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(en) Australia, Anarchist Age Weekly Review No. 661 26th September 2nd October 2005

Date Wed, 28 Sep 2005 12:40:17 +0300


IMPORTANT?
Latham's diaries are important not because of the real and perceived
insults, the insights into the machinations of the Labor Party or the roller
coast ride through the mind of a man who believes that his thoughts and
feelings are the catalyst that is needed to change Australian society. They
are important because Latham has inadvertently lifted the lid on the
limitations of parliamentary rule and representative democracy. The feeling
among many Australian that the parliamentary process has failed to reflect
their thoughts and feelings and deal with their wants and needs, is
reflected in an increasing number of people's attitudes to both their
parliamentary representatives and the electoral process.

The failings that Latham has attempted to highlight are not just failings of
the Labor Party, but the failings of all the political parties involved in
the parliamentary game. Parliamentary democracy is based purely on faith;
every 3 years people give signed blank cheques to their parliamentary
representatives to represent their hopes and aspirations in parliament. The
person they have elected can do exactly the opposite to what they promised
and the long suffering elector can do nothing about it until the next
election when they can repeat the whole charade by putting their faith in
another parliamentary representative who is not legally accountable to the
people that put them into office.

The central problem isn't the calibre of the man and woman who represents
us, or the political parties they belong to, but representative democracy
itself. No wonder so few people in so many countries fail to take a few
hours out of their lives to cast a ballot to elect a bunch of
parliamentarians to represent them. The problem facing elected rulers
around the globe is one of legitimacy; falling participation rates highlight
that representative democracy has little if any to do with democracy rule
of the people, by the people, for the people. Latham for all his ideas has
never been able and continues to be unable to grasp the idea that the former
Dr. Jim Cairns was able to grasp, that the problem lies with the
parliamentary process not with individuals or the political parties they
belong to.

It's time that serious thought was given to what institutions are best able
to deliver democracy in a world where real power seems to lie in the hands
of a decreasing number of transnational corporations that dictate how
citizens can live their lives in sovereign nation States.

Venting our spleen and impotently pissing in the wind, like Latham does in
his diaries, may be good for the ego but it doesn't raise alternatives like
limited parliamentary mandates, citizen initiated referendums, recallable
parliamentary representatives and direct democracy people making decisions
about the issues that effect them and electing or appointing delegates to
coordinate those decisions on a local, regional and national level, as
serious alternatives to a system that many Australians believe is democratic
in name only.

HOW HAS THIS HAPPENED?
The latest addition to Australia's draconian security legislation means that
anyone living in this country can at anytime be legally pulled in off the
streets, work or home and be secretly detained and interrogated without
charge for up to 14 days because State or Federal police or this country's
security agencies believe they may inadvertently have access to information
that may assist authorities to pursue their investigations. Those people
secretly detained, who refuse to cooperate with their interrogators, can be
jailed for up to 5 years.

Many Australians are beginning to ask themselves how can State and Federal
governments unilaterally withdraw, within the short space of 5 years, many
rights and privileges that people living under the British justice system
have enjoyed for centuries. Unfortunately for Australian citizens and
residents, they are more prone to government assaults on any rights and
privileges they may enjoy than most other people living in parliamentary
democracies, because there are few if any constitutional human rights
safeguards within the Australian Constitution. United States citizens enjoy
safeguards within their Constitution that cannot be arbitrarily removed by
State or Federal legislation.

Even British citizens have more constitutional protection than Australian
citizens. Although the British do not have specific constitutional human
rights arrangements, their membership of the European Common Market gives
them constitutional protections which make it difficult for the British
government to unilaterally strip their citizens of common law rights and
privileges they have enjoyed for centuries.

Australians have few, if any, human rights enshrined in the Australian
Constitution. Governments at both State and Federal level, can at anytime
pass totalitarian legislation that strips both residents and citizens of any
human rights they may currently enjoy. Australians as we have just seen
have few, if any, constitutional human rights and are at the mercy of State
and Federal legislation. Those Australians who are concerned about this
dangerous situation need to become involved in both extra-parliamentary and
parliamentary political activities that force political parties to adopt
political programs and policies that promise, that if elected, they will
hold a referendum/s to enshrine human rights within the Australian
Constitution.

The question about what rights we as citizens are able to enjoy, is too
important to be left in the hands of government. Such important questions
should not be determined by government legislation, but by the Australian
people through a referendum/s.

SAD VERY, VERY SAD
Doyle's 'back down' on the tolls issue (The Age 16/9) says more about the
parliamentary process than it does about the Liberal Opposition leader.
Neither the Liberal nor Labor Party has covered themselves in glory in this
grubby little exercise. The Labor Party did a 100% back flip with pike on
their original promise to build the East link motorway as a public road.
Robert Doyle, despite opposition within his own Party, seized the political
initiative and made an electoral promise that many people knew would be
impossible to keep.

Every 3 to 4 years, electors at both the Federal and State level are forced
by legislation to give their parliamentary representatives a signed blank
cheque hoping that the political party they have voted for will win
government and keep the promises they have made.

Representative democracy is based on the idea that the person you have put
your faith and trust in, will do what they promised to do. If they don't,
you can in 3 to 4 years time try to find somebody else to put your faith and
trust in to represent you. Unfortunately what seems to be a relatively
simple process, is complicated by the fact that governments are increasingly
entering into legally binding contracts for billions of dollars that can
extend to 30, 40 and in some cases of the South Australian government and
electricity generation to 99 years. Long after the political
representatives who made the original decision are forgotten and buried,
future generations are forced to continue to pay for their decisions.

The ability of governments to enter into contracts for much longer periods
that they are elected into office for, although legal, diminishes the power
that both opposition parties and electors are able to exercise through the
process. It reduces the role of the electors in the parliamentary process
to that of an impotent spectator.

It's time that steps were taken to constitutionally limit the period that
Federal and State governments can enter into private contracts for on behalf
of the people who elect them to office. They should be forced to present to
electors during their electoral campaigns contracts they propose to enter
into on our behalf that extend beyond the period they are elected to office
for.

Any other contracts they enter into on our behalf during their term in
office should be restricted to that term. No one in business is expected to
pay for a contract they haven't agreed to or signed, so why should electors
be treated any differently to the business community.

CASTING STONES
Russell Skelton's article 'Japan blind to a dark past - Sunday Age 25/9' is
a timely reminder about the dangerous consequences of denying the brutality
of the past. Japan's myopia about its wartime record, its Prime Minister's
half hearted apology for the brutality of the Japanese Imperial Army, the
younger generations collective amnesia about what happened, the Japanese
media and political elites active support for that myopic vision and the
sanitised accounts about the war that appear in Japanese school books, has
haunting parallels in Australia. Nearly every one of the criticisms about
Japan that have been made in Skelton's article can be made about Australia's
blind spot to its own dark, tragic history when its past and continuing
relationship with its indigenous population is explored.

The brutality of the colonisation process is conveniently forgotten. The
deaths of hundreds of thousands of indigenous of Australians as a direct
consequence of a war of dispossession that spanned generations and as an
indirect consequence of disease, starvation and cultural annihilation as a
consequence of that dispossession, continue to be denied by a denial
industry supported by government, mainstream media outlets and reactionary
academics that parallel the lies, distortions and half truths that are
currently peddled in Japan about its war time record.

The removal from this country's historical record of its black past, the
denial of the prior occupation of this continent by indigenous Australians
for over 40,000 years through the judicial mythology of terra nullius and
the Prime Minister's refusal to apoligise on behalf of the Australian people
for the forced assimilation of indigenous Australians by kidnapping their
children - a practice that was still occurring 20 years after the end of
WWII, blunts Australian criticism of Japan's collective amnesia about its
war time record.

Until Australians, both at a personal and government level, embrace their
past, acknowledge that many of the seemingly intractable problems that
plague indigenous communities are directly related to the denial of their
dispossession and enter a serious dialogue with indigenous Australians to
negotiate a treaty to bring this 270 year undeclared war to an end,
neighbours in the Pacific and Asia as well as the rest of the world, will
dismiss our criticisms of their collective amnesia about the past and their
current human rights records as the utterances of a nation of hypocrites.

WORLD'S BIGGEST PRISON
Do you know where the world's biggest prison is? No, it's not in the US or
Russia or Zaire. It's slap bang on the border with Israel. The recent
removal of Jewish settlers by the Israeli government from the Gaza Strip has
allowed the Sharon led Israeli government to tighten its hold on the thin
sliver of land that is home to over 1.3 million people. The sonic boom of
Israeli jets, the hum of Apache helicopter gun-ships and the presence of
unmanned drones, is a constant feature of the air space above Gaza. The sea
off the shores of the Gaza Strip is filled with Israeli gun-ships. The
borders are full of roadblocks that prevent Palestinians from travelling to
the West Bank or East Jerusalem. The borders, both on the Egyptian and the
Israeli side, are bristling with security cameras, walls and heavily armed
troops.

Within Gaza itself, an extensive network of spies allows the Israeli armed
forces to strike with impunity kidnapping and killing Palestinian militants
at will. I'm not describing some solvent green nightmare, but the daily
reality faced by over 1.3 million Palestinians living in the most densely
populated land on Earth. Faced with these impossible conditions, it's
extraordinary that so few Palestinians have resorted to violence. The
simplest tasks are made almost impossible by the Israeli presence. The
Israeli hold on the Gaza Strip is so strong the Israeli government has
warned that it will interfere in local elections if Hamas stands candidates.

In this political, social and cultural hothouse, people keep going about
their daily lives, hoping in one way or another to survive another day.
Children go to school; others do what they have to do to survive the
impossible conditions. For nearly 60 years, generations of Palestinians
have been forced to live in this massive prison, denied the right to return
by the Israeli State. The extraordinary thing about the situation in Gaza
is how little violence there is in this human hothouse. Considering the
lives that people are forced to live at the point of a gun, considering what
little if any personal freedom they are able to exercise, considering the
economic deprivations and the lack of hope within their community, it's
extraordinary how few people have taken up the armed struggle to try to
create a Palestinian State on what little land Palestinians are forced to
currently live on.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. WHAT ROLE DOES SUPPLY & DEMAND PLAY IN AN ANARCHIST SOCIETY?
A. It plays a central role in an anarchist society. Capitalist
commentators and economists make the mistake of thinking and believing that
capitalism is the only economic system that pays proper attention to the
'laws' of supply and demand. Supply and demand in a capitalist society is
influenced by both competition and the monopoly ownership of both resources
and wealth. It is possible within a capitalist framework to manipulate the
economy to artificially increase demand and restrict supply, driving up the
cost to individuals of what should be easily accessible goods and services.
An anarchist economic system is based on supply and demand, the satisfaction
of real not manufactured human needs, co-operation and sustainability. It
would be difficult and pointless (unless you were trying to destroy that
society) to manipulate the 'laws' of supply and demand in an anarchist
society. The critical difference between an anarchist and a capitalist
society can be seen in times of scarcity. In a capitalist society, those
with resources are able to buy goods and services that are in short supply.
In a dictatorship, those who wield power use their control of the State
apparatus to ensure they have access to whatever they want. In an anarchist
society, goods and services that are in short supply would be distributed on
the basis of need, and steps would be taken by the community as a whole to
attempt to ensure that both natural resources and people are mobilised to
fill the gap.
Visitors to an anarchist society may consider that people living in such a
community are not as well off as their cousins living in a capitalist
utopia, because they may not have access to 57 varieties of tinned tomatoes
or have access to the range of consumer goods that are available to those
who can afford them in a capitalist society. Superficially they would be
right. What members of an anarchist community enjoy is security, the
security of knowing that whatever happens, they as members of that community
determine how that community functions and that resources will be shared on
the basis of real human need not position, the power an individual is able
to exercise or the wealth they have at their disposal.
The problem of supply and demand is a problem that humans have faced since
the beginning of time. They can fight each other for limited resources and
create structures and institutions that allow a minority to exercise a
stranglehold on the majority, or they can create structures and institutions
that allow the community as a whole to use both the human and natural
resources available to them to create a secure, safe and sustainable
environment for all the people living within that society, not just those
who wield power.

ACTION BOX
MEMORIALS
Streets and parks are littered with the names of people whose only
contribution to society has been their ability to fill their own pockets at
the expense of those around them. Research institutions bear the names of
benefactors who have squirreled the community's surplus value into their own
bank accounts. Colonial murderers are revered as colonising heroes, while
those they drove off the land as feral animals and pests are forgotten,
their bones the only testimony to their existence.
I wonder if you've noticed those guerrilla monuments; simple while crosses,
plastic flowers that have sprung up around the country where someone has met
a violent end, an earthly testimony to their existence. I wonder if you
know how much grief these ad hoc spontaneous monuments placed where somebody
died are causing local councils who want to keep a pristine landscape, free
of the reminders of our own collective mortality to keep the wheels of
commerce ticking over. Faced with the grief and anger of relatives, these
ad hoc community monuments continue to stand a testimony to the life of a
human being who may not have grabbed the headlines but is missed by those
who loved them.
Every city, town, village and even the wide open spaces have a forgotten
radical history. Those rights and freedoms, checks and balances, wages and
conditions people enjoy were won through sacrifice, not the mass suicide
that occurs on the battlefields in honour of the God, Queen and Country
brigade, but the countless personal sacrifices that ordinary people make to
claim their place in the sun. Those who forget their history, not only
forget the lessons of the past and are doomed to repeat them, they also lose
their culture and identity as a distinct people. Their minds easily
influenced by the colour, action and superficial glitz of those who steal
the community's surplus value and dominate everyday lives.
Remembering the radical past is a revolutionary act. Make it your business
to find out your local history, look through your local library, contact
your local historical society, wade through old newspapers, become familiar
with what happened where you live and work. When you have got the
information at your fingertips, set up a time and date to erect a guerrilla
monument to mark a victory, a loss, an important event of an individual or a
group. In a blaze of publicity, make your point, erect your monument and
state your claim to the past. Reclaim the radical spirit of the past, use
it to understand the present, seize the moment and use the lessons that can
be derived from the past, to radically alter the future.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
MUTUAL SOCIETIES
The 1880's and the 1890's were important periods in Australian history.
Hundreds of thousands of people were involved in the emerging union movement
and even more were involved in the creation of 'mutual' societies. The
State's role during this period was purely one of ensuring that those who
exercised power were able to continue to exercise that power. The
difference between abject poverty and a reasonable lifestyle was 6 weeks
wages. If ordinary people lost their jobs for longer than a few months,
they would soon find themselves on the streets. The problem was compounded
in Australia by the fact that many people were recent immigrants and
couldn't rely on an extended family network to support them if they faced
catastrophic health problems.
Lack of sewage, poor health facilities, no access to public hospital beds,
no workers compensation or sickness benefits forced working people to
explore other options. The 1880's and the 1890's saw the rapid growth of
mutual societies within the community. Two mutual societies that prospered
during this period were 'The Australian Natives Society' and 'The
Independent Order of Oddfellows'. A weekly contribution ensured that if
members suffered a catastrophic accident or became seriously ill, the
society's funds would be used to support members and their families during
this difficult period. The funds were run on democratic principles. Each
member had 1 vote, members funds were used to promote members interests and
members elected their office bearers. Mutual funds were a mechanism by
which people that were able to work, were able to insure against the
possibility of catastrophic loss. Over the next 100 years, these funds grew
into some of the most prominent corporations in the country.
Over the last 20 years, we've witnessed the destruction of the mutual fund
industry. The wholesale privatisation of State assets has been accompanied
by an assault on mutual funds. Demutualisation has been the name of the
game. Mutual Societies have, with their members support, been transformed
into private corporations. Members have been told they could do much better
financially if their mutual fund became a private corporation. Each member
is given a parcel of shares if they agree to have the mutual fund
privatised. Lured by the possibility of a windfall gain of $6,000 to
$10,000, many Mutual Societies have agreed to be transformed into publicly
listed private corporations. Voting rights are now linked to the number of
shares people hold in the organisation. Within a few years of
demutualisation, the culture of the organisation has been changed from one
of looking after the interests of individual members, to one of looking
after the interests of majority shareholders. What initially seemed like a
windfall gain has turned out to be illusory.
The 30 pieces of silver members accepted to turn their mutual funds into a
private corporation, are soon eaten up by product changes, increased fees
and administration charges. When current shareholders (former members)
attend the AGM to raise their concerns, they find they are impotent because
the people that encouraged and bullied them to demutualise, are now majority
shareholders in the business. In the corporate world, the power individuals
are able to exercise is not determined by their membership of that
corporation, but by the amount of shares they own. One vote, one value a
principle that is the cornerstone of the mutual society, is a principle that
has no place in the corporate world.

BOOK REVIEW
'WHAT WE TAKE FOR GRANTED'
By Jack, 2005
Jack Granchoff has been prodding at the beast for almost 80 years. A step
ahead of the Stalinist death squads that integrated Bulgaria into the
Bolshevik nightmare after the end of WWII, he made his home in Australia in
the early 1950's. Since then, he has kept the embers of anarchism alive in
his heart and practically. 'What We Take For Granted' packs more in its 22
pages than much weightier tomes. The tragedy is while tens of millions read
Harry Potter and venerate tired illusory Marxist tomes and religious tracts,
a few dozen at most will read the intellectual outpourings of a man who has
attempted to maintain a rational viewpoint in an irrational world.
'What We Take For Granted' has an urgency about it that I have not seen in
Jack's previous offerings. The spectre of the rise and rise of the
totalitarian State 'The nightmare of the night of the long knives,
midnight or early morning knocks at the door, kidnapping or vanishing
without a trace and the evaporation of 'undesirable' is haunting us' has
rekindled fears and concerns in Jack he hasn't experienced since he fled
Bulgaria. The concerns he raises are real, much more real than most people
realise. The 'liberal' State is being transformed legally with the support
of a people paralysed by fear, into a totalitarian State, a State that will
not be shackled by the checks and balances that generations died for to
prevent the arbitrary arrest, detention, interrogation and execution of
citizens by the State.
The pamphlet is divided into 3 distinct sections 'War, What We Take For
Granted and Gods and Popes. Although Jack introduces few new ideas into his
essays, he has in just 22 pages been able to deal with the central issues
humanity has grappled with since beginning to create social organisations.
War 'Violence begets terrorism, terrorism begets the State and the State
begets terrorism'.
The role of expertism, authoritarianism and hierarchy dominate Jack's
thoughts in 'What We Take For Granted'. He comes to the conclusion that
'the State is the dividing line between anarchists and other so called
revolutionary and alternative movements'. 'The State as a vehicle of the
revolution, buried the revolution and dug the graves of revolutionaries'.
The one contentious point he makes is that he believes that the anarchist
argument that 'the State is disorder while anarchy is order' is wrong. 'On
the other hand they dismiss chaos, on the other they defend order, failing
to perceive the glaring contradiction between the two. Chaos is non
hierarchical organisation of free, spontaneous individuals, groups and
federations'. On this point I believe Jack has lost himself in an argument
about semantics, not practical realities. Order is the absence of war and
insecurity that occurs as a result of the creation of non hierarchical
organisations of free spontaneous individuals groups and federation, not
visa versa. In many aspects, this is the old argument about the chicken and
the egg, it doesn't really matter what comes first; we still have a chicken
and an egg.
The final essay on 'Gods and Popes' is an essay that activists like myself
living in a liberal secular State need to familiarise ourselves with. For
far too long, I have dismissed the central role Gods, Popes and prophets
play in the human story, concentrating on the economic, personal and
political dimensions of life. Jack is right in devoting so much space to
this important issue 'The Church and the State are instruments of
domination and all the means they use are declared legitimate and
permissible' Jack is telling us that those of us who ignore this central
tenet of human existence, do so at or own peril.
Copies of this timely, well written and incisive pamphlet can be obtained by
writing to P.O. Box 6012, QUAAMA 2550, NSW, AUSTRALIA. Donations are very
welcome, please do not send cheques with your request for 'What We Take For
Granted'.

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
When you step off the treadmill for a week or so, you do things you normally
wouldn't bother doing. As luck would have it, I got to sample a little bit
(just a tiny, tiny bit of TV land). I've never been a fan of TV land as I
don't want to waste my life looking at other peoples dribble as I've got my
own dribble to worry about. Back to TV land, no wonder so much seems to be
missing in the land down-under. If the offerings on TV land are our common
cultural heritage, it explains why few people give a shit about anything,
except themselves. I now understand why a proven liar has been elected as
Prime Minister on 4 separate occasions.
The news and current affairs, what little there is of it, isn't fit to keep
the dead company in the local cemetery. Talk about insipid commentary, I
couldn't believe the shallow, boring, monotonous crap that passes as
informed comment. All I can say is that I'm amazed that people who are
exposed to this insane dribble still have the capacity to rationally respond
to what's going on around them. A few hours of TV land were enough to drive
me to the local newsagent to see whether the print media fared any better.
If you want to know what things will be like when Howard pays back his media
mates for their fulsome support by allowing them to own as many TV stations,
radio stations and newspapers they like, pick up a newspaper in a one
newspaper town and weep,
I felt I may as well go back to TV land and watch a little bit of sport.
Alas no joy in TV land. Desperate to drown out my own thoughts, I turned on
the local radio station, listened to the government gelded ABC, all to no
avail. If I wanted to veg out, I had to do it all by myself, no point in
getting upset. Eureka!! I've got it!! I've stumbled onto the reasons so
many Australian still seem to be sane and rational despite the lacklustre
performance of the fourth estate. Most people instinctively know that what
they see, hear and read is as entertainment, nothing more and nothing less.
If you treat it as background noise and the print media as eye candy, you
can't go wrong.
Anyone who still thinks the corporate owned media or the government gelded
ABC have anything important to say, only have to look at the fourth estate's
reaction to Mark Latham to realise that the thin line between truth and
fiction disappeared as long time ago. Maybe I'll stretch my legs and go for
a walk, should have thought about it ages ago.

STOP PRESS
NEO CON WET DREAMS
Iraq marks the end of the neo conservative ideological wet dream. The
script was horribly simple; the good guys would invade Iraq, displace the
axis of evil, the locals would tumble out of their houses, place wreaths
around the necks of their liberators and everybody would live happily ever
after. A few little problems seem to have surfaced since our neo
conservative ideologues went to bed, hugging their Marilyn Monroe blow up
dolls. The first problem is that our neo conservative liberators actually
believe their own propaganda. They honestly think that what's good for them
and their corporate mates is good for the rest of the world.
The people of Iraq never quite believed the hype; they knew that the
invasion was not about replacing a dictator with a 'democratic' government,
it was all about oil. They knew that the glittering prize in this neo
conservative wet dream was the second largest supply of oil in the world.
No wonder they didn't rush out with the garlands of flowers when the
invading troops were quickly followed by corporate carpet baggers who wanted
to see Iraq's assets transferred into their pockets. All of a sudden, free
market economics became the order of the day. The people of Iraq only
seemed to have a future in their own country if they were willing to sell
their labour to the carpet baggers. Within a few days, profits were being
redirected from the pockets of the Baath Party, into the pockets of foreign
owned transnational corporations. The shiny new Constitution Iraqis are
going to vote for, has only one purpose, it is going to be used to
legitimise the theft of Iraq's assets.
Ho hum, nobody in Iraq seems to be particularly interested in the neo
conservative wet dream. They're more interested in seizing real power.
Iraq is on the verge of fracturing into 3 separate entities. The Shia south
will merge into Iran. The British occupation in the south is coming under
increasing pressure from Shia militias that are being supported by the
Mullahs in Iran. It seems that the invasion of Iraq has succeeded in
increasing the power of the Shia fundamentalist revolution in Iran. What
the original revolutionaries were unable to do, Blair, Bush and Howard have
now delivered. The Kurds in the north find themselves in a very difficult
position; faced with a hostile Sunni heartland and an increasingly impatient
Turkish government that has deployed troops in Northern Iraq, they are
becoming increasingly reliant on US support. Considering the US history as
far as supporting its allies are concerned, it's highly likely that the
Kurdish enclave in the north will be swallowed up by Turkey, unless they are
able to both defend and extend their current borders into Iran, Turkey and
Saudi Arabia.
That leaves the Sunni, the Baath Party's original support base. Currently a
number of different groups are trying to fill the power vacuum in the
region. What group eventually wins power, will to a large degree determine
the eventual fate of the Saudi Royal family, after Israel, the US major ally
in the Middle East. It doesn't take a Rhodes Scholar to have figured out
what was going to happen if Iraq was invaded. All it takes is a little bit
of clear thinking, something Blair, Bush and Howard don't seem to be able to
muster.

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


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50, was taking medication for a thyroid condition, her hair had fallen out &
she rarely left her Brunswick flat when, wrapped in a blanket, she arrived
at the Aug 16 meeting. Mrs Waldron had been unable to pay her rent or buy
food after her payments were suspended. She collapsed at the Moreland
Centrelink office & died of heart failure at St Vincent's Hospital. Her
daughter, Mon Kanthip, says "I said she was very ill, but they said, 'She
has to come in for an interview before we can continue the payments'". Ms
Waldron was listed under the Newstart jobseekers' allowance, despite being
seriously ill. 4 years ago, Ms Waldron's disability pension application was
rejected by a Centrelink-appointed doctor, despite an autopsy revealing a
long-term heart condition. Ms Kanthip claims officers said her mother's file
listed her as having osteoporosis, which she didn't have. Her mother had
worked most of her life at Abbotsford's Phoenix biscuit factory before
breaking her shoulder in a '99 accident. Centrelink has agreed to pay Ms
Waldron's funeral costs. (Herald Sun)
The scale of the disaster in New Orleans is at least partly due to the 'free
market' policies of the US govt, acc to some US commentators. When an
especially powerful hurricane hit the 3RD World nation of Cuba last year,
1.3m people (more than 10% of the country's population), were evacuated
without any loss of life. Cuba's economy, as measured by its GDP, is less
than 1/3 of 1% of that of the US. By contrast, US officials simply announced
people should evacuate, leaving people to make their own plans. Many people
were still in the city when the hurricane hit - almost all poorer people
with less ability to relocate. Although many people had warned of the need
to fortify New Orleans levees & upgrade the system of pumping out water,
these plans were not carried out due to a 44% reduction in the budget for
the New Orleans Corps of Engineers. Similarly, the wetlands, which served as
a natural barrier & absorbant against storms & flooding, had been
disappearing, due to their being drained by developers. The US govt also
refused offers of aid from, among others, France, Germany & Russia. (Zmag
[US])
Melbourne clubs & pubs are receiving tax breaks by falsely claiming to have
donated money to the community, acc to new research. Research by Deakin Uni
on 16 venues in the Darebin council area, showed that they claimed to have
donated $14.3m more to the community than they actually did. Clubs with
poker machines received an 8.3% tax break from the State govt on the grounds
they made substantial community contributions. The research found that, of
the $83m lost on poker machines in the area, 1.7% was given back to the
community. 'Community contributions' reported by the clubs included the
purchase of menus, curtains, tables & pagers. (Melb Times)
A Chinese cosmetics company is using skin harvested from the corpses of
executed convicts to develop beauty products for sale in the First World.
When formally approached by the Guardian newspaper, an agent for the company
denied it was using skin 'harvested' from executed prisoners. However, he'd
already admitted it was doing precisely this during a number of
conversations with a researcher posing as a Hong Kong businessman. The agent
told the researcher "a lot of the research is still carried out in the
traditional manner using skin from the executed prisoner & aborted foetus."
He added "the govt has put some pressure on all the medical facilities to
keep this type of work in low profile." The agent said his company exported
to the west via Hong Kong. "We're still in the early days of selling these
products & clients from abroad are quite surprised that China can
manufacture the same human collagen for less than 5% of what it costs in the
west." Skin from prisoners used to be even less expensive, he said.
"Nowadays there's a certain fee that has to be paid to the court." Human
rights activists in China have repeatedly claimed organs have been harvested
from the corpses of executed prisoners & sold to surgeons offering
transplants to fee-paying foreigners. (The Guardian [UK])
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ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Awarded to the media maggots crying foul at Mark Latham publishing their
private 'off the record' conversations with him They would never do it,
would they?

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
'LIMITED TENURE THE MIDWIFE OF THE NEO CONSERVATIVE ACADEMIC' - Joseph
Toscano 2005

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EUREKA AUSTRALIA DAY MEDAL
Know someone who was born or lives in Australia who you believe should be
honoured for their efforts to create a better and fairer world. Then
nominate them for the
EUREKA AUSTRALIA DAY MEDAL
ON THE 3rd DECEMBER, THE ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE WILL BE HONOURING TEN
(10) PEOPLE WITH A EUREKA AUSTRALIA DAY MEDAL AT BAKERY HILL - BALLARAT
(The site where the Eureka Oath was taken 151 years ago)
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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
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Celebrations Give us a hand to raise the required funds for the banners
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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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