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(en) Anarchist Age Weekly Review No. 638 18th April-24th April 2005

From philmcc@optusnet.com.au
Date Wed, 20 Apr 2005 09:54:06 +0200 (CEST)


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AUDIT ----- Almost a decade into the Howard government´s legislative program, it´s
----- time to conduct an audit into the effects their policies have had on the
Australian people. In an era when Australians have access to an overwhelming
amount of information, it´s surprising how difficult it is to separate fact from
fiction when people want to examine the legislative consequences of a government
that is poised to exercise absolute power in the parliamentary sphere.
There is no denying that many Australians have been able to surround
themselves in consumer goods during the last decade. There is no denying
that a minority have been able to dramatically increase their personal
wealth. What isn´t discussed is what price the community has had to pay to
achieve these results. Howard´s Australia has thrived on debt. More and
more Australians are finding they have to work longer and longer hours to
service this debt, too tired at the end of the day to have a personal or
family life. Record company profits, record levels of taxation and the
development of a culture that accepts that increasing company profits is the
only path to economic nirvana, have had a profound effect on the health of
Australians as a people.

The social gains that were made over the 20th century have disappeared.
People are finding they are spending longer hours working to buy services
they had access to because they were citizens of this country not because of
how much money they had in their pockets. More and more of people´s time is
spent trying to earn enough money to access housing, education and health
care. The wheel has turned full circle; the social and economic gains that
were made in the 20th century have been wiped away by the Howard government.
A small minority has access to the best housing, education and health care
money can buy. A majority have to work longer hours and saddle themselves
with intergenerational debt to buy services they had access to because they
were citizens of this country not because of how much disposable income they
had.

A significant minority have been reduced to a hand to mouth existence
relying on charity to survive, concerned about a government using their
newfound legislative muscle to strip them of the few benefits they now
receive., forcing them to take poorly paid part-time boring, monotonous work
and join the ranks of the working poor. Their children, condemned to the
same life because the 20th century ladder of opportunity that was created
through the struggles of working people, has been destroyed by the Howard
government´s legislative program.

THE WHOLE TRUTH
The Anzac story is one that is told and retold to fit the prevailing
political and social climate. 90 years after the Anzac landing, it´s
disturbing to see that the Anzac legend has been hijacked by the Howard
government to promote a nationalist agenda. The hijacking of the legend has
to a large degree occurred because of the community amnesia surrounding what
was really happening in Australia during World War One.

While the God, King and Country brigade actively campaigned to promote
Australia´s involvement in what was essentially a trade war, an equal number
of Australians actively campaigned against a war which they believed was
been fought by workers at either end of the bayonet. Radical groups, church
groups, women´s groups and large sections of the trade union movement
campaigned actively against Australia´s involvement in W.W.I. The Women´s
Peace Army was able to mobilise tens of thousands of women around Australia
to oppose the war.

The Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.) vigorously opposed the war from
the very beginning, spearheading the campaign against the introduction of
conscription. For their troubles, the I.W.W. was banned and deported and
two of its members were executed at Goulburn goal in New South Wales. The
anti-war movement successfully combined to defeat referendums that were held
in 1916 and 1917, that if successful would have resulted in the sacrifice of
another 60,000 young Australians on the European killing fields.

On the 90th anniversary of the Anzac landing, it´s time that a few moments
were spared to remember the contribution these brave men and women have made
to Australian society. It´s time their contributions were publicly
acknowledged and the myths surrounding the Anzac legend are finally put to
rest. To allow the myths to persist gives governments the red light to
mould and remould the Anzac legend to suit their current political and
ideological agendas

KENNETT´S LEGACY LINGERS ON
Like the bad smell that lingers on after you´ve accidentally stood in dog
shit, Kennett´s legacies lingers on (Sunday Age-Tabcorp, Tatts Sits On $1
Billion Jackpot). As the years go by, the Victorian public is once again
being asked to carry the can for Kennett´s privatisation agenda. Not only
haven´t the economic benefits that were promised during the Kennett era
materialised, but generations of Victorians will be paying the price for
Kennett´s love affair with the private sector.

Every day Victorians are finding out about the fine print in contracts that
have been signed on our behalf. Gas, electricity, privatised public
transport, gambling, tollways, water, the story is the same. Sorry you
can´t do that. It seems the Kennett government entered into a number of
contracts with private corporations that have destroyed the ability of
future Victorian State governments to govern. Why should Tabcorp and Tatts
have terms in their contracts that make it virtually impossible for future
State governments to scale down, let alone end the hold that poker machines
have on sections of the community? Are we expected to support contracts
that bind future generations to the same problems that are being experienced
by many Victorians today without trying to do something about it?

The Kennett government during its terms in office, acted more as a spruiker
for the corporate sector than as a government for the Victorian people. Why
should governments that are only elected for 4 years have the power to enter
into commercial agreements for generations? Why should we have to honour a
contract with Transurban that lasts for 34 years? Long after the Kennett
government has been written out of the pages of history, Victorian will
still be paying for commercial contracts that seem to have been written by
the corporate sector and signed by a government that didn´t even seem to
bother to read the fine print.

Hulls´ talk of human rights mean nothing if governments can enter into
contracts that effect people long after these governments have been voted
out of office. What´s the point of having State governments, if they have
had power to govern stripped from them by the corporate sector?

Fortunately the Victorian Labor government has the power to bring this
unsatisfactory situation to an end tomorrow. It could use its majority in
both Houses of Parliament in Victoria to alter the Victorian Constitution so
no government can enter into a commercial contract with a private
organisation for periods longer than it was elected into office. Maybe
then, the Victorian people wouldn´t be saddled with the current corporate
friendly contracts that future generations will be forced to pay off.

GOING, GOING, GONE?
I´m afraid not, the 7.9% drop in the value of the Australian stock market
because of continuing profit warnings from the US corporations is sounding
alarm bells around the world´s stock markets. Historically, high corporate
and personal debt, governments that act as de facto arms of the corporate
sector, an overheated Indian and Chinse economy, limited raw materials and
an increasing scepticism among ´mum and dad´ investors about the safety of
the stock market, are sending shock waves round the world´s financial
markets.

Buoyed by stories that the current drop in world stock market prices is a
much needed correction, not a rout, superannuation funds and investors are
continuing to put their faith in the world´s largest casino. The current
´correction´ is the first of many to come, whether it becomes a rout or not
will ultimately depend on the strength of the US economy. Those people who
think that Ronald Reagan´s funny money will help George Bush and his cohorts
out of the hole they have dug for themselves, may not find that they can buy
their way out of it by printing ´funny´ money and keeping overseas investors
assets in US financial markets.

The US monopoly on the world´s financial system is under attack. It can no
longer rely on its allies to bail it out of trouble. John Howard and his
cohorts in the National / Liberal Party, seeing the writing on the wall, are
trying to kick the door down to enter into trading agreements with South
East Asian countries as well as China and Japan. Whether they can weasel
themselves into the club before it´s too late, will depend on them entering
into a host of security agreements with these countries.

The US administration´s belief that they could find a way out of the current
financial mess by invading and controlling oil supplies in the Middle East,
is becoming unstuck because of resistance on the ground. Their belief that
they could bankroll the war in Iraq by transferring ownership of oil
supplies to US based corporations, is beginning to unravel. The invasion of
Iraq is turning out to be a financial liability, not the financial bonanza
it was assumed it would be.
Capitalism´s crisis is our gain, although financial meltdowns normally hurt
those with the least the most, they also shake the confidence of working
people in the economic system they labour under. Periods of economic
downturn are an opportunity for other voices to be heard above the babble
from the world´s stock and financial markets, a babble of voices that seems
to be able to block out all other alternatives.

WHAT´S GOING ON?
Nine young Australians ranging in age from 18 to 29 face execution by firing
squad in Indonesia for their alleged role in a heroin importation racket
courtesy of the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Currently a disinformation
program that is trying to paint the arrests as the work of the Indonesian
National Police is being heavily promoted by the Howard government, the
Opposition, and a significant proportion of the fourth estate.

Australian authorities have a long history of nipping drug importation
attempts in the bud, when the mules transporting the drugs hit Australian
shores. This time, the AFP have decided to put an end to this alleged
heroin importation racket in Indonesia, knowing full well that the
Australians involved would face death by firing squad. Irrespective of the
disinformation program that is currently doing the rounds, the AFP have been
following the heroin for the last 3 months as it moved from Burma to Bali.
The AFP has been heavily involved in both surveillance activities, the
arrest of the suspects in Bali International airport and the interrogation
of the suspects in Bali.

Five of the nine were arrested on an airplane that was about to taxi off the
runway to Sydney, the rest in a Bali hotel. The AFP could have chosen to
have arrested the alleged heroin importers in Sydney but instead choose to
have them arrested in Bali by Indonesian Nation Police, knowing full well
the horrific consequences of the mass arrest of the nine alleged Australian
traffickers in Bali.

ON ANOTHER NOTE
The Victorian Police continues to build it reputation as the most trigger
happy in Australia. A Shepparton man was shot dead by Victorian police, the
second in two weeks. This death was related to a domestic confrontation,
the one 2 weeks ago was related to a bungled police raid when a man, who had
presented to a Victorian Police station two days previously was riddled with
8 gunshots in an early morning raid.
Victoria Police have a history of shooting first and asking questions later,
they also have a history of being involved in police pursuits that end in
the death of those being chased and innocent bystanders. It´s time a Royal
Commission was called into police training and police tactical procedures in
Victoria. If police in NSW, a State with a far more violent reputation can
do their job with a minimum of police killings, why can´t the Victorian
police do the same?

The Victorian Police force is the only force that has not recently faced a
Royal Commission into its activities. The lack of checks and balances in
the Victorian Police force create conditions that allow police to
investigate and bury their mistakes in-house. It´s time that this
unsatisfactory state of affairs was no longer brushed under the carpet by a
government that is unwilling to seriously tackle this growing problem.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. WHAT RELATIONSHIP DO ANARCHISM AND DIRECT DEMOCRACY HAVE?
A. Anarchism and direct democracy are not interchangeable concepts. Direct
democracy is a mechanism by which people involved in a decision make that
decision. You can have a society based on direct democratic principles that
is competitive, capitalist and authoritarian. Anarchists have always had an
interest in direct democracy because it´s less likely that people who are
directly involved in making decisions about how they live, are likely to
make decisions that strip other people of their inalienable rights. Direct
democracy in a society where the means of production, distribution, exchange
and communication are held in the hands of a monopoly is easily able to be
exploited and manipulated to suit the interests of those who hold power. A
society based on direct democratic principles shares power among everyone
not just one particular group.
An anarchist society - a society without rulers, is based on the principles
of people having the power to be directly involved in the decisions
concerning them and on their ability to use the common wealth for the common
good. You can make all the decisions you like, but if you don´t have access
to the resources to make them a reality, nothing happens. Involvement in
struggles that promote direct democratic principles, raises question about
how decisions are made, who makes decisions, how decisions can be
coordinated in communities that are not willing to let rulers dictate how
they live and who are not willing to give representatives a signed blank
cheque to make decisions on their behalf.
Although direct democracy and anarchism are not interchangeable, they are
interconnected concepts. The struggle for direct democracy is essentially a
struggle to put power back into the hands of the people. The struggle for
anarchism is the struggle to put both power and wealth back into the hands
of everyone not just a minority. The struggle for direct democracy is
interconnected to the struggle to create an anarchist community.

ACTION BOX
THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH
On Monday the 25th April the nation will celebrate ANZAC Day. John Howard
and the Queen, God and Country brigade will be presenting a one dimensional
view about what really happened in Australia during World War One. For the
first time in almost 90 years, Australians will have the opportunity to
learn the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, about what
really happened in Australia during W.W.I.
Jeremy Dixon, an anarchist living in Melbourne, has decided that enough is
enough and has organised a commemoration to mark the pivotal roll that the
I.W.W. (Industrial Workers of the World) played in the anti-war movement
during W.W.I. Their courageous and principled actions saved another 60,000
Australians from being sacrificed on the European killing fields. For their
troubles, they were arrested, imprisoned, deported, executed and written out
of the historical record. The I.W.W. ANZAC Day commemoration has been
organised to acknowledge their contribution to an anti-war movement that on
two separate occasions refused to pass a referendum that gave the Hughes
National government the power to conscript young Australians to fight in a
war they did not want to participate.
The commemoration is not an attack on ANZAC Day; we have no problems with
people wanting to remember those that have died in wars. The commemoration
is a small attempt to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the
truth, about the war. The First World War was a war that was fought by
workers at either end of a bayonet; most wars are fought by working people
for the glory of Queen, God and Country, not their own interests.
If you want to reclaim your history and commemorate the achievements of the
I.W.W. in stopping another 60,000 Australians dying on the European killing
fields then join Jeremy Dixon from 10am to 11.30am
Monday the 25th April 2005
Outside the Melbourne Office of the I.W.W. at
171 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
(Cnr Little Bourke and Russell Streets) to commemorate the role of the
anti-war movement during World War One.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
THE ANZAC SERIES-No.5 - 2005
MONTY MILLER
Monty Miller the grand old man of the I.W.W. (Industrial Workers of the
World) fought for the creation of a just society all his life. At the age
of 18, he jumped over the Eureka stockade palisade as the last shots were
fired on Sunday 3rd December 1854 to help the wounded escape and bury the
dead. 50 years later in 1904 at the age of 66, he came to Ballarat to
participate in the 50th anniversary celebrations that were held to honour
those men and women who´d participate in the rebellion. He continued to be
involved in political action as a member of the I.W.W., he was heavily
involved in the anti conscription struggle.
Monty Miller aged 80 was an active member of the Westralian Wobblies in
1916. He was arrested in Perth in October 1916 with 11 other members of the
Westralian Wobblies and was charged with seditious conspiracy. The case
opened in the Perth Magistrates Court on the 18th November 1916 just after
the conscription referendum had been defeated (conscription had been
endorsed overwhelming in W.A). The Crown alleged the I.W.W. advocated
sedition, sabotage and other lawless acts. Although the well known radical
lawyer and Member of Parliament Thomas Walker appeared for the 10 of the 12
accused, Monty conducted his own defence.
The Magistrate committed 9 including Monty to trial. The trial of the 12
began on the 6th December 1916, Monty asked the judge for a 12 month
adjournment, which Judge Burnside promptly refused. Monty and Stawell, the
2 co-accused who were defending themselves against the changes, used the
court as ´a Brechtian stage´. The jury after a 7 day trial and 4 hours of
deliberations returned a guilty verdict. The judge unwilling to make
martyrs of the 9 gave them a paternalistic reprimand and released them.
Monty interjected ´I don´ want mercyŠ..I want justice´, to which Justice
Burnside replied ´you may exercise your own discretion´ and released him on
his own recognisances.
Monty Miller out on his own recognisance following the Westralian conspiracy
trial went on national tour for the I.W.W. He was arrested on the 31st
August 1917 in the Sydney headquarters of the I.W.W. Monty admitted he was
a member of the I.W.W., an illegal organisation, but refused to plea.
Drawing himself up to his full height, he asked that the maximum penalty 6
months be meted out to him; the Magistrate agreed and gave the 81 year old
Monty 6 months with hard labour.
´Some 80 men and women had made their defiant gesture against the State, and
taken proudly their 6 months of building the structure of the new society
within the goals of the old´-by Ian Turner, Alpha Books, Sydney, Registry
No. Aus 67-751, 1st Published 1967.
Although the State succeeded in destroying the I.W.W., it didn´t succeed in
its attempts to introduce conscription. Its second referendum held in
December 1917 was resoundingly defeated by a people who had become tired of
the ever increasing casualty rates.

BOOK REVIEW
´JIRRAHLINGA
­ The Story of an Australia Wildlife Refuge, Its Creator, Its Carers and Its
Visitors´
By Robin LEVETT, Hudson Publishing 2002 ISBN 0 94987385 3
´Jirrahlinga´ - to find a home for a kangaroo, is an autobiography of Tehree
Gordon, an able and extraordinary woman who through guts, determination and
perseverance, has been able to shake off a very difficult childhood. She
cares for injured wild animals and has established a wildlife refuge on 5
acres at Barwon Heads, just outside Geelong in Victoria.
Although the book tells a great story, the author isn´t quite sure whether
she´s writing an autobiography or a wildlife refuge manual. Tehree´s story
is intertwined with the story of the wildlife at Jirrahlinga. Finding
herself so close to the sea and so close to large population centres, the
wildlife that ends up at Jirrahlinga to be cared for, rehabilitated and
eventually released back into the wild, have the hallmark of human
stupidity, greed, indifference and cruelty stamped on them. Jirrahlinga
isn´t your normal wildlife sanctuary, it caters for injured animals, has
boarding kennels on it to help pay for its keep, doubles as a tourist
attraction, gives people with disabilities an opportunity to care and
interact with wild animals and has an outreach program at the high security
Barwon Prison which gives prisoners the opportunity to tend injured wildlife
within the prison.
The book is more a book about the animals, birds, and reptiles, than a book
about Tehree and her partner Hamish. The $200,000 a year it takes to keep
Jirrahlinga open as an animal sanctuary and refuge, doesn´t come from
government grants, about 15% of the money needed comes from donations, 15%
comes from gate fees, the rest of the money comes film work, wildlife
exhibits and her husband´s job. Forced to live in a world where money, not
good intentions count, they battle on doing what they have to do, to keep
the wild anima refuge open.
Kangaroos, wombats, koalas, possums, monotremes, seals, dolphin, reptiles,
dingoes and birds all play their part in this tidy worklike contribution to
this remarkable story. If you over though you wanted to open up your own
animal refuge, the book ends with a section-´So You´d Like To Run A
Sanctuary?´. Just in case you´re thinking about it, Tehree´s day begins at
5am, irrespective of whether she has called out to a rescue at night. The
author Robin Lovett also knows a thing or two about animal shelters, as she
ran her own wildlife shelter in Kilmore. This is your big chance to escape
the drudgery of everyday existence-It´s over to youŠŠ..
If you want to get hold of a copy, I suggest you try Jirrahlinga on Taits
Road near Barwon Heads or you could try the publishers at:
Hudson Publishing,
89 Stevenson St, Kew 3101 Victoria AUSTRALIA.
I understand the hardcover costs AUD$35.00, I don´t know if they ever put
out a softcover version.

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
A dictionary is a marvellous thing, forget the internet, just pick up a
dictionary and have a glance through it. I´ve got the Australian Pocket
Oxford Dictionary 4th Edition in my hand-´More than 60,000 entries´. How
many words do we normally use in a day? A few hundred, a thousand, I doubt
we´d use any more.
Page 37 ´animism-belief that plants, inanimate objects and natural
phenomena have souls´. Page 157 ´casuist - person who uses clever but false
reasoning in matters of conscience´. ´Am I a casuist?´ It´s for you to
judge, knowing my strengths and weaknesses isn´t a task I´ve yet mastered.
While I cherish my ´ego-the self; the part of the mind that reacts to
reality and has a sense of individuality´. I don´t think I´ll ever want to
know myself. Page 457 ´gin-(now derog-short for derogatory) Aboriginal
woman´. ´gin - spirit made from grain or malt and flavoured with juniper
berries´. The English industrial revolution nearly came to a screeching
halt because of the amount of cheap gin consumed by the emerging industrial
working class-´drunk for a penny, dead drunk for two´ was the motto used
to placate the revolutionaries who worked in the satanic mills. The Jesus
brigade had a field day reforming drunks. The Salvation Army saved souls by
filling people´s empty souls with stories of eternal salvation. Page 669
´move´-there are 16 entries for move, I won´t bore you with them, if the
fancy takes you, look at your own dictionary. Page 717 ´neo-mort-person
who is brain dead´, a word that has been consigned to the dustbin of
literature.
English is a living language, the pedant, a Jurassic fossil. Page 888
´Rafferty´s Rules-no rules at all (anything goes´ looks like Rafferty
didn´t know much about anarchism. Page 1017 ´Skeg-underneath the rear of
a surfboard´ pedants don´t like that word, it´s less than 50 years old.
Pedants are the dictionary´s equivalent of those poor folk who believe in
the literal meaning of the bible and the Koran. Page 1117 ´tedious ­
tiresomely long, wearisome´, the dictionary tedious, you must be kidding,
ever tried to read the Koran, Bible or Das Kapital, that´s tedious. The
last word in the dictionary ´zzz-sleep from the convention used in comics
etc. in which a sleeping person is shown as having a stream of zeds issuing
from the mouth´.
Our pedant has just had a myocardial infarct and his stopped breathing. The
intensive care ambulance is miles away. What are you going to do? Don´t
forget that you need to do both mouth to mouth and external cardiac massage
if our friendly pedant is to see another sunrise.

STOP PRESS
WHAT´S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT?
I can´t believe all the breast thumping and fuss about the fact that John
Howard and Tony Abbott told the electorate a little porky about the Medicare
safety net. What do people expect? If you look at the history of the
Howard government and the political history of the Prime Minister, it´s
obvious that the adage that liars never prosper doesn´t apply to them. In
fact it seems the very opposite applies, the more lies, furphies and
Johnnies that come out of their mouths, the more politically successful they
are.
Would John Howard have won the 2001 election if he didn´t embellish the
´children overboard´ saga? As we all know, no decent Australian wants
people who throw their children overboard in the country, do we? How about
the last election, we all know that interest rates won´t rise under a
Liberal government, a Labor government yes, a Liberal government never,
never, never-a little like never, never, never , never a G.S.T. Now where
did I put that BAS statement?
Australians have only themselves to blame for the back flip with pike lies,
that Australian politicians are so fond of telling. We live in a
foolocracy, not a democracy. Every 3 years, people are forced by
legislation to give a parliamentary representative a signed blank cheque to
make decisions for them for the next 3 years. They can promise you whatever
they like, they can change their mind at any time, they can change their
political allegiance while in Parliament and you can´t do anything until you
have the wonderful chance of giving a signed blank cheque to another bunch
of politicians who are Olympic contenders in the back flip with pike lying
competition.
Grow up Australia, parliamentary democracy is a farce. It´s time that we
stopped giving parliamentary representatives a signed blank cheque and made
decisions about policies ourselves. Democracy - rule of the people, by the
people, for the people, has nothing to do with parliamentary rule. It´s
time that democracy was dragged into the 21st century. It´s time people
made decisions using direct democratic principles and elected or appointed
delegates to carry out and coordinate the decisions they made. Then and
then only, would people have control over the political process and wouldn´t
have to put their faith in a system that supports and promotes lying.
Joseph TOSCANO / Libertarian Workers
For A Self-Managed Society.

RUSH
Rain, rain, rain, falling down,
Upon the ground of mother Earth,
More, more, more.

People complain for more, or not enough of rain,
Falling down upon the ground of mother Earth,
More, more, more

I glide my hand through her body,
Feels like silk, soft and warm fluid silk.

Rain, rain falling down,
Upon the ground of mother Earth,
More, more, more.
- M.J.C.



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Foreign Min Alexander Downer has defended his decision not to change travel
advisories for Bali hotels after 2 Aust families said their kids were
sexually abused at exclusive island resorts. Justice Min Chris Ellison asked
Mr Downer to issue a travel warning about the childcare centres after 2
families said their children were sexually abused while holidaying on the
Indonesian island. In 1 incident in 01, a 3yo girl was sexually abused &
contracted gonorrhoea while at a creche at the Sheraton Nusa Dua resort
while in another, a 5yo boy was orally raped at a resort playground. Mr
Downer said the request was considered but denied. He said "on the basis of
an inconclusive investigation, that is it wasn't clear who´d molested the
child, you wouldn't issue a travel advisory to that particular hotel, that
would be a pretty tough thing to do." (Source: SMH)
A Catholic priest, who resigned under pressure due to his failure to remove
paedophile priests from the ministry, was allowed to lead thousands of
worshippers in a memorial mass for the late Pope John Paul II. Cardinal
Bernard F. Law resigned as archbishop of Boston in Dec 02, after nearly a
year of disclosures about priests accused of sexual abuse who he´d permitted
to remain in parish work. Cardinal Law stepped down soon after a judge
unsealed church records in a court case, incl correspondence showing he
wrote letters praising priests he knew were paedophiles. 11 months ago he
become the archpriest of one of Rome's 4 most prestigious churches, the
Basilica of St. Mary Major. Cardinal Law was known as a favorite of John
Paul's, influencing the appointments of bishops & serving on more Vatican
committees than any other American cardinal. He is one of 115 cardinals who
will elect a successor to John Paul. NYTimes)
ATNTF weekly anarchist news report www.apolitical.info

ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Awarded to all those people who voted for the Howard government because they
believed Howard and his cronies would honour their election promises-you
know who you are-50 push ups, NOW!!

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.

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.


**** 3CR RADIOTHON ****
ANARCHIST WORLD THIS WEEK
10AM-11AM WEDNESDAY 15TH JUNE 2005
Support 3CR - donate to the 3CR Radiothon on behalf of ´THE ANARCHIST WORLD
THIS WEEK´. Receive a legal legitimate tax deduction for every dollar
donated. Receive a complimentary copy of the ´Anarchist Age Weekly Review´
for every $2.00 donated. $100.00 = 1year´s free subscription to the
´Anarchist Age Weekly Review´. Send cheques and money orders made out to:
Att Joseph TOSCANO / 3CR
P.O. BOX 5035
ALPHINGTON 3078, VICTORIA
You will receive a receipt within a week of sending your donation.

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 SEVENTEEN-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 $40.00 - $1460.00 TO GO

**** 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>

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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