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(en) Australia, Anarchist Age Weekly Review No.664 17th October 23rd October 2005

Date Wed, 19 Oct 2005 12:49:25 +0200


******** STOP PRESS ********
Stuart Highway, an anarchist activist based in Darwin in the Northern
Territory, was found guilty by a Supreme Court Jury on Tuesday the 18th
October of the charge 'damage to a government vehicle' (broken windscreen)
that was caused during a demonstration on the 10th October 2002.(He faces a
maximum penalty of 7 years imprisonment) He will be sentenced tomorrow morning.
SPRING CARNIVAL TRIFECTA
The Coalition's Industrial Relations (IR) legislation needs to be
examined in conjunction with its social security and 'anti terrorist'
legislative agenda, for Australians to understand the ideological and practical
ramifications of Howard's 'Spring Carnival trifecta'. These three
pieces of legislation have been designed to complement each other and provide
the framework that allows the government to use the judicial, enforcement
and administrative arms of the State apparatus to promote the interests
of government and the corporate / business sector at the expense of
individual citizens and the community.

It's ironic that a government that has championed small government, the
individual and decreased taxation, has greatly increased the power
government can exercise over its citizens, is the highest taxing
government in Australian history and has massively expanded and uses the
enforcement arm of the State to declare war against its own citizens as
well as pursue its neo colonial ambitions in the Pacific and the rest of the
world.

The Howard government's social security legislative agenda is designed
to create a pool of poorly paid part time workers by forcing people with
major health problems, single parents, off social security benefits into
those poorly paid, boring, monotonous jobs that people don't like doing. The
increasing numbers of working poor the changes will create, and the
increasing numbers of 'guest' workers that are entering Australia, will
act as a cheap labour pool that will allow business to keep wages
artificially low for most blue collar and white collar workers as a result of the
government's IR legislation that, for all practical realities, forces
individual workers to accept whatever individual contract the corporate
world and small business cares to offer them.

The new anti dissent laws that have been introduced to fight the scourge
of terrorism, will in all probability not stop terrorism but have
successfully stripped away rights, liberties and protections that individual
Australians have enjoyed against the arbitrary use of State power, will
be used (like in the Scott Parkin case) to harass, intimidate, detain and
interrogate without charge individuals who have the audacity to openly challenge
government policy. Those individuals and groups that continue to defy the
government could soon find themselves cooling their heels in the massive
new detention centre that has been built on Christmas Island.

Those readers who think that this last scenario sounds a little bit far
fetched and could never happen in Australia, only need to remember what
is currently happening to asylum seekers in Australia to understand that
most frequent and greatest threat citizens face is not foreign invasion
or
the threat of terrorist outrages, but the threat posed by governments
that
have put legislative frameworks in place that allow them to exercise
absolute
power.

THE LAW IS THE LAW IS THE LAW
Those Australians who believe that only 'terrorists' have something to
fear from the Howard government's anti-terrorist laws and that they will
not
be used to deal with workers who oppose the new Industrial Relations
(IR)
laws, only have to examine Australian history to realise that Federal
and
State governments have a long history of using sedition, conspiracy and
assembly laws, to violently oppose the activities of their political
opponents.

The 1920 Commonwealth Crime Act defined sedition as - any activity that
intended to 'promote ill will and hostility between different classes of
life' a definition that sounds eerily familiar to the government's
current definition of sedition in its proposed Anti-Terrorist Bill. In
the
1930's, Victorian police used such laws to violently break up working
class
meetings and unemployed demonstrations. The struggle to hold open air
public
meetings reached its climax in the 1933 Brunswick Free Speech battle
when Shorty Patullo, a Communist Party activist, was beaten and shot in
the
leg by Victorian police after delivering a speech to a crowd at the
corner
of Phoenix Street and Sydney Road, Brunswick. In the ensuing confusion,
well known Melbourne artist Noel Counihan delivered a speech to 5,000
people
in a cage attached to the back of a truck that was eventually forced
open by
police using a huge wooden battering ram.

The detention and deportation of American peace activist Scott Parkin
has highlighted to many people that the law is the law is the law.
Irrespective of why a law is passed through parliament, anybody who
breaks that law
is liable to be effected by the passage of that law. What at first
sight
may be seen as anti-terrorist laws, are essentially laws that will be
used
to curb political dissent.

Suicide murderers and individuals and groups that use terror as a
political weapon have little, if anything, to fear from this
legislation. Those
that have the most to fear from the plethora of so called anti-terrorist
laws, that are being passed by both State and Federal parliaments, are
those
Australians who mistakenly believe they still have the right to freely
assemble in open public space, freely articulate their ideas and freely
associate with like minded people.

They and other Australians will soon find out what it's like to live in
a police State, where the greatest threat citizens face is the terror
unleashed by a State that has abolished the rights and privileges checks
and balances that prevent the individual from being arbitrarily
detained,
interrogated and imprisoned because they have the audacity to question
and peacefully resist the implementation of government policy.

ECONOMIC APARTHEID
The parliamentary passage of the Howard government's Industrial
Relations (IR) laws will reinforce the economic apartheid that is
rapidly becoming
a permanent feature of Australian society. Over the past few decades,
legislation has been passed, by Federal and State Coalition and Labor
governments, which have gradually eroded the institutional pathways,
created by over a century of workplace and community struggle that
Australians
have used to improve their lives.

The single most important outcome of this struggle by ordinary people
resulted in the creation of a ladder of opportunity that allowed the
children of working class people, the oppressed and disadvantaged to
utilise these institutional pathways to improve their lives.

Access to these institutional pathways, to those Australians who showed
drive, persistence and talent, gave families the opportunity to
radically change both their economic and social standing within
Australian society
within a generation. Access to free education, access to free health
care and access to social security benefits to those who were down on
their
luck or were disadvantaged or oppressed played a pivotal role in the
ability
of many Australians to radically improve their social and economic
standing.

The privatisation of education, health and social security services has
had a profound impact on many Australians ability to change their
economic
conditions. The transfer of taxation revenue from the public to the
private sector by governments has created a two-tier education and
health
delivery system that has closed down the traditional pathway most
working class
Australians and social security beneficiaries have used to improve their
lives.

Economic apartheid the creation of institutions and the passage of
laws that greatly restrict peoples ability to change their economic
conditions and social standing because they were born into a particular
class,
spells the death knell of corporate capitalism. When governments block
people's ability to improve their social and economic conditions by the
passage
of legislation, like the IR laws, they create conditions that promote
dissent and lead to rebellion and revolution.

When governments forget that they have been elected into office to
represent the people who elected them, not the corporate sector or those
sections
of society that wield power, they dig their own graves because political
power ultimately rests in the hands of the people, not the corporate
sector,
the government of the day or the State.

'EVERYTHING THAT CAN BE DONE WILL BE DONE'
In an attempt to reassure Australians about the outcome of a possible
bird flu pandemic, John Howard has stated that 'everything that can be
done
will be done'. Unfortunately, the Prime Minister's soothing words are
as
useful as a punctured life raft. The media hype surrounding the
efficacy of
Roche's Tamiflu and GlaxoSmithKline's Relenza, have been greatly
exaggerated. Both drugs may work if taken within a few days of symptoms
of the HSNI bird flu strain developing, but their effectiveness against
a
mutation of the strain is unknown.

The propaganda that's been peddled by the Health Minister Tony Abbott
about the possibility that Australians will be vaccinated against a bird
flu
pandemic, has as much credibility as John Howard's assurances that the
government will do everything that can be done. The current shortage of
both Tamiflu and Relenza and the lack of a safe and effective vaccine is
directly related to the government's ideologically driven privatisation
agenda.

Transnational pharmaceutical corporations aren't particularly interested
in allocating the necessary resources to create vaccines, as the profits
than can be made from the manufacture and sale of vaccines in comparison
to
the profits that can be made from a drug that people have to take daily,
are
miniscule. Anti-viral vaccines have the added financial disadvantage of
being difficult to manufacture and have to be altered every year to keep
up with the viral mutations that occur in the community. Majority
shareholders in pharmaceutical corporations are in the business of
making, not losing
money.

The Commonwealth Serum Laboratories (CSL) was created by the
Commonwealth government to provide Australians with the vaccines and
medications that
the private sector was unwilling or unable to provide. The returns on
the
investment of taxpayer money by the Federal government in CSL were
measured in terms of benefits to the health of the Australian community,
not by
the financial returns made by CSL. The privatisation of CSL was one of
the
most short sighted decisions an Australian government has ever made.
The
current reliance on private pharmaceutical companies to provide the
capital to
develop vaccines has resulted in the piecemeal, amateurish approach to
what arguably is the greatest threat Australians have faced since
Federation.
The possibility of a bird flu pandemic that could kill tens of thousands
of Australians in a few weeks.

If John Howard was serious that his government would do everything that
could be done to avert the danger of a pandemic, he would divert the $13
billion surplus that Costello is sitting on to squander in some
pre-election tax cut, on the creation of a publicly owned pharmaceutical
corporation.
Such a corporation could attempt to develop the necessary medications
that the private sector won't touch because of their limited
profitability
and it could manufacture generic brands and its own products to loosen
the
monopoly on the provision of pharmaceuticals that the few multinational
corporations, that dominate the field in Australia, currently enjoy.

OFF TO JAIL YOU GO!!
Australian born RAF Flight Lieutenant Malcolm Kendall-Smith faces the
possibility of cooling his heels in military prison for a couple of
years for 'refusing to obey a lawful command', when he told his
commanding
officer he was not going back to Iraq. The 37 year old doctor, who has
been
decorated for his services in Afghanistan and two previous stints in
Iraq, has come to the conclusion that many other people have come to,
that the
invasion of Iraq was illegal under international law.

He has decided, that after examining the material available about the
reasons that the British government gave about why Iraq had to be
invaded, that the invasion of Iraq is illegal. It has taken him a
number of
years to reach his decision, as it is only now that material has
surfaced that
highlights that many members of the British Cabinet believed the
invasion was illegal.

Under the RAF's manual, a serving officer (forget about enlisted men),
is justified in refusing to obey a command if it is illegal. Flight
Lieutenant Malcolm Kendall-Smith is not a conscientious objector; he has
no
problems going to war, if the war is legal under International law. The
problem
faced by the British government is that, if Kendall-Smith is court
martialled, it will provide a forum that will be used to see if there
was a legal basis for the invasion. Considering that the UN never
passed as
resolution sanctioning action, it is quite possible that the war is
illegal.

This court martial has ramifications for both the Australian government
and Australian troops fighting in Iraq. It would be difficult to
continue
to justify the legality of Australia's role in the region, irrespective
of
whether Kendall-Smith was successfully court martialled or not. The
position he has taken, could give heart to other troops in Iraq who are
beginning to doubt the justification for the invasion. When the very
people who are asked to sacrifice their lives to carry out government
policies
begin to publicly voice their doubts about those policies, governments
are faced with the spectre of mutiny if they don't quickly modify their
position.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL?
A. I'm afraid not many people believe that anarchist principles of
association can only be used in small group settings. They may be fine
for the pre-industrial age, but when it comes to 'real' organisation
crossing regions, they just don't work. Anarchism isn't a philosophy, a
way of
life or a religion, it's essentially a decision making process that
empowers
the individual by promoting the collective. All for one, one for all is
a
slogan that has real meaning in an anarchist community.
How large an organisation can develop, isn't inversely proportional to
the level of hierarchy that exists within that organisation. Both small
and
large organisations can be hierarchical and non hierarchical. Whether
an organisation can grow or not, is not related to the chain of command
that exists within that organisation. Large organisations can be
decentralised and non hierarchical or centralised and hierarchical.
Whether an
organisation is efficient or not, is related to the means of
communication that exist within that organisation. Irrespective of
whether decisions
are made by one person or they're made collectively, whether they're
implemented or not, depends on the channels of communication that allow
decisions
that are made to be implemented.
Co-ordination within an anarchist organisation, that is not able to or
has too many people to hold face to face meetings, is carried out by the
use
of recallable delegates. Regular delegates meetings provide the
mechanisms
by which a decentralised non hierarchical organisation can expand. Post
modern communication utilises video conferencing and the internet, make
it
relatively easy for large organisation to function without the need for
face to face meetings.
The culture created in an organisation that promotes discussion,
participation and delegation, facilitates a growth. Everybody's
contribution is both welcome and important. Instead of waiting for a
Board or a leadership group to make the major decisions, a large
anarchist
organisation is able to call on the collective wisdom and experience of
all the people within that organisation to help it prosper and provide
the
services that the community has asked that organisation to provide.

ACTION BOX
WHAT CAN A CITIZEN DO WHEN THE STATE DECLARES WAR ON ITS CITIZENS?
A few weeks ago the Federal government and every State and Territory
government in Australia declared war on its citizens by removing
fundamental rights, privileges and checks and balances that have
protected
Australian citizens from arbitrary arrest, imprisonment and
interrogation. Many
Australians have been surprised by the extent of these laws, wrongly
believing that the Australian Constitution protects them from the
arbitrary exercise of State power.
The proposed laws that will be passed through parliament in the next few
months are primarily designed to be used to stifle dissent, not fight
terrorism. Laws that will jail people for up to 7 years for promoting
feelings of 'ill will' or 'hostility' between different groups that
'would threaten peace', are designed to stop protests against the
government's
Industrial Relations (IR) laws, not protect Australians against
terrorist attacks.
The greatest threat faced by a citizen is the threat posed by a
government that can use all the power at its disposal to implement its
ideological
agenda. The Stalins, Hitlers and Pol Pots of the world were able to
murder millions of their citizens because they were able to exercise
unbridled
State power. Paradoxically, the laws that will soon be introduced pose
a greater security threat to the individual and the community than any
terrorist threat could ever pose. In such circumstances, citizens must
act to protect themselves against attacks from government.
People for Constitutional Human Rights was formed to resist the
government's attempts to strip away rights and liberties Australians
have enjoyed for
generations. We encourage individuals and groups around the country, to
hold regular peaceful vigils outside Commonwealth parliamentary,
judicial, enforcement and administrative offices around the country, to
alert
Australians to the dangers posed by a government that is able to
exercise unlimited power and detain its citizens without charge or
trial. We
encourage individuals and groups to muster the courage, strength and
will, to openly protest against these changes and promote the idea among
Australians that they demand that their parliamentary representatives
pressure the political parties they belong to, to adopt electoral
policies that promote the idea that a referendum be held to give the
Australian
people the opportunity to incorporate a Bill of Rights in the Australian
Constitution. Incorporating a Bill of Human Rights within the
Australian Constitution will give Australians some protections against
the
arbitrary exercise of State power that they currently don't enjoy.
We encourage you to use any material available on our website. We
encourage you to become involved in a campaign of peaceful vigils around
the
country.
We encourage you to take this campaign directly to the Australian
people.
The thing governments fear most is not an internal or external terrorist
threat but a forceful, peaceful mass movement that believes that
ultimate political authority rests in the hands of the people, not the
government
of the day or the State.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
THE STRUGGLE FOR LAND
When the diggers that had flocked to the goldfields in the 1850's
realised that digging for gold was not such a profitable enterprise,
they drifted
back to the towns. Unemployment was rife and by the late 1850's there
was a major movement demanding that land be opened up to them. The
British
aristocracy in the 1820's, '30's and '40's had sent their sons to the
Australian colonies to take up great tracts of land. The squatters
massacred the local indigenous population and ran sheep and cattle on
the land. They maintained a tight grip on the land they had acquired at
the
point of a gun and refused to open up the land they had squatted to the
unemployed and farmers. Rising unemployment and social unrest
eventually forced colonist governments to open up the land that was held
by the
squatters.
In Victoria a People's League was established in the late 1850's. A
People's convention was held and Wilson Grey was elected the leaders of
the 'Peoples League'. Tired of empty government promises, large public
meetings were held to demand access to land by the unemployed. In 1860,
a crowd
of desperate, land hungry, unemployed marched up to Parliament House in
Melbourne and stoned it while parliament was in session.
Things were not much better in Brisbane, Queensland separated from New
South Wales in 1859. Brisbane was established in 1824, during the next
35
years the population in Queensland only increased to about 7,000
inhabitants.
Many were ex convicts. In 1859, there was only 7.5 pence in the
Treasury when Queensland gained its independence. That same night, a
thief stole
the money in the Treasury. Unemployment was a real issue in Queensland.
In
1866, a relatively large unemployment demonstration demanded 'Bread or
Blood'. The authorities were only able to stop the rioting by
dispersing the unemployed with gunfire.
The early struggles for land by the unemployed around Australia in the
1850's and '60's, caused considerable problems for the colonial
authorities.
Concerned about their ability to maintain order, they were forced to
heed the demand to open up land to provide for the needs of the growing
number of unemployed in the cities. Change in Australia has rarely come
from the
ballot box; historically people have to take to the streets to force the
government of the day to listen to their demands.
The situation in Australia in 2005 is depressingly similar to the
situation that faced workers and the unemployed in the 1850's and
1860's. It
seems little has changed over the past 150 years.

BOOK REVIEW
'I, SAFIYA'
Safiya Hussaini - Tungar Tudu with Raffaele Masto,
Pan MacMillan Australia 2003, ISBN 0 330 42200 6
'People living in a village like Tungar Tudu, in the heart of the bush,
will adhere to the traditional rules of life that have been followed for
centuries. It is a way of life that nobody would ever think of
questioning.
That is why the people around me did not react before to my death
sentence'.
Safiya was thrown into the public spotlight when she was convicted by
the Upper Sharia Court of Gwadabawa in Northern Nigeria for the offence
of
adultery (zina) on the 9th October 2001. She was sentenced to be
executed by stoning. The Sharia Court of Appeal of Sokoto granted a
stay of
execution on the 22nd November 2001. The Sharia Court of Appeal
delivered its final judgement on the 25th of March 2002 and acquitted
her of the
alleged offence of adultery.
In the intervening period, her case caused an international outcry;
political pressure was put on the Nigerian government to ensure that the
sentence would never be carried out. This is Safiya's story in her own
words; it's a story of personal betrayal, religious devotion and the
power that cultural traditions, that have long outworn any relevance
they may
have had, continue to hold around the world.
It's a story about Adam, the daughter she conceived with Yakubu, a man
who befriended her after the disintegration of her first marriage. It's
a
story of loss, love, grief, pain, humiliation and eventual triumph.
The book interweaves political realities with religious dogma; it
highlights what happens when individual behaviour is regulated by
religious laws.
Would Safiya's fate have been the same if the world didn't take an
interest in her story? I doubt it. Millions of people have died as a
result of
a religious dogma. Safiya is not the first whose life has been
threatened
and not the last that will die because their behaviour has not lived up
to
the expectations of the religious mantras followed by their neighbours.
Culture, religion, race and national identity continue to be used to
limit the freedom of the individual. It would be wrong to think the
central
problem is Sharia law, it's not. The problem is the belief that other
people should be able to determine how individuals pursue their lives.
There are no good and bad people in Safiya's story, just people trying
to slip through the cracks of the authoritarian maze that regulates and
shapes every aspect of their lives.
'I, Safiya' is available from most bookshops. I recommend you get hold
of a copy to understand the reasons why Safiya was sentenced to death by
stoning and why her fate did not create the furore among her neighbours
that it
created in the Western world.

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
Words, words, words - the pathway to nirvana. They come and go,
encapsulate beliefs, crush souls and are responsible for genocides.
Jew, Fascist,
Capitalist, Anarchist, Communist, Nazi, Christian, Muslim, Hindu,
Buddhist, rapist, paedophile are words that carry cultural baggage on
their backs.
Some remain the same, some change, old words become new words, and new
words disappear. Threatening words are incorporated into the language.
Each
word has a past, a present and a future. The emotions it curries in one
generation, becomes meaningless in the next.
Heralded into museums, words wait to jump out at you when you open up
the dictionary. I knew a man once, who was so depressed he learnt every
word in the dictionary. 30 years later, he speaks like he ate a
dictionary; a
literal repository of language, in a world where language is the dynamic
expression of the moment. Pedants choke on their words, unwilling to
let them go out and play in the community, in case they come to some
harm.
Pedants protect words from the horrors of real time.
'Peculate embezzle money', 'fecund prolific, fertile', 'febrifuge
medicine or treatment for fever', 'lave wash, bathe', 'pulchritude
beauty'. The living and the dead inhabit the same landscape in word
racks, neatly piled high in page after page of stored wisdom. Oral
cultures
thrashed in favour of the written word. The old do not hold the keys to
the future; they have nothing to offer, a culture where knowledge is
stored
in books and in the virtual world; the human race's collective
experiences
available at the touch of a mouse.
The old become burdens; why feed them when experience and knowledge can
be shared by everyone. Their prominent place in society has been lost a
few generations. The written word, the instrument used to culturally
castrate them. Who needs to listen to their odyssey? Who needs to pay
attention
to the post modern world's burdens, when we can all share in the
collective
wisdom of the ages. Their monopoly on knowledge, shattered by words,
packed in racks, written in stone, on paper and carved into space. The
after
life, the aged only solace in a world, where experience is compacted
into word
factories that are available to anyone who can use a mouse.

STOP PRESS
PAGE, AFTER PAGE, AFTER PAGE!
Happy, smiling, blue collar workers look earnestly at you from page
after page of government propaganda. I assume people who watch TV and
listen
to the radio are being assaulted by the same garbage that is appearing
in
the print media. 'Protected by Law' in bright red ink is plastered over
the
Howard government's propaganda blitzkrieg. I wonder how many people
continue to believe core and non core man.
Is anybody stupid enough to believe this transparent propaganda? I'm
afraid many people think it won't affect them. They have signed 3-year
Enterprise Bargaining Agreement, they are safe. The Howard government
has assured
them that nothing will change. Why go through all the trouble of
passing the
legislation through parliament if nothing is going to change and
everything is protected by law.
Maybe some of the more juicy bits have been left out. What is to stop a
company from changing its name, closing down for one day and offering to
re-employ their workers on individual contracts that reduce their wages
and alter their conditions nothing!! Nothing in law is going to
protect
that mob.
What happens if you are one of those 20% of Australians who changes
their job every year? Are you protected by law? I'm afraid not. The
'protection by law' tag is little more than false advertising. You are
protected by
law while you keep your current job and your employer doesn't change
their
company name, once things change, you are pushed back into the bad old
world. Want to work? Sign on the dotted line; don't bother to read the
small print, it's all the same isn't it?
You don't want to sign? Bad luck, you better look elsewhere for job.
Sick, can't work 20 hours a week? Sorry, no disability support pension
for
you; the rules have changed. Forced to resign because of the conditions
you
are working under? Sorry, no employment benefits for you for 12 months.
Single parent, got a parenting allowance? Sorry, off to work you go
when the
little one starts primary school. Don't worry about being legally
shafted by a government that has forgotten that it represents the people
who
elect it into office, not those elements in society who own and control
the
means of production, distribution and exchange.
Don't like it? Bad luck, they are protected by law. You have to learn
to enjoy eating the crumbs that they sweep off the table in your
direction.
Want to eat the same 3 course meal they are eating? Bad luck, you are a
terrorist they are protected by law, you are not.

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

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878 asylum seekers have tried to deliberately harm themselves while in
Aust immigration detention centres over the past 3yrs acc to govt
figures,
with refugee advocates saying the real figures are probably even higher.
About 1 in 20 detainees incarcerated during this period had tried to
harm
themselves in acts incl attempted suicide, self-mutilation & voluntary
starvation, according to Immigration Dept documents obtained under
Freedom of Information. B/w
June 03 & June 04 alone, 305 detainees tried to harm themselves at
Baxter alone. Earlier this year a bipartisan parliamentary committee
found
conditions at Baxter weren't conducive to good mental health. When the
migration committee, chaired by Liberal MP Don Randall, visited Baxter
in April, more than 50 of the 240 detainees were on anti-depressants.
The
Palmer Inquiry into the wrongful detention of Cornelia Rau also found
mental health care at Baxter was inadequate by any standards. Rural
Austs for
Refugees spokesman John Highfield said he believed self-harming in
detention centres would be much higher than the figures showed. Last
week 3 asylum
seekers were admitted to hospital. 2 were Bangladeshis, following a
hunger strike at Villawood. The 3rd, Peter Jackson Mode, a Zimbabwean at
Baxter, was rushed to hospital on Sept 10, after slashing his wrists
with broken
glass. Mr Highfield said most detainees' mental health started to
deteriorate after about 8 months. "We've known kids who put
nooses around their necks - kids rarely do those sorts of things," he
said. Jon
Jureidini, who's psychiatrically assessed about 50 Baxter detainees,
said he also
believed the figures could be higher. "Self-harm is universal in
the population I've seen," said Dr Jureidini, head of psychological
medicine at Adelaide's Women's & Children's hospital. "I
don't think I've seen anybody over the age of 11 who hasn't harmed
themselves in some way."
He said examples incl self-cutting, starvation, drinking poisons &
overdoses.
"It's a worrying level of self-harm for a population we have no reason
to
believe brought psychiatric disturbances into detention," he said.
"The primary problem is that it's an environment that drives people
mad." Author
& academic Denise Leith, who received the FoI documents last week almost
a
yr after she lodged the request, said she became alarmed about the high
level of self-harm after becoming involved in PEN, an int'l org that
campaigns
to free writers from detention. Acc to the documents, the Immigration
Dept
defines self-harm as: "a self-inflicted injury or the act of
causing harm to oneself, such as attempts & acts of cutting the body,
voluntary
starvation etc". (The Age)
QUOTE OF THE MOMENT: "Photos widely circulated on Yahoo.com with
captions yesterday, presented an image of a black man with a garbage bag
full of
God knows what, side by side with a picture of 2 white folks wading thru
waist-deep water with bags of food in their hands: the captions? The
black man, acc to the news, had 'just looted' a store. The white man
& woman had 'found' food from a flooded store... In another photo, taken
in
an outlying area, 1 white man & 1 black man are pictured: the former is
walking
away from a clearly looted store, looking thru his stash, while the
latter is
jumping thru the store's broken front window. But instead of
labeling the shot, as 2 looters standing outside a ransacked business
establishment,' AP tells us the white man is 'looking through his
shopping
bag.'" Tim Wise on the media coverage of looting in New Orleans.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK: "I couldn't help feeling TB [UK PM Tony
Blair] was rather relishing his 1st blooding as PM, sending the boys
into
action...despite all the necessary stuff about taking action 'with a
heavy heart' I think he feels it's part of his coming of age as a
leader." Lance Price, ex Dep. media advisor to Tony Blair, writing about
Mr Blair's
decision to send RAF pilots to bomb Iraq in 98. This entry was changed
in his book, but the original version appeared in the Mail on Sun
newspaper.
"A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his
country."
Texas Guinan.
ATNTF - weekly anarchist news report www.apolitical.info more quotes -
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ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Awarded to the Tweedle Dee Tweedle Dum Australian political Coalition,
that has declared war on its own citizens, by removing the legal
safeguards
that protect individuals from arbitrary detention, interrogation and
imprisonment by the State.

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
'COURAGE, STRENGTH AND WILL - The pathway to personal autonomy and
freedom'
- 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
Cnr Swanston Street and Bourke Street, Melbourne.
Wednesday 11.30am 26th 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 Gaol.
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 TWO 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
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**** EUREKA BANNERS / FLAGS APPEAL ****
($1,500 NEEDED)
Graeme Dunstan, the lantern maker for the Eureka Dawn Walk, has designed
a number of Eureka flags and banners we can use to celebrate forthcoming
anniversaries of the Eureka rebellion at Ballarat on 3rd December.
The designs can be accessed from our website
<<anarchistmedia.org>>
These flags and banners will form an important part of the march from
the Eureka stockade site to Bakery Hill to the cemetery and back to the
Eureka stockade site. We have launched an appeal to raise the $1500
needed to
make these flags and banners. Send cheques and money orders made out
to:
LIBERTARIAN WORKERS, P.O. BOX 20 PARKVILLE 3052, VIC, AUSTRALIA with a
note saying you want the money to go towards the Eureka flags and
banners The
flags & banners will give the 'long march' the visual component it
currently lacks.
Want to have a look at what you're sending in your money to make to be
used at the 151st anniversary of the Eureka rebellion then log onto
http://www.peacebus.com/FlagDesigns/
RECEIVED SO FAR $750.00 - $750.00 TO GO
******* THE SITUATION IS NOW BECOMING CRITICAL WITH ONLY 7 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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