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(en) Anarchist Age Weekly Review No. 587 22nd March ­ 28th March 2004

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HERE WE GO AGAIN - $26, you must be kidding. $26!! Yes, $26. Who do they think they are?
Money doesn't grow on trees!! The A.C.T.U. must be up to its old tricks
again. Yes it's that time of year again when the Federal government and
employers pull out all the stops to convince the Industrial Relations
Commission that they can't afford the miserable 65 cents an hour the
A.C.T.U. is asking for Australia's poorest paid workers.
The princely $11.80 they're currently paid will be boosted by a massive
$12.45. Unbelievable, the gall of the bastards, the country will go broke,
businesses across the nation will close their doors, unemployment will sky
rocket. Don't they know that wage raises cost jobs? I, like many other
Australians are getting a little sick of the government and employer
hyperbole that accompanies any attempt to increase wages for Australia's
lowest paid workers.

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

The facts are very simple, executive salaries have sky rocketed over the
past decade. The money that company directors and chief executive officers
are paid is both obscene and unseemly. Payouts of $25million to $30million
for three or four years work are not unusual. Let's split the difference
and see how far $25million can go. $25million would cover the increase in
wages of $26.50 per week of around 100,000 workers. Amazing isn't it when,
you think about it, the bonus paid to one C.E.O. can cover the wage
increases of around 100,000 of Australia's poorest workers.

When you add this obscene mathematical result to the fact that over one
million Australian workers take home pay is below the poverty line, you
begin to understand the enormity of the situation. The working poor are the
fastest growing sector of the workforce. When you examine the social and
human consequences of the raw data presented, it's obvious that the "tickle
down" effect just doesn't work. Next time you see one of those
well-tailored government or employer representatives drone on about how
unfair the A.C.T.U.'s wage campaign is, ask them, how much they're paid? If
you can squeeze a figure out of them, ask them how many share options,
superannuation payments and company perks go with the salary. I'm sure
they'll surprise you with their answer.

'PUZZLED'
If due process marks the thin line between civilisation and barbarism, we
must be living in a barbaric age. It seems, courts, judges and lawyers have
been consigned to the dustbin of history. Who needs courts, judges and
lawyers when you've got the fourth estate acting as judge, jury and
executioner. Over the past few weeks, serious allegations have been aired
on television, radio and the print media about the alleged activities of a
number of football players.

It makes a mockery of the legal system to have media outlets publicly report
and discuss allegations that have been made to police before charges are
laid. We either have due process or we don't. If we do have due process, a
person's name should not be dragged in the mud before charges are laid.
Once charges are laid, any media outlet that continues to attack those
accused of a crime, runs the very real risk of a contempt of court charges.

Ironically the same rules do not apply to anyone who faces allegations about
the commission of a possible crime. It seems that anything can be and is
said about people who are waiting to see if they will be facing charges
while police examine these allegations.

The current system is neither fair to the person who makes the allegations
nor the person the allegations is levelled at. Trial by media before
criminal charges are laid tarnishes the reputations of those that are
accused. It also destroys the ability of victims to achieve justice through
the criminal justice system because the court process is so compromised by
the fourth estate's activities that guilty parties can call into question
the court's ability to conduct a fair trial.

BELIEVE IT OR NOT
Australia has come a long way since the beginning of the 21st century. In
just three short years almost every freedom and right that the Australian
people have enjoyed has been stripped away by draconian legislation that has
been initiated by the Coalition government and enthusiastically supported by
the Labor Party.

Three Ministers of the Crown can order the Australian defence forces to turn
their guns on the Australian people if they believe Commonwealth interests
are threatened. Once deployed, military personnel can shoot at will and
cannot be charged or sued for any loss of life or damage to property caused
by their actions. Anyone can be secretly detained and interrogated at any
time if security officials believe they may have access to information that
could assist them in their investigations. Refusal to answer questions is a
crime punishable by seven years imprisonment. No distinction is made
between people who refuse to co-operate and those who may have unknowingly
or inadvertently stumbled onto information that may assist security
agencies.

The Federal Attorney General has the power to summarily ban any
organisation, strip it of it's assets, detain and secretly interrogate its
members and supporters without charges being laid because the Attorney
General believes the organisation poses a threat to the Commonwealth.

In the next few months legislation will be passed by the Federal government
that will allow the State to interrogate without charge and imprison wives,
husbands, children, brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, workmates and
neighbours of people who are deemed to pose a threat to the Commonwealth
under new proposed consorting laws. Lawyers and judges who have been chosen
by the government will hold trials of suspects in secret. These are only a
few of the legislative changes that have been introduced by Federal and
State governments in the past three years that have stripped Australians of
rights and liberties they have enjoyed over the past hundred years. Not
even during the darkest days of World War Two were governments able to exert
so much power over Australians.

Stripping Australians of their hard won rights and liberties in order to
protect these very same rights and liberties is the greatest victory that
al-Qaida could ever hope to achieve.

TALE OF 'TWO PROTESTS'
Anybody who had access to the media on Tuesday would have been confronted
with pictures and articles about Monash University students who were
involved in violent clashes with the police. In scenes reminiscent of the
economic forum protests in Melbourne in 2000, voiceovers on television news
items talked about student violence when it was quite clear to anyone
watching the news item that police violence was the central issue.

The fourth estate aided and abetted by Monash University spin-doctors, have
been able to successfully distract the public's attention from the important
education issues at hand with tales of a few thousand dollars damage to
property. No efforts have been made to explore the issue of police violence
on campus and even more importantly no efforts have been made to examine the
consequences of the university's decision to lift HECS charges by a massive
25% and to increase the number of full fee paying students on campus from
25% to 35%.

These charges will wind back the clock to the 'good old days' when the rich
could buy their way into a university while the deserving poor had to rely
on handouts and scholarships. Higher eduction is becoming the sole preserve
of the rich. Poorer students who have earned their way into a tertiary
course by achieving the necessary marks, need to do so much poorly paid part
time work they don't have enough time to study and do their course work.
Those that do eventually graduate are faced with a HECS debt that prevents
them from putting a deposit on a house and planing for their future.

The students that showed up at the Monash Vice Chancellor's meeting need to
be congratulated, not denigrated. If 10,000 students, not just the few
hundred that turned up had protested, the Howard government would have
thought twice before increasing student fees by 25% and limiting tertiary
education to those that have the disposable income to buy their place in a
tertiary institution.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
Have you ever wondered why the world was so keen to invade Iraq but have
shown such little interest in the suffering of the Palestinian people? When
the Serbian government used their military might to subdue the people of
Kosovo of their aspiration for independence, NATO stepped in. When the
brutality in Sierra Leone reached unspeakable levels, the UN intervened.
When Iraq invaded Kuwait, the UN was mobilised to drive back Saddam
Hussein's forces. In Cyprus, the UN stands between the Greek and Turkish
sectors.

The suffering of the Palestinian people has been allowed to reach the point
where the Israeli government can with impunity assassinate its leaders.
Only 3.5 million Palestinians remain in what is left of Palestine. Ten
million have made their homes around the world, victims of the Israeli
State's denial of their right to a place in the Middle East.

The assassination of Hamas's spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yasin has opened
a new front in a war that seems to have no end. Those Palestinians who have
remained in Palestine need protection from the Israeli State, a State that
has abandoned all restraints. The people of the Gaza Strip and the West
Bank live in what can only be described as concentration camps.

Hamas has become a significant force in Palestine because it offers real
material aid to people who have nothing. It has set up free medical
clinics, provided pensions for Palestinians, established schools and
distributed food and clothing from charitable funds it receives from the
Gulf region and the rest of the world.

200,000 Palestinians marched behind their spiritual leader's coffin, the
coffin of one of his sons and seven others who were killed by the missile
strikes. They believed Ahmed Yassin was a liberator and freedom fighter,
not a terrorist.

The carnage has gone on long enough, the same effort and energy that went
into driving Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait should be mobilised to protect the
Palestinian people from the brutality of the Israeli State. This time, like
every other time, the UN has been asked to do something about the desperate
situation. Nothing will happen because the US will use its veto power in
the Security Council to prevent UN intervention. With no end in sight to
their suffering, the Palestinian people will be driven to take more and more
desperate measures to win their liberty and control their own affairs.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. WHY WOULD ANYBODY WANT TO LIVE IN AN ANARCHIST SOCIETY?
A. The answer to this question is the same answer that is given by people
who live in a one party State, a theocracy, a parliamentary democracy or a
capitalist society ­ SECURITY. Personal and group security is the
cornerstone of any successful community. Life without access to the basic
essentials and a life where people face arbitrary arrest, imprisonment and
execution is one which people don't want.
People crave security. They need and want access to food, shelter and
company. They want to be able to live their lives without the threat of
somebody riding over the hill and destroying what they have. The evolution
of the State in its myriad forms has been hailed as the saviour of the human
race. The stronger the State, the greater the sense of security enjoyed by
the population. Sounds very feasible doesn't it, that is unless you look at
the history of the State. The evolution of a powerful State may give you
temporary protection from your neighbours, but who is going to protect you
from the State? The history of the world is replete with examples of people
whose personal security was shattered by the State.
An anarchist society is a secure society. The individual does not have to
worry about access to the basic necessities. Wealth is held in common and
is used for the common good. What could be more secure than that! Power in
an anarchist society is decentralised. Structures do not exist that allow a
Pol Pot or a Hitler to impose their will on the tens of millions of people.
Life in an anarchist society is secure in political, social and economic
terms. The individual is much more at peace in an anarchist community than
any other community.
The major problem faced by an anarchist community is hostile, jealous
neighbours. Neighbouring States could through economic boycotts and force
of arms create a great deal of insecurity in an anarchist community. The
best way to tackle this potential problem is by encouraging the formation of
anarchist groups in these neighbouring societies. The greater anarchist
presence in neighbouring communities, the less likely they will launch a
successful attack on their anarchist neighbours.

ACTION BOX
PICK AND CHOOSE
When you're deciding what group you want to become involved in, its
important to remember that big is not necessarily beautiful. Your
participation in a demonstration with 100,000 other people may not be as
productive or useful as attending a small community meeting about a local
issue. It's important we think seriously about what issues we are going to
support.
Activities that are initiated by you are naturally more important in your
eyes than activities that have been initiated by someone else. When you're
weighing up whether you will become involved in a movement or activity, you
need to ask yourself a few questions.
How is the organisation structured?
Is the organisation process open and democratic?
Is the organising committee closed to new people?
How are decisions made in the organisation you are about to join?
If you were faced with a decision about whether you would become involved in
an open democratic organisation or one that is run by a closed central
committee, you would as an anarchist choose the organisation that allowed
people involved in the organisation to make decisions about the group's
policies and activities.
I never cease to be amazed by the number of people who are not aware of what
the group or organisation they are involved in, stand for. Many people seem
to be seduced by the colour and action surrounding the struggle, not what
the movement stands for. Different groups and organisations can be fighting
for the same issue but may have different strategies and opinions about the
same issue. Although both the Labor Party and Defend and Extend Medicare
are interested in Medicare, the Labor Party wants to save Medicare while
Defend and Extend Medicare wants to both save and extend the principles that
underpin Medicare to other health care disciplines. You have to ask
yourself the question, do you want to retain what we have or do you want to
extend it?
Look at whether the group you want to join is promoting national or human
liberation. It's amazing how many activists with their hearts in the right
place, throw their support behind discredited national liberation movements
who want to create an authoritarian one party State. Anarchists should
avoid supporting national liberation movements and should throw their weight
behind movements that promote human liberation. Time is one of the most
precious commodities we possess.
It's important that we use what little time we have, to become involved in
activities and movements that reflect the ideas and activities that are
important to us and which reflect the principles that anarchist movement is
based on.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
THE EUREKA SERIES - 2004 - No. 10
THE EIGHT HOUR DAY
The Victorian gold rushes had the same effect on the labour supply in the
1850's as the Black Death had in Europe in the Middle Ages. In both cases
labour became scarce and workers were able to use this scarcity to improve
their working conditions and wages. Victorian stonemasons found themselves
in a strong bargaining position in 1856 because many workers were still
looking for gold on the goldfields and labour was in short supply.
On the 5th March 1856 the Melbourne Lodge of the operative stonemasons met
at the Belvedere Hotel in Melbourne to discuss the introduction of an 8 hour
day. On the 26th March a building trade meeting was held in Queens Theatre
in Queens Street, Melbourne. At this meeting it was decided that
stonemasons would reduce their working day from 10 to 8 hours a day on the
21st April 1856. On the 21st April stonemasons around Melbourne dropped
their tools and marched to Parliament House. On that day stonemasons won
the right to work 8 hours instead of 10 and continued to receive the same
pay they were receiving when they worked 10 hours.
Melbourne's 8 hour monument was completed in 1903. 14 survivors from the
1856 campaign gathered around the monument with over a thousand other people
to attend the unveiling ceremony. By 1903 the 8 hour procession that had
been held through the streets of Melbourne to mark the 8 hour day had been
supplanted by the May Day march.
It's ironic that nearly 150 years after the stonemasons won the 8 hour day,
that working hours are once again such an important issue. Economic
rationalism, laws that penalise workers who bargain collectively, a drive
for increased productivity and increased personal debt, has resulted in more
and more workers working more than an 8 hour day. The effect the longer day
is having on workers, their dependents and the community is once again a
major issue.
This year the Anarchist Media Institute is holding a celebration at the
EIGHT HOUR MONUMENT at the corner of Russell and Victoria Streets, Melbourne
at 11.30am on Wednesday the 21st April. This is to mark the 148th
anniversary of the stonemasons' victory and to highlight that working hours
still remain a significant problem for many Australians.
Join us at the 'Eight Hour Monument' at 11.30am on Wednesday the 21st April
to celebrate this important victory. Bring along your banners and some food
and drinks for everyone to share.

BOOK REVIEW
'A GIPPSLAND UNION
- The Victorian Coal Miners Association 1893 - 1915.'
P. D. Gardner and Foreword by Edgar Ross, NGARAK PRESS 2003.
P. D. Gardner has spent a good deal of his life researching the history of
Gippsland. He has lived in East Gippsland for nearly 30 years. He will be
known to readers of the Anarchist Age Weekly Review for his Kurnai trilogy ­
'Gippsland Massacres', 'Through Foreign Eyes' and 'Our Founding Murdering
Father' ­ history books that document the interaction between expanding
white settlement in the Gippsland region and the Kurnai -Gippsland's
indigenous inhabitants.
'A Gippsland Union ­ The Victorian Coal Miners Association 1893 ­ 1915' was
published in 2003 to mark the centenary of the 70 week lockout / strike that
saw the Victorian State government, mine owners, the media and the police
combine to destroy the VCMA.
P. D. Gardner chronicles the history of the union from its beginnings in
1896 through to the dark days during the lockout that almost destroyed the
union in 1903-04, its revival in 1907-'09 and the push towards a Federal
Miners Union. The Federation of the Victorian Miners Association with the
Australian Coal and Shoal Employees Federation in 1915 marked the end of a
unique period in Australian working class history. The author has been able
to successfully outline the history of a union that grew out of a local need
that reflected many of the principles that anarchosyndicalist workplace
organisations are based on.
'1915 saw the end of a most unusual form of union organisation that had
existed in Gippsland, that of locality based, independent lodges, combined
with an industry based membership that included contract miners and wide
range of other skilled and unskilled workers at that location '­ P. D.
Gardner
The book is all the more remarkable because P. D. Gardner was forced to rely
on newspaper records to write the VCMA's history, as most of the union's
records are lost. 'A Gippsland Union' is a well researched, well written
book about people, times and issues that have been consigned to the dustbin
of history. P. D. Gardner has over the past 12 years slowly and patiently
brought to life these peoples contribution to the struggle to win many of
the rights and freedoms (that are currently being stripped away from us)
that workers take for granted today.
The book is limited to an edition of 1000 copies. It is available from the
New International Bookshop at Trades Hall in Melbourne, 54 Victoria Street,
Carlton. It can also be bought directly from the publisher NGARAK PRESS,
P.O. BOX 18, ENSAY 3895, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA.
http://wwww.users.bigpond.com
email: ngarak@bigpond.com Tel / Fax (03) 5159 4354.
I encourage as many readers as possible to buy this book so P. D. Gardner
can embark on a new project that uncovers our forgotten and hidden history.

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
One of the advantages of criss crossing a city of 3.5 million people day
after day, week after week, month after month, year after year is that
occasionally you stumble across a gem. A few years ago I came across an
interesting hand made confectionary in one of those Middle Eastern grocery
shops that have sprung up to service mainly Muslim customers.
Three walnuts halves are arranged like the 'Yellow Peril' (one of
Melbourne's more interesting sculptures that was moved from the City Square
as a result of a public vilification program). The space between the
arranged walnut halves is packed with pistachio paste and dark rich melted
chocolate is poured around the hand made bauble. Once the chocolate has
hardened, it's wrapped in brightly coloured golden foil. The more
traditional grocery shops have hundreds of these golden bliss bombs arranged
higgledy-piggledy in a traditional wicker basket.
There is nothing more pleasurable and satisfying in life than plunging your
hand into this gastronomical treasure trove and pulling out 2 or 3 golden
bliss bombs. These sweets aren't cheap considering that most people who use
these grocery shops have come to buy bulk amounts of cheap traditional food
stuffs, forking out around a dollar a golden package is a luxury.
Finding myself in an unfamiliar part of Newport, I noticed two shops, one on
either side of the street that had the telltale cheap vegetables sitting on
the footpath. I stopped the car, peered through one of the shop windows and
hey presto, Eureka!! A wicker basket full of golden bliss bombs. I walked
in, plunged my hands into the wicker basket and pulled out 5 beauties.
Holding my prizes in both hands, I waited my turn behind a woman who was
buying freshly ground coffee and butter cut off a slab. Then it was my
turn. The 5 prized packages were placed on scales and the figure $5.25
appeared on the screen. I handed over $10 to a middle aged man with
receding hair and a paunch, before I knew it he was passing across the
change. As the change fell into my outstretched hand, he said 'thank you
brother'. I was caught off guard expecting a grunt or a thank you.
I didn't expect to be told to 'have a nice day' or 'you're welcome' but
'thank you brother', a sign of our mutual humanity coming at the end of what
was essentially a financial transaction was totally unexpected. Lost for
words, I nodded, smiled and left the shop unable to recognise his humanity
by uttering the same three little words back to him 'thank you brother'.

STOP PRESS
IT'S BACK
Just in case you thought that tuberculosis was something you only found in
history books, think again. The consumptive ashen faced sexually alluring
heroine that titillated the imagination of 19th century European ruling
class males, is poised to sideline her anorexic heroin chic sister, the
darling of 21st century advertising agencies.
Tuberculosis kills over 2 million people per year, one third of the world's
population is infected with the TB bacterium. Tuberculosis does exist in
Australia, 852 new cases were diagnosed in 2003. The infection rate among
indigenous Australians 170 per 100,000 is around 25 times greater than the
rest of the population that has an infection rate of around 5 per 100,000.
About 30% of the world's TB cases are found in the Western Pacific regions.
The rate of MDR­TB (MULTI DRUG RESISTANT STRAINS of TUBERCULOSIS) is highest
in the Western Pacific region.
Increasing levels of poverty and homelessness are making tuberculosis a
significant problem in Australia. It is difficult to diagnose and treat
people with tuberculosis who do not have permanent housing. There are over
300,000 new cases of MDR-TB diagnosed every year.
MDR-TB emerged when a patient is unable or unwilling to complete the 6 month
course of treatment that is required to control the disease. People who do
not complete the course of treatment are likely to pass on the MDR-TB
strains to people they come into contact with. It's important to remember
that coughing and sneezing spreads the contagious tuberculosis bacterium.
Anybody who comes into contact with someone with MDR-TB can potentially
acquire the disease.
The single most important way to tackle the problem of tuberculosis spread
in the community is by addressing the problems of poverty and homelessness,
two subjects that generate little interest in a society that has forgotten
that disease prevention is a social and community concern. The eradication
of disease is not just linked to giving the right pill or vaccine to the
right person at the right time, it involves radical changes to the way we
live and work.

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


ANARCHIST PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED SINCE LAST ISSUE
SOCIAL ANARCHISM, No.35 2003 ­'04, A Journal of Theory & Practice, 2743
Maryland Ave, Baltimore MD, 21218 USA, www.socialanarchism.org
edirtors@socialanarchism.org
UMANITA NOVA Vol 84 No.7 EL 29TH SEPT 2003, 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
A GIPPSLAND UNION ­ The Victorian Coal Miners Ass. 1893-1`915,
P.D.Gardner, ISBN 1875254331, NGARAK PRESS, P.O. BOX 18, ENSAY 3895 VIC,
AUSTRALIA

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ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS
Workers at The Smith Family will be forced into unpaid overtime & would lose
all penalty rates for weekend & shift work under individual contracts being
promoted by the charity's management. The proposed agreement, which has been
circulated to The Smith Family's 200 staff nationally would abolish: -
Annual Leave Loading - Overtime payments - Weekend & Shift penalties -
Payment for working public holidays Workers would also give up the right to
be consulted on workplace changes, could be directed to work outside their
rostored hours for no extra payment & could be stood down without pay as a
result of industrial action - whether or not they're participating. These
conditions are being traded off for a 3% pay rise - even though the next
Minimum Wage increase would deliver 2.9% without any trade-offs. Unions
accused the Smith Family of contributing to the social problems they are
supposed to be addressing & has asked people to not donate to them until
their management changes their proposal. (Source: Leftlink website)
The Aussie immigration system may have effectively refused to accept any
Jewish refugee. Some Russian Jews have applied to become refugees in Oz
after being persecuted by racists in Russia. 1 woman was sent to hospital
after a stone was thrown at her head & told she'd be killed if she didn't
leave. Russian synagogues have been bombed & anti-Jewish signs have been set
up with booby-traps to injure anyone who tries to remove them. However the
High Court has agreed with the govt that Oz is under no obligation to accept
them b/c they can go to Israel instead - despite the fact 1 family said they
had very little connection to Judaism & disagreed with Israel's treatment of
Palestinians. (Source: Sydney Morning Herald)
Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty has said Australia's
support for the war in Iraq may have made a terrorist attack on Australia
more likely. Speaking about the bombing in Madrid, Mr Keelty told Channel
Nine "the reality is, if this turns out to be Islamic extremists responsible
for this bombing in Spain, it's more likely to be linked to the position
that Spain & other allies took on issues such as Iraq." He then suggested
that Australia's involvement in Iraq may have increased the likelihood of a
terror attack here. Many commentators believe the Bali bombing was linked to
the Australian govt's support for war in Iraq. Although Foreign Minister
Alexander Downer suggested before the Bali bombing that terrorist attacks on
Australia may be more likely b/c of Australia's foreign policy, the govt
currently denies any link.
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ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Has been awarded to the Murdoch, Packer, Fairfax media and the government
gelded ABC for ignoring due process and acting as judge, jury and
executioner. Who needs police, courts, judges, juries, when the media does
such a magnificent job of lynching people on the basis of unsubstantiated
allegations.


*** 6th DEFEND & EXTEND MEDICARE RALLY ***
SPEAKERS START AT 12.15PM
MIDDAY - THURSDAY 1ST APRIL 2004
Forecourt - THE STATE LIBRARY OF VICTORIA
Corner Swanston & Latrobe Streets, Melbourne.
P.O. BOX 5035, ALPHINGTON 3078, MELB, VIC. - Tel: (03) 9766 8555.
Email: info@defendandextendmedicare.org
www.defendandextendmedicare.org
Access to health care a right, not a charity or a luxury.


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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
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191 MEMBERS ­ 359 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 191. 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
Heard across Australia. 10am ­ 11am every Wednesday.
An anarchist analysis of local, national & international events. Tune into
your local community radio station to listen to the Anarchist World This
Week. If they don't broadcast it, ask them why not! If they're one of the
150 community radio stations around Australia that are affiliated to the
National Community Radio Satellite, they are able to broadcast the Anarchist
World This Week.


RECLAIM THE RADICAL SPIRIT OF THE EUREKA REBELLION
150TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
4AM TO 4PM
FRIDAY 3RD DECEMBER 2004
EUREKA STOCKADE SITE, BALLARAT, VICTORIA
Reclaim the past to understand the present and change the future

EIGHT HOUR DAY CELEBRATIONS
148TH ANNIVERSARY EIGHTH HOUR DAY
WEDNESDAY 21ST APRIL 11.30AM
AT THE
EIGHTH HOUR MONUMENT
Cnr Victoria and Russell Streets, Melbourne
Bring along banners, food and drinks

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 CENTUR


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