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(en) Anarchist Age Weekly Review No. 579 26th January -1st February 2004

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Date Wed, 28 Jan 2004 11:19:06 +0100 (CET)


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MAYBE I'M THE ONLY ONE
Watching the television news, reading the newspapers and listening to
the radio, I could be forgiven for thinking that I'm the only person in
Australia that is both uneasy and embarrassed about celebrating Australia
Day on the 26th January. Examining those smiling faces excitedly waving
their Australian flags, I wonder how many people know the significance of
the day. There seems to be a national consensus emerging, fanned by an
uncritical fourth estate, that it's appropriate for Australians to celebrate
what we believe are important values on the day that the original inhabitants
of this continent were dispossessed of their land, language and culture.

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

I wonder how many of those excited faces madly waving Australian flags
would feel about celebrating Australia Day on the day that foreign
invaders robbed them of the very values that they believe are worth
celebrating. It's undeniable there has been a cultural shift in this
country, that tends to both ignore and devalue the historical reality
faced by many people in Australia.

No amount of flag waving, back slapping jingoism and historical
revisionism can change the facts. The 26th January marks the beginning
of a colonisation process that drove a people that had lived on this
continent for over 40,000 years to the fringes of European society.
It's important to remember that the new Australia has been established
on the blood and bones of those who have been dispossessed of their
birthright by force.

To continue to celebrate Australia Day on the 26th January calls into
doubt the very values that Australians believe are worth celebrating.
To continue to mark the country's national day on a day that alienates a
significant minority of the population, does not do anyone justice. A
national day should be a day we all should be proud of. It's time the
myths Australia Day are built on, are exposed and a national day that is
inclusive and reflects values we can call our own, is decided by the
Australian people initially via a non binding plebiscite and ultimately
via a referendum.

WRONG, WRONG, WRONG
David Miller's article' Rebels ­ The Legacy of the Eureka Stockade' in
The Age's 150th special supplement contains two very important factual
errors. Mr. Miller states that about 30 miners and 5 police died in the
revolt.
Many of the people killed in the revolt were not involved in the Eureka
stockade battle. Many innocent bystanders were killed, long after the
battle at the Eureka stockade had ended. Frank Hasleham, arguably
Australia's first journalist killed in battle, was a correspondent for
the Melbourne Morning Herald, a newspaper that consistently took the
government's side in the dispute, as opposed to the newly established
Age which took the miners side.

Frank Hasleham was 300 yards from the stockade when he was approached by
mounted policemen and shot through the chest. It's recorded, that many
other miners camped hundreds of metres from the stockade, were also
killed and wounded by mounted police. Five soldiers from the 12th and
40th Regiment were killed in the battle at the Eureka stockade. No
police were killed, as the soldiers did the bulk of the fighting.

The Victorian Police ran riot after the battle was finished and killed
and robbed miners within the stockade and also wounded and killed people
hundreds of metres from the battle site. Many of the miners' women
rushed into the stockade after the firing had ended and stopped wounded
miners being killed by the rioting police by draping their bodies over
them.

The 3rd December 1854 is arguably the darkest day in the history of the
Victorian Police, a force that celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2003.
Considering their role in Eureka revolt, the Victorian Police should
play no official role in the 150th anniversary celebrations surrounding
the Eureka stockade revolt, unless the Victorian Chief Police
Commissioner Ms. Christine Nixon apologises on behalf of the Victorian
Police for the police's actions on the 3rd December 1854.

WHAT DID YOU EXPECT?
No weapons on mass destruction? Don't worry about it. John Howard
continues to tell us he has no reason to apologise, or withdraw
Australian troops from Iraq. No way, he acted in good faith, on
intelligence he had at hand. If the country's intelligence agencies
didn't get it correct, or more importantly the Howard government only
took notice of reports that it agreed with, so what?

To date, Australia's involvement with the coalition of the 'willing' has
not caused any Australian deaths, that's not to say that their
involvement has not caused the deaths of Iraqi civilians, as well as
military personnel.
When you take into account the Howard government's response to the fact
that they got it wrong and have committed Australian military personnel
and taxpayers money on the wrong information, you can see that you can't
trust anything this government says or does.

You really have to fear for those poor bastards in Australia's
intelligence agencies; Howard in his usual manner has fobbed off the
problem of justification for the war onto their shoulders. They told
him they had WMD and he acted on the information presented. Well,
that's what he wants you believe. The reality is very different
indeed. Howard, Bush and Blair were very keen to invade Iraq, if we
believe them and who are you and I to disbelieve the leaders of the
'free' world, they did it for the good of the Iraqi people and to
protect their citizens from the mythical WMD held by Iraq.

The reason they were sure Saddam Hussein's regime has biological and
chemical weapons was because both Britain and the US had sold and given
WMD to Iraq to counter the Muslim fundamentalist threat posed by Iran in
the 1980's. No wonder they were so damn sure that Iraq had stockpiles
of biological and chemical weapons. Unfortunately for Johnny Howard and
his cabinet colleagues, no WMD means that the little credibility they
enjoyed has evaporated into thin air.

JOB WELL DONE!!
Mr. Brendan Nelson the Federal Higher Education Minister should be
congratulated. He has successfully made access to education in
Australia a privilege. The Howard government has been able to turn the
wheel full circle back to the good old days when people with assets
could buy the best education money could buy, while the rest of the
community made do without.
Over the past three decades Australians have benefited from access to a
public education system where entry was based on talent not the ability
to pay.

The Hawke Labor government rolled back the achievements of the Whitlam
Labor government by introducing the Higher Education Contribution Scheme
(study now, pay later). The Howard Liberal / National Party government
has turned the idea of access to public education on its head by
bankrolling the private education sector, starving public education of
funds and artificially lowering the price of private education.

Nelson, Howard and his cronies now spend more taxpayer's money on
secondary private education than they spend on higher education in
Australia. No wonder fees need to be re-introduced into the university
sector. The H.E.C.S. has become more difficult to pay off and more and
more students are dropping out of university because they are finding it
impossible to work and study at the same time.

Brendan Nelson, with the support of the independent senators and his
colleagues in the Liberal / National Party, has successfully introduced
legislation in parliament that will allow students who don't have the
required entry points to buy their access to a course. Universal access
to free education was a reality in this country in the 1970's.
Successive governments have slowly turned the clock back to the days
when access to education was a prerogative of the rich and powerful.
Education has become just another commodity that is bought and sold on
the open market. Those people who don't have access to the necessary
funds are being asked to mortgage away their future through the H.E.C.S.
scheme. Those parents of children who are not in a position to save for
their children's education are quickly finding out, that access to
education in this country is a privilege, not a right.

WHATS GOING ON IN EAST TIMOR?
Four years after the Indonesian military was driven out of East Timor,
things haven't developed the way many East Timorese expected. The
structures and institutions that have been adopted by the new government
have not met the expectations of many East Timorese. The East Timorese
"democratic" experiment has not gone beyond the parliamentary model and
third world capitalism is talking hold of the country.

The biggest losers in this brave new world have been the former
resistance fighters. The society that is evolving is not the society
they were struggling for. Many are unemployed and are unlikely to find
employment because the values that they represented seem to have no
place in the new East Timor. The Prime Minister Mari Altari has just
launched extensive police action against a group that has refused to
recognise his government's authority. The rebel committee to defend the
Democratic Republic of East Timor (CPD) are keen to destroy an extra
parliamentary movement that is challenging the legitimacy of the current
government. The Altari government is trying to link CPD with militia
groups in West Timor.

Police are seizing identity cards that have been issued by CPD. They
are raiding sympathetic villages and are creating a climate of fear in
areas where CPD is active. Prime Minister Altari has promised to
neutralise the group by March. Keen to attract foreign capital and keep
the Australian and United States government on side. The current East
Timor government seems to be violently overreacting to any extra
parliamentary resistance to its rule. Instead of tackling the problems
that have been highlighted by the CPD they would prefer to destroy them
militarily.

Many East Timorese are beginning to realise that the very real
sacrifices they made in resisting the Indonesian occupation have not
borne the fruits they were promised. Ex-fighters have not been given
recognition and are finding that there is no place for them in the new
East Timor. They and their supporters have refused to recognise the
authority of the new government and are setting up a society within a
society that reflects their aims and aspirations, not the aims and
aspirations of people who think democracy is limited to the act of
casting a ballot to elect a parliamentary representative every three to
four years.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. Is anarchism a 19th century European phenomenon?
A. If you look at the historical figures that are trotted out every
time the subject is discussed, you could be forgiven for thinking that
anarchism is a 19th century European phenomenon. The desire for freedom
isn't some concept that miraculously appeared in the 19th century. The
earliest known written expression about the desire for freedom has been
found in a cuniform inscription on a clay tablet that was written in
around 2300BC in the Sumerian city state of Lagosh. (If you look at the
letter sent to the Victorian Police Commissioner that has been included
as an insert in this week's edition of the Anarchist Weekly, you will
see the inscription and an explanation of what it means at the bottom of
the letter.)
The desire for liberty has always been a major factor in human history.
That desire has been manifested as struggles for religious freedom,
national liberation, economic freedom and struggles against
authoritarian rulers.
The channelling of the struggle for freedom in the 19th century into a
battle for representative democracy marks the beginning of the modern
anarchist movement.
Modern anarchism evolved in the European context as a 19th century
political movement because activists quickly realised that the
individual couldn't be free unless they controlled both economic and
political factors.
The limitations of parliamentary politics pushed activists of the period
to re-examine what the struggle for freedom meant. Many activists soon
realised that people need to control both the political and economic
process to experience freedom. Those activists who believed that the
people needed to directly own all resources in common and make the
decisions about how the communities they lived in should be organised,
built up a body of thought that was described as anarchism.
Nineteenth century anarchists redefined the struggle for human liberty
away from the struggle for national, cultural and religious liberation,
to the struggle for individual liberation. They pointed out that the
struggle for individual liberty is intertwined with the struggle of the
collective, that individuals could not experience freedom unless those
around them experienced the same freedoms. In order to achieve that
goal, they postulated that the State in all its manifestations needed to
be abolished and that capital needed to be held in common.

ACTION BOX
CD-ROM
I received an email from John Zube last week that raised important
questions about the most powerful and most affordable media ­ the
CD-ROM'. John lamented the fact the riches of pro-freedom information'
were not being shared via some of the most affordable and powerful media
­ the CD-ROM'.
He followed up the email by sending the Anarchist Media Institute a
CD-ROM titled 'Monetary and Panarchy Files from John Zube'.
He makes the suggestion that all the material on current anarchist
websites could be filed away in a few CD-ROMs. Anarchist groups would
be able to collaborate and produce material that could be duplicated
1000's of times and circulated around the world. CD-ROMs are difficult
to censor, cheap to produce, take up little space and are fairly easy to
distribute.
Material that has already been digitised can be easily scanned in, one
CD can hold up to 3000 books. Two limitations I can immediately see are
the time needed to scan in available material and the distribution
networks needed to ensure as many people as possible have access to the
material scanned in CD-ROMs that are produced. Irrespective of the type
of technological innovations we utilise, people still have to make the
decision that what anarchists have to say may have relevance to their
lives and make the effort to access the material.
John Zube makes the interesting point 'Indeed none of us could in a
normal lifespan, read 10 CDs optically filled with anarchist
literature. But the 10 and many more, should become accessible to all
of us, as private reference libraries that do not threaten our living
space, like books do in large collections and do not cost us access
charges'. John laments that anarchists have been apathetic towards
utilising both microfiche and floppy disc options in the past.
John's proposal needs to be seriously considered by those of us who are
interested in disseminating our ideas to as wide an audience as
possible.
The CD-ROM option is one option that the anarchist movement could
relatively easily add to the current methods of communication they
currently utilise.
Anybody interested in pursuing this option further can contact John Zube
by emailing jzube@acenet.com.au or by phone (02) 4877 1436 or they can
write to
John Zube, P.O. Box 52, Berrima 2577, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
THE EUREKA SERIES - 2004 - No. 3 SHOULD THE VICTORIAN POLICE APOLOGISE?'
This issue of the Anarchist Age Weekly Review includes an insert of a
letter written to the Victorian Chief Police Commissioner Ms Christine
Nixon and her response to this letter. The Victorian Police (VicPol)
force celebrated its 150th anniversary last year with a series of events
and services including a ceremony at Mansfield to honour the memory of 3
police constables killed by the Kelly gang in the 1880's. It has a
Historical Unit that researches police history and uses these findings
to promote the VicPol's reputation in the community.
The VicPol history has become an important component of today's force.
The issue of police brutality was an important one on the Ballarat
goldfields.
It's unlikely the dissatisfaction felt by the miners would have led to
an armed revolt if the VicPol had behaved differently. Police pay was
poor, the force had only been established for a year and the fledging
Victorian government had difficulty in recruiting members. Police
officers individual pay was linked to the number of arrests they made,
as they were paid a percentage of fines that were imposed by the courts.
This system led to increased friction, disputes and resistance against
the VicPol. The situation became so difficult the British Navy and Army
was brought in to maintain the status quo. Police and military
personnel were used to destroy the Eureka revolt in a sea of blood on
the 3rd December 1854. The British military did most of the fighting,
the VicPol did the moping up'. Both conservative and radical historians
agree that most of the killing that occurred happened after the
dispersal of the miners.
Mounted police hunted and killed both miners and bystanders who had
nothing to do with the rebellion for up to 2 hours after the Eureka
stockade had fallen. Next week I'll examine the police's participation
in the battle and the following week I'll examine their role in the
massacre at Eureka.
The issue of an apology isn't just some dry historical argument, it's an
issue that is as relevant today as it was 150 years ago. It's important
that as the 150th anniversary of the Eureka celebrations draw closer,
the story about what happened is not sanitised and passed off as a dry
historical tourist event that has no relevance to what is happening
today.

BOOK REVIEW
'NORTH OF CAPRICORN ­ The Untold Story of Australia's North' ­ Henry
Reynolds 2003
Allen and Unwin, ISBN 1 8650 803 06
If you live in Australia and you're going to read one book in 2004,
Henry Reynold's North of Capricorn' is the book I recommend you get hold
of.
Little is known about the other' history of Australia. When that
history finally enters the public arena, the Windschuttles of the world
and their friends in the corporate owned media and the government gelded
ABC, invariably push the emerging stories of Australia's past back into
the shadows, casting doubt on the authenticity of the story and the
motives of the author. What's tragic about North of Capricorn' is the
political response to the emerging multi-racial community that was
developed north of the Tropic of Capricorn at the end of the 19th
century. The 1st Act passed by the new Federal parliament in 1901
closed the door to non white immigration and led to the deportation of
1000s of indentured labourers from the South Pacific. The thriving
multi-racial communities that had been established, slowly slipped out
of sight as a consequence of government policies that banned non white
immigration.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities faced little better,
every aspect of their life was regulated, their lands were taken away
from them and remnants of once thriving communities were herded into
missions. Town blacks' were rounded up and deported to isolated
reserves and missions. If they couldn't be deported, every effort was
made to keep them out of the towns north of Capricorn.
In 1906 the Federal government passed legislation to prohibit the annual
voyage of Macassan Praus (boats), a practice that had been going on for
100s of years. Lifelong friendships and kin relationships were severed.
Aborigines were left stranded in Indonesia and contact between the
family groups was not re-established till the1980's.
Henry Reynold's story is a black account of a fixation by all levels of
white Australian society with race, colour and blood. It is a story
that needs to be told over and over again. The Untold Story of
Australia's North' is etched in the family history of many of the
families that continue to live there. An understanding of this history
helps to explain the John Howards of the world's attitudes to indigenous
Australians and asylum seekers. 'Those who refuse to acknowledge the
past are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past' seems to be the
mantra that has been adopted by John Howard and his ilk.
North of Capricorn' is available for around $50 (hardback). If you
can't afford to get a hold of a copy, get your local library to order it
in for you.

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
The great thing about sitting, watching and waiting is that the whole
world comes to you. If you wait long enough, you can see everything
there is to see. In the space of an hour, I saw enough to make me both
cry and laugh.
Why bother with Foxtel, radio, television, newspapers or even National
Geographic when you've got the whole world on your doorstep.
Now, where will I begin? Dog walking has become a little bit of a chore
in Melbourne town. Gone are the days when you let your dog off the lead
so they could deposit a big brown gift on your favourite neighbour's
nature strip. Those days are well and truly gone. I assume that's what
people mean when they talk about the good old days. Let's get back to
our panoramic view of the known universe. A young woman in her late
20's is walking what looks like 2 black poodles. One tries to stop on
the footpath (natures calling). She yanks it forward and guides it
towards a nice patch of green grass. The dog squats, hey presto a gift
for its adoring owner.
Normally the culturally aware urban dweller delves into their pockets,
pulls out a plastic bag and pops the offending piece of doggy poo into
it for disposal at a latter date. No plastic bag is forthcoming. She
looks around and starts grinding her poodle's poo into the grass. Once,
twice, a third time for good measure. As she walks on, an unsuspecting
couple walking towards her compliment her on her dogs. They love the
dogs so much, I'm sure they won't mind the smell coming from the soles
of their shoes when they get home.
Just when you think you've seen everything, a woman running behind a
pram, one hand on the pram navigating around every obstacle in her path
and another hand holding 2 dogs on separate leashes, is making good
time. I begin wondering about what happens when nature calls, the
baby's O.K., I'm sure our friend has learnt to ignore the call of nature
until she gets back home, the dogs well that's another story, I'm sure
they'll let her know who's boss when the time comes. I hope she has a
tight grip on that pram.
I could tell you story of the 2 grandmothers I saw pedalling down the
hill or the young man who was in such a hurry, he flew over his
handlebars on the very spot where the black poodle had fertilised the
nature strip. But I won't bother because I'm sure you've got better
things to do with your time than read about what I saw in my patch of
the universe.

STOP PRESS
WHERE ARE THOSE WEAPONS?
If you cast your mind back 9 to 10 months ago, you may remember that
every Australian newspaper and almost every radio and television outlet
supported the US led invasion of Iraq because the Iraqi regime's weapons
of mass destruction threatened our way of life'. 10 months later,
George Bush Jnr talks about WMD programs' as even he has realised that
there are no WMD to be found in Iraq.
We're told don't worry about it, WMD or not, the US led invasion of Iraq
liberated the Iraqi people from a vicious dictator and they will now be
introduced to the delights of parliamentary democracy. That is when the
US gets round to calling elections. You've got to be very careful with
this election business, you don't want the wrong people to win power, do
you?
While 10,000s of Iraqis took to the streets calling for direct elections
to be held by June, the US administrator of Iraq is not very keen to go
the polls just yet.
It's nice having a hand picked interim government to deal with, no
chance of them doing something to displease their new masters. If they
do, the chances of them remaining in the job are very slim indeed.
Direct elections, well that's another matter, as we said before you
don't want the wrong people in office, do you? Those ungrateful
bastards may vote in a government we have no faith in. We couldn't have
that could we?
Now that WMD are a non issue and elections are a non starter, I wonder
what reasons our mates in the corporate owned media and the government
gelded ABC will use to justify the invasion of Iraq. Two items which
may get a guernsey are reconstruction contracts and oil. Let's be
honest, let's stop hiding behind the manufactured morality that
surrounds the issue. The invasion of Iraq occurred to secure the US oil
supply, if they had told the truth 10 months ago, they wouldn't have to
go through all the run around they are going through now to justify the
indefensible. If only they had told the truth, they wouldn't be facing
all these awkward questions. Ah well, maybe next time nobody will
believe them.

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

FILM AND VIDEO REVIEW
EUROPEAN WOMEN
Rosenstrasse (coming to Oz Cinemas in 2004) or The Women of
Rosenstrasse.
Director Margarethe von Trotta's strongest work since 1986's Rosa
Luxemburg.
The film took 8 years to organize & finally make. It relates a
little-known episode that occurred in Germany in late Feb & early March
1943. The Jewish spouses of 'Aryan' wives & husbands, after being
protected hitherto, were suddenly rounded up by the Nazi regime.
Deportation & death in concentration camps confronted them. A
spontaneous demo by 100's of wives broke out on Rosenstrasse, the Berlin
St outside the detention center where the Jewish prisoners were being
held. The women defied the authorities, who eventually trained
machine-guns on them. Perhaps the women had nothing to lose. Perhaps
they knew the defeat at Stalingrad meant the end of the war & the end of
the regime. In any case, they're very brave. Von Trotta delivers a blow
to the arguments of those who claim that the crimes of the Nazis
expressed the will of the German people. The filmmaker doesn't avoid the
harshest realities, but she keeps her eyes on reality as a whole.
POLITICS**** ENTERTAINMENT ****

OTHER TITLES:
M. Von Trotta's other films worth getting out on video or DVD from
better
libraries and stores are:
German Sisters, Lost Honour of Katherina Blum & Rosa Luxemburg (about
the
revolutionary murdered during repression of the Councils aka Spartacist
Uprising in 1919). To see Anarchist women in the 1936 Spanish
Revolution:
Libertarias dir: V.Aranda & dir: Ken Loach's Land & Freedom.
ARABIC WOMEN Currently at the cinema is director Abbas Kiarostami's Ten;
a
Tehran road trip by a woman driver. Out on video & DVD is The Circle,
directed by Jafar Panahi, the Iranian director harassed by US
immigration
officials.
See too: Baran.Afghan refugee woman works - disguised as a man - on a
building site in Iran.
NOTE: These films are claustrophobic & intense looks at women's everyday
lives under Islamic Shiite Theocracy. Kandahar. Undercover (of the
Burka)
journey into Afghanistan by an ex asylum seeker trying to save her
sister.
READING: Feminist in the Dark, & the follow up Popcorn & Sexual
Politics,
both by Kathi Maio. (Look for her name on web search engines for current
reviews) Richard Porton, Film & the Anarchist Imagination.


ANARCHIST PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED SINCE LAST ISSUE
- A BATALHA Vol.30 No.7 NOV/DEC 2003, R. Marques de Ponte de Lima,
37-2-D,
1100-337, Lisboa, PORTUGAL. Jornalabatalha@hotmail.com
- CNT No.297, Winter 04, Organo de la Conferedacion Nacional del
Trabajo,
APARTADO 4040, 18080 GRANADA, SPAIN, Tel:958289009, Fax:958288992,
jlgrua@ugr.es redaccion@periodcocnt.org
- LE LIBERTAIRE No.242 Jan 04, Revue de synthese anarchiste, Boite
Postale
745, 76060 Leitavre Cedex FRANCE Tel:(0148414594),
www.le-libertaire.org,libertaire@normandnet.fr
- ROJO Y NEGRO No.162 Winter 2004, CGT, C/-Compania9, 10 1zda, 31001
Pamploma/Iruna SPAIN, Tel:948224766, Fax:948212399,
email:suscripciones@rojonero.info
'UMANITA NOVA Vol 83 No.42 EL 21st Dec 2003, Settimanale Anarchico, C.50
Palermo 46, 10152, Torino ITALY. tel/fax (011) 857850 Mobile 338-6594361
email:fat@inrete.it
OTHER PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED
'THE OTHER ISRAELI No.101/112 DEC/JAN '04, Newsletter of the Israeli
Council for Israeli-Palestinian Peace, P.O.Bpx 2542 Holon ISRAEL
Tel/Fax:03
5565804, Email;otherisr@actcom.co.il

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ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS
The Wal-Mart chain of supermarkets in the US is under fire for
reportedly
locking in overnight workers at many of its stores, sometimes to the
detriment of their own safety. The New York Times reported a number of
cases
in which employees were allegedly prevented from leaving a store when
they
were injured, unwell or, as in one case in Florida, when a hurricane
struck
the area. Michael Rodriguez, who works at a Wal-Mart store in Texas &
waited
an hour for colleagues to free him from beneath fallen machinery as they
searched for a key, said: "It isn't right. You could've been bleeding to
death & they'll have you locked in." Wal-Mart officials said a lock-in
policy operated in some stores & had done for up to 15 years. But they
said
the stores were either in high crime areas or at risk of "shrinkage", a
euphemism for theft by employees. (The Independent [UK])
Trinity Grammar in Sydney has received an increase in federal funding of
220% over a 4-year period. Govt schools have received an increase of
about
20% over the same 4-year period. (ABC News website)
PM John Howard has said public school attendance is falling b/c public
schools are too "politically correct", rather than b/c of lack of
funding.
He added some public schools were "hostile or apathetic to Aussie
heritage &
values". Non-govt schools, with 30% of secondary school students, will
receive $4.7 billion in federal funding in 2004, beating universities
that
will receive $4.5 billion. Rob Durbridge (Australian Education Union)
said
many elite private schools had had increases of over 200% in federal
govt
funding in the last few years. (Herald Sun, ABC News website)
The first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel peace prize has accused
Western
govts of hiding behind the Sept 11 attacks to violate human rights.
Iranian
lawyer Shirin Ebadi won the prize for her campaigns for children's and
women's rights. She has challenged fundamental articles of Iranian law
such
as those saying a woman's life is worth half that of a man or that a
woman
needs her husband's permission to leave the country. Ms Ebadi said in
her
acceptance speech "in the past 2 years, some states have violated the
universal principles & laws of human rights by using the events of Sept
11
and the war on int'l terrorism as a pretext". "Regulations restricting
human
rights & basic freedoms... have been justified & given legitimacy under
the
cloak of the war on terrorism." (Guardian [UK])
Victorian families are expected to face a rise in essential expenses of
approx $1000 per year. The new costs incl proposed increases in gas &
electricity bills of up to 7.8% & an unprecedented rise in TAFE fees of
25%.
A person who commutes from Zone 2 (the outer suburbs of Melb) to the
city
will pay an extra $142 a year. Gavin Duffy from St Vincent de Paul said
"a
lot of increases are for essential services, such as gas, electricity &
public transport, so it will disproportionately hurt lower-income and
struggling households". Consumer Law Centre director Chris Field said
families would struggle with their increased costs, given the record
levels
of household debt & low savings. (Herald Sun)
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