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(en) Australia, Anarchist Age Weekly Review No. 666 31st October 6th November 2005

Date Thu, 03 Nov 2005 13:51:34 +0200


SO IT CAME TO PASS
The Sunday Age's article on the social problems plaguing Melbourne's outer
suburbs 'The End of the Line (30/10)' raises questions that go far beyond
those canvassed. The problems that are discussed are not specific to the
Yarra Ranges; they are repeated over and over again in towns, cities and
around the country. Things are more difficult in the Yarra Ranges because of
isolation, travelling time and a lack of adequate services, but the
underlying reasons for these social problems are not.
Over the last two decades, a cultural shift has occurred that is having
major social and economic ramifications for a rapidly increasing number of
Australians. This cultural shift has occurred as a result of the work of
ideological and political forces in Australian society that have
hijacked
the current political process. The idea that drove political parties for
the most of the 20th century - that individual choice, security, wealth and
wellbeing was dependent on the collective wellbeing and wealth of the
community as a whole, has been replaced by the idea that individual
security, choice and wellbeing is determined by individual wealth.

This cultural shift damaged the community safety nets that were created to
assist the individual to move out of the situation they found themselves in.
The fire sale of public assets in an orgy of privatisation by both Liberal
and Labor governments at both the Federal and State level, the starving of
the public institutions that are left of funds by diverting billions of
dollars of State revenue into private education and health facilities,
do have profound community consequences.

The need for adults and in many cases teenage members of families to
work
ridiculous hours for relatively poor wages to pay off larger and larger
debts, to enjoy the consumer lifestyle that is heavily promoted in the
community, has seen the amount of disposable income that is available to
many Australian drop. When you add the detours, hoops and roundabouts
that
are put in the way of people who receive social security benefits by the
Howard government to this recipe, it all becomes too much for many
families.

Although a minority have done well out of these changes, the majority
have
not. Not everybody can be rich and successful in a society where
individual
wellbeing is linked to individual wealth. Ironically, the government's
Industrial 'destruction' legislation will see more Australians living
the
nightmare that many of those 40% of Australians on social security
benefits
and the growing number of the working poor are currently experiencing.
To
continue travelling down this discredited pathway, will open a Pandora's
Box, that will ensure that no one will be relaxed and comfortable in
this
brave new world.

PISSING IN THE WIND
The Age's editorial (29/10) highlights the extraordinary powers that a
Federal government that enjoys a majority in both houses of parliament
can
exercise. The Howard government is able to treat the people and
parliament
with contempt because Australia's institutions allow them to do so.
Parliamentary democracy is little more than two minutes of illusory
power.
Every 3 years Australians are forced by legislation to give a signed
blank
cheque to one of the major parties, through the compulsory distribution
of
preferences, to do almost whatever they like for the next 3 years. The
long
suffering voter currently has the 'option' of putting their faith in the
hands of Tweedle Dee, if they are not happy with the antics of Tweedle
Dum,
in 3 years time.

Australians find themselves in this difficult position as a result of
current constitutional arrangements. The Australian Constitution is
essentially a document that regulates the relationship between the
States
and the Federal government. It has little, if anything, to say about
the
relationship between the individual, the government of the day and the
State. The current constitutional bottleneck is compounded by the fact
that
only the government of the day has the constitutional power to call a
referendum to give the people the opportunity to alter the Constitution.

What The Age editorial describes as 'parliamentary vandalism' is normal
parliamentary practice. The Federal government is acting within the
current
constitutional framework. Instead of begging and beseeching the Howard
government to do the right thing by the people, it is time The Age took
the
struggle to make the government accountable to the people one step
further.
It is time The Age seriously considered promoting debate within its
pages
about options that constitutionally limit the power that governments who
stray beyond the mandate they are given by electors are able to
exercise,
and which give the people the power to initiate constitutional change
through their ability to initiate referendums.

Ultimate political authority should rest in the hands of the people, not
in
the hands of parliament. While the current constitutional arrangements
remain in place and debate about the need for constitutional reform is
ignored, all the begging and beseeching by the fourth estate for the
government to do the right thing, is a waste of time.

CONSUME DEFECATE DIE
On the first Tuesday in November, tens of thousands flock to Flemington;
millions have a flutter and the nation grinds to a halt. We are told
the
razzmatazz surrounding the Cup is a quintessential Australian
experience.
Cup Day provides people with an excuse to break the monotony of everyday
existence, let their hair down and drown themselves in a sea of alcohol.

As the alcohol flows and the winners come in, the crowd works itself up
to a
frenzy. As betting slips are cashed and the rubbish bins are filled to
overflowing, the patrons become oblivious to their surroundings.

Melbourne Cup Day has in many ways become a metaphor for everyday life
in
Australia. It highlights the rhetoric reality gap that has become a
permanent feature of Australian society. While the mug punters fall
over
themselves in the outer, the rich and the famous and the movers and
shakers
rub shoulders in acres of heavily guarded corporate tents, eating the
best
food, drinking the alcohol provided and lapping up the entertainment
that
corporate Australia is happy to lavish on them, to win their hearts and
minds so they'll look on their host favourably next time they need a
favour.

The crowds that flock to the Cup are the extras in a corporate fuelled
extravaganza that highlights the increasingly polarised and stratified
nature of Australian society. The divisions that exist between those
who
are born to rule and those who are born to consume, defecate and die are
highlighted by the increasingly important role the corporate tents play
on
Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington. The pivotal role they continue to play
during the Spring Carnival and Cup Day makes a mockery of the claim that
Cup
Day is the people's day at the races.

CIRCUSES?
Circuses seem to be the order of the day. I was fortunate enough to be
asked to speak at a rally that was held last week to highlight the
current
anti dissention laws. A few thousand hardy souls gathered to listen to
half
a dozen speakers talk about the ramifications of these laws. They
crowded
on the steps of Parliament House in Victoria and spilled onto Spring
Street.
2,000 people took a few hours out of their lives on the 22nd October to
voice their concerns about the proposed laws.

So what? - I had to ask myself. 106,000 people paid good money to
attend a
horse race 10 days later. Millions stopped work to watch 24 mobile glue
factories whiz around the track at Flemington. Talk about circuses.
Australians have very little knowledge or understanding about the human
rights they currently enjoy. We live in a country where distraction
seems to
be the name of the game. One week it is the AFL Football, the next it
is
the Commonwealth Games or soccer, hockey or tennis and the list goes on
and
on.

If sport isn't enough, you can pay your money and drop in and see almost
any
film, live show, opera and music extravaganza you wish to see. If you
don't
have the cash to enjoy the best entertainment money can buy, there is
always
the Idiot Box 24 hours of non-stop entertainment. No wonder Australians
seem to live in a political vacuum. Political life is something that
happens
outside their life experiences. 'Democracy Rule of the people, by the
people, for the people', is compacted into 2 minutes of illusory power
when
people shove a ballot paper into a ballot box.

Human Rights? - People don't need them if they don't exercise them.
It's
only when they've been taken away that a minority may realise what
they've
lost and begin to make a fuss; the majority won't even notice they have
lost
them. As long as the never-ending festival of consumption delivers the
goods, our political and economic masters can sleep easy in their beds.
An
apolitical population that is lulled into a false sense of security, by
a
never-ending series of distractions, never poses any threat to those who
exploit them.

Human Rights? Who needs them when you've got the Melbourne Cup, the
Australian Open, the AFL, the soccer 'A' League, the World Cup
qualification
round and the Commonwealth Games to name a few of the circuses that keep
people's minds off those difficult political questions that they're
happy to
leave to the politicians.

Human Rights? If they can't eat them, wear them or sell them, most
Australians aren't particularly interested in what happens to them.

PROPAGANDA
I never cease to be amazed by the incestuous relationship that exists
between the fourth estate and the political establishment. The cosy
little
relationship that is cultivated between senior politicians and senior
journalists in the fourth estate is used to pedal the government's
propaganda. The scenario goes a little bit like this: - I've got a
juicy
little bit of news for you, I'm happy to give it to you, if you publish
it
as it is. Don't ask too many awkward questions, just publish it and
I'll
have some more for you down the track.

Before you know it, Iraq's 'weapons of mass destruction' exist, children
have been thrown overboard and the new Industrial (Destruction)
Relations
laws will be good for individual workers. No hint of a dissenting
opinion;
well paced leaks become headline news. You scratch my back, I'll
scratch
yours. When the Prime Ministerial jet takes off, if you've done your
work
and have not asked too many embarrassing questions, there will be a seat
for
you on the jet. Next time the PM or a Cabinet Minister wants a bit of
juicy
gossip to be refashioned into incontrovertible proof, they know what dog
they need to throw the bone at.

Before you know it, long partnerships are formed, truth becomes a
disposable
commodity. The dog and his master become one; each can't exist without
the
other. The faithful yap yap receives the tasty morsels; those that bite
the
hand that feeds them don't get that ride on the Prime Ministerial plane,
they don't get that interview with the top man and their career as a
political reporter shrivels up.

Those who become apologists and propagandists for the government of the
day,
have wonderful careers, set their own prices, win prestigious awards and
fashion public opinion to reflect government policy. The worst
offenders
are those who develop the most prominent profile. It makes sense,
doesn't
it? Liars prefer their own company, no wonder John Howard and so many
senior journalists are such good mates.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. WOULD TOURISM BE A FEATURE OF AN ANARCHIST ECONOMY?
A. Travelling is an integral component of being human. People are
always
interested in what is happening over the next hill. Religious tourism
is a
central feature of the world's religions. Pilgrims have traditionally
complemented the economy of the places they visit. Mass tourism has
allowed
working people to travel in numbers that would not have been
unimaginable 50
years ago. Things won't be much different in an anarchist society.
People
living in an anarchist society would want to travel outside their
community
and those living outside an anarchist community would want to travel to
that
community.
Tourism isn't small change, in Australia it's the number one foreign
revenue
earner. The problem faced by an anarchist community is twofold. How
does
such a community earn foreign currency so its citizens can travel
outside
that community and would incoming visitors be expected to pay for the
use of
facilities provided by an anarchist community? Both problems can be
tackled
simultaneously by charging an up front fee for travellers who wish to
travel
in an anarchist community. The size of the fee would be dependent on
length
of stay and the type of facilities that would be utilised. The foreign
currency raised could be used to pay for the costs of those anarchists
who
need and want to travel overseas.
It is all very well living in a society where people don't use money
while
living in that society, it's another thing having to come up with
foreign
currency if people in that community need or want to travel. Tourists
travel for different reasons. It would be possible to create a visa
that
would allow people to enter an anarchist society if they agree to work
within that community, in exchange for the use of that community's
resources. This type of traveller would develop a deeper understanding
of
the ideas behind an anarchist society and would in time become an
unofficial
ambassador for that society.
Travel between two anarchist communities is a relatively simple matter.
Members of each community would enjoy reciprocal rights to travel within
each others communities and use the facilities that are available. What
at
first seems like a relatively easy proposition is a lot more difficult
than
most people realise.
Anarchist societies that are trying to survive as islands of anarchism
in a
relatively hostile world, are those that would benefit most from tourism
and
are also those that have the most to lose, if they don't manage the flow
of
people into their community.

ACTION BOX
11th NOVEMBER 2005
At 10.00am on FRIDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2005, the Melbourne based Anarchist
Media
Institute will be holding a vigil to mark a number of important events
that
have occurred on that day. We encourage you to come and join us and
reclaim
your history. We will be gathering outside the Old Melbourne Gaol
(corner
of Russell & McKenzie Street, Melbourne), near the 8-Hour monument to
remember and celebrate:
A. The 151st anniversary of the formation of the BALLARAT REFORM LEAGUE
on
the 11th November 1854 at Bakery Hill in Ballarat - the organisation
that
spearheaded the Eureka rebellion. The League's decision making processes
were based on Direct Democratic principles, decisions were made at mass
(monster) meetings called by the League and delegates were elected or
appointed to carry out those decisions.
B. The 125th anniversary of the execution of Ned Kelly at the Old
Melbourne
Goal. Not all Victorians saw Ned Kelly as a common criminal. Many,
especially the poor and dispossessed, saw him and his gang as heroes.
Over
30,000 signatures were collected and presented to Parliament asking for
his
life to be spared. On the 11th November 1880, over 6,000 people
gathered
outside Old Melbourne Goal on the day he was executed.
C. The 118th anniversary of the execution of the Haymarket Martyrs on
the
11th November 1887. Five anarchists were executed in Chicago for being
anarchists not for what they were said to have done. At the end of the
1st
May Day rally on the 1st of May 1886, a bomb exploded which killed 2
police.
8 anarchists, who were involved in the organisation of the march, were
arrested and tried for murder. All were found guilty. 4 were executed
(1
killed himself the night before), 3 were jailed for life. A few years
late,
both the living and the dead were pardoned by the same authorities that
executed them.
D. The 87th anniversary of ARMISTICE DAY. On the 11th November 1918
the
'Great War' officially ended. Over 50 million people died in a war
fought
by 'workers on either end of a bayonet'. We remember sacrifices of
those
who died and the sacrifices made by those who stopped conscription being
introduced in Australia. Without their efforts, it's highly likely that
another 60,000 young Australian lives would have been sacrificed on the
European killing fields in what was essentially a trade war.
E. We will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the dismissal of the
Whitlam reformist government. On the 11th November 1975, the Governor
General dismissed the Whitlam led Labor government its crime, providing
universal health care and free education to the Australian people
reforms
that have been wiped out over the past 30 years.
JOIN US AT 10.00am on FRIDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2005 outside THE OLD
MELBOURNE
GOAL.
If you can't join us, organise your own celebrations where you live and
work. Reclaim the radical past and use that past to understand the
present
and change the future.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
THE EUREKA SERIES No.9 2005
'THE BODIES'

The 'Reclaim the Radical Spirit of the Eureka Rebellion' celebrations
that
are organised by the Anarchist Media Institute each year, makes a point
of
walking to the old Ballarat Cemetery to pay our respects to both the
diggers
and soldiers killed in the Eureka rebellion - 'workers on either end of
a
bayonet'. There's always been conflict about the number of miners
killed
during the battle and those massacred after the battle ended. There is
also
conflict about the number of miners that died as a result of the events
that
occurred on the 3rd December 1854.
Not all the miners were buried in the old Ballarat Cemetery. A number
of
bodies were buried in a small bush cemetery in Eureka Street within 100
metres of where the battle took place. The bodies of Captain Ross (the
Eureka flag's bridegroom), James Brown, Thonen the lemonade seller and
Tom
the blacksmith, were removed from their graves in Eureka Street on the
2nd
December 1857 and were reburied with the bodies of many of the others
killed
at Eureka in the diggers mass grave at the old Ballarat Cemetery.
Commemorations to mark the battle in 1857 were limited to placing
flowers on
the graves 'the graves of the fallen were decorated with chaplets and
flowers'.
Some of those that died were privately buried, others died as a direct
consequence of their wounds a few years later. Many of the massacre
victims
were buried by their families. Although it is difficult to know how
many
people died during those tumultuous few hours, numbers vary from as few
as
25 to over 50. Eureka has a significance that has stood the test of
time.
Eureka commemorations continue to be held by a variety of people,
including
direct descendants of those who participated.
Eureka doesn't belong to the Victorian government, the Federal
government or
the descendants. It belongs to everyone. It's important that radicals
'reclaim the radical spirit of the Eureka rebellion' to help people
understand the present and change the future. Although Eureka was a
military defeat, it ushered in a period of radical change that rocked
Australia's fossilised colonial institutions. When we come to Ballarat
to
Reclaim and celebrate that radical tradition on Saturday the 3rd
December
2005, we remember and acknowledge the past, by reclaiming the central
elements of Eureka DIRECT DEMOCRACY, DIRECT ACTION, SOLIDARITY and
INTERNATIONALISM - principles that are as important and relevant today
as
they were 151 years ago.
Join us at 4.00am at the Eureka monument at the corner of Eureka &
Stawell
Street, Ballarat and 'reclaim the Radical Spirit of the Eureka
Rebellion'

BOOK REVIEW
'REMEMBERING SPAIN Italian Anarchist Volunteers In The Spanish Civil
War'
By Umberto MARZOCCHI, Translated by Paul Sharkey, Expanded 2nd Edition
2005,
Kate Sharpley Library. ISBN 1 873605 98 6
This little pamphlet is another of the Kate Sharpley Library's attempts
to
bring anarchist history to life. The material that appears in the
pamphlet
was obtained from an interview Paolo Gobetti of the Turin based National
Film Archive of the resistance made with Umberto during the 1970's.
Marzocchi, as shipyard worker and anarchist, was born in Florence in
1900.
He died 86 years later in Sovana Italy on the 4th of June 1986.
Forced to flee Italy after Mussolini's victory in 1921, he became active
within the large Italian anarchist community in exile in Belgium and
France.
In 1936, he entered Spain with the newly formed Italian Anarchist Column
to
help the spread of the Social Revolution. Italian anarchists in exile
from
around the world flocked to Spain to join a number of Italian anarchist
militias that were forming in Spain. These militias were fighting in
Spain
long before the arrival of the International Brigades.
Umberto's recollections about the activities of the Italian anarchists
in
Spain, is one essentially of betrayal. Direct communist intervention in
the
Republican government in late 1936, led to the placement of the
anarchist
militias he was involved in, in impossible situations. Starved of
ammunition and communist support that never materialised, the Italian
Anarchist Columns in Spain suffered unnecessary heavy losses. The
tension
among the different groups fighting the fascists boiled over in May
1937.
The Republican government attempted to break the power wielded by the
collectivised industries run by the CNT, by attacking the Barcelona
telephone exchange in May 1937. The communists hoped to be able to take
over the government politically once the Catalin economy had been
wrested
from the control of the unions.
The workers fought the attempted communist coup d'etat to a standstill,
losing over 500 militias in battles which lasted from the 3rd to 7th May
1937. Camillo Berneri, a prominent Italian anarchist, was secretly
executed
with a number of other anarchist militias by communist secret police.
For
all intentional purposes, the Social Revolution was over, although it
took
another 2 years for France's forces assisted by the German Nazis and
Italian
Fascists, to win complete victory in Spain. Stalin's direct
intervention in
Spain led to the destruction of the Social Revolution that was occurring
in
Spain.
Marzocchi's eyewitness account of these pivotal events in the Spanish
Civil
War is a salutary reminder about the fundamental and irrevocable
differences
that exist between anarchism and communism. Those who ignore
Marzocchi's
poignant tale are doomed to repeat the debacle that occurred in Spain.
This tiny 26-page pamphlet packs a punch far greater than its size would
suggest. It's available from:
KATE SHARPLEY LIBRARY, BM Hurricane, London WCIN 3XX, ENGLAND or PMB
820,
2425 Chinning Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA.
www.katesharpleylibrary.net

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
- 'It's over there, yes, it must be over there'
- 'It's not there you old fool'
- 'You don't know what you're talking about it's over there, it has to
be'
- 'I'm telling you it's not there'
- 'Look, here it is',
- 'Your eyesight is going, that's mango jam not raspberry jam'
- 'It must be here', I've seen it before'.
This little saga was unfolding before me as I was trying to negotiate
through a supermarket aisle. There was not much I could do about it as
the
aisle was blocked by an elderly couple who were having a public
disagreement
about a particular type of jam. Elderly couples tend to shop together
as
there is little else to do in God's waiting room. Faced with unlimited
choice I've always wondered why we need 57 varieties of strawberry jam
and
supermarket aisles that are designed for the nimble and agile, it's not
unusual to come across an elderly couple that just can't see what they
want.
Supermarket corporations aren't fools; they know how to extract the last
cent from both consumers and those companies that sell their products to
them. Plucking products from the more accessible central shelves comes
at a
financial premium. People on pensions with limited budgets know this;
that's why the elderly tend to get into knots about a particular brand.
Cheap brands don't normally appear on the central shelves unless they
are
loss leaders which are designed to get you to pick up the more expensive
goods that surround them. So, what at first sight sees to be 2 elderly
people continuing a lifetime habit of disagreeing with each other, is
much
more. Placing in into its social and cultural context can give you a
greater
insight into what is going on. I bet you the jam they're looking for
has
been placed outside their eye contact zone. Aching bodies that don't
move
much, don't tend to look up and down.
- 'I bought it here last week'
- 'Well, it's not here this week, is it'
- 'It must be'
- 'Well it isn't here, is it?' - the elderly lady blurted out, as her
husband eyeballed the central shelf bursting with bottles of jam,
ignoring
the jam bottles above and below his level of sight.

STOP PRESS
PROPAGANDA!!
The taxpayer funded 'advertising' that is currently flooding newspaper,
radio and TV, is nothing more than propaganda. I'm sick of having to
have
my neurones battered by the Federal government's propaganda. Even
before
the new 'Industrial Destruction' (my pun) legislation has been
introduced
into Parliament, people are being saturated with government propaganda.

The government's 'advertising' blitzkrieg fits every criteria for
propaganda. 'Propaganda organised propagation of a doctrine selected
information'. I wouldn't mind if the propaganda blitz was truthful, but
it
isn't. The Howard government is pushing bare faced lies in its
propaganda
offensive. Almost every word that is uttered is a lie. Not only is the
propaganda avalanche a lie, many of the people involved had no knowledge
about their role in it.

The High Court's refusal to examine the matter has allowed the Federal
government to plunder the public purse to push their propaganda. What
is
ironic about this sorry little saga, is that the Federal government
tried to
hide the anti dissent legislation (I refuse to call it anti terrorist)
and
present to it to the Australian people as a fait accompli because it
knew
that 'advertising' this piece of legislation would ring alarm bells in
the
community.

It has no hesitation in trying to sell its 'Industrial Destruction'
propaganda before the legislation is tabled in Parliament, because it
knows
the only way it can convince people to support legislation that is
attempting to roll back 100 years of workplace reform, is by lying to
them.

The current propaganda push, although legal, is unethical and immoral.
It
highlights the bankruptcy of a government that is willing to plunder the
public purse to push its ideological agenda. What is difficult to
stomach
is not that the Howard government has embarked on this propaganda
exercise,
but that there is so little public resistance to the government's
current
propaganda offensive.

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



PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED THIS WEEK
KATE SHARPLEY LIBRARY BULLETIN No.43, AUG '05, BM Hurricane, London WCIN
3XX, ENGLAND,
www.katesharpleylibrary.net
OTHER ANARCHIST RECEIVED THIS WEEK
INTERNATIONALISM No.136 OCT/NOV '05, Publication of the International
Communis Current in the US, PO Box 288, NY NY 10018-0288 US.
www.internationalism.org
THE OTHER ISRAEL, No 136 OCT/NOV '05, N/L of the Struggle for
Israeli/Palestine Peace, P.O. Box 2542, Holon 58125, ISRAEL. Tel/Fax 03
5565804, email:otherisr@actcom.co.il

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11TH NOVEMBER 2005
Marks the
A. The 151st anniversary of the formation of the Ballarat Reform League,
the
organisation that spearheaded the Eureka rebellion - 1854.
B. The 125th anniversary of the execution of Ned Kelly at the Old
Melbourne
Goal - 1880.
C. The 118th anniversary of the execution of the Haymarket Martyrs -
1887
D. The 87th anniversary of Armistice Day the end of World War One -
E. The 30th anniversary of the dismissal of the elected reformist
Whitlam
Labor government
RECLAIM THE PAST, UNDERSTAND THE PRESENT, CHANGE THE FUTURE
JOIN THE ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE
10.00am Outside THE OLD MELBOURNE GOAL (the site of Ned Kelly's
execution)
(Corner Russell & MacKenzie St, Melbourne) Near the 8-Hour Monument
FRIDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2005.
TO MARK THESE IMPORTANT EVENTS IN HISTORY

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Qantas has threatened to send more than 3000 highly skilled maintenance
jobs
overseas unless it receives concessions from its workforce. The airline
says
it'll send 3250 of its 6900 engineering & maintenance jobs offshore if
workers don't give up several of their conditions. Qantas is one of the
world's most profitable airlines, posting a record profit of $763.6m for
04-05. Qantas CEO Geoff Dixon recently voiced his support for the Fed
Govt's
IR reforms, saying they'd give established companies greater flexibility
to
adapt to changing conditions. (The Aust, Workers Online)
A Senate enquiry into the Fed govt's changes to industrial relations
laws
will run for only 6 days & will be unable to look into many of the laws'
major elements. The enquiry will not look at unfair dismissal or the
overhaul to the award system. Other subjects the enquiry will avoid incl
secret ballots, suspension & termination of a bargaining period, pattern
bargaining, cooling off periods, remedies for unprotected industrial
action,
strike pay, right of entry, freedom of association & civil penalties for
officers of orgs regarding breaches. (Workers Online)
Aust workers are increasingly unhappy with their jobs & their bosses,
acc to
a new survey. A questionnaire of 7,100 Austs by employment agency SEEK
found
56% of workers unhappy in their jobs, compared to 45% last year. 69% of
workers said they didn't believe their management to be open & honest.
The
same percentage said management failed to provide regular feedback,
while
71% didn't believe their employers responded to suggestions & criticism.
(SMH)
Diseases associated with malnutrition & poor sanitation could re-emerge
as a
result of the fed govt's new vision for Aust workplaces, acc to a new
report. A 120-page analysis of the new industrial laws, carried out by
Sydney Uni & commissioned by Unions NSW, forecasts the life expectancy
gap
b/w lower & higher paid workers will expand significantly. The report
the
university's Aust Centre for IR Research & Training, expects rising
illness
& falling levels of mental & physical health caused by workplace change.
The
report's author, snr centre research fellow Chris Briggs, found the
industrial changes would transform Aust from a "living-wage nation" of
stand-alone salary earners to one where greater numbers of low-wage
earners
would earn lower wages & become dependent on welfare. Dr Briggs said
"the
changes will not see the sky fall in for well-paid employees whose
skills
are in demand, but the floor will fall away for unskilled workers." A
report
prepared for NZ Health Ministry in March this year examined the 80's &
90s
in NZ, when radical workplace changes were introduced along similar
lines to
those proposed by the fed govt. The report found widening inequality had
contributed to rising mortality rates & had created gaps in life
expectancy
b/W low & high-income groups. Cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, other
cancers & suicides also rose among lower-income earners. (The Age)
The majority of Iraqis support armed attacks on Western forces there,
acc to
a survey carried out for the British Ministry of Defence. The survey
found
up to 65% of Iraqis approve of attacks on the US-led occupation forces.
82%
of Iraqis said they were strongly opposed to the presence of US & other
foreign troops. 72% said the occupation forces have made their lives
less
secure. 71% said they rarely get safe clean water, 47% they never have
enough electricity & 70% their sewerage system rarely works. 40% of
those in
the British-occupied south of Iraq are unemployed. Nearly 25,000 Iraqis
have
been reported by the media as being killed in violent attacks in the
first
2yrs of the war. 37% of such casualties were caused by US-led forces,
9.5%
by Iraqi irregular forces & 36% by 'common criminals'. US officials
overseeing spending of the US$20b allocated by the US Congress 2 years
ago
to repair Iraq's water, electricity, health services & oil industry told
a
congressional sub-committee earlier this month that up to 80% of
reconstruction project funds were being spent on 'private security
contractors' - essentially mercenaries. (Green Left)
The majority of Austs don't trust their neighbours & levels of trust are
falling, acc to a new survey. The Wellbeing & Security Survey found only
1/3
of Austs had high levels of trust in their neighbours. Survey author Dr
Philip Hughes said levels of trust had been falling across the community
for
several yrs. About 1/3 of people said they trusted those of a different
race
or religion from their own. Around 10% of people didn't have high levels
of
trust in the members of their immediate family. (Sydney Morning Herald)
QUOTE OF THE MOMENT: "The direct use of physical force is so poor a
solution
to the problem of limited resources that it is commonly employed only by
small children and great nations." David Friedman.
QUOTE OF THE MOMENT: "Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most
wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest
good
of everyone." - John Maynard Keynes.
ATNTF weekly anarchist news report www.apolitical.info

ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Awarded to all Australians who believe that they can trade what few
human
rights and privileges they currently enjoy, for security.

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
'IMMORTALITY The opiate of the IMMATURE' - Joseph Toscano 2005

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DIRECT DEMOCRACY NOT PARLIAMENTARY RULE
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**** 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 $750.00 - $750.00 TO GO
******* THE SITUATION IS NOW BECOMING CRITICAL WITH ONLY 5 WEEKS TO GO
BEFORE THE 3RD DECEMBER. WE HAVE ONLY MANAGED TO RAISE $750.00.
If you're coming to Ballarat to join the Anarchist Media Institute
Eureka
Celebrations Give us a hand to raise the required funds for the banners
*******

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 10
Medals will be awarded
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).

BURY HIM IN AN AVALANCHE OF POSTCARDS AND LETTERS
STUART HIGHWAY - JAILED
Anarchist, veteran human rights and social justice campaigner STUART
HIGHWAY
was sentenced to 8 months (suspended after 3 months)
Mr. STUART HIGHWAY
PRISONER BERRIMAH JAIL,
BERRIMAH CORRECTIONAL FACILITY,
P.O. BOX 1407, DARWIN, NT 0801, AUSTRALIA.


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