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(en) Anarchist Age Weekly Review No. 602 12th July ­ 18th July 2004

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Date Wed, 14 Jul 2004 21:19:23 +0200 (CEST)


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INTERESTING TO NOTE
It's interesting to note that Liberal State MP Andrew Alexander has
apologised for his "appalling mistake", is keen to make restitution for the
damage he has caused, wants to get on with his political career and has
asked for the community to forgive him. It's ironic that a member of
parliament from a political party, that has cut its teeth on the law and
order debate, is asking for forgiveness. State governments around the
country as well as the Federal government, have over the past decade, been
involved in unseemly "law and order" auctions that have resulted in the
stripping away of rights that citizens have enjoyed for centuries, the
imposition of longer sentences for victimless crimes and the introduction of
mandatory sentences. These changes have resulted in an explosion in the
number of people incarcerated for relatively trivial offences.

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

Today, prisons are little different from the 18th century English hulks that
held the flotsam and jetsam of the 18th English society. An increasing
number of people with overt psychiatric social and economic problems make up
an unacceptable percentage of today's prison population. Talk of
rehabilitation has been replaced with an attitude of locking them up and
throwing away the key. Politicians and the community have forgotten that
the treatment meted out to prisoners and people who are convicted of many
crimes that don't result in prison sentences, is creating an embittered
underclass that is increasingly excluded from community life.

Irrespective of how brutal and harsh life was in Australia's penal colonies
in the 18th and early 19th century, convicts who completed their sentences ­
ticket of leave men were given small parcels of land so they found
themselves in a position where they could make a contribution to the
community they had rejoined. Today, anyone who is convicted wears their
conviction like the mark of Cain. It is extremely difficult for people with
even the most trivial convictions to be fully reintegrated back into
society.

Alexander's public dilemma highlights that many people who face the criminal
justice system are not habitual criminals. They are honest law abiding
citizens who have made a mistake. Instead of talking about harsher
sentences for what is deemed to be criminal activity, community debate
should swing back to a discussion about the role of forgiveness,
rehabilitation and re-integration in society in the criminal justice system.
Continuing down the path that our politicians have built for us, will only
lead to more criminal activity, more people jailed for victimless crimes and
more citizens ostracized from the community for a momentary indiscretion.

VIOLENCE?
The Sunday program's expose of the life and times of Mark Latham must be a
serious contender for the non-event of the year. A bit of push and shove, a
few teenage indiscretions and some fractional mudslinging was about all the
program could come up with. The program, although anaemic, limp and deadly
dull, was interesting because it throws a spotlight on the incestuous
relationship that exists between the corporate owned media and those groups
in Australian society who believe they were born to rule.

That the word violence was repeatedly used to describe Latham's behaviour is
both absurd and dangerous. Violence is an everyday reality for an
increasing number of Australians. Everyday the media carries reports of
violent incidents that have a profound impact on both the victims of
violence and those who use violence in their day to day lives. To
trivialise violence in the way the Sunday program did, does not do anyone
justice.

Violence in Australia society is a much deeper malaise than most people
imagine. It's important to remember that the damage done by increasing
levels of personal violence is far outweighed by the damage done by
institutional violence. The Sunday program would have served its viewer's
interests much better if it had shone a torch on the increasing levels of
institutional violence that have occurred during the Howard government's
term in office.

Wedge politics have consequences that continue to be felt long after any
short term political gains have dissipated. An increasing number of
communities within Australian society, indigenous, Muslim, the unemployed
and asylum seekers to name a few, are now facing increasing levels of
institutional violence as a consequence of the Howard government's addiction
to wedge politics. When you add these groups to the number of trade
unionists and non-unionised part time and poorly paid workers who suffer
institutional violence, you begin to realise that those groups in Australian
society who exercise power, use this country's institutions to maintain
their privileged position at the expense of the great majority of
Australians.

If the Sunday program had even the slightest interest in the role violence
plays in Australians society, they would have presented a much more balanced
program than their absurd program about Mark Latham.

HEALTH CARE DEBACLE
Gregory Hywood's tortured commentary on the health care delivery system (The
Age 8/7) has left out the most important ingredient in the health care
debate. Access to health care is not a debate that just takes place in
political circles. It's a debate that ultimately involves everyone,
irrespective of Hywood's opinions about market forces and idealism. What
type of health care delivery system Australians finally end up with, will be
determined by the amount of political pressure Australians can exert on
political parties to design and fund a health care delivery system that
caters for their health needs.

No amount of rhetoric can hide the fact that around $3 billion of taxpayers
funds is siphoned from the public hospital sector to subsidise the health
care costs of the 43% of Australians who can afford to take out private
health insurance. Injecting that $3 billion back into the public hospital
system would not only cover the costs of those who would not be able to
continue to afford to take out private health insurance if the subsidy was
removed, but would improve access to the public hospital system to those 57%
of Australians who are currently forced to use an under resourced and under
staffed public hospital sector.

If the Howard government, the Labor opposition or Gregory Hywood had any
interest in creating an equitable system that looked after the health care
needs of all Australians, as well as the interests of both the public and
the private health care sector, legislation could be passed through
parliament tomorrow to resolve the problem.

The Gold Card Veterans Scheme, a scheme that currently allows veterans to
use public or private hospitals and the Commonwealth government picks up the
cost for their hospitalisation, could be significantly extended with minimal
legislative changes and financial costs. Instead of using $3 billion a year
of taxpayers funds to subsidise the health insurance costs of people who can
afford to take out private health insurance, the money could be used to
extend the Gold Card Scheme to Australians with major health care problems
on the basis of need, not on the amount of disposable income they have
access to.

"SCUM"
When it comes to rorting the system, the Howard government has all bases
covered. Honest John has 40 personal staffers that are paid by the
taxpayer. As well as those staffers, he has access to the country's
Security Agencies, the Armed Forces, the Federal Police as well as a
politicised bureaucracy. On top of this little nest of helpers, one of his
chief advisors Gerry Wheeler, heads the ominously named Government Member
Secretariat, a little outfit of 11 taxpayer funded advisors who specialise
in dirty tricks.

The Prime Minister has conveniently put this little operation in the hands
of his Parliamentary Whip, so that the Senate Estimates Committees cannot
publicly examine to what use the millions of dollars of taxpayers money have
been put to. Mark Latham has pointed the finger at Ian Hanke, a government
staff member who works out of the office of Kevin Andrews Minister for the
Aged in Melbourne. It seems that not only are this group of backroom boys
and girls in charge of the dirty tricks campaign, they are being paid by the
taxpayer to spy, pry and undermine.

For 8 years the Howard government has being using taxpayers money to
directly and indirectly discredit whoever they believe may pose a challenge
to their power. Information manufactured by their dirty tricks brigade is
then passed on to sympathetic reporters and editorial staff in the corporate
owned media. Rupert Murdoch and Packer's news outlets receive the bulk of
these leaks. This information is then used by Murdoch and Packer's news
outlets to set the political, social and cultural agenda.

It's time these taxpayer funded dirty making machines were tackled head on.
It's time a Royal Commission was set up to investigate their role in the
Howard government. It's time the Labor Party stopped whinging and pledged
to call a Royal Commission into this murky political underworld if they won
the forthcoming Federal election.

AYE, AYE CAPTAIN
The politicisation of Australia's armed forces is high on the agenda of the
Federal government. Across the country and overseas, Australian military
personnel are being told that if they want to keep their jobs, they, their
families and friends must vote for the Coalition at the next Federal
election. Sources who are familiar with the military have passed on their
concerns to the Anarchist Age Weekly Review that for the first time in
living memory, senior officers are telling men and women within the armed
forces how to vote at the next election.

Even during the most difficult and darkest days in Vietnam, Australian
military personnel were kept out of the political debate. The drawing of
senior officers into the Federal government's re-election campaign has
serious consequences for the Australian people and the armed forces. The
Howard government has strenuously pursued a policy of appointing Coalition
supporters to senior echelons of the bureaucracy, cultural bodies,
government quangos and the judiciary. The extension of its partisan
policies into the armed forces sets a dangerous precedent.

It's apparent the Federal government is pursuing a policy that will allow it
to use the military to intimidate domestic opposition to its policies. A
number of laws have been set in place since the 2000 Olympics that allows it
to legally use the armed forces domestically with impunity. Three ministers
of the Crown can unleash the armed forces on unarmed civilians if they
believe Commonwealth interest are threatened. Armed forces personnel who
kill or maim protestors are indemnified from legal action.

The politicisation of the armed forces by the Howard government is a serious
threat to those few rights and liberties that Australians currently enjoy.
Directing military personnel to vote for the Coalition government is the
latest in a long list of government initiatives that have made Australia's
armed forces a partisan player in the country's domestic politics.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. WILL CITIES EXIST IN AN ANARCHIST SOCIETY?
A. It's difficult to envisage that cities will cease to exist when 6
billion people live on a planet the size of Earth. Different anarchist
movements around the world will inherit different living arrangements.
Geography, food supplies, population numbers and climate, all play their
part in the decision about what type of accommodation is available.
Anarchism provides a mechanism by which people make decisions and share
wealth. It doesn't force people to take up a particular lifestyle. Some
anarchists will want to live in cities others may want to live in villages,
while still others may want to live an isolated existence in the
countryside. Each individual within an anarchist society has the potential
to live where they want to.
Where people live and what accommodation they use, will initially be
determined by what type of housing stocks are available. The first
responsibility that an anarchist community faces is providing accommodation
for who ever require it. Excess accommodation will be distributed to those
who don't have access to it. If accommodation is not available, those who
have access to it will be encouraged to share it with those who need it.
The formation of an anarchist community will result in a transformation in
property relationships. Private and State property becomes community
property. Access to property is determined by use, not by ownership. The
transformation of property relationships will result in significant new
housing stocks becoming available for people to use.
Once every body has access to accommodation, the debate will shift to a
debate about where people want to live. Questions then will be asked about
whether people want their cities to expand or shrink, whether they want to
move to regional or rural areas and what type of infrastructure needs to be
developed so that people's accommodation preferences become a reality. It's
interesting to note that in communities where cities have been destroyed by
war or natural disasters, people tend to rebuild the cities that have been
destroyed.
Although city life can be plagued with problems, the transfer of ownership
from the private and State sector to the community sector can provide the
impetus that will encourage people to participate in the decisions about
what types of cities, towns and villages they want to live in.

ACTION BOX
TAKING ON THE MEDIA
If you want change, any change, you need to take on both the government
gelded ABC and the corporate owned media. Mass communication has rendered
the public meeting obsolete. Every day the same outlets pump the same
garbage into the public realm. Their power lies in their ability to set the
agenda. Anarchists normally make the mistake of ignoring the media,
believing that if they ignore it, it will go away. It won't go away, it
will continue to set the political, social and cultural agenda if we don't
fight back.
Energy needs to put into the struggle to set up parallel media outlets that
gives us the opportunity to put forward our viewpoints on a regular basis.
It's one thing to react to a particular issue, it's another thing to put
forward regular uncensored opinions about what's happening around us. The
key to setting up parallel media networks lies to a large degree in the
confidence we have in our ideas and ourselves. The stranglehold the
corporate owned media enjoys can be challenged. It can be challenged
because many people have little faith in what they read, hear or see.
Although it takes time, effort and money to set up parallel media networks,
technological changes have made it possible for a small group to offer
alternative viewpoints to a large number of people. The internet, community
radio, television and regular newsletters all provide an avenue by which we
can communicate our ideas to other people. It's important we don't let
others exercise a monopoly on debate because they own the means by which
ideas can be shared.
The Anarchist Media Institute was set up in 1986 to act as an interface
between the Libertarian Workers for a Self-Managed Society and the mass
media. The Anarchist World This Week and the Anarchist Age Weekly Review
are two ways that we are able to challenge the monopoly that the corporate
media is able to exercise. There is nothing stopping other groups and
individuals from challenging the monopoly that the corporate media exercises
in society. With a little bit of imagination and a little bit of work, we
can all help to breakdown the manufactured consensus that the corporate
owned media is able to impose on the communities we live and work in.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
Melbourne the world's most livable city. Melbourne, one of the great
urban centres of the world. Melbourne? Who is Melbourne named after? What
ruling class hero is remembered long after his bones have turned to dust?
What is Melbourne's namesake claim to fame? Melbourne was the British Prime
Minister whose name was given to the spreading cancer on the banks of the
Yarra in 1836. The previous year, John Fawkner and John Batman had
established illegal settlements on the Yarra, displacing the indigenous
inhabitants in a series of massacres that don't appear in the city's
history. John Batman had perfected the art of killing blacks in Tasmania's
'Black Wars' in the 1820's.
Melbourne's claim to fame is intertwined with Australia's history in a way
that few people seem to realise. Among the petty criminals and rogues that
were transported to Australia, were a sprinkling of political prisoners -
Chartists, Irish rebels, Scottish reformers and trade unionists. Political
prisoners were, like their less fortunate brethren, sent to the new world's
penal colonies.
Melbourne was the Prime Minister who was responsible for the transportation
of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, 6 agricultural labourers who tried to form a trade
union in Dorchester England in 1834. The transportation of the Tolpuddle
Martyrs in 1835 caused uproar in the British parliament that resulted in a
campaign being launched to have them released. The clamour for their
release gathered so much momentum that Prime Minister Melbourne and his
parliamentary cronies were forced to grant them a free pardon on the 10th of
March 1836. Within a few weeks the 6 Tolpuddle Martyrs were on their way
back to England.
Today, the trade unionists have disappeared from memory while the Prime
Minister who agitated for their incarceration and transportation, has a
major city named in his honour. If you spend a few minutes thinking about
some of the major place names used in Australia, it's not unusual to find
that some of Australia's most important place names honour the memory of men
and women who made their names by murdering, stealing, cheating and lying.
When you think about it, very little has really changed.

BOOK REVIEW
'A DICTIONARY OF AUSTRALIAN COLLOQUIALISMS'
G. A. Wilkes, 4th Edition 2002,
Oxford University Press, ISBN 019553798X
'Over this time I have held to the concept of colloquialism as covering a
wider area than 'slang', essentially deriving from the spoken rather than
the written language, and often occurring in a phrase rather than in a
single word' G.A. WILKES
426 pages of Australian colloquialisms. Heaven on a stick. The great thing
about Australian colloquialisms is that you can, in many cases trace their
origins. Although many have disappeared from sight, others pop up in their
place. G. A. Wilkes has attempted successfully in most instances to trace
the origins of most of the colloquialisms listed. Each entry is followed by
a selection of sourced examples about that particular colloquialism.
One that got away ­ 'hooer' ­ possibly a variant of 'whore' but applied to
men in a generally derogatory way, like 'bastard', 3 examples of usage given
1952, 1962 and 1975. I've never heard of it, have you? Harold Holt to
'bolt' (the disappearance of Prime Minister Harold Holt in the surf at
Portsea on the 17th December 1967). Example: Kathe Let the Girls Night Out
1987, page 169 ­ 'We would do the Harold Holt ­ 'Bolt' he decoded for me ­
up to Joh country'. 'Yarraman' ­ Aboriginal term for house used also by
whites ­ 1842 examples 1860, 1866, 1895, 1891, 1908 ­ Giles Seagram Bushman
all page 20: 'You accuse me of taking the Yarraman. Of course I did. It
was our hopes'. 'Snavel', snaffle to appropriate steal 1790. A new one
1994 ­ 'skimpy' ­ Ladies who wear next-to-nothing outfits while working as
barmaids. For a small fee of $2 or there abouts, they drop their tops and
give the customers a 5-second eyeful. One we're all familiar with
'capitalise the gains and socialise the losses' ­ Country Party policy as
attributed to Kim Beazley but assigned by him to S. B. Chiefly.
The list goes on and on and on. New, old, offensive, inoffensive,
disappeared, still here, 1788 to 2004, more colloquialisms then you can poke
a stick at. Interesting? Useful? Possibly. Worth spending $32.95 on?
Maybe. On second thoughts, yes.
Nullabor nymph, Nar Nar Goon, Rock spider, Mud map, Mulga, Yugo, Yella fella
­ male half caste in NW Australia 1913 bet you didn't know that one.
Available in any bookshop for $32.95 Australian.

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
Straight roads, roundabouts, grids, urban wastelands, everything in its
place? Nothing highlights how cities are hostages to the type of transport
infrastructure they can create than the nation capital. Canberra has the
dubious honour of being a planned city. Every blade off withered grass,
evert house, every street, every monument planned from year one.
If there is one city in Australia that highlights Australians dependence on
the motorcar, it's Canberra. Unless you're extremely fit and have plenty of
time on your hands, you have access to a motorcar or one of the irregular
buses that trawls through the suburbs, you're a hostage to Canberra's
planners. Any journey that takes you outside the Canberra Authority
precinct, is a journey that's punctuated with a sameness that eats away at
the soul. Houses, apartments blocks, more houses, more apartment blocks,
more houses coated with a greyness that screams repetition.
Nothing breaks the monotony except the occasional sign that screams shops.
In the middle of the urban sprawl, a wagon train of shops surrounded by
Canberra's motto, the ubiquitous car park. No car no life. No car no
community. Isolation the predominant outcome of decades of planning.
I'd hate to be old, or frail, or young in Canberra. Getting to the local
doctor or the shops becomes an exercise in planning. Considering the lack
of infrastructure in the suburbs, you'd think you'd see people in their
gardens. You don't, although it's school holidays, no children, and no
children because there are no front fences. No front fences, planning
regulations. At least there are plenty of sporting facilities grouped in
their little box somewhere in the manicured urban metropolis. The problem,
you need an adult to drive you to the playing fields. Whatever you do,
don't do what I did, look for a greasy fish and chip shop, they don't exist.
McDonalds, Subway, Pizza Hut, Dominos Pizza, Chinese takeaway, café latte
set ok. Everything else is as rare as hens teeth.

STOP PRESS
MEDIA MANIPULATION
Pick up a Murdoch rag, look at a corporate television station, listen to a
corporate radio station and you'll soon notice that media manipulation is
the only game in town. It's been a long time since all sections of the
corporate media in Australia have thrown their support behind the incumbent
government. It's reasonable to assume that backroom deals have been done
that has assured the Howard government of the corporate media's support for
the forthcoming Federal election campaign. Latham is too frightened to
point the finger at Murdoch and Packer. He knows that if he wants Labor to
be elected in office at the next Federal election, he mustn't upset the
Packer and Murdoch family.
Normally, the government of the day and Her Majesty's loyal opposition
strike a deal with one or other of the major corporate media bosses. This
time, the Murdochs and the Packers of the world are so worried about the
future of the US / Australian alliance and the free trade deal that's about
to be stitched up, they have thrown their support behind the Howard
government.
What's important about this unsavoury situation, is not that it has
happened, it happens at every election, what is important is what deals has
the Coalition government struck with both Murdoch and Packer. That 4th free
to air television station that the Labor Party has been talking about, I
expect if the Coalition wins, it won't be going to air. I'm sure the 3
current television station owners wouldn't relish a cut in their advertising
revenue that would occur if a new player were able to buy a licence.
Possibly the Packer boys have been promised a go at Fairfax once the current
media rules are changed. Murdoch, I assume, he's very grateful that the
Treasurer won't stand in the way of his company's transfer to the US. The
corporatisation of the media and the ongoing attacks on the ABC have made it
impossible for most Australians to source views that don't fit into a very
limited 'intellectual' straight jacket (pardon the pun).
For the Murdochs and the Packers of the world, power doesn't lie in their
ability to tell people what to think. Their power lies in their ability to
set the political, social and cultural agenda by setting limits on debate.
Distraction and media manipulation allows them to manufacture a community
consensus that reinforces the status quo. That's why it's important we
spoil their nice little cosy arrangements and expand the debate about what
is desirable, possible and achievable when people get together and challenge
their monopoly on the dissemination of information.

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

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ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS
The Aust govt will send an extra 30 troops & 6 armoured vehicles to Iraq,
Defence Minister Robert Hill has announced. The extra troops will take the
total Aust forces in Iraq to 880. The govt has said the govt's current
ceiling on troop numbers is b/w 920 & 950. (Source: The Age, news.com.au)
The US military & allied Afghan security forces have admitted that they've
discovered what seems to be a private torture chamber run by mercenaries,
attracted to Afghanistan by the rewards offered for the capture of Osama bin
Laden & other Al-Qaeda members. Afghan police raided a private house in
Kabul & discovered 3 people strapped to the ceiling & hanging from their
feet. 5 other people were also held captive in the house. They've arrested
Jack Idema, an ex US Special Forces member. (Source: The Guardian [UK])
A police corruption informer's house has been vandalised, 2 weeks after he
told newspapers about death threats against him by corrupt police officers.
Tony Rossi's front & rear fences were painted with words including 'die',
'dog' (a slang term for an informer) & 'drug scum'. A crucifix was also
painted on the fence. In 1994 Mr Rossi took part in an undercover operation
to catch a police sgt accepting bribes. In 1995 the Ombudsman investigated
claims he'd been set up on drugs & firearms charges as payback by the sgt's
friends on the force. Mr Rossi says he received a phone call in 1999,
telling him he "wouldn't make it through the night". He says the police
ethical standards dept traced the call back to a house belonging to a
serving police officer. Ballarat police said the attack on Mr Rossi's house
was being investigated by local police. (Source: The Age)
Domestic violence is the single greatest risk factor associated with death,
disease & disability for younger Victorian women, a new study has revealed.
The study links domestic violence to suicide, depression, anxiety, alcohol,
tobacco & drug use, sexually transmitted disease, cervical cancer, physical
injuries & eating disorders. The study found that in 2000-01, intimate
partner violence contributed to 9% of ill-health, disability & premature
death among Vict women aged 15 to 44. In the same age group, 10% of deaths
were blamed on domestic violence either thru suicide or violent death. The
figures show that domestic violence is responsible for more ill-health &
premature death in this age group than any other single risk factor, incl
high blood pressure, obesity or smoking. In the year covered by the study,
police attended 21,618 reported domestic violence incidents in Vict.
Children were present at 19,933 of the reported incidents. (Source: The Age)
The Aust military was told about human rights abuses in Iraqi prisons in
June last year, new evidence shows. Aust Col Mike Kelly, serving with the
Coalition Provisional Authority, referred to a memo from then UN special
representative Sergio De Mello about human rights concerns in a report to
Canberra. Aust military officials sent back 25 situation reports on Amnesty
& Red Cross concerns about prisoner treatment over 12 months to May '04.
Aust military personnel, including lawyers, also visited coalition detention
facilities more than 30 times over the 12 months. Defence Minister Robert
Hill says rather than deliberately lying to Parl't about how much the Aust
govt knew, he was given bad advice by his Dept. Defence officials took
almost 3 weeks to 'realise' that they'd copies of Red Cross briefing papers.
However, Senator Hill says there's no need for a review of the Defence Dept.
(Source: The Age, The Australian)
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: 'True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is
the presence of justice." Martin Luther King.
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ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Has been awarded to John Howard's 'Barbarian at the gate' speech at his
unofficial electoral launch in Adelaide last week. Barbarians at the gate?
How can they be at the gate when they've being guzzling Chardonnays,
courtesy of the Aussie taxpayer, as guests of John Howard at Kirribilli
House?

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DEFEND & EXTEND MEDICARE AUSTRALIA!
(Federal Electorate of Dunkley)
Presents a Community Meeting
19th JULY 2004 ­ 7PM
Meeting Room, Community Hall,
Station St, SEAFORD, MELBOURNE (Melways Ref: 99D3)
DISCUSSION TOPIC ­ 'WHAT'S HAPPENING TO MEDICARE'
Ask your questions ­ Guest Speakers include the Dunkley Candidates for the
upcoming Federal Election: Mr. Bruce BILLSON sitting Liberal candidate, Ms
Helen CONSTAS ­ ALP candidate, Greens and Democrats candidates as well as
Dr. Tim WOODRUFF President Doctors Reform Society, Dr. Joseph TOSCANO Joint
National Convenor Defend & Extend Medicare Australia
www.defendandextendmedicare.org or Ph: Julie Jones (03) 9766 8555

BIGGER THAN BEN HUR
SQUATTERS & UNWAGED WORKERS AIRWAVES Presents
MICHAEL MOORE'S FAHRENHEIT 9 / 11
A 3CR BENEFIT FOR THE 2004 3CR RADIOTHON
TUESDAY 3RD AUGUST
CINEMA NOVA LYGON COURT, 380 LYGON ST CARLTON, MELBOURNE
$12.00 Unwaged $15.00 waged
6PM Food & drinks in the foyer. Film starts at 7PM
Organise a group of your friends & work mates to see the 2004 winner of the
Palm D'Or and help 3CR ­ Melbourne's only radical community radio station.
'Squatters & Unwaged Workers Airwaves broadcasts every Friday on 3CR between
5.30PM and 6.30PM ­ (855 ON YOUR AM DIAL)

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
donate
'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
on, become one of the Magnificent Thirty that saved the Anarchist Media
Institute.
7 READERS HAVE JOINED THE 'DOLLAR A DAY' CLUB ­ 23 TO GO. JOIN TODAY! EMPTY
YOUR POCKETS OF LOOSE CHANGE & SAVE THE ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE

CITIZENS FOR A ROYAL COMMISSION
Citizens For A Royal Commission will be visiting the Melbourne office of
Kevin Andrews ­ Federal Minister for the Aging and unofficial Cabinet
representative on Howard's muckraking unit ­ 'The Government Members
Secretariat' Ian Hanke ­ Liberal Party head kicker backroom boy and chief
muckraker is housed in Kevin Andrews' office.
JOIN CITIZENS FOR A ROYAL COMMISSION
4 TREASURY PLACE, MELBOURNE
11.30AM ­ WEDNESDAY 21ST JULY 2004
IT'S TIME FOR A ROYAL COMMISSION INTO THE ACTIVITIES OF THE GOVERNMENT
MEMBERS SECRETARIAT.

DARWIN ANARCHIST GOING TROPPO
Darwin anarchist would like to meet like-minded activists to get involved in
political activity in the Top End. If interested write to:
TROPPO, P.O. BOX 20, PARKVILLE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA.
We will pass on any correspondence directly to the activist concerned.

If You Like What You Have Read, Photocopy This Publication and Leave It In
Doctors, Dentists,
Vets Waiting Rooms and In Railway Stations, Bus Stops, Libraries and
Restaurants Etc.
The articles in the Anarchist Age Weekly Review reflect the personal
opinions of the authors, they do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the
publishers, the Libertarian Workers for a Self-Managed Society/Anarchist
Media Institute.
All material in the Anarchist Age Weekly Review can be used by anarchists,
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.

ANARCHISM ­ ADVANCING IN DIVERSITY STRIKING IN UNISON ­ YAMAGUCHI KENJI
WELCOME TO THE 21ST CENTURY ­ THE ANARCHIST CENTURY


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