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(en) Australia, Anarchist Age Weekly Review No 609 30th August ­ 5th September 2004

From Anarchist Media Institute <anarchistage@yahoo.com>
Date Wed, 1 Sep 2004 12:08:32 +0200 (CEST)


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'TRUST' Howard and Latham are right, this election will be based on "trust".
Representative democracy has little if anything to do with democracy.
Parliamentary elections are based on blind faith. On October 9th, those
Australians who, under the bidding of the Australian Electoral Act do their
duty and vote, will be placing their faith and trust in representatives who
have no legal responsibility to those Australians who have elected them into
office. In what other field of human endeavor would any sane person freely
give away blank cheques?
In Australia, electors are forced by legislation to vote for representatives,
who for the next 3 years can pass legislation through parliament that is
diametrically opposed to what they were promised. If you bought a
washing machine, a car, or even an iron, you have redress through
the Small Claims Tribunal, or the courts if the products turn out to be
lemons. If you vote for someone who has no intention of honouring their
promises, you can do nothing about it till the next
election.

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

"Your" representative can change their political
allegiances, backtrack on
promises and support legislation they promised to
oppose, and you can do
nothing for another 3 years. Parliamentary democracy
is 2 minutes of
illusory power. Every 3 years, voters do their legal
duty electing
representatives who have no legal obligation to honour
one promise they have
made.

Australian electors have been betrayed for so long by
so many politicians
from so many different political parties, an
increasing number are refusing
to put their names on the electoral roll. Of those
90% who are on the
electoral rolls, another 10% will either not vote, or
consciously vote
informal because their trust has been betrayed so
often they are no longer
willing to put their faith in the parliamentary
process.

IT'S PERSONAL!!!
The Howard government is the most divisive and
vindictive government since
Billy Hughes. Howard has conducted an ideological
jihad that has radically
shifted the balance of power in this country. It's
important to remember
the removal of the Howard government will not change
the ideological mindset
of the bureaucracy, the judiciary and this countries,
public institutions.

In the last 9 years, the Howard government has
successfully saturated the
country's institutions with a bevy of political
appointments. The Prime
Minister has attempted to imbue the Australian culture
and people with his
discredited God, Queen and Country mantra. Howard is
trying to retain power
by telling Australians that he holds the keys to the
country's economic
future.

The Howard government has not hesitated in using every
means at its disposal
to subvert this country's institutions to suit its
short-term political
agenda. The man who has given Australia the 'core and
non-core promise',
the man who unleashed balaclava clad security men with
dogs on Australia's
waterfront, the man who refused to move to the Lodge
in Canberra when
elected in 1996 and took up taxpayer funded lodgings
at Kirribilli House in
Sydney so it would not disturb his children's
education, continues to be
supported in some sections of Australian society.

The fight against the Howard government is personal.
Aided and abetted by
Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition, the A.L.P (Alternative
Liberal Party), he
and his political cronies with a little help from
their friends in the
corporate dominated media, have succeeded into turning
a community that
prided itself on its ability to extend a helping hand
to those in need, to a
self-centred inward looking selfish society that is
only interested in its
own personal welfare.

The change in community attitudes that have occurred
under the Howard
regime, are both frightening and worrying. The battle
to remove this motley
crew from office and consign their ideological jihad
to the dustbin of
history is both pressing and necessary.

RIGHT? PRIVILEGE?
Over the next 6 weeks, Australians will be told that
they are lucky to live
in a country where they have the right to vote.
Right? I'm afraid that
those electors who think they have the right to vote
are sadly mistaken. In
1925 the Commonwealth government passed legislation
that made voting at
Federal elections compulsory, Section 245 (i) of the
Commonwealth Electoral
Act states:
'It shall be the duty of every elector to vote at each
election'
Duty? Yes duty? In 1901 enrolment and voting were
voluntary. By 1902 most
men and women over 21 were allowed to vote at Federal
elections. Aboriginal
natives of Australia, Asia, Africa or the Pacific
Islands (except New
Zealand) were excluded from enrolment and voting,
unless they had the right
to vote at State elections.

Section 41 of the Australian Constitution;
'No adult person who has or acquires a right to vote
at elections for the
more numerous House of the Parliament of a State
shall, while the right
continues, be prevented by any law of the Commonwealth
from voting at
elections for either House of the Parliament of the
Commonwealth' clearly
states voting is a right.

Permanent Federal electoral rolls were established in
1908, enrolment became
compulsory in 1911. Queensland introduced compulsory
voting at State
elections in 1915. Interestingly only 46.8% of
electors voted in the first
Federal election held under Federal law in 1903.
Compulsory voting was
introduced at the Federal level in 1924 and was first
used in the 1925
election, the voting rating increased to over 90%.
Natives of British India
living in Australia gained the right to vote in 1925.

On the 18th of June 1962, all Aboriginal people became
entitled to enrol and
vote at Federal elections and referendums. In 1984
enrolment and voting for
Aboriginal people became compulsory. In the same
year, the franchise
qualification to vote changed to Australian
citizenship. British subjects
on the roll immediately before the 26th of January
1984, still retain their
right to vote in Australian elections, although they
are not Australian
citizens.

Under the Australian Constitution, voting is a right
under the Commonwealth
Electoral Act, voting is a duty. At this election, I
will as I have in all
previous Federal elections, refused to exercise my
right to vote. I am not
willing to give a mandate to a representative to make
decisions on my
behalf. In my opinion Section 245 (i) of the
Commonwealth Electoral Act is
unconstitutional. The difference between a right and
a duty is choice. At
this election I have chosen not to exercise my right
to vote.

STAN'S CONUNDRUM
If there is one thing that highlights the shallow
nature of the political
debate, it's this week's media stoush about whether
the Labor Party's policy
to introduce a 0.1% levy on superannuation
contributions on companies that
employ more than 20 people is a levy, or a tax. The
puerile nature of the
media discussion, the Prime Minister's gleeful
attempts to highlight that
this is the first lie of the campaign and the esoteric
nature of the debate,
make a mockery of the idea.

The issue is very simple, do we as a community
introduce changes that ensure
that workers who find themselves in situations where
they will lose the
legal entitlements they have accumulated over a
lifetime of work because the
companies they are working for will go bankrupt, are
compensated by the
community through the State, or do we hang them out to
dry. When John
Howard's brother ran into a few financial problems of
his own, it didn't
take long for the government to bail him out. Instead
of concentrating on
the issue at hand, the corporate owned media and the
government gelded ABC
sidetracked the debate up an intellectual and
political cul du sac.

The corporate media's strength does not lie in its
ability to tell people
what to do. It lies in its ability to set the
political, social and
cultural agenda in this country. As the election
campaign ticks over, more
and more media outlets will attempt to deflect the
debate into dead end
streets. The most outrageous statements will be made
by the media to limit
the debate to a one-way conversation between the major
political parties.
As radical activists, we need to place more and more
options before people.
Tearing through the artificially generated boundaries
about what is
achievable is one of our main tasks.

We don't believe that the system can be reformed. We
believe it must be
changed. Our strength lies in the strength of our
arguments. Our strength
lies in our ability to cut through the rhetoric
reality gap and give people
a glimpse of that new world in our hearts.

NOT ANOTHER APOLOGY!!
In January this year I wrote to the Victorian Chief
Police Commissioner on
behalf of the Anarchist Media Institute, asking her to
apologise on behalf
of the Victoria Police for their role in the Eureka
massacre on the 3rd of
December 1854. The Anarchist Media Institute received
the following
response:


'Dear Dr. Toscano,
The Chief Commissioner has asked me to thank you for
your letter requesting
that she apologise on behalf of Victoria Police for
their actions at the
Eureka Stockade on 3rd December 1854.

Ms. Nixon respects your position on this matter and
has given your request a
deal of thought. Her deliberations have necessarily
entailed historical,
social and political considerations. Due to the
complexity of the issues
involved, the Chief Commissioner is not at this stage
committed to a
particular position on the matter.

Once again thank you for taking the time to submit a
most thought-provoking
proposal'.

Last week the Anarchist Media Institute wrote to the
Victoria Police Chief
Commissioner, Ms. Nixon inviting her to join us at
4.00am on Friday the 3rd
of December 2004 at the Eureka Stockade site in
Ballarat so she could
apologise on behalf of the Victoria Police for their
actions at the Eureka
Stockade 150 years ago. We will keep you informed
about any response we
receive. Irrespective of what happens with the
Victoria Police, it's
important that radical activists reclaim the Radical
Spirit of the Eureka
Rebellion. As we approach the 150th anniversary
celebrations, it's highly
likely that the radical nature of the rebellion will
be drowned in a
commercial State sponsored genealogical festival.

This year, as in previous years, we are Reclaiming the
Radical Spirit of the
Eureka Rebellion. Join us at 4.00am at the Eureka
Stockade site, at the
corner of Stawell and Eureka St. Ballarat on Friday
the 3rd of December 2004
and celebrate the important elements of the Eureka
Rebellion - Direct
Democracy, Direct Action, Solidarity and
Internationalism.

Join us celebrate the past by reclaiming the present.
Get the full Eureka
Rebellion story online at
www.takver.com/history/eureka.htm.

'We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each
other and fight to
defend our rights and liberties'.

Download a Eureka poster, email it on to your friends.
Not computer
literate? Don't worry, write to us at PO Box 20
Parkville 3052 Melbourne for
an A3 black and white poster, photocopy it and pass it
on to your friends.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. Will an anarchist society produce a surplus to its
immediate and long
term needs?
A. O f course it will. Not all anarchist communities
have access to the
same resources. Some will be resource rich others
will be resource poor.
The same principles that determine how an anarchist
community is organised
determine how a regional federation is organised.
It's highly unlikely that
any community will be able to take care of all its
needs. That's why
anarchist communities will tend to form regional
federations. Even if a
particular community is fully self-sufficient,
security issues will play a
big part in determining whether that community joins a
regional federation.
It's one thing having the most extensive supply of
water in a particular
region, it's another thing diverting resources to
protect that supply from
possible attacks from neighbours who don't have enough
for their own needs.
The size of a regional federation of anarchist
communities will be
determined by the geographical reality they face.
Regional federations rich
in natural resources will be much smaller in size than
federations that have
difficulty accessing the necessities of life. Surplus
production will be
diverted to those regional federations that have
difficulty in meeting their
needs. People form anarchist communities because they
want to live in a
physically and economically secure environment.
Individual communities join
federations to ensure that they will be able to
continue to live in a secure
environment.
Federations share surplus production and in some cases
produce a surplus
that is given away to other federations to ensure they
continue to live and
function in a secure environment. Personal, community
and regional security
in an anarchist society is determined by the amount of
surplus production
that is shared. Every person, every community and
every regional federation
knows that if they face difficulties in the future,
resources will be
allocated to help them deal with their situation. The
cooperative social
relationships that exist within an anarchist society,
is the glue that holds
that society together.

ACTION BOX
'FOLLOW YOUR CONSCIENCE'
Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
245 Compulsory Voting
'i) It shall be the duty of every elector
to vote at each election'
Compulsory voting was introduced in 1924 because the
voter turnout at the
1922 Federal election had dropped to 59.38%. Since
the introduction of
compulsory voting, the turnout of registered voters
has remained at around
95%. Any government that fails to achieve less than a
50% turnout of
registered voters faces a major credibility problem
because it has failed to
achieve a popular mandate.
Whether anarchists vote or don't vote is a tactical,
not a theoretical
issue. With a Federal election round the corner
people have to make a
decision about whether they will participate or not.
This year, the
Anarchist Media Institute is asking people to follow
their conscience. If
you're happy to give a politician a mandate to make
decisions for you over
the next 3 years, go ahead and cast your ballot. If
you're unhappy with the
political process and don't want to support a system
you have no faith in,
follow your conscience. You can decide not to cast a
ballot and accept the
legal consequences. You can decide to go to your
local electoral booth and
have your name crossed off or you can vote informal.
The problem with
voting at a Federal election is twofold. If you do
vote, you have to
allocate preferences if you want your vote to be
counted. If you don't
allocate preferences, your vote is counted as
informal. The problem with
compulsory preferential voting is that your vote may
eventually be allocated
to a political party whose policies you have no faith
in.
Think about the options, think about whether you want
to support a system
that is democratic in name only. If you follow your
conscience, you'll know
irrespective of the decision you'll make and the
personal consequences of
that decision that you, not parliament, the
politicians or the Australian
Electoral Commission will decide whether you
participate in the electoral
circus.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
THE EUREKA SERIES 2004 ­ No.20
The Ballarat Times and Southern Cross
The Ballarat goldfields unlike other Victorian
goldfields were concentrated
in a relatively small area. Miners easily formed
personal relationships
with other miners. The Ballarat diggers tended to
experience the same highs
and lows as their neighbours. The first newspaper The
Ballarat Times and
Southern Cross appeared on the goldfields on the 4th
March 1854. Henry
Seekamp, the editor of The Ballarat Times, took a
profound interest in what
was happening in Ballarat. He called a meeting in
September 1854 to
establish a hospital for the increasing number of sick
and destitute diggers
on the diggers.
The editor threw the paper's support behind the Eureka
movement and the
Ballarat Reform League used The Ballarat Times to
print and distribute its
leaflets andposters. Seekamp was so impressed by the
first monster meeting
held at Bakery Hill on the 11th November 1854, he
wrote in The Ballarat
Times that the meeting was 'not more or less than the
germ of Australian
independence'.
Letters regularly appeared in the paper from the ranks
of the government and
the military that supported the miners. The Ballarat
Reform League and The
Ballarat Times were as one in most of their thoughts
and actions. Without
The Ballarat Times' enthusiastic support, it's
unlikely so many of the
miners would have taken up arms to defend 'their
rights and liberties'. The
newspaper had become so involved in the struggle that
Commissioner Rede
asked the Attorney General whether they could close
down the paper, as
articles in it were 'highly seditious'. Seekamp was
arrested on Monday the
4th December and thrown into the goal that held the
125 men that had been
arrested the previous morning for their part in the
Eureka rebellion. He
was jailed for 3 months after the Chief Justice Sir
William a'Beckett told
the jury that the articles were in his opinion
'seditious' before the jury
retired to consider its verdict.
Of the 4 newspapers that were sold in Ballarat, The
Melbourne Argus, The Age
and The Ballarat Times supported the miners. Only The
Melbourne Morning
Herald took the side of the colonial authorities.
Ironically The Herald's
reporter on the goldfields, Frank Hasleham, was shot
dead by a mounted
policeman 300 yards from the Stockade, just after the
mounted police and
soldiers had massacred and arrested those inside the
Eureka Stockade. Frank
Hasleham is the first and only Australian war
correspondent who has died
while on duty. He is not listed in any list of names
of those who died on
the Eureka goldfields that fateful morning.

BOOK REVIEW
'JACK OF CAPE GRIM ­
A Victorian Adventure'
Jan Roberts, Greenhouse Publications 1986, ISBN 0 86
436 007 X
This extraordinary book, a work that the author of
'Poor Fella My Country'
Xavier Herbert called 'a work deserving to be a
classic in our history', has
like every other book published about the relationship
between our murdering
founding forefathers and the local indigenous
population, has sunk without
achieving the recognition it so richly deserved.
Roberts examines the first
10 years of white settlement on Port Phillip Bay,
concentrating on the
extraordinary story of Cape Grim
Jack­Napolean­Tunnerminnerwait, Robert of
Ben Lomond­Peevay, Matilda-Pyteerunner, Fanny­Tamar
and
Trucannini­Truganini. These 5 survivors of the
Tasmanian black massacres
were brought across from Flinders Island to Port
Phillip in 1839 by
Robinson, the Aboriginal State 'Protector' to help
'civilise' the 'wild'
Victorian blacks.
The author uses the sketchy accounts of the settlers
and troopers journals
to bring a story to light that rivals that of Ned
Kelly's. She does this by
researching the fate of the Kulin nations ­ the 5
tribes that inhabited the
Port Phillip area during the first 10 years of white
settlement. It's
extraordinarily difficult to obtain reliable
information about this period
because the genteel sport of black killing, so ably
played by the emerging
squattocracy so they could replace the 'human vermin'
that had lived for
over 40,000 years on the lands they wanted for
themselves with their sheep,
had to be played behind closed doors.
George Langhorne, a missionary and administrator with
the Aborigines at the
Port Phillip settlement in 1836, claimed that at least
700 indigenous men,
women and children lived within a 30-mile radius of
Melbourne's Flagstaff
Gardens. Within a few years, over 95% were dead,
victims of a brutal and
efficient secret campaign of extermination that is not
acknowledged in both
public and private records. Our founding murdering
forefathers operated
under the cover of darkness because in 1838 seven
shepherds involved in the
Myall Creek massacre just north of Sydney, when they
killed Aboriginal women
and children by tying them up and hacking them to
pieces with swords, were
hanged for the murders. The sword was soon replaced
with the gun and
mercury and arsenic laced flour by the Port Phillip
squattocracy.
The Tasmanian Aboriginals declaration of war on the
citizens of Port Phillip
Bay and their initial successes and eventual capture,
are chronicled for all
to see in Jan Roberts' scholarly 125-page booklet.
The men (Melb's first
execution) were publicly dispatched by hanging at the
corner of Franklin &
Bowen St in Melbourne on the 21st January 1842. The
women were acquitted
and placed by the court back in Robinson's care.
This is one of the great untold stories of our time.
The Anarchist Media
Institute will be marking the 163rd anniversary of the
executions at the
spot they occurred on Saturday the 21st January 2005.
We encourage you to
put the date in your diary and join us next year to
mark this important
historical moment.
I found this little gem in a 2nd hand bookshop and
paid $10 for the
privilege of buying it. I suggest you contact your
local library to get
hold of a copy. Unfortunately Greenhouse Publications
was one of those
small independent publishers that ceased to exist long
ago.

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
Rob Van Dam, Torrie, Dudley Brothers, the Undertaker.
You guessed it, the
World Wrestling Federation is back in town. Another
night, another
tournament. Thousands of fans packed around the ring,
waiting for their
2-dimemsional celluloid heroes to become 3-dimensional
works of flesh and
blood. The crowd, fed on a diet of cable TV, have
come to worship at
Melbourne's Vodaphone Arena. Versed in the
intricacies of choreographed
wrestling, they know and worship every gesture, every
move. Thousands point
at the villain shouting 'wanker, wanker, wanker!' The
villain gesticulates
widely as villains are prone to do.
I felt like a stranger who had entered a new place of
worship. The regulars
understood the cues, they knew what was going on. I
only went to keep
someone else company, I hadn't filled my cerebral
sulci with the mandatory
hours of cable grazing necessary to see the light. I
didn't now who was in,
who was out. Last time I went the Dudley Brothers
were heroes, today they
were ugly, larger than life villains. Booker T,
yesterday's superhero, had
transmorphed into the Penguin.
A few renegades cheered on their fallen idols, the
majority had, as if by
osmosis from Logies idiot box, transferred their
allegiance to the new
superheroes. Within the madness, irony reigned. The
last bout, a mixture
of theatre, force, religious experience and a little
bit of wrestling had
something for everybody. Even a jaded 50 something
cynic like myself, who
had fallen asleep during the last predictable bout,
woke up. The villain
was JBL, a Texan, from the land of hope and glory. A
crowd that responded
to his American apple pie, hope and glory routine
jeered him on cue. His
opponent, the Undertaker, a silent mock Gothic
Frankenstein clone dressed,
as Wyatt Earp was dressed at the O.K. Corral, was
lauded.
Just in case you think that the folks who script these
Punch and Judy shows
aren't political animals, think again. JBL is LBJ
spelt backwards ­ yes
folks, the US President who gave the world the Vietnam
War ­ Lyndon Bayne
Johnson. Just in case you're interested, the
Undertaker won the title on a
disqualification, 5 villains strewn around the ring.
Ironically, this was one of the most peaceful public
gatherings I've ever
been to. No blood in or out of the ring, no drunks,
just thousands of men,
women and children acting out an improbable celluloid
fantasy.

STOP PRESS
'WORLD'S WORST KEPT SECRET'
Documents declassified in Buenes Aires last week have
shown that Henry
Kissinger gave the military junta the green light in
1976 to begin its
'dirty' war on dissidents in Argentina. A
dictatorship that had overt
United States support killed thousands.
Kissinger was the architect of United States foreign
policy initiatives that
resulted in the unnecessary and avoidable deaths of
millions of people
around the world. He presided over an administration
that overthrew
legitimately elected governments and replaced them
with dictatorships that
used every means at their disposal including torture,
rape and mass murder
to destroy any opposition to their rule. Kissinger
was the military head of
a terrorist state that funded, armed and supported
with US advisers and
troops some of the most repressive regimes the world's
has ever seen.
The Philippines, Argentina, Chile, Cambodia, Congo,
Haiti, El Salvador,
Nicagura, Guatemala and Vietnam are just a few of the
dictatorial regimes
that were supported by Kissinger and his cronies. For
his efforts,
Kissinger received the Nobel Peace Prize in a decision
that would have made
the 'dynamite' king Nobel, turn in his grave.
The irony about the current war on 'terror' is that
one of the world's most
prominent war criminals is still strutting the world
stage, protected by a
neo-conservative administration in Washington that has
taken a leaf out of
his terrorist manual to pursue its Middle East agenda.
The news that
Kissinger is a war criminal is not new. What's new is
that people who have
wanted him to be tried in the International Court of
Justice in The Hague,
are being taken seriously by government figures both
in and out of the US.
Kissinger and Pinochet can no longer hide. The world
is too small a place
for them to continue to evade justice. Like Papa Doc,
Marcos, The Shah of
Iran and a host of other shadowy figures that
inhabited their world, it
won't be long before they will be called to pay the
judicial price for their
war crimes.

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


ANARCHIST PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED SINCE LAST ISSUE
SOLIDARIDAD OBRERA No.321 July 2004, CNT, C/- Jocquin
Costa 34,
entresueto, 08001 Barcelona SPAIN, Tel/Fax:933188834,
www.soliobrera.org
email:cnt@soliobrera.org

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THE SOCIALIST, No.8 Aug/Sept '04, P.O. BOX 1015,
COLLINGWOOD 3066,
VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA www.socialistpartyaustralia.org
Email:info@socialistpartyaustralia.org
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Focus, 2940 16th St,
Suite B5, San Fransisco CA 94103, US. TEL 415
2529211, FAX:415 2529311,
www,prisons.org info@prisons.org

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ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS
David Hicks suffered 2 separate 10-hours beatings by
his US captors,
according to his father. Terry Hicks said his son told
him about the
beatings when they were reunited at Guantanamo Bay in
Cuba. "He had 2 lots
of 10-hour beatings in Afghanistan," Mr Hicks senior
told ABC radio. "I
asked him if he knew who it was & he said yes." "They
were Americans, they
were speaking with American accents, & I asked him if
he was sure of that,
he said most definitely." (Source: The Age)
A senior Liberal Party figure has defended the
detention of refugees by
comparing it with the quarantine rules to test for
disease in animals.
Parl't Secretary for Health Trish Worth, addressing a
forum on asylum
seekers in Adelaide, mentioned dogs & cats being
imported from some
countries before she was shouted down. Ms Worth said
certain tests & health
checks needed to be carried out. (Source: The Age)
2 Labor Party leaders were guests of honour at a
$1000-a-plate fundraiser
organised by pharmaceutical multinationals, despite
the ALP attacking the
Liberal Party for their links to the same companies.
Labor health
spokeswoman Julia Gillard & her partner, Industrial
Relations spokesman
Craig Emerson, attended a function, benefited ALP
candidates, on June 30 at
the American Club in Sydney. It was organised by
Medicines Aust, a lobby
group that represents major multinational
pharmaceutical companies. On
August 18 Ms Gillard said in a TV interview "in the
interests of disclosure
to the Aust people, I think they do need to understand
that the Govt, the
Liberal Party, has raised a lot of money from drug
company donations."
(Source: The Australian)
2 senior military officers & a ex govt advisor have
backed Michael
Scrafton's account of the 'children overboard' affair,
that John Howard knew
that no children had been thrown overboard, but
claimed that they'd in the
leadup to the 2001 election. Maj-Gen Roger Powell, who
conducted the
original military enquiry into the affair, said he
recalled Mr Scrafton
saying in Dec 2001 he had made it clear in several
phone conversations with
Mr Howard that no children had been thrown overboard.
In an interview last
week, Maj-Gen Powell is on record as having "deduced
that the PM should've
been in no doubt that the claims had no basis". His
then assistant,
Commander Mike Noonan, had the same recollection of
events. Mr Howard has
released statements by 4 of his then senior advisors,
who were with him
during the calls from Mr Scrafton. 3 of the statements
confirm Mr Howard's
version of events. However ex secretary to Cabinet
Paul McClintock's
statement said "Mr Howard advised us that Mr Scrafton
didn't believe the
video showed children being thrown overboard".
(Source: The Australian)
Only 41% of Aust workers feel their employers
generally show appreciation
for their efforts, according to an online poll. 25% of
respondents said
their employers were indifferent to them, & a further
17% their employers
generally didn't show any appreciation at all. Only 6%
of the more than 3000
respondents said they were passionate about work.
(Source: Business Express
magazine)
ATNTF weekly anarchist news service.

ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Has been awarded to the Australian corporate media and
the government gelded
ABC for their nationalistic hysterical coverage of the
Athens Olympics
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A DOLLAR A DAY
Increasing financial problems have forced us to review
how The Anarchist
Media Institute's finances are raised. Currently
subscriptions and
donations only account for about 40% of the income
necessary to cover our
costs. To overcome this problem we've launched a:-
SAVE THE ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE ~ 'A DOLLAR A DAY'
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We are looking for THIRTY People, interested in our
activities, to pledge to
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monthly or yearly. Make
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FOLLOW THE MONEY TRAIL ­ DEMAND A ROYAL COMMISSION.

TRIVIAL PURSUIT NIGHT
We now have a Trivial Pursuit Master to organise the
questions and
festivities.
7.30PM SATURDAY 11TH DECEMBER 2004.
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

192 MEMBERS ­ 358 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
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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 192. 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.


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

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ANARCHISM ­ ADVANCING IN DIVERSITY STRIKING IN UNISON
­ YAMAGUCHI KENJI
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