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(en) Australia, Anarchist Age Weekly Review No. 647 13th June - 19th June 2005

Date Wed, 15 Jun 2005 10:59:33 +0300


THE FIRST STEP ----- Professor Streat´s ´Call to let brain damaged patients die´ (Age 13/6) is
the first shot in a campaign to transfer the decision about when treatment
will be withdrawn, from the patient and their family, to medical staff and
the State. The call to transfer this responsibility is driven by a shortage
of intensive care beds primarily in a public hospital sector that caters for
catastrophic incidents for both public and private patients. It´s unusual for
most private hospitals in Australia to offer intensive care beds for such patients.
The allocation of $3 billion of taxpayers money each year to subsidise the
private health insurance costs of the 43% of Australians who take out
private health insurance, but who in the main use public hospitals for
catastrophic injuries and medical problems, has resulted in a dramatic under
funding of the intensive care sector in public hospitals. The call to limit
treatment to ´salvageable´ cases is a decision that´s been forced on medical
staff because of financial, not ethical or moral considerations.

Professor Streat´s assertion ´that 80% of people believed having a severe
disability in which they needed a full time care was a worse outcome than
death´, doesn´t stand up to scrutiny in the real world. Individual
attitudes about whether life is worth living or not in those situations is
determined by cultural and media stereotypes, not reality. In nearly 30
years of treating people with severe physical disabilities as a result of
trauma, I´ve found that people´s attitudes to whether life is worth living
after they´ve sustained a severe disability is very different to the
attitudes they held before they were injured.

Professor Streat´s call is essentially a call for involuntary euthanasia.
To give power to medical staff, the State or the corporate sector to decide
who should live or die, is a recipe for disaster. The mass extermination
programs that were carried out by the Nazis didn´t materialized from
nowhere. In pre-Nazi and Nazi Germany, Germans with intellectual, physical
and psychiatric illnesses were routinely killed by medical authorities as a
result of court government policy. The architects of this program were the
same people who were eventually involved in the creation of the mass
extermination camps.

If individuals are concerned about the possibility of catastrophic injuries,
they should make their feelings known in writing while they are able to do
so. In such circumstances, their wishes can be taken into account when
decisions regarding withdrawal of treatment need to be made. Voluntary
euthanasia is a very different proposition to involuntary euthanasia. To
give somebody else, apart from the individual or the immediate family if the
individual cannot make that chose, the power to withdraw treatment has
dangerous individual and community ramifications. Giving medical staff, the
judiciary or the State the power to make decisions, removes the only real
protection people in vulnerable situations currently enjoy. Today it is
people with significant brain damage, tomorrow it is quadriplegics, next
year it is people with blonde hair and blue eyes.

BAD LUCK?
It is amazing how little response there has been to the Howard government´s
decision to scrap unfair dismissal laws for firms that employ less than 100
people. Considering that nearly 99% of private businesses employ less than
100 people, it looks like job security has become a thing of the past.
Within a few weeks, an employer will be able to hire and fire without having
to worry about the ramifications of firing any employee they like at any
time. Once this legislation is passed through parliament, an employer can
fire a worker on a whim. No reason is necessary or needs to be given to
terminate an employee´s job.

It´s not surprising that the Howard government has decided to legislate to
remove employee´s protection. What is surprising is how few employees
realise how this legislate will effect them. When you combine the proposed
Industrial Relations legislation with the proposal to legislate away
employee´s protection against unfair dismissal, the future looks very grim
indeed. Workers futures will remain grim if workers continue to meekly
accept these changes.

The fight against the government´s push to legislate away gains that workers
have made over the past century won´t be won in the courts and it won´t be
won by an occasional street protest. The only way this legislation can be
swept aside is by workers rediscovering their militant roots. As long as
workers continue to beg for their rights, work up the right channels and
wait for the next election, nothing will happen. The best way people can
both defend and extent what they have is by going on the offensive. Waiting
for the ACTU to do something, anything, about this attack on workers rights
and conditions is a mistake.

Workers need to continue using tactics that don´t necessarily entail the
withdrawal of their labour. They need to work to rule, agitate with their
fellow workers and use picket lines and occupations to channel their dissent
into the political arena. Individuals and groups need to work together to
tackle this problem, to leave it to the ´experts´ is a recipe for disaster.

IT´S NOT NEW
Amnesty´s assertion that the US treatment of prisoners at Guantonamo Bay and
a number of other secret locations is similar to the treatment that was
dished out to prisoners in Russia´s gulags is correct. What is happening is
nothing new. Sensory deprivation, beatings, sensory overload, long periods
of solitary confinement are part and parcel of the tools that are regularly
used in the US prison system. At any on time, about 2% of the US population
are incarcerated in a vast prison gulag that has given the US authorities
the raw material to ´test´ their latest techniques to break human beings.

Many of the soldiers that were posted to Abu Grahib and the other US prisons
in Iraq, came straight out of the US prison system. Prison guards are a
valuable addition to the military presence in Iraq and US secret prison
gulags. They have the experience they have gained in the US internal prison
gulag and have, through their prolonged exposure to the techniques of
intimidation and fortune, been desensitised to the barbarity and inhumanity
of the system. The US prison gulag is a system that is run by private
corporations whose profits are dependent on ever increasing numbers of
prisoners being jailed.

It´s no surprise that the corporations that profit from the prison gulag
system and the personnel who keep this inhumane degrading system going, are
an integral part of the US military. They have the experience they have
gained from administering a system that´s built on fear, torture and
intimidation. They have been able to get away with treatment of prisoners
that should not be tolerated in any civilised society by promoting a ´divide
and rule´ mentality within the prison system. Race and ethnicity are the
main weapons. While they continue to convince prisoners that their main
enemy is not the prison system or the people who administer it, but fellow
prisoners who belong to different racial or ethnic groups, they will be able
to get away with murder.

US prisoners who attempt to break the colour and ethic barriers are
specifically targeted by the prison authorities. If they can´t be
intimidated or killed, they are subjected to the degradations, torture and
humiliation that are currently being meted out to the US political enemies.
The techniques and methods that are now being used in the US prison gulags
are the same techniques that are used at Guantanomo Bay and US jails that
have been set up outside the US to interrogate prisoners.

TRAGEDY
Something has gone horribly wrong with the Australian Honours list. The
Queen Lizzie Birthday Honours list raises as many questions as the invasion
day honours list. It seems that the Australian Honours list has been
hijacked by the God, Queen and Country brigade. Government staffers,
politicians, bureaucrats, corporate leaders, celebrities and legal eagles
dominate the higher divisions of the order. The tragedy about the current
Australian Honours list is that it is become debased in the eyes of a
growing number of Australians.

It´s time that major changes were made to the selection committee so that
wider cross sections of the Australian community are considered for the
honour. It seems that stacking the selection committee with government
sympathisers and ´dye in the wool´ conservatives has become a perk of office
for the Howard government. The Honours list has become so debased in the
eyes of an increasing number of Australians that to be named in the list
does not elicit the same response as it did in the past. Having a hierarchy
of ´honours´, diminishes the achievements of those who receive lesser
honours. The process should be radically revamped. Only one type of honour
should be awarded. Consideration should also be given to finding a more
appropriate day to announce the names of the recipients.

Finally it is time that the whole process was removed from the hands of the
Prime Minister, Governor General and the Queen and placed in the hands of an
independent body that reflects a broader cross section of the Australian
community. To leave it in its current format is a recipe for derision and
irrelevance. Tired of the current narrow criteria that are used to select
recipients, the uniformity of the selection committee and the predictable
monopolisation of the higher divisions of the Australian Honours list by the
usual suspects, the Anarchist Media Institute launched the Australia Day
Eureka Medal earlier in the year

On the 3rd of December each year, 20 people living in Australia or born in
Australia and currently living overseas who have made a significant
contribution to making Australia a better place, will receive the Australia
Day Eureka Medal at a ceremony which will be held at Bakery Hill in Ballarat
on the 3rd of December on the anniversary of the Eureka rebellion. It´s
appropriate that those Australians whose contribution to this country are
being ignored by the current myopic selection process, are honoured on a day
that belongs to all of us, not just the God, Queen and Country brigade.

DON´T GET EXCITED!!
Hip, hip, hooray!! It seems that the hype surrounding the G8´s decision to
cancel $52 billion worth of debt to the world´s more debt ridden countries
has overridden people´s critical facilities. Don´t think that G8 is doing
these countries a favour; they know that while they are crippled with debt,
they won´t be able to fully participate in the corporate globalisation
process. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank are not
taking a fall; they will still be getting their pound of flesh. The debt
has been transferred from the world´s poorest countries to some of the
world´s richest economies. The taxpayer in these countries will be asked to
foot the bill of the IMF and the World Bank.

Don´t think that the debt is just going to be forgiven; the countries whose
debts are cancelled will be expected to make major ´structural reforms´ in
order to qualify for debt relief. ´Structural reforms?´ - Code for allowing
their economies to be integrated in the global economy. Take Bolivia, one
of the countries that have been targeted for ´debt relief´. Over the past
few years, a growing number of Bolivians have been concerned about the
lion´s share of the profits derived from their extensive gas reserves going
to the foreign transnational corporations that dominate the industry.

During the past 3 weeks, Bolivia has been in a state of siege. Workers and
peasants have brought Bolivia to a standstill, putting up road blocks and
barricades around the country. Their demands are very simple; the election
of a government that will listen to the will of the people and nationalise
the extensive gas reserves they have. As a result of their direct action,
the current President has been replaced with a new President who will have
to call elections in the very near future. Bolivians want to elect a
government that´s willing to implement the results of a referendum that
showed a majority of Bolivians wanted to nationalise the nation´s extensive
gas reserves.

If a future Bolivian government accepts the strings that are attached to the
current offer to cancel their debt, they will have to agree to accept the
IMF´s and the World´s Bank economic program. A program that will see more
and more of their assets fall into the hands of unaccountable transnational
corporations. Nationalisation of the country´s vast gas supplies will be
taken off the political agenda. Future Bolivian governments have a choice,
they respect the will of the people, nationalise the nation´s gas reserves
and the use money they make to help the people of Bolivia, or they agree to
debt cancellation and allow their country to become further integrated in
the current globalisation push.

The only thing that stands between the monopolisation of Bolivia´s resources
by foreign transnational corporations and future Bolivian governments using
their resources to help their people is the fear that a back down will
result in a bloody revolution that could see them and their rich supporters
lose their extensive assets in Bolivia. No wonder many of the governments
that have been promised debt relief are concerned about drinking from the
poisoned chalice.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. What are the fundamental differences between anarchism and communism?
A. The role of the State, the role of the revolutionary party and the
movement for radical egalitarian change are three of the fundamental
differences between anarchism and communism. Communists have blamed the
degeneration of ´communist´ societies into State capitalist societies (the
State owns the means of production, distribution and exchange) on
individuals within the communist movement. Anarchists see the degeneration
of the communist State into State capitalism as a logical consequence of
trying to create an egalitarian community by using the State apparatus.
Communists believe that a number of transitional States need to be created
before the State eventually withers away. Anarchists believe that
transitional States create more transitional States and that these
circumstances the State will not wither away. Anarchists have always said
that the State must be abolished not reformed.
Anarchists don´t want to seize the State and use the State apparatus to
impose their will on the people. They want to see the State replaced by a
federation of community and workplace councils. They want to decentralise
not centralise power in a central authority. They don´t see themselves as a
revolutionary vanguard that will, through the ballot box or through direct
action, seize the State apparatus and impose their political program on the
people. Anarchists believe that the revolutionary party is a part of the
problem, not the solution to the problem. This attitude is reflected in the
attitude anarchists have to single issue and social movements. Members of a
revolutionary party see those involved in such activities as potential
recruits. Anarchists work alongside these people, outlining their ideas
trying to democratise the movement, encouraging people to make their own
decisions. They want people to stay active in these movements, not abandon
them and join this or that political party. Although anarchist groups may
belong to larger federations, their primary role is to promote dissent,
encourage people to organise and set up alternatives to current structures
and institutions so people can build the nucleus of the new society in the
ashes of the old.
Hierarchy plays a central role in the communist movement, but a minimal role
in the anarchist movement. Although some anarchists may, because of their
past experiences or expertises, assume leadership roles, their position in
the movement is dependant on other people approving that role. They can at
any time lose the influence they have in that movement. In a revolutionary
party, the hierarchical nature of the organisation puts people in positions
of real authority. The decisions they make are difficult to challenge
because power in those organisations resides in those who exercise a
leadership role.
The differences between anarchists and communists are real. Tens of
thousands of anarchists have died at the hands of communist parties that
believed their organisations reflected the will of the people and used the
State apparatus to impose their political and ideological program on tens of
million of people. The presence of a movement that spoke about libertarian
communism and that attempted to transfer power from the State to the Soviet
(council), posed a direct threat to a communist movement that supported the
central role of the State in revolutionary politics.

ACTION BOX
´SELF ACTIVITY´
Anarchism is a political and social philosophy that is centred on the role
of the individual in society. A movement that relies on individual
participation is dependent on the direct involvement of the people who make
up that community. Self activity is the single most important element of
life in both an emerging anarchist movement and an anarchist society.
Anarchists´ intrinsic distrust for hierarchical organisations and their
rejection of rulers, forces them to rely on themselves and the people around
them. Participation and self activity is the lifeblood of an anarchist
movement.
Instead of saying ´somebody should do something about that´, anarchists
should say ´I should do something about that´. Unfortunately this is easier
said, than done. Living in a passive consumer society, many anarchists have
trouble in moving from the ´somebody should do something about that´, to ´I
should do something about that´ phase of their lives. They prefer to lament
about the shortcomings of the anarchist ´movement´ than do something about
it themselves. ´Why aren´t you doing this or that?´ is a common phrase you
hear in the anarchist social and political milieu.
If you´re unhappy with what´s available in your neck of the woods, if you´re
unhappy with the direction the anarchist movement in your part of the world
or if an anarchist group doesn´t exist where you live and work, the
responsibility to change things lies fairly and squarely in your court.
It´s up to you to rectify the situation. Think about calling a public
meeting and starting a group. If you know of another anarchist group,
contact them and see if they can help you with speakers or literature.
Maybe they have supporters in your part of the world who are looking for an
anarchist group to join. If you don´t ask, you´ll never know. If they
can´t help or are unable to help, maybe, just maybe it´s up to you to
initiate something.
The biggest problem individuals living in a hierarchical society face is
that they don´t think they can initiate anything. They have to wait for
someone, anyone to tell them what to do. Breaking down the psychological
barriers that doom us to a life of following other people´s orders is one of
the most important things you can do both as an individual and as a member
of the wider community.


BOOK REVIEW
´THE ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPAEDIA
OF ARCHAEOLOGY´
Thomas Y. Crowell USA 1977, ISBN 0 333 23612 2
When I run out of books and pamphlets to review, I usually make a beeline
for a pile of books that survived a major house fire we had in 2000. I have
never got round to taking them out of the garage and cleaning them up. Not
having any new books to review this week, I had a look at the hundreds of
books lying in the pile in the garage and pulled out one that looked
interesting - ´The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Archaeology´. Imagine my
surprise when I opened up the front cover and read the inscription ´To Dr.
Joe Toscano in sincere appreciation of an excellent neurosurgical job - 1978
- Jim´.
I did a year as a neurosurgical register at a teaching hospital in
Melbourne. Jim since retired, possibly now dead, was the senior
neurosurgeon at the Unit. He knew I was interested in archaeology and gave
me this book at the end of my 12-month rotation with him. It´s strange I
pulled out this book today, my wife is currently seriously ill; she was
admitted last week to a neurosurgical unit with a major neurosurgical
problem. Twenty seven years later, things seem to have turned full circle.
Back to the book at hand, this is a relatively basic but comprehensive book.
Lots of writing, a few black and white photographs, no colour plates. In
1978, this was cutting edge stuff, today it´s just another one of those
banks of encyclopaedias that´s gathering dust. The internet, TV,
documentaries and colour plate coffee table books have consigned books like
´The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Archaeology´ to an archaeological dig.
Not that this book isn´t full of wonderful information. The content is a
lot more challenging and informative than you could ever dig up on the
internet. It´s set out in alphabetical format ranging from Abbevillian to
Ziwige.
Abbevillian - ´The name often given to primate handax assemblages in Europe,
based on the type locality of Abberville near the moth of the Somme Valley
in France.
Ziwige - ´A site in Iran near the Iraqi frontier and to the south of Lake
Urima and everything in between´.
If you´re interested in archaeology, this is a useful introduction to the
genre. If you´re not, forget about it. On second thoughts, there is more
in this book than meets the eye.
Quipu - ´A string and knot device used by the Inca of Peru to record
statistical information´.
If you´re looking for a copy of this dated gem, try your local library or a
2nd hand bookshop. You never know your luck

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
THE EUREKA SERIES - No.4 - 2005
´THE EUREKA BABY´
One of the strangest things that happened during the battle at Eureka in the
early hours of the morning of Sunday the 3rd Dec 1854 happened to Mary and
Matthew Faulds. Mary Faulds (nee Frazer) was born in Glasgow in 1828; she
married Matthew Faulds in Glasgow in 1849. They settled in Victoria and
were one of the first families to pitch their tent at the Eureka site.
Matthew added a stone and iron chimney to their tent which is recorded in
Hughue´s sketch ´Plan of Attack of the Eureka Stockade´. As luck would have
it, their tent was enclosed in the 1 acre stockade site. Although there was
the threat of an imminent attack by the troops and Mary was heavily
pregnant, they decided not to move from their tent to a safer area because
they didn´t believe the troops would attack on the Sabbath. How wrong they
were. Mary was in labour in her tent when the attack happened. Matthew
rolled 2 logs, one on either side of May to protect her and spread a blanket
over her. He sat beside her during the attack doing what he could to assist
her.
In the midst of the battle, a mounted trooper slashed their tent with his
sabre, seeing their plight, he rode away. The tent was filled with noise,
dust and smoke, an occasional bullet whistled through it. Baby Adeliza was
born during or soon after the battle ended. Adeliza´s parents moved to
Magpie near Ballarat and lived there till they died. Adeliza married
Charles Archer on the 2nd October 1880 and moved to Sydney. She kept in
close contact with her mother who died in 1897 aged 69. She attended the
50th anniversary celebrations in Ballarat where she was known by one and all
as ´the Eureka Baby´. As a young girl, she remembered an old digger taking
her to the Eureka miners´ grave and telling her ´Never, never forget´.
Adeliza returned to Sydney after the celebrations. She died on the 16th
January 1935 in Sydney at the grand old age of 81.
SOURCE OF MATERIAL FOR ARTICLE:
´WOMEN OF EUREKA´ - Researched & Written by Laurel Johnson, Published by
Historic Montrose Cottage & Eureka Museum in May 1995. ISBN O 646 24867 7

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
Will I write about the emotional roller coaster ride I´m currently
experiencing, too fresh, too raw, too challenging. Maybe another day, in
the fullness of time anything is possible. Will I write about the rain or
the golden piles of leaves that adorn Melbourne streets and clog its
gutters? Winter rains and clogged gutters, full of golden leaves aren´t a
healthy combination. It doesn´t take long for the streets to choke with
water. I remember a flash flood we had in Hawthorn in Melbourne 2 or 3
years ago, 1 minute the sun was shining, the next the water was raising,
culverts and gutters blocked with autumn golden leaves.
This year Melbourne has been experiencing some of the warmest weather since
records were kept. Yesterday the sky opened, a steady downpour; good for
some, fatal for others. Punt Road is a particularly busy road, schools,
hospitals, offices, a gateway into the city. I heard somewhere that a
motorcyclist had been knocked off his bicycle and died. The news was right;
trying to negotiate Punt Road was a little difficult. The police had
blocked off the road. Ironically the accident took place about 150 metres
from one of the best trauma centres in the country. The motorcyclist was
dead on arrival.
Today the road is cleared, traffic is moving quickly, it is Saturday, not
much traffic about, I´d forgotten about the motorcyclist; why should I care
and if I did what does it matter? Driving past the site, I couldn´t help
noticing the bunch of freshly cut flowers that had been taped to the light
poles. He had somebody who cared, somebody whose life is shattered - a
mother or a father, brother or sister, lover or wife. He was coming from
work or maybe he was going somewhere, it was 4 or 5 in the afternoon,
everybody was rushing home, it was the beginning of the last long weekend
before Christmas. Maybe he was going away, maybe he was looking forward to
a 3-day break; it all came to an end in a few seconds. The knock on the
door, the police at the doorstep; a brief conversation, tears, pain, loss.
Unexpectedly shocking, painful, disbelief, friends start calling, the
caravan of grief begins its long journey. Surrounded by friends and family
who have to get on with their lives, you soon find yourself utterly alone.
Everyone carries the burden of loss, some better than others.
In a week the flowers will be dry, 2 weeks they´ll be gone, ripped off the
poles by council workers who have a job to do. Dreams, aspirations, family,
friends, gone. Immortality in other people´s fading memories.

STOP PRESS
´ENOUGH´
It´s hard to understand how Australians have allowed the indefinite
detention of men, women and children seeking asylum in this country to go on
for so long. The High Court´s decision that indefinite detention of asylum
seekers is legal under the Australian Constitution, the re-election of the
Howard government and the ALP´s (Alternative Liberal Party) endorsement of
mandatory detention, have exhausted legal and political options people can
successfully pursue to end mandatory detention in this country. Faced with
the problem of a public that´s more interested in the antics of Russell
Crowe or Kylie Minogue´s health problems, a hostile political climate and a
Constitution that is bereft of the most basic human rights, Australians who
have campaigned against mandatory detention, need to reassess their
position.
It´s time that this deplorable state of affairs was brought to international
attention. Instead of concentrating all our efforts on trying to convince
our fellow citizens and the Federal government to change their position on
indefinite mandatory detention, activists should encourage the international
community to put direct pressure on both the Australian government and the
Australian community to change their position on indefinite mandatory
detention.
We should encourage international visitors to boycott Australia as a tourist
destination, we should encourage international students to study elsewhere
and we should encourage Australia´s trading partners to stop trading with
Australia and Australian based companies until laws are passed in Federal
parliament that overturn the current laws concerning mandatory detention.
The threat of an economic boycott would raise debate on the issue and would,
if only partially successful, force those Australians who support mandatory
detention and the Australian government to reassess their current position.
The Australian sheep industry ignored calls by Australian activists to stop
mauling of sheep; as soon as a few importers refused to import Australian
wool they changed their tone. The same tactic can be used by activists who
don´t support indefinite mandatory detention. Once Australians and the
Federal government realise there is a price to be paid for continuing to
support such inhumane policies, the chances that the current policies will
be jettisoned are dramatically increased.

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

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tel/fx:011 857850, Mobile:3386594361, email:fat@increte.it
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ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS
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A ship that´s believed to owe its crew more than US$80,000 was allowed to
leave an Aust port without authorities taking any action, acc to unions. The
Greek ship was loaded with Forestry Tasmania logs yesterday & is now
anchored at sea. Union delegates believe the 16 Filipino workers on board
aren´t being treated humanely. Intern´l Trasport Workers Fed (ITF) spokesman
Matt Purcell said "the harbour master...conceded the company was in breach
of the ISPS Code - ie the security code, in not allowing the ITF to come on
board," he said. "When asked about what he was going to do about it, he said
he wasn't going to do anything about it." (Yahoo.com finance news)
The Howard Govt is moving to weaken the Senate committee system - 1 of the
main sources of scrutiny of govt policy. Set to take control of the Senate
on July 1, the Coalition is already preparing to use its power to veto
damaging public inquiries into scandals such as the children overboard
affair or the wrongful detention of Cornelia Rau. The Senate estimates
process also faces severe restriction. A Govt source told The Age Finance
Min Senator Nick Minchin was "keen to rattle the cage, flex the Govt's
muscle in the Senate". "We aren´t going to abolish estimates - just make
life a little more difficult for our friends on the other side," the source
said. The most likely outcome will be a cut in the number of estimates
rounds from 3 to 2, limits on the time allowed to ask questions & the power
to rule unwanted questions out of order. Sen Harry Evans said the Govt's
actions during the past fortnight of Senate hearings showed it was preparing
to limit the flow of info. He said he also feared for the Senate references
committee process, whereby issues deemed worthy of inquiry are referred to
committee by a vote of the Senate. "In the post-July world, there would´ve
been no children-overboard inquiry, which the Govt voted against but
prevailed, thanks to the Opposition & minor parties. "Instead, we´ll be
having inquiries into the wine industries of SA, but not into things like
Medicare funding,not into the Cornelia Rau matter, the sorts of the things
the Govt doesn't want exposure on." (The Age)
Aust's newest 'environmental' group seems to be in reality a front for a
right-wing think tank & the forestry & mining industries. The Aust
Environment Foundation's registered place of business is the Institute of
Public Affairs, a right-wing think tank. Its chairwoman is Jennifer
Marohasy, director of the IPA's environment unit. Other listed directors
incl mining & timber industry lobbyists. Don Henry from the Aust
Conservation Foundation says the new group's name is "deceptively similar"
to the ACF's own & could easily mislead the public. Mr Henry said "we
encourage open & constructive debate...but people have to be transparent
about who they are & what they´re trying to achieve. The IPA has variously
claimed the Murray River is fine & doesn't need protection & the Great
Barrier Reef isn´t being polluted by fertiliser run-off - despite both fed &
state govts saying to the contrary. I think in most cases the IPA presents
an anti-environment perspective." Dr Marohasy said she acted as the group's
leader as an individual & not part of the IPA. She said the group received
no funding from the think tank. The foundation was born out of frustration
with the "current direction of environment groups", she said. One of the
group's main campaigns will be against environmental education for children
that it believes is "ideologically driven". This incl teaching children that
forest industries were unsustainable, said spokeswoman Kersten Gentle, who´s
also state manager of Timber Communities Aust. (The Age)
ATNTF weekly anarchist news report www.apolitical.info

ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Awarded to the Howard government for diverting over $3billion per year from
the public health system to the private health insurance industry to pay for
nearly 40% of the cost of the 43% of Australians who can afford to take out
private health insurance.

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
´GOOD HEALTH IS EVERYTHING´

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.

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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.

SONG JOURNEY
ELLEN JOSE - pioneer in the indigenous new wave art movement and Torres
Strait Islander elder will be holding an exhibition
to mark 30 years as an indigenous artist.
WILLIAM MORA GALLERIES
60 TANNER ST, RICHMOMND 3121, MELBOURNE
Tel: 03 9429 1199
www.moragalleries.com.au
22nd June - 16th June 2005
Opening SATURDAY 25TH JUNE - 2PM

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).

DIRECT DEMOCRACY NOT PARLIAMENTARY RULE
Week TWENTY FIVE - 76 members
474 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
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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
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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.

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