A - I n f o s
a multi-lingual news service by, for, and about anarchists **

News in all languages
Last 40 posts (Homepage) Last two weeks' posts

The last 100 posts, according to language
Castellano_ Deutsch_ Nederlands_ English_ Français_ Italiano_ Polski_ Português_ Russkyi_ Suomi_ Svenska_ Türkçe_ The.Supplement
First few lines of all posts of last 24 hours || of past 30 days | of 2002 | of 2003 | of 2004 | of 2005

Syndication Of A-Infos - including RDF | How to Syndicate A-Infos
Subscribe to the a-infos newsgroups
{Info on A-Infos}

(en) Australia, Anarchist Age Weekly Review Number 635 21st March-27th March 2005

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Fri, 25 Mar 2005 14:56:09 +0100 (CET)


________________________________________________
A - I N F O S N E W S S E R V I C E
News about and of interest to anarchists
http://ainfos.ca/ http://ainfos.ca/index24.html
________________________________________________

MORE? YES MORE!! MORE!! MORE!!
Not satisfied with the power to secretly detain and interrogate
anybody that ASIO or the Federal Police suspect may have
information that may help them with their inquiries? Not satisfied
with the power to have anybody jailed for up to 5 years because in
the eyes of ASIO or the Federal Police the person interrogated has
not cooperated with their tormentors? Not satisfied that the
Attorney General has the power to ban any organisation because he
has received advice that their activities may prejudice
Commonwealth interests? Not satisfied that anybody who belongs
to a banned organisation, publicises that organisation or raises
money to help members of that organisation defend themselves in
court, can be jailed for up to 25 years?

The Federal Police are calling for the establishment of a separate
Commonwealth criminal court (Star Chamber) to deal exclusively
with what they define as terrorist offences.

Embolded by the passage of legislation in England that allows the
State to indefinitely detain suspects on suspicion that they may be
involved in terrorist activity; Impressed by the Indonesian judicial
system´s ability to indefinitely interrogate suspects without laying
charges; Positively organic about the French courts ability to detain
and interrogate suspects for up to 2 years without laying charges,
the Attorney General Mr. Ruddock and Australian Federal Police
Commissioner Mr. Keelty have publicly floated the idea Australia
needs to establish a special Commonwealth court that allows judges
to carry out their own interrogations and requires a lower onus of
proof to convict people who appear before it.

The Howard government´s penchant for indefinitely detaining
asylum seekers and their children behind barbed wire in the desert,
because they have breached draconian immigration laws, could be
put to good use. Instead of wasting good public money which could
be used to continue to underwrite the corporate sector´s bottom
line, they could take all those taxpayer built detention centres out of
mothballs and fill them up with dissidents, undesirables, terrorist
suspects and all those lawyers and radical activists who continue to
argue for universal human rights.

Considering that the Australian Constitution allows the State to
detain people who have not committed any crime indefinitely,
considering the ubiquitous ´Be Alert, Don´t be Alarmed´
fridge magnets power to sway public opinion, considering the
fourth estate´s penchant for government media releases, it
shouldn´t be too difficult for the Howard government and Her
Majesty´s loyal opposition, the Alternative Liberal Party (A.L.P.),
to put forward a raft of legislation in Federal parliament that allows
´suspects´ to be detained indefinitely in concentration camps in
the desert without the added expense of establishing a special court
to deal with them.

HUNG, DRAWN AND QUARTERED

Howard´s battlers have egg splattered all over their faces. Election
after election, they have provided the votes that have pushed John
Howard over the line. Like rabbits in a spotlight, they have been
transfixed by the antics of core and non core man. One hand over
his heart, the other hand behind his back fingers crossed, he has
successfully shifted the blame for their feelings of powerlessness
onto the most marginalised members of Australian society, the
unemployed, indigenous Australians and asylum seekers.

In 2005, Howard´s battlers are beginning to realise they´ve been
played like a bunch of suckers. Almost 30% of Howard´s very
special people are paying more than 50% of their income after tax to
keep up their mort.gage repayments. They pay the highest tax rates
in the country. Their children have been squeezed out of tertiary
education; they face increasing waiting lists in public hospitals and
increasing out of pocket expenses to access private health care and
the pharmaceutical system.

Their ability to increase their weekly wages has been greatly
diminished by the removal of their ability to bargain collectively.
That golden nest egg at the end of the rainbow, their
superannuation payments, has turned out to be a mirage. They
have found out their superannuation payments will be replacing
their old age pension payments.

On every available indicator, they have been screwed, abused,
fooled, saddled with massive private debts and edged out of their
jobs by increasing numbers of government sponsored guest workers
who keep wages artificially low. Their only satisfaction, the
imaginary pleasures they derive around the backyard BBQ when
they wax lyrical over a snag and a few tinnies about how the
Howard government has put the boot into ´queue jumpers, Abos,
dole bludgers, single mothers, queers and political correctness´.
All in all, not much of a reward for their devotion to the ´man of
steal´ and his cohorts.

WORDS, WORDS, WORDS.

I was surprised to see how little Les Carlyon the former Age Editor
had to say in his acceptance speech when he received a lifetime
achievement award at the Melbourne Press Club Quill gathering
last Friday (The Age 21/3). His assertion that curiosity and a few
words pegged out on a rusting Hills hoist in some imaginary
backyard is what journalism is all about, says more about the state
of Les Carlyon´s mind than the art of journalism.

Words are not just short entries in a dictionary, they can, in the
hands of the right wordsmith, strip away the layers of hypocrisy and
deceit that flourish in a world where the blight of self censorship
has transformed the journalist into a foot soldier in the battle to
maintain the status quo.

In 1984, I first met the legendary Sun News Pictorial crime reporter
Tom Prior. In the latter part of his stint at the Sun New Pictorial,
jaded by 30 years of crime reporting, he ended his working life
churning out human interest stories. That year, he wrote a relatively
sympathetic piece about this small group of anarchists who were
encouraging people not to vote in the 1984 Federal election. At a
number of subsequent meetings I had with him, he told me that in
30 years of reporting, he believed he was free to report a story how
he saw it. It was only when he had strayed off the beaten track, that
overt censorship and self censorship became an issue in his
working life.

It´s the same with today´s journalism; the problem isn´t
defamation laws, craven politicians, clichés, advocacy
masquerading as reporting, sloppy editing, political correctness or
even sloppy writing. The problem is the one dimensional reporting
that currently dominates both broadsheet and tabloid newspapers.
The same ideas are packaged into bite sized meals that won´t
cause community indigestion.

The journalist in the mainstream 21st century newspaper game has
become an unofficial gatekeeper for the status quo. The literary
blanc mange that eventually oozes through the self censorship
sieve, has only enough nutrients to feed a few well known
perennials. The other hundred flowers that could bloom in the same
garden are smothered in a sweet opaque jelly that kills everything in
comes into contact with. Fortunately for the readers who want their
cerebral sulci stimulated, not euthanased, the World Wide Web
provides a glimpse into a world where tens of thousands of flowers,
not just a few old perennials, bloom.

´BAD LAWS?´

The Kafta like situation former Orbost Secondary College teacher
Andrew Phillips finds himself in, is directly related to the belief that
laws can be enacted that are able to govern all possible human
relationships and experiences. Governments that believe judicial
remedies exist for all human eventualities, are fooling themselves
and the people they represent. Laws that are enacted by the State
often conflict with customary or community laws.

It´s not unusual for laws that are not supported by the community
to be ignored and broken. Although these laws are still on the
statute books, they´re not normally pursued by both police and
judicial authorities. Faced with the prospect that a jury of 12
ordinary citizens would find it difficult to support laws on the statute
books that conflict with customary laws, governments have tended
to rule by passing regulations that are difficult to test before juries.
Over the past two decades, hundreds possibly thousands of
regulations have been passed through both State and Federal
parliament that remove the discretionary powers both juries and
judges have been able to exercise.

Each crime is unique, it´s not unusual for people to think ´there
by the grace of God go I´ when confronted with newspaper stories
about a particular court case. In circumstances where laws are
enacted by regulation, it´s not unusual for people to lose all
respect for the law. Most people, many through no fault of their
own, will come into contact with the legal system at some stage in
their lives. Even something as trivial as a parking fine or a minor
road traffic offence can cause people a great deal of inconvenience
and discomfort. In the great majority of cases where the law has
been broken, people will return to live in the community. To deny
these people the opportunity to pursue a normal life is expensive, as
in Mr. Phillips´ case, for both the individual and the community.

Judicial discretion and rehabilitation are factors that must be taken
into account in the sentencing process. If significant sections of the
community are denied the right to reintegrate themselves back into
society, the judicial system and society is creating a significant class
of outlaws who will cause much more trouble in the communities
they live in, than they would if they had the opportunity to
reintegrate themselves back into society.

OH WHAT A FEELING!!

God is good, God is great, but Bush is greater. What can you say
about the political circus in the U.S. of A.? Terribly concerned
about the rights of Terri Schiavo a brain dead woman (who
indicated while she was able to do so that she didn´t want to live
in a vegetative state), to be tube fed till the second coming. The US
Senate and Congress, has bumped her case into the Federal courts
hoping to find a judge, any judge, that will prolong her life on Earth.
This cynical exercise in political expediency gives an insight into a
cultural and political framework that is willing to exploit private
grief to forfill its political agenda.

Over 4 million Americans languish in the US private prison gulag,
being subjected to the same degrading, brutal treatment that´s
dished out to US prisoners in Iraq, Camp X, and in every other tin
pot dictatorship that owes its existence to the US. Over a quarter of
the US population lives a hand to mouth existence, their lives
punctuated by unnecessary hardship, denied decent work, access to
health care and decent housing. The land of the ´brave and the
free´ uses the power it is able to muster through its military
industrial complex to impose its will on the rest of the planet, killing
millions of people directly and indirectly, in its drive to impose its
political, social and cultural agenda by force. Thousands of people
in the same situation as Mrs Terri Schiavo´s, lives are terminated
because they and their families don´t have access to the resources
to pay for long term hospice care in the US.

If the right to lifers and the religious bigots are so sure of their God
and their path to eternal salvation, you´d think they´d have no
fear in letting Terri Schiavo meet her creator. 15 years living in a
vegetative state should be enough punishment on Earth to grant her
eternal salvation in paradise. I could go on and on about this tragedy
that´s being exploited by the God and Country brigade, but I
won´t.

Terri Schiavo is trapped between life and death and has become a
symbol that exposes the heart of darkness of a culture that
champions freedom and democracy by removing people´s rights
and destroying the hopes and aspirations of hundreds of millions of
people around the world.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER

Q. Do highly complex societies require complex decision making
processes?

A. Anarchists are constantly told that an anarchist society may
succeed in a primitive agricultural community or a very small
collective, but could never succeed in a modern complex society
because complex societies require complex decision making
processes to function. It all sounds very reasonable until you take a
minute or two to think about what you´ve just been told.
There´s nothing complex about decision making processes in the
21st century.

Corporate capitalism and the State, use rigid hierarchical structures
to make decisions. There is nothing complex about hierarchical
decision making processes, one person or a small group make the
major decisions everybody else is expected to carry out those
decisions. If they don´t follow the orders they are given, they face
financial and legal penalties. There is nothing complex about a top,
down decision making process.

Highly complex societies function because of people´s active
participation in those societies. Whether that participation is
voluntary or involuntary, is a defining feature of how effective and
efficient those societies are. Societies that rely on hierarchical
structures are notoriously inefficient because people are forced
through economic and legal sanctions to carry out decisions they
have no input in and which may not benefit them. In such
situations, people spend a great deal of time and effort in resisting
the implementation of those decisions.

In an anarchist community, a great deal of time and effort will be
spent in making the original decision. Once the decision is made,
its implementation is relatively easy because those people that carry
out the decision, know their input was taken into account and more
importantly they know that the decisions made benefit them as
individuals and as members of a community. In such a situation,
it´s highly likely that very little time and effort will be spent in
resisting the implementation of those decisions. This means that a
community that uses non hierarchical principles is more likely to
run more efficiently and effectively than one that uses hierarchical
principles. The problem is not one of complexity; the problem is
one of participation, the greater the amount of participation, the
more efficient and effective that society will become.

ACTION BOX
USE IT OR LOSE IT

Around 50 people turned up at Melbourne´s Federation Square at
midday on Wednesday 16th of March to reclaim the right to protest
in the Square without asking permission to do so. After almost 18
months of guerrilla tactics and confrontation with Victoria´s
police on 3 separate occasions, it was time to make an open public
stand. Standing around our new banner ´Freedom to Demonstrate
in Federation Square´, we were ready to take on all comers.

Victoria Police had been following the dispute for some time and
arrived about 10 minutes before midday. The problem they faced
was a very simple one, would they enforce the laws that governed
Federation Square or would they uphold the peace? Faced with a
costly legal battle which they would have to pay out of a rapidly
shrinking police budget, they didn´t seem to be keen to enforce
the law. We were told that we would not be arrested if we
demonstrated peacefully and did not interfere with other people´s
use of the Square. If we did interfere with other people´s rights,
we would not be arrested but we would be asked to move on. Over
the next hour, we held an open forum about the right to
demonstrate in Federation Square. Many of the people, who had
turned up, explained why they had made the effort to do so and
what the struggle meant for them.

The consensus from the open forum was that freedom of assembly
is a fundamental right that is worth fighting for. Without that right,
people can be moved at the whim of both the State and the private
sector. Faced with a determined group of protestors who were not
willing to be moved, we successfully challenged their right to decide
who can or cannot use open public space. In many ways, our
victory is a pyrrhic victory; the laws governing Federation Square
still stand on the statute books. We ignored those laws and got
away with it because the quango that manages Federation Square
was not willing to fight the issue through the courts as the police
were reluctant to intervene.

We will meet at Federation Square at midday on Wednesday 20th
April to once again reclaim the space and exercise our right to
demonstrate without asking permission to do so. In the interim, we
encourage as many groups and individuals as possible to continue
to use the Square to demonstrate without first asking permission to
do so. We also encourage people who read this article to become
involved in struggles to reclaim the shrinking public space that both
the State and the corporate sector are attempting to make their own.
To allow them to decide who can and cannot use public space is to
allow them to limit the use of public space to those people who
support their agenda. The power to freely assemble, without being
prosecuted for doing so, is a fundamental right that people who
want to see radical egalitarian change need to defend if we are
serious about the need for radical egalitarian change.

P.S. The Tolpuddle Martyrs-group of 6 labourers from Dorchester
England who were transported to Australia in 1843 for ´swearing
an illegal oath´ (they met to form a union for agricultural
labourers), who were eventually pardoned and returned to England
in 1836, were hounded and prosecuted by Lord Melbourne, the
Prime Minster of England-the man who the city of Melbourne (a
city now of 3.5 million people) is named after.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
THE ANZAC SERIES-No.1 2005

The 90th anniversary of ANZAC Day has the potential, like
previous ANZAC Day, to become a one dimensional affair. The
Howard government, keen to mould history to suit its political
agenda, has no compunction in claiming the ANZAC story as its
own. Over the next few weeks, we will attempt to destroy the
collective amnesia surrounding the ANZAC legend, by telling you a
story that you may not have heard before.

Australia was a divided nation during W.W.I. The country was
almost equally divided between the God, King and Country brigade
and a loose coalition of church groups (mainly the Catholic
Church), a significant proportion of the trade union movement and
a number of radical groups that opposed both the war and
conscription. When war was declared in August 1914, the news
was greeted with almost universal acclaim. Men and teenagers
volunteered in their thousands to join the war effort. Almost the
only dissenting voice at the beginning of W.W.I. were the Industrial
Workers of the World (I.W.W.), a radical group born in working
class circles in the US that eschewed parliamentary politics and
relied on direct action to achieve results. The anti war movement
was spearheaded by the Sydney branch of the I.W.W., their weekly
newspaper Direct Action became a mouthpiece for militant anti war
activity. The I.W.W. soon came to the attention of the Federal
government. The War Precautions Act of 1914 gave the
government the legal framework it required to destroy anti war
sentiment in the community. The ANZAC campaign marked a
turning point in public support for the war effort. Faced with the
reality of ´modern´ warfare and ever climbing casualty lists, an
increasing number of Australians became alarmed at Australia´s
participation in the slaughter. By the end of the campaign on the
Dardanelles, anti war sentiment swept the country. The I.W.W.
found itself at the head of a movement that wanted Australia to end
its participation in the war. Faced with a dramatically reduced
number of teenagers and men who were willing to ´volunteer´
for the war effort and its allies´ insatiable demand for men to be
slaughtered on the battlefields, the Billy Hughes government turned
to conscription to solve their dilemma.

The I.W.W.´s early stand against the war flew in the face of public
opinion, Andrew Fisher Australia´s Prime Minister at the
declaration of W.W.I. on the 5th August 1914, ´pledged the last
man and the last shilling to win it´. The conduct of the war in
Australia was hampered by rapidly increasing inflation at home, a
wave of strikes in 1916 and 1917 and a well organised anti
conscription movement that was willing to flout the draconian laws
that were passed to destroy opposition to the war.

BOOK REVIEW
´JUGGLING TRUTHS´
By Unity DOW, Spinifex Press 2003 ISBN 1 876756 38 1

I´m always a little hesitant in picking up a book where the
author´s name is more prominent than the books title. ´Juggling
Truths´ written by Unity Dow, a former human rights lawyer and
Botswana´s first female High Court Judge, is one of those books
where the author´s name has pride of place. Published in
Melbourne, Unity Dow´s third novel portrays the childhood of
Monei Ntuka in the 1960´s in the Botswana village of Mochundi.

Dow´s account of life in a village, where the men and boys spend
most of their lives in the distant cattle camps or the South African
mines, is poignantly written. It documents how tradition is usurped
by the needs of colonialism and imposed religious dogmas. It
examines the tedium and frustrations of a young girl who discovers,
through painful educational experiences, that a life exists outside
the life of the village. Tradition makes way for modernity through a
series of stories that mimic biblical parables, each episode a lesson
in the pitfalls of existence in an environment where one misfortune
can derail a life.

Martha´s, Monei´s rival in primary school, loss of her right eye
through the actions of her school teacher´s habit of swinging a
whip in class, caused her to drop out of school in Grade 7. Within a
few weeks, she was betrothed to Rra-Koetso, a widower with young
children because in her world, who else would marry a magapa-(a
one eyed girl). Monei´s eventual graduation as an architect in the
UK would never have happened if she had been sitting at the same
desk as her rival Martha.

This is a book full of home spun stories, powerful emotions, gut
wrenching decisions, incredible cruelty and gentleness. Fiction of
fact? Does it parallel Unit Dow´s life or is it a melding of stories
she is familiar with? Traditional taboos cut loose by the demands of
colonisation, freedom through education, or spiritual poverty
through the destruction of a lifestyle that has run out of time?
Simply written but powerfully told, this is the story of modern
Africa, a continent cut adrift from its past, unable, except in a few
privileged cases, to grapple and transform a present that has been
highlighted by colonialism.

If you´re interested in getting a hold of this 175-page book, I
suggest you try your local retailer or your local library, otherwise
contact the publisher directly at:

Spinifex Pty Ltd, 504 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne 3051,
Victoria, Australia. women@spinifexpress.com.au http://
www.spinifexpress.com.au

PERSONAL OBSERVATION

The lawn of sole preserve of pre-revolutionary French royalty has
become, in a little over 200 years, a byword for urban smugness and
domesticity. The post modern urban castle is surrounded by a
grassy moat, the drawbridge and water, long discarded for a pristine
well manicured grassy verge. In millions of homes in the western
world, the lawn defines who we are and what we believe in.
France´s Sun Kings, tired of the smells of the urban jungle, jaded
by the thought of galloping through the forests to find a hidden
glade to ride their mistresses, have given the world a marvel that
rivals Baron Bics biro-the lawn-(French launde = glade).

The lawn has become the darling of urban man, a well manicured
and tendered lawn, the edges clipped, rogue weeds banished to
Valhalla, will outlast any pleasures derived from a fleeting sexual
liaison (another French word lier = bind). Flagging libidos are
soothed by the feel of fresh green grass between fingers that have
forgotten the touch of human flesh. Disaster beckons, urban
man´s infatuation with his own sacred site, his heaven on Earth,
is under threat in the land Down-Under.

Millions of men and maybe half a dozen women are aghast at the
thought that global warming heralds the end of gently tendered
manicured lawns in the land of Oz. The common man´s panacea
for post modern existentialist angst, is about to be transformed into
thousands of kilometres of Dorothy Mackellar´s ´Sunburnt
Country´. Forget about rising sea levels, forget about the forced
relocation of 40% of the world´s population, forget about
increasing CO2 levels, forget about mass starvation, forget about
the possibility of pandemics that could kill hundreds of million,
these catastrophes pale into insignificance when compared to the
pain and the destruction of modern man´s solace, for the
emptiness of post modern existence, will cause.

The death of the lawn heralds Armageddon, the battle between
good and evil before the Day of Judgement. Dig out a few square
inches before it is too late, rush down to your local hydroponic
outlet, buy big, so you can share your legacy as a man with your
first born son. To procrastinate is to deny him the simple pleasures
of tendering a soft green well manicured lawn.

STOP PRESS
RULE BY THE PEOPLE?

The Victorian Attorney General´s call for the establishment of a
panel of ´eminent persons´ to consider whether Victoria needs
radical constitutional change (Sunday Age 20/3), raises important
questions about how decisions are made in our society.

In Victoria, the Constitution can be changed through a simple
majority vote in both houses of Parliament. Federally, the
Australian Constitution can only be changed through a referendum
that achieves a majority of votes in both the total number of votes
cast and in the majority of States. In both situations, the power to
initiate constitutional change lies in the hands of a government that
enjoys a majority in both houses of Parliament. In Australia, apart
from revolutionary upheaval, it is impossible for citizens to place
constitutional questions like the need for a Bill of rights before their
fellow citizens without going through their parliamentary
representatives. Parliament, both at State and Federal level, has a
stranglehold on possible constitutional change. Democracy-´rule
of the people, by the people, for the people´, requires that the
people, not the representative voters, give a signed blank cheque to
make decisions on their behalf, have the power to both initiate and
decide on the body of fundamental principles by which the State of
Victoria or Australia as a whole is governed.

Rob Hull´s proposed community consultation about the
desirability of constitutional reform, only muddies the waters. If the
Bracks Labor government or the Liberal / National opposition have
any interest in democracy and constitutional change, they could
take the bit between their teeth and announce that they support the
holding of a referendum at the next Victorian State election that
would put the following questions to the Victorian electors:

i. That the power to change the Victorian Constitution is transferred
from Parliament to the people,
ii. That constitutional questions could be put to the people either by
their elected representatives or by the request of 5% of electors who
wish to see constitutional change. (This system has successfully
been used in Switzerland for decades without any major problems).
To allow parliamentary representatives to continue to exercise the
power to solely determine what questions can be put to the people
as far as constitutional change is concerned, is to support a system
of government that is democratic in name only.

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

ANARCHIST PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED SINCE LAST ISSUE

ARIVISTA ANARCHIA, No.306 BVol.35, No2, MARCH 05,
Editrice A, C.P. 17120, 20170, Milano, ITALY. Tel:022896627
Fax;0228001271 email:arivista@tin.it

BLACK FLAG Issue 224 2005, For Anarchist Resistance, bm
Hurricane, London WCIN 3XX, ENGLANDemail:
black_flag@lycos.co.uk

CNTNo.310 MARCH 05, Organo de la Conf Nac del Trabajo, Pza
Tirso de Molina 5-2, 28012 Madrid, SPAIN. Tel:913690838,
fax:914200856 www.periodicocnt.org

LE LIBERTAIRE No.254, MARCH 05, Revue de Synthese
Anarchiste, BP 745, 76060 Le Havre Cedex, FRANCE.
www.le-libertaire.org Email;libertaire@normandnet.fr

UMANITA NOVA Vol.85, No.6, 20THFEB ´05, Settimenale
Anarchico, C/-Federazione Anarchico Torinese, C.50 Palermo 46,
Torino, ITALY, tel/fx:011 857850, Mobile:3386594361,
email:fat@increte.it

OTHER ANARCHIST RECEIVED THIS WEEK

CONFEST Autumn 2005, Down To Earth Cooperative Ltd, P.O.
Box 295, Brunswick East 3057 Victoria, AUSTRALIA.
Email:folks@dte.org.au

DEBT ELIMINATION APPEAL: Our debt stands at $842.60

OUR DEBT STANDS AT $842.60. Producing a weekly publication
is an expensive undertaking. In order to keep the debt at a
reasonable level & to publish weekly, we require readers especially
internet readers to subscribe to the AAWR. Currently snail mail
subscribers are cross subsidising internet readers. If you´ve got a
little bit of extra cash, think about joining the ´Dollar A Day´
club. When you write to us pop in some 50cent stamps (every little
bit helps). Subscription rates for the AAWR are $1 per issue, $10 =
10 issues, $50 = 50 issues. We rely on our subscribers to keep a
record of when their subscription runs out & resubscribe. Make out
money orders and cheques to LIBERTARIAN WORKERS P.O.
BOX 20 PARKVILLE 3052, MELB AUST. If you´re sending $20
or less, save on cheques & money orders & send us 50cent stamps.

ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS

Discuss All the News That Fits online -
www.apolitical.info/phpBB2

New laws designed to make employers legally responsible for
workplace deaths caused by their negligence have been partly
over-ruled by the Fed govt. In an Aust 1ST, the ACT last year made
industrial manslaughter an offence under the Crimes Act, making
employers & snr officers liable for deaths in their workplaces. NSW
is considering similar laws, but the Fed govt has sought to override
the laws in relation to C´wealth depts, agencies & bodies, thru the
ironically named Occupational Health & Safety (C´wealth
Employment) Amendment (Promoting Safer Workplaces) Bill
2005. Workplace Relations Min Kevin Andrews said industrial
manslaughter laws created an unnecessary adversarial culture.
(Source: SMH)

Vic ALP Pres Brian Daley has threatened legal action against the
party's administrative committee for refusing to deal with
branch-stacking, & has criticised party leaders Steve Bracks & Kim
Beazley for refusing to intervene. The committee, which is
dominated by Steve Bracks' right-wing faction, closed an inquiry
into branch stacking in the seat of Gorton, appointed an official
associated with the Right to investigate claims of right-wing branch
stacking in the seat of Corio & admitted party members to the
Kings Park branch, which ex premier John Cain, as a dispute
tribunal member, had found was defunct. (Source: The Age)

Vic Police knew in ´03 of a sacked drug squad detective's
relationship with a murderer linked to underworld boss Carl
Williams, but let him continue to manage an informer who was
later shot dead. The force's chief crime investigator has also
conceded there´s been a history of "unhealthy relationships" b/w
some Vic detectives & underworld figures. The police ethical
standards dept had revealed in mid-2003 ex drug squad Sgt Paul
Dale had 'assisted' now-jailed murderer Thomas Ivanovic, a
member of the Williams crew. But Dale was allowed to remain in
the now-disbanded drug squad, which brought him into contact
with informer Terence Hodson. Hodson, a career criminal & his
wife, Christine, were murdered in their Kew home on May 16 last
year. Their murders remain unsolved but corruption investigator
Tony Fitzgerald, QC, found last month Dale was the obvious
suspect in the theft of an internal police report that´s been linked
to the murders. The report, which contained info based on
Hodson's criminal intelligence, was circulating in the underworld in
the lead-up to the Hodson murders.

Corruption investigator Graham Ashton said "there was certainly a
calculated dissemination (of the report) . . with a purpose of
damaging Hodson". Acc to VicPol, Dale's relationship with
Ivanovic was "beyond the professional level". Ivanovic was jailed in
Oct 03 over the 02 road-rage murder of a motorcyclist. Dale,
Hodson & sacked detective David Miechel were charged over a $1.3
million drug robbery from an East Oakleigh drug lab in Sept 03.
Charges against Dale were dropped after Hodson's murder.
(Source: The Age)

QUOTES OF THE MOMENT: "I acknowledged at the time that
our decision [to send more troops to Iraq] wouldn´t be popular &
the polls would indicate that it's not got popular support...but
occasionally govts are required to take decisions that involve
unpopularity." PM John Howard explains how 'representative
democracy' works.

"I´m aware of 2 patients that have died waiting & others whose
cancer has progressed...we have 2 theatres empty every day & that
is purely funding, not staffing." Prof David Morris, who resigned as
divisional director at St George Hospital in protest at long waiting
lists for surgery in the public hospital system.

ATNTF weekly anarchist news report www.apolitical.info

ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE
WEEK

Awarded to our beloved PM, core and non core man, the man
who´s single handed replaced the furphy with the ´johnny´, for
his exciting new addition to the chronic confabulators Hall of
Fame-´different emphasis´. Good one Johnny, we´re looking
forward to the next exciting instalment

**** ANZAC DAY-(I.W.W.) ****
COMMEMORATION

10.30AM-11.30AM MONDAY 25TH APRIL 2005 171 LITTLE
BOURKE STREET, MELBOURNE (Cnr of Russell Street) (The
Melbourne office of the I.W.W. during W.W.I)

Further information: jeremytrewindixon@yahoo.com.au

NEXT WORKING MEETING

ANZAC DAY-IWWW COMMEMORATION 5PM-7PM FRIDAY
1ST APRIL IRENE WAREHOUSE 5 PITT STREET,
BRUNSWICK VICTORIA.

(Off Lygon Street, just north of Glenlyon Street

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 THIRTEEN-58 members 491 TO GO!! (The trickle of
applications has started to flow again-turn that trickle into a flood.
Send your completed 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 FIRST
NEWSLETTER IN MID APRIL

EUREKA AUSTRALIA DAY MEDAL

Know someone who was born or lives in Australia who you believe
should be honoured for their efforts to create a better and fairer
world. Then nominate them for the EUREKA AUSTRALIA DAY
MEDAL ON THE 3rd DECEMBER, THE ANARCHIST MEDIA
INSTITUTE WILL BE HONOURING 20 PEOPLE WITH A
EUREKA AUSTRALIA DAY MEDAL AT BAKERY HILL -
BALLARAT (The site where the Eureka Oath was taken 151 years
ago)

WE NEED YOUR NOMINATIONS. Send them to:

EUREKA AUSTRALIA DAY MEDAL P.O. BOX 5035,
ALPHINGTON 3078, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA.

Or Email your nomination to: anarchistage@yahoo.com Tell us
why you´ve nominated that person and send us your contact
details so we can contact you in case we need further information
about your chioices.

**** 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.

RECEIVED SO FAR $15.00 - $1485.00 TO GO

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.


*******
********
****** The A-Infos News Service ******
News about and of interest to anarchists
******
INFO: http://ainfos.ca/org http://ainfos.ca/org/faq.html
HELP: a-infos-org@ainfos.ca
SUBSCRIPTION: send mail to lists@ainfos.ca with command in
body of mail "subscribe (or unsubscribe) listname your@address".

Options for all lists at http://www.ainfos.ca/options.html


A-Infos Information Center