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(en) Australia, Anarchist Age Weekly Review No. 638 11th April-17th April 2005

From philmcc@optusnet.com.au
Date Wed, 13 Apr 2005 16:16:24 +0200 (CEST)


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NIGHTMARE
What Australia´s founding fathers were not able to achieve at the point of a
gun, poisoned flour and smallpox encrusted blankets, Mr. Howard believes he
can achieve by legal sophistry, swimming pools and petrol bowers. Howard´s
assertion that the benefits of individual private tenure far outweigh the
benefits of indigenous land tenure (a system based on common ownership and
individual responsibility for land) is fatally flawed.
Although indigenous and non indigenous Australians have different attitudes
to land, the one thing they both share is the belief that land ownership
provides security to both the individual and the community. Most
Australians want a home of their own because of the security that
accompanies land ownership. The indigenous land rights movement fought to
reclaim traditional tenure because it gave indigenous people security to
pursue their spiritual lives, security to perform their traditional
community obligations and it provided the opportunity to obtain both
individual and community economic security.

The inability of many indigenous communities to achieve these goals, once
they achieved land rights, is a consequence of a failure of government
policy rather than a failure of the land rights movement. The passage of
legislation through Federal Parliament that dilutes indigenous land tenure
in favour of private land tenure isn´t the panacea that John Howard believes
it is. Placing individual communities in the position where they may lose
what little security they currently enjoy will only exacerbate the social
and economic problems that currently plague communities.

Considering John Howard´s opinions about the sanctity of private property,
you´d think that he would acknowledge the rights of the traditional owners
of Australia and agitate for the passage of legislation through Federal
Parliament that acknowledges prior ownership of this land by indigenous
Australians and acknowledges current owners have a responsibility to pay
rent on properties they own to the traditional owners.

Money that is collected through the imposition of an indigenous Federal land
tax could then be used by the Federal government, in consultation with the
indigenous communities, to help resolve problems in indigenous communities
that are not of their own making and which in many cases are exacerbated by
the tyranny of distance.

VINDICATED
Defend and Extend Medicare Australia was at the centre of extraordinary
attacks by the Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott in a number of articles
that were published in Melbourne´s Herald Sun in December 2003. Reeling at
the effectiveness of the Defend and Extend Medicare group´s attacks on the
Health Minister´s attempts to destroy Medicare, the Minister labelled the
group ´extremists´, likened them to the ´mafia´ and instructed intelligence
agencies to monitor the activities of the group. Unable to defeat the group
through political arguments, he attempted to undermine their credibility
through spurious accusations.

It is satisfying 16 months later to see that every one of the arguments that
were made against Abbott´s so called Medicare reforms by Defend and Extend
Medicare have been vindicated. The Coalition government´s attempt to weasel
out of the central plank of their Medicare reforms-the safety net-is not
surprising. Abbott´s claim that the safety net was ´the biggest single
structural improvement to our Medicare system in the 20 years that it has
been operating´ was nothing more than electoral hyperbole.

The safety net was fatally flawed from the time it was conceived by Tony
Abbott. At no other time during the Howard government´s term in office have
they implemented policy that guarantees that the taxpayer will pick up the
bulk of any fee a private operator is willing to charge. The safety net has
revealed that the Howard government´s talk about competition market forces
and free trade is nothing but empty rhetoric. No wonder the Treasurer and
the Finance Minister are trying to abort Abbott´s much vaunted but fatally
flawed safety net.

The Federal government´s promise to pay 80% of any fee a private doctor is
willing to charge for their services once an individual´s out of pocket
expenses reach $300 and a families out of pocket expenses reach $700, mainly
benefits those sections of the community that have the disposable income to
buy private health care. Figures released by the Federal Health department
regarding where the safety net money is going, highlights that the bulk of
the safety net money is bankrolling the health care needs of the well off.

The safety net is little more than welfare for the rich, it discriminates
against the poor and is economically unsustainable. The best way to tackle
the problem of access to private health care and relieve the increasing
pressures on the public health care sector is to introduce reforms that
bolster bulk billing rates. The higher bulk billing rates, the less need
there is to have a flawed safety net.

PATHETIC!!
John Howard´s speech to the conservative Menzies Foundation highlights how
out of touch he is with reality. His claim that his efforts to centralize
power in the hands of Canberra at the expense of the States, wasn´t a
betrayal of the Liberal tradition of advocating decentralization of power
but an extension of liberal principles such as choice, freedom and
opportunity highlights how little he knows about the problems faced by
ordinary people in a capitalist society where the State has become a de
facto arm of the corporate sector.

Choice, freedom and opportunity in a capitalist society where the State
leaves the fate of its citizens in the hands of a deregulated marketplace,
is directly linked to the amount of disposable income citizens are able to
mobolise to buy the essentials in life. Howard´s four terms in office have
been accompanied by a reduction in choice, freedom and opportunity for the
increasing number of Australians who don´t have the disposable income to buy
the best health care, education and housing, money can buy.

The increasing gap between rich and poor, the creation of a rapidly growing
underclass-the working poor, whose children are denied access to Latham´s
mythical ladder of opportunity because of their inability to buy their
children the best education money can buy, the deskilling of the Australian
population and the mushrooming in the number of Australians who find
themselves in poorly paid part time work, has resulted in a rapidly
increasing number of people who are unable to enjoy the choice, freedom and
opportunity that Howard claims are Liberal Party goals.

Howard´s much vaunted decade in office is a disaster for many Australians.
When the artificially created economic boom grinds to a halt and the people
who´ve lived beyond their means are forced to repay the loans they´ve taken
out as a result of artificially elevated property prices, those people
who´ve had the disposable income to exercise the increasing choices Howard
is so fond of claiming he has created for Australians, may be singing a very
different tune when they´re forced to forage for their supper in a
deregulated marketplace without access to the disposable income that´s
allowed them to access the best health care, education and housing money can
buy.

WHAT´S THE POINT!!
The Howard government is about to introduce a raft of legislation into
Parliament after the 1st of July that will strip away rights workers have
won over the past 100 years. The only thing that stands between the
government´s reactionary agenda is the Australian Constitution.
Historically Australia is a federation. After 10 years of debate and a
number of referendums, the 6 separate Australian colonies agreed to federate
in 1901-the understanding that the States would enjoy a great deal of
autonomy.

Over the past 100 years, more and more power has shifted from the States to
Canberra. Fifteen years ago, the States voluntarily gave the Federal
government the power to pass national corporation legislation. The Howard
government wants to use these powers to strip away what few rights and
liberties workers still enjoy to freely associate and collectively bargain.
The trade union movement in this country is so weak and the tradition of
resistance has been so eroded by changing economic conditions, and Labor and
Coalition workplace legislation that has stripped workers of their rights
that the Labor movement is unable and unwilling to mount a direct challenge
to the proposed legislation. Workers are so disillusioned with unions they
can´t even agree to hold a national strike on the 30th of June this year.

The only viable way that workers can gain any breathing space, is by the 6
Labor States and the 2 Labor Territories withdrawing the Federal
government´s power to determine corporation laws. Without that power, the
Federal government is not able to legally introduce its proposed national
workplace legislation. Even one Territory or State withdrawing from that
agreement could have an effect on the Commonwealth´s ability to set up a
national system.

Over the past week, Howard concerned about the prospect of having to deal
with 6 Labor States and 2 Labor Territories that can withdraw from a host of
Federal State agreements that will stymie his attempts to introduce
reactionary legislation into Parliament, has launched a full scale attach on
Federal State relations, calling on Australian´s sense of ´nationalism´ to
push him over the line. What´s the point of having Labor State governments
if they´re not willing to stand up for working people?

It´s time that people began targeting the State Labor governments to show
some backbone and withdraw from the host of State agreements that give the
Federal government the power to wipe away a 100 years of rights that workers
have won through struggle. Just one State withdrawing from the agreement
that gives the Commonwealth the power to legislate away these rights, would
give rank and file groups and the union movement the time they need to
organise direct resistance to the Federal governments workplace reactionary
agenda.

´THE CLOCK IS TICKING DOWN´
Protests in Iraq that marked the 2nd anniversary of the downfall of the
Saddam Hussein regime have rocked the country. Tens of thousands of
supporters of Mogtada al-Sadr and the Committee of Muslim Scholars (the
organisation that organised a boycott of the elections by Iraqi Sunnis)
joined together to demand the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq. The growth
of an extra-parliamentary political movement that works in parallel with the
armed struggle against the US occupation in Iraq, poses a direct challenge
to the authority of the new Iraqi government.

In the debate about the resistance to the US occupation, little prominence
has been given to the economic transformation that has occurred in Iraq.
Over the past two years, the ownership of State enterprises have been
transferred into the hands of US corporations. Iraqis are seeing more and
more of their wealth going offshore. The Shia majority, concerned that they
will continue to be locked out of the economic cycle, concerned that their
participation in the election hasn´t promoted their economic interests, are
beginning to look at extra­parliamentary direct action to challenge the
authority off the new government.

The protests in Baghdad mark a new phase in the struggle in Iraq; armed
struggle is being supplemented by extra-parliamentary direct action. The
mass protests that occurred are a direct challenge to both the US occupying
forces and the new Iraqi government. The government and the US occupying
forces do not enjoy the mass support they claim to enjoy. Whether these
people involved in the protests will become embroiled in armed struggle
against the US is dependent on how much real power is invested in the
current Iraqi government.

Considering that the focus of power still lies in the hands of the US
occupying forces and that Iraqis are beginning to realise that ´there will
be no peace, no security, until the occupation leaves´, the clock is ticking
down for the neo-liberal´s failed Iraqi experiment.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. How secure is an anarchist society?
A. Security is a fundamental human need. Access to food, water, shelter,
company, health care and education is secondary to the need for a secure
environment. Historically, individuals and communities have traded their
rights, liberties and freedoms for security. The State is a little bit like
the goon who walks into a corner shop, looks around and says to the
shopkeeper ´nice shop you´ve got there´. As long as the shopkeeper is
willing to pay protection to the goon, he will keep the other goons away.
Irrespective of how onerous the State´s demands are, people are willing to
pay the price if the State can protect them from their neighbours and
outside forces. An anarchist community understands that security is more
than just protection. Security encompasses access to the necessities of
life, the ability to be involved in the decision making processes and
protection. Life in an anarchist community is much more secure than any
other society. People have access to the common wealth because they are
part of that community not because of what they do or own. They do not have
to worry that illness, disabilities or misfortunes will erode the security
they have. The biggest security worry anarchist communities have is the
relationships they enjoy with surrounding communities.
Direct involvement in the decision making processes, and the fact that
everyone in the community has access to the ´commonwealth´, increases
individual security within an anarchist community. External threats are a
little more difficult to deal with. Isolated anarchist communities face the
greatest external threat. The best way an anarchist community can deal with
an external threat is by encouraging the development of anarchist movements
in neighbouring communities. The more prominent an anarchist presence in a
neighbouring community, the less likely that community will pose a direct
threat to its anarchist neighbour. An anarchist society is able to provide
far more security for individuals and groups within that community than any
other type of social or political structure. The greatest threat an
anarchist community faces is from hostile neighbours; whether it grows and
prospers is linked to the growth of an anarchist movements within
neighbouring communities. The greater the anarchist presence, the less
likely it will have to face an external threat.

ACTION BOX
DIRECT DEMOCRACY
NOT PARLIAMENTARY RULE
´Direct Democracy Not Parliamentary Rule´ was launched at Ballarat on the
3rd December 2003 on the 150th anniversary of the Eureka rebellion, to
highlight the important role that direct democracy played in the Eureka
rebellion. The idea behind the Party is very simple. The possibility of
radical change is directly linked to the people (not the State or the
corporate sector) holding ultimate political authority. While people equate
parliamentary rule with democracy, the chances of radical change are minimal
if non existent.
While people believe that the democratic process is limited to the act of
giving a signed blank cheque to representatives to make decisions on their
behalf, the chances of real change, any change, are minimal. As radical
activists, the greatest challenge we face is exposing the farcical nature of
parliamentary rule. Parliamentary democracy has become the darling of the
Bush administration because it reinforces the power of those people who
currently hold power. The greatest stumbling block we face is people´s
willingness to think that the two minutes of illusory power they exercise
when they vote every 3 years has something, anything, to do with democracy.
Democracy - rule of the people, by the people, for the people, is based on
the people having the power to make the decisions that directly affect them
and the people having access to the common wealth to make those decisions a
reality. You can make all the decisions you want, but you can´t make those
decisions a reality unless you have access to the resources necessary to
make those decisions a reality.
´Direct Democracy Not Parliamentary Rule´ has been formed to highlight there
are alternatives to parliamentary rule. We want to break down the myth that
power lies in Parliament and people can change their lives by voting in
parliamentary elections. We aim to do this during the period when the
system is most vulnerable, when politicians are forced to go through the
ritual of getting people to vote for them. We aim to register as a
political party before the next Federal election, not because we want people
to elect us into Parliament, but because we want to use the electoral
process to highlight we live in a foolocracy not a democracy and promote
direct democracy as an alternative to the parliamentary farce.
You have a number of choices you can exercise at the 2007 Federal election.
You can ignore the whole process and vote informal or not vote at all, you
can vote for your favourite political party and hope that this time they´ll
keep their promises or you can join ´DIRECT DEMOCRACY NOT PARLIAMENTARY
RULE´ and try t break down the myths surrounding the electoral process.
WHY A POLITICAL PARTY
We need 550 members, although we only need 500 members to apply for
registration as a Federal political party, we want to have an extra 50 in
case some members are deemed to be ineligible to be on the Australian
Electoral Roll. If we can register as a political party, we can:
a) Have the name ´DIRECT DEMOCRACY NOT PARLIAMENTARY RULE´ put next to our
candidates name on the ballot paper,
b) We can nominate for seats all around Australia without having the
problem of finding 50 people to nominate us for that seat.
We currently have 63 members, 487 short of our total. If we want to be in a
position to have candidates in the 2007 Federal election, we need to have
550 members by July 2006. We need the numbers by July 2006 because it can
take some time to register a political party, especially if there are
objections to its registration.
That means we would need about 8 members a week to obtain the necessary
numbers.
WHAT WILL YOU BE DOING FOR THE 2007 FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN? DO YOU WANT
TO BE INVOLVED IN A MOVEMENT THAT WANTS TO PRICK THE PARLIAMENTARY BALLOON?
Then get a hold of our application form through the web
<rulebythepeople.org> or by post P.O. Box 5035, Alphington 3078, Victoria
AUSTRALIA.
JOIN US AND BECOME A BURR UNDER THE PARLIAMENTARY SADDLE

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
THE ANZAC SERIES-No.4 - 2005
EXECUTED!!
In December 1916 a few days before the first Conscription referendum, Roland
Kennedy and Frank Franz, two members of the Tottenham branch of the I.W.W.,
were hanged on the same platform at Bathurst goal for their role in the
murder of a Tottenham police officer. The arrest and trial of the I.W.W. 12
drew the I.W.W.´s attention away from the execution of these men. Roland
Kennedy, his older brother, and Frank Franz were charged with the murder of
the constable. They were arrested within 24 hours of the murder because
they had been involved in an argument with the constable who was murdered
about their membership of the I.W.W. The constable was shot through the
window of the police station the following night. The case was rushed
through the courts for political reasons. Within 12 weeks of the murder,
both men were hanging from the end of a noose at Bathurst goal. Roland´s
older brother had his case adjourned till after the referendum; his case was
thrown out of court when it was finally heard because of a lack of evidence.
The prosecution´s case rested on Frank Franz turning King´s evidence.
Although it was both unprecedented and dangerous to hang a man who had
turned King´s evidence, the New South Wales Executive Council decided on the
30th November 1916 (two weeks before the Conscription referendum) that the
law should take its course. Roland Kennedy, a 20 year old man who had no
criminal convictions and his accuser Frank Franz were hanged because they
were members of the I.W.W. Even if both men had been guilty of the murder
of the police constable, it´s highly unlikely they would have been executed
if they were not members of the I.W.W. Contemporary reports claim that both
men went to their deaths bravely. Direct Action - the I.W.W.´s paper said
of their execution:
´It is sad, and a mad, and a bad thing for a man or men to murder anyone ­
even a policeman ŠŠ.. but what about the hangman who committed two murders
for nothing at all, but his blood money´

REVIEW
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL
FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW
6th-10th April 2005
Billed as the greatest flower and garden show in Australia, even better than
Britain´s renowned Chelsea Flow Show, I thought it was time to revisit
Melbourne´s International Flower and Garden Show. It was a mistake going on
the last day of the show; many of the floral arrangements were dull and
listless. Thinking about it, the show is not all its cracked up to be.
The price to enter what is essentially a trade display is $17.50 per adult.
For your entry fee, you have the privilege of wandering through a diverse
range of trade displays, some more related to gardens and flowers than
others.
The feeling you are bound to get if you wander round the show, is that you
need big bucks to get your garden into shape. The thing I missed was
displays of vegetables. It seems there aren´t enough profits in vegetable
seeds and seedlings to warrant exhibitors paying the exorbitant fees to set
up a display in the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. Not
that big brand names put people off, the Exhibition Gardens were packed with
middle aged and elderly people and a sprinkling of young families. People
seemed to be having a good time, although few seemed to be buying. There
were so many people; it was difficult to see some of the displays because of
the milling mass of humanity. If there is one lesson you can learn from the
Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, flowers and gardens are big
business; many well known corporate names seem to dominate home flower and
garden market.
Giving credit where credit is due, the food available at the show, although
invariable overpriced, was of a high quality. No take away, deep fried
garbage, seating was also available for who ever wanted to get stuck into
some food. Otherwise the show didn´t encourage visitors to dawdle, sit down
and enjoy the display.
All in all, a particularly expensive and disappointing day. If this is the
best flower and garden show in Australia, I´d hate to see another. I should
have given it a miss and gone to a few farmers markets and community
festivals, unfortunately big shows like these, rely on people having limited
time to go to a variety of smaller markets and shows. The Melbourne
International Flower and Garden Show is a classical example that the old
adage that ´big is better´ is quite plainly wrong.

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
I wonder how many people realise that external life is no longer the
preserve of sky pilots and religious bigots. Eternal life, the final
frontier is just a D.N.A. genetic sequence. Did you know each cell has an
inbuilt ageing process? Crack the code, hey presto eternal life becomes a
reality for those who wield power. No more drinking the blood of a half a
dozen virgins, no more immersing yourself in yak´s milk, no more praying,
begging and beseeching uncaring Gods. No more cohabitating with God´s
representatives on Earth to gain entry to nirvana. No more dying,
tattslotto in one little D.N.A. genetic sequence.
Who will die? Who will live for ever? Who will have the key to eternal
life? Finite resources, human beings, ageing the last frontier breeched but
not yet conquered. No more plastic surgery, no more anti ageing lotions and
potions. The rich and powerful live for ever. The same old faces live on
or do they? Although eternal life is a distinct possibility in the near
future, death will continue to stalk the planet. Death at the hands of an
environment that has been abused once too often. Death at the hands of new
diseases that flourish as climate change takes hold. Death because of a
lack of food and rising sea levels. Blade Runner on Earth, gated cities
where the rich and powerful live on for all eternity, surrounded by hundreds
of millions who are allowed to survive because they provide the resources to
sustain eternal life behind heavily fortified gated cities.
>From the ashes of broken dreams, wasted bodies and the offspring of the no
future generations, the cosmic avenger will rise from the killing fields to
wreak revenge on those who believe they enjoy a monopoly on eternal life.
The Thug (member of a religious organisation of robbers and assassins in
19th century India) the scourge of 19th century Kings, Presidents and
Queens, the nihilist, the suicide bomber, the Muslim fundamentalist, martyr
and the political assassin will, like the phoenix, rise from the ashes of a
world with no hope to wreak cosmic vengeance on those citizens of gated
cities who mistakenly believe that their monopoly on eternal life makes them
immune from death.
Sounds like the plot of a new science fiction trilogy to rival ´Lord of the
Rings´ or the 6-part Star Trek series. The only problem is that what seems
science fiction today can easily turn out to be reality tomorrow.

STOP PRESS
WHAT´S GOING ON?
You have to wonder what´s going on at the Sunday Age. The previous week,
the paper was full of stories about an old man who was dying in Rome. Last
week (Sunday Age 10/4), most of the front page was taken up with the picture
of two adulterers and an old story about how one of Australia´s ´sacred
sites´ has undergone a facelift to make it more tourist friendly. Hardly
earth shattering front page news. For one frightening moment I thought
Murdoch´s Sunday Herald Sun must have returned to the old Herald broadsheet
format.
Trembling at the thought that I´d mistakenly bought the Sunday Herald Sun
instead of the Sunday Age, I hurriedly flicked through the pages trying to
find something, anything that told me I´d not picked up the wrong Sunday
paper. My heart sank when I came across the Royal wedding souvenir
lift-out, I was about to dial ´000´ to get an ambulance to deal with my
crescending angina when I stumbled across Michelle Grattan´s measured tones.
Her article on the Prime Minister´s attempts to enclose non urban indigenous
families behind white urban picket fences, restored my faith in the Sunday
Age´s ability to present ideas that tickle the neutrons and stimulate
thinking outside the predictable parameters most newspapers allow. It seems
that the need to generate greater and greater profits for majority
shareholder is transforming the newspaper industry from an industry that has
allowed a hundred flowers to bloom to one that is only willing to let a few
old perennials grow.
Over the past decade stimulating debate has moved from the pages of the
world´s great newspapers to the virtual world of the world wide web. The
Sunday Age, one of the very few mass newspapers in Australia that has
attempted too regularly produce copy to stimulate debate not sell products,
seems to be finding that commercial pressures are inexorably drawing it into
the infotainment vortex. Let´s hope the last two weeks have been an
aberration and the Sunday Age continues to stimulate debate by allowing a
hundred flowers to bloom in its garden.

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


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The Transport Workers Union (TWU) says that up to 90% of long-distance truck
drivers use illegal drugs to meet unrealistic deadlines forced on them by
major companies. TWU spokesman Tony Sheldon told a NSW Parliamentary inquiry
that companies like Woolworths & Coles are using their strong market
position to pressure drivers into meeting tight deadlines. Mr Sheldon says
the drug abuse & long hours are putting the drivers & other road users at
risk & having serious psychological impacts on the drivers. He says the
suicide rate among drivers is 10 times higher than the national average.
(Source: ABC News website)
The war in Iraq & its aftermath has almost doubled malnutrition rates among
many Iraqi kids, acc to a UN specialist on hunger. Acute malnutrition rates
among Iraqi kids aged under 5 nearly doubled late last year to 7.7%, from 4%
after Saddam's ousting in April 03, said Jean Ziegler, the UN Human Rights
Commission's special expert on the right to food. The situation facing Iraqi
youngsters is "a result of the war led by coalition forces," said
Ziegler, a
Swiss sociology professor. Overall, more than a quarter of Iraqi kids didn't
get enough to eat, Ziegler told a meeting of the 53-nation commission, the
top UN rights watchdog, which is halfway thru its annual 6-week session. The
US delegation & other members of the coalition which incl Aust didn´t
respond to the report. Ziegler's criticism was in line with previous studies
of the food crisis in Iraq since the US-led war to oust Saddam 2 years ago.
In Nov, the Norwegian-based Fafo Institute for Applied Social Science
released a report that found malnutrition had reached 7.7% among Iraqi kids
b/w the ages of 6-months & 5. Ziegler also cited an Oct 04 US study
estimated as many as 100,000 more Iraqis - many of them women & kid - had
died since the start of the US-led invasion of Iraq than would normally have
died. (Source: The Age)
A rising number of US soldiers returned from Iraq or Afghanistan are being
diagnosed with mental disorders, acc to a new report. The report in the New
England Journal of Medicine says the number is steadily rising. Records show
that 20% of eligible ex-soldiers came to Veterans' Affairs hospitals seeking
medical treatment between Oct 03 & Feb 05. Overall, 26% of them were
diagnosed with mental disorders, say Han Kang & Kenneth Hyams of the VA.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was most common, diagnosed in 10% of
patients, followed by drug or alcohol abuse (9%). 7% were diagnosed with
depression; 6% had anxiety disorders, such as phobias & panic. Many
ex-soldiers had multiple disorders, Kang says. Large funding cuts in VA
psychiatry programs over the past several years & the limited number of
doctors trained in PTSD could put a strain on the system, acc to Bruce
Kagan, staff psychiatrist at the West Los Angeles VA Hospital. "The soldiers
didn't come right away after Vietnam, either. If they come in the numbers
predicted, the numbers the VA's own studies predict, we could be
overwhelmed," Kagan says. (Source: USA Today)
ATNTF weekly anarchist news report www.apolitical.info

ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Awarded to the 4th estate for bringing the world coverage of Pope John Paul
II´s funeral and the Prince Charles-Camilla Parker Bowles side show
-who needs Jerry Springer when you´ve got such riveting images live on
your plasma television screens.

STAMP APPEAL - We spend over $500.00 on postage stamps per month. If
you´re writing to us or have any spare stamps floating about stuff them into
the envelope & send them to us. JOIN our $5.00 a month group & send us a
book of 10 50 cent stamps every month.

DOWNLOAD THE WEEKLY!!
Interested in the Anarchist Age Weekly Review? Want to get hold of your own
copy, then download it from http://anarchistmedia.org/weekly.html.
Email it your friends, it´s the cheapest and best birthday present you´ll
ever buy them. Go on, be a devil, spoil the day of all those people you
know who wield power in society and email them the Anarchist Age Weekly
Review.

WE ARE BACK!!
RECLAIM FEDERATION SQUARE
MIDDAY-WEDNESDAY 20TH APRIL 2005
Protest in Federation Square, Melbourne to reclaim the right to protest
without asking permission to do us.
JOIN US MIDDAY WEDNESDAY 20TH APRIL 2005

**** ANZAC DAY-(I.W.W.) ****
COMMEMORATION
10.30AM-11.30AM
MONDAY 25TH APRIL 2005
171 LITTLE BOURKE STREET, MELBOURNE (Cnr of Russell Street)
(The Melbourne office of the I.W.W. during W.W.I)
Further information: <jeremytrewindixon@yahoo.com.au>

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´ CAMPAIGN
We are looking for THIRTY People, interested in our activities, to pledge to
donate
´A Dollar A Day´ for twelve months. You can donate monthly or yearly. Make
out cheques and money orders to:- Libertarian Workers and send to PO Box 20,
Parkville. 3052. Melbourne. Australia. Those who pledge will receive a ´I
Saved The Anarchist Media Institute´ A3 poster which you can frame and put
up at work or home - A great talking point if nothing else. We´ve got the
ideas and energy but we need your financial assistance to keep going. Go
on, become one of the Magnificent Thirty that saved the Anarchist Media
Institute.
7 READERS HAVE JOINED THE ´DOLLAR A DAY´ CLUB-23 TO GO. JOIN TODAY! EMPTY
YOUR POCKETS OF LOOSE CHANGE & SAVE THE ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE

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


WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT
MELBOURNE´S NEWEST ANARCHIST GROUP
*** ´THE MELBOURNE ANARCHIST COMMUNIST GROUP´ ***
Then email them at macg@yahoo.com.au
Other useful email addresses: federation_asf@yahoo.com.au jura@jura.org.au

blakrose@cat.org.au iww-roc@iww.org.au
announce@excahange.anarki.net

ansible@takver.com rworker@chaos.apano.org.au

DIRECT DEMOCRACY NOT PARLIAMENTARY RULE
Week SIXTEEN-63 members
487 TO GO!!
(The trickle of applications has started to flow again-turn that trickle
into a flood. Send your completed application form in today) Fill in that
Application Form we recently sent to you and send it ASAP to P.O. BOX 5035,
ALPHINGTON 3078
If you haven´t an Application Form, download it from Web:

www.rulebythepeople.org
or write to us at P.O. BOX 5035, ALPHINGTON 3078 for a Application Form
ALREADY JOINED
Photocopy the spare copy you´ve received with your membership card and
distribute to your friends, workmates or set up a stall in the places you
live and work in. Whether Direct Democracy Not Parliamentary Rule becomes a
reality ultimately rests in your hands. Web: www.rulebythepeople.org
Email: supporters@rulebythepeople.org Tel: 0439 395 489
BUILD an alternative to the fossilised parliamentary system. Stop giving a
signed blank cheque to politicians to make decisions on you behalf.
JOIN: DIRECT DEMOCRACY NOT PARLIAMENTARY RULE
Written & Authorised by Dr. Joseph TOSCANO
Suite 4 / 2187 Princess Highway, Clayton 3168, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE THE GROUP´S FIRST NEWSLETTER IN MID APRIL
** Go to rulebythepeople.org and sign up to our low traffic official group
news broadcast email list. **

**** EUREKA BANNERS / FLAGS APPEAL ****
($1,500 NEEDED)
Graeme Dunstan, the lantern maker for the Eureka Dawn Walk, has designed a
number of Eureka flags and banners we can use to celebrate forthcoming
anniversaries of the Eureka rebellion at Ballarat on 3rd December.
The designs can be accessed from our website <<anarchistmedia.org>>
These flags and banners will form an important part of the march from the
Eureka stockade site to Bakery Hill to the cemetery and back to the Eureka
stockade site.
We have launched an appeal to raise the $1500 needed to make these flags and
banners. Send cheques and money orders made out to: LIBERTARIAN WORKERS,
P.O. BOX 20 PARKVILLE 3052, VIC, AUSTRALIA with a note saying you want the
money to go towards the Eureka flags and banners
The flags & banners will give the ´long march´ the visual component it
currently lacks.
RECEIVED SO FAR $30.00 - $1470.00 TO GO

If You Like What You Have Read, Photocopy This Publication and Leave It In
Doctors, Dentists,
Vets Waiting Rooms and In Railway Stations, Bus Stops, Libraries and
Restaurants Etc.
The articles in the Anarchist Age Weekly Review reflect the personal
opinions of the authors, they do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the
publishers, the Libertarian Workers for a Self-Managed Society/Anarchist
Media Institute.
All material in the Anarchist Age Weekly Review can be used by anarchists,
anarchist collectives and non-profit organisations as long as the source of
the material is mentioned in the article. The Anarchist Age Weekly Review
reserves all rights as far as commercial publications are concerned.

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