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(en) Anarchist Age Weekly Review No. 617 1st to­ 7th November 2004

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'CITIZENS WORK TO RULE'
Howard's "historic' majority in both House of parliament has created a
situation where the Coalition will be almost able to push whatever
legislation it wants to, through Federal parliament. Faced with the
prospect of a raft of legislation that will remove what few rights and
liberties citizens currently enjoy, people need to think about how they can
resist the government's legislative agenda. It's one thing passing
legislation, it's another thing enforcing that legislation.
Faced with the prospect of an authoritarian government using the
disciplinary arm of the State and Federal police and the courts to enforce
their legislation, serious thought needs to be given to throwing our support
behind campaigns that promote peaceful civil disobedience. The more people
who refuse to accept the legitimacy of a government that only has 40% of the
votes of eligible electors, the greater the possibility that civil
disobedience campaigns may bring the Coalition government's neo-conservative
agenda to a screaming halt.

A citizens' work to rule, that challenges the government's legitimacy, its
agenda and its attempts to implement that agenda, will be able to stall the
Coalition's radical neo-conservative plans for the country. Resistance will
result in some personal cost for activists. Some people will be jailed;
others will face bankruptcy as a direct result of the government's response
to peaceful civil disobedience campaigns.

The Howard government will, with assistance from the government gelded ABC
and the corporate owned media, attempt to discredit any protest activity
against it. It is important people understand that their major goal is not
to change the government's mind, their primary goal is focused on creating a
climate of resistance to the government's neo-conservative agenda. The more
people who refuse to be intimidated, the greater the possibility that the
Howard government' a neo-conservative agenda can be derailed and destroyed.
Audacity, solidarity and struggling for the long haul are attitudes that
need to be encouraged and fostered.

IT'S COME TO THIS
Forget about the Federal government's raft of so called anti-terrorist
legislation laws that strip away peoples hard won rights without doing
anything to tackle the problem of terrorism. The Victorian government, in
its attempts to deflect people's attention from the need to call a Royal
Commission into institutionalised corruption in Victoria, will be passing
legislation next week that has the potential to turn Victoria into a police
State.

Under the proposed legislation, a government appointed Chief Examiner could
force anyone to attend secret interrogation session. The Chief Police
Commissioner will be given extraordinary powers that can be used if the
Chief Commissioner believes an organized crime offence has been committed or
may be committed. The definition of organized crime is so wide anyone could
be swept up in the net - shoplifters, whistle blowers, political and
community activists and petty criminals. They could find themselves being
forcibly and secretly interrogated. The legislation removes the right to
silence and long standing rules on self-incrimination.

It's extraordinary that new laws that strengthen police powers are being
introduced at the very time that police corruption is a major issue in
Victoria. Instead at holding a Royal Commission into allegations of
institutionalised corruption in Victoria, the Bracks Labor government
concerned that corruption may be exposed in the bureaucracy, the police and
in parliament itself, has attempted to divert attention from the need to
hold a Royal Commission by giving extraordinary legal powers to the very
institutions that are tainted with the corruption brush.

What is happening in Victoria is little more than State sanctioned thuggery.
The powers that the Bracks Labor government is giving to the Victorian
Police are not even enjoyed by the Australian Federal Police let alone any
other State Police force.


'THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX'
The delivery to the Coalition of an absolute majority in both Houses of
parliament has placed the sale of Telstra back on the parliamentary agenda.
Faced with a sluggish telecommunications market and increasing competition
in the telecommunications sector, it is quite likely that the sale of the
government owned portion of Telstra will degenerate into an ideological fire
sale that will not result in a sale figure that reflects Telstra's true
value to the community.

Instead of placing the last significant public asset on the open market,
it's time that the Federal Coalition considered other options as far as the
sale of Telstra is concerned. Although public property theoretically
belongs to the public, in reality it belongs to the government of the day.
Public assets that have been built up by the contributions of generations of
taxpayers can be sold at any time by any government that enjoys a majority
in both Houses of parliament.

In the case of Telstra, the Coalition government should consider taking a
leaf out of the demutualisation manual. The ownership of co-operatives and
significant mutual societies has over the last decade been transferred to
individual members through the issuing of shares. In these cases some
members have kept their shares, others have sold them and used the money for
their personal benefit and the benefit of the economy.

Instead of selling the public portion of Telstra and placing the ownership
of the company directly into the hands of international trans-national
corporations, the Coalition should explore the option of transferring the
ownership of the public portion of Telstra to the public by issuing an equal
number of shares to every Australian citizen. The shares issued to children
under 18 could be held in trust till they turn 18 providing them with a tidy
nest egg when they reach adulthood. The shares issued to the rest of the
community would transfer share ownership to people who would have never been
in a position to buy shares. Some Australian would keep their shares;
others would sell their windfall injecting any money they made from the sale
of their shares back into the community, boosting economic activity around
the country.

DEAD AS A DOOR NAIL
The neo-conservative dream to make South America a free-market swamp, have
come to a dismal end. Faced with increasing gaps between the haves and the
have nots, social dislocating and increasing militancy by workers and the
poor, South American country after South American country is abandoning
United States backed neo-conservative governments and electing Left leaning
governments into office. Uruguay is the latest country to elect a Leftist
leader. Dr. Vazquez ran on a platform of social justice after Uruguay
suffered a crippling economic crisis that was directly related to the
implementation of the World Bank structural adjustment program that resulted
in the privatization of State assets.

The new batch of Leftist rulers in Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, Brazil,
Bolivia and many other South American countries have embarked on political
programs that promote social justice through parliamentary democracy. Their
reform agenda has temporarily tempered any possibility of radical social
transformation in these countries. If South America's new rulers are not
able to deliver on their promises, it's quite likely that people's newfound
faith in the parliamentary process may not be enough to contain their
disappointment and anger.

The growth of a radical social milieu is directly linked to people's growing
disillusionment with the parliamentary process. Whether those elements in
society that owns the means of production, distribution and exchange allow
the new Leftist governments in South America to deliver on their social
compact with the people who elected them, will determine how long the
parliamentary charade will continue.

Whether people's faith in the parliamentary process is rewarded will depend
on the pressure these new governments are able to exert on both national and
trans-national corporations. It's highly likely that the inability of
parliamentary democracies to deliver on their social justice programs will
create the climate that will see the growth of parallel organizations within
South American society that could act as building blocks for the creation of
a society based on direct democratic principles where health is held in
common and is used for the common good.

THE REPOSITIONING OF AL-QAIDA
Osama Bin Laden's address to the Muslim world and to the United States
people has refocused attention back on Al-Qaida. Bin Laden's speech was
directed more at the Muslim world than it was to the West. What Bin Laden
is attempting to do is transform small, decentralized underground guerilla
cells that have focused on symbolic targets in the West, into a broad based
political movement in the Middle East. He understands that Al-Qaida can
never pose a serious military threat to the West while they remain and
underground organization. Al-Qaida has learnt what all political movements
that use terror as a weapon ultimately learn, that you can't blow up a
social relationship. A political movement that cannot mobilise people in
the streets is doomed to fail.

Bin Laden is trying to transform Al-Qaida into a mass political
organization. His speech focuses on the grievances of large numbers of
people in the Middle East, their governments are run by corrupt military
dictators and hereditary monarchs who remain in power as a consequence of
overt and covert US military support. The invasion of Iraq by the US has
made Iraq the new frontline in the struggle against US domination in the
region. The collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq has given Muslim
fundamentalists, nationalists and radicals the opportunity to set the
political agenda in the region.

Bin Laden is trying to use the everyday humiliations people in the Middle
East suffer under the tutelage of their rulers, to create a political
movement that is both nationalist and religious. The US has given Bin Laden
a stage in Iraq to transform secretive, underground, decentralised cells
into a mass movement that could challenge the power of a host of dictatorial
Middle Eastern regimes.

As long as the US continues to support a host of non-elected dictators in
the Middle East and Israel does not negotiate a fair and lasting peace
agreement with an independent Palestinian State, Al-Qaida under the
leadership of Bin Laden will grow and prosper.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. What would an anarchist society do about the threat of global warming?
A. It's fashionable in a capitalist society to think that the modification
of individual behaviour will lead to a significant reduction in greenhouse
emissions. Individual changes that are not accompanied by major economic
and structural modifications will not produce the necessary gases to
decrease the threat of global warming.
Increased greenhouse emissions are a direct consequence of an economic
system that must produce ever-increasing profits to stave off the
possibility of an economic catastrophe. The wage system in a capitalist
society ties in workers to an economic system that will have profound
consequences on the very people who keep that system going. Pressure to
keep current economic relationships going comes from owners, workers and
investors. Without access to a wage or investment dividends or the profits
derived from a business venture, individuals living in a capitalist society
find it very difficult to survive let alone prosper.
The solution to the greenhouse problem is directly linked with the type of
economic system that is promoted within a community and the relationship
that evolves between the individual and society as a consequence of that
economic system. Anarchist economics are based on two principles that break
the nexus between individual and community wealth that exists in a
capitalist society. Anarchist economics is based on the idea that economic
activity should satisfy real human needs, not manufactured needs.
Individuals within an anarchist community share in the wealth of that
community because they are members of that society not because of what work
they do or how many shares they own or what businesses and properties they
own. Ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange is
held common. Everybody is a shareholder, everybody shares in the wealth
produced.
In such an economic climate, it's relatively easy to turn that community's
attention to the problem of greenhouse emissions. Increasing emissions can
be halted and revised because the economic conditions exist that allows both
a community and individuals to modify productive processes and their
personal behaviour to address the problem of increasing greenhouse
emissions.
Economic activity in an anarchist society is geared to create an environment
where personal health and security is directly related to the health of
society as a whole. In such a community, problems like global warming can
be identified, tackled and solved.

ACTION BOX
OPPORTUNITY
The election of a neo-conservative government with a majority in both houses
of Federal parliament poses both challenges and opportunities. Over the
past few years, much of the political space parliament and
extra-parliamentary movements have enjoyed has been legislated away by State
and Federal governments. Legislation is now in place that makes it
difficult to function at a political level. Over the next year, further
legislation will be put in place that will make virtually illegal to be
involved in workplace activity.
A significant majority of the population have been so rattled by the spectre
of 'terrorism' they have willingly given up the right to freely associate,
withdraw their labour and protest. Rights and liberties their parents and
grand parents had won through years of struggle against the State and the
corporate sector. They seem to have forgotten that historically the
greatest atrocities are committed when the State is able to exercise
unlimited power. The erosion of these rights and liberties provides an
opportunity to build new political movements initially among more radical
Australians eventually among the population as a whole.
People can no longer rely on parliament to protect them from the excesses of
the State. Once the euphoria over Howard's electoral victory has worn off
and people begin to understand the ramifications of that victory, their
faith in the parliamentary process will be tested. In such a situation,
increasing numbers of Australians may be willing to look at radical
alternatives to the parliamentary process.
Repressive governments can open people's eyes to the dominant role both
government and the corporate sector play in their lives. Such situations
provide opportunities that don't exist when reformist parties dominate the
political, social and cultural agenda. In such a climate, it's important to
remember the Industrial Workers of the Worlds (I.W.W.) slogan; 'DON'T MOURN
­ORGANISE'.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
'11TH NOVEMBER'
November 11th is a day that has cropped up regularly in the radical history
of Australia. The Ballarat Reform League was formed by a mass meeting of
over 10,000 miners and their supporters on the 11th of November 1854. The
League adopted principles and objectives at that meeting that acknowledged
that 'the people are the only legitimate source of all political power'.
Ned Kelly was executed at the Old Melbourne Goal on the 11th of November
1884. Around 5,000 people gathered outside the goal to protest the hanging.
When the hangman pulled the lever, the other inmates 'expressed their
solidarity in a great howl of rage that emerged simultaneously from every
cell'. 120 years after his execution, a statue of Redmond Barry, the
hanging judge, collects pigeon dung in front of the Victorian State Library,
while the legend of the Kelly gang has found a home in the Australian
psyche.
On The 11th November 1975, the Governor-General dismissed the Whitlam Labor
government; the short lived reformist government that immediately followed
23 years of Liberal rule. The army was put on alert as protestors took to
the streets. Even Armistice Day owes its origin to the radical activity of
the soldiers who were slaughtered on the European killing fields in their
millions. Their unwillingness to continue to fight for the glory of God,
King and Country played a pivotal role in the end of WWI.
At 10.30am on THURSDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2004, we will be gathering outside the
Old Melbourne Goal in Russell St (near the corner of LaTrobe St) to mark
these significant events. We encourage you to join us and mark
1) The 150th anniversary of the Ballarat Reform League on the 11th November
1854
2) The 120th anniversary of the hanging of Ned Kelly on the 11th November
1884
3) The 86th anniversary of Remembrance Day on the 11th November 1918
4) The 24th anniversary of the sacking of the Whitlam Labor government on
the 11th November 1975
RECLAIM OUR RADICAL HISTORY.
JOIN US OUTSIDE THE OLD MELBOURNE GOAL
AT 10.30AM on THURSDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2004.
RECLAIM THE PAST, UNDERSTAND THE PRESENT AND CHANGE THE FUTURE.

BOOK REVIEW
'INDIGENOUS PLANTS OF THE SANDBELT A Gardening Guide for South-Eastern
Melbourne'
Rob Scott, Neil Blake, Jeannie Campbell, Doug Evans and Nicholas Williams
EARTHCARE, St. Kilda 2002.
ISBN 0 958 1009 DX
'A landscape that was once dominated by indigenous plants and animals has
been converted to a matrix of urban development with small patches of
remnant vegetation'
I came across this 150-page book at a local nursery. 'Indigenous Plants of
the Sandbelt' examines a thin slither of land about 25 kms long and 10 kms
wide, stretching from St.Kilda to Frankston on the bay and extending inland
across to Oakleigh, Dandenong and Cranbourne.
This thin strip of Melbourne is now home to over 500,000 people, factories
jostle for space with homes, flats and units. It's unusual to find such a
detailed account of the indigenous plants of any part of Australia, let
alone a major urban metropolis.
Faced with the prospect of permanent water restrictions, this little gem
that has over 100-colour illustrations and a number of detailed maps,
provides gardeners with the opportunity to populate their little patch with
indigenous plants that thrive in the sandbelt. Local councils, Earthcare,
Coastcare, Parks Victoria, Port Phillip Eco-Centre and the Australian
Research Centre published the book as a result of a major cooperative effort
For Urban Ecology. It's a truly remarkable document that makes it possible
for ordinary people to slowly alter their urban landscape to cater for those
indigenous plants, insects and animals that have been driven to the point of
extinction by the urbanisation of the landscape.
The book is divided into 3 distinct sections. Chapter 1 deals with the
original landscape, the authors take a great deal of trouble trying to
describe the geological nature of the region and describe the Kulin nation's
(the indigenous inhabitants) relationship with the plants and animals that
existed before European colonisation. Chapter 2, the most interesting as
far as I'm concerned, outlines how people living in the sandbelt can plan,
grow and maintain an indigenous garden that will act as a magnet for the
fauna that traditionally lived in the sandbelt. Chapter 3 consists of plant
descriptions of nearly 100 local plants. A sharp colour photograph of the
plant growing in its local environment is accompanied by a local description
about the plant. All the keen sandbelt gardener has to do is look through
the book, check out their soil and wander down to their local indigenous
nursery to pick the plants they want to grow.
Just in case you don't know where your local indigenous nursery is located,
Appendix 3 ­ 'Useful Contacts' lists 9 of them. If you don't have a garden
or want to do more than 'pretty' up your backyard, the authors have listed
over 30 community environment groups that are active in the area. So get to
it, get your hands dirty. If you don't live in the sandbelt and want to
find out about indigenous plants in your neck of the woods, try your local
council or local library. I'm sure they'll have more than enough
information to get you started.
'Indigenous Plants of the Sandbelt' cost me AUD$25.00 at my local nursery.
If you want to get a hold of a cheaper copy, write to:
EARTHCARE ST.KILDA
P.O. Box 287, ELWOOD 3184, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA.

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
The discovery of a distinct branch of the human family that somehow survived
in Flores in the Indonesian archipelago up to 12,000 years ago when their
descendants had disappeared from the face of the earth over 500,000 years
ago, opens up a whole new vista in the evolution jigsaw puzzle. That is if
you believe the earth is more than 6,000 years old. It's important to
remember that faith, not scientific discoveries, still play an important
role in many peoples lives.
If you're part of the beget brigade (begat in the archaic form) and you
believe that what appears both in the New and Old Testaments is the word of
God, the Earth has just celebrated its 6,000th birthday. Whether you like
it or not, hundreds of millions of people still think Darwin's evolutionary
theories are just that, theories.
The great thing about faith, whether it's faith in parliamentary
representatives or faith in God or faith in your country or a leader, it can
accommodate all those tricky questions that life has an ugly habit of
raising. The evolutionists say the Earth is 4-billion years old and
Cro-Magnon man is the last link in an evolutionary process that has taken
hundreds of millions of years. It's important to remember the little folk
down at Flores, far from being a dead end and evolutionary cul de sac in the
human story are like you, the handiwork of God. Any Creationists worth
their salt knows the Earth began 6,000 years ago. Not that the Creationists
don't believe in fossils, Flores' 'Hobbits' and dinosaurs, our Creationist
friends admit they exist as fossils. As fossils, yes as fossils? But don't
be deluded into thinking that they ever existed. They never existed?
You read the Bible, it clearly states that the Earth began with Adam and Eve
and if you count all those people involved in the biblical past time of
'begetting' the Earth is 6,000 years old. The fossils? God put them there
when he created the Earth 6,000 years ago to sort out the biblical chaff and
hay. It doesn't matter how many tests the scientific community runs or how
many weird fossils they find, the Earth is just 6,000 years old. It's a
matter of faith. If you've got faith, anything is possible.
Now getting back to that 'begetting' caper. I wonder if our biblical
scholars have got their numbers right? If you want to check, dig up (pardon
the pun) one of your old Christian fundamentalist mates and check out that
begetting caper, it seems to have something going for it.

STOP PRESS
HERE WE GO AGAIN!!
The Sunday Age's Taverner Poll (31/10) on General Practitioners attitudes to
fee increases and bulkbilling highlights that the Howard government's
Medicare Plus package was designed to increase pressures on General
Practitioners to abandon bulkbilling and charge up-front private fees. The
Coalition's pre-election Medicare Plus advertising blitz successfully
created the impression in the community that the introduction of a
differential Medicare rebate (one for concession card holders and children
under 16 and an other for everyone else) and the introduction of a safety
net that covered 80% of the fee charged by doctors for medical, pathology
and radiological tests once a patient reached a specific threshold in a
12-month period, would decrease a patient's out of pocket out of hospital
expenses.
What is surprising about the Taverner Poll is not that fees will rise, but
that so many General Practitioners are still resisting government pressures
to abandon bulkbilling and charge private up-front fees. Doctors who
continue to bulkbill their patients, especially that slowly shrinking group
that bulkbills all their patients are disadvantaged in three ways.
I. The introduction of a differential rebate means that those doctors who
bulkbill all their patients receive $5.00 (in some cases $7.50) less when
they bulkbilled a non-concession card holder. The Medicare Plus package
puts real economic pressure on them to stop bulkbilling everyone except
concession card holders and children under 16.
II. The introduction of an open ended safety net that meets 80% of the costs
of whatever fee a doctor wants to charge once a patient reaches a specific
threshold in out of pocket expenses, puts a great deal of pressure on
doctors to abandon bulkbilling and charge up-front fees.
III. The government's promise to increase the rebate to General
Practitioners from 85% to 100% in the first session of the new parliament is
a direct across the board fee increase for General Practitioners. It
rewards all General Practitioners irrespective of whether they bulkbill or
not. There is no incentive built into this fee increase that encourages
doctors to bulkbill.
Abbott's Medicare Plus package and much vaunted safety net will, as the
Sunday Age Taverner Poll is beginning to show, increase out of pocket
expenses for all patients and decrease bulkbilling rates in the community.
It has turned Medicare, a universal health care delivery system, into a
two-tier system where those who have the money will be able to buy the best
health care money can buy while the rest will have to make do with a second
rate system or will be forced to use overcrowded under-resources public
hospitals accident and emergency departments.

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


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ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS
An Iraqi woman says she was tortured & her brother was sexually assaulted &
died in US custody. Huda Alazawi says an informant working for the US army
demanded $10,000, or he would write a report saying she & her family were
working for the Iraqi rebels. When she refused to pay, she, her sister &
brothers were arrested. A US officer told her she would be tortured unless
she confessed. "My hands were handcuffed. They took off my boots & stood me
in the mud with my face against the wall. I could hear women & men shouting
& weeping. I recognised one of the cries as my brother Mu'taz. I wanted to
see what was going on so I tried to move the cloth from my eyes. When I did,
I fainted." Her brother was sexually assaulted. She was then returned to her
cell. "The cell had no ceiling. It was raining. At midnight they threw
something at my sister's feet. It was my brother Ayad. He was bleeding from
his legs, knees & forehead. I told my sister: 'Find out if he's still
breathing.' She said: 'No. Nothing.' I started crying. The next day they
took away his body." The US military later issued a death certificate citing
the cause of death as "cardiac arrest of unknown etiology". The doctor who
signed the certificate didn't print his name & his signature is illegible.
After Ayad's body had been taken away, Alazawi says she & 18 other Iraqi
detainees were put in a minibus inside the military compound. "The US told
us: 'Nobody is going to sleep tonight.' They played...music continuously
with loud voices. As soon as someone fell asleep they started beating on the
door. It was Christmas. They kept us there for 3 days. Many of the US
soldiers were drunk." Finally, after a US guard broke her shoulder as she
left the toilet, Ms Alazawi & her surviving siblings were transferred -
first to a police academy in Baghdad's interior ministry & then on Jan 4 '04
to Abu Ghraib prison. She spent the next 156 days in solitary confinement.
"The guards used wild dogs. I saw one of the guards allow his dog to bite a
14-y.o boy on the leg. The boy's name was Adil. Other guards frequently beat
the men. I could see the blood running from their noses. They'd also take
them for compulsory cold showers even though it was Jan & Feb. She was held
in a 2-metre-square cell, initially with no bed & a bucket for a toilet.
"B/c I could speak a bit of English I was given the job of emptying the
rubbish. There's never enough food & one day I came across an old woman
who'd collapsed from hunger. The US were always eating lots of hot food. I
found some in a packet in a bin & gave it to her. They caught me & threw me
in a 1-metre-square punishment cell. They then poured cold water on me for 4
hours." Ms Alazawi's surviving brothers are still in custody in Abu Gharib
prison, held along with 2,400 other prisoners without charge or legal
access. (Source: The Guardian [UK])
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ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Has been won by those media hacks who have transformed the lying rodent into
King Rodent, in their musings in the corporate dominated fourth estate and
the government gelded ABC because he has won a majority in both Houses of
Federal parliament by snaring the vote of 40% of eligible voters.

JOIN US
OUTSIDE THE OLD MELBOURNE GOAL (Russell St, Melbourne)
AT 10.30AM on THURSDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2004.
Remember the 150th anniversary of the Ballarat Reform League
Remember the 120th anniversary of the hanging of Ned Kelly
Remember the 86th anniversary of Remembrance Day
Remember the 24th anniversary of the sacking of the Whitlam Labor govt
RECLAIM THE PAST, UNDERSTAND THE PRESENT
AND CHANGE THE FUTURE.

JOIN US
OUTSIDE THE VICTORIAN POLICE CENTRE
637 FLINDERS STREET, MELBOURNE
NOON ­ WEDNESDAY 24TH NOVEMBER 2004 &
NOON - WEDNESDAY 1ST DECEMBER 2004
TO ASK THE VICTORIA POLICE TO RECONSIDER THEIR DECISION NOT TO APOLOGISE FOR
THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE EUREKA MASSACRE ON THE 3RD DECEMBER 1854. THE
150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE EUREKA REBELLION PROVIDES AN EXCELENT OPPORTUNITY
FOR THE VICTORIA POLICE TO APOLOGISE AND CLOSE THE CHAPTER ON THE DARKEST
DAY IN THEIR 151 YERAR HISTORY.

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RECLAIM THE RADICAL SPIRIT OF THE EUREKA REBELLION
JOIN US
4.00AM FRIDAY 3RD DECEMBER
EUREKA PARK (Cnr Stawell & Eureka St) BALLARAT
To celebrate the 150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE EUREKA REBELLION at the site and
time it occurred. Community breakfast after dawn gathering.
9.00am ­ Walk to the Old Ballarat Cemetery to pay our respect to the dead,
then we walk through Ballarat to Bakery Hill to reaffirm the Eureka oath,
then we will walk back to Eureka Park for a community lunch and
conversation.
Email: anarchistage@yahoo.com
Write: P.O. BOX 20, Parkville, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
For a poster, pass it on to your friends. Join us on the day.
Reclaim your history, change the future.
Join us at Ballarat at 4.00am on FRIDAY 3RD DECEMBER 2004

AVAILABLE FOR FORTY 50cent STAMPS
>From the Anarchist Media Institute
P.O. BOX 20, PARKVILLE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA.
Two pamphlets written by Dr. Joe Toscano to mark the 150th anniversary of
the Eureka rebellion.
** RECLAIMING THE RADICAL SPIRIT OF THE EUREKA REBELLION
** IT'S TIME FOR AN APOLOGY FROM THE VICTORIA POLICE FORCE FOR THEIR ROLE
IN THE EUREKA MASSACRE IN 1854.

TRIVIAL PURSUIT NIGHT
We now have a Trivial Pursuit Master to organise the questions and
festivities.
7.30PM SATURDAY 12TH FEBRUARY 2005.
We NEED A HALL IN MELBOURNE ­ Can anyone help?
(We are looking for a hall that has tables and chairs for at least 150)
We need YOU to organise a table of 10. Cost for a table of 10 = $100.
If you can't organise a table, don't worry, cost per person
$15 ­ (wage earners) - $10 ­ (non wage earners)
We are taking advance bookings from now. Make out cheques or money orders
to LIBERTARIAN WORKERS and send to PO BOX 20, PARKVILLE 3052, VICTORIA
I f you can help with the venue / hall call us ASAP ON 03 8508 9856 OR
Email us at anarchistage@yahoo.com
ATTENTION :THE ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE'S ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN THE
FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN, THE DEFEND & EXTEND MEDICARE STRUGGLE AND THE
EUREKA CELEBRATION STRUGGLES HAVE FORCED US TO PUT THE TRIVIAL PURSUIT NIGHT
BACK TO
*** SATURDAY 12TH FEBRUARY 2005 ***

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


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