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(en) Australia, Anarchist Age Weekly Review No.610 6th to 12th September 2004

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Date Wed, 8 Sep 2004 16:37:33 +0200 (CEST)


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TRAGIC - It's extraordinary how little understanding John Howard
and his Health Minister Tony Abbott have about the health care
delivery system in this country. To claim that the government's latest
attempts to woo over undecided voters, makes them 'friends' of Medicare
is both wrong and misleading. High bulk billing rates have at first
glance, two diametrically opposed outcomes. More people utilize the
system for a lower overall national cost.
High bulk billing rates increase competitive forces between doctors.
The higher the bulk billing rates the lower the cost to access non-bulk
billing doctors. Those doctors who don't bulk bill will soon
find themselves out of business if the fees they set are too high because
patients can readily access a bulk billing doctor. People tend to utilize
bulk billing doctors because they do not face out of pocket expenses.
Consequently although the number of private doctors visits increase,
the total cost to the community in terms of the percentage of G.D.P.
utilized for health care, decreases.

The Coalition's decision to increase the rebate for
all patients who visit
General Practitioners from 85% to 100%, irrespective
of whether their
doctors bulk bill or not will not, necessarily
increase bulk billing rates.
The profession will soon absorb the 15% increase in
General Practitioner's
fees. The 15% across the board increase will
maintain, not remove the
two-tier system created by their Medicare Plus
Package. Doctors who bulk
bill will still continue to receive different
remuneration for providing the
same service to different groups of people. Those
patients who can afford
up front fees will continue to receive the best health
services money can
buy, while the rest will have to make do with a second
rate system.

The 15% increase, coupled with a ?safety net' that
commits Medicare to
picking up 80% of any fee a doctor chooses to charge
if a patient has
reached the safety net, is a recipe for an explosion
in individual health
care costs as well as the percentage of G.D.P. that is
used to meet the
nation's health care costs. Labor's package ties the
increased rebate to
the number of patients a doctor bulk bills. Doctors
who bulk bill more than
80% of their patients will receive the increased
rebate as well as a yearly
cash grant. Those doctors who decide not to take up
the package will find
it more difficult to raise their fees and the
abolition of the safety net
will result in a significant reduction in the up front
fees charged by many
doctors. The resultant increase in bulk billing rates
will remove the
necessity of a safety net, as fewer patients will have
to worry about up
front fees when they see a private doctor.

Although Labor's reforms do not resolve many of the
problems people have in
accessing the health care delivery system, they will
significantly decrease
patients out of pocket health expenses and they will
stop the current rise
in the percentage of G.D.P. that is allocated to
provide health care
services in Australia.

'OUT FOUL SPOT'
Just in case you think Australia's new role as Pacific
cop is universally
accepted in the region, think again. Howard's
attempts to cajole, bribe and
force independent Pacific Island nations to act as
Australian neo colonial
outposts, is beginning to be resisted. The new
government of Vanuatu, led
by Prime Minister Serge Vohor, has just gained a
mandate from Vanuatu's
voters to stop aid donors imposing conditions and
programs on the
government.

Vanuatu, a collection of over 80 islands with a
predominately Melanesian
population of around 200,000, achieved independence
from the British and the
French in 1980. Concerned about the deployment of
Australian troops and
police in the Solomon Islands and the deployment of
Federal police in Papua
New Guinea, the Foreign Minister Barak Sope has given
the Australian
government 10 days to recall Australian Federal police
from Vanuatu. The
Government has also asked two advisors from the
Australian government's
overseas aid service AusAid to leave the country.

Sovereignty is becoming an important issue in the
Pacific. Faced with the
twin problems of rising sea levels and the transition
from a subsistence to
a cash economy, many Pacific Island nations are
becoming more and more
dependent on foreign aid. As the level of foreign aid
increases, Pacific
Island governments lose what little ability they have
to maintain their
cultural and economic independence. In steps, the
Australian government is
trying to put its stamp on the region by flexing its
economic muscle and
deploying Federal police and troops in the Pacific to
protect its economic
interests.

The new Vanuatu government is the first that has
openly challenged
Australian propensity to dictate terms to Pacific
Island nations. Their
decision to expel the Australian Federal police from
Vanuatu is an attempt
by the newly elected government to regain control over
its own destiny and
decrease the influence foreign governments have in the
region.

THE PENNY'S FINALLY DROPPED
Fifteen senior Victorian Union leaders have issued a
statement deploring the
jailing of former AMWU Union leader, Craig Johnston.
Johnston's
participation in industrial action that challenged the
right of two
companies that sacked their workforce and replaced
them with lower paid hire
firm workers, has led to his eventual jailing. The
position of union
leaders in Victoria stands in sharp contrast to the
position of the A.C.T.U.
The A.C.T.U has chosen to ignore Johnston's jailing
and has in response to
the AMWU's run through at Skilled Engineering and
Johnson Tiles in 2001,
issued new guidelines on how workers should behave at
picket lines.

Johnston's jailing cannot be viewed in isolation, it
must be viewed in terms
of the raft of industrial relations laws that have
been passed over the past
few years and the recent High Court decision which
makes it virtually
illegal for workers to strike in Australia. Every
benefit that is enjoyed
by workers in this country is a consequence of
workplace action. Strikes,
vigils, picket lines, demonstrations and occupations
have all played a major
role in the struggle to create an egalitarian
community.

Johnston has been jailed because the Workers First
movement won control of
the Victorian branch of the AMWU. The Workers First
movement enjoyed a
great deal of support among AMWU members, because it
was willing to stand up
to employers and use workplace action to press
worker's demands. The
example set by Workers First had the very real
potential of derailing the
Howard government's Industrial Relations agenda.

The jailing of Johnston cannot be ignored. It's first
and foremost an
attack on workers' rights to organise and choose
leaders who will represent
their interests, not the interest of a fossilised
trade union movement,
employers, political parties and government. Those
workers and union
leaders, who ignore what's happened to Johnston, do so
at their own peril.

'CORPORATE DRIP WELFARE'
It's difficult to accept that Australia's Public
Education sector is
dependent on corporate donations. The corporate
sector is becoming involved
in the delivery of public education programs in many
of the country's public
schools. The more disadvantaged the school, the
greater the corporate
input. The Public Education sector finds itself in a
difficult situation
for two reasons ­ successive Federal governments have
been channeling money
that's earmarked for public education into the private
sector.

The amount of tax collected from the corporate sector
has not kept pace with
increasing corporate profits. Corporations based in
Australia legally pay
less than 5% tax on their profits. Decreasing
corporate tax revenue has
resulted in a decrease in the amount of resources that
are earmarked for the
Public Education sector. Decreasing public resources
have forced schools to
approach the corporate sector to bankroll many
non-core school programs.

Corporate donations to the Public Education sector are
normally directed at
programs that fit corporations mission statements.
Within the past decade,
more and more Primary and Secondary schools have been
forced to rely on
corporate drip welfare. It's likely that if
corporations paid 10% tax on
profits, there would be more than enough funds to
bankroll a vibrant Public
Education sector. It's distressing to think that
public education is
becoming a plaything of the corporate sector. It's
even more distressing to
think that not one major political Party is willing to
seriously take up the
cudgel for public education.

Corporate drip welfare is becoming an increasing
problem in the Public
Education sector. It will continue to be a problem
while the State refuses
to fulfill its responsibilities to its citizens and
tax corporations so that
it can afford to provide basic services to the people
of this country.

REMEMBER CZECHOSLOVAKIA
It's tempting to dismiss the cruel premeditated murder
of so many people in
Beslan, as the work of terrorists acting in a
cultural, social and political
vacuum. It's tempting to dismiss the slaughter caused
by suicide bombers in
Palestine, Kashmir, Sri Lanka, Iraq and Chechnya as
the work of deranged
individuals and groups who have no respect for life.
Dismissing their acts
as the work of psychopaths, reduces complex social,
cultural and political
movements into bite sized media moments that can be
easily digested by a
public that has little if any interest in the reasons
why communities
descend into a spiral of barbarism that seems to have
no beginning or end.

The common denominator in all these apparently
senseless acts of random
violence is a thwarted struggle for national
liberation. A nation State
faced with a determined national liberation movement
within its borders that
is willing and able to challenge the State's monopoly
on the use of force,
can either find a political solution to the situation
or it can use its
disciplinary arm to crush secessionist forces within
its borders. The
disintegration of the Soviet Empire resulted in many
cases in the creation
of new nation States with minimal violence and
military activity.

The peaceful division of Czechoslovakia into the Czech
Republic and Slovakia
is a textbook example of what happens when national
liberation movements
within a nation State seek a political solution to
what is essentially a
political problem. The spiral of violence that has
become a permanent
feature of life in Kashmir, Sri Lanka, Palestine,
Iraq, Kosovo and Chechnya,
is the price that is paid when nation States use
military means to crush
national liberation movements that threaten the
integrity of the State.
Political problems require political solutions.

The creation of new nation States is a small price to
pay for peace in some
of the world's most intractable trouble spots.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. AN ANARCHIST ECONOMY IS A SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY?
A. Yes and No. Sustainability depends on a number of
factors. Access to
natural resources, labour availability and population
levels all play an
important role in the development of a sustainable
economy. Whether an
anarchist community can or cannot develop a
sustainable economy ultimately
depends on the nature of their relationship with
surrounding communities.
The stronger the relationship, the more cooperative
the relationship, the
greater the possibility that an anarchist society can
overcome the hurdles
to developing a sustainable economy.
The central difference between a capitalist and an
anarchist economy is
reflected in the underlying philosophical assumptions
that underpin both
societies. Capitalist economies need to generate
profits irrespective of
the human and social costs to that society. Anarchist
economies need to
satisfy real, not manufactured, human needs. It's
much more likely that the
principles of association underpinning an anarchist
society will assist an
anarchist community in developing a sustainable
economic model.
Workers in an anarchist society will not need to
continue to be involved in
destructive non-sustainable production because their
jobs depend on them
using these methods. In an anarchist society
everybody will be able to,
irrespective of what they do, share in the wealth
created by the activities
of people in that community. Their livelihoods will
depend on their
participation in their community, not what they do in
that community.
Those people involved in non-sustainable economic
activities in an anarchist
society will be able to cease these activities and
become involved in
sustainable economic activities without losing the
means by which they earn
their living. It's much more likely that a society
will develop a
sustainable economy if a person's economic viability
is dependent on their
membership of that community, not what they do in that
community.

ACTION BOX
'CYBER MAGIC'
- 'I spent 4 hours discussing anarchist theory in a
chat room on the other
side of the planet'.
- 'It took me hours to download all that anarchist
literature I was after'.
- 'I feel as if I've really achieved something today',
are just a few of the statements I've heard a number
of anarchist activists
make about the importance of the internet in the last
few days. I'm sure
they're having a great time, but I'm a little
concerned about what they're
doing to make their ideas a reality.
It's paradoxical that in a period in human history
when ordinary people can
instantaneously communicate with somebody on the other
side of the planet,
they are doing so little to change the reality they're
faced with. All the
information, knowledge, debates and discussions in the
world are a waste of
time if you don't apply that knowledge to the real
world. What on first
sight seems to be technology that will liberate the
world, seems to have
reinforced the power of those who wield power.
The internet gives many anarchists the illusion that
they can change things,
that what they are saying and doing in cyber-space is
somehow important. A
serious analogy can be drawn with the establishment of
coffee shops and
opium dens in the 18th century and the internet in the
20th century. Both
provided a mechanism by which people could meet,
discuss and communicate.
Neither in itself created conditions that led to
radical social change.
Although discussion is the elixir of the anarchist
movement, it has to be
applied to real situations if anything is to change.
A network of cyber buddies is nothing more than a
network. It only becomes
important when people put flesh on the bones, set up
groups, organisations
and challenge the power of those who own the means of
production,
distribution and exchange. The internet isn't the
means by which people
achieve radical egalitarian social change, it's just
another tool that
people can use to try to achieve that change. With
all new tools, some
people become so enthralled with the technology that
they forget that what
they're using is a tool, not a means to an end.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
THE EUREKA SERIES 2004 ­ No.21
'FOREIGN ANARCHISTS & ARMED RUFFIANS'
The 114 miners arrested in the aftermath of the Eureka
rebellion expected
the worse. Major General Nickle, the Commander of the
British military
forces, arrived with reinforcements on Tuesday 5th
December 1854. Concerned
about the spate of public meetings that were being
held in the rest of
Victoria and Melbourne could get out of hand, martial
law was illegally
proclaimed on Wednesday 6th December. Over 1400
special constables were
sworn into office in Melbourne to maintain order.
Nickle and Hotham,
concerned that civil insurrection was a distinct
possibility, attempted to
paint the rebellion as the act of 'foreign anarchists
and armed ruffians'.
Unfortunately for them the facts didn't match the
reality.
Only 11 of the 114 men arrested at the Eureka Stockade
site were
'foreigners'. Concerned that the numbers didn't
support their hypothesis,
they pointed the finger at the rebellious Irish. Once
again the rhetoric
didn't fit the reality, as less than a third of the
prisoners were Irish.
Ironically over half of the soldiers who fought for
the British were Irish.
The 114 prisoners were lined up at 10.00am on Monday
the 4th December so
that 20 or so ?ringleaders' could be chosen to be put
on trial. In groups
of one or two, the prisoners were paraded before the
authorities to see who
had a case to answer. Hobbled together, they listened
to government spies
concoct stories about their participation in the
battle. Only 13 of those
arrested were eventually committed for trial for High
Treason. Several
Americans who had participated in the uprising were
released as a result of
an agreement that was reached between Hotham and the
American Consul. It
seems that the American's withdrawal from the battle
at the critical moment
may have influenced Hotham's decision.
Keen to secure a conviction by portraying the
rebellion as the work of
'foreign anarchists' and the Irish, the 13 chosen for
trial, were picked
more as a consequence of their nationality or colour
than their active
participation in the rebellion. The 13 prisoners
included 2 blacks, John
Joseph from New York and James Campbell from Jamaica,
a Jew Jacob Sorenson,
an Italian Raffaelo Carboni, John Manning journalist
with The Ballarat
Times. Timothy Hayes, John Phelan, Michael Tuohy,
William Molloy and Henry
Reed made up the Irish contingent at the Treason
trials. Jan Vennik hailed
from Holland, Thomas Dignam was born in Sydney of
Irish parents and James
Beattie is described in the available literature as an
old man, origin
unknown possibly Irish.

BOOK REVIEW
'ABORIGINAL MELBOURNE
- The Lost Land of the Kulin People'
Gary Presland1985, McPhee Gribble 5th Edition '95,
ISBN 0 86914 346 8
Melbourne celebrated its 169th birthday on the 31st
August 2004, or did it?
Although Melbourne, one of the 100 most populous
cities in the world, has
over 3.5 million inhabitants, you would be hard
pressed to find 1% of the
population who would know the name of one of the 5
language groups that made
up the Kulin nation.
Very few people who live in Melbourne know that
indigenous Australians had
lived around the Port Phillip region for over 40,000
years and that there
are over 160 documented archaeological sites just in
the Melbourne
metropolitan area. It's difficult to know why so few
people have such
little interest in learning something about the people
who lived in this
area long before Port Phillip Bay existed. Over 1600
generations lived in
the Port Phillip Bay region long before European
colonists set up camp on
the Yarra in 1835.
Gary Presland was so interested in the fascinating
history around him in
Melbourne, that when he was Site Registrar at the
Victorian Archaeological
Survey, he wrote Aboriginal Melbourne. The book has
been published a number
of times since then. Simply written, easy to follow,
illustrated with over
50 old photographs, some taken in the 1850's. He has
been able to fill in
some of the bland spots in Melbourne's forgotten
history. For 1,600
generations, Port Phillip's indigenous population
survived the Ice Age, the
extinction of many of the animals they relied on for
food, volcanic
eruptions, major climate and environmental change and
the formation of Port
Phillip Bay about 7,500 years ago. Within one
generation of white
colonisation, the mighty Kulin nation had almost
ceased to exist. A few
survivors lived on the fringes of white settlement.
Seven generations
later, their presence has been almost forgotten.
Aboriginal Melbourne lists the 5 language groups ­ The
Bunurong, Woiworung,
Wathaurung, Taungurong and Jajowrong - that made up
the Kulin nation. He
examines the clans within the Kulin nation, their
beliefs and their way of
life. We learn that the site selected by the 1st
white settlers for the
village of Melbourne was the most favoured place for
Kulin inter-clan
gatherings. In a few short months, the Kulin's world
was turned upside
down.
Presland's account is full of little gems: - It's
likely that the Kulin
worked between 20 to 30 hours a week to meet their
needs. The rest of their
time was spent on ceremonial, clan and family
business. When you look at
these figures, you have to ask yourself who enjoyed
the best lifestyle?
Aboriginal Melbourne has a very useful Index and
refers to a number of books
and original sources that make very interesting
further reading.
Try your local library or bookshop to get hold of this
fascinating account
of life in Melbourne before white colonisation began.

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
At a dinner party last week, the type that over-50
folk who are jaded with
the realities of life go to, the topic predictably
turned to health and
walking. After a 6-course gastronomical extravaganza
that made the thought
of a Roman vomitarium a pleasant experience, the topic
of conversation
turned to the couple's outdoor furniture. It seems
the hostess had a habit
of wandering the streets on hard garbage collection
days and picked up the
ensemble for nothing. Mind you, it was plastic not
cane, although with a
little bit of elbow grease, it tarted up just fine.
It now holds the pride
of place in their pocket handkerchief garden.
Over the next 15 minutes or so, the hostess regaled us
with tales of past
hard garbage collections. A pot stand here, flowers
there, it seems their
tiny space outback had been fitted out with other
people's disregarded
brick-a-brac. Now, I don't know about you, but hard
garbage collections can
bring out both the best and worst in people. Amateurs
rub shoulders with
professionals driving Kombi vans up and down the
street looking for that
little something special that can bring in a buck,
fill out a backyard.
Mind you, I've seen some very ugly scenes when 2
runners converge on the
same piece of discarded junk. A few years ago, 2
antagonists made such a
fuss about a piece, the owner came out, grabbed it off
them and took it back
inside.
The hostess continued to regale us with stories of
treasures lost and found.
Her greatest conquests seemed to have occurred in
Toorak, Australia's 2nd
most prestigious address (Some place on the harbour in
Sydney takes out the
Number 1 spot). It seems that the hard garbage
collection days in Toorak
have become something of a mini festival. Before the
Stonnington Council
tip trucks turn up, a bevy of hard garbage veterans,
hand picked the eyes
out of what has mysteriously appeared on the footpath.
It seems that the
folk at Toorak toss out what other people would fork
over $100's to acquire.
I'm tempted to ring up the Stonnington Council and see
when the next hard
garbage collection day will be held in Toorak. On
second thoughts, I'll
leave that up to you, who knows, you may want to fit
your home out with what
the rich, famous and the not so rich and famous decide
to turf out on the
nature strip on the next hard garbage collection day.

STOP PRESS
DRAFT DODGERS
It's about time that Democratic Presidential candidate
John Kerry pulled out
the finger and concentrated on the war record of
President Bush and Vice
President Dick Cheney. Historically, the rich and
powerful don't get their
hands dirty thrusting a bayonet, pulling a trigger or
launching a missile.
They leave that part of warfare to those who obey
orders, not exercise
authority. It's important to remember that the fruits
of the loins of those
who give the orders are far too precious to be lost on
the battlefield.
While they prattle on about duty, nationalism, the
flag, workers at either
end of a bayonet carry out war. Historically, those
who give the orders to
kill don't do the killing themselves. George Bush and
Dick Cheney are draft
dodgers. They didn't dodge the draft because they had
philosophical
problems about the US role in Vietnam, they dodged the
draft because of pure
self interest. Their mummies and daddies made the
right phone calls and
contacted the right people so their babies wouldn't
have to face the
unthinkable prospect of dying for their country. That
job is traditionally
left to those people who don't have the contacts the
rich and powerful have.
It's ironic that one of the central questions about
Kerry's fitness to be
?Commander In Chief' is his war record. Bush and
Cheney have dined out on
the fact that Kerry changed his mind while serving and
campaigned against
the war when he completed his stint in Vietnam. While
Kerry served in
Vietnam, George W. Bush Jnr may or may not have spent
some time in the Texas
Air National Guard. The current consensus is that his
father made the right
phone calls to get him into the Texas Air National
Guard but the President
didn't even bother to turn up. Not to be outdone by
his ?Commander In
Chief', Cheney received 5 deferments and explained to
the gentlemen that
gave him the deferments that he had other priorities
and couldn't
realistically be expected to serve in Vietnam.
It's extraordinary to think that draft dodgers who
opposed the Vietnam War
because the war was morally wrong, still suffer the
odium of the US
administration, while two draft dodgers who didn't
serve because of personal
self interests, not moral reasons, are President and
Vice President. What's
even more extraordinary is that the draft dodgers,
Bush and Cheney, have
been able to put Kerry's war record under the
spotlight and have not had to
deal with the problem of the fourth estate examining
their war records.
That's the beauty of having friends who own enough
television, radio and
newspaper outlets to rewrite the historical record so
that the public begin
to believe that black is white and white is black.

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


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ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS
The High Court has ruled that unions can't take
industrial action over
political, social or environmental issues. The court
ruled 6 to 1 that
weren't allowed to take legally protected strike
action over claims not
directly related to pay issues or employment
conditions. The ruling was
welcomed by PM John Howard. ALP leader Mark Latham
seemed to play down the
possibility of the ALP changing the law to nullify the
decision, saying the
court's judgment contained "interpretations of the
Constitution no one can
touch." No similar restrictions apply to employer
groups or businesses.
(Source: Straits Times [Singapore])
The architect of the Medicare system has said the
govt's plan to increase
the rebate will encourage doctors to lift fees,
without passing the savings
on to patients. Prof John Deeble said "the risk in the
Govt's plan is how
much is going to drift off into higher incomes for
doctors, & not lower
charges to patients?". Tim Woodruff of the Doctors'
Reform Society said many
of his colleages "are simply going to say this is a
well-deserved increase
in our income & continue to charge the extra payment".
(Source: The Age)
The most senior Liberal on the Senate's children
overboard inquiry had
called John Howard a "lying rodent" on the issue,
another prominent party
figure has claimed. QLD Lib official Russell Galt has
signed a statutory
declaration stating Senator George Brandis complained
of having to "cover"
for the PM over the affair. Sen Brandis has
emphatically denied the claims.
Mr Galt's declaration said he attended a pre-selection
meeting with Sen
Brandis in May 03. Mr Galt states at the meeting,
referring to Senate
examination of the overboard incident, Sen Brandis
said the PM was a "lying
rodent" & "we've got to go off & cover his arse again
on this". Mr Galt
resigned as a Lib state councillor in Qld last month
"b/c of serious
concerns I had about the lack of truthfulness in the
approach being taken by
the present Federal Govt". He remains a Lib Party
branch chairman.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "...neither the prosecution nor the
defence are exactly
clear on how the rules are going to be applied...we
have some concerns as a
result of the reports that the observers made that the
terms that we
negotiated with the Americans are not being fully
implemented...when it
comes to [Aust terror suspects] Hicks & Habib, whilst
on the one hand people
will no doubt take the view that the military
commission process should be
fair, on the other hand, you know, you have to ask
yourself what these
people were doing in places like Afghanistan &
Pakistan at the time they
were picked up." Foreign Minister Alexander Downer is
in favour of the
presumption of innocence & the right to a fair
trial...more or less.
Attorney-Gen Philip Ruddock said the rules governing
procedures for the
trial were inadequate - but that it would be
'inappropriate' to detail the
concerns publicly.
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WILLS ­ DEFEND & EXTEND MEDICARE FORUM
TIME: 7.00PM
DATE: Wednesday 15th September 2004
VENUE: Brunswick Town Hall, Cnr Sydney & Dawson St,
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SPEAKERS: Kelvin Thompson M.P. (ALP Federal Member)
Blair Hamilton (Liberal candidate for WILLS)
Robert Stone (Australian Democrats candidate)
Toby Archer (Greens candidate)
Dr. Tim Woodruff (President Doctors Reform Society)
Dr. Joseph Toscano (Joint National Convenor Defend &
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Jess Healy (Australian Democrats candidate)
Bill Pemberton (Victorian Greens candidate)
Rod Wilson (Convenor Victorian Medicare Action Group)
Dr. Joseph Toscano (Joint National Convenor Defend &
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VENUE: Blackburn Lake Primary Sch'l, Florence St,
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PRE ELECTION RALLY AND PUBLIC FORUM
TIME: 12.30PM
DATE: Monday 4th October 2004
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