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(en) Anarchist Age Weekly Review Number 611 13th September 19th September 2004

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Date Wed, 15 Sep 2004 11:18:00 +0200 (CEST)


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'DID THE EARTH MOVE FOR YOU DARLING?'
Three weeks into the election campaign and some slight differences are
beginning to emerge between the two major parties. To date, the major
feature of the campaign has been the similarity of the political programs of
both the Liberal / National and Labor parties. If candidates stray off
their corporate scripts, the corporate owned fourth estate and the
government gelded ABC is ready to pounce.
Any electoral group that shows any initiative and strays from the prepared
corporate script is soon discarded as 'kooky' one-legged lesbians or
watermelons. The fourth estate has so corrupted the electoral and political
process, policies are formulated to make political parties the smallest
targets possible. Any political debate that occurs is narrow, one
dimensional and superficial. It's contained within parameters that do not
pose any challenges to the status quo.

Election campaigns have taken on forms that don't threaten those elements in
society who wield power. The process has become so corrupted, casting a
ballot has become a meaningless exercise. Refusing to be forced to
participate in a process that reinforces the status quo has become a
revolutionary act. Giving representatives, who are not able to exercise any
real power a blank cheque to make decisions on our behalf, is both immoral
and counterproductive.

We are faced with a real choice, do we willingly participate in a process
that has reduced democracy to a 2-minute exercise in futility or do we seize
the moment and break down the unhealthy monopoly that the fourth estate
exercises over the democratic process? The choice is ours.

GANG BUSTERS
(APOLOGIES TO PAUL KEATING)
The Prime Minister's mantra that we will all be ruined
if the country elects
a Labor government does not stand up to even the most
cursory examination.
Anyone who wants to know whether the status quo will
be altered if the Labor
Party is elected into power in October only has to
look at the record
performance of the Australian stock market to realise
that both business and
investors think that Latham and his new 'beaut,
aspirational, ladder of
opportunity' Labor Party is on their side.

If there were even a faint hint that Labor's policies
could result in
corporations actually paying tax in this country and
that shareholders may
lose a few cents on their investments, the stock
market would start falling
away from its record peak. Howard, the corporate
owned fourth estate and
the government gelded ABC would have a field day
raising the spectre that if
Labor became the next government the last Australian
left would have to put
out the lights as she left the country. Both Labor
and the Liberal /
National Parties policies are the corporate friendly
"steady as you go"
policies that you would expect from parties that
support the capitalist
system.

It's extraordinary to think that current election
campaigns don't raise new
ideas. All they seem to do is create a convergence of
ideas and policies.
Elections aren't decided by policies, they're normally
decided by a docile
fourth estate that acts as a cheer squad for the
corporate sector. The
major political parties wouldn't dare put a foot wrong
by announcing
policies that may offend their corporate masters.
They know that
Australia's corporate friendly fourth estate would
dash any hope of them
winning the wooden spoon, let alone form the next
Federal government if
their policies threatened the profits of those who
wield real power in this
country, the boardrooms of national and transnational
corporations.

MONOPOLIES
­ END POINT OF CAPITALISM
Capitalism = Competition,
Capitalism = Competition,
Capitalism = Competition.
Even if you say it a hundred times, a thousand times,
a million times, it
doesn't compute. Capitalism = Monopolies, makes much
more sense than
Capitalism = Competition will ever make. Last week's
creation of a
childcare monopoly by ABC Childcare, which will
control over 20% of all
childcare spots in this country, is a classical
example of what happens when
capitalist enterprises operate in a 'free and open'
market ­ they form
monopolies.

If monopolies were not the natural end product of
capitalist economics, you
wouldn't need the State to create institutions like
the Australian
Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to try to
maintain competition as
an important component of capitalist economics. Not
that the ACCC has any
real power to cause any lasting problems as far as the
formation of
monopolies is concerned. If their reaction to the
latest threat to the
integrity of the child minding industry is anything to
go by, it would
require the formation of a mega monopoly to try their
hand. Even in the
case of a mega monopoly, as long as there are two mega
monopolies in the
same industry, the ACCC is legally unable, even if
they wanted to, to take
action.

Competition and capitalism don't mix. If they did,
the country would be
filled with small and medium sized businesses
competing with each other,
bringing the benefits of competition to the consumer.
Excuse my cynicism
and confusion about the ACCC's role. The last 20
years in Australia have
been marked by the formation of monopolies. Food,
retailing, insurance,
automotive, child minding, education, health care and
welfare are just a few
areas now controlled by monopolies.

The sooner small business realise there is no place in
the sun for them in a
capitalist economy, the sooner they may think about
acting collectively to
force the government's hand to forcibly disband the
monopolies that have
been allowed to dominate business and exploit
consumers.

THE END OF LIFE AS WE KNOW IT!!
Shock horror, the government gelded ABC and the
corporate owned fourth
estate, have gone into overdrive. The class war is
back. Mark Latham and
the Labor Party have done the unthinkable. Brendan
Nelson has gone berserk.
How could the bastards target the country's 67 richest
private schools? The
scumbags will be taking $520 million out of their
pockets and shock mock
horror, they are going to give the money to struggling
Independent,
Christian and Catholic private schools. Oh the
horror, the horror.

The fourth estate is frothing at the mouth. Armageddon
is just round the
corner. Hang on a minute the richest 67 private
schools will still be
receiving public money. Billions of dollars of
taxpayer funds will still be
channeled into the coffers of the Catholic Church.
Shock horror, when will
it end? Could you imagine the reaction is the Labor
Party had said public
money is for public schools and if people want to set
up private schools
they have to meet their own expenses? Education,
healthcare, welfare, child
minding services, the private sector get the lion's
share of taxpayer funds,
the public sector gets what's left over.

It's about time that one political party said enough
is enough. What's
pathetic about the current situation is that so many
commentators, editors,
political analysts and bureaucrats have got their
knickers in a knot because
they are going to have to put their hands deeper into
their pockets to
privately educate the fruits of their loins. Shock,
mock, horror where will
it end? Workers will want decent wages and
conditions. People will want to
access decent public health care. The unemployed and
the disabled will
demand a living wage. Old age pensioners will want to
live the last years
of their lives in a safe secure environment. The
horror, the horror, life
is just not worth living.

NO GO ZONES
The war in Iraq has entered its second stage.
Militants, both secular and
religious, have been able to set up 'no go zones'
where Coalition and Iraqi
government forces enter at their own peril. Across
Iraq, helicopter gun
ships, missiles and artillery have become the weapons
of choice of the
occupying forces. As civilian causalities increase,
more and more Iraqis
are joining militant groups. Remnants of the Baath
administration form
tactical alliances with religious fundamentalists to
loosen the grip the
Coalition forces have in the country.

Security, even in Baghdad, is becoming a major issue.
Government forces
move in convoys, government personnel bunker down in
Baghdad's 'green zone'
dodging daily missile attacks. The people of Iraq are
becoming more and
more reluctant to throw in their lot with the
Coalition forces and their
hand picked Iraqi government. They know that sooner
or later the United
States, like the British before them, will be forced
to leave the country.
It's unlikely that without overt US military support,
the Iraqi
administration would last a week.

The spectre of terrorism has become a very real one.
Iraq is fast becoming
another Afghanistan, warlords (both secular and
religious) control larger
and larger tracts of land. US led forces can sweep
in, destroy what they
set out to destroy but have to move out because they
are finding it more and
more difficult to maintain territory in areas where
they are regarded as an
occupying force. The 'Coalition of the willing' has
now lost that window of
opportunity that they enjoyed when they broke Saddam
Hussein's hold on the
country. Instead of allowing the Iraqi people to set
up their own
government, they have attempted to impose a system of
government in the
country that few people want.

Resistance in its various guises has increased and the
loss of life has
increased. The billions of dollars poured into the
country to help the
Iraqi people are being diverted to pay for services
provided by
transnational corporations to the US armed forces. If
the flow of money
earmarked for the people of Iraq continues to miss its
target, the
'Coalition of the willing's' days in Iraq are much
shorter than most people
think.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. Would an anarchist society have access to weapons
of mass destruction?
A. Yes and No. Yes!! Yes and no. Anarchist
communities do not normally
need weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The only
reason that an anarchist
society would need to have access to WMD is if its
very existence is
dependent on it having access to weapons that make an
enemy think twice
about invading it. Anarchist federations do not need
weapons, let alone WMD
when they are involved in negotiations with other
anarchist federations.
It's likely that if an anarchist community were
established, the radically
altered property relationships within that community
would act as a
significant threat to neighbouring States. In such
situations, it doesn't
take an Oxford Don to realise that if that community
is not able to defend
itself, it faces a very uncertain future. In such
situations, the
possession of WMD may prove to be a mutual deterrent.
Even if an anarchist
society has WMD at its disposal, it's unlikely that
even in an emergency,
its citizens would give permission for them to be
used.
It may be that a new anarchist society may decide to
destroy all the WMD it
may have inherited because the loss of life that the
use of these weapons
could cause is so horrendous no sane community
believes it is worth the risk
of having them. An anarchist society's best defence
against invasion is the
presence of an anarchist opposition within the group
or nation that wants to
invade it. It's highly unlikely that an anarchist
society would retain WMD,
let alone build new ones. In the rare cases where
they may decide to hold
onto them, strict guidelines would have to be put in
place that would ensure
that such weapons are never used. If they are used,
it's highly unlikely
that the anarchist society that uses them would
continue to exist as an
anarchist community.

ACTION BOX
'VIRTUAL OFFICE'
In 1986, the group I'm involved with the Libertarian
Workers for a
Self-Managed Society made the decision to go
'virtual'. Over the previous
decade, we had spent a great deal of time, effort and
money trying to keep
open offices and a bookshop. We found that we were
spending about 80% of
our time doing things to raise money to pay rent on
office and bookshop
space. Considering how few people used the
facilities, the time spent
raising money to maintain the facilities could not be
justified. We did
consider squatting an empty space but felt the time,
effort and energy
required to maintain and protect the space would eat
up too much of our
time.
Since becoming a virtual organisation, we have been
able to spend most of
our time organising and promoting activities that
promote anarchist ideas.
Setting up a virtual organisation is both easy to do
and relatively
inexpensive. You need a few contact points via which
people can access your
group. Contact points can include a prepaid mobile
phone number, a post
office box, an email address and a 24-hour answering
service. Each is
relatively easy and cheap to establish.
Meetings, both public and internal, can be held at
community halls, meeting
rooms and in outdoor locations. If you want to run a
bookshop, you can
organise a virtual mail order bookshop. Your costs
will include cost of the
books you're selling, postage, internet site,
telephone and post office box.
When you're involved in a virtual organisation, it's
important that you try
to maintain physical contact with both members of the
group and the
supporter base you've built up over time. Conducting
regular meetings can
do this and by putting out a regular newsletter -
weekly if possible,
monthly if you can not put out a weekly one. The
newsletter can be posted
on your website and it can also be posted out to these
supporters who don't
have access to the website.
The lifeblood of a virtual organisation is activity.
The more activities
you can organise, the more contacts you are able to
establish. The more
contacts you have, the greater the number of people
who are exposed to
anarchist ideas and the greater the chance that those
people you have
influenced will take the next step and establish their
own affinity,
workplace issue orientated and community based
anarchist groups.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
THE EUREKA SERIES 2004 ­ No.22
'UNFINISHED BUSINESS' ­ PART A
The Victorian Police Chief Commissioner Ms. Christine
Nixon addressed the
Eureka Association at the Old Colonialists Club in
Ballarat on Saturday the
6th December 2003. It was to mark the 150th
anniversary of the formation of
the Victoria Police at a lunch organised by the Eureka
Association to mark
the 149th anniversary of the Eureka rebellion. Graeme
Dunstan, the
originator and current organiser of the Eureka Dawn
Walk, invited
representatives of the Anarchist Media Institute to
sit at his table at the
lunch. This was so we could provide him with moral
support when he publicly
raised the question of an apology for the massacre of
miners and bystanders
carried out by the Victorian Police after the Stockade
had been overrun by
troops and police on the morning of the 3rd December
1854.
Mr Dunstan's attempts to raise the question publicly
were greeted with
hostility by a great majority of people present at the
Eureka lunch. He
later approached the Chief Commissioner privately to
set out a case for an
apology. As a consequence of the unsatisfactory
resolution of this matter
the Anarchist Media Institute wrote to the Chief
Commissioner in early
January 2004. In response, I received from the Chief
Commissioner's office
dated 13th January 2004, the letter stated:

'Ms Nixon respects your position on this matter and
has given your request
a great 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.'

I let the matter rest till late August 2004, when I
again wrote to the Chief
Commissioner. The letter was asking her or a
representative of the
Victorian Police force to join the Anarchist Media
Institute and all those
other Australians who will be gathering at the Eureka
Stockade site in
Ballarat at 4.00am on Friday the 3rd December 2004, to
mark the 150th
anniversary of the Eureka rebellion. I suggested that
this would be a
perfect opportunity for the Victorian Police to
apologise for their
participation in the Eureka massacre and put an end to
the unfinished
business surrounding the Eureka rebellion. I received
a letter dated the
6th September 2004 from the Chief Commissioner's
office which clearly states
that the Victorian police will not be apologising for
their participation in
the massacre.

'As the Chief Commissioner's position on this matter
remains unchanged from
that advised in previous correspondence to you, it
would be inappropriate
for Victoria Police to be represented at this event.'

Over the next 4 issues of the Anarchist Age Weekly
Review, I will be putting
the case in the 'Radical History' section of the
Review about why it's both
important and appropriate that the Victorian Police
consider using the 150th
Eureka celebrations to put an end to this dark chapter
of the Victoria
Police's history and apologise for the behaviour of
the Victoria Police at
the Eureka Stockade battle 150 years ago.

BOOK REVIEW
'SUCCESS & CRISIS IN NATIONAL HEALTH SYSTEMS ­ A
Comparative Approach'
Edited by Mark G. Field, Publisher Routledge 1989,
ISBN 0 415 01290 2
This is one of those books that I normally wouldn't
read, let alone review.
Unfortunately, when some body shoved it into my hand
last week and said
'what do you think about this book?', I didn't have
much choice.
Contributors to the collection of essays in the book,
deal with the major
issues affecting national health care delivery systems
in New Zealand,
Yugoslavia, Scotland, Japan, Spain, the Soviet Union,
Switzerland and the
United States. Interestingly, both the Soviet Union
and Yugoslavia ceased
to exist since the book was published in 1989.
Although the book claims to
be a comparative analysis of different nation's health
care systems, most of
the contributors approach the subject from the same
angle. I found Chapter
6 ­ Yugoslavia: Health Care Under Self-Managing
Socialism by Donna E.
Parmelee the most interesting.
Parmelee holds the Yugoslavia health system under the
microscope trying to
establish if the promise of providing an equitable and
rational distribution
of health resources according to need through a
decentralised democratically
controlled health sector, ever saw the light of day in
Yugoslavia.
Interestingly in 1960, 1 in 1000 Yugoslavs were
involved in the management
of their own health care facilities. Although lay
people were involved in
the management committees, Parmelee states that health
professionals
continued to have a greater say than lay people.
Irrespective of its short
comings, the Yugoslav health care system was to a
large degree decentralised
and gave both consumers and workers the opportunity to
be involved in the
management of their health care delivery systems.
Each of the different chapters in the book makes a
valuable contribution to
the debate about different national health care
delivery systems. The
authors attempt to examine both the shortcomings and
successes of fully
nationalised health care delivery systems, those that
are only partly
nationalised and those that largely rely on private
health care providers.
Each chapter makes an important contribution to this
continuing debate.
This is not a book for the faint hearted, it is
difficult to read and unless
you're particularly interested or involved at some
level in the health care
delivery system, this is not one of those books that
you should pick up and
try to read overnight.
If you're really keen to get hold of a copy and I'm
sure not many readers
will be that keen, I suggest you try a university
library or write directly
to the publisher Routledge, 29 West 35th Street, New
York, NY 10001, US.
PERSONAL OBSERVATION
It's amazing how little most of us know about the
communities we live in.
On many occasions I think we live in parallel
universes, our common brush
with reality - the images projected from Logies'
practical joke, the
ubiquitous all-conquering, all-powerful 'idiot box'.
Ever wondered what
those big barn like structures that dot the urban
landscape, house? No, I'm
not talking about the 'you beaut' giant hardware
stores, or those sweat
shops that masquerade as gymnasiums, or some of the
larger child minding
centres, or even the relatively new SexLands that
cater for almost every
legal licentious libertine desire. No, not any of
them, I'm talking about
indoor sporting complexes. Anybody for Indoor
cricket, soccer, basketball,
maybe even a little beach volleyball played out in
street clothes, not
skimpy bikinis on pristine needle-free sand.
Every evening, every weekend, 10,000's of people young
and old, get together
with their friends, form a team, part with a little
bit of cash and get
physical. Good old-fashioned competition, a tin cup
at the end of the
season if they come first. Friends battle strangers,
shake hands, slap
bottoms, go through rituals only known to those who
need to know. They pit
themselves against groups of people almost as
unskilled as themselves, no
questions asked, if you can scrape together a team no
matter how good or bad
you are, you're in. Maybe 30 or 40 minutes of
physical bliss, winners or
losers it doesn't matter, participation is the name of
the game.
All shapes and sizes, XXXL's battle with size 8's, the
young battle the old.
The Under 18's have their own competition, the rest
share parallel
universes. Smiles, frowns, laughter, everybody's in
the same boat, shaking
what they've got, having a little bit of fun under
lights, somewhere out
there away from cyber space, virtual and manufactured
reality. Real people
doing real things in an artificial environment.

STOP PRESS
PUBLIC SPECTACLE, PRIVATE TRAGEDY
The Sunday Age (12/9) needs to be congratulated for
raising the plight of
those Indonesians who were killed and injured as a
result of last week's
Australian Embassy bombing in Jakarta. The fate of
the families of those
Indonesians working for the Australian Embassy who
were killed and injured
is particularly harrowing. Connie Levett's and Frank
Walker's articles
raise a number of important points, that have in the
media's tabloid
reaction to the carnage, previously not been raised.
It's extraordinary to think that the Australian
Embassy has, in an attempt
to cut costs, hired contract security workers and
Embassy staff, who are
paid a relative pittance. It's disquieting and
disheartening to think that
the wages that are paid to Indonesian embassy staff
are so low that Febri
Renaldi's father could not pay for his son's education
he received working
at the Embassy.
How many other Australian Embassies around the world
hire contract workers
who are not entitled to sickness, holiday, long
service leave or
compensation if injured at work? The donation of a
million dollars by the
Australian Government to a Red Cross fund or the Prime
Minister expressing
sympathy on behalf of the Australian people, does not
begin to tackle the
immediate, let along the long term, problems faced by
those Indonesians
injured and the dependents of those injured and killed
working at the
Embassy.
Would the Australian Embassy have airlifted Elizabeth
Musu to Singapore for
specialist treatment if she were not one of 'ours'?
How many other victims
have been offered specialist treatment? What will
happen to Elizabeth if it
turns out to be that her father is Manual Musu and she
is an Italian
citizen? Will the Australian Government be sending
him a bill for the
medical treatment she received?
How the Australian Government deals with this tragedy
has the potential to
destroy what little goodwill exists in Indonesia
towards Australians. The
use of underpaid contract labour in Australian
Embassies around the world is
totally unacceptable. Local citizens should be paid a
wage that allows them
to at least feed, house and educate their children.
They should enjoy
similar rights to sick pay and compensation that
Australian staff who work
in these Embassies enjoy. To do anything less plays
into the hands of those
who were responsible for the injuries and deaths
caused by the bombing.

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

HOWARD'S AUSTRALIA
If you've been reading the corporate newspapers since
the start of the Fed
Election campaign, you'd think Aust is under a
frightening threat from
within, never mind from abroad. There are many scary
"radicals" running
around Aust, apparently. Extreme caution is urged. At
least that is what the
Lib/Nat'l Parties are relating to us.
When you wake up every morning, make sure you check to
see whether there are
"reds" under your bed. Also, be sure to check if there
are any "greens" or
"browns" under your bed as well. They could be
hatching some very nasty plot
under there. Be especially aware of those Aust Greens
policies that advocate
transparency in such institutions like the World Trade
Organisation. That is
especially evil. Just ask Nat'l Party leader & Deputy
PM John Anderson.
"This idea that they are some warm, nice midway house
b/w the coalition &
the Labor Party overlooks the fact that actually they
are a home for people
who in the 1950s would've joined the Communist Party,"
he said. "You ought
to be very, very aware, & very, very afraid," he
continued. "They are
watermelons, many of them - green on the outside &
very, very, very red on
the inside." Meanwhile, Lib Party member George
Brandis is bleating all
around Qld the Aust's Greens are somehow like the
Nazis.
On their good advice, I am sure you'll never forget to
check under your bed
every morning again. This highlights some other
measures that you need
reminding about that the Lib/Nat'l Parties have warned
you about in the
past. Take the eg of those Muslims across the street.
Make sure you've your
telephone & the essential fridge magnet by your side
when you peer outside
from behind the curtains, in case they may be acting
suspiciously. Be
especially aware of their funny clothing. It's just
too different. Also,
when reading a News Limited paper, look out for their
warnings on other
radical activity. Why, you never know when an
anarchist will attempt to
hijack a debate. We wouldn't want those "blacks" that
march out on the
streets belting out their chaos propaganda for too
long with a positive
effect on the population. Besides, what sort of
ordinary person would want
better health for all Australians? None! Be sure to
check for them under
your bed in the morning too.
This would all be very amusing, I'm sure, would it not
be for the fact that
this scare mongering, including the malicious
reputation-poisoning & plain
lying, is being tolerated on such a grand scale.
There's barely a peep out
of anyone, which is simply frightening. This is the
sort of Aust that PM
John Howard has created ­ one where it's fair go to
dig up dirt & indeed,
even magic it out of thin air. Howard's Aust is very
frightening indeed. The
choice in the coming 2004 Aust Fed Election is quite
simple & there are two.
You can either vote against the great wizard of our
era, John Howard & keep
in place a system that has created this man; or vote
against the current
system in search of something that restricts the rise
of such tyranny.
- James Emerton, Australian 'Citizen' (i.e. Consumer)


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ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS
Security experts & the general public agree that the
invasion of Iraq has
made the terrorism situation worse, according to a new
report. Aldo Borgu, a
terrorism specialist with the Aust Strategic Policy
Institute, says if Iraq
is in the frontline of the 'war on terror', ie a
result rather than a cause
of the invasion. He said the conflict in Iraq is much
more an urban guerilla
war than a campaign on terrorism. Borgu says even the
phrase 'war on terror'
is misleading, b/c it creates the impression that the
problem should be
fought only by military means. He says the govt's
white paper on terrorism
has excessively played down the root causes of
terrorism, such as poverty &
the conflict in Palestine. Daniel Benjamin, director
of counter-terrorism in
the US Nat'l Security Council during the Clinton
presidency & now a senior
fellow at the Centre for Strategic & Int'l Studies in
Washington, says the
invasion had the result of turning Iraq into a
recruiting ground for
terrorists. Allan Behm, ex head of the Defence Dept's
intern'l policy &
strategy division, says the situation in Iraq has made
Aust a greater
target, with "more people with more anger seeking to
direct their anger at
us." Similarly, a new poll has found that 65% of
voters believe the threat
of terrorism against Aust has increased as a
consequence of the govt's
involvement in the Iraq war. (Source: the Age)
A sociological study of environmental groups has found
lobbying politicians
has had no effect in increasing environmental
protection, whereas tactics of
'disruption' have. The US study compares the number of
bills passed by
Congress with tactics employed by green groups in the
same year. Jon Agnone,
a sociologist at the Uni of Washington, Seattle, found
that sit-ins, rallies
& boycotts were highly effective at forcing new
environmental laws. Time
spent lobbying politicians seemed to have no effect.
Agnone, who presented
his results on 17 August at the American Sociological
Association's meeting
in San Francisco, says protest groups lose their
effectiveness when they
become 'part of the system'; their most effective
weapon is disruption.
(Source: New Scientist)
Children have been killed & injured in new fighting in
Iraq, according to
witnesses. The US military launched what it called a
"precision strike" in
Fallujah. Doctors in Fallujah said at least 8 people
were killed & 16
wounded. Doctor Rafi Hayad said half of those killed &
injured were
children. (Source: The Age)
QUOTES OF THE WEEK: "The really astonishing thing
about the election is the
markets are quite unconcerned. There hasn't been very
much movement at all
in the dollar or interest rates ie related to the
election. In my own
discussions, it rarely comes up as an issue. The main
reason is that there's
not actually an economic debate, b/c the 2 major
parties are virtually
indistinguishable on the major elements of economic
policy." John Edwards,
chief economist for HSBC in Aust & NZ.
"We cannot ignore that there are now dozens of
well-documented allegations
of torture, abuse & otherwise questionable detention
practices." Statement
by 8 ex US Gens & Admirals, speaking of US-govt-run
prisons in Iraq,
Afghanistan, & Guantanamo Bay.
"I'm not particularly proud of what I did...while I
understand why parents
wanted to shield their sons from danger, I abused my
position of power by
helping only those who knew me or had access to me."
Ex lieutenant-governor
of Texas, Ben Barnes, who claims that during the
Vietnam War he intervened
to allow George Bush Jr, as well as other young men
from rich families, to
join the National Guard & so avoid going to Vietnam.
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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.
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Reclaim your history, change the future.
Join us at Ballarat at 4.00am on FRIDAY 3RD DECEMBER
2004

ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Awarded to all those political figures and media gurus
who have reduced the
electoral process to a 'what's in it for me?' auction.

THE BEST SO FAR IN THIS PROPAGANDA SEASON
I enjoy the electoral season, especially the media
coverage when the
spin-doctors have a feeding frenzy on the citizens. In
their excitement &
avarice, they forget some people are actually watching
their anticsŠ&
learning. The sound bite is a fascinating feature of
modern TV adverts b/c
it can set a powerful emotional backdrop to overlay
the propaganda message.
The most excellent eg of this to date is from the
Aust. Electoral Comm. in
their 'You're the Voice' enrol to vote campaign. The
spin-doctors have used
a very select section of the song 'You're the Voice'
performed by John
Farnham. A good Aust voice with the appropriate accent
for the ad. They've
used a section of the chorus, repeated a number of
times.
'You're the voice, try and understand it, Make a noise
and make it clearŠ.'
Written by A.Qunta, C.Thompson, K.Reid & M.Ryder,
'You're the Voice' is an
impressive song especially if you listen to all the
lyrics. The producers of
the album 'Whispering Jack' made excellent use of the
strength & range of
Farnham's voice & the instrumental accompaniment has
all the hallmarks of a
battle anthem. The beat is at that of a marching army
& the use of bagpipes
is a classical musical signature. Another eg of such
instrumentation is
Peter Gabriel's 'Come talk to me', the opening track
on his famous 'Us'
album. The spin-doctors on this occasion have out done
themselves in the use
of selective sound bites. In context these lyrics talk
about
self-determination, the dignity of non-hostile
resolutions (eg the rejection
of war, remember Iraq?) & compassion for our perceived
foes.
'You're the Voice'
We have the chance to turn the pages over, We can
write what we want to
write,
We gotta make ends meet before we get much older,
We're all someone's
daughter,
We're all someone's son, How long can we look at each
other, down the barrel
of a gun?
Chorus
You're the voice, try and understand it, Make a noise
and make it clear,
Oh-wo-wo, oh-wo-wo
We're not going to sit in silence, We're not going to
live in fear,
Oh-wo-wo-wo, Oh-wo-wo-wo

This time, we know that we can all stand together,
With the power to be
powerful,
Believing, that we can make it better, We're all
someone's daughter,
We're all someone's son, How long can we look at each
other, down the barrel
of a gun?
Chorus
I wonder what the authors of this powerful song think
of it being used to
promote a ballot for the election of flaccid
representatives and their
spin-doctors. All who would prefer that the only voice
ever heard is theirs?
- Flowinghope.

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G. P. O. MALL - MELBOURNE
11.30AM ­ WEDNESDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER 2004
DEMAND A ROYAL COMMISSION INTO INSTITUTIONALISED
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DEFEND & EXTEND MEDICARE
PRE ELECTION RALLY AND PUBLIC FORUM
TIME: 12.30PM
DATE: Monday 4th October 2004
PLACE: IN FRONT OF STATE LIBRARY - MELBOURNE
(Cnr Swanston & LaTrobe St, Melbourne)
SPEAKERS: Julia GILLARD (Federal Opp. Health Shadow
Minister)
Senator Lyn ALLISON (Democrats Health spokesperson)
Senator Kerry NETTLE (Greens Health spokesperson)
TO BE CONFIRMED: Tony ABBOTT (Federal Health Minister)
Lisa FITZPATRICK (Victorian Secretary Australian
Nursing Federation)
Dr. Tim Woodruff (President Doctors Reform Society)
Leigh HUBBARD (Secretary Victorian Trades Hall
Council)

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