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(en) Australia, Anarchist Age Weekly Review No. 648 20th June - 26th June 2005

Date Wed, 22 Jun 2005 17:29:28 +0300


SURPRISE!! ---- Surprise!! Well it isn´t a surprise for some; it´s just a surprise for all
those working people who have put their faith in the Howard government. It
seems (surprise, surprise) that the Federal government is going to use its
majority in Parliament to strip away rights workers have won over decades.
The new kid on the block the ´Australian Workplace Agreement´ - sounds nice
and friendly doesn´t it? Just in case you don´t know what an AWA (yes, that
is what they call it in common parlance) is, it´ is a very old concept.
You turn up to a new job. You need the work, the employer has 4 aces in his
hands and you have a pair of 2´s.
- ´Now son, you need a job?´,
- ´Yep´,
- ´Well just sign here´,
- ´What am I signing?´,
- ´Don´t worry, it´s just a piece of paper, it´s all legal, it´s an AWA´,
- ´Oh, what´s that?´,
- ´Well it means that you and I are mates, you work for me, you promise not
to join those pesky unions and I´ll look after you´, - ´What happens if I
don´t sign?´,
- ´Next please´.

That´s just the beginning. AWA put all the cards in the employers hands,
the government will soon pass legislation that will make it legal to
increase working hours, decrease wages and strip away hard won rights and
conditions. The pay off will be a more ´flexible´ labour force - code for
increasing workplace insecurity, temporary work and casual rates. The
employee will be at the beck and call of the employer. They will virtually
be on 24-hour call, laid off when holiday pay and long service becomes an
issue, re-employed when they´re no longer an issue.

I´m afraid even the Martians could see what was coming. Unfortunately in
Australia, most workers have been more concerned about the impact a few
thousand refugees and indigenous Australians call for a little bit of
justice would have on the country. They have elected and re-elected a
government that holds them in disdain and treats them as disposable cogs.

I´m afraid that people have two choices, they take their medicine and make
the corporate world happy or they rediscover their militant and radical
past. They can beg for justice and wait for the next election or they can
try their luck with the tried and true tactics that have been successfully
used in the past - work to rule, picket lines, strikes and occupations. The
ball is in their court, it´s now their turn to ´surprise´ the Howard
government.

WHY HAS IT TAKEN SO LONG?
Why has it taken so long for Australia´s parliamentary representatives to
´soften´ their stand on the mandatory detention of asylum seekers? We
shouldn´t be celebrating because the Prime Minister was forced to take a
backward step on the question of mandatory detention as a consequence of the
actions of a small band of Federal Liberal parliamentary representatives.
We should be asking ourselves, why a country that considers itself to be
relatively civilized was willing to detain men, women and children
indefinitely behind barbed wire because they had the audacity to seek
asylum?

Faced with the problem of a few thousand asylum seekers arriving in
Australia by boat, successive Australian governments, with overwhelming
support from the Australian people and the Australian media, parliament and
a constitution that is bereft of human rights, have been willing to subject
some of the most disadvantaged people on the planet to grotesque, inhuman
violations of their rights as human beings. It´s no exaggeration to say
that the past 5 years will be recorded in this country´s history as one of
the most disturbing and darkest periods in our history.

People need to ask themselves, how did things get so bad? How did we, as a
people, happily let the Howard government deny the most basic human rights
to people who asked for our help? How can we continue to let the government
persecute people whose only crime is that they have asked for asylum? The
answer is simple, bad things happen when good people do nothing.
Australians as a whole have turned a blind eye to the situation, those that
have tried to help have been ostracised and dismissed as a radical fringe.

The success of the small group of Liberal politicians that was willing to
stand up to their party has shown us, that all we have to fear is fear
itself. Petro Georgiou the Federal member for Kooyong, was ostracised for
his stand, the Liberal Party machine attempted to deny him pre-selection
before the last Federal election and he has been continually overlooked by
the Prime Minister for a Cabinet post. Despite all these attempts by his
own party to crucify him, he has stood his ground and has been able to win
some concessions from the Federal government. How much further and how
sooner could the current mandatory detention laws have been rolled back, if
all those ´good´ people who held positions of authority in our society had
spoken up about this intolerable situation?

What type of society we live in, ultimately depends on the courage of the
individual, we can close our eyes and let governments act in the most
outrageous ways, or we can stand up, overcome our fear of authority and
refuse to let our governments persecute those who are least able to defend
themselves.

CRISIS
The country´s public hospital sector is in crisis. Faced with Medicare
changes that are forcing more and more people into an under-funded and
understaffed public hospital sector, staff are at an all time low.
Governments at both the State and Federal level are compounding the problem
by diverting much needed funds from the public health sector. Public
hospitals provide acute care for both public and private patients. In
Australia, the public health care sector deals with the bulk of acute
medical incidents. In Melbourne, a city of over 3 million people, only 3
private hospitals provide accident and emergency services. These hospitals
only see a fraction of people who need emergency care.

The current funding and staffing problems have been compounded by the
diversion of over $3 billion of taxpayer´s money to meet the private health
insurance costs of the 43% of Australians who have the disposable income to
take out private health insurance. Private hospitals ´cherry pick´ patients
with subacute and short term health care problems. The private health
insurance industry does not provide cover for people who suffer catastrophic
injuries. These patients soon find themselves pushed back into the public
health care sector.

Public hospitals around the country are battling to maintain even basic
services. The subcontracting of many services in public hospitals to the
private sector has resulted in a third world delivery of services. The
system lurches from crisis to crisis. More and more medical, nursing and
pharmaceutical staff are giving up the fight and resigning. Teaching
hospitals have been particularly hard hit, faced with severe budget
constraints. They have penny pinched on care by downgrading cleaning
services and the amount and type of food that is provided to patients.

Things will not improve until people begin to put sustained pressure on both
State and Federal governments to provide the necessary human and physical
resources to ensure that public hospitals are able to provide the standard
of care that´s expected of a country as rich as Australia. The problem of
providing adequate health care services for Australians is essentially a
political problem. Political problems can only be solved by people putting
direct pressure on governments to tackle these problems.

DILEMMA?
The story in the Sunday Age (19/6) ´Adler: Inside Trader´ highlights the
limited options that prison authorities around Australia have in dealing
with prisoners. There is no denying that Adler´s actions harmed thousands
of HIH customers and that he should pay compensation to both the community
ad his victims for his actions.

Over the years Adler has shown through his business ventures that he has
been a ´successful´ player in the corporate world. Many other men and women
in the country´s prison system bring legitimate skills into prison that they
have acquired during their life on the outside. Many others have limited
skills and will leave prison with even less. Many prisoners find themselves
on a merry go round returning to prison over and over again.

The current penchant for State governments to hold law and order auctions
during State elections campaigns has seen the prison population climb during
a period of decreasing levels of crime in the community. The need for the
State to punish offenders has taken a back seat to the need for perpetrators
to pay compensation to their victims and the need for prisoners to be
offered comprehensive rehabilitation programs so when they are released,
they don´t find themselves back in prison.

Prisoners should be offered the option of working in real jobs while in
prison. They should be paid award rates for their labour. Prisoners who
want to run legal legitimate businesses within prisons should be allowed to
do so. Wages that are paid to prisoners and any profits from legitimate
business operations can be used to pay compensation to victims, help to pay
for the cost of the prisoners incarceration and allow the prisoner to build
a nest egg for themselves while in prison, so they´re not tempted to
re-offend when released.

Adler and many men and women in the prison system have undoubtedly many
legitimate skills that they should be able to share with other prisoners.
The current prison system doesn´t do any favours to victims, the community
or inmates. It´s time that options are explored that break the current
cycle of hopelessness in prisons and make rehabilitation a priority in a
prison system that is creating more problems than it is solving.

´GIVE IT BACK DOUG´
No one is denying that Douglas Wood has gone through a harrowing experience
that not one of us would want to endure. I´m not even begrudging him and
his family´s attempt to screw the last dollar out of the corporate owned
media; news, whether we like it or not, is a commodity in a capitalist
society. As the media ghouls try to outbid each other, trying to obtain an
´exclusive´ about ´his story´, no one is going to shed a tear if they´re
taken to the cleaner. They want to buy ´his story´ so they can make a buck
selling advertising space or on selling ´their story´ to other media
outlets.

Selling the book, mini-series, magazine, film and television rights is just
part of the same game. What I find objectionable about this whole grubby
exercise is that the Australian taxpayer will not be getting an adequate
return for their ´investment´ in his release. What I also find
objectionable is that the 2 Iraqi men that were kidnapped with him won´t (if
they haven´t already been executed) share in Wood´s ´good fortune´.

Finally, I think people need to realise the ´story´ they are going to get
isn´t the full story. Mr. Wood has been debriefed by US intelligence units
in Iraq and Dubai, as well as Australian intelligence units. The story the
viewer, reader and listener will be getting is the sanitised version Wood
has been allowed to say. What people will be digesting is pure and simple
propaganda. Mr. Wood went to Iraq to turn a quid. He didn´t go there as a
humanitarian worker; he is just one of the tens of thousands of
carpetbaggers who have descended on the country to make a buck. His role is
just as important as the role of the invading armies.

The invading armies create the space that allows the Douglas Woods of this
world to re-integrate the Iraqi economy back into the corporate world. The
best way you and I can put a spoke in this propaganda exercise is by not
viewing, reading or listening to the prepackaged propaganda that will be
coming out of this tiny peripheral sideshow. Information on what is really
happening in Iraq is available, you don´t need to listen, hear or read
propaganda. Click onto the internet or alternative news sources and make up
your own mind about what is happening in Iraq.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. What role does class play in the struggle to create an anarchist
society?
´Class division or order of society´
A. Class plays a central role in the anarchist struggle. Not all anarchists
agree of a definition of class; some anarchists define themselves as class
struggle anarchists to differentiate themselves from anarchists they believe
don´t take class seriously. Many Marxists dismiss anarchists and anarchism
because they don´t believe that anarchists ignore class in the struggle to
create a new society. Many radical activists seem to be confused about the
´class´ question. Most radicals accept the definition that class delineates
divisions in society. The problem arises when people try to define those
divisions.
Class has been defined both in terms of income and attitude. Definitions of
class that define class as solely a matter of income don´t stand up to
scrutiny. Definitions of class based on attitude also don´t stand up to
scrutiny. Social divisions occur in society because some people are able to
exercise power over others. Income, access to resources, position in an
organisation, work or a family, all play a part in the definition of class.
Each of us is both an order give and an order taker. The more power you are
able to exercise, the more people are forced to obey your commands.
Although most people are both order givers and order takers, most take more
orders than they give. There are essentially 2 classes in society, a ruling
class and a working class. Most people, whether they realise it or not, are
members of the working class because they take more orders than they give.
A self employed contractor who employs no labour may earn 2 or 3 times more
income than somebody who finds themselves in a position of authority in the
private or public sector. Although they earn much more income, they are
able to exercise much less power than somebody who, because of their
position in the public service or a private corporation, can exercise more
power than somebody who earns more than them.
Class is essentially a question of power, whether you´re a member of the
ruling class or the working class depends on whether you´re primarily an
order giver or an order taker. An anarchist society is a society without
rulers. The power that is currently exercised by rulers will be exercised
by everyone, not just the current ruling class. Anarchists want to abolish
both the State and the corporate sector because they know that you can´t
create a society without rulers if both power and wealth continues to lie in
the hands of the ruling elite.

ACTION BOX
´STEREOTYPES´
´Standardised, widely accepted mental picture or type´
Stereotypes play an important role in times of manufactured or real crisis.
Listen to any conversation; you´ll be surprised the pivotal role stereotypes
play in that conversation. Stereotypes are used by government, radicals,
individuals, the community, conservatives and the corporate sector. They
are used to isolate, denigrate and question the credibility of specific
groups in the community. They reinforce attitudes, cultural practices and a
community´s perception of themselves.
Radicals are just as guilty as everyone else in their use of stereotypes.
The ´other´ is dehumanised, shunned, ostracised and dismissed. It´s
dangerous not to confront our personal prejudices. We dismiss groups of
people at our peril. Within what looks like a homogenous block, lurks a
cornucopia of diversity. Dismissing everyone within a particular group
because of what they do, how they dress, their skin colour, their gender or
sexual orientation, plays into the hands of those people who want to divide
and rule us.
Stereotypes limit our ability to treat each other as individuals. If we
shun people because of a particular characteristic, we allow those sections
of the community who believe that they should control the political, social
and cultural agenda in this country to continue to oppose us. The treatment
that is meted out to minorities, the lack of interest in their plight and
the continued injustices that are carried out by government and the
community ´in our name´ are justified through the use of stereotypes. Our
coming, our propensity to both believe and use stereotypes in our day to day
lives is one very effective way we can challenge the power of those who set
the political, cultural and social agenda in this country and around the
world. More importantly, recognising the worth of the individual as an
individual helps us to recognise our common humanity.

BOOK REVIEW
´DISTURBING THE PEACE
- Tales from Australia´s Rebel History´
Iain McINTYRE, Publisher - The Homebrew Cultural Association Incorporated
2005,
ISBN 0 9757319 04
Yes Virginia, Australia has a rich radical history. Looking at what passes
for historical analysis in academic circles, the government gelded ABC and
the corporate owned media, you´d think that Australia´s radical history was
the imaginary ravings of someone who´d taken one too many acid trips. I´m
afraid Iain McIntyre, in his no faecal material emanating from the anal
orifice of a male cow account of this country´s radical past, has put paid
to the lie that Australia does not have a radical history.
Iain has dug up stories that tickle the funny bone and moisten the eye.
Ordinary men and women rub shoulders with extraordinary characters who
together give us a glimpse of what a world without rulers would look like.
Gender rebels, Jack the Anarchist, Lesbia Harford - IWW stalwart, the Fight
to Stop F-19, Rocks and Frocks and Body Snatchers are a few of the offerings
in Part 1 of the Excavations series. History, especially the history of
those whose stories have been forgotten and ignored, is a difficult history
to excavate. Iain´s 136-page book is a result of hard work, countless trips
to libraries trying to pinpoint stories that have been buried and reburied.
´Disturbing the Peace´ examines some of those notable moments in our history
where people stoped asking ´for somebody to do some about that´ and did it
themselves.
The overwhelming legacy of this book is its affirmation that ordinary people
can make extraordinary contributions to the welfare of others. The stories
Iain has brought to the public´s attention in this book are stories that
need to be told over and over again. Every community has its stories; the
tragedy is that most will never know their stories. This historical amnesia
forces radicals to reinvent the wheel every time they become involved in a
new struggle. ´Disturbing the Peace´ goes a long way to bringing one of
Australia´s more radical history into the sunlight.
´Disturbing the Peace´ retails for AUD$15.00 + postage. Write to THCAI P.O.
Box 4434, Melbourne Uni, Parkville 3052, Victoria, Australia for a copy.
Computer literate? Look at their website www.weatherrecords.org/homebrew or
email them on questionmark@yahoo.co.uk

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
Illness, especially a sudden catastrophic turn of events, reinforces how
vulnerable we all are. One minute we´re relatively well, the next minute
the certainties we base our life on dissipate. Flesh and bone are just
flesh and bone. Rich or poor, male or female, good or bad, mortality
remains our common heritage. Three weeks ago my wife Ellen suddenly became
very ill; she was rushed to hospital and will be in hospital for some time.
A sudden catastrophic event has turned our lives upside down.
Family, friends and even people we don´t know very well have been genuinely
shocked by this sudden change of events. I´ve been surprised by the
strength of their reactions as well as how they´ve reacted. We know people
from all walks of life, non believers, believers and those who want to
believe. Faced with the news, I´ve been astonished by how many people have
said ´we´ll pray for her´. Muslim, Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, non
believers and believers alike, have spontaneously said ´we´ll pray for her´.
Faced with an incident outside their control, people who I never considered
to be overtly religious have put their faith in the strength of pray.
Grappling with the uncertainties of the situation, they have turned to
something that´s both tangible and intangible. Praying gives them solace
and hope, it gives people who believe in an existence outside of themselves
the ability to try to make sense of a world where each and every one of us
are constantly forced to confront our own mortality.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
´WHITE COLLAR UNIONISTS´
´White´ collar workers have been stalwarts in the battle to form trade
unions. Clerks and shop assistants organised in Sydney and Melbourne in the
1840´s. Melbourne and Geelong teachers formed a temporary union in the
1850´s. The Victorian Teachers Union was re-established in 1870´s. Early
white collar unions were targeted by the authorities. They normally lasted
for a few years and then folded. The Victorian Teachers Union was
re-established in 1885. Teaches in New South Wales formed their union in
1895, South Australia in 1896, Queensland in 1889 and Western Australia in
1898.
Public servants who tried to organise unions found themselves in hot water.
They were described in government publications ´As something verminous,
something to be stamped out, something impertinently out of place in a
government office, and its leaders treated as breeders of sedition´. By
1902 each State public service was covered by a general union. By 1910,
there were more than 20 unions within the Commonwealth Public Service.
White collar workers employed privately had a much more difficult time
forming unions. Clerks were at the forefront of the struggle to form unions
in the private sector. The Victorian Clerks Union was formed in Jan 1901.
Clerks in NSW formed their union in 1905. Clerks in Qld weren´t able to
form a union till 1917 while their counterparts in WA were not able to join
a union till 1918.
Australia´s vast distances made postal workers and telegraphists important
cogs in the communication network. Their pivotal position gave them a
bargaining edge. They began forming associations in the 1880´s. A national
union covering the various letter carriers association that covered
Australia´s postal workers was formed in 1898, 3 yeas before Federation.
Some of the early telegraphists unions only had women members. Journalists
and reporters also attempted to organise unions at the end of the 19th
century. The Victorian Reporters Assoc was formed in 1889. The Australian
Journalists Assoc was formed in 1910. Interestingly journalists in WA
formed an association that included proprietors in 1907, this association
soon collapsed and it was replaced by the WA Press Union in 1911.
Professional associations were not formed till after WWI. A Bank Officials
Assoc, Insurance Staffs Assoc and the Municipal Officers Assoc were formed
in 1919 and 1920.

SOURCE OF MATERIAL FOR ARTICLE:
´THE BITTER FIGHT´
- Joe Harris, University of Qld Press 1970

STOP PRESS
´DINOSAURS´
The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has decided to launch a
national campaign to alert Australians to the consequences of the Howard
government´s Industrial Relations laws. From the 30th June, Australian
workers will find that many of the rights and privileges that they have
enjoyed for so long will be stripped away. The ACTU understands with union
membership running at around 20% of the workforce, their best chance to
mobilise resistance against these changes is to alert workers to the
consequences.

The Howard government, concerned that any resistance will make it difficult
to implement these laws, has launched a national campaign to portray the
trade union movement as dinosaurs. In many regards the Howard government is
right, trade unions have become dinosaurs not because there is no need to
have workers bargain collectively but because trade unions in Australia
have, by and large, been incorporated into the system. Over the past
decades, they have abandoned their militant traditions and have relied on
the legal system and tribunals to maintain and extend workers rights and
conditions. Unions are dinosaurs because they have been out manoeuvred by
the corporate sector and the State. They find themselves in such a weak
position because they see the future of the workforce they represent, tied
up with the future of employers and the corporate sector.

They are not dinosaurs because the need for workers to collectively bargain
has somehow disappeared; the need for workers to form unions has never been
more important. The State and the corporate sector have combined to smash
the trade union movement because they have been able to protect and extend
their members interest. All the workplace laws governments enact to
strengthen the power of employers are useless if workers refuse to recognise
them. Employers´ profitability is dependent on workers providing their
labour. The withdrawal of that labour is the single most effective means
they have of extracting reforms from the system.

Trade unions need to move away from concentrating on just ´workplace´
issues. Their members are part of the community; they should concentrate on
both community and workplace issues. Trade unions need to strengthen their
links to the community as a whole. Bringing the struggle into the community
as the ACTU is trying to do, is one way of breaking that artificial divide
that has been created between the trade union movement and the community by
the State and the corporate sector. The government´s attempts to denigrate
the trade union´s move back into the community is an indication of how much
they fear the ACTU´s attempts to reach out to the community.

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

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The poorer half of the Aust population own less than 10% of total household
wealth - & the least wealthy 20% own none of it, acc to a new study. The
study by the Melb Institute of Applied Economic & Social Research found the
wealthiest 5% of Aust households account for almost 2/3 of total wealth,
while the least wealthy 10% have a median debt of $6000. The study also
warned the median net wealth of households whose occupants were aged b/w 55
& 64 was well below the level the Assoc of Superannuation Funds of Aust
defines as required for a comfortable lifestyle. (The Age)
The Aust military is "manifestly incapable" of investigating crime & abuse
within its own ranks, acc to an inquiry. The Senate inquiry recounted
widespread evidence of inordinate delays, incompetence & bias in military
investigations. Many families of Defence Force members testified such
failures had led to suicide, trauma & psych breakdown. The committee's
chairman, Sen. Steve Hutchins, said a decade of inquiries had elicited "only
inertia from Defence". "...we´ve lost faith in the ability of the ADF to
appropriately investigate serious incidents, discipline its members in a
just process & to maintain the necessary level of independence." Sen.
Hutchins said. He also observed some defence commanders might´ve "a
19th-century view of leadership & discipline." In ´92 a soldier, Prvt
Nicholas Shiels, was involved in a live firing exercise in which he
accidentally shot & killed a fellow soldier. He wasn´t placed on sick leave
or given proper medical treatment. His father claims he was instructed to
undertake another live firing exercise 2 days after the shooting. Nicholas
was put in front of 200 troops, who were asked, "Who´ll volunteer to be Prvt
Shiels' partner?" Mr Shiels said his son relived the event over & over until
he was discharged from the army in Feb ´95. He committed suicide at the end
of ´96 aged 27. Comcare found the army contravened 24 areas of its duty of
care under the occupational heath & safety act. No snr officer was
court-marshailled. The enquiry also heard of Matthew Liddell, who was deeply
traumatised by seeing 2 of his crewmates die when a fire swept thru the
engine room of HMAS Westralia in ´98. 2 weeks after he was nearly killed
trying to revive a dying sailor, he was ordered back to the ship by navy
commanders. His mother told the inquiry the shock of that experience had led
to post-traumatic stress disorder & eventually to his suicide. It took 17
months for the military to acknowledge Able Seaman Liddell's stress disorder
& refer him to counselling. Defence Force Chief Gen. Peter Cosgrove told the
inquiry "the military justice system is sound" & he had "every confidence
that, on the whole, the military justice system is effective". (The Age)
The Vic govt has vetoed moves by 3 councils to ensure new buildings are
accessible for elderly & disabled people. Planning Min Rob Hulls has refused
to approve changes to the planning rulebooks of Melb, Yarra, & Moonee Valley
councils. With no fed or state laws in place, the 3 councils would´ve been
the 1st authorities to insist new buildings be accessible. Melb City
Council's planning chairwoman Catherine Ng said the council had worked on
the proposals for 2 years. Mr Hulls claimed he´d look at introducing
state-wide laws. However his rep wouldn´t say what form the discussions
would take or give any timeframe. In a letter to Mr Hulls, 5 disability
advocates said 4 years of committee meetings had achieved nothing. Several
members of the Accessible Built Environment Working Group have threatened to
resign - with 1 member saying "why bother when you're not heard?".
(Melbourne Times)
QUOTES OF THE MOMENT: "Strongly disagree." Acc to an aptitude test for
prospective employees of US corp Wal-Mart, the only correct answer to the
proposition 'there´s room in every corporation for a non-conformist'.
"When I kill 1 I create 3." US Lt-Col Frederick P. Wellman, on the seeming
impossibility of destroying the Iraqi insurgency by military means.
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Awarded to the Australian parliament for taking so long to roll back
Australia´s mandatory detention laws.

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
´AVOID STEREOTYPES´

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know who wield power in society and email them the AAWR.

DIRECT DEMOCRACY NOT PARLIAMENTARY RULE
Week TWENTY SIX - 80 members - 470 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:0439395489
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 & sign up to our low traffic official group
news broadcast email list. **

´NESTOR MAKHNO - ANARCHY´S COSSACK
The Struggle For Free Soviets In The Ukraine 1917 - 1921´
Can be ordered directly from the publishers
www.akpress.org/2003/items/nestormakhnoanarchycossack

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
Heard across Australia. 10am - 11am every Wednesday.
An anarchist analysis of local, national & international events. Tune into
your local community radio station to listen to the Anarchist World This
Week. If they don´t broadcast it, ask them why not! If they´re one of the
150 community radio stations around Australia that are affiliated to the
National Community Radio Satellite, they are able to broadcast the Anarchist
World This Week.

Anarchist World This Week broadcast on; 2BAY, 2BBB, 2BLU, 2DRY, 2HOT, 2OCB,
2WOW, 2XX, 3CH, 3CR, 36CR, 3MGB, 3REG, 4EB, 4GEM, 4NAG, 4RRR, 5BBB, 5RRR,
6YCR

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 July 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).

PEOPLE FOR CONSTITUTIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS - VIGIL
OUTSIDE HIGH COURT MELBOURNE
(Cnr Latrobe and William Streets, Melbourne)
11.30 am - WEDNESDAY 29TH JUNE 2005
ALL WELCOME!! Can´t get there - would like to do something in your part of
the world, contact us for further information. anarchistmedia.org P.O. Box
5035, Alphington 3078 Victoria. Tel: 03 8508 9856

If You Like What You Have Read, Photocopy This Publication and Leave It In
Doctors, Dentists,
Vets Waiting Rooms and In Railway Stations, Bus Stops, Libraries and
Restaurants Etc.
The articles in the Anarchist Age Weekly Review reflect the personal
opinions of the authors, they do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the
publishers, the Libertarian Workers for a Self-Managed Society/Anarchist
Media Institute.
All material in the Anarchist Age Weekly Review can be used by anarchists,
anarchist collectives and non-profit organisations as long as the source of
the material is mentioned in the article. The Anarchist Age Weekly Review
reserves all rights as far as commercial publications are concerned.
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