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(en) Australia, Anarchist Age Weekly Review No. 662 3rd October 9th October 2005

Date Wed, 05 Oct 2005 11:31:17 +0200


WHY DO IT?
Why do it? (Sunday Age 2/10), Michelle Gratton's article about 'Attracting
enough good people into politics' doesn't touch on the major reason
increasing numbers of Australians are becoming cynical about the political
process until the very end of the article when the veteran Labor M.P. Carmen
Lawrence states 'But our system is a 'thin 'democracy there is not much
participation. It's vote and shut up'. Cynicism is a legitimate and logical
response to a political system that promises so much but delivers so little.
Representative democracy is essentially two minutes of illusory power.
Every 3 years, Australian electors are forced by legislation to give a
signed blank cheque to their political representatives to make decisions on
their behalf. Parliamentary democracy is essentially an act of faith.
People put their faith in their parliamentary representatives hoping they'll
keep a few of the promises they have made. If they don't, electors can go
through the same sorry charade in 3 years time, giving another signed blank
cheque to another group of politicians to act on their behalf. The matter
is complicated by the fact that real power in Australia doesn't lie in
parliament, it lies in the boardrooms of national and transnational
corporations. What type of decisions our parliamentary representatives are
able to make, are determined by the need of the corporate sector to look
after the interests of their major shareholders, not the needs of the people
our parliamentarians theoretically represent the elector.

Electors in Australia are more powerless than many of their democratic
counterparts overseas because there is no mechanism within the Australian
Constitution that allows citizens to initiate constitutional change. Only
the government of the day has the constitutional power to put questions to
the people to alter the Constitution in a referendum. The disillusionment
felt by an increasing number of Australian about the parliamentary process
is highlighted by an Electoral Act that promotes the major political parties
at the expense of smaller parties. Australia's compulsory preferential
voting system means that irrespective of who an elector votes for, it's
highly likely that their vote will ultimately be directed to one of the two
major political parties.

The Electoral Act has been structured to sabotage campaigns that are fought
by Independents. In the Senate, a candidate who is part of a group that is
not a registered political party, can have a box above the line but cannot
have any name next to it. They can not have the 'Independent' placed next
to the box because the major political parties are very concerned that
voters would vote for Independent candidates. Only Independent candidates
who don't have a box above the line, who require every box below the line to
be filled by voters, can have the word 'Independent' placed next to their
name. This is just a host of electoral laws that are designed to allow the
major political party mafia to dominate the electoral process.

As Carmen Lawrence has suggested, the political class is not interested in
looking at the state of Australian democracy. They have no interest in
innovations like direct democracy, recallable members of parliament or
citizen initiated referenda because these reforms would loosen the monopoly
they exercise over the political and electoral process. The unrelenting
cynicism and automatic denigration of politicians maybe dangerous to
parliamentary rule, but it is not dangerous as Michelle Gratton has
suggested to democracy rule of the people, for the people, by the people.
It can only promote and enhance it.

EXTRAORDINARY
It's extraordinary that just a week after Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum agreed
to strip away rights and privileges that Australians have enjoyed for
generations to protect us from a terrorist threat their policies have helped
to create, they have now agreed they want 4 year Federal parliamentary
terms. This push to extend the time, by which they can legally hold office
while ignoring the calls for the inclusion of a Bill of Rights in the
Australian Constitution, is symptomatic of the intellectual, moral and
ethical vacuum in political life in this country.

Every 3 years Australians on the electoral roll are forced by law to give a
signed blank cheque to a bunch of politicians who can promise them one thing
while campaigning and do exactly the opposite while in office. It's bad
enough that electors can't do anything about it till the next Federal
election when they have the opportunity of going through the electoral
charade once again putting their faith in another bunch of politicians
hoping that the next group will honour their electoral promises.

What is worse is that the Australian people are hamstrung by a Constitution
where change can only be initiated by their parliamentary representatives.
No wonder we see politicians from the major political parties calling for
Australians to vote on referendums that increase the powers they can
exercise, but ignore calls to hold referendums that protect and extend the
rights that ordinary citizens can exercise.

Disillusionment with representative democracy is not just an Australian
phenomenon. Around the world, fewer and fewer people are putting their
faith in a system that in many people's eyes is democratic in name only.
The situation is becoming more critical in those societies like Australia
that do not have processes that allow people to directly pursue political
reform through citizen initiated referendums and that allow them to recall
representatives who do not fulfil their promises.

Political elites that stymie and ignore calls for reform and allow their
people to impotently flail about in the political, ethical and moral
quagmire they have created, do so (as the miners involved in the Eureka
rebellion in 1854 demonstrated) at their own peril because ultimate
political authority in a democratic society rests in the hands of the
people, not their rulers or their parliamentary representatives.

'No More EBA's, No Unions, No Unfair Dismissal, No Redundancies,
No Casuals forced into full time work'
Welcome to Howard's 'flexible' brave New World casual, part time workers
will be at the beck and call of employers 144 hours a week and if they don't
like it, they can lump it. Those who have the audacity to want to
collectively bargain, can look elsewhere. The last barrier to Howard's
workplace nirvana will be removed; employers will have all the legal cards
in their hands. Those workers who refuse to march to Howard's new
Industrial Relations laws, will not only find it difficult to obtain work,
they will be faced with a number of legal obstacles that will allow
employers to legally bankrupt them and take away their homes if they try to
withdraw their labour.

Under Howard's Industrial Relations laws, anything goes. Workers don't even
have the right to withdraw their labour, let alone protest. The brave New
World that can be expected to be experienced by million of workers was
highlighted this week by the actions of Express Data. This company ordered
its warehouse supervisors to sign Individual Workplace Agreements (I refuse
to call them Australian Workplace Agreements, as there is nothing Australian
about them), or find work elsewhere. Members of the National Union of
Workers, who protested against the ultimatum and took industrial action,
were issued with dismissal notices. The new Industrial legislation hasn't
even been put in place and corporations and individual employers are flexing
their muscles.

The situation workers currently find themselves in is directly linked to the
loss of the militant tradition that had served workers so well for so long.
Workplace rights and privileges, wages and conditions that so many workers
have taken for granted for so long, didn't just materialise out of thin air.
Both unionised and non unionised workers face a difficult period. What type
of legislation will be introduced into parliament, will be determined by the
level of opposition workers are able to muster.

Those who think an advertising campaign will do it for them, are kidding
themselves. Australia's 8 million workers and their families have 2
options, they can continue to believe the hype and propaganda they are being
showered with or they can join together and fight these changes in the
workplace and the streets. Those who are too frightened to react, will soon
find out the reality that awaits them in a world where employers decide what
they believe they are worth.

'TERROR'
Terror is an everyday feature of our lives. The terror of losing your
livelihood because of the government's new Industrial Relations laws far
outweighs the terror that is created by the indiscriminate murder of people
in Bali. The daily terror experienced by the people of Iraq as a direct
consequence of the invasion by the 'coalition of the willing' (an invasion
that had the second largest reserve of oil on the planet for Western
interests than the creation of a democratic State) is something that
Australian's are now beginning to understand.

The terror of having to live with laws, that allow the State and its
security agencies to detain and interrogate people without charge because
they may inadvertently have information that may assist the authorities in
their investigations. The terror of finding out that if you don't
cooperate, you can be jailed for up to 5 years, are terrors that Australians
who protest against their government's policies are beginning to experience.
The terror of being an asylum seeker in this country, of being legally held
in detention indefinitely because nobody believes you or wants you, is a
terror that's experienced daily by the refugees on the Tampa who are still
being held on Nauru.

The terror of having to live on an old age pension, after a lifetime of
work, knowing that your contribution to society has not been acknowledged
let alone valued, knowing that you will have to sell your home to get access
to a nursing home bed, is a terror experienced by many elderly Australians
every day of their retirement. The terror of knowing that you have to wait
for a public hospital bed in an understaffed and under-funded public
hospital sector is a terror experienced by many Australians who don't have
the disposable income to buy private health insurance.

The terror of being a Muslim in Howard's Australia, knowing that you will be
personally blamed every time a bomb goes off in the world, by a population
that's conveniently forgotten that the presence of Australian troops in
invading armies in Afghanistan and Iraq may have something to do with the
current spate of suicide murders. The terror of being an indigenous
Australian living as an outcast on the margins of a land your people have
continuously occupied for over 40,000 years, waiting for Australians to
start the reconciliation process by entering into a meaningful treaty with
this land's original owners, is a terror indigenous Australians have
experienced for 217 years.

These are just a few of the terrors we face as individuals and as a
community in Australia today. Terror is directly linked to the level of
insecurity people experience and feel in their day to day life, it is not
just caused by indiscriminate explosions.

WILTING
This country's manufacturing industry, home to Australia's unskilled and
semi skilled workers, is coming under sustained pressure from the deadly
combination of increased raw material costs and imports. Over 50,000 full
time manufacturing jobs have disappeared from the manufacturing sector in
the past 12 months. Import competition from low labour cost countries is
driving the nail into the Australian manufacturing coffin. Companies are
closing down their Australian branches and taking advantage of non unionised
low cost labour in Asia and India. Over 50% of consumption that occurs in
Australia is now dependent on imports. More and more Australian industries
are bearing the brunt of the Liberal and Labor Parties 'free' trade
policies.

The current rise in retail sales is interlinked with the availability of
easy credit and cheaper imports. What at first seems to be a win win
situation for everybody is the harbinger of tougher times, not just for
Australia's manufacturing workers, but for the retail industry and clerical
workers. As quickly as new jobs are created, they are exported to low
labour cost countries. Insecurity, part time casual work and a credit
driven consumer recovery, are the legacies of the current craze for 'free
trade'. The capitalist juggernaut lumbers on devouring everything before
it. Drowning in consumer goods, workers are wasting their lives producing
goods that they don't need or want in order to produce increasing profits
for corporations whose only allegiance is to their major shareholder's
bottom line.

Production for productions sake, the destruction of non renewable resources
to create manufactured goods that nobody needs, and the exploitation of
labour to create these useless goods, is the merry go round most workers
find themselves on. The problem isn't just one of increasing unemployment
levels; it's much deeper than most commentators think.

The current situation is both unsustainable and dangerous. It needs to be
seen and tackled in ways that go beyond just employment levels. Production
needs to be put back into the hands of communities. What is produced, how
it's produced, what resources will be used, are not decisions that should be
made by transnational corporations. They should be made by the people
affected by those decisions. How resources are used and for what purpose
they are used, are decisions that are too important to be left to 'market'
forces. They should be made by the communities that are affected by these
decisions. If this occurred, the impending crisis faced by both the people
and the planet, as a result of the current economic system, could be tackled
successfully.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. Anarchist culture - fact or fiction?
A. John Howard's most successful and enduring success during his Prime
Ministership has been his ability to significantly change Australian
culture. A change in laws means nothing, if you can't make the cultural
changes to ensure that people accept those laws. The creation of an
anarchist society and its continued survival revolves around the ability of
that community to make significant cultural changes that reflect the
principles that society is based on.
Anarchist culture is as legitimate and real as a capitalist or nationalist
culture. It is dependent on people adopting non hierarchical forms of
organisation as the norm, not the exception. It is dependent on people
accepting their individual freedom and security, is interlinked with
everybody else's ability to exercise the same rights. It is dependent on
the idea that property is held in common by the community, not controlled by
the State or private sector. Most importantly of all, an anarchist culture
is dependent on people's active participation in the life of their
community.
Culture is interlinked with the types of institutions that are created,
people's interaction with each other and the common vision that is shared by
the community. Capitalist culture is based on the idea of winners and
losers, private solutions to social problems and the creation of
institutions that encourage people to acquire and consume, irrespective of
the human and social costs. Cultural changes are real, they set the pattern
that determines how people think and behave in certain situations. They
become such a constant feature of life, people are not aware of them,
accepting that what they feel and experience is the only legitimate logical
response to the situation they find themselves in.
Replacing one set of cultural principles with another is both simple and
difficult. It is simple when institutions change to reflect the cultural
changes that are happening in the community. It is difficult when the
dominant institutions continue to reflect the ideas, ideology and personal
opinions of those who exert authority in them. Cultural change is
interlinked with institutional change; one can't happen without the other.
Social revolution the goal of the anarchist movement - can be achieved if
we strive to break down the power of the institutions that dominate us and
replace them with new institutions that are non hierarchical, non
centralised and democratic.
The development of an anarchist culture is dependent on the creation of new
institutions; changing the names and faces of those who use the old
institutions to implement their cultural agenda, reinforces the old cultural
mores.

ACTION BOX
'FEAST' DAYS - 11TH NOVEMBER
Every society has days that reflect the essence of that community. Their
'feast' days may not necessarily be 'our feast' days. What days are
important to you as a radical activist? Do you celebrate the Queen's
Birthday, Christmas and Easter? Do you observe religious and nationalist
festivals? If you don't, you should give serious consideration to
celebrating 'feast' days that reflect your hopes and aspirations. In
Australia, the 11th November is a day that figures prominently in Australian
radical history. The Anarchist Media Institute encourages radical activists
around the country to mark the 11th November and use the past to understand
the present and change the future. We observe the 11th November because it
encompasses 4 events that have and continue to have a significant effect on
this country.
THE 11TH NOVEMBER MARKS:
A. The 150th anniversary of the formation of the Ballarat Reform League, the
organisation that spearheaded the Eureka rebellion. On the 11th November
1854, a monster meeting at Bakery Hill in Ballarat attended by up to 12,000
miners and their supporters adopted the principles of the Ballarat Reform
League.
i) Full and fair representation in parliament
ii) Male suffrage
iii) The removal of property qualifications for members of the Legislative
Assembly
iv) Salaries for members
v) A shorter duration of parliament
vi) The total abolition of the Diggers & Storekeepers License Tax
B. The 125th anniversary of the execution of Ned Kelly at the Old Melbourne
Goal. Although the story about Ned Kelly is well known, the politics behind
his story remains unknown. Ned Kelly and his gang could roam freely for so
long in Northern Victoria because his gang enjoyed the active support of
much of the population. On the 5th November 1880, 6 days before he was
executed, over 7,000 people gathered to protest the sentence at the
Hippodrome in Exhibition Street, Melbourne. Several days later 1,000 people
gathered at Government House to present a petition with 32,000 signatures on
it that called for Ned Kelly's life to be spared. On the 9th November,
several thousand protestors gathered at the corner of Latrobe and Swanston
Street calling for his execution to be suspended. On the 11th November,
over 5,000 people gathered outside the Old Melbourne Goal, to protest his
execution.
C. The 87th anniversary of Armistice Day the end of World War One 'The
War to end all wars'. We mark the successful anti conscription struggles
that occurred during WWI, struggles that prevented another 60,000 young
Australian lives being sacrificed on the altar for the 'God, King and
Country brigade'.
D. The 30th anniversary of the dismissal of the elected reformist Whitlam
Labor government by the Queen's representative in Australia the Governor
General.

Join us to mark these important periods in this country's radical history
outside the OLD MELBOURNE GOAL at 10.00AM (near corner Russell & MacKenzie
St), Melbourne on FRIDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2005.
Bring along a placard to let people know why you are outside the Old
Melbourne Goal on that day.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF
The Salvation Army has never enjoyed much of a reputation among Australian
radicals. Today, it is the Howard government's darling; tens of millions of
taxpayers dollars are channelled into the Salvation Army coffers to provide
privatised charity to the destitute, homeless and unemployed. Things have
changed little since the Depression, when charity run soup kitchens and
shelters did a roaring trade. In 1930, unemployment levels in Melbourne
were around 25%, the Salvation Army the 3rd largest charity in the city,
ran 5 shelters. Sustenance provisions (food and shelter) provided by the
government were administered by private charities. In 1930, Melbourne's
Trade Hall and the Central Unemployment Committee organised demonstrations
of the unemployed that demanded that the provision of sustenance be taken
away from benevolent societies and be distributed by local councils or the
State or Federal government.
Matters came to a head at the Bennett's Lane Salvation Army soup kitchen.
Radicals in the 1930's were not particularly impressed by the Salvation Army
because it insisted that its provision of sustenance be accompanied by
spoonfuls of religion. They were also angry that the Salvo's could sing and
march in the streets while demonstrations were brutally suppressed by the
police. The Bennett's Lane soup kitchen was unhygienic, cramped, the food
was inedible and the bowls were rusty. The homeless and the unemployed
queued for hours for a plate of boiled mutton at this Salvation Army run
soup kitchen.
On the 26th July 1930, over 300 unemployed men met in the courtyard at
Trades Hall. They decided to 'black' the Bennett's Lane soup kitchen to
place pressure on the government to remove sustenance from the hands of
private charities and issue the unemployed and homeless with meal and
accommodation vouchers. Hundreds joined the picket line, others took their
concerns to the people of Melbourne marching through city streets carrying
banners. By the end of the week, the government increased the funds it had
earmarked for sustenance relief to the Salvation Army so they could provide
a more adequate diet for the unemployed and homeless. The black ban helped
to mobilise the unemployed, as the jobless became increasingly militant the
government caved in to their main demand that they be provided with food
vouchers so they didn't have to wash down their food mouthfuls of religious
humbug.
SOURCE OF MATERIAL FOR ARTICLE:
Radical Melbourne A Secret History, Jeff & Jill Sparrow,
The Vulgar Press 2001, ISBN 09577352 43
P.O. Box 68, Carlton North, Victoria, Australia. www.vulgar.com.au

BOOK REVIEW
'MEMORIES OF MY 80 YEARS OF WORK In the areas of Tweed - Brisbane'
Johnny Itong 1995, ISBN 0 646 24609 7
This is the type of pamphlet you can pick up from one of those local
historical societies that dot the country that mean everything and nothing.
Johnny Itong's story is a story experienced by many families living in
Australia in the 20th century. Jack 'Johnny' Itong was born at Bungalore in
New South Wales on the 2nd November 1908. Jack (Johnny) Itony was the son
of South Sea Islanders who were kidnapped as 13 or 14 year olds to work on
the sugar cane fields in North Queensland in the 1860's, '70's and '80's to
do the work that white men and women were incapable of doing. At the turn
of the century, many of the Kanaks who had been living and working in this
country for 30, 40 years as virtual slave labour, were deported back to the
Solomans and Vanuatu by the new Federal government. Some of the South Sea
Islanders 'escaped' into NSW, as the Queensland police did not have the
authority to cross into NSW and the Federal government did not have a
Federal Police force at that time.
This is one of those stories that jumps around; Johnny Itony was 87 when he
published his story and had to rely on his memories of events. It's a
humble, but powerful insight into how people had to work in order to
survive. It's a story about how a minority created its own space in a
community that needed its labour to survive. From the age of 12, Johnny
worked in a variety of unskilled and semi skilled jobs. The only good thing
about being a South Sea Islander in Australia was that your movements were
not controlled by the 'Aboriginal Act'. Kanaks enjoyed freedom of movement
and to a large degree determined their own fate free of government
intervention. Johnny's life took a dramatic change at the end of WWII.
While working at a job at Crown Stove in Greenslopes in Brisbane, he lost
his hand in a machine accident. He received around 1.5 years of wages 487
pounds as compensation for the loss of his hand. He continued working in a
variety of jobs, fruit vendor, 2nd hand dealer, postman, hospital worker and
fruit shop owner to name a few. Johnny never married or had children, his
life it seems in his eyes, is measured by the work he did.
Jim Marks a friend from Bungalore writes in his brief foreword to this 16
page pamphlet. - 'I hope everyone will read Johnny's books with their
universal simple lessons'
Johnny ends his account with 'Yes, life was hard when we were young but as
you have read, I've striven to keep busy, most of the time, with one hand
(literally) in most jobs'.
'Memories of My 80 Years of Work' is an overtly political account, written
in a personal style that highlights the old adage that the personal is
political. Other pamphlets by the same author include 'History of the South
Sea Islanders on the Tweed'. I don't know if the current address in this
publication is still current. If Johnny Itong is still alive he would be 97
years old.
Johnny Itong, P.O. Box 157, Coolangatta 4225, QLD AUST.

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
This was a taut well disciplined crowd. No Mohawks, dead metal, grunge,
exposed umbilical stumps winking at you, in this sedate sea of humanity.
Salt and pepper beards, balding palates, women burdened by adipose tissue
bursting through sensible tops. No hint of stocking, G-strings or exposed
plumbers cracks, ample bosoms clad in no nonsense bras. This is the type of
crowd you'd expect to see ogling the fulsome organic cotton underwear on
display in one of the sensible stalls dotting the landscape. The Dr. Who
crowd snaked its way between the level 2 displays of soft petals, cordon
bleu coroner's court for the bright and beautiful.
Some just liked looking, others listened to media savvy gurus of a multi
billion dollar industry prattle on about the commercial icons scattered
among the relics of a rampant re-emerging cottage industry. The
rhododendrons, dahlia, native orchids, rose and iris society, earnest people
with a passion for their flowering leafy peccadillos muttered they weren't
allowed to sell their wares in Mammon's garden. The heart and soul of the
gardening world were unable to augment their meagre offerings while those
who bought absolution from God's representatives on Earth could display and
sell their wares to the world. No teenagers, just old parents pushing
babies in strollers. The mass of humanity punctuated and scattered by new
age prams, functional walking sticks, over sized buggies and walking frames
that could be converted into instant seating.
Cold cappuccinos and even colder café lattes in foam cups were stirred with
ice cream sticks by people whose bodies ached from their odyssey. Forget
the 100,000 who grace the grand final and the couch potatoes who cannibalise
Judge Judy and Jerry Springer on afternoon TV land. Forget the rave
parties, the bottles of warm water selling for $5 a pop, or the adoring
crowds gyrating to the gynaecological postures of ageing guttural crooners
luxuriating in their own guano. This is the real thing, the orgasmic
release of the sensible and straight laced, the ABC Gardening show.
A mixture of commercial and cottage industry, the fly by night merchant rubs
shoulders with the pedantic petal pusher. Well breed flowers suffocate the
native. Aunty's coffers click over as she sells her body and soul to the
country's gardening industry. Transnational corporations battle with the
earnest amateur for the gardening dollar. Australia's biggest leisure
industry and the ABC Gardening show, an unlikely but expected combination in
a post modern capitalist sea of petal pushers.

STOP PRESS
ARMS RACE?
The next major conflict in the Asian region will not be about ideology, it
will be about access to resources. As the need for natural resources
intensifies, a number of countries in the Asian region are trying to use
military muscle to resolve conflicting claims about their maritime
boundaries. Faced with a series of maritime boundary disputes with
Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Australia and China, the Indonesian
military is keen to upgrade its military hardware. The Indonesian
government' ability to broker a successful ceasefire in Aceh and its
decision to accept the creation of East Timor, has allowed it to concentrate
its forces in resource rich West Papua, and use its military to protect its
disputed maritime borders.
A 16 member delegation of Indonesian military officials visited Moscow last
week trying to broker a 'food for oil' deal with Russia's defence industry
in order to modernise their ageing military hardware. It's rumoured they're
in the market for 50 advanced Sukhoi fighter jets, tanks, attack submarines
and more sophisticated surface to air missiles. Military purchases by
Indonesia will act as a catalyst for an arms race in the region. It's
ironical that as more and more death and destruction is being caused by
natural disasters, the Indonesian government and other governments in the
region are diverting more and more funds from disaster programs into
military spending.
Australia is also in the market for a military hardware upgrade. Billions
of dollars have been earmarked to purchase F-35 fighters as well as more
sophisticated surface to air missile systems. The Australian government's
major problem is recruiting enough volunteers to join the defence forces.
Faced with decreasing recruitment levels, increasing military commitments
overseas and a youth culture that rejects military service as an option, the
Australian government is toying with the idea of integrating a 6,000 Pacific
Islander battalion into the Australian armed forces that could be used to
maintain its influence in the Pacific, by placing direct pressure on Pacific
Island nations including New Guinea, to maintain a client State relationship
with Australia.

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

FILM REVIEWS
Two Argentinean films worth seeing:
The Take and Bonbon El Perro (El perro)
Bottom of Form
This is a feelgood Argentinean film starring Juan Villegas as a lonely man
who loses his job as a mechanic & fails to make a living from his hand-made
knives sideline. Thru his kindness & compassion to a young woman whose car
has broken down Villegas acquires a very large dog, a pedigreed dogo
argentino (Bombon Le Chien). This prize-winning low budget film informs the
audience of the desperate plight of the rural Argentinean poor. However, the
director, Carlos Sorín, doesn't lose control of the warmth & humour that
infuses this work. We suspend our disbelief & enjoy the man dog relationship
triumphing over adversity by making their own luck. (Umberto D but funnier!)
Four stars – I laughed; I cried. Starts October 20th

'THE TAKE'
The Take, directed by Avi Lewis & written by Naomi Klein, is a Canadian doco
that shows other Argentinians making their own luck & taking charge of their
lives. Betrayed by the economic rationalist policies of Pres Carlos Menem &
the IMF carpetbaggers that almost bankrupted Argentina & led to the collapse
of Argentinean industry, workers begin to occupy their own factories. This
film depicts the exhausting struggle of the Argentinean workers to overcome
their personal doubts & govt hostility in order to win back their
self-respect. This becomes an edge-of-seat viewing experience as Menem makes
a political comeback & the factory owners who fled leaving millions of pesos
in unpaid wages, return with the police to evict the workers from their
co-operatives. There are so many lessons to learn from the Argentinean
experience & the heroism & resilience of the working class communities was
inspirational. Four & half stars. If you haven’t seen it yet, drag yourself
off to the Nova.
- RED BINGHAM


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Religious belief is associated with high murder rates, sexually transmitted
diseases & suicide, acc to a new study. The paper, published in the Journal
of Religion & Society, a US academic journal, compares various social
factors in relatively secular countries such as Britain, to more religious
countries such as the US. The paper reports "many Americans agree that their
churchgoing nation is an exceptional, God-blessed, shining city on the hill
that stands as an impressive eg for an increasingly sceptical world. "In
general, higher rates of belief in & worship of a creator correlate with
higher rates of homicide, juvenile & early adult mortality, STD infection
rates, teen pregnancy & abortion in the prosperous democracies. "The US is
almost always the most dysfunctional of the developing democracies,
sometimes spectacularly so." Gregory Paul, the author of the study & a
social scientist, used data from the Int'l Social Survey Programme, Gallup &
other research bodies to reach his conclusions. He compared social
indicators such as murder rates, abortion, suicide & teenage pregnancy. The
study concluded the US was the world's only prosperous democracy where
murder rates were still high & the least devout nations were the least
dysfunctional. Mr Paul said rates of gonorrhoea in adolescents in the US
were up to 300 times higher than in less devout democratic countries. The US
also suffers from uniquely high adolescent & adult syphilis infection rates
& adolescent abortion rates. The study doesn't determine which is cause &
which is effect. It may be that a greater devotion to religion leads to a
dysfunctional society, that a dysfunctional society leads to higher
religious devotion, or that a third factor causes both. However the study
does tend to undermine the frequent claim by religious believers that
religion is necessary to provide the moral & ethical foundations of a
healthy society. (The Times [UK])
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "I feel terrific! I look as good on the outside as I feel
on the inside." An unnamed woman quoted in a UK newspaper, talking about the
results of her cosmetic surgery. She'd been blind for 12 years.

ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Awarded to the 4th estate for their one-dimensional view of the world.

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
'CAPITALISM THE EARTH'S LAST HURRAH' - Joseph Toscano 2005

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
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PEOPLE FOR CONSTITUTIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS
* AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY Victorian Branch *
360 King Street, West Melbourne
11.30 am - WEDNESDAY 12th OCTOBER 2005
ALL WELCOME!!

11TH NOVEMBER 2005
Marks the
A. The 150th anniversary of the formation of the Ballarat Reform League, the
organisation that spearheaded the Eureka rebellion.
B. The 125th anniversary of the execution of Ned Kelly at the Old Melbourne
Goal.
C. The 87th anniversary of Armistice Day the end of World War One
D. The 30th anniversary of the dismissal of the elected reformist Whitlam
Labor government
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 PIVOTAL EVENTS IN AUSTRALIAN HISTORY

ANARCHIST WORLD THIS WEEK
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DIRECT DEMOCRACY NOT PARLIAMENTARY RULE
Week FORTY 89 members
461 TO GO!!
APPLICATIONS HAVE GROUND TO A HALT!!. 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
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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
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EUREKA AUSTRALIA DAY MEDAL
Know someone who was born or lives in Australia who you believe should be
honoured for their efforts to create a better and fairer world. Then
nominate them for the
EUREKA AUSTRALIA DAY MEDAL
ON THE 3rd DECEMBER, THE ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE WILL BE HONOURING TEN
(10) PEOPLE WITH A EUREKA AUSTRALIA DAY MEDAL AT BAKERY HILL - BALLARAT
(The site where the Eureka Oath was taken 151 years ago)
WE NEED YOUR NOMINATIONS. Send them to:
EUREKA AUSTRALIA DAY MEDAL
P.O. BOX 5035, ALPHINGTON 3078, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA.
Or Email your nomination to: anarchistage@yahoo.com
Tell us why you've nominated that person and send us your contact details so
we can contact you in case we need further information about your choices.

**** EUREKA BANNERS / FLAGS APPEAL ****
($1,500 NEEDED)
Graeme Dunstan, the lantern maker for the Eureka Dawn Walk, has designed a
number of Eureka flags and banners we can use to celebrate forthcoming
anniversaries of the Eureka rebellion at Ballarat on 3rd December.
The designs can be accessed from our website <<anarchistmedia.org>>
These flags and banners will form an important part of the march from the
Eureka stockade site to Bakery Hill to the cemetery and back to the Eureka
stockade site. We have launched an appeal to raise the $1500 needed to make
these flags and banners. Send cheques and money orders made out to:
LIBERTARIAN WORKERS, P.O. BOX 20 PARKVILLE 3052, VIC, AUSTRALIA with a note
saying you want the money to go towards the Eureka flags and banners The
flags & banners will give the 'long march' the visual component it currently
lacks.
Want to have a look at what you're sending in your money to make to be used
at the 151st anniversary of the Eureka rebellion then log onto

http://www.peacebus.com/FlagDesigns/
RECEIVED SO FAR $750.00 - $750.00 TO GO
******* THE SITUATION IS NOW BECOMING CRITICAL WITH ONLY 9 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).

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