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(en) Australia, Anarchist Age Weekly Review No. 646 6th June-12th June 2005

Date Fri, 10 Jun 2005 07:18:42 +0300


NOTHING?
Flip, flip, and flip, nothing. I must have missed it. I haven´t seen
anything written about it in the last few months. I thought today was the
day. Nothing! Stories about the most inane, boring things you can imagine,
but not one word about the most important day in the reconciliation
calendar. Friday June the 3rd marked the 13th anniversary of the Mabo High
Court decision that recognised that indigenous Australians had rights to
land and compensation in law because of their prior occupation of this land.
Terra Nullius, the legal myth that underpinned the illegal colonisation of
this continent by Europeans, had been rejected by the highest court in this
land. This historic decision was followed by a flurry of political activity
that delivered John Howard his darkest victory in the reconciliation journey
´bucket loads of extinguishment´. A High Court judgement, that 204 years
after the colonisation process began, provided a circuit breaker for the
Australian people and the Australian Parliament to begin a reconciliation
journey based on justice, fairness, compensation and equality, was consigned
to the dustbin of history.

Thirteen years later, Terra Nullius has become an integral component of the
Australian cultural, psychological and political double helix. The national
conversation surrounding indigenous Australians has slipped back to the days
of ´smoothing the pillow of a dying race´. Newspapers, radio, TV, internet,
political and personal conversations are littered with stories about
welfare, ´practical reconciliation´, people pulling themselves up by their
bootstraps and charity. Justice and compensation have been written out of a
reconciliation journey that´s sinking in quicksand, created by the Howard
government´s inability and unwillingness to provide leadership on this
important and central national question.

One simple tiny way that justice and fairness can be reinserted back into
the reconciliation journey is by declaring June the 3rd Mabo Day a public
holiday. A public holiday gives Australians the time and space to reflect
on the importance of reconciliation. It gives the media and governments at
local, State and Federal level the opportunity to kick start a
reconciliation journey that needs to be completed by both indigenous and non
indigenous Australians to overcome the stigmata and continuing legacy of
this country´s origins.

PEOPLE FOR
CONSTITUTIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS
Most Australians would be surprised to learn that the Australian
Constitution, unlike many other Constitutions, doesn´t address the question
of human rights. The Australian Constitution is essentially a document that
regulates the relationship between the Federal government and the State
governments. Those Australians, who think that Australian citizenship
protects them from the excesses of the State, need to reassess their
position.

The recent High Court decision that supported the right of the Federal
government legally detain asylum seekers indefinitely, has ramifications for
both Australian citizens and non citizens alike. Those citizens who believe
that common law, law based on custom and judicial precedent rather than
statutes protects them from arbitrary arrest, interrogation and detention,
only have to look at the raft of legislation that was passed through Federal
parliament in the last few years to realise that common law doesn´t offer
them the protection they think it does. The lack of human rights in the
Australian Constitution means that parliament can legally strip away common
law rights that people have enjoyed for generations.

The Australian Constitution is in urgent need of reform. Human rights need
to be enshrined in the Constitution. Unfortunately in Australia, the only
way this can be done is through the parliamentary process. Parliament, not
the people have the power to determine what questions can and cannot be put
before the Australian people in a referendum. In order for parliament to
even consider holding a referendum on the question of human rights, a ground
swell of public opinion needs to be mobilised in order to place pressure on
the government of the day and opposition parties to incorporate the idea of
holding a referendum about human rights in their policy initiatives.

Ultimate political power in any society rests in the hands of the people.
Only through exercising that potential power through both extra
parliamentary and parliamentary methods will we be able to ensure that the
State, parliament and the legal system do not strip away inalienable rights
we should enjoy as human beings, irrespective of who we are, what we believe
in and where we live. The key to cultural, social and political change
rests in people´s ability to act to reclaim their inalienable human rights
from parliament, the State, the courts and the corporate sector.

SMART?
From the beginning of June 2005, Tasmanians who need a new Medicare card can
ask that a computer chip, that has medical information about them on it, be
inserted in their card. The ´innovation´ is currently voluntary. The
Federal government is hoping that there will be a positive response to their
call for people to take up this ´smart´ technology. As is expected, the
´smart´ card is being promoted as a health initiative. The Federal
government claims that including personal information about you on the card
allows you to receive treatment in an emergency.

The problem surrounding this new initiative is not one of the right people
having access to critical information, but what information will be placed
on the card and who has access to that information. What initially sounds
to be a reasonable idea could be a recipe for disaster. Problems arise
about what information will appear on the card, whether the card is linked
to your local doctor and hospital records and who has access to that
information. The project is currently voluntary because the Federal
government is trying to sell people the idea that the ´smart´ card is a
lifesaver.

Linking the smart card to your medical records is a potential disaster; no
government can guarantee that this information will be safe. A simple Act
of parliament can give anybody the government likes, access to that
information. Federal and State police, the Tax office and a host of private
corporations and government bureaucracies have access to information that
you consider to be personal. No amount of ´safety´ measures will keep that
information safe.

The ´smart´ card concept could be an important medical tool, if the person
whose name was on the card had the power to determine what medical
information they wanted on the card and if the inclusion of that information
was voluntary. Anything else has the potential to give both the State and
the corporate sector the power to delve into the most personal aspects of
our lives and use that information to monitor, control, harass and exploit
us.

DRUGS ANYONE?
It´s interesting to see that mainstream medical journals and even the
corporate owned media and he government gelded ABC are making noises about
the undue influence pharmaceutical corporations have on the medical research
community. An under funded university sector, universities and researchers
who are looking for the next big patent and unscrupulous pharmaceutical
corporations make a heady brew. Increasing numbers of medical researchers
are discovering the situation they find themselves in ethically challenging.

Pharmaceutical corporations looking for the next mass marketed ´magic
bullet´ are willing to invest heavily in medical research. Unfortunately
their interest is more monetary than philanthropic. They are very keen to
protect their interests. They´re particularly sensitive about research that
throws a poor light on their next big fad. When there is money to be made,
truth takes a back seat in the medical research stakes. When medical
research facilities go into partnership with corporations, they have to sign
a number of agreements that make any results found the intellectual property
of the corporation, not the research team.

They own the researchers, the research and the results. They have the final
say on what is submitted for publication and what isn´t. Unsatisfactory
results tend to be ignored, put in the cupboards, and conveniently
forgotten. Medical research that supports the corporation´s claims is
submitted for publication. Medical journals are becoming so concerned about
this practice that many are requesting that contributors have to declare
their funding sources. Research that is funded by private corporations,
especially research that is funded by the same company that is promoting a
particular pharmaceutical product or piece of medical equipment, is
beginning to be viewed twice by medical journals.

One of the most purposes of a medical journal is to provide honest
information about claims that are made by researchers and pharmaceutical
corporations. Peer review provides a good mechanism to separate the wheat
from the chaff. The subversion of the peer review process and private
funding of medical research is one of the greatest dangers that people face
from this unholy alliance. It´s time that ethics committees stopped
approving research where the people funding the research have the same
people that are manufacturing the product. Demanding anything less is
ethically and morally unacceptable.

SPIES?
The defection of the Chinese Consul in Sydney and the surfacing of a former
Chinse Communist Party spook seeking asylum in Australia have caused dismay
in the ranks of the Australian government. Concerned about the growing
alliance between Australia´s corporate world and the State capitalists in
China, the Howard government is having a great deal of difficulty in
handling the situation. The Chinese Community Party doesn´t look favourably
on governments that give support to its dissidents, preferring to do
business with governments that are willing to turn a blind eye to the
suppression of dissent in China. Australia knows that to do business in
China, they have to turn a blind eye to what´s happening to dissidents in
China.

The corporate owned media and the government gelded ABC are having a field
day talking about all these Chinese spies running around, spying on their
own people in Australia, as well as targeting various institutions and
corporations around the country. If only they had shown as much interest in
the activities of our own home grown spooks and the extraordinary powers
they have been given by the Howard government and the Alternative Liberal
Party (ALP). If they had shown a fraction of the interest in the removal of
rights and liberties Australians have enjoyed for decades, maybe the Federal
government and the ALP would have thought twice about the legislation that´s
been passed through parliament which allows the State to wage war on its own
citizens.

Anybody who opposes government policy is fair game for both the Federal
police and Australia´s security agencies. Protest is considered to be an
illegitimate activity in this country. Dissidents are treated in the same
high handed manner. Currently ASIO and the Federal police are targeting
Muslims and people from the Middle East. Those activists, who think these
powers and law won´t be used against them, need to reassess their position.
The raft of ´anti terrorist´ legislation that has been rushed through
Federal parliament is not solely aimed at terrorism. It is first and
foremost legislation that can be used to spy on dissidents. It can also be
used to crush dissent anywhere in the country.

It´s no accident that three Ministers of the Crown can unleash the
Australian Armed Forces on the Australian people if they believe
Commonwealth interests may be threatened. If you think they wouldn´t use
all the power at their disposal to crush dissent, look at what happened to
the Industrial Workers of the World during W.W.I. The War Precautions
Action was used to crush internal dissent, not deal with fifth columnists
that supported the German-Austria war effort. It´s important activists
understand that the laws that are in place now, can and will be used by
government against anyone who disagrees with them, not just potential
terrorist threats.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. IS ANARCHISM MAJORITY RULE?
A. Anarchism, like any other political or social philosophy, is underpinned
by a set of principles. An anarchist society is a society without rulers.
In order to have the best chance of achieving this goal in an anarchist
society, people need to have the opportunity of becoming involved in the
decision making processes in that community and need to have access to the
common wealth to make decisions they have made a reality. Direct democracy
is a mechanism by which people can make decisions within an anarchist
society. It´s also a mechanism that people can use to make decisions in a
socialist or capitalist society.
The fundamental difference between direct democracy in an anarchist society
and direct democracy in a socialist or capitalist society is that wealth is
held in the hands of the community not the State or the corporate sector.
People can make all the decisions they want to, but if they don´t have
access to the resources to make those decisions a reality, the power they
are able to exercise is illusory. Democracy - rule of the people by the
people for the people, is not necessarily majority rule. Anarchists
recognise both majority and minority rights. Direct democracy is a
mechanism that can be used to determine who supports what.
What decisions can and cannot be made in an anarchist society is determined
by the principles of association that define that society. No majority
decision can strip the rights people enjoy and the rights people are able to
exercise as a result of these principles. A decision to replace the
principles that define an anarchist community with other principles of
association would spell the end of that community. If a minority feels
strongly enough about its decision and that decision falls within the
principles of association that define that community, then both the majority
and the minority in an anarchist society would have the right to pursue the
decision. Neither a majority nor a minority have the right to make
decisions that strip away rights and principles that members of an anarchist
community are able to exercise as a result of the principles of association
that anarchist community is based on.
Both a majority and a minority in an anarchist society have the power to
pursue decisions they have made, if those decisions acknowledge the
principles of association that define that community. Direct democratic
processes can be used to determine what percentage support what decision and
what percentage of the resources that have been allocated to pursue that
decision are given to the majority and minority to carry out decisions they
have made. The percentage of resources that is allocated to each group
depends on the number of people that a support a particular viewpoint.

ACTION BOX
´SERIAL PEST´
Protests and demonstrations in Australia tend to be little more than
symbolic affairs. A demonstration, vigil or protest here or there, a set
piece affair in the festival of parliamentary democracy, doesn´t really
change the cause of events. One good way of breaking through this impasse
is by coming back again and again and again. Vigils, protests or
demonstrations don´t need a cast of thousands to be effective. Targets need
to be both symbolic and real. It´s always better to concentrate your
attention on a specific target than aimlessly marching through the streets
in a set piece ritual.
Once you´ve initiated a particular campaign, it´s important to broaden your
support base as soon as possible, whether the campaign gains momentum will
depend on your ability to broaden that support base. Make your demands
easily understood; you need placards and banners to broadcast your message
to those inside as well interested people passing by. Frame your demands in
a manner that´s easily understood. Complex demands can normally be
encapsulated in fairly simple slogans that can then be put on leaflets,
banners and placards. Don´t be frightened of opening up the campaign to
those that have made the effort to attend. You may have initiated the
campaign, but whether it succeeds or not depends on the interest you can
generate.
Everybody has conflicting demands on their time; those that make the effort
to turn up need to be quickly incorporated in the campaign. Most
demonstrations are tightly controlled by a central group. In order to
increase interest in your campaign, you need to incorporate people in the
process. The vigil, protest or demonstration can be used to both increase
support for your demands and increase the number of supporters who are
willing to come. After your ´official´ speakers, always open up the floor
to those who have made the effort to come, encourage them to speak. Instead
of saying at the end of the protest, that we will return at the same time
next week or the week after, put the question about the next step in the
campaign to the people present. Openly discuss what you want to do, give
those present the opportunity to vote on that course of action. The greater
the degree of participation, the stronger the movement will become.
Don´t be satisfied with a one off symbolic act of resistance. Return again
and again and again. Encourage those who have come last time to spread the
word and bring along a friend next time. Within a few months, what may have
been a tiny initiative by one small group, can soon become a movement that
is difficult to ignore.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
THE EUREKA SERIES-No.3 - 2005
THE EUREKA STOCKADE CYCLORAMA
You know you´ve got a problem when the word ´cyclorama´ doesn´t appear in
the dictionary. The cyclorama was in many regards the late 19th century´s
equivalent to the modern day video clip. Astute business men realised you
could make a pretty penny from people´s desires to be part of important
historical events. The Eureka rebellion continued to be a talking point in
marvellous Melbourne in the 1890´s. Awash with the profits of the gold dug
up on the Victorian goldfields, a group of Melbourne businessmen realised
you could make a pretty penny by recreating the Eureka stockade battle on
canvas and paper and charging people to have their photographs taken before
the carnage.
In 1889, they solicited the services of the renowned American cyclorama
artist Thaddeus Welch who teamed up with local artist Izett Watson to paint
a 1000sq feet of canvas that was wrapped around a gaudy wooden structure.
The cyclorama was an instant hit with Melbourne people. The Melbourne Age
of the 12th of September 1891 thought ´it afforded a very good opportunity
for people to see what it might have been like at Eureka´. The Australasian
of the 5th of September 1891 claimed ´that many person´s familiar with the
incidents depicted, were able to testify to the fidelity of the painted
scene´. The people of Melbourne flocked to the cyclorama, paid up and had
their picture taken before it. It was eventually dismantled and disappeared
from sight, not 1sq centimetre of the 1000 sq feet of painted canvas
currently exists, and even photographs of it are hard to come by. Izett
Watson disappeared from public sight and died in obscurity. Thaddeus Welch
and his wife Ludmilla Pilat faired a little better after painting the
cyclorama they settled in Marlin County, California in a timber cabin. They
were rediscovered by the Bohemia Club, moved to Santa Barbara and Thaddeus
continued to paint scenes of California until he died at the age of 75 in
1919.
It´s possible his wife Ludmilla Pilat, an artist in her own right, may have
been involved in painting the Eureka cyclorama. If anybody has any
photographs in their possession of the cyclorama or knows of any books that
have photographs of the Eureka cyclorama, could they please drop me a line ­
Joseph TOSCANO
SOURCE OF MATERIAL FOR ARTICLE:
The Eureka Encyclopaedia - Justin Corfield, Dorothy Wickham, Clare
Gervasani, Ballarat Heritage Services 2004,
P.O. Box 2209, Ballarat 3354, Victoria AUSTRALIA

info@ballaratheritage.com.au

BOOK REVIEW
´NESTOR MAKHNO ANARCHY´S COSSACK
The Struggle for Free Soviets
in the Ukraine 1917-1921´
Alexandre Skirda, Translated by Paul Sharkey,
AK Press 2004, ISBN 1 9025936 85
Last year, talking to an old Russian woman who´d made her way to Australia
and her 50 year old carer a Russian carer, I asked them did they know the
name Makhno. They both said in unison ´he´s the famous anarchist bandit´.
Eighty-five years after the heyday of the Makhnovist movement, their role in
the Russian revolution is still remembered by ordinary Russians. The
Bolsheviks continued through their 75-year dictatorship in Russia to
denounce the Makhnovists as anti revolutionary bogeymen.
AK Press´ decision to give English speaking readers the opportunity to
become acquainted with Alexandre Skirda´s seminal work on Makhno and the
Makhnovist movement that was originally published in Paris in 1982, gives an
excellent insight into both the pathos and passion of what can only be
described as one of the very few serious attempts to create an anarchist
society in the 20th century. If the lessons of this failed libertarian
revolution had been applied to the Spanish revolution 15 years later, the
outcome may have been different.
Alexandre Skirda´s 400-page tome on Makhno and the Makhnovist movement
attempts to cut a swathe through the myths that surround this epoch in human
history and present the reader with the facts by examining Makhno´s personal
life and the success and failures of a libertarian movement that, in the
midst of a social revolution and a civil war, attempted to create an
egalitarian society in the most difficult circumstances. It´s a story about
failure and victory, alliances and betrayals, death and life. The story of
the Makhnovist movement is a story of victory in defeat. Nearly 85 years
later, the lesson that can be drawn from Alexandre Skirda´s masterly account
of this period are as relevant today as they were in the 1920´s.
´Nestor Makhno Anarchy´s Cossack´ is a book that anarchists can ill afford
to ignore. I encourage every reader of the AAWR to try to get a hold of
this extremely important addition to anarchist literature. The best way to
get hold of a copy is to contact the publishers directly:
AK Press, P.O. Box 12766, Edinburgh Scotland, EH89VE, GB
AK Press, 674-A 23rd Street, Oakland, CA, 94612, US Or write to Kate
Sharpley Library, BM, Hurricane, London, England WC13XX.
Russian editions of publications by Alexandre Skirda are available on the
internet www.makhno.ru and www.novset.narod.ru

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
What´s happening? The old butcher shop has suddenly become a gourmet
delicatessen. In less than a decade, Old Alf´s sawdust and old chopping
block has been replaced with brightly labelled bottles of chutneys and
sauces, good old honest chops covered in fat and gristle have been
transformed into marinated finely cut fat free mean lean cuts of meat. The
old Venetian blinds that were pulled down in the afternoon to keep the sun´s
rays off the meat have been replaced by open pristine windows that don´t
have the tell tale fly droppings squashed into the corners. Yesterday was
the last straw; Alf will be rolling over in his grave, the A-board on the
footpath advertised hot roasted chicken. Hot cooked chicken in a butcher
shop? Is the Pope a catholic? Offal, tripe, underground mutton (rabbit),
you won´t find that in you beaut well scrubbed gourmet delicatessen. Just
one last observation, Alf fathered a few boys in his time; you´d be hard
pressed to find a modern day butcher with a couple of sons. It seems all
that oestrogen they pump into animals to make the meat lean and mean, have
tipped the scales in favour of the girls. If you want a daughter, have a
chat to your friendly butcher, I´m sure he can put you on the right track.
Talking about imperceptible change, it seems that Leo has finally given up
the ghost and sold his fruit shop. Not that he told me, I had to find it
out for myself. The ubiquitous A-board alerted me to the fact that change,
real change, had occurred at Leo´s. ´Juice Bar-Try our fresh juices´. A
juice bar in Leo´s fruit shop was as welcome as that new fangled fruit
that´s sold in those juice bars that have sprung up beside the gourmet
delicatessens. The occasional coconut was as exotic as it got at Leo´s.
Now that fresh fruit juices as well as carrot and celery juice ugh!!
Talking about local shop keepers, 7-days a week 7am to 10p, supermarket 50
metres away, the corner shop still opens and closes, opens and closes.
She´s 50 plus, Chinese, I´ve never seen anybody else serving in the shop.
Year in, year out, a can of beans, a jar of coffee, I´m sure they would have
closed eons ago if they couldn´t sell cigarettes. Since the authorities
have clamped down on selling cigarettes to underground children, it´s
becoming more and more difficult to make a quid. Getting back to what I was
going to say, I needed to get the Sunday papers, nothing unusual, a little
bit of a routine. I hand over a $5 note; pocket the change, read the
papers. Next day, I fish around for the change, find a $1 coin. Must have
lost or misplaced the other one. Next week, same routine, $5 note, pick up
the Sunday papers, pocket the change, and can only find $1 coin.
I told you times are tough in your old corner store, since they´ve found it
difficult to sell cigarettes to under aged children, they´ve had to resort
to other measures to keep their doors open. Angry? No sad? No
disappointed? Maybe. Business is business, $1 here a $1 there, fool me for
thinking that after 10 years I was more to her than a corner shop John.

STOP PRESS
´STUPID´
The Sunday Age´s special investigation on the importance of drugs into
Australia (5/6) highlights the lunacy of continuing the current emphasis on
prohibition. Irrespective of the amount of resources that are allocated to
prohibition, the magnitude of the sentences dished out to importers,
distributors and users, the extraordinary profits that can be generated from
importing or manufacturing illicit substances, will ensure that there will
always be people willing to take the risks to meet community demand.
Drugs have always played a critical role in human history. People take
drugs, whether they be legal or illegal, because they make them feel better.
The death and human misery caused by legal drugs in Australia, far outweighs
the damage caused by illegal drugs. Many of the problems associated with
illegal drugs are related to their illegality, not the substance itself.
Continuing to rely on prohibition as the primary method of controlling the
drug problem, compounds the human misery associated with the drug trade.
While the trade is underground, authorities have little, if any, chance of
putting a dent in it, let alone controlling it.
Drugs are an integral component of any society. Using prohibition to
control the problem puts the drug trade in the hands of criminals who will
use all the means at their disposal to maximise their profits, irrespective
of the human misery their product may cause. While drugs are illegal, the
profits that can be derived from the importation, manufacture and sale of
drugs will ensure that prohibition will never work.
Harm minimisation, decriminalization and legislation are options that need
to be explored in the hunt for solutions to the problems caused by the drug
trade. Using the criminal justice model to deal with the problems
associated with drug use have been tried and found to be wanting.
Continuing to pursue a model that drives the problem underground maximises
profits for criminals, increases the number of people in jails and puts the
life and health of drug users at risk because of their consumption of
unregulated products is an abrogation of the State´s responsibility to both
the individual and the community.

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



ANARCHIST PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED THIS WEEK
BICEL No.16 April 05, Boletin Interno del Centro Estudios, Libertarios
Anselmo Lorenzo, Paseo de Albero Palacious 2, 28021 Madrid, SPAIN,
Tel;917970424, Fax;915052183, email;fal@cnt.es
CIRA No16 May 05, Centre International de Recherches, Sur L´Anarchisme ­
CIRA, Avenue de Beaumont 24, CH-1012 Lausanna, SWITZERLAND.
Tel;+41216524819,
www.anarca-bolo.ch/cira/ email;cira@plusoin.org
CNT No.313 June 05, Organo de la Conf Nac del Trabajo, Pza Tirso de Molina
5-2, 28012 Madrid, SPAIN. Tel:913690838, fax:914200856 www.periodicocnt.org

redaccion@periodicocnt.org
KATE SHARPLEY LIBRARY BULLETIN No.42, May ´05, BM Hurricane, London WCIN
3XX, ENGLAND,
www.katesharpleylibrary.net
ROJO Y NEGRO No.179, May ´05, Publicacion Mensual Anarcho Syndicalist, C/-
Copania 9, Pamplona / Iruna, SPAIN, tel:948224766, fax:948212399,

email.rojoynegro@ctv.es
TIERRA Y LIBERTAD No202 May 05, Periodico Anarquista, A Gonzalez, Apartado
7056 de Madrid, 28080 Madrid SPAIN. tierraylibertad@nodo50.org
UMANITA NOVA Vol.85, No.17 May ´05, Settimenale Anarchico, C/-Federazione
Anarchico Torinese, C.50 Palermo 46, Torino, ITALY, tel/fx:011 857850,
Mobile:3386594361, email:fat@increte.it
OTHER PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED THIS WEEK
CRAM GUIDE 2005, A Voice of Dissent, 3CR Community Radio 855AM, 21 Smith St,
FITZROY 3065, VIC, AUSTRALIA. Tel;03 94198377 www.3cr.org.au
THE OTHER ISRAEL, No119/120 05, N/L of the Struggle for Israeli/Palestine
Peace, P.O. Box 2542, Holon 58125, ISRAEL. Tel/Fax 03 5565804,
email:
otherisr@actcom.co.il



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ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS
Discuss All the News That Fits online - www.apolitical.info/phpBB2
The majority of workers don´t support the govt's proposals to 'reform'
industrial relations, acc to a new survey. 72% of workers opposed new laws
exempting businesses with less than 100 employees from unfair dismissal
laws, which the govt claims will create jobs. This change will affect approx
3.8mil workers across Aust, incl 99% of all private sector firms. Workers
employed by large corps will also be affected having to be employed for more
than 6 months b4 they´re covered by the unfair dismissal laws. The govt also
plans to introduce several measures to limit the powers of unions. It showed
82% of workers were concerned by the govt's push to remove collective
bargaining in favour of individual contracts. Roughly 69% said the govt's
changes will create more fear in the workplace; 68% oppose a restriction of
union access to workplaces; & 55% support a campaign against the industrial
relation changes. (Green Left Weekly)
Lower-grade jobs with little responsibility are more likely to lead to heart
disease than more senior jobs, contradicting the stereotype of "executive
stress". A British study has found men in "low-grade jobs" - those with
little control over daily tasks - & in low social positions had faster &
less-variable heart rates. "This finding helps explain why men with
low-paying jobs & less education have a higher risk for heart disease, a
trend that´s been evident for the last 30 years," said the study's leader,
Dr Harry Hemingway of the Uni College London Med School. "The heart doesn't,
or shouldn't, beat like a metronome," he said, b/c a healthy heart rate
varied. His team studied 2197 men aged 45 to 68 who worked for the British
Govt & talked to them about friends & family, education & lifestyle. Job
control was rated on a scale of 15. Steadier, faster heart rates were
consistently seen in the men in lower social positions, with less job
control & suffering higher depression. The effect was clear even after
taking into account factors such as smoking, poor diet & lack of exercise.
(SMH)
QUOTE OF THE MOMENT: "In all recorded history there hasn´t been one
economist who had to worry about where the next meal would come from." Peter
Drucker
"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 our beloved PM John Winston Howard for publicly labelling the
inert powder that was posted to the Indonesian Embassy an example of
biological terrorism-Lets hope he reacts in a more responsible manner if
Australia has ever to face the very serious problem of biological terrorism.

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
´Big name, no blanket´

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.

DIRECT DEMOCRACY NOT PARLIAMENTARY RULE
Week TWENTY FOUR-74 members
476 TO GO!!
APPLICATIONS HAVE GROUND TO A HALT. IF YOU WANT TO KICK START 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 Princess Highway, Clayton 3168, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE THE GROUP´S 2nd NEWSLETTER IN EARLY JUNE
** Go to rulebythepeople.org and sign up to our low traffic official group
news broadcast email list. **

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 choices.

**** 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 $350.00 - $1150.00 TO GO

´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

ANARCHIST WORLD THIS WEEK
-3CR RADIOTHON
Wednesday 15th June 10am-11am
Dig deep and keep the Anarchist World This Week broadcasting across
Australia for another 26 years. For every $2 you donate, receive a
complimentary copy of the Anarchist Age Weekly Review ($100-one years fee
subscription) Receive a legal legitimate tax deduction for donating to the
3CR Radiothon Send cheques of money orders to
3CR Attention: Joseph Toscano PO Box 5035 Alphington 3078 Vic Australia.

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
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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