828 2856
(24 hour answering service). We will send information about how to join
this unique 21st century Australian phenomena.
DON'T PUT IT OFF JOIN THE PUSH FOR CHANGE NOW.
Written and authorised by Joseph Toscano
(National Convenor 205 Nicholson St Footscray 3012 Melbourne Aust.)
Current membership 190. We need 550 members to apply for registration as a
political party, so that members can stand at the Federal election in 2004
and show Australian's that Parliamentary Democracy is nothing more than two
minutes of illusory power.

ANARCHIST WORLD THIS WEEK
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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.


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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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anarchist collectives and non-profit organisations as long as the source of
the material is mentioned in the article. The Anarchist Age Weekly Review
reserves all rights as far as commercial publications are concerned.

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