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(en) Australia, Anarchist Age Weekly Review No. 663 10th October 16th October 2005

Date Wed, 12 Oct 2005 09:57:02 +0200


HIDDEN TREASURE!!
Yes, we know the printed issue of the AAWR Nos. 662 had more typos than we
normally have. Page 3 appeared where Page 2 should have been and vica
versa. So if you can't make heads or tails of Nos.662, read Page 1, Page 3,
Page 2 and then Page 4 and it all makes sense. (Internet readers didn't
have the same problem; the problem was confined to those readers who
received a written copy of the AAWR) Another copy of the AAWR to add to
your collector's file it should be worth 5 cents in the year 3067.
UNPARALLELED OPPORTUNITY
In 1822 James Straiter a convict, selected lambing time to organise
Australia's first strike. Shepherds working for one of Australia's richest
men, MacArthur, collectively removed their labour to force MacArthur to
improve their miserable wages and rations. Straiter was arrested and
sentenced to 500 lashes, one month's solitary confinement on bread and
water and was forced to serve the rest of his original sentence in a penal
settlement for the heinous crime of 'inciting his master's servants to
combine for the purpose of obliging him to raise their wages and increase
their rations'.

In 1859, Melbourne's Trades Hall set up the Political and Social League of
Victoria and saw their candidate Charles Jardine Don elected into the
Victorian parliament (as the member for Collingwood), as Australia's first
labour representative. Since then, the Labour movement has used direct
action, political representation and the courts to promote the interests of
working people in this country. The wages, conditions and social security
benefits that Australian workers have taken for granted for so long, are a
legacy of militant struggles that have spanned generations.

During the term of the Hawke Labor government, workers entered into an
accord with business and government that resulted in working people and
their unions abandoning militant workplace action. The Trade Union movement
believed that rights, conditions and wages could be maintained and extended
through participation in the 'historic' accord between labour, government
and employers. In the process, most of Australia's unions gave up the
militant traditions that had won Australian workers the rights and
conditions they now enjoy.

Howard's new Industrial Relations (IR) laws are based on the same principles
that saw James Straiter flogged in 1822 for daring to bargain collectively.
The battle lines have now been drawn by a government that believes Pay As
You Earn (PAYE) taxpayers have fewer rights than indentured servants and a
trade union movement that is beginning to realise that it signed its own
death warrant when it abandoned its militant traditions and signed up to
Hawke's accord. Howard's IR laws provide an unparalleled opportunity for
working people and their supporters to fan the ember of a militant tradition
that has served Australians so well in the past.

Irrespective of the punitive nature of the new IR laws, ultimate political
authority rests in the hands of the people, not the government of the day or
the State. Governments like John Howard's that manufacture mandates and try
to sweep away the gains that have been won as the result of the sacrifices
made by millions of Australian workers, who are not satisfied with fighting
over the crumbs that have been swept off the table, but want a seat at the
table so they can enjoy a three course meal, do so at their own peril.

THE POLITICISATION
OF THE PUBLIC SERICE
Mr. Neil Comrie's and the Commonwealth Ombudsman's report on the tragic
Alvarez Solon case raise questions that goes far beyond public service and
ministerial responsibility. Their findings strike at the very core of
political and public service integrity in this country. The public service
the permanent professional branches of (State or Commonwealth)
administration has become a victim of a creeping ethical and moral paralysis
that has perverted its traditional role in Australian society.

The dubious cultural changes that have seeped into all levels of State and
Commonwealth public services, have occurred as a result of the
politicisation of the public service by both the Liberal and Labor
governments at both State and Federal levels. This cultural transformation
has been achieved by the replacement of permanent heads of departments by
political appointments on short term contracts, whose income can be
substantially increased by the payment of bonuses by the government of the
day. Their income is determined not by how they run their departments or
provide services to the people, but their ideological allegiances to the
political parties that form government.

The introduction of individual contracts throughout the public service makes
public servants at all levels susceptible to pressure from their immediate
superiors. Those public servants who don't say or do what the prevailing
workplace culture expects of them soon find themselves ostracised by their
peers and shunted into dead end jobs. The introduction of increasingly
punitive legislation surrounding the provision of benefits, has transformed
the role of the public servant from administering and delivering government
policy, to an enforcement role. The punitive and judgmental role that is
exhibited by many public servants today can be directly related to this
change in their role.

The obsession with obfuscation exhibited by the Howard government a
government that doesn't want to hear news from public servants that doesn't
fit its ideological wet dreams, the lack of ministerial responsibility, the
quarantining of public servants from fourth estate scrutiny and the
realisation that the only way public servants can prosper is by adopting the
culture of deceit that is rampant within parliamentary circles, has
contributed to the current culture.

Ministers within the Howard government have adopted a policy of using their
ideological advisors as the interface between their departments and
themselves, distancing themselves from the very departments that administer
government legislation. This has reduced their practical role within the
departments they head, allowing problems that should have never developed to
fester and grow. The most telling change between the public service and the
people they deliver government policy to, is reflected in the changing role
of citizenship in Australian society. People, who come into contact with
government departments today, are considered to be impotent clients or
customers, not citizens who have political rights and responsibilities,
whose taxes pay the wages of public servants and their parliamentary masters
and whose votes determine the government of the day.

GRANDFATHER CLAUSE
John Howard's Industrial Relation (IR) laws have not been watered down as
most commentators claim. In an attempt to derail mounting workplace and
community opposition through a $100 million taxpayer funded media blitz, the
Howard government will focus its campaign on the idea that under its
proposed legislation, workers who are currently enjoying a set of conditions
with employers will continue to enjoy those conditions.

What is intended to make workers relaxed and comfortable should set alarm
bells ringing in their ears. What is proposed is nothing more than the
insertion of a standard grandfather clause in the legislation. In an
attempt not to stampede the horses, the Howard government has decided to
take workers to their new IR knackery one by one, not as a screaming kicking
herd. Nearly 20% of full time Australian workers change their jobs every
year. As soon as they change their jobs, they will lose any protection they
enjoyed under the proposed legislation and will have their minimum award
conditions stripped back from 20 to 5.

With the removal of unfair dismissal laws, those workers who have been told
they will continue to enjoy their current set of conditions, will be able to
be legally dismissed and be reoffered individual contracts. If they refuse
to accept their new individual contracts, they will be forced to find work
somewhere else and will no longer enjoy any of the Howard government's
illusory workplace protections. Nothing in the legislation will stop a
company changing its trading name, dismissing its workforce and then
offering them their old jobs back if they agree to sign individual
contracts.

The Howard government has won 4 successive Federal elections by pitting
Australians against Australians. They have successfully demonised, in the
eyes of the public, asylum seekers, the unemployed, the Muslim community,
single parents and people receiving disability support pensions, minorities
within our community. They have now set their sights on a bigger target,
pay as you earn (PAYE) taxpayers. Both unionised and non unionised workers
will, if they allow this legislation to go through parliament, find out what
minorities living in Australia have had to put up with during the Howard
years.

Let us hope this time the Howard government is not able to fool most of the
people all of the time, has bitten off more than it can chew, and chokes on
its new IR legislation.

WRONG RONG WRONG
Michelle Grattan's normal incisive analysis of political legislation seems
to be missing in her article on the Howard government's new Industrial
Relations (IR) legislation 'On the Seventh day, Howard began life's work'
Sunday Age (9/10). Her prose lacks the intellectual vigour one normally
associates with her work. She makes the mistake of taking the government's
press releases and briefings at face value, letting the propaganda blight
her normally perceptive vision. Fortunately, the graphic by Matt Davidson
accompanying her article readdresses the balance by visually highlighting
the kernel of Howard's grand plan an all out State and judicial attack on
the rights that workers, both unionised and non unionized, have enjoyed as
the result of generations of struggle.

The legislation strikes at the very heart of Pay As You Earn (PAYE)
taxpayers ability to collectively bargain and extract from employers a
reasonable return for their labor. They will be expected to gratefully
accept any crumbs that are brushed off the table in their direction by the
Stat and employers. Those who have the audacity to believe that they should
be sitting at the table and tucking into the same three course meal their
employers are eating, will be dragged away kicking and screaming by
legislation that makes dissent a criminal offence.

The new IR laws need to be viewed in combination with laws that have been
passed to force social security beneficiaries into poorly paid part time
work and laws that have been passed to criminalise dissent. This
legislative trifecta has put real power into the hands of corporations and
businesses who exercise authority through their ownership of the means of
production, distribution and exchange and has made the government of the day
the instrument by which corporations exercise their authority, not the
institution that reflects the will of the people.

DOYLE ENDORSES
EMERGENCY SERVICE STRIKE
Poor old Robert Doyle, the Victorian Liberal Opposion leader, it seems he
can't take a trick. Police, ambulance and fire fighters in Victoria are
very unhappy at the thought that the Victorian Labor government is going to
amalgamate their fully funded generous superannuation fund with the State
Superannuation Fund that has liabilities of our $1.3billion. In an effort
to influence the Victorian Cabinet vote to amalgamate the Emergency Service
Superannuation Scheme with the State Superannuation Fund, emergency workers
have initiated work bans and are talking about strike action.

In an attempt to jump on the bandwagon, Robert Doyle a man who wears a
psychological flak jacket to protect him from being stabbed in the back by
his parliamentary colleagues, has thrown his weight behind the Victorian
Emergency Service workers on the very day that John Howard has launched the
Liberal Party's all singing, all dancing attack on workplace rights and
conditions that some workers have enjoyed for over a century. You have to
admire the man's hypocrisy; outflanked by the Alternative Liberal Party
(formerly known as the Australian Labor Party) on matters of policy, Doyle
has decided to jump on any bandwagon he can find. The tragedy is that Doyle
doesn't seem to understand that endorsing industrial action by Victorian
Emergency workers means that he must reject the Howard's government's
Industrial Relation (IR) legislation.

Unfortunately for Australian workers, Doyle doesn't seem to have the
capacity to see what everyone else can see, you can't support both. It
seems that he has driven the final nail in his own political coffin. I
understand the numbers men and women in the Victorian Liberal Party as well
as the Federal Party are trying to find somebody, anybody, to replace Doyle.
Fortunately for Doyle, nobody seems to want his job. They would prefer to
see him humiliated at the next State election in 2006 and replace him with a
candidate that has both the capacity to lick Costello's boots and understand
that no true blue Liberal Party stalwart would support workers withdrawing
their labour under any circumstances.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. The word anarchism has become so debased, why don't you ditch it and
call yourself something else?
A. Sounds very sensible when you first ask yourself this question, but it
doesn't stand up to scrutiny when you think about it. The word 'anarchism'
has become debased in the English language as a consequence of the very real
threat that anarchists posed to dominant ideology in the late 19th century.
Compared to other social and political movements, anarchists have little or
anything to be ashamed of. When you compare what anarchists have done with
what communists, Christians, Muslims, Hindus and a whole collection of
national and social movements have done, anarchists have little to apologise
for.
The demonisation of anarchism as a legitimate political philosophy has more
to do with what anarchists stand for, than for what they have done. The
struggle to create a society without rulers has a long history. This
struggle existed before people took on the anarchist tag. When I was in
Korea over a decade ago as a guest of the Korean anarchist movement, I was
told that they took on the title 'without rulers' because the word
'anarchist' meant nothing to the people they were trying to influence. They
were forced to use new terms to explain the essence of the anarchist
struggle to the people they were trying to incorporate in the movement.
Christians haven't been asked to discard the term Christian and Muslims
haven't been asked to discard the term Muslims, so why should anarchists
who use the English language as their primary source of communication
discard the rich historical legacy of the anarchist movement and call
themselves something else because they want to carry favour with people who
exercise authority. Irrespective of what we call ourselves, it won't take
long for them to try to discredit us, our ideas and what we stand for. It's
important we continue to acknowledge and use the lessons that we have learnt
as part of an international movement that has the potential to pose a direct
threat to the power and authority of religious, political, ideological and
cultural rulers.
In periods when just telling the truth is a revolutionary act, to continue
to call ourselves anarchist provides a rallying point for those people who
are looking for real alternatives to the Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum
alternatives that most people are exposed to.

ACTION BOX
CONSTANCY
The secret to successful activity is constancy. Occasional demonstrations
and publications may make the participants feel they are doing something,
but unfortunately this type of irregular activity is a little bit like
throwing a stone in the pool. The disturbance it causes in the water is
only visible for a very short time. The pond soon becomes still and
everything returns back to 'normal'.
Activities don't have to be big and bold affairs organised by cast of
thousands, they can be organised and carried out by one person or a small
group. Regular publications, regular radio programs, daily vigils, picket
lines, leaflet drops, regular use of internet chat rooms, setting up the
websites, political graffiti, stencil art, are all activities that can be
carried out by a few people that can have an impact that goes far beyond the
numbers involved. Peaceful regular activity is hard for those who exercise
power, to both absorb and counter. The peaceful gathering of the mothers of
the disappeared in Argentina and Chile has had an impact that goes far
beyond the numbers that participate.
The use of public space, by people who wish to make a point, is a
fundamental freedom that is worth fighting for. Totalitarian regimes
understand the power that individuals and small groups can exercise by using
public space, that's why they spend so much time and energy trying to use
that space. One of the most powerful statements a person can make is
holding a placard in public space outside a government or cooperate
building. One activist who has conducted peaceful vigils against the banks
in Melbourne has been jailed and bashed because of the one man campaign he
has conducted outside banks that have drawn people's attention to his
grievances.
While we have the power to be able to exercise the right to be seen and
heard in public, we must do so. We may not control the TV and air waves,
but what we have is our minds, bodies and the right to raise our concerns in
public space. To allow local, State and Federal authorities to remove that
right without a fight, is to allow them to control one of the most effective
tactics that activists can use. You can watch the world go by on your TV
screen or you can seize the initiative and use the public space to promote
your concerns and try to make that new world in your heart a reality. The
ball is in your court.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
'CHINESE MUTUAL AID SOCIETIES'
Mutual aid societies didn't just exist amongst European workers. Many of
the Chinese, who remained in Melbourne after the end of the gold rushes,
were political refugees. When Bob Hawke allowed over 20,000 Chinese
students to remain in Melbourne after the massacre at Tiananmen Square in
1989, he was following an old Australian tradition. When the despotic and
tyrannical Manchu Dynasty put down the Taiping rebellion in a sea of blood
in 1864, thousands of dissidents fled to Sydney and Melbourne. They set up
local branches of the Yee Hing secret society to continue resistance against
the Manchu Dynasty overseas and to establish mutual aid societies to provide
practical assistance to comrades who were forced to flee with just the
clothes on their backs.
The Yee Hing Society helped its members find jobs and acted as an
alternative court, attempting to resolve disputes within the Chinese
community outside the European legal system. By the end of the 19th
century, the Yee Hing secret society had become little more than a criminal
protection racket. Non Yee Hing Chinese members formed their own secret
society to protect themselves against harassment for the Yee Hing secret
society. They formed a society called Bo Leong its name meant 'to protect
the weak and decent people'. The Bo Leong Society was more interested in
providing mutual aid to its members looking at the aged and sick and used
its recourses to assist members to return home to China than becoming
involved in political struggles.
A three storey shop front the corner of Little Burke and Market Lane in
Melbourne was used as a cultural centre within the Chinese community. Yee
Hing and Bo Leong society members fought pitched battles against each other
with long poles, knives and the occasional gun to force the other group from
the cultural centre in the early 20th century. Within a few years, the Bo
Leong secret society began following the same criminal path that its rivals
in the Yee Hing society followed. The re-emergence of an effective
opposition to the Manchu Dynasty in China in 1911 gave the Yee Hing society
in Melbourne a new political direction. Decreasing membership numbers
forced the Bo Leong Society to dissolve in 1912. In 1911 the Victorian Yee
Hing Society had a membership of 3000 members in a total Victorian Chinese
population of just under 6000 people. The Yee Hing secret society threw its
support behind the increasing successful Sun Yat Sen Republican movement in
China. Within a few years of its revival as a political organisation, it
changed its name to the Melbourne Chinese Masonic Society.
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
'EUREKA STOCKADE' -Eric Butler,
Angus and Robertson 1983, ISBN 0 207 14854 6
This book is based on the screenplay of the 4-hour mini-series 'Eureka
Stockade' written by Tom Hegarty, produced by Henry Crawford and directed by
Rod Hardy. I think it was screened in 1984 or '85. Hundreds of books,
plays and even musicals have been written about the events that surrounded
the Eureka stockade. A few TV series and films have also been made to
depict these events. Unfortunately, few if any capture the spirit of a
period that set a train of events in motion that radically transformed this
country's institutions.
'Eureka Stockade' by Richard Butler has attempted to fill in the gaps by
recreating the atmosphere that must have existed on the Ballarat goldfields
as the Eureka story unfolded. Unfortunately, much of the dialogue seems
trite and unconvincing. The words, that have been used and the events that
have recreated to bring the historical material together, don't seem to gel.
Butler never seems to get under the skill of his characters; many recede off
the pages, not pop out off the pages at you.
Eureka, a defining moment in the history of this country continues to be
portrayed as a gold licence revolt, a riot by drunken undisciplined diggers.
The events surrounding the rebellion are trivialised, the participants
continue to be presented as one dimensional cardboard cut outs. Richard
Butler's unsuccessful portrayal of the events surrounding Eureka is related
to his inability to incorporate the radical nature of the rebellion in his
book.
Decades of misinformation have successfully watered down the radical nature
of the rebellion. The very essence of the Eureka rebellion direct
democracy, direct action, internationalism and solidarity have disappeared
from the accounts that have made their way into the public arena. The
definite account of the rebellion has yet to be written, its transformation
into a film that portrays the pathos, emotions and radical nature of the
rebellion, is a task that may take generations to complete.
If you would like a copy of 'Eureka Stockade', a book that attempts to
portray the human dimensions of the rebellion, then I suggest you try your
local library or a 2nd hand bookshop. If all else fails, try Angus and
Robertson the original publishers.

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
We tend to spend most of our time with our eyes down, lost in our thoughts,
oblivious to what is going on around us. I'm amazed by the number of people
who not only don't take the time 'smell the roses', but are oblivious to the
fact that roses exist in their back yards. Mass communication has
restricted, not expanded our horizons. The celluloid cad internet revolution
has created a virtual world that exposes people to a common set of
experiences that are not grounded in their day to day reality. People tend
to know more about what is happening in Iraq, than they know what is
happening in their own back yards.
Our reality is no longer determined by our everyday experiences, it is
determined by the manufactured experiences of celluloid 'heroes and
celebrities' whose only claim to fame is 15 minutes of public exposure.
People become so involved in the lives of the smiling actors playing blue
colour workers in Howard's celluloid nirvana, they allow their own doubts
and uncertainties to be swamped by events in celluloid heaven. The problem
of not seeing what is going on around us, the problem of having our emotions
and wants squeezed into containers that have been manufactured for us in
virtual land, are problems more and more of us have to face.
Jerry Springer is not an aberration, he is reality. War is peace, good is
bad, black is white, rhetoric is reality, pre packaged dreams become our
dreams. Needs are subverted by wants. Things are more important than
emotions. Nothing exists outside celluloid heaven. The Partridge family
are our role models. God exists in the tattered pages of books written by
men and women. Our water cooler conversation (oops, I forgot about the new
individual contract you have signed no time next to the water cooler) is
pre determined by what appeared in celluloid nirvana land the night before.
Time rich, time poor, doesn't matter, the same inane meaningless dribble
envelopes us in a cocoon of lies and distortion. Manufactured reality
creates a manufactured consensus that robs us of our ability to enjoy the
real world. Smell the roses? You can't smell them if you don't know they
exist. Recognising reality is a revolutionary act apologies to George
Orwell.

STOP PRESS
CITIZEN OR DEPORTEE?
I'm a little perplexed by the Howard government's attitude to both residency
and citizenship. Many people living in Australia, for a variety of reasons,
have not claimed Australian citizenship and have retained the permanent
residency status. Immigrants from the UK and wealthier countries, tend to
retain the original citizenship because of both the real and imagined
benefits they are able to enjoy if they don't renounce the citizenship of
their country of birth.
Over the past few years, the Howard government has spent a lot of time and
resources trying to get permanent residents to become Australian citizens,
claiming that citizenship was not just the patriotic thing to do, but it
would give permanent residents rights they don't presently enjoy. Seems
like a win win situation all round, doesn't it?
In an attempt to highlight the pitfalls of permanent residency and snubbing
the government's 'generous' offer of citizenship, a number of cases have
appeared in the fourth estate that have struck fear into the hearts of
permanent residents. People who were born overseas, who have lived in the
country for 20 to 30 years, who had no contact with anybody in their country
of birth, who couldn't speak the language or knew the culture, were being
deported after serving relatively minor prison sentences.
One well known case concerns a man whose Swedish parents had gone back to
Sweden on a holiday when he was born. He spent 4 weeks in Sweden, his
parents who were Australian citizens came back to live uneventful lives. In
his early 20's, he fell foul of the law and spent a year in jail. The
Department of Immigration decided to deport him back to Sweden on completion
of his sentence. He appealed and spent the next 9 months in immigration
detention waiting for his case to be reviewed by the High Court. The High
Court decided that Amanda Vanstone's department had, in this case,
overstepped its authority and ordered that he not be deported. It seems that
the perceived benefits of citizenship, the government can deport permanent
residents who are 'not of good character' but it can't deport citizens, is
about to be lost. The Howard government, with the willing support of Her
Majesty's loyal opposition, will pass legislation that will allow Australian
citizens who where 'not of good character' to have their citizenship revoked
so they can be deported.
This means that the 30% of Australians, who are not born here but live here,
are virtual government hostages who can be deported at the whim of the
government of the day. The rest of us can enjoy detention without trial,
internal exile on the new gulag that's been built on Christmas Island, or we
can stop criticising the government, watch the cricket, keep our mouths shut
and thank the Lord that we live in God's own country.
Joseph TOSCANO / Libertarian Workers
For A Self-Managed Society.

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The armed forces will continue to be allowed to investigate abuse in its own
ranks, despite an enquiry finding it had failed to properly investigate
cases of violence, abuse & racism over a period of decades. In June, after a
20 month inquiry, a Senate report found the military had failed to properly
investigate cases such as that of 20-yo Private Jeremy Williams, who hanged
himself at Singleton in Feb 03 after being humiliated by soldiers about
being injured & transferred to a rehab platoon. It recommended that
investigation & prosecution of crime within the defence force should be
handled by the police & court system instead of the military. Instead, the
defence force will receive an extra 35 new staff & $3.5m a year, to run its
own justice system. (The Age)
A nursing home on the Mornington Peninsula where residents were put at
serious risk wasn't an isolated case, the Health Services Union says. Union
Sec. Jeff Jackson said each week the union heard from aged care workers
unhappy with the care provided at the nursing homes they worked at. The Sir
James by the Bay home at Mount Martha failed 18 of the 44 mandatory care
standards set by the Fed Govt in an assessment completed 9 weeks ago. The
Aged Care Standards & Accreditation Agency found 2 carers had monitored 103
residents overnight & staff had been told to turn off the heating at 8.30pm.
1 elderly resident was found shivering in urine-soaked sheets while another
wasn't sent to hospital for days after a fall. (The Age)
The Aust govt has failed to track down & prosecute "at least several
hundred" Nazi war criminals believed to have found refuge here. The Simon
Wiesenthal Centre, which is dedicated to finding suspected WW II criminals &
helping prosecute them, says Aust has failed to do enough & needs to take
"extra steps, urgently". "Aust remains the only major Western country of
refuge which admitted at least several hundred Nazi war criminals &
collaborators, which has hereto failed to take successful legal action
against a single 1," the centre's director, Efraim Zuroff, says in his
annual report analysing the efforts of govts worldwide. "Numerous attempts
have been made...to convince the Aust authorities to adopt civil remedies -
denaturalisation & /or deportation - to deal with Holocaust perpetrators in
the country, but the Govt has refused to do so." Fed Justice Min Chris
Ellison signed an extradition request in July after the Simon Wiesenthal
Centre tracked down Perth pensioner Charles Zentai, who stands accused of
murdering a Jewish teenager while in the Hungarian army in Budapest in '44.
Mr Zentai, who suffers poor health & is appealing against the extradition,
was arrested just days after Senator Ellison agreed to the extradition
request from Hungary. While Mr Zentai denies any wrongdoing, the Wiesenthal
Centre names the 83yo as 1 of the world's top 10 most-wanted Nazi war
criminals. Among the other most-wanted for war crimes during WW II is the
infamous Alois Brunner, a key operative of Adolf Eichmann, who has found
refuge in Syria. Dr Zuroff says Canberra's poor record in chasing Nazis who
fled to Aust at the end of the war was exacerbated by the decision to shut
down the special war crimes unit set up under the previous govt. "It's
therefore extremely unlikely they'll be able to obtain any convictions while
they continue to insist on prosecuting these suspects on criminal charges,"
he says. "This is particularly true in Aust, where all witnesses in such
cases must appear in person, a factor which would make a successful
prosecution next to impossible, given the country's geographical distance
from the scene of the crimes committed." Aside from Mr Zentai, the
Wiesenthal Centre earlier this year also tracked down another Aust pensioner
suspected of connections to the Nazis: Hungarian-born Melbourne man Lajos
Polgar. (The Australian)
QUOTE OF THE MOMENT: "I never intend to adjust myself to the madness of
militarism." Martin Luther King.
ATNTF weekly anarchist news report www.apolitical.info

ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Awarded to all those activists who believe that capitalism can be reformed.

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
'The soul An earthly, moral and ethical reservoir' - 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
book of 10 50 cent stamps every month.

PEOPLE FOR CONSTITUTIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS
(A.E.C., IMMIGRATION, HEALTH, AGED CARE etcŠ)
2 Lonsdale Street (Casselden Place), Melbourne
Wednesday 11.30am 19th October 2005
ALL WELCOME!!

DEMONSTRATION FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES
Rally on the steps of
PARLIAMENT HOUSE (Spring Street, Melbourne)
1PM - SATURDAY 22ND OCTOBER 2005
Rally endorsed by People for Civil Liberties.
Bring along placard and banners

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

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DIRECT DEMOCRACY NOT PARLIAMENTARY RULE
Week FORTY ONE 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
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
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MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE THE GROUP'S 3RD NEWSLETTER IN MID AUGUST

**** 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 8 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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