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(en) Australia, Anarchist Age Weekly Review No. 631 21st February-27th February 2005

From philmcc@optusnet.com.au
Date Wed, 23 Feb 2005 12:56:25 +0200 (IST)


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HI HO, HI HO, OFF TO WORK WE GO!! Just in case you had not realised, there is a labour
shortage, just take a peek at what is happening in the real world. Faced with a possible
wage explosion (supply & demand), the Coalition is doing all it can to ´free up´
Australians on sole parent and disability support pensions for the labour
market. Not the top end mind you, just the boring, monotonous, part-time,
poorly paid end of the labour market.
Concerned at the political damage that an influx of ´guest´ workers could
cause, they have sole parents and disability support pensioners in their
sight, believing that Australians would not have many objections to pushing
the ´bludgers´ back into the work force.

The hypocrisy of their attack on sole parents is extraordinary. In one
breath they talk about the sanctity of the family and how important child
rearing is and on the other hand they are proposing that people on single
parent pensions should go back to work when the youngest child turns 5, not
16 as is the current practice. Ah, I forgot, they are single parents, not
loving nuclear families with a mummy and a daddy. How stupid of me to
forget.

Another group in their sight is those 700,000 Australians on a disability
support pension. At present, if the ´bludgers´ can´t work 30 hours a week
because of their disability, they are entitled to a disability support
pension, in Howard´s brave new world that will be reduced to 15 hours a
week. The Coalition believes it can tap into the ´workers comp´,
´Mediterranean back´ aversion that some sections of the Australian community
hold, regarding people who receive disability pensions. Feeling lucky, they
think they can marginalise disability support pensioners in the same way
they have marginalised the unemployed as ´dole bludgers´.

Whether they get away with their proposed legislation or not, will depend on
the public outrage their plans generate. It´s wrong for organisations like
ACOSS (Australian Council of Social Services) to negotiate with them in an
attempt to soften the blow of their policies. In this situation, the best
means of defence is attack. Their policies should be attacked and lampooned
for what they are, an attack on the least able to defend themselves, to
force them back into a labour market that needs a cheap part-time labour
force to maximise their profits.

The Howard government´s proposed legislative agenda is bad for both
pensioners and workers. The best way for it to be defeated is for workers,
sole parents and disability support pensioners to stick together and provide
united resistance against the Coalition´s reactionary social and community
agenda.

GET ME JOHNNY FARNHAM ANY DAY
Faced with the invidious choice of having Johnny Farnham or Prince Charles
at the Dardanelles to mark the 90th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing,
I´d prefer to see the innocuous warbler at ANZAC Cove to the descendant of
the family that has the blood of over 80,000 young Australians and New
Zealanders on its hands. It´s appropriate that the senseless slaughter of
so many young Australians and New Zealanders be remembered on ANZAC Day,
it´s also appropriate that the collective national amnesia that surrounds
the ANZAC Day myth is challenged.

It´s important to remember that Australia was as divided about its
participation in WWI as it is about is participation in Iraq. On two
separate occasions the Australian people sickened by the slaughter, not
convinced by the reasons put forward by the God, King and Country brigade
and appalled by the antics of the Billy Hughes government, a government
whose policies on security and armed foreign intervention eerily parallel
the Howard government´s policies, rejected conscription in two separate
referendums held in 1916 and 1917.

The Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.), the forerunners of the modern
Australian Anarchist movement, spearheaded the resistance against the
Australian government´s intervention in WWI. For their troubles, they were
arrested, imprisoned, deported and their organisation was banned.

It´s important that their stand and the principled stand taken by millions
of ordinary Australians, saved the lives of tens of thousands of young
Australian men who would have been gladly sacrificed by the Billy Hughes
government, in an imperialist war that was fought on behalf of ´stay at
home´ patriots, business interests and the God, King and Country brigade by
workers at either end of a bayonet.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT
A leaked confidential report produced by a high level Victorian State
government advisory group on the Bracks government´s planning blueprint
´Melbourne 2030´, highlights that trips taken on public transport are likely
in the next 25 years to increase from 9% to 20% of all trips taken. The
document claims that if the State government does not invest heavily in
public transport, its plans are doomed to fail.

The challenge faced by the community and the State government regarding the
role public transport should play in Victoria, can be successfully tackled
with a little bit of lateral thinking. As a community we face three
distinct problems; how to increase patronage, what type of infrastructure
needs to be developed and how to raise the necessary funds to build and
maintain public transport networks. Traditionally, the Victorian State
government has relied on a mixture of fee for service and public funding to
bankroll the public transport system.

A very simple way of increasing patronage and raising adequate funds to
develop and maintain infrastructure is by charging a levy on every rateable
property in the State that is specially earmarked to both build public
transport networks and make access to public transport free. The levy
charged could be adjusted to reflect the public transport infrastructure
available in different areas. More people would be inclined to use public
transport as they are paying for it through their rates. Increased
patronage would lead to reduced spending on roads.

The provision of free public transport through a levy, based on the rateable
value of property, is one very simple way that the ongoing problems
currently dogging the expansion public transport networks can be
successfully tackled.

PIVOTAL
The 22nd of February 2005 marks the 150th anniversary of the acquittal of
John Joseph in the Victorian Supreme Court of the charge of High Treason for
his participation in the Eureka rebellion on the 3rd of December 1854. The
acquittal of John Joseph set in motion a sequence of events that destroyed
the Hotham government´s credibility in the eyes of the people of Victoria.

Faced with the possibility of ongoing armed resistance and possible
insurrection, the Hotham government, although they had won a resounding
military victory at Eureka, realised that the only way to salvage the
situation was to acquiesce to the miners demands-manhood suffrage,
abolition of the property qualification for members of parliament, payment
of members, short term parliaments and the abolition of diggers and
storekeepers licences. Within a year, Peter Lalor and John Basson Humffray,
two of the leaders of the rebellion were elected unopposed to the Victorian
parliament as the representatives for Ballarat.

John Joseph was an unlikely hero, an African American born in New York, the
son of slaves; he had made his way to Melbourne to win his fortune on the
goldfields. He fought bravely on he 3rd of December and some sources credit
him with firing the shot that eventually led to the death of Henry Wise, the
soldiers´ deputy commander. The American Consul James Tarleton used his
influence with Governor Hotham to ensure other Americans who were arrested
during the Eureka massacre, were not put on trial; Joseph was left to his
own devices. Three of the leaders of the rebellion Timothy Hayes, Raffaello
Carboni and John Manning made successful applications to delay their trials,
thus John Joseph became the first of the 13 miners fighting for his life on
the charge of Treason to face the Supreme Court.

His acquittal on the same day by a jury that took less than 30 minutes to
reach their verdict, led to wild scenes. The public gallery cheered the
verdict; two members of the public John Keogh and George Gordon were jailed
for contempt for 10 days by the Chief Justice William a Beckett for cheering
too loudly. John Joseph was chaired through the streets of Melbourne by
over a quarter of the city´s population, delirious at the verdict. From the
22nd of February to the 27th of March 1855, every single one of the other 12
defendants were acquitted by juries or had the charges against them
dismissed.

The names of these men disappeared from the pages of history, while the
names of their persecutors adorn the pages of this country´s history books,
its streets, placenames and monuments , while the names of:
James BEATTIE
James CAMPBELL
Raffaello CARBONI
Thomas DIGNUM
Timothy HAYES
John JOSEPH
John MANNING
William MOLLOY
John PHELAN
Henry REED
Jacob SORENSON
Michael TUOHY
Jan VENNIK
Have been forgotten, some lie in unmarked graves in Victorian cemeteries,
others just disappeared. The contribution these men made to the ongoing
welfare of Victorians and Australians should be remembered, not forgotten.

It´s appropriate that 150 years after these tumultuous events, a monument be
erected outside the Victorian Supreme Court that recognises their
significant contribution to the formation of this country´s legal and
political institutions. In an era when more and more decisions about a
defendant´s innocence or guilt are being made by magistrates and judges, and
increasing attacks are being launched against the jury system, it´s
important to remember the pivotal role juries played in the acquittal of
these men.

WHAT DID YOU EXPECT?
I´m surprised that many people are surprised by the Howard government´s
decision to increase the number of Australian troops from around 300 to
nearly 800. Those people who believe that John Howard is a man of his word
only have to look at his track record to realise, that 4th term or no 4th
term; the man is a chronic confabulator. He can´t help himself. Not that
it´s Howard´s fault that he can´t stop telling porkies, the system is
designed to encourage, reward politicians for telling lies.

Promise them the Earth, as long as they´re stupid enough to hand over that
signed blank cheque at election time. Signed blank cheque? You know, when
you cast a ballot at the last Federal election, you gave your
representatives a signed blank cheque to do what they like for the next 3
years. So they didn´t tell you they were going to almost triple the number
of Australian troops in Iraq and use them in an offensive, not defensive
capacity. Fool you!! They can promise you the world, but are not required
to deliver anything. If you don´t like it, you´ll have to wait another 3
years to give some other clown a signed blank cheque to do what they like
for the next 3 years.

You voted you feel foolish, what did you expect? Did you expect the man
who´s made his political reputation on the number of lies he has told, to
change his spots? I´m afraid not. What´s frightening is that this decision
wasn´t taken in the Party room or made by the full Federal Cabinet. It´s
got the hallmarks of a John Howard unilateral decision about it. The
´Coalition of the willing´ is falling apart. 450 Australian troops are
going to be expected to do the job of the 1,500 Dutch troops who are pulling
out. They´re going to find themselves pretty thin on the ground and may
find themselves at the mercy of an enemy that has local support and is
familiar with the terrain.

This decision is not unexpected. As the ´Coalition of the willing´ drifts
apart, more and more Australian troops are being forced to risk their lives
to suit the a short term ideological agenda of a government that is more
interested in promoting Bush´s ideological jihad, than it is in protecting
Australian interests.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. IS ANARCHISM A UTPOIAN PHILOSOPHY?
´UTOPIA: - Imagined perfect place or state of things´
A. I´m afraid not, Anarchists have been traditionally dismissed as starry
eyed idealists or blood thirsty terrorists. I´m afraid the truth is a
little more mundane and boring. Anarchists don´t want to change human
nature, they don´t want to blow up human beings and they don´t want to
crater a utopian fantasyland.
Anarchists have a healthy respect for human nature and understand that
people can be manipulated and cajoled into committing the most extraordinary
crimes. History is littered with examples of human beings who have for the
good of their tribe, clan, nation or race committed the most appalling acts
of cruelty against other human beings. Their actions have been recorded,
lauded and hailed as the acts of heroes. Anarchists have a very good
understanding of what in the right social context human beings are capable
of: - ´Their, but for the grace of God I.´
They understand that human nature is a given, that you can´t create a new
´man´. Faced with this realistic assessment of what human beings can do,
they want to create a society where institutions and structures, that allow
individuals or a small group to exercise absolute power, are replaced with
structures and institutions that are controlled by the community as a whole.
This isn´t a utopian dream; it´s a practical solution to an ongoing problem
that accepts human nature is a biological given.
Anarchist communities, like other communities, will continue to experience
problems. The central difference is that everybody is in the same boat.
Unlike the societies we currently live and work in, some people will not be
sitting in the top deck throwing back gin and tonics while the rest of the
community is rowing the boat. Anarchists attempt to find solutions to the
problems they face that involve everyone, they attempt to use the resources
they have access to, to satisfy the needs of those people that live in that
community. Anarchism isn´t as utopian philosophy, it´s a legitimate,
logical, practical philosophy that gives people the opportunity to create a
society that´s both safe and secure and that satisfies their short and long
term needs.

ACTION BOX
FREEDOM TO PROTEST
IN FEDERATION SQUARE
Federation Square lies in the heart of Melbourne - a city of nearly 4
million people. Following a series of successful free speech struggles at
the beginning of the 20th century, Melbournians have the freedom to protest
in open public space without asking for police, council or government
permission. Federation Square, as opened in a fanfare of publicity 2 years
ago, the Premier of Victoria described the Square as ´the peoples Square´.
Federation Square is public space in name only. It´s managed by a
government ´quango´-quasi-autonomous non-government(al) organisation
whose members are appointed by the Victorian State government. Legislation
has been passed that makes it an offence to demonstrate in Federation Square
without first obtaining permission from Federation Square management. In
May last year, the Anarchist Media Institute was involved in a struggle with
Square management which involved the Victorian Police regarding the right to
demonstrate without asking permission. We believed we had won the struggle
and demonstrated in the Square for the rest of the year without any
problems.
Last week when 5 of us were handing out leaflets to promote the 150th
anniversary of the acquittal of the 13 miners involved in the Eureka
rebellion, the problem with management about our right to protest without
asking their permission flared up again; Victoria Police were once again
involved.
We believe this situation is untenable and must be resisted. We have
launched a campaign we need your help with: - FREEDOM TO PROTEST IN
FEDERATION SQUARE-OPEN PUBLIC SPACE!! This campaign will be launched in
Federation Square behind a new banner at MIDDAY ON WEDNESDAY 16TH MARCH IN
FEDERATION SQUARE.
We need as many people as possible to be involved in this important
struggle. The privatisation of public space by governments shifts the power
for people to be heard from the peoples´ hands into the hands of
corporations and private organisations who are willing to pay for the
privilege of having the sole use of that public space.

JOIN US ON
MIDDAY WEDNESDAY 16TH MARCH 2005
FEDERATION SQUARE - MELBOURNE
to reassert the right to protest in open public space without seeking
permission. A right that was won by radical activists in Melbourne at the
beginning of the 20th century through a series of struggles for free speech
which resulted in their jailing in Melbourne´s Pentridge Prison, in order to
win that right.
USE IT OR LOSE IT!!

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
USE IT OR LOSE IT
´FREE SPEECH CAMPAIGNS IN MELBOURNE´
The struggle surrounding the right to speak and protest in Federation Square
in Melbourne isn´t a new one. Over the past 100 years, two notable free
speech campaigns have occurred in Melbourne.
The Victorian Socialist Party (VSP) was formed in Melbourne in 1906. Within
a year of its formation, the VSP boasted a membership of over 2000. Its
Sunday night meetings drew up to 1000 people. In October 1906, the Prahran
City Council passed legislation that barred socialist orators from speaking
in public streets. Over the next 2 months, the VSP was involved in a civil
disobedience campaign that resulted in the imprisonment of 20 men and women
from the VSP, for periods ranging from 3 days to 5 weeks imprisonment. The
´Prahran Free Speech´ fight, although not initially successful, put the
question of free speech and public demonstrations in Melbourne on the
political and public agenda.
The Commonwealth Crime Act-1920 defined sedition ´as encouraging ill will
and hostility between different classes of life´. During the 1930´s
Melbourne´s police used such arcane legislation to physically break up
street meetings and demonstrations by members of the Communist Party and
other radicals. The police were assisted by fascist orientated vigilante
groups during this tumultuous period. The battle between the police and
protestors over the right to hold open air meetings in Melbourne boiled over
in a free speech battle on the 19th May 1933. Shorty Patullo, a Communist
Party member, delivered a speech to a crowd on top of a tram. After a short
speech, he jumped off the tram and ran down an alley pursued by a group of
police who beat him and shot him in the leg for his troubles. While Patullo
was being battered, Noel Counihan, one of Australia´s better known artists,
jumped into a steel cage that had been bolted to a truck to talk to a crowd
that had swollen to over 5000 people. The police finally brought in an
enormous battering ram to break into the cage to stop him speaking.
The right to demonstrate without first asking permission has been won as a
result of many struggles. To allow the State to wind back those rights is a
recipe for disaster. It´s important that radical activists continue to
exercise rights that were won by the blood, sweat and tears of those who´ve
gone before us.
SOURCE OF MATERIAL FOR ARTICLE
Radical Melbourne-A Secret History Vol.1
Jeff & Jill Sparrow with a Forward by Stuart MacIntyre.
The Vulgar Press 2001, ISBN 09577352 43
Available from the New International Bookshop Trades Hall -Melb. (Cnr Lygon
St & Victoria Rd, Melbourne)

BOOK REVIEW
´LIONEL MURPHY-The Rule of Law´
Forward by Manning Clark
Editors Jean & Richard ELY,
Akron Press Sydney 1986, ISBN 0959066632

´For Australians who need Justice´
´Lionel Murphy-The Rule of Law´ was published before Murphy´s death.
Hounded by conservative Australia, dragged through the courts for little
more than standing up for his principles, Murphy´s legacy has been
forgotten, dismissed and ignored by those who write and rewrite history to
reinforce their prejudices and dominant role in society.
Lionel Murphy the son of poor Irish immigrants, born in 1922 in Kensington
Melbourne, brilliant scholar, barrister, Senator, Attorney General in the
Whitlam Labor government, was never forgiven by this country´s security
agencies foe leading a raid against A.S.I.O. while he was Attorney General.
Although he was appointed to the highest court in the land-the High Court
- in February 1975, he was a marked man.
The editors Jean and Richard Ely have brought together some of his more
significant judgements in this 311-page book that was published in 1986.
They ask the question ´When wearing a democratic face, what does justice
look like?´ The 42 major High Court judgements in this selection epitomise
one man´s striving to provide an answer. Murphy, an ´ideological minority
of one´, continued to deliver judgements that reflected the moral vision of
the Whitlam Labor government, long after it was dismissed from office in
1975.
The judgements delivered in this book exhibit the faith of a man who
believes that justice can be achieved through the current system, if only
the right people have their hands on the levers of power. Murphy´s tragic
death, hounded to death by a fourth estate that wanted to punish Murphy on
behalf of the people who continue to dominate this country´s institutions
and the corporate sector, highlights that those who have the audacity to
lift the veil of secrecy that reinforces and legitimises the power that a
small minority exert over the majority, have to continually watch their
backs.
´Lionel Murphy-The Rule of Law´ highlights that the ´Rule of Law´ in
Australia only exists in the popular imagination. The history of Australia
is littered with stories of honest men and women like Lionel Murphy, who´ve
attempted to reform the current system. Lionel Murphy paid the ultimate
price for undertaking that journey. ´Lionel Murphy-The Rule of Law´ is a
testimony to one man´s attempts to use the system to ensure that the few
rights and liberties that have been won by people through struggle, are
acknowledged and respected by the courts.
The editors Jean and Richard Ely have kindly given us a few of these books.
We have 2 left and are happy to send them out to the first 2 people who
write in for them. Please include $10.00 worth of 50c stamps to cover
postage and packaging costs. Otherwise try your local library or a 2nd hand
bookshop for a copy.


PERSONAL OBSERVATION
I don´t know how many of you have given out leaflets in the city; normally
it´s a pretty dull affair. Most people are wary of taking anything,
thinking that you´re trying to sell them something. Last Wednesday, 5 of
us, ages ranging from the late 40´s to the mid 70´s, unfurled the ´Reclaim
the Radical Spirit of the Eureka Rebellion´ banner in Federation Square in
Melbourne and attempted to give out a few hundred leaflets about the 150th
anniversary commemorations we were organising outside the Victorian Supreme
Court on Tuesday 22nd February, to mark this important event.
Within 10 minutes, 2 senior members of the quango that runs Federation
Square were down there, wanting to know whether we had permission to
protest. After a heated discussion that was going no where-which went
something like this:
- ´This is open public space´,
- ´No it´s not, it´s private space, you need permission´,
- ´It´s Federation Square, we don´t need permission´,
- ´All you´ve got to do is let us know so we can make arrangements´.
The discussion was going no where, we weren´t going anywhere, and we told
them to get the police if they wanted to move us. Ten to 15 minutes late, 3
police arrive, after consulting the 2 gentlemen involved, they approached us
and explained that Federation Square was governed by the same regulations
that govern a school-we´d been asked to move on and we had to comply.
After another lively discussion, we said we´re not moving, arrest us, we
want our day in court. We don´t believe they have the right to tell us to
move on. We´re involved in a peaceful protest; we´re not breaking any laws.
The saga escalates, another 3 police arrive, the discussion continues, stand
off. The police are making calls to their superiors, they know this is a no
win situation, we stand our ground. After 20 minutes of this, we make a
collective decision to pack up and return another day to fight on this
particular issue.
Once again the question about protesting in open public space is back on the
agenda in Melbourne. We´d thought we´d won the fight back in May 2004,
looks like we hadn´t. Maybe they think the law is on their side. We don´t
believe it is. We´ll find out what happens when we return on Wednesday 16th
March; they either back down and allow people to protest without asking
permission, or we end up in court.
We encourage you to join us at midday on Wednesday 16th March at Federation
Square under the banner ´FREEDOM TO PROTEST IN FEDERATION SQUARE-OPEN
PUBLIC SPACE´. If we don´t do anything, who knows what other laws and
by-laws will be introduced to impede protest in this city. Federation
Square-the centre of Melbourne, is open public space or it isn´t? If it´s
not open public space, a fence should be built around it and security guards
should be posted at the entrances. If it´s open public space, the same laws
that apply to freedom of assembly should apply to it, as to the other parts
of Melbourne. Time will tell who´s right and who´s wrong; in the interim we
encourage people of all political persuasions to join us and take a stand
about this important issue.

STOP PRESS
´NEW, TRUE BELIEVERS´
Peter Ellingsen´s article ´The New True Believers (Sunday Age 20/2)´
inadvertently highlights a problem that is not just specific to the ALP.
Ellingsen´s article raises important questions about falling membership
rates at all the major political parties in Australia. The concentration of
power in a non accountable executive, has reduced the role of party members
to one of giving out ´how to vote´ cards at elections.
The disenfranchisement of party members by most of the country´s political
parties, has allowed career politicians to manipulate the party network to
further their personal political ambitions. Political parties have become
free zones; member input is neither welcomed nor expected. Policy has
become the domain of outside interests who are able to apply the right
amount of pressure at the right time, to ensure that the country´s major
political parties ideological platforms reflect the interests of those
elements in Australian society who are able to exercise real power.
The party member has become a dispensable nuisance; their input, a barrier
to the personal ambitions of career politicians who use and abuse the party
machine in their quest to enter parliament. The lacklustre, intellectual
monotone performance of most members of parliament at both the State and
Federal levels highlights the dearth of talent that exists in the
parliamentary arena.
Protected by a compulsory voting system, the major parties know that people
will turn out to cast their ballots, irrespective of the quality of the
candidates. The current party system is an impediment to both democracy and
the parliamentary system. The more electors who choose not to participate
in the electoral farce, the greater the chance that political parties will
be forced to lift their game and party members will once again become an
important component of the political process.

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


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CNT No.309 FEB 05, Organo de la Conf Nac del Trabajo, Pza Tirso de Molina
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LE LIBERTAIRE No.253 FEB 05, Revue de Synthese Anarchiste, BP 745, 76060 Le
Havre Cedex, FRANCE. www.le-libertaire.org Email;libertaire@normandnet.fr
L´HOMME LIBRE No182 JAN/MAR 05, Recharche d´une psychologie liberatrice
Boite Postale 205-42005, Saint-Etienne Cedex 1, FRANCE
UMANITA NOVA Vol.85, No.3 30THJan ´05, Settimenale Anarchico, C/-Federazione
Anarchico Torinese, C.50 Palermo 46, Torino, ITALY, tel/fx:011 857850,
Mobile:3386594361, email:fat@increte.it
OTHER ANARCHIST RECEIVED THIS WEEK
INTERNATIONALISM No.133 WINTER 05, Publication of the International Communis
Current in the US, PO Box 288, NY NY 10018-0288 US.
www.internationalism.org

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Saturday February 26th-A day that will in infamyŠ..
It´s just about exactly bootylicious for ya. Featuring the smooth* sounds
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5TH ANNUAL AUSTRALIAN ANARCHIST CONFERENCE
26TH - 27TH FEBRUARY 2005
CERES Environment Park-Lee Street, Brunswick East, Melbourne
** Free entry, includes lunch both days, ** free childcare available
http://2005.anarcon.org

ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS
The Aust Shareholders Ass has expressed disapproval at companies pledging
money to the tsunami relief effort in Asia. ASA spokesman Stephen Matthews
says firms shouldn´t generally give without expecting something in return.
Mr Matthews said in most circumstances, donations should only be made in
situations that are likely to benefit the company thru greater market
exposure. (Source: ABC News website)
2 US defence contractors being sued over allegations of abuse at Abu Ghraib
prison have been awarded valuable new contracts by the Pentagon. 3 employees
of CACI Int´l & Titan - working at Abu Ghraib as civilian contractors - were
separately accused of abusive behaviour. The report on the Abu Ghraib
scandal implicated 3 civilian contractors in the abuses: Steven Stefanowicz
from CACI Int´l & John Israel & Adel Nakhla from Titan. Stefanowicz was
charged with giving orders that 'equated to physical abuse', Israel of lying
under oath & Naklha of raping an Iraqi boy. It´s also alleged that CACI
interrogators used dogs to scare prisoners, placed detainees in unauthorised
'stress positions' & encouraged soldiers to abuse prisoners. Titan
employees, it´s been alleged, hit detainees & stood by while soldiers
physically abused prisoners. Investigators also discovered systemic problems
of management and training - incl the fact a 3rd of CACI Int´l's staff at
Abu Ghraib had never received formal military interrogation training. CACI
Int´l has been awarded a $16m renewal of its contract. Titan´s been awarded
a new contract worth $164m. (Source: The Guardian [UK])
ATNTF weekly anarchist news report www.apolitical.info

ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Awarded to the quango­quasi­autonomous non-government(al) organisation that
runs Federation Square in Melbourne that wants people who want to protest,
to obtain ´their permission´ before they protest. This is a classic example
of the old slogan USE IT OR LOSE IT-If we don´t use the few rights &
liberties we still enjoy, we´re in danger of losing them.

EUREKA AUSTRALIA DAY MEDAL
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 20
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 chioices.

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.

DIRECT DEMOCRACY NOT PARLIAMENTARY RULE
Week NINE-48 members
502 TO GO!!
(The flood of completed application forms has slowed to a trickle)
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

AVAILABLE FOR TWENTY 50cent STAMPS
>From the Anarchist Media Institute
P.O. BOX 20, PARKVILLE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA.
Two pamphlets written by Dr. Joe Toscano
to mark the 150th anniversary of the Eureka rebellion.
** RECLAIMING THE RADICAL SPIRIT OF THE EUREKA REBELLION
** IT´S TIME FOR AN APOLOGY FROM THE VICTORIA POLICE FORCE FOR THEIR ROLE
IN THE EUREKA MASSACRE IN 1854.


´FREEDOM TO PROTEST IN FEDERATION SQUARE
JOIN US
MIDDAY WEDNESDAY 16TH MARCH 2005
To RECLAIM THE RIGHT TO USE OPEN PUBLIC SPACE TO DEMONSTRATE WITHOUT ASKING
PERMISSION FOR THE PRIVILEGE TO DO SO.
We need your help to stop the privatisation of public space. If we allow
them to get away with this, who knows what other rights they will attempt to
take away from us.
TAKE THE DAY OFF.
JOIN US AT MIDDAY WEDNESDAY 16TH MARCH
UNITED-WE CAN NEVER BE DEFEATED

ANARCHIST AND LIBERTARIAN BOOK FAIR
2ND International Anarchist and Libertarian Book Fair
3RD Festival of Art and Anarchy
FLORENCE, SEPTEMBER 2005
Archivio fam. Berneri-A. Chessa
Via Tavolata 6, 42100 Reggio Emilia, ITALY
Tel: 0522 439323, Email:archivoberneri@hotmail.com
Applications to hold a stall need to be completed and sent in by 30th April
2005

**** HELP NEEDED !! ****
Hello brother & sister comrades of Australia,
My name is Cassidy & I´m a 25yo anarchist/punk serving 8.5 years in prison
for shoplifting a pair of socks & assault on a courtroom officer. I´m
currently isolated in the Intensive Management Unit (Oregon´s Supermax
control unit) for my role in organising & publishing a strike at the Oregon
Correctional Institution that involved over 1500 inmates refusing to eat
meals or purchase items from prison store for 4 days. This was done to show
unity across racial & gang lines & to protest years of inhumane treatment at
the hands of the Oregon Dept of Corrections & it agents. My ongoing
struggle is to educate & inspire my fellow incarcerated freedom fighters by
putting together an international penpal program, a radical literature
library, a resource guide for radical prisoners & by combating racism,
sexism, homophobia & all other forms of ignorance I´m surrounded by. Please
send correspondence, magazines, books (direct from publisher) or request for
info or donations of funds to my partner Chantel Guirdry, C/o LABC POB 1483,
Lawrence, KS, 66044, USA. Thank you for your support & dedication & please
remember we´re winning love and solidarity.
Cassidy Wheeler #14282456, OSP IMU 2605 State St.Salem or 97310 USA.
(Please note abcmelb are doing a benefit for Cassidy, if there are any
ideas please email abvcmelb)

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