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(en) Australia, Anarchist Age Weekly Review No. 667, 7th November 13th November 2005

Date Wed, 09 Nov 2005 11:28:04 +0200


VINDICATED'
The Prime Minister vindicated by the arrest of terror suspects in Melbourne
and Sydney' hardly. Those Australians who doubted the PM's sincerity when
they questioned the timing of his release of information into the public
arena that Australia faced the prospect of an imminent terrorist outrage,
have egg on their faces, I doubt it. I distinctly remember how John Howard,
his brow furrowed, told Australians that he didn't want people who threw
their children overboard in this country. Four years later, it's commonly
accepted that no refugee threw their children overboard and the great
majority of asylum seekers involved in that incident now live in Australia.
I distinctly remember the PM telling the world that Australia couldn't wait
for the UN to make up its mind about whether Iraq should be invaded, because
the Baath Party, led by Saddam Hussein, had weapons of mass destruction at
their disposal. Nearly 3 years later, those elusive weapons have still not
materialised. Whether the terror suspects that have been arrested and
charged were involved in something as innocent as a discussion group or
whether they were, as he has been extensively reported in the media on
the verge of committing a terrorist outrage, is a matter for public
conjecture.
It's up to the courts, not the PM, the Victorian and NSW Premiers, their
Chief Police Commissioners or the media to decide these men's innocence
or guilt.

Currently, both the view that these men were arrested by the thought police
for they were thinking or the community has been saved from a terrorist
outrage by a group of potential suicide murders, is legitimate. If the
judiciary is able to hold its nerve, despite the current political and media
barrage to convict these men before they have faced their accusers in court,
the community will find out the outcome in due course.

Unfortunately, the next group of people who are arrested under the new
batch
of terrorist and sedition laws won't be so lucky. They will be able to
be
secretly detained and interrogated with minimal judicial intervention
and no
media scrutiny. They can have what few rights and liberty they enjoy
stripped away from them, their lives and the lives of their families and
communities destroyed, because some faceless bureaucrat in ASIO believes
they pose a potential threat to the community.

The removal of rights and privileges, checks and balances that have
existed
for generations will not make the community safer as John Howard keeps
telling us, but will create a climate of angry disillusionment and
isolation
among sections of the Australian community that will increase, not
decrease,
the possibility of a home grown terrorist outrage.

POLITICAL AUTHORITY
Irrespective of the state of perpetual fear that the Howard government
is
fostering in the community, irrespective of the draconian authoritarian
legislation that is being pushed through Parliament, irrespective of the
total capitulation of the Federal Opposition, ultimate political
authority
rests in the hands of the people, not the government of the day or the
State. The Federal government can pass whatever legislation it likes,
whether it is able to enforce that legislation is a different matter.

Governments normally rule through community consensus, not by force.
Those
that resort to force, sow the seed of rebellion among the people they
rule.
Whether the Howard government is able to implement its legislative
agenda is
not determined by its ability to push its legislation through
Parliament,
but whether it can convince people that the curtailment of their rights,
privileges and freedoms is in their best interests. Governments that
stop
listening to the people they rule, who believe they know what is best
for
them, create a culture of dissatisfaction and resistance within the
communities they rule.

A government's legitimacy is determined by the cultural consensus it is
able
to create within the community for its political program. Once a
significant minority rejects a government's legitimacy, its ability to
impose its political program on them by exercising the monopoly on force
governments enjoy, is compromised. It seems the Howard government has
bitten off more than it can chew; the resistance to Howard's ideological
wet
dream is not just limited to a disenfranchised minority, it is extending
into his own party room.

The instability that is being created by his four pronged attack on the
Australian people by the passage of his Industrial Relations
(Destruction),
anti-terrorist (Dissent), Welfare to Work (Slavery) and media ownership
laws, will escalate as the Howard government tries to implement its
legislative agenda by threatening to bankrupt and imprison those that
oppose
these laws.

Whether the corporate sector and his political supporters have the nerve
and
stomach to wield the big stick that he is threatening to use and put the
significant gains they have made over the past 20 under threat, or
whether
they sacrifice Howard on the altar or economic and political expediency,
is
another matter.

HOW CONVENIENT!
How convenient, on the very day the Howard government introduced its
Industrial 'Destruction' legislation into Parliament, the Prime Minister
breathlessly tells the Australian people that he has just received
information that the country faces an imminent terrorist outrage. Ho
hum, I
wonder if the people who passed on the information that ASIO has passed
onto
the Prime Minister, has come from the very same people that told the
Prime
Minister that Australia had to invade Iraq because the Baath Party has
'weapons of mass destruction' at their disposal.

John Howard hasn't much of a reputation when it comes to telling the
truth.
When you consider his core and non core promises, the children overboard
fiasco and his never never a GST saga, any sane rational person isn't
going
to take much notice of the boy who has learned to call wolf whenever he
doesn't want people to pay close attention to what he is doing. If we
faced
a potential terrorist outrage, you'd think he'd do something about it,
instead of recalling the Senate.

First, he is responsible for creating the conditions that have increased
Australia's risk of becoming a terrorist target, then he uses that
potential
risk to divert the public's attention from legislation that will wipe
away
from the gains made through over 100 years of community and workplace
struggle. Talk about Machiavellian; Machiavelli was an amateur when
compared to our beloved Prime Minister.

Howard may think he can fool most of the people most of the time, but
there
is no way he is going to fool all of us all the time. There are
terrorists
living in Australia, they wear suits, appear on television during the
evening news and use the spectre of terrorism to bolster their political
position. They push legislation through Parliament that does more
damage
than any terrorist outrage could ever do. The Industrial 'Destruction'
legislation that is being lobbed into Parliament by the Prime Minister
with
the adroitness of an SAS soldier throwing a hand grenade into a bunker,
will
eventually maim and kill thousands of Australians.

Yes Virginia, politicians do exist who will use all the means at their
disposal to deflect the fourth estate's attention from the main
parliamentary game. Fortunately for the country, there are an
increasing
number of Australians who have learnt to ignore the boy who's called
wolf
once too often, and have their eyes firmly on the only game in town the
Industrial 'Destruction' legislation - that has been introduced into
Parliament by a government that has deserted its constituents in favour
of
corporate Australia.

REDFERN, PALM ISLAND, PARIS
The riot that began in Paris on the 27th October, when 2 teenagers were
electrocuted as they hid in an electrical substation to flee a police
identity check, has exposed the soft underbelly of French society. The
French have a long history of using direct action to capture the
attention
of governments that have stopped listening to their concerns. Over 5
million descendants of France's former Algerian and African colonies
live in
massive housing estates on the edges of France's main cities these are
the
people who are currently rioting because they are sick of being excluded
from the French tourist postcard dream.

Many of the immigrants in France, whose children are now tearing up
their
own communities, came to France because they supported France's colonial
presence in Algeria and Africa. They followed the evacuating French
armies
to France because their own people would have targeted them for
collaborating with France's former colonial governments.

It's ironic that it's the children and grandchildren of the very people
that
helped to create France's colonial empire, that have been excluded from
French society for so long. This isn't a movement of disaffected youth
who
are involved in violence for violence's sake; this is a political
movement
that has sprung from decades of neglect and racism.

The blame for the continuing riots can be laid directly on the shoulders
of
hardline conservative Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy. His comments
have
inflamed the situation. The youths that are involved in direct action
campaigns around France, have called for the resignation of Nicolas
Sarkozy,
as well as solutions to the provocative policing, economic inequalities
and
racism they continue to suffer.

Their demands for Sarkozy's resignation will not end until he is removed
from his current portfolio. Social problems require social solutions.
Whether it is Paris or Redfern or Palm Island in Australia, the problem
is
the same. You cannot tackle social problems by increasing the police
presence in communities that are socially isolated and exploited. Those
governments that ignore the frustrations that their policies create, do
as
the authorities in Redfern, Palm Island and France have discovered,
ignore
them at their own peril.

TORTURE CHAMBERS
The International Committee of the Red Cross wants access to all
al-Qaida
suspects held by the CIA. The CIA, hampered by the US Constitution, has
opened up 8 torture chambers outside the US to interrogate 'high worth'
al-Qaida suspects. Concerned about the negative publicity generated by
the
treatment of prisoners at Camp X in Cuba, the US administration has
outsourced its torture to sympathetic governments. Suspects are
kidnapped,
held incognito, tortured and then 'warehoused' in 'safe' prisons by the
CIA.

Up to 8 foreign governments that don't have too many qualms about how
human
beings are treated and interrogated, are making a quid providing the CIA
with the personnel equipment and secure areas to practice their 'craft'
in
these illegal covert detention centres. The US administration's tactics
only harden the resolve of those they are torturing. Concerned that
they
wouldn't be able to torture and illegally detain people in the US, they
have
solved their dilemma by outsourcing their covert detention centres to
the
Middle East and the former Soviet Union.

Their activities have the opposite effect to the effect they want to
create.
Instead of collecting information that will allow them to pursue their
'war
on terror', all they have succeeded in doing is increasing the number of
people who are joining the very organisations they claim they want to
destroy. Their covert torture chambers have destroyed what little
credibility the US administration enjoys. Considering it's been over 4
years since 9/11, their tactics haven't snared any of the more prominent
al-Qaida leaders. All they have succeeded in doing is alienating more
and
more people around the world.

Not that what we are seeing is anything new. The CIA has been using
covert
torture centres since the end of WWII. Many German Nazis were
incorporated
into the US Secret Service in the late 1940's to fight the communist
menace.
Illegal detention, torture and judicial and extra judicial executions
have
been used by successive US administrations. The history of Central and
South America is a history of the barbarism of US imperialism. Covert
overseas torture chambers run by the CIA are not an aberration; they are
the
stock in trade of the CIA and successive Republican and Democratic
administrations.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. What do anarchists hope to achieve'
A. The anarchist project is very simple. Anarchists want to create a
society without rulers, nothing more nothing less. Anarchism isn't an
ideology, a religion or a way of life. The problem faced by anarchists
is
the very real one of trying to determine what institutions and
structures
need to be created to make anarchism a reality.
Access to both power and wealth form the cornerstone of the anarchist
project. You can't create a society without rulers, if power and wealth
is
not shared. The greater the centralisation of power and wealth, the
smaller
the ruling elite becomes. Anarchists want to hold wealth in common and
talk
about direct democracy the people involved in a decision, making that
decision - because they think structures and institutions based on these
principles removes power and wealth from the hands of an elite and gives
everybody the chance to make the most of their lives.
The other major problems facing anarchists is to determine why people
would
want to live in a society without rulers and what would get them to take
a
serious interest in the anarchist project. Paradoxically, for a
political
movement that is accused of fostering chaos, the single most important
reason people would want to live in a society without rulers is
security.
An anarchist society provides individual security by promoting the
health
and wealth of the collective.
Individuals have the power to make the most of their lives in an
anarchist
community because they know that their individual well being is
intrinsically linked to the well being and health of the community as a
whole.

ACTION BOX
'UNLIMITED OPPORTUNITY'
Most activists are going around heads down, carrying on about how the
gains
of a century of struggle, are about to be wiped away. The current
Tweedle
Dee and Tweedle Dum onslaught on the rights, privileges, conditions and
wages Australians currently enjoy, marks a period of unappalled
opportunity
for activists. For the last 30 years, it has been impossible to
successfully dent the respectability of the parliamentary juggernaut.
The
Senate, during most of this period, has not been controlled by the
political
party that exercises power in the House of Representatives.
Political activity during this period has revolved around activists
trying
to apply pressure on the opposition parties to block legislation in the
Senate. Extra-parliamentary politics become the refuge of the
politically
powerless. The parliamentary deadlock has forced us to make
increasingly
empty gestures on the political sidelines. Over the past 12 months,
things
have radically changed. There are no parliamentary solutions to the
increasingly violent parliamentary attacks that the Howard government
has
unleashed on the people. The only way the savagery of these attacks can
be
halted by mass extra-parliamentary action.
The political and social struggle has now moved into a new phase - the
extra-parliamentary arena - an arena we anarchists are familiar with.
More
and more organisations are speaking out; more people are talking
politics,
more activity is being generated in both parliamentary and
extra-parliamentary circles. Direct action is once again on the
political
agenda. When governments stop listening to the people they
theoretically
represent, people take action. Ultimate political authority rests in
the
hands of the people, not the government of the day or the State.
History
has been rewritten when people flex their collective muscle and take
action.
The Berlin Wall collapsed as a result of peoples taking action. The
South
African apartheid government collapsed when the extra-parliamentary
pressure
that was applied to the government forced the apartheid government to
make
radical reforms.
The American and French revolutions changed the course of history. The
Paris Commune in 1871 redefined the democratic process. France 1968
highlighted the illusory nature of parliamentary rule. The Eureka
rebellion
in 1854 tipped over the applecart and allowed everybody to eat apples,
not
just a privileged few. We are on the verge of a period of unlimited
political opportunity; apples are beginning to spill out of a wobbly
applecart. We need to accelerate this process by becoming more actively
involved in this growing extra-parliamentary movement so we can tip over
the
applecart and make sure that everybody is able to enjoy the fruits of
their
labour not just the State and the corporate world.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
THE EUREKA SERIES No.10 2005
'THE OLD BALLARAT CEMETERY'
THE DIGGERS MEMORIAL / THE SOLDIERS MEMORIAL

Last year the Anarchist Media Institute expanded the role of the 'Reclaim
the Radical Spirit of the Eureka Rebellion' celebrations by including a
visit to the old Ballarat cemetery to pay our respects to those who died
in the Eureka battle. Some are buried under the Diggers Memorial, others
in the Soldiers Memorial, while others are scattered throughout the
cemetery.
The old Ballarat cemetery was gazetted in 1856, covers over 17 acres and
has about 35,000 interments. A large number of people connected with Eureka
are buried at the cemetery.
On the 22nd of March 1856, a monument known as the Diggers Monument was
unveiled on the spot where the diggers were buried. James Legatt - a
sculptor from Geelong, worked on the monument himself before donating it
to the people of Ballarat. It is 3.3 metres high and a metre wide at its
base.
It is a grey sandstone obelisk with the names of the diggers who are buried
on one side. It is surmounted on a draped urn and stands on a bluestone
plinth. Not all the miners that died at Ballarat are buried under the
Diggers Memorial. Thaddeus Moore, Patrick Gittings and John Hynes were
buried at Geelong. In 1857, the bodies of Captain Ross (the Eureka Flag's
bridegroom), Thonen the lemonade seller, James Brown and Tom the blacksmith
were removed from their resting places near the Eureka stockade and
reburied under the Diggers Monument.
An inscription placed on the base of the monument reads, 'Sacred to the
memory of those who fell on the memorable 3rd December 1854 in resisting
the unconstitutional proceeding of the Victorian Government' A cast iron
fence was erected around the monument on the 15th October 1872.
The soldiers where initially buried in individual graves. Headstones where
erected to commemorate Captain Henry Wise, Privates Michael Roney and Joseph
Wall of the 40th Regiment and Captain George Littlehales*, Privates William
Webb, Felix Boyle and John Hall of the 12th Regiment. The graves fell into
disrepair and in 1879 the government of Victoria erected a Soldiers Monument
to rival that of the Diggers Monument. The words on the monument were
carefully chosen.
A quarter of a century after the battle had ended, wounds were still
smarting about the Victorian government's involvement in the Eureka
massacre. The inscription reads, 'In this place, with other soldiers and
civilians of the military camp then in Ballarat, were buried the remains
of the British soldiers, who fell dead and fatally wounded at the Eureka
stockade in brave devotion to duty on Sunday the 3rd day of December,
1854 whilst attacking a band of aggrieved diggers in arms against what they
regarded as a tyrannous administration' It looks like the noble art of
spin doctoring existed in 1879.
*NOTE Captain Littlehales died of dysentery in 1855. He took part in
the storming of the Eureka Stockade in December 1854.
NEXT WEEK: A thumbnail sketch of the solders who died during or soon
after the Eureka battle.
SOURCE OF ARTICLE: The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Justine Corfield, Dorathy
Wickham & Clare Gervasoni, Ballarat Heritage Services 2004, ISBN
1876478616.

BOOK REVIEW
'SOCIAL ANARCHISM
A Journal of Theory and Practice'
By Atlantic Centre for Research & Education,
Number 38, 2005, ISBN 0 196 480 1
I believe 'Social Anarchism' has been around for over 20 years. Every year
one of two issues of this professionally produced magazine mysteriously
appears in our PO Box. Produced by the Atlantic Centre for Research and
Education in the US, but with contributors from all over the world, this
magazine attempts to make anarchism relevant in an age when authoritarian
solution are becoming more fashionable.
Edited by Howard J Ehrlich and an editorial board of about a dozen, they
prod and poke at the more difficult aspects of anarchist theory. Issue No.
38 Tackles such exciting and obtuse topics as 'JackBooted Pigs and Gramma's
Apple Pie', 'Fire Spitter', Jayne Cortez and 'The Poetics of the Disaporic
Resistance' as well as the 'Revolutionary Interzone' and 'Revolutionary
Violence' and 'The Future Anarchist Order'. It the reader ignores the post
modern titles, they can pick up a few contemporary few gems about anarchist
thought and practice.
'Social Anarchism' comes into its own with its reviews of non authoritarian
and anarchist literature. It provides reviews of the new publications
that range from the pedestrian to the illuminating. In this edition, both
essays and books are quietly and methodically dismembered for the reader.
Titles range from 'Anarchist Modernism! Art, Politics and The First American
Avant'Garde', to Alexandre Skirda's 'Nestor Makhno Anachy's Cossack The
Struggle for Free Soviets in the Ukraine 19171921'.
If readers take the time, dictionary in hand, to pick through the academic
jargon, 'Social Anarchism' will tickle the cerebral sulci. It is a
worthwhile addition to the slim volume of serious academic literature that
attempts to shove anarchism into the 21st century. It is an 'ideas' journal
that does on occasion have something to say about practical reality.
Considering that over 23 people contributed to this 94-page issue, and that
I think it took Issue No.38 longer to materialise than it takes a sperm
and ovum to produce a human being, I expected more. Yes more!! If 'Social
Anarchism' wants to make more of an impact on the anarchist movement, they
should try to become a quarterly and solicit a few more articles about what
is happening in the real world. Currently they are only fulfilling parts
of their 'mission' statement 'as both political philosophy and personal
lifestyle, Social Anarchism promotes community self reliance, direct
participation in political decision making, respect for nature and
non-violent paths to peace and justice'.
I recommend you subscribe to 'Social Anarchism', despite its
limitations.
There is precious little available in English about the dilemmas that
face anarchists in the 21st century.
'Social Anarchism', 2743 Maryland Av, Baltimore MD 21218, US

www.socialanarchism.org/ email: editors@socialanarchism.org
Current issues cost US$6.00 plus postage back Issues No. 1 to 37
available
for US$5.00 plus postage.

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
You put a pick anywhere in the ground, broken fibro bits of concrete, rusted
cans, animal bones. Cities hug the earth like a cancer, twisting, turning,
spreading; covering it with concrete excrement. Sky scrappers gather in
two's and three's, copulate and fill the heavens with concrete and glass
dreams. Bitumen roads and dirt tracks dissect the planet, giving human
beings the opportunity to fill the planet with excrement of civilisation.
Not content with scaling the Himalayas, climbers fan around the globe trying
to bag the big seven. Big game hunters, pockets stuffed with cash, vehicles
glowing with polished metal buy licences to shoot and stuff the big four
lion, elephant, rhinoceros and one other whose name escapes me.
Taxidermists prepare, stuff and mount the skins of those animals to give
the big four boys and girls a permanent glimpse of the pornography of death.
Emaciated stick figure, protruding bellies, with the ubiquitous flies
resting on the corner on their encrusted eyes, glance at us through the
lens of the camera as we stuff Kentucky Fried down our gullets - Extras in a
tale of an unparalleled privilege. Pompous, pouting politicians piously
point at emasculated plenipotentiaries washing their hands of the reality of
their deeds. Gyrating young things focus the gyroscope of desire on the
products they have mounted, sucked and copulated with.
TV land junkies lap up the pneumatic display dialling 1800 numbers to
purchase the latest bit of metal and plastic that will make their lives
complete. Corporate satyrs dance on the planet's corpses doubling their
personal wealth in nanoseconds.
National anthems ring out across the planet as atomised individuals
narcissistically focus on their genitals, masturbating their lives away
while they cerebrally masticate the celluloid images pouring out of the wide
screen. Internet junkies shoot up the hopelessness squeezed out of millions
of lost souls looking for eternal salvation. Welcome to the 21st century
- the anarchist century.

STOP PRESS
CHRISTIANS AGAINST TERRORISM 'SEARCH FOR TERRORISM BEGINS AT HOME'
'Christians Against Terrorism' will be going to Pine Gap in the next 2
weeks to demand that the US owned and controlled Pine Gap military complex be
inspected by a citizens group for possible terrorist activity. Pine Gap
is used to guide the missiles and smart bombs that have been used by the US
in Iraq and Afghanistan that have resulted in the deaths of thousands of
civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan. It plays a major role in the US
campaign to dominate economic and political activity around the world.
Pine Gap is also a major component of the proposed missile defence shield
which the US will use to intimidate people by rattling the nuclear
sabre.
The presence of Pine Gap on Australian soil has always been a major point of
contention. On the 11th of November 1983, over 700 women gathered at Pine
Gap to oppose the military juggernaut. In October 1987, over 300 people
were arrested at a 'Close the Gap' action organised by the Australian
Anti-Bases Coalition and the Alice Springs Peace group. The next mass
action took place on the 7th 9th of October 2002 to protest against
Pine Gap's role in the Iraq invasion.
'Christians Against Terrorism' will be going to Pine Gap in the next 2
weeks. They have stated 'our little affinity group is expecting to
undertake civil disobedience at Pine Gap. We believe that Pine Gap, and
therefore the laws protecting it, is unjust in its operation. We will
break the minor law to pursue justice and the greater good'.
They are looking for people, non Christians and Christians alike, to sign a
statement of solidarity with their demand to inspect the Pine Gap facility,
for terrorist activity. Write to 'Christians Against Terrorism', PO Box
5187, West End QLD 4101 Australia for a copy of their petition. They would
like to receive as many signed petitions as possible before they leave
Brisbane.
They will travel from Brisbane via Rockhampton, Townsville, Mt Isa Three
Ways. If there are people on the way that can help, you can call them on 07
3425 3003 before the 20th of November. They need some practical assistance
to get to Pine Gap. If you think you can help or want to join them on
their trip to Pine Gap, phone Jim Dowling on 07 3425 3003 before the 20th of
November.

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

PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED THIS WEEK
UMANITA NOVA Vol 85 No.32 EL 9TH OCT 2005, Settimanale Anarchico, C.50
Palermo 46, 10152, Torino ITALY. tel/fax (011) 857850 Mobile 338-6594361
email:fat@inrete.it
OTHER ANARCHIST RECEIVED THIS WEEK
AN IRREGULAR GIPPSLAND PEACE NEWSLETTER No.16 NOV 05, Peter Gardner
C/-PO Swifts Creek 3896, Vic, AUSTRALIA. ngarak@bigpond.com
COALITION FOR PRISONERS RIGHTS NEWSLETTER, Vol 30 No10 OCT 05, P.O. Box
1911, Sante Fe, NM 87504-1911, UNITED STATES
SLAUGHTERHOUSES & PRISONS FOR ALL THE ANIMALS Anthony Rayson-12page
pamphlet, Prison Abolition Anarchist, PO Box 721, Homewood IL 60430, US

anthonyrayson@hotmail.com chicagoABC.ORG

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The ALP leadership has unanimously supported the Fed govt's anti-terror
laws. Although a small number of ALP politicians objected, with some saying
they may oppose the Bills once they're presented in Parliament, a motion by
Mr Beazley to support the laws in principle was passed without dissent. The
legislation is currently on its 64th draft, mainly due to continued concerns
about lack of judicial supervision, the long sunset clause, how sedition
will be interpreted by authorities, & other potential human rights
infringements. (Herald-Sun)
QUOTE OF THE MOMENT: "You can judge politicians by how they treat
refugees;
they do to them what they would do to everyone else if they could get
away with it." Ken Livingstone.
ATNTF weekly anarchist news report www.apolitical.info

ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Awarded to our beloved PM John Howard for trying to bury the Industrial
Destruction legislation in an avalanche of TERROR ALERTS!! TERROR ALERT
Terrorists are at work, they wear suits, their faces appear on the evening
news and they have been seeing lurking on the government and opposition
crossbenches Approach with Caution DANGER, DANGER, DANGER!!

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
'SLEEP A DRESS REHEARSAL FOR DEATH' Joseph Toscano 2005
(I'm sure somebody else has said this but I can't remember who)

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.

PEOPLE FOR CONSTITUTIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS
* FEDERATION SQUARE *
16th November 2005 - Wednesday 11.30am
CNR Flinders and Swanston Street, Melbourne
ALL WELCOME!! RECLAIM PUBLIC SPACE

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;
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*** MULTI-COLOURED GLOSSY A3 POSTER AVAILABLE FOR 20 50c STAMPS.
(Price includes packaging, poster in secure cylinder and postage
anywhere in
Australia) ***

DIRECT DEMOCRACY NOT PARLIAMENTARY RULE
Week FORTY FIVE 91 members
459 TO GO!!
APPLICATIONS HAVE SLOWED TO A TRICKLE!!. IF YOU WANT TO SPEED UP THE
PROCESS, SEND YOUR COMPLTED APPLICATION FORM IN TODAY.
Fill in that Application Form we recently sent to you and send it ASAP to
P.O. BOX 5035, ALPHINGTON 3078
If you haven't an Application Form, download it from Web:
www.rulebythepeople.org
or write to us at P.O. BOX 5035, ALPHINGTON 3078 for a Application Form
ALREADY JOINED
Photocopy the spare copy you've received with your membership card and
distribute to your friends, workmates or set up a stall in the places you
live and work in. Whether Direct Democracy Not Parliamentary Rule becomes a
reality ultimately rests in your hands. Web:www.rulebythepeople.org
Email:supporters@rulebythepeople.org Tel: 0439 395 489
BUILD an alternative to the fossilised parliamentary system. Stop giving a
signed blank cheque to politicians to make decisions on you behalf.
JOIN: DIRECT DEMOCRACY NOT PARLIAMENTARY RULE
Written & Authorised by Dr. Joseph TOSCANO
Suite 4 / 2187 Princes Highway, Clayton 3168, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
** Go to rulebythepeople.org & sign up to our low traffic official group
news broadcast email list. **
MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE THE GROUP'S 4th NEWSLETTER IN MID JANUARY

**** 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 4 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 Bakery Hill for a light lunch & drinks. (BYO food &
drinks).
2.00pm JOIN DIGGERS MARCH AT BAKERY HILL (Normally held on the 1st
Saturday after the 3rd of December this year our march coincides with the
Diggers March and they have invited us to march with them)
March back to Eureka Park for a well earned rest, drinks, conversation and
then home James!!
(BYO FOOD AND 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)
(He was found guilty of criminal damage to a police car broken windscreen
that occurred during a protest he was involved in against the NT govt's
draconian drug laws in 2002)
We encourage our readers to send him a weekly letter or postcard to let the
prison authorities and the NT government know that Stuart Highway has many
friends in the community who are concerned about his welfare while he is in
prison.
Mr. STUART HIGHWAY
PRISONER BERRIMAH JAIL,
BERRIMAH CORRECTIONAL FACILITY,
P.O. BOX 1407, DARWIN, NT 0801, AUSTRALIA.

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