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(en) Australia, Anarchist Age Weekly Review No. 665 24th October - 30th October 2005

Date Wed, 26 Oct 2005 12:31:44 +0200


CONTRACT WRITTEN IN BLOOD
When the Federal government introduces legislation into Federal
Parliament next week that allows Federal and State authorities to
arbitrarily arrest, detain, interrogate and imprison its citizens, it will
unilaterally tear up a contract written in blood that exists that
protects the individual from the ideological capriciousness of the
government of the day.
Over the centuries, individuals, groups and political and social
movements around the world have been involved in struggles against
their rulers that, through the ultimate sacrifices made by millions of
ordinary human beings, have won Australians the rights and
freedoms we enjoy today and that we are so rightly proud of.

We cannot allow this contract written in blood that exists between
the individual citizen, the government of the day and the State, to be
torn up without the government first putting this question to the
people in a referendum. Â Ultimate political authority rests in the
hands of the people, not in the government of the day or the State.

No government has the moral authority to unilaterally remove the
rights and liberties, checks and balances that currently exist, that
protect the individual from the excesses of the State. Â Any
government that does so, betrays the trust of the people it represents
and governs and runs the very real risk of increasing the alienation
that is being felt by an increasing number of Australians who believe
that the democratic process is much more than the almost
meaningless act of casting a ballot every 3 years to give a politician a
signed blank cheque to do whatever they like for the next 3 years.

If the Federal and State governments and the major political parties
believe that the removal of the precious rights and liberties, checks
and balances that make us the society we are today, are the price
that we as a nation have to pay to guarantee our security, they have a
moral obligation to put this question to the Australian people in a
referendum before the contract written in blood that exists between
citizens, the government of the day and the State, is unilaterally torn
up by our parliamentary representatives.

YOU CAN DO SOMETHING!!

Those Australians who oppose the death penalty, who are concerned
about the imminent judicial murder by the Singapore government of
Australian citizen Nguyen Thuong Van, may not be able to stop his
execution but they can show their disgust at the Singapore
government's continued use of the mandatory death penalty for
anyone caught with more than 15 grams of heroin.

Unfortunately, the appeal for clemency by the Prime Minister, the
Foreign Minister, the Governor General, Cardinal Pell and a host of
non government organisations seem to have been ignored. Â
Although the Singapore government has executed over 400 people
in the last decade, its policy of mandatory execution has not made a
dent in the island State's drug problem. Â Those that are executed
tend to be addicts and those that are on the lower levels of the
feeding chain - drug mules.

Australians who oppose the death penalty are not as impotent as
they think they are. Â The Singapore government, through the
island State's superannuation fund, has been investing heavily in
Australia to generate the capital it needs to meet Singapore workers
superannuation benefits. Â As consumers, we have the choice of
not investing in Singapore owned government businesses in
Australia. Â Two prominent players that come to mind are Optus
and Singapore Airlines. Â These two Singapore government
owned companies are attempting to carve out a profitable niche for
themselves in Australia. Australian consumers do have choices, they
can continue to use these companies or they can look elsewhere for
the services they provide.

Another option people can consider is the Singapore travel industry.
 The Singapore government has been promoting Singapore
heavily in Australia. People going on holidays do have the option of
choosing another travel destination. Â The Singapore economy is
heavily dependent on its trading relationship with its neighbours and
the expansion of its government owned superannuation companies
outside of Singapore.

Individual Australians have a choice; they can continue to support
the Singapore government or they can tell the Singapore government
that they will invest their money elsewhere while it continues to have
the mandatory death sentence imposed on people who are found to
have more than 15 grams of heroin in their possession.

TIME FOR ANOTHER VIEWPOINT

The State funeral held to mark the death of Mr. Evan Allan, the last
Australian who fought during World War One, is a timely reminder
of the sacrifices that were made by Australians during WWI. Â
WWI was a war that was fought by workers at either end of a
bayonet. Â Of the 330,000 Australians who volunteered, over
60,000 never came home. Â 8,000 died in a single day in a
pointless slaughter on the Western front.

Australia was a divided nation during WWI. Â Many Australians
were not moved by the God, King and Country brigade's call to
volunteers. Â They were not convinced by the 'stay at home
patriots' call for them to sacrifice their lives and the lives of their
sons on the European killing fields. Â As the initial war euphoria
wore off and the casualty lists mounted, fewer and fewer Australians
were volunteering to fight in WWI.

Faced with rapidly decreasing numbers of men volunteering to join
the armed forces and increasing scepticism among the Australian
people about the need for the war, the Billy Hughes led government
held 2 referendums in 1916 and 1917 in an attempt to introduce
conscription into Australia. Â Opposition forces spearheaded by
the militant workers group - The Industrial Workers of the World'
(IWW) - and supported by sections of the trade union movement
and many church and community based groups, combined to defeat
both conscription referendums.

It's appropriate that the sacrifices made by Mr. Evan Allan and those
who served and died during WWI, as well as the sacrifices made by
those who were harassed, ostracised, jailed, had their organizations
banned, their assets seized and in many cases were deported for their
outspoken opposition to the senseless slaughter, were finally
acknowledged.

One group did what they believed was their duty, the other group
through their selfless efforts stopped another 60,000 young
Australian men from being killed on the European killing field, in
what most historians now agree was essentially a bungled trade war.

THE PENNY HAS FINALLY DROPPED

It seems that more and more people are beginning to realise that the
Howard government's proposed Industrial Relations (IR) laws will
increase the number of jobs available by decreasing wages and
watering down working conditions. Â Concerned that their
legislative agenda could in periods of labour shortages increase
wages and improve conditions, they have weakened the social
security system and altered the conditions under which the
unemployed receive benefits to create a permanent pool of cheap
labour that will have no bargaining power.

The bargaining power of individual workers has been further
weakened by the entry of semi skilled, unskilled and skilled 'guest
workers'. Â This pool of workers will be used by employers to keep
Australian wages artificially low. The problem in Australia isn't that
wages are too high; the problem is that, for a significant minority,
wages are too low. Â It's almost impossible for Australian families
to survive unless both partners are in the paid workforce. Â The
basic wage is so low (about $460 a week) that couples with 2
children who receive social security benefits, receive almost $100
more a week in social security payments than workers on the basic
wage.

There are no financial incentives for people to take on poorly paid
jobs in Australia. Â Instead of trying to dismantle the social
security system and create a pool of poorly paid local and overseas
workers to keep wages artificially low in Australia, wages should be
increased. Â The proposed IR laws are a disaster not only for wage
earners, but for the self employed. The creation of a low wage
economy is the road to both personal and national misery. Â Pay
As You Earn (PAYE) taxpayers and the self employed who don't
employ labour, are the targets of the government's latest assault on
workers. Â

When governments stop representing the interests of those who
elect them and represent the interests of those who own the means
of production, distribution and exchange, it is time they are made
accountable for their actions and the institutions that allow them to
betray the interests of the people they represent are radically altered
so they reflect the will of the people, not the will of those who own
the means of production, distribution and exchange.

THE FOURTH ESTATE WAVERS?

If freedom is dependent on the free flow of information, there isn't
much information making its way into the Australian community
today. Â The Howard government's attempts to change Australian
culture so Australians will embrace their ideologically driven agenda,
is dependent on its ability to intimidate the fourth estate. Â Its
intimidation strategy is dependent on its ability to silence opposition
with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and buying the
loyalty of the private sector.

Over the past 10 years, the Coalition government has successfully
gelded the ABC. Â It has done this by starving it of funds,
appointing its hand picked members to the Board and introducing
short term staff contracts. Â Staff who refuse to adopt the new
listener and viewer 'friendly' format, soon find their contract are not
renewed. Â New staff that are appointed, tend to fit in the John
Laws 'entertainment' mode of broadcasting, filling the hours with
inane dribble about nothing in particular.

The corporate dominated fourth estate tends to promote the
ideological agenda of its owners. Â The Murdoch papers are the
mouthpiece of the Howard government. Â They are feed juicy bits
and pieces and tend to receive the lion's share of government
advertising. Â The Howard government has become the primary
advertiser in the corporate media. Â Those media outlets that don't
peddle its agenda, find they won't receive the same share of
advertising revenue as those that do. Â The fourth estate's major
role in society revolves around its ability to set the political, social
and cultural agenda for the country. Â It creates a common vision
for all the Australians, setting the parameters of debate.

The fourth estate cannot be reformed; activists can't rely on it to
promote their message. Â We must put more energy into creating
means of communication that give people the opportunity to look at
the same events in different ways, which gives people the courage to
pursue agendas outside the narrow envelopes they are currently
contained in.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. Â HOW WOULD AN ANARCHIST SOCIETY DEAL WITH
A CATASTROPHIC EVENT?

A. Â All communities sooner or later have to deal with
catastrophic events. Those communities that plan for such an
eventuality, are those that tend to do better than those communities
that have ignored the possibility of a disaster occurring. Â An
anarchist society would allocate the necessary resources to fund an
organisation within the community that plans for and tackles
disasters. Â The disaster plan that is put into place would rely on
the active participation of the people that make up that society. Â
Those regions that are not affected by a particular disaster would
send personnel and resources to assist those who have survived the
disaster.

People who have lost both their accommodation and livelihood
would be billeted out in the community until resources could be
mobilised from the community as a whole to try to deal with the
situation. Â A network of billets, disaster coordinators and centres
could be activated at any time a disaster strikes. Â The advantage
an anarchist community has over most other communities is that
community resources are held in common and people understand
that they may have to do without for short periods to assist those that
have nothing. Â Mutual aid is a cornerstone of anarchism, not just
in times of plenty, but in times of scarcity.

People in an anarchist society understand that the individual's
welfare and liberty is directly related to the welfare of the community
as a whole. They are familiar with the idea that resources are held in
common and are used for the common good. Â The structures
that exist within an anarchist community give that community the
opportunity to deal with unexpected problems because these
structures allow everyone to contribute to the efforts to find a
solution to problems caused by the disaster.

Anarchist decision making processes reflect the will of the
community as a whole, not just the wishes of a minority within
society. Â An anarchist society has both the mindset and the
internal structures to turn its attention to a catastrophic event. Â
The response to that event isn't dependent on a centralised authority
giving the orders and releasing the resources to deal with a particular
disaster. Â The response in an anarchist community is initiated as
soon as it's humanely possible because people know what to do, how
to do it and have the resources put away to call on to try to alleviate
the pain and suffering within their community.

ACTION BOX
BURY HIM IN AN AVALANCHE OF POSTCARDS AND
LETTERS STUART HIGHWAY - JAILED

 Anarchist and veteran human rights and social justice
campaigner Stuart Highway was sentenced on Wednesday the 19th
October 2005 to 8 months (suspended after 3 months) jail as a result
of a confrontation that occurred between Northern Territory police
and members of the Network Against Prohibition (NAP) at a
community Smoke-In that was held in Darwin in October 2002 to
highlight and oppose the Martin Labor government's 'drug house'
legislation.

Under this legislation, the NT Police have the power to affix a 1.2
meter high fluorescent green sign to your house or front fence
declaring your home is a 'drug premises'. Â No charges have to be
laid and no criminal convictions have to be recorded to label your
home a drug premise by the NT Police.

Four members of NAP - Michael Barry, Nicolette Burrows, Gary
Meyerhoff and Stuart Highway were indicted on charges of unlawful
damage to police vehicles. Â Barry and Burrows were sentenced to
5 months wholly suspended; Meyerhoff has pneumonia and will not
appear in court this week. Â Mr. Stuart Highway was found guilty
of unlawful damage to a government car (broken windscreen) and
sentenced to 8 months jail.

Stuart is a well known political activist in Darwin. Â He has been
involved in campaigns against the Indonesian occupation of East
Timor, anti-electoral campaigns and the Martin and Howard
government's draconian laws. Â He has become a thorn in the NT
government's side and has been sentenced to jail to intimidate and
silence him and other activists.

WHAT CAN YOU DO!!

The single most important thing STUART needs is contact from the
outside. WE ENCOURAGE all our readers to send postcards and
messages of support to Stuart while he is in jail. Â A few minutes
of your time and a postage stamp, is all it takes. Â Try to send a
postcard or letter to him every week. Â Bury Stuart in an avalanche
of postcards and letters; let the NT government and the NT prison
authorities know that Stuart Highway has many friends from around
the world on the outside. Â Knowing the 'whole world is watching'
is the best protection that Stuart can enjoy while in jail. Â WRITE
TO HIM TODAY:

Mr. STUART HIGHWAY
PRISONER - BERRIMAH JAIL,
BERRIMAH CORRECTIONAL FACILITY,
P.O. BOX 1407, DARWIN, NT 0801, AUSTRALIA.
Tel: 08 8922 0111 (Prison phone)

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
PARLIAMENT HOUSE - VICTORIA

The several thousand people that were crowded in front of Victoria's
Parliament House last Saturday to demonstrate against the
government's draconian new anti-dissent laws, soon spilled out onto
Spring Street. Â It's no accident that, unlike many other
Parliament Houses, there is no forecourt in front of Victoria's
Parliament House. Â Built in 1856, the Eureka rebellion in 1854
had an impact on the final plan that was adopted. Â Popular
protest not only shaped the democratic process in Victoria, it also
shaped the physical environment that housed its parliamentary
representative.

In 1853, the high ground at the top of Bourke Street was chosen to
build Parliament House. Â Initially the task of designing
Parliament House fell into the hands of Captain Charles Pasley. Â
The Captain made the mistake of volunteering to lead the attack on
the Eureka miners in 1854. Â His sentiments ruled him ineligible
to design Parliament House, as the government was frightened it
would anger an already alienated public. Â The builders ran into
trouble as soon as the bluestone began to be laid.

Victoria's stonemasons became involved in the 8-hour struggle and
walked off the job to support the calls for an 8-hour day.

Parliament House contains a dungeon that anyone, found in
contempt of parliament, could be thrown into. Â Gun slits were
built into the building to allow the police to violently deal with unruly
radicalised workers. Â The initial plan to build a Square in front of
Parliament House was rejected because the authorities and ruling
classes were afraid it would provide a site that would allow the
citizens of Melbourne to hold demonstrations.

In 1860, the Land Convention (an organisation that met weekly at
the Eastern markets at the corner of Bourke and Exhibition street
and demanded that land that the squatters held be made available to
ordinary people) were involved in a demonstration in August 1860
that ended with the participants throwing stones at the police and
Parliament House. Â The demonstrators were dispersed by the use
of repeated police baton charges.

The parliamentarians haunted by the spectre of another Eureka,
passed legislation the next day that made it a crime punishable by 6
months in prison for more than 50 people to meet in the area in front
of Parliament House. Â The Unlawful Assemblies Act also
allowed the police to legally disperse, injure, maim or kill any person
in a group of 50 or more people illegally assembled in front of the
Victoria parliament. Â Considering this law has never been
repealed, the several thousand people who gathered in front of
Parliament House in Melbourne on Saturday can consider
themselves lucky.

BOOK REVIEW
'MY ISLAND HOME - A Torres Strait Memoir'
By John Singe, University of Queensland Press 2003, ISBN 0 7022
3305 6

Born in Sydney, educated in Brisbane, John Singe started teaching
in the Torres Straits in 1970. Â For the next 30 years, he worked
as a teacher both in the Torres Strait and New Guinea, drove a local
island taxi and worked as a professional crayfish diver. Â During
this time, he became familiar with the local Torres Strait Island
culture, language and history.

'My Island Home' gives an 'outsiders insiders' view of what has
happened in the Torres Strait during the last 30 years. Â Most
Australians have never met an indigenous Australian, let alone a
member of Australia's minority indigenous community the Torres
Strait Islanders. Â Scattered to all corners of Australia, over 8,000
still living in the Torres Strait, form a distinct community with their
own cultures, languages and ways of life. Â John Singe has
captured the various phases the Torres Strait Islanders have been
through since 1970.

When he first came to Thursday Island, the Islanders were emerging
from a century of colonial oppression. Â 'They had been denied
the right to vote, the right to government and social security
payments, the right to equal pay and the right to travel (even from
island to island) and the right to equal education'. Â Singe focuses
on the real Torres Strait, not an idolised version of events. Â He
documents the everyday, the mundane, the unpalatable as well as
those moments in life that make living worthwhile.

His section on the Islanders struggle to secede from Australia in the
1980's and the 1990's, gives the reader an insight into an
independence movement that enjoyed popular support among
Islanders, that few people have any knowledge about. Â 'My Island
Home' is not a definitive history of the Torres Strait; it is one man's
observation of the events that have moulded his life. Â It can be
tedious at times, but at other times it can open a window into a world
that few Australians know, let alone have any knowledge of. This is
not Singe's first book on the Torres Strait. Â He has written
'Torres Strait People and History' - (1979 & 1988), 'Culture in
Torres Strait History in Photographs' - (1988) and 'Among
Islanders' - (1993).

Readers who are interested in learning more about what is
happening in Australia's own back yard, can't go astray by having a
read of Singe's books. Â I suggest you contact the University of
Queensland Press if you're after a copy of any of his publications.

University of Queensland Press, Box 6042, St. Lucia 4067, Qld,
AUSTRALIA. www.uqp.uq.edu.au

PERSONAL OBSERVATION

You may remember the titanic struggle between an old man who
could hardly walk and the grass on his footpath that I wrote about
last year. Â If you don't, or didn't read the weekly last year, it went
something like this: For months this frail old man, all 40 kilos of
him, would suddenly appear on the grass on his front footpath,
somehow sit down and for an hour or two, dig out the grass he could
reach. Â He did this for months, until he more or less had cleared
the footpath of grass. Â I hadn't seen him for 5 to 6 months, so I
assumed his mammoth efforts had been repaid with a place at the
right hand of God in Heaven.

Over the next few months, the grass regrew, good rain and the old
bloke's decision not to chemically nuke the footpath, meant that the
remaining grass in the ground, ably assisted by a menagerie of urban
feathered life, meant that all his efforts had come to nought, as at the
beginning of Spring a carpet of green grass was uncovering the bare
footpath. Â Not that I took much of an interest in what was going
on, I was more interested in the man's single minded devotion to his
task than the task itself. Â In many ways, this little human cameo
highlights the utter futility of existence.

I don't normally believe in miracles, but I saw one on Saturday
morning - our friend isn't sitting at the right hand of God in Heaven.
 He is still alive, well, just alive I think.  I saw him, all 40
kilos of him, hunched over a path over a push-hand mower trying to
make an impression on the grass on his front lawn. Â Not that he
was getting anywhere fast, one foot on the ground, the other on the
mower he pushed with all the might his 40 kilo frame could muster,
advancing the collective achievements of the human race an inch or
two or three. Â It looks like he's about to go another round with
the grass on his front pathway. Â If I were you, I wouldn't put your
savings on our little mate; I know who will eventually win this
struggle. Â Without divine intervention, his puny individual efforts
have as much chance of winning the struggle against the
capriciousness of the natural world, as you and I have of becoming
rich by selling our labour.

If you stop to think about it, the old man's struggle could be a
metaphor for human existence. Â As a species, we appear, grow,
take over the world and like the dinosaurs before us, stare extinction
in the face, the only constant in our collective experiences, the
overwhelming power of the natural world, a world we dominate and
ignore at our peril.

STOP PRESS
BA JIN DIES

One of the greatest novelists of the 20th century and a prominent
member of the Chinese anarchist movement, Ba Jin died aged 100
years old of cancer in Shanghai on the 17th October 2005. Â Born
Li Yaotang on the 25th November 1904 in the western city of
Chengdu, he joined the anarchist movement in Shanghai as a
teenager. Â The Chinese anarchist movement was an important
part of the pre revolutionary struggle for justice, freedom and
independence in China between the wars.

Li Yaotang adopted the 'nomme de plume' Ba Jin when he wrote his
important novels about injustices of the pre revolutionary era. Â
His novels had a considerable influence among Chinese activists
during this period. Â He created the name Ba Jin by taking the
first syllable of the surname of the well known anarchist Mikhail
Bakunin and the last syllable of the name of the Russian anarchist
Peter Kropotkin. Â The lives and books of these well known
Russian anarchists had a profound influence on both the Chinese
and Korean anarchist movement. Â He was involved in writing,
producing and disseminating anti Japanese propaganda during the
Sino-Japanese war, an offence that was punishable by death.

Ba Jin's movements were restricted when the Chinese Communist
Party first seized power in 1949. Â He was persecuted during the
Cultural Revolution. Â He was called a counter-revolutionary, his
books were banned and he was lucky to escape with his life. Â He
was rehabilitated in 1977 and during the last 25 years of his life he
continued to be elected to many important Chinese literary posts
because of the contribution he made to the revolutionary struggle
through his popularly acclaimed novels.

In the last 10 years of his life, Ba Jin was troubled by very poor
eyesight and was looked after by his supporters and friends. Â He
will be missed in a world where those who dare to try to change
things, continue to be persecuted.

www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ba_Jin

SOURCE OF MATERIAL: Melbourne Indymedia Offline. Â
October 22, 2005 Melbourne.indymedia.org

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

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Employers & unions will be unable to agree to protect workers from
unfair dismissal under the Fed govt's new workplace laws. Even if
both sides agree, the new laws will incl fines of up to $33,000 for
submitting a private unfair dismissal agreement for certification.
Hundreds of union agreements in the warehousing, transport &
manufacturing industries already contain, or are set to contain,
unfair dismissal procedures after the Govt announced it would
abolish legal remedies for firms with less than 100 employees. Under
the changes employers could also refuse to negotiate new
agreements & in 90 days, terms & conditions would default to the
Govt's min standards. It was also confirmed workers could've all
their leave loading, allowances, penalty rates & public holiday pay
eliminated by a single paragraph in employment contracts. The new
rules would remove the "no disadvantage test", which ensures
workers must be paid extra to compensate for signing away penalty
rates. Workplace Relations Min Kevin Andrews confirmed it'd be
possible for employers to pay workers only the basic minimum wage
of $12.75 an hr & insert a contract clause stating this rate incl any
entitlement to penalty payments. In Parliament, Labor seized on the
eg of Rockhampton fruit & veg company Tancred Fresh, as a sign of
things to come. Fed Labor MP Kirsten Livermore said employees of
Rockhampton fruit & veg company Tancred Fresh had lost leave
loading, all allowances, penalties & public holiday pay rates, in
return for 16 cents an hr more than the award rate. (The Age)

A ex career cop was derided by his fellow officers as a cross-dresser
& a paedophile b/4 leaving the force, a tribunal heard today.
Tomislav "Tom" Hecimovic, who worked as a cop for 12 yrs until
his resignation in Oct '00, is seeking compo from Victoria Police in
the Vict Civil & Administrative Tribunal. Lawyer Mark Champion
alleged the sexual harassment began in '96 when his client was
promoted to snr const. & began working at the Force Response Unit
(FRU) - an emergency response team which attended demons such
as the World Trade Centre protests. Mark said the taunts about
Tom's sexuality went well beyond what might be considered
reasonable even in a "robust working environment". "What occurred
here wasn't an occasional remark ... but a persistent course of
conduct that wore him down over time," he told the tribunal. "This
didn't happen once, but it was a daily feature of working life." Tom
alleges 1 officer accused him of having sex with gerbils while
another spoke offensively of his mother's sexual organs. Mark said
the bullying built to a crescendo in Mar '99 when members of the
FRU were called to a demo. While in transit on a mini-bus they
passed some schoolchildren. One of the officers said the kids should
look out for Tom, alleging he was a paedophile. Tom said he hadn't
made a formal complaint b/c "if you make a complaint against
another member, your career's effectively over, you're blackballed,"
Tom said. Tom is seeking compo for a yr's worth of lost earnings &
for medical treatment for a serious depressive illness following the
harassment. (The Courier-Mail)

A ex US prisoner says corrections officers ignored his written pleas
for help & even laughed at him, while he was repeatedly raped &
sold into sexual slavery by prisoners in jail. Roderick Johnson was
sent to prison for violating the conditions of his probation. He was
soon told he'd have to submit to sex or be killed. Mr Johnson filed
several written pleas to prison officials, asking them to put him in a
secure section of the prison. He says prison officers mocked him,
accusing him of wanting to be raped. Acc to court documents,
vulnerable inmates were told to either fight it out with rapists or find
boyfriends who'd protect them in return for sex. Mr. Johnson says
gang members were free to rape him, sometimes by paying a few
dollars to the prisoner who in effect owned him. Speaking of prison
officials, a witness said, "They seen what was happening but they
pretended they didn't." (New York Times)

ATNTF weekly anarchist news report www.apolitical.info

11TH NOVEMBER 2005

Marks:

A. The 150th anniversary of the formation of the Ballarat Reform
League, the organisation that spearheaded the Eureka rebellion.
B. Â The 125th anniversary of the execution of Ned Kelly at the
Old Melbourne Gaol. Â
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 MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK

Awarded to the Australian fourth estate for giving prominence to a
horse race while ignoring the struggle against the erosion of what
few rights and liberties Australians still enjoy in this country - Par for
the course (sorry for the pun)

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

'THE RECALCITRANT - Societies ethical and moral repository' -
Joseph Toscano 2005

STAMP APPEAL Â - We spend over $500.00 on postage stamps
per month. Â If you're writing to us or have any spare stamps
floating about stuff them into the envelope & send them to us. Â
JOIN our $5.00 a month group & send us a book of 10 50 cent
stamps every month.

PEOPLE FOR CONSTITUTIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS

* HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA - Melbourne Office *
2nd November 2005 - Wednesday 11.30am
Corner La Trobe Street and William Street, Melbourne
ALL WELCOME!!

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An anarchist analysis of local, national & international events. Â
Tune into your local community radio station to listen to the
Anarchist World This Week. Â If they don't broadcast it, ask them
why not! Â If they're one of the 150 community radio stations
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DIRECT DEMOCRACY NOT PARLIAMENTARY RULE

Week FORTY THREE - 89 members 461 TO GO!!

APPLICATIONS HAVE GROUND TO A HALT!!. Â 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. Â 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. Â
Stop giving a signed blank cheque to politicians to make decisions
on you behalf.

JOIN: DIRECT DEMOCRACY NOT PARLIAMENTARY RULE

Written & Authorised by Dr. Joseph TOSCANO Suite 4 / 2187
Princes Highway, Clayton 3168, Victoria, AUSTRALIA

** Go to rulebythepeople.org & sign up to our low traffic official
group news broadcast email list. **

MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE THE GROUP'S 3RD NEWSLETTER
IN MID AUGUST

**** Â Â EUREKA BANNERS / FLAGS APPEAL Â Â
**** ($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 <> 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 Â Â - Â Â $750.00 TO GO

******* THE SITUATION IS NOW BECOMING CRITICAL
WITH ONLY 6 WEEKS TO GO BEFORE THE 3RD
DECEMBER. Â 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).

BARRICADE BOOKS BENEFIT GIG

9pm - THE ART HOUSE
616 ELIZABETH STREET, MELBOURNE
ALL WELCOME

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Leave It In Doctors, Dentists, Vets Waiting Rooms and In Railway
Stations, Bus Stops, Libraries and Restaurants Etc.

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