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(en) Australia, Anarchist Age Weekly Review No. 658 29th August - 4th September 2005

Date Wed, 31 Aug 2005 11:15:09 +0300


'DÉJÀ VU'
Did you participate in the blockade of Crown Casino in Melbourne on the 9th,
10th, 11th and 12th September 2000 to highlight the damage that the
participants in the World Economics Forum that was being held at the casino
complex were doing to the world's most vulnerable people? Are you involved
in the protests that are occurring around the Sydney Opera House precinct to
highlight the damage that the corporate world is doing to the world's most
vulnerable people? Then you would be experiencing 'déjà vu' at the
corporate media's response to people trying to peacefully rain on the parade
of the corporate sector.

The hysteria surrounding the peaceful and colourful protests, is reaching
the same crescendos that was reached at Crown Casino. When the police were
laying into protestors with baton charges, the 'news' crossover was replete
with oral descriptions of violent protestors. Despite not one window being
broken in the protests around Crown Casino in November 2000, a climate of
fear and hysteria was created that allowed Baton Charge Bracks and the
Victorian State government to pull out the Sate iron fist from inside its
velvet glove and slander and criminalise peaceful protestors.

Those readers who expect the corporate media and to some extent the
government gelded ABC to change its spots and stop manufacturing news to
suit the political, social and cultural agenda of those people who exercise
power, don't seem to understand what is happening. The same people who
benefit from the decisions made by the Forbes group or the World Economic
Forum are the very same people who enjoy a stranglehold on the dissemination
of information through their monopoly ownership of the production,
distribution and exchange of that information.

Faced with this reality, it is important that people who want to present
alternative viewpoints are actively involved in attempts to subvert the
manufactured consensus that currently passes as news and analysis by
supporting the creation of news networks that allows them to tell their own
stories in their own words. To expect those people you are trying to
subvert to tell your story in your own words is unrealistic, naïve and
dangerous.

YES!! YES!! YES!!
I concur with Dr. Brendan Nelson, the Federal Education Minister's call to
invoke the story of Simpson and his donkey to inculcate Australian values
among Australian students in Muslim schools.

John Simpson Kirkpatrick, an illegal immigrant, jumped ship when the ship he
was working as a stoker on, docked in Fremantle. He changed his name to
John Simpson to evade deportation. He worked his way around Australia
taking on what work he could find. Simpson was sympathetic to the aims of
the Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.), a radical workers organisation
that eschewed parliamentary politics and promoted direct action. The I.W.W.
was at the forefront of the successful W.W.I. anti conscription struggle.
For their troubles, the group was banned under the War Precautions Act. The
I.W.W.'s assets were seized and its members were jailed and deported by the
Billy Hughes government.

John Simpson was a strong union man and a socialist. In his letters to his
parents in England, he called for a socialist revolution in Britain. He
volunteered to join the Australian Armed forces thinking he would be able to
score a free trip back to England, never imagining he would end up on the
shores of Gallipoli. He became a stretcher bearer, believing this was the
best way to avoid combat duties. When he arrived at Gallipoli he adopted a
donkey which he called Abdul and for 40 days ferried soldiers who had been
injured by flying shrapnel back to the beach for evacuation. He avoided
going into the thick of battle to take out the wounded and concentrated on
carrying out soldiers on his donkey who were not seriously injured.

John Simpson Kirkpatrick had no intentions of dying for God, King and
Country in the senseless and pointless slaughter that was going on around
him. Kirkpatrick was an internationalist and preferred the company of the
Indian artillery at Gallipoli, sleeping with them at night rather than the
Australian troops.

His life and death at Gallipoli was immortalised by a publicity machine that
was keen to create an acceptable hero among a war weary public back home.
Little regard was taken about the real John Simpson Kirkpatrick and a myth
was spun to suit the propaganda needs of a government that was coming under
increased pressure back home because of horrifying number of casualties that
were occurring.

Dr. Brendan Nelson in true spirit of Australian politics has involved the
myths surrounding the Simpson and the donkey story to push a political
agenda that has little to do with Australian values and everything to do
with the Howard government's myopic re-election strategy. Ironically Dr.
Nelson has, by promoting this story, inadvertently evoked values that are
anathema to the Howard government but which continue to strike a chord with
a significant number of Australians.

FLEAS!!
The Age's editorial 'The leaking of democracy (29/8)' and Petro Georgiou's
article about the contempt of court charges faced by two journalists from
the Herald Sun - 'Declarations about the value of a fearless press ring
hollow - The Age (29/8)' leaves me cold. I personally feel very little
sympathy for the plight of Herald Sun journalists who find themselves before
the courts on contempt charges.

In December 2003, two journalists from the Herald Sun, Keith Moor and
Charles Miranda, launched a series of scathing and scurrilous attacks on the
convenors of Defend and Extend Medicare (DEMG), an organisation that through
peaceful, legal and legitimate means was putting the Federal Health Minister
Tony Abbott and the Howard government's Medicare package under scrutiny and
pressure. For three days the Herald Sun published unsubstantiated and
biased material which they boasted they had obtained from 'an internal
report prepared by the Ministerial officers responsible for investigating
DEMG members and supporters' - (Herald Sun page 9, Dec. 5th 2003), and that
'senior intelligence official recently briefed the Herald Sun about the
activities of DEMG' - (Herald Sun, page 9, Dec 12th 2003). They also stated
'the confidential Federal government document on key members and supporters
of the DEMG lists their interests, affiliations and beliefs' - (Herald Sun,
page 21, Sat. Dec 6th 2003).

Subsequent inquiries to the Secretary of the Department of Health, A.S.I.O.,
the Victoria Police, the Federal Health Ministry, Tony Abbott, Kaye
Patterson and a number of other agencies, all drew a blank. Questions asked
in the Senate by the Greens and the Labor Party were also met with a chorus
of denials. Although some of the material used by the Herald Sun was
available on the public record, much of the material published was leaked
with Federal government approval to the Herald Sun by personnel in various
government departments and security agencies.

In December 2003, the Herald Sun was more than willing to be used as a
propaganda arm of the Howard government when the Federal government
attempted to undermine the credibility of a group that was causing it some
political discomfort. It is ludicrous that in 2005 the Herald Sun complains
that two of its reporters, Michael Harvey and Gerald McManus, now face
contempt charges for not disclosing their source of information about
another issue.

The moral of this tawdry little saga is that the Herald Sun's Editorial team
needs to understand that if you lay down with dogs, you can't complain when
you get fleas.

R.I.P.
It's amazing that it took the Federal government and the fourth estate a
decade to realise that things aren't looking too good for the manufacturing
sector and manufacturing workers. The manufacturing sector isn't as healthy
as it should be. In fact, it's positively ill. Ten years ago, the
Australian manufacturing industry produced 75% of the goods sold to
Australians. Today, only 50% of manufactured goods sold in Australia are
made in Australia. At this rate, the Australian manufacturing sector will
disappear within 20 years. The loss of 1400 car workers jobs at the Holden
plant in Adelaide is the last in a long list of manufacturing jobs that have
been wiped out.

Anybody with one synapsing neurone would have known that the removal of
tariffs would result in the loss of manufacturing jobs. Workers in
Australia can't be expected to compete with workers receiving 10% of the
wages they receive. Contrary to the garbage that's spouted about 'free'
trade, the position of Australian workers during the protection era was much
more secure than it is today. All the talk about growing rich by becoming
efficient exporters is geared to creating a climate that increases corporate
profits at the expense of ordinary people. It's no accident that the number
of jobs that are shed in Australia's vehicle manufacturing plants is
directly related to the reduction of tariffs. The lower the tariffs go, the
more jobs are exported overseas.

All the talk about working 'harder' and 'smarter' is nothing more than talk.
Competition between countries that pay their workers a reasonable wage and
those that pay them a pittance is not conducted on a level playing field.
The current round of redundancies in the manufacturing sector has profound
implications for that section of the Australian population that prefers to
work in the manufacturing industry. Many will be forced to take early
retirement; others will be thrown onto the scrap heap because there are no
vacancies in the manufacturing sector. The social dislocation that will
occur in the Australian community as a result of significant 'downsizing'
will be felt around the country. Regional and outer metropolitan areas will
be hardest hit.

Howard's 'free' trade agenda is a myth, about the only people who profit
from the free trade agreement are those Australian manufacturers who shut
down their businesses in Australia and move offshore to take advantage of
cheap non unionised labour overseas.

'FEDERATION SQUARE BLUES'
The failure of businesses on the beleaguered Flinders Street side of
Federation Square isn't the only problem faced by Federation Square's new
CEO Ms. Kate Brennan ('Success or failure at Federation Square' Sunday Age
28/8). To a degree, these business failures are directly linked to
management decisions that have flowed from State government legislation that
gives the quango (quasi - autonomous non-governmental organisation) that is
responsible for the day to day running of the Square, the power to run
Federation Square as a private corporation not as a public space.

Most Victorians would be surprised to learn that although nearly $1 billion
of taxpayer's money was used to build the Square, the little open public
space that does exist is private property, not open public space. A number
of political ginger groups I am personally involved in, have found over the
past 2 years that when we have attempted to hold peaceful vigils, hand out
leaflets or hold demonstrations without first asking the quango that runs
the Square for permission to do so (permits are not required in Victoria to
hold demonstrations in open public space), we have been asked by management
and security staff to move on. On a number of occasions when we have stood
our ground and have refused to move on; Victoria Police have been called to
remove us from the Square. To the Victoria Police's credit, senior police
have decided to deal with the issue in the same way that they deal with
vigils and demonstrations in open public space in the rest of Melbourne and
have not acquiesced to management's demands to have us removed.

It would be a pity if the opportunity provided by the appointment of a new
CEO was squandered. Federation Square is a public Square, the little open
space that exists is one of the few spaces that is accessible to the public
in Melbourne. It is important to remember this is a commercial venture.
People should be encouraged to make the Square the dynamic political hub of
the city it should be. Citizens should be able to gather, discuss, argue
and exercise those few political rights and liberties they are still able to
exercise.

The influx of new people into the Square has the potential to both help
struggling businesses and transform the Square from just another whiz bang
new shopping mall into the living heart of Melbourne.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. Why would anyone in their right mind work for the 'common' good?
A. One important feature of an anarchist society is people's willingness to
work for the common good. This willingness to work for the community is not
driven by a sense of altruism. It is driven by individual self interest.
Yes, individual self interest!! In any society, the fate of the individual
is intrinsically linked to the fate of the society they live in. In a
capitalist society, individuals live a relatively precarious existence.
Illness or an accident can destroy that person's dreams, hopes and
aspirations and their ability to survive. The fate of individuals within
both a capitalist and a State capitalist society is determined by the amount
of capital they have at their disposal and the amount of power they are able
to exercise. Most people lead a relatively insecure existence and spend
most of their waking hours trying to secure their lives and the lives of
their children.
The individual's security in an anarchist community is determined by the
wealth and strength of the community they live in. The personal insecurity
that is such a prominent feature of life in the corporate and State
dominated world, is not such a strong feature in an anarchist community.
Individuals within an anarchist community know that both their personal
security and their access to the goods and services produced by an anarchist
society, is determined by their individual input into their society. They
know they will individually prosper if they become involved in the day to
day affairs of their community. They know they don't have to wait for the
'trickle' down effect to benefit from their efforts. Their efforts and the
efforts of all the other people living in an anarchist community is the
guarantee they have that ensures they will be able to survive irrespective
of their personal circumstances.
The individual security these arrangements deliver is the reason that most
people living in an anarchist society are willing to work for the common
good. Their willingness to work for the common good is primarily driven by
a need to satisfy their human needs, not by any sense of altruism.

ACTION BOX
CHALLENGE!!
Challenge every assertion, act, discussion, opinion and political movement
you believe could be limiting individual liberty and compromising personal
and community security. The natural reaction to a difficult situation is to
keep your head down and hope it goes away. Unfortunately the more inroads
you allow to occur into what few rights and freedoms you still enjoy the
more rights and freedoms you're a going to lose. It's important that those
elements in society whether in the community, the business world, the
political world or in your own individual circle are challenged, before they
try to remove and when they have successfully removed those few rights and
liberties you still enjoy.
It would be a pity to allow the culture of consumption that dominates our
every day lives to interfere with our ability to exercise what few rights
and liberties we currently hold. Whether it's the new Industrial Relations
laws, new taxation laws or new laws that govern our interpersonal
relationships, it's important that those who want to strip these freedoms
away from us, understand that we are willing to stand up and fight for our
rights and liberties. Not the rights and liberties that are dished out and
taken away when they become inconvenient, but those rights and liberties
that are considered to be universal.
If you don't take up the challenge, no one else will. If you allow the
garbage that is laughingly called 'informed analysis' to be spewed out day
in day out without challenging it, a significant proportion of the
population will accept what is dished out to them. I know it's difficult,
especially when everybody else seems to accept what is happening around
them, because they believe the government of the day is working in their
interests. I know we get tired of saying the same thing over and over
again, but if people holding radical egalitarian viewpoints don't challenge
what is happening, very few other people will.
Our strength lies in our ability to be able to see through the propaganda
and find the truth, reassembling it in a form that other people are able to
understand. George Orwell was right 'telling the truth is a revolutionary
act' because in our society, it's difficult to find the truth. When you
stumble across it, it's difficult to challenge the misfortunes and lies that
reinforce the world view of those who make the rules that everybody is
expected to quietly accept. To challenge their monopoly on the
dissemination of information by lifting the lid on what is really happening,
is one way that each and every one of us can challenge the manufactured
consensus that dominates most people's lives.
It's important that we voice our concerns about what is happening and put
forward alternatives to those people we live and work with. If we don't,
don't be surprised if you wake up one morning and find the State and the
corporate sector own you lock, stock and barrel.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
THE EUREKA SERIES - No.8 - 2005

SAMUEL DOUGLAS SMYTH HUYGHUE's ACCOUNT OF THE EUREKA REBELLION
Samuel Huyghue was the Chief Clerk to Robert Rede, the Resident Gold
Commissioner at Ballarat. Rede's intransigence was a major contributing
factor to the Eureka uprising. Huyghue was a Canadian who held the
honouring military rank of ensign during the assault. His account about
what happened is one of the few significant eye witness accounts from a
member of the government camp we have access to today. He wrote his 1st
draft while events were fresh in his mind in November 1857; he revised it
over 20 years later in 1879 and completed it on the 10th of December 1884,
30 years after the rebellion took place.
His manuscript ended up in the Mitchell Library in Sydney and was only
published full in Bob O'Brien's book 'Massacre At Eureka - The Untold Story'
that was published in 1992, 138 years after the rebellion.
Huyghue was possessed by his Eureka experience, not only did he write about
it, he also depicted the rebellion in an oil painting that was based on
sketches of the plan of the military attack on the stockade that was drawn.
S. D. S. Huyghue's manuscript was donated to the Mitchell Library on the
16th November 1928 by a Mr. E. L. Taylor, the son of the man who Huyghue
entrusted his manuscript to when he knew he didn't have long to live.
Huyghue's account takes up almost a quarter of Bob O'Brien's 180-page book.
He gives a reasonably dispassionate account of what happened. The most
interesting part of his eye witness interpretation is his ability to give a
dimension to the events that unfolded that go beyond mere facts and figures.
He also claimed that resistance did not end with the massacre. On the
following day, a number of funeral processions turned into de facto public
demonstrations, over 250 people accompanied the casket of the flag's
'bridegroom' Dr. Captain Ross. That same evening, shots were fired into the
government camp. The exchange of fire with the government troops resulted
in the death of one man. Any chance of a counter attack by the miners was
dashed with the arrival at around 3pm on Tuesday the 5th December of a
column of 800 soldiers who had arrived from Melbourne under the command of
Major General Sir Robert Nickle. They brought four field pieces and a
quantity of arms with them to reinforce the government camp. Up until the
arrival of these reinforcements, the camp had been subjected to numerous
sniper attacks. Although Ballarat was flooded with soldiers and police, the
spirit of resistance still smouldered among the miners. When the General
attempted to swear in as special Constables 'those miners who supported' the
authority's actions 6 days after the massacre, he had the pleasure of only
being able to swear in one possibly two 'special Constables'.
On the following day, the 10th December, a Coroner's Court returned a
verdict of wilful murder against one of the civil servants that was involved
in the attack. A trooper that was sent off with despatches to Melbourne the
following day was shot dead as he rode through Bacchus Marsh.
Huyghue's account gives a dimension to the Eureka story that goes beyond the
3rd December. The concentration of government forces in Ballarat posed a
serious problem for the colonial government. Faced with the very real
possibility of a revolt in Melbourne, Martial Law was revoked a week after
it was declared, and troops were rushed back to Melbourne to protect
Hotham's administration.
SOURCE OF MATERIAL FOR ARTICLE:
'Massacre At Eureka - The Untold Story'. - Bob O'Brien 1992, Revised
Sovereign Hill Museum's Association Edition 1998, ISBN 0 909874 190

BOOK REVIEW
'INSIDE BLACK AUSTRALIA
- An Anthology of Aboriginal Poetry'
Edited by Kevin GILBERT, Penguin Books
1988 ISBN 0 140 111 263
Kevin Gilbert killed his wife, I don't know why. He spent over 14 years in
jail and metamorphosed into something else. He was a killer, a poet, a
playwright, a visual artist; he changed, he contributed, he was forgiven by
some and shunned by others. He learnt to put his feelings into words - 'The
Cherry Picker', 'Because A White Man Never Do It' and 'Living Black' a
testimony to his intellect.
'Inside Black Australia - An Anthology Of Aboriginal Poetry' was Kevin
Gilbert's gift to the community, both black and white. He collected the
thoughts of the great indigenous poets Oodgeroo Noonuccal and Jack Davies
and the work of indigenous poets who were unknown beyond their own circles.
210 pages of poetry were packed into 'Inside Black Australia', nothing like
it has appeared since. Today, indigenous visual arts seem to have swamped
the written word. An oral tradition that spanned 40,000 years has been
crammed into 50 years of white man's language to express indigenous thought
and feeling.
In 1929 the remarkable David Unaipon, whose face graces the Australian $50
bill, had his 'Native Legends' published. In 1964 Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath
Walker), a contemporary and friend of the legendary Australian poet Judith
Wright (both now deceased), became the first indigenous poet to have her
poems published in her book of poems - 'We Are Going'. Many other
indigenous poets have had their work published since Oodgeroo Noonuccal's
first book of poems. Indigenous Australians have through 'Inside Black
Australia', successfully used the coloniser's language and art forms to tell
their own stories in their own words.
After a challenging introduction, Kevin Gilbert unleashes many of
Australia's indigenous poets on the reader. Each new poet explodes onto the
page, their poems a vinaigrette of their lives, raw, polished, good, bad and
packed with emotion. 17 years later, the world cries out for another
anthology of indigenous poems. Many of the first wave are now dead, the
second and third wave use other forms to try to find their place in the
world.
'Inside Black Australia - An Anthology Of Aboriginal Poetry' edited by Kevin
Gilbert should be tucked away in a public library, somewhere. If you want
your own copy, try a 2nd hand bookshop or Penguin Australia.

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
Values, mortality, time, questions without definite answers; manufactured
consensus about this and that, everything and nothing. I was in India
during the Falklands War in 1982. The English language Indian newspapers
were cheering for the Argentinean dictatorship; colonialism is colonialism,
better a local dictator than a foreign master seemed to be the order of the
day. I was surprised at the vehemence of the response, a shared past a
shared response. It taught me that what I considered to be a universal
response in a particular cultural setting is anathema in another. Brute
force can temporarily delay the emergence of a universal set of beliefs but
it can't wipe them out. The embers continue to burn waiting for the right
conditions to set off a conflagration that destroys both friend and foe,
cleansing the earth and preparing the ground for a new beginning.
The cycle of life goes on and on for some at least. Human beings have in
the 4 billion year history of planet Earth (apologies to the Creationists
who believe in the word as outlined in the myriad religious texts that are
the true word of God - Which one? You pick and choose) have succeeded in
the past 100 years in creating the conditions that could see life, all life
not just human life, become extinct. No plants, no animals, no birds, no
insects, no mammals, no fish, no microbes, nothing, just dust swirling in
the wind. The rubble of cities, a testimony to an animal that makes the
flesh eating dinosaurs look like a cute little kitten. The ever expanding
grey and white matter contained within the human skull, a weapon so powerful
that no life force can resist it. The timetable for extinction embedded
deep in the thalamus, the frontal lobes compressed into a thin sheet by
everyday reality. The certainties of Ramsey Street evaporate when
confronted by the reality of everyday existence.
Dust to dust, honours, monuments, ideas, values, wealth, trinkets in a life
dominated by Mephistophelean time bandits. Time, the only constant, the
pathway to immortality dished out in ever smaller parcels. Mercenaries
steal time; the only thing of value in a life dominated by the hands of a
universal clock. Nothing, no memories, just rubble, dust, wind, silence
punctuated by falling rock. Nothing, nothing, nothing - an eternity of
nothing the price the blue planet will pay for allowing one life form to
dominate it.

STOP PRESS
'BUTTERING UP THE ELECTORATE'
Brendan Nelson's push into the national limelight has little to do with the
government's policy initiatives and everything to do with John Howard
wanting to see his 'legacy' embedded in the Australian psyche. Howard is
suspicious and concerned about Peter Costello's National agenda. Although
they both support the current Industrial Relations laws and the government's
corporate friendly economic agenda, they differ on many social and cultural
issues.
Nelson has remodelled himself as a John Howard look alike; he has taken on
many of the neo conservative cultural and social values that are dear to the
P.M.'s heart. Concerned that the end of his tenure as P.M. will herald the
end of his neo conservative cultural and social agenda, he is looking for a
'suitable' replacement to the current heir apparent. Nelson, an ambitious
politician who could have stood for either the Labor or Liberal Party when
he entered Federal politics, is smart enough to understand that the only way
he will have any chance of stopping Costello's run for the Liberal Party
leadership is by adopting the neo conservative hard edged approach to social
and cultural issues that John Howard espouses.
Faced with a significant challenge in the Liberal Party room, Costello is
moving beyond his position as Treasurer and is making statements about a
number of issues. His participation in the Reconciliation march over Sydney
Harbour in Sydney a few years ago alerted a suspicious John Howard that
Peter Costello wasn't quite kosher.
I have wasted a few hundred words trying to differentiate the policies these
two Prime Ministerial aspirants are putting into the public arena to
highlight that what we are witnessing isn't an exchange of ideas, but a
battle to win the hearts and minds of the Liberal Party faithful. Pure
political ambition, nothing else lies at the heart of their policy
announcements. They are more interested in positioning themselves for their
run at the Prime Ministership, than the effects that their policies will
have on Australians.
We need to show that what we are seeing is nothing more than a crass attempt
to seize power. Blind ambition is the name of the game, who gets hurt in
their little pathetic games, doesn't interest them. All they are interested
in is exercising the power that their control over the State apparatus would
allow them to exercise.

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

LETTERS CORNER
Dear Anarchist Age Weekly Review,
When I was very young & was traveling in a foreign land, I mistakenly ate
the wrong food & quickly became seriously ill. For 2 days I fought that
dreadful feeling of possibly dying away from home, alone & without a friend
in sight. For 2 days I walked around in circles, vomiting wherever &
without access to a hospital. In fact, judging by the expressions on the
poorer people of the town, there were no options whatsoever - I drank large
quantities of fluids and endeavored to remain conscious. I was renting a
small room for 2 days. During this period I was terrified of lying down in
case I lapsed into a coma or worse. To cut a long story short, I survived
the 2 days & was preparing to catch a bus for home. Suddenly I felt the
urge to vomit & did in the bus shelter & when I turned around, a few hundred
people had disappeared. Of course, they didn't want to catch what I had.
I know this is a boring story & wouldn't happen in Australia? More
recently, my father suffered a stroke. If he hadn't had ongoing medical
assistance, especially in the early stages, he would've died - very
undignified for a person to face such a situation without assistance. We
have a health care system in Australia. I believe in the right to health
care for all Australians, irrespective of a person's age, status or
ethnicity. We should protect & defend the right to health care in Australia
for every one.
Regards, Michael - Ocean Grove.


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Thomas McCosker, the Victorian sentenced to 2yrs' jail in Fiji for having
consensual sex with a man, has been freed. McCosker, 55 & Dhirendra Nadan 23
were jailed for 2yrs after being found guilty of homosexuality in a Fijian
hotel room in March & for creating pornography by filming the act. The
Fijian High Court has overturned their convictions. McCosker was arrested on
April 3 as he waited to board a flight home to Aust & was held for 5hrs
without charge. Within 48hrs McCosker had been tried & jailed for 2yrs on 2
charges of sodomy. Foreign Min Alexander Downer & Justice Min Chris Ellison
both refused to comment on McCosker's case, referring questions to the Dept
of Foreign Affairs & Trade, who said McCosker was "being afforded the normal
consular assistance". Both Ministers spoke publicly on the Schapelle Corby
case. (Source: The Age)
Coca-Cola distributed 'free fertilzer' to people living near 1 its bottling
plants in India, which was in fact toxic waste. The State Pollution Control
Board of Kerala ordered the plant shut down b/c "toxic products from the
plant were affecting drinking water in nearby villages" & the plant "has
also not provided drinking water in a satisfying manner to local residents".
Local people began noticing their wells were running dry soon after the
company set up operations in 01. 2yrs ago a local doctor declared the water
still available in the wells unfit for consumption. In July 03, a BBC
Radio-4 report, after carrying out tests at the Uni of Exeter in UK, said
the 'fertilizer' distributed for free by Coca-Cola was dangerously laden
with heavy metals, especially cadmium & lead & already contaminating the
food chain. The sludge also had no value as fertilizer, the report said.
Cadmium is a carcinogen which causes kidney damage while exposure to lead
can lead to mental derangement & death & is particularly dangerous for kids
causing them severe anemia & mental retardation. The BBC report quoted Prof
John Henry, a leading toxicity expert & consultant at St Mary's Hospital in
London, warn of "devastating consequences for those living near areas where
this waste has been dumped & for the thousands who depend on crops produced
in these fields". (Source: Asia Times [Hong Kong])
US leading 'televangelist' called on the US govt to assassinate the
left-wing Pres of a South American country. Ex Republican Pres candidate Pat
Robertson told his 7 million viewers Pres Hugo Chavez of Venezuela was "a
dangerous enemy". He added Venezuela controlled "a huge pool of oil" &
"this
is in our sphere of influence, so we can't let this happen...it's a whole
lot easier to have some of the covert ops do the job & then get it over
with." Pres Chavez has spoken of his fears of an assassination organised by
the US govt. US officials are believed to have at least had prior knowledge
of an unsuccessful military coup against him in 2002. (Source: The Guardian
[UK])
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Conventional wisdom would've one believe that it's insane
to resist this, the mightiest of empires...But what history really shows is
that today's empire is tomorrow's ashes. - Mumia Abu-Jamal
"The love of one country leads to the hate of another." - Aliyaho Pearce.
ATNTF weekly anarchist news report www.apolitical.info

ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Awarded to Fed Education Min. Dr. Brendan Nelson for evoking the story of an
illegal immigrant, union man, socialist revolutionary & internationalist
John Simpson Kirkpatrick (aka Simpson & his donkey fame) as encompassing the
true spirit of Australia. Why have we awarded it to Nelson? Because he
tried to point John Simpson Kirkpatrick of Gallipoli fame, as a man who
espoused the values of the God, Queen & Country brigade. Brendan Nelson
(P.M. aspirant) - get your own hero, stop stealing one of ours.

PEOPLE FOR CONSTITUTIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS
HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA - MELBOURNE
Cnr William & LaTrobe St, MELBOURNE.
11.30 am - WEDNESDAY 7th SEPTEMBER 2005
ALL WELCOME!!

EUREKA AUSTRALIA DAY MEDAL
****** NOMINATIONS CLOSE 30TH SEPTEMBER 2005 ******
Know someone who was born or lives in Australia who you believe should be
honoured for their efforts to create a better and fairer world. Then
nominate them for the
EUREKA AUSTRALIA DAY MEDAL
ON THE 3rd DECEMBER, THE ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE WILL BE HONOURING TEN
(10) PEOPLE WITH A EUREKA AUSTRALIA DAY MEDAL AT BAKERY HILL - BALLARAT
(The site where the Eureka Oath was taken 151 years ago)
WE NEED YOUR NOMINATIONS. Send them to:
EUREKA AUSTRALIA DAY MEDAL
P.O. BOX 5035, ALPHINGTON 3078, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA.
Or Email your nomination to: anarchistage@yahoo.com
Tell us why you've nominated that person and send us your contact details so
we can contact you in case we need further information about your choices.

'NO WAR$ / NO Forbes / NO CEO's'
Forbes Conference CEO's
Assemble at Sydney's Opera House on the evening of 29th August 2005.
The Forbes CEO Conference will have high profile neo-con war profiteers and
their political courtiers attending the conference in Sydney on 30th August
2005. Log in to find out what on the day. A colour flyer regarding the
mobilisation is downloadable from
www.30a.org/index.php?option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=68&Itemid=40
www.30A.org

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
'FEAR THE APHRODISIAC OF THE POWERFUL,
THE OPIATE OF THE POWERLESS' - Joseph Toscano 2005

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.

Anarchist World This Week broadcast on;
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*** MULTI-COLOURED GLOSSY A3 POSTER AVAILABLE FOR 20 50c STAMPS.
(Price includes packaging, poster in secure cylinder and postage anywhere in
Australia) ***

DIRECT DEMOCRACY NOT PARLIAMENTARY RULE
Week THIRTY SIX - 87 members
463 TO GO!!
APPLICATIONS HAVE GROUND TO A HALT!!. IF YOU WANT TO SPEED UP THE PROCESS,
SEND YOUR COMPLTED 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 Princes Highway, Clayton 3168, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
** Go to rulebythepeople.org & sign up to our low traffic official group
news broadcast email list. **
MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE THE GROUP'S 3RD NEWSLETTER IN MID AUGUST


**** 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. Want to have a look at what you're sending in your money to make to
be used at the 151st anniversary of the Eureka rebellion then log onto

http://www.peacebus.com/FlagDesigns/
RECEIVED SO FAR $550.00 - $950.00 TO GO
******* THE SITUATION IS NOW BECOMING CRITICAL WITH ONLY 4 MONTHS TO GO
BEFORE THE 3RD DECEMBER. WE HAVE ONLY MANAGED TO RAISE $550.00.
If you're coming to Ballarat to join the Anarchist Media Institute Eureka
Celebrations - Give us a hand to raise the required funds for the banners
*******



EUREKA 151ST ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
Join us
4am Saturday 3rd December 2005 at
The site the battle took place
Eureka park (Stawell and Eureka Street Ballarat)
4am Dawn ceremony
7-10am Communal breakfast (bring your own food and drinks)
10am March to Bakery Hill to retake the Eureka oath.
10.30am Presentation of Eureka Australia Day Medal at Bakery Hill - 10
Medals will be awarded
11.30am March to Ballarat cemetery to pay our respects to the workers at
either end of a bayonet who died during the eureka rebellion
12.30pm March back to Eureka Park through the centre of Ballarat. Late lunch
& conversational for those participating who are still able to stand up (BYO
food & drinks).

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