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(en) Anarchist Age Weekly Review No 598 7th June ­ 13th June 2004

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THE STENCH OF INSTITUTIONALISED CORRUPTION
Just a week ago it seemed that the sheer volume of leaks that were being
published about gangland executions, corrupt police and laundered money, would
inexorably force the Bracks government to hold a Royal Commission into the spate
of allegations that were made. This week the publicity surrounding laundered
money has been replaced by the predictable bent cop song and dance routine.
It seems that once again the major beneficiaries of the illegal drug trade
are about to walk away with their pockets bulging with laundered drug money.
The Costigan Royal Commission into the activities of the Painters and
Dockers clearly showed that their activities were inextricably linked with
the activities of people who used laundered money to bankroll their business
interests. Today police, legal and media circles in Melbourne are abuzz
with stories about high profile business people in this country who have
built their empires with laundered drug money.

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

It's a mistake to think that the current spate of underworld murders is just
a policing problem. It's much, much more. The money trail points to
significant business and political involvement in this whole sorry mess.
The stench of institutionalised corruption hangs over the Victorian
community. An open Royal Commission is the only forum that could possibly
prise the lid off the cosy little arrangements that for far too long have
remained off limits to police and the media.

The exposure of a few bent cops and the jailing of a few gangsters will not
address the problem of laundered drug money being channelled into the
business world. Providing a forum, which gives witnesses and opportunity to
raise allegations that could not be raised in a court of law or the media,
is the only way to start addressing the problem. It's important that the
extraordinary profits that are being made from the drug trade, that are
laundered through institutions that pass on this laundered money to business
interests are publicly exposed. The longer the Bracks government takes to
establish a Royal Commission with broad terms of reference, the more
questions the community will be asking about what the government is trying
to hide and what prominent figures they are protecting.

'OOPS'
Over 10 million Australian households received a 'Strengthening Medicare'
booklet last week courtesy of the Australian government. It seems that
Senator, the Honourable Eric Abetz the Special Minister of State, the man
who's credited with writing the booklet, may have got a few things wrong.
Tony rang me in a rather agitated state the other day, carrying on about how
the Senator and the printer had stuffed things up. He told me it was "a
stuff up of monumental proportions" and he wanted me to set the record
straight.

I was pleased to receive by courier the Medicare pamphlet that me mate Tony
really wanted published. I could understand Tony's disappointment with the
original 'Strengthening Medicare' pamphlet that Australians received last
week. The pamphlet that should have been published looks nothing like the
one people received. To start off, the title wasn't meant to be "Strengthen
Medicare", it was meant to be "Wrecking Medicare". The caption on the inside
front cover over the face of that beautiful looking one year old child
should have read "Not caring for all Australians", it seems the printers
forget to add the word "Not" on the caption.

The wizened face of the retired worker staring at the reader on Page 2
should have had the "Less bulk billing for children under 16 and
Commonwealth Concession Card holders". It gets worse, the picture of that
young doctor or nurse on Page 8 the caption should read " Less doctors less
nurses" not "More doctors more nurses". Those smiling elderly people on page
10 and 11, everybody seems to be smiling in the booklet, the caption should
read, "No improved medical services in Age Care homes", "less allied health
services covered by Medicare". Page 12 another smiling mother and another
mistake, the caption should read "Making Medicare harder and more
inconvenient". That wonderful picture of the smiling ethnic family on Page
13, I particularly like the touch of the teenage son holding a soccer ball
in his hand, the caption's wrong again, it should read, "How will a
weakening Medicare help families?". Page 14 and 15 more mistakes, more
smiling faces, the older smiling Australians on Page 15 is hugging her furry
friend (the dog not me you idiot ­ how could anyone doubt information in a
pamphlet that's full of pictures of smiling children and a happy dog). The
captions should have read, "How will a weaker Medicare help country people"
and "How will a weaker Medicare help older Australians", some idiot put in
the word "Stronger" when Tony wanted the word "Weaker" put into that spot.
That happy single mum and her happy toddler on Page 16 ­ wrong again, the
caption should read, "How will a weaker Medicare help holder of a
Commonwealth Concession Card".

Tony doesn't know how that word "Stronger" got into the first batch of
pamphlets. The back cover, just like the front cover should have had the
word "Weakening" on the Pamphlet. When Tony finds out what idiot
inadvertently put the word "Strengthening" on the front and back cover,
heads will roll.

MABO DAY ­ JUNE 3RD
Glancing through The Age on Thursday morning June the 3rd, articles on
corruption, terror and how a 'blue eyed, blonde Miss Australia conquers
universe' shared The Age's pages with stories about footballers, murderers
and politicians. On Thursday evening, I spent another hour or so trawling
through the 'Letters' page, the 'Business Age' and the 'A3' looking for one
brief mention of the most important day in Australian history ­ nothing.

Casting my mind back a few weeks, The Age, like every other newspaper,
television station and radio station in the country marked ANZAC Day, a day
with far less significance than the 3rd of June, with an avalanche of
material that forget to mention that many Australians were actively opposed
to Australia's involvement in W.W.I. Even Invasion Day the 26th of January,
a day that many Australians refuse to celebrate because it marks the
beginning of a colonization process that robbed indigenous Australian of
their land and culture and destroyed their social networks was actively
promoted and celebrated in The Age.

What's so important about June the 3rd? Why doesn't it even rate a mention
in The Age? A paper that likes to think it's at the cutting edge of
community debate. Twelve years ago on the 3rd of June 1992, the High Court
of Australia overturned the ridiculous notion of 'terra nullius' ­ that this
country was not inhabited when Europeans colonized the land. The 3rd of
June marks the day when the country's highest court recognized that
indigenous Australians had rights to land in law because they had
continuously occupied the land for over 40,000 years.

June the 3rd marks the beginning of a reconciliation process that successive
Howard governments have attempted to ignore and derail. It's a national
tragedy that just twelve short years after the Mabo decision, a day when
black and white can stand together, make amends for the past and celebrate
our future together, has been totally ignored.

Mabo Day ­ June the 3rd, not ANZAC Day, Australia Day, May Day or the
Queen's Birthday encapsulates the essence of what makes us Australians,
that's why it should be both remembered and celebrated.

H2O DREAMING
The driest continent on earth, drought for the last 8 years, 80% of New
South Wales drought effected, the smiling face of Steve Bracks, the Premier
of Victoria, congratulating Victorians on reducing water consumption by 15%,
is beamed into Victorian homes, increasingly harsh water restrictions and he
degradation of the Murray / Darling basin Australia's premier river-way,
are indications that things are crook in the Great South Land.

While increasing efforts are being made to tackle the problem on a micro
level, governments seem to lack the will and the power to tackle this
important issue on a macro level. Despite all the posturing, the pretty
television pictures and the political hand wringing, a national audit on the
amount of water held and the demands on this water supply has still not been
finalised. It's all very well to talk about an impending crisis, but if you
don't have this basic information at your fingertips, you can't plan for the
future.

Micro changes make minimal differences to the level of the water table.
Inserting a dual flush system in new houses, taking shorter showers may make
us feel good and may make governments feel good, but unless a national audit
is carried out and priorities are set, the situation will deteriorate. The
Federal government's legislative agenda has revolved around making water a
commodity that is bought and sold on the open market. They believe that by
allowing people to trade water credits, they will be able to save water.
It's time that real macro changes were canvassed. For a start, water quotas
could be denied to new farms that use massive amounts of water. In time,
water quotas could be bought off rural industries that waste water.

The expanding cotton industry is the first industry that could be targeted.
Cotton a $2 billion industry, uses 20% of all the water that is used in
Australia. The way the industry is expanding, it could be using up to 30%
of Australia's water within the next decade. The amount of money that is
made by the cotton industry cannot justify the use of so much water.
Legislation could be passed tomorrow to deny water to new cotton farms. The
cotton industry could be phased out over the next 20 years, saving the
nation 20% of its water supply at minimal cost.

SENTIMENTAL CODSWALOP
The death of Ronald Reagan has been accompanied by bucket loads of syrupy
sentimental codswallop that if not checked, has the potential to make grown
men and women redecorate their newspapers with technicolour yawns. Talk
about myth piled on myth. It seems that the fourth estate's propensity to
embellish the truth when old leaders meet their makers, has been taken to a
new level.

MYTH No: 1 Ronald Reagan believed in small government. Ronald Reagan
tripled the US military budget during his 8 years in office. He
strengthened the disciplinary arm of the State while watering down the
State's responsibility to its citizens through welfare cuts. Endemic
poverty disillusionment with the American dream and the lowest standard of
health care in the western world, are his legacy to the American people.

MYTH No: 2 Ronald Reagan was responsible for the collapse of the Soviet
empire. The Soviet Union imploded from the inside. The Berlin wall
collapsed because of people power. The inherent contradictions in the
communist world led to its collapse. The growing rhetoric reality gap
between what people in a communist society were told and the day-to-day
reality they faced, not Reagan's sabre rattling or 'Star Wars' program, led
to the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Unions demise.

MYTH No: 3 Deficits don't matter. Deficits don't matter until somebody
is forced to pick up the tab. Deficits may not effect this generation of
Americans, but the next generation will be carrying the can for Reagan's
profligate military spending.

Reagan's gift to the world is the rise and rise of Muslim fundamentalism.
His government's support for the religious bigots in Afghanistan resulted in
the imposition of Taliban rule in Afghanistan and the expansion of the power
and sphere of influence of Reagan's presidential love child ­ Osama bin
Laden. Without White House support during Reagan's term in office, Osama
bin Laden would not have been able to exercise the power he is able to
exercise in the world today. When those honourable world leaders gather to
honour Reagan's withered corpse in Washington, it's fitting that Osama bin
Laden is given the honour of being the leading pall bearer.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. CAN ANARCHISTS BEAT THE STATE AT ITS OWN GAME?
A. I'm afraid not. The cornerstone of the State's authority rests on its
monopoly on violence. The more authoritarian the State, the greater role
violence plays in its efforts to retain power. Any activists who believes
that you can blow up the social relationships that exist between people only
has to look at how the Soviet Union disintegrated in 1989 and how the United
States is faring in Iraq a year after it 'liberated' the people of Iraq.
The State thrives on the threat of terrorism, the more indiscriminate the
outrage, the greater the power the State is able to exercise over the people
under its control. The greater the threat, the greater police powers people
are willing to accept. The State's Achilles heel is directly related to the
relationship that exists between the people and the State. The more
alienated and disillusioned people are with the State apparatus, the greater
the resistance to those who exercise power. The current situation in Iraq
highlights that although the Iraqi people have been invaded by the coalition
of the willing, a significant proportion of the people do not accept the
invasion and are resisting the occupying force because they do not accept
their legitimacy.
The situation in Iraq is diametrically opposed to what is happening in the
US, Britain and Australia. The fear generated by the possibility of a
terrorist outrage has been exploited by the State to increase the power it
is able to exercise over its citizens. The people in these three countries
have almost universally accepted this increase in the State power. Their
identification with the State apparatus has allowed parliament to strip away
common law rights citizens have enjoyed for centuries.
Anarchists can never hope to beat the State at its own game. Activists need
to think laterally and pursue strategies that increase the distance between
the State and its citizens. Trying to beat the State at its own game drives
people into the arms of the State. Alienating the very people you are
trying to influence is both counter-productive and stupid.

ACTION BOX
'DISILLUSIONMENT'
Disillusionment is both the elixir of life and the elixir of death to the
anarchist movement. Anarchists need to foster dissatisfaction with the
status quo and use that dissatisfaction to create the conditions that will
lead to egalitarian social change. It's important we do this without
becoming personally disillusioned during the process. Personal
disillusionment is an ongoing problem faced by all activists.
The enormity of the struggle can quite quickly lead to despair. Many
activists burn themselves out in an orgy of activity believing that good
intention and sound rational arguments will win the day. The historical
record is littered with examples of movements that have started off with the
best of intentions but have come to nothing. Disillusionment by itself is
not a precursor to the development of an egalitarian community. It is at
best an indication that change is not only desirable but also possible.
What type of society replaces the status quo, is to a large degree related
to the growth of parallel alternatives within that community.
Power vacuums tend to be filled by new rulers, they are not normally filled
by people making decisions for themselves. In a time of change, anarchists
are faced with two competing dilemmas. On the one hand, the old society
will use every means at its disposal to destroy the emerging egalitarian
community, on the other hand new rulers will use the instability that has
been created as the old order implodes to impose their will on the people.
Anarchists need to both recognise and deal with both problems
simultaneously. At the very moment when egalitarian social change is
possible, the pressures that anarchists may be experiencing can foster a
sense of both hopelessness and despair. As radical activists, we need to be
aware that disillusionment plays an important role in our own personal lives
and the lives of those who are involved in the struggle to create an
egalitarian community.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
'IT COULDN'T HAPPEN IN MELBOURNE'
1928 was a particularly difficult year for Melbourne's waterside workers.
In June 1928, the Commonwealth Arbitration Court imposed a set of difficult
and harsh working conditions on Australia's waterfront. When the wharfies
went on strike, Bruce Page, the conservative Prime Minister, himself a ship
owner, had Federal legislation passed that forced wharfies to pay a shilling
to buy a licence to work on the wharfs. The catch was that an employer
could rescind a wharfie's licence if they disobeyed a foreman's
instructions. To rub salt into the wound, two registration cards were
issued, pink for union members, brown for scabs ­ 'volunteers'.
On the 1st of October when the first scabs were going to be issued with
'free labourers' cards at Melbourne's Custom House, over 1000 waterside
workers became involved in running battles with the police and scabs.
Fights broke out across Melbourne for the next few days. Faced with an
increasing pool of 'volunteer labourers' the waterside workers decided that
they had no option but to apply for licences if they wanted to hold down
their jobs. On the 19th of October 1928, unionists marched to Customs House
to pay for and pick up their pink licences.
Special trains were organised to transport the scabs from Flinders Street to
the wharves. On the 1st of November 1928, the special train for the scabs
didn't turn up. Scabs and unionists were forced to use the same train.
Brawls occurred during the journey to the wharves and one scab was thrown
into the bay. On the 2nd of November, mounted police stood at the entrance
of Princes Pier and blocked unionists from entering the wharves. When the
union men tried to break the police lines, they were met with baton charges.
Suddenly without warning, shots rang out, four unionists were wounded by the
police gunfire. One of the four, Alan Whitaker, died as a result of the
wounds he sustained.
The Melbourne Age concerned that the shooting of unionists may weaken
peoples resolve to break the Waterside Workers Union stated:-
'Those who demanded firm action should see that they do not suddenly become
feminine and squeamish about it'
SOURCE OF MATERIAL: Chapter 7 ­ Wharfies Riot, Page 39 Radical Melbourne A
Secret History Vol. 1, Jeff & Jill Sparrow, The Vulgar Press 2001, ISBN
0957735243.
This year the Anarchist Media Institute will be holding a commemoration at
the entrance of Princes Pier on Tuesday the 2nd November 2004. This is to
mark the 76th anniversary of the shooting of unionists by Melbourne's police
as well as to highlight the sacrifices working men and women have had to
make to win conditions that workers now take for granted.
RECLAIM THE RADICAL PAST ­ UNDERSTAND THE PRESENT ­ CHANGE THE FUTURE.

BOOK REVIEW
'THE DISSIDENT GURU'
by Allan Scarfe, Seaview Press 2004,
ISBN 1 74008 291 5
Allan Scarfe has skilfully interwoven current events and prominent
personalities into his novel 'The Dissident Guru'. Drawing on his
experiences both in India and Australia, he has created a novel that
presents fact as fiction. The story is told through the eyes of May Scott,
a university academic in her 30's who lives in Melbourne and her husband
Geoff. She decides to do a paper on Kamala Jha, a legendary Indian
anti-globalisation activist, to further her academic career.
Her research leads to Mary and her husband Geoff going to India to meet her
'guru'. Kamala Jha turns out to be a larger than life character. May and
Geoff are soon drawn into a maelstrom that leads to them being arrested,
beaten and deported back to Australia. While they were in India, Mary's
university asked her to invite Kamala Jha back to Melbourne to address an
international seminar on biotechnology. The last part of the book deals
with Kamala Jha's visit to Melbourne and Mary's attempts to organise an
anti-globalisation demonstration and blockade, while her guru is in town.
'The Dissident Guru' makes fascinating reading because it attempts to
incorporate the mundane reality of everyday existence with a wider agenda.
It explores questions about how the individual can make a difference and how
even gurus have feet of clay. Allan Scarfe weaves contemporising events
into a work of fiction by creating quasi-fictional personalities that fill
the gaps between these factual events. His dissection of the motives, both
private and public of the characters involved in the Melbourne blockade, a
blockade that mirrors the World Economic Forum blockade at Crown Casino in
Melbourne on September 11th 2000, is both uncanny and masterly.
'The Dissident Guru's' central theme is encapsulated in the opening quote in
the book:-
'Don't you know what the police are for Stevie? They are there, so that
them as have nothing, shouldn't take anything away from them who have'
­ Joseph Conrad, The Secret Agent 1907.
Scarfe's underlying premise in 'The Dissident Guru' is that whether you live
a hand to mouth existence in rural India or hold a privileged position in a
Melbourne university, the forces of globalisation impact on every aspect of
your life. Whether you live in a corrupt 3rd world authoritarian society or
a liberal western parliamentary democracy, the power of those who own the
means of production, distribution and exchange is maintained by the use of
force. To her horror, Mary our heroine soon finds out that the police in
Delhi and Melbourne play exactly the same role.
I believe that because of the subject matter, 'The Dissident Guru' will not
get a mainstream run. The publishing industry wrongly believes that
contemporary extra parliamentary politics is of little interest to their
readers. If you want to get hold of a copy of 'The Dissident Guru' launched
at the Warrnambool Library in Victoria on the 4th June 2004, I suggest you
direct your inquires to the publisher.
SEAVIEW PRESS, P.O. BOX 234, HENLEY BEACH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA 5022.
Tel: 08 8235 1535 or Fax: 08 8235 9144 email:seaview@seaviewpress.com.au
Website:http://www.seapress.com.au

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
Trees, trees, trees, wherever you look a tree is involved in its own
personal battle for survival. Melbourne residents have replaced their
original cover with both interstate natives and overseas varieties. If you
ever find yourself in Melbourne's new south-eastern urban sprawl, you could
be forgiven for thinking that you were witnessing the beginning of the
evolutionary process.
Every tree is ripped out to create another urban desert that is covered with
neat brick boxes. Return one year later, saplings wave in the breeze.
People who yearn to have a few shrubs and trees in their backyards have
planted every imaginable tree. Return 10 years later and the sharp angles
of the brick boxes have been softened by green foliage. Urban deserts are
transformed into urban oases. Return 30 years later and good neighbours
have fallen out. Cracked concrete, ruined walls, block pipes add to the
urban clutter. Magistrate court appearances, leaves in the gutter, the
saplings that were planted 30 years ago have become post-modern suburban
nightmares.
Trees are a metaphor for life. Put a cutting in the right place, water it,
fertilise it, tend to it and it will grow tall and straight. If you leave
it to nature, the birds will eventually seed your piece of earth with the
right tree. Plant the wrong tree on the foreshore and over the next 30
years, the wind will sculpt its branches into myriad forms. Although it's
stunted and crooked, it like those trees that grow in cracks in the rocks
are part and parcel of the natural environment.
Human beings are exactly the same as trees, feed them a diet of hatred and
they'll turn into emotionally stunted creatures that will happily destroy
any human beings that doesn't meet their expectations. Teach them to accept
that human diversity is a natural phenomenon and 100 different trees will be
able to coexist on the same patch of earth.

STOP PRESS
'FOLLOW THE MONEY TRAIL'
Robert Doyle the Victorian Opposition leader and Bob Bottom the investigate
journalist, have only succeeded in muddying the waters by claiming that the
Bracks government does not want to hold a Royal Commission (Sunday Age 6/6)
into the spate of gangland killings and allegations of police corruption
because it may expose the building union's role in this saga. It's much
more likely the Bracks government does not want to hold a Royal Commission
because the money trail could expose the links between laundered drug money
and big business in Victoria.
It's wrong to dismiss the open warfare that's being going on in Melbourne's
streets as a dispute between bent cops and the Melbourne underworld. The
key, as John Cain the former Victorian Labor Premier has recently stated, is
the money trail. Black money is useless unless it can be laundered and
invested in legitimate business. Casinos play a pivotal role in money
laundering and big business has always been interested in getting their
hands on this money.
Brian Costigan soon found in the Royal Commission he conducted on the
Painter and Dockers that the murderous antics of the Painter and Dockers
paled into insignificance when compared with the killing legitimate
businesses made on the bottom of the harbour tax rorts. The antics of
corrupt cops and gangland figures who seem to have modelled themselves on
celluloid heroes, is nothing compared to the tax rorts and money laundering
that goes on in the business world. The failure of the Bracks government to
hold a Royal Commission is more likely due to the fear the money trail may
lead to prominent business figures and politicians, than the fear that the
trail will point to union figures.
The failure of the recent Royal Commission into the building industry is due
to the fact that Howard's Royal Commission seemed not to be too interested
in following the money trail when it pointed to prominent business figures.
The current picture is eeringly similar to the time when Norm Gallagher
cooled his feet for a few months in Pentridge for accepting material to
finish his holiday home. Whilst Norm was incarcerated, those business
leaders who made their fortunes from building scams didn't spend one day in
jail and got to keep their ill gotten gains.

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


ANARCHIST PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED SINCE LAST ISSUE
A BATALHA NO.204 MAR/APRILT 2004, R. Marques de Ponte de Lima, 37-2-D,
1100-337, Lisboa, PORTUGAL. Jornalabatalha@hotmail.com
FREEDOM Vol.65 No.6,24th MAR 2004, Anarchist Fortnightly, 84b Whitechapel
High St, London E17QX, ENGLAND Email:FreedomCopy@aol.com
GERMINAL No.94, APRIL '04, Giornale Anarchico & Libertario di Trieste, Via
Mazzini ii 34121, TRIESTE, ITALY, germinal@germinalonline,org
www.germinalonline.org
KATE SHARPLEY LIBRARY, No.38 MAY 2004, BM Hurricane, London WCIN 3XX,
ENGLAND
SEME ANARCHICO Vol.25 No.2 APRIL'04, Periodico di Pensiero Anarchico, C/-
Eisa Di Bernardo, C.P. 150, 56100 PISA ITALY.
SOLIDARIDAD OBRERA-AIT No.320 APRIL '04, Conf. Nacinnal Regional de CNT,
C/Jocquin Costa 34, entresueto, 08001 Barcelona SPAIN, Tel/Fax:933188834,
email:soliobrera@hotmail.com
UMANITA NOVA Vol 84 No.17 EL 16TH MAY 2004, Settimanale Anarchico, C.50
Palermo 46, 10152, Torino ITALY. tel/fax (011) 857850 Mobile 338-6594361
email:fat@inrete.it
OTHER PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED THIS WEEK
INTERNATIONALISM NO.130 MAY/JUNE'04, Publication of the Internal
Communist, Current in the US, P.O. BOX 288, NEW YORK N.Y., 10018-0288,
UNITED STATES www.internationalism.org

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ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS
An Aust military lawyer helped write a letter advising the US military to
ignore the Geneva Convention. In Dec, Maj George O'Kane drafted a letter
that said "where absolute military security so requires, security internees
will not obtain full Geneva Convention protection". The letter was in
response to Red Cross concerns about the mistreatment of prisoners.
According to Red Cross reports, these prisoners were found naked & in total
darkness. (Source: The Australian)
Sexual harassment claims in the Aust Defence Force have doubled, according
to an internal report. The report shows that sexual harassment claims
doubled last year to 122. The report said "there's still a significant
number of sexual offence complaints where management inaction or uncertainty
has significantly drawn out the length of the case". It also said many
victims withdrew complaints of sexual assault due to the stress of the legal
process & "their unwillingness to be subjected to further trauma". Of the 62
complaints of sexual assault in the 3 services, only 7 ended up with formal
action being taken. (Source: The Australian)
The Federal government has wasted millions of dollars on a 'watered-down'
version of its campaign on violence against women, according to crisis
organisations. Last year the government dropped the $2.7 million No
Respect/No Relationship campaign, ten days before its launch. Women's groups
say the new version of the campaign has scrapped the education & prevention
programs for boys. Mandy McKenzie from the Domestic Violence Incest Resource
Centre said the govt had narrowed the focus of the campaign, dropping the
references to emotional & verbal abuse. "This ignores 2 years of govt-funded
research that found young people were particularly concerned about the issue
of emotional abuse & control in relationships". Marg Darcy from the Centre
for Sexual Assault said the campaign's new 24hour telephone service
duplicates existing services. "It's forcing people to tell their story
twice" she said. "It is an absolutely clumsy system". The campaign,
criticised as "a reminder of basic messages that the community already
understands", will be launched on June 6. (Source: Melbourne Times)
The govt's treatment of non-govt orgs is based on a "hostile, negative &
often emotional campaign" to intimidate them, according to a new report. The
report, 'Silencing Dissent', by the Aust Institute, also said it's widely
understood the govt is likely to cut off the funding of groups that
criticise them. The report looked at 'NGOs', or Non-Govt Orgs, a broad
category that includes for eg environmental groups, charities & orgs based
in particular ethnic communities. Only 8% of NGOs surveyed believed
"individuals & orgs that dissent from govt policy are valued by the govt as
part of a robust democracy". 90% agreed "dissenting orgs & individuals risk
having their govt funding cut". (Source: The Aust Institute original
report can be downloaded from
http://www.tai.org.au/Publications_Files/DP_Files/DP65.pdf in pdf format &
will take a while to load)
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ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Has been won by all those public servants that serve the government of the
day, not the people.

FREE JEFF LUERS!
RALLY SATURDAY 12TH JUNE 11.30AM
Cnr Bourke & Swanston Street, MELBOURNE
Jeff Luers was imprisoned to 22 years & 8 months jail for torching 3 4WD
Chevrolet trucks in a sales yard as a protest against the tons of gas these
types of trucks pump into the atmosphere. He rots in a US jail although no
one was injured or threatened by his protest.
Join the Anarchist Black Cross ­ Melbourne, organised rally to help bring
Jeff Luer's plight to public attention.
Abcmelb@yahoo.com.au
For more information on the free campaign
www.freefreenow.org
ABC P.O. BOX 300, EAST BRUNSWICK 3057, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA.


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193 MEMBERS ­ 357 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 193. 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 3CR RADIOTHON
10AM ­ 11AM WEDNESDAY 16TH JUNE 2004
I'm afraid it's that time of year again. Yes, your nightmares have come
true. It's 3CR RADIOTHON time. Firstly I'd like to thank you once again
for your support over the past few years and hopefully your support this
year. As you most likely know 3CR is the only radio station in Australia
that has given anarchists consistent access to the airwaves. Over the past
26 anarchists have had a voice at 3CR. The money donated during 3CR's,
yearly radiothon is used to keep the station on air 7 days a week,
twenty-four hours a day.
So, get out that moneybox, stop consuming legal and illegal mind altering
substances and put your pennies aside for the RADIOTHON.
Enjoy the delicious irony of knowing that you can obtain a LEGIT tax
deduction for donating to the 3CR radiothon and supporting the Anarchist
world this week.
In order to guild the lily we are offering a weeks subscription to the
Anarchist Age Weekly Review for every two dollars you donate. If you donate
$100 dollars you will receive a years subscription to the Anarchist Age
Weekly Review. Everybody who donates to 3CR as a consequence of the
Anarchist World this week will also receive a poster that gloats about how
they received a legal tax deduction from the Howard government for
supporting the Anarchist World this week on 3CR and
post to P.O. BOX 5035 ALPHINGTON 3078 MELBOURNE
All you have to do is either put a cheque or money order made out to 3CR in
the stamp addressed enveloped provided and send it off ASAP or You can ring
in between 10.00am to 11.00am on WEDNESDAY the 16th of June and make your
pledge to 3CR during the special radiothon program.
Telephone (03) 9419 8377 or (03) 9419 0155.

DEFEND &EXTEND MEDICARE
INAUGRAL CORIO ELECTORATE MEETING
CLOVERDALE COMMUNITY CENTRE
167-169 PURNELL RD, CORIO, VICTORIA.
TUESDAY 15TH JUNE
7.30PM TO 9.30PM
ALL WELCOME
HEALTH CARE IS A RIGHT, NOT A CHARITY OR A LUXURY

CELEBRATE THE WINTER SOLSTICE
6.00PM ­ SUNDAY 20TH JUNE 2004
TRESISE CENTRE
Corner Bowen & Munro St, East Hawthorn, MELBOUIRNE.
$10 ­ Covers soup, entrée, main course and dessert.
Bring a gift between ($2-$5) to be shared on the night.
RSVP by SUNDAY 13TH JUNE 2004 ­ (so food can be organised)
Call Bob on 0402 826 576 to reserve a spot for SUNDAY 20TH JUNE

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Doctors, Dentists,
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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
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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
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ANARCHISM ­ ADVANCING IN DIVERSITY STRIKING IN UNISON ­ YAMAGUCHI KENJI
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