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(en) Australia: Anarchist Age Weekly Review No. 681, 6th March - 12th March 2006

Date Wed, 8 Mar 2006 12:13:49 +0100 (CET)


NO GLOBALISATION WITHOUT DIRECT DEMOCRACY ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE 'WE
SWEAR BY THE SOUTHERN CROSS TO STAND TRULY BY EACH OTHER AND FIGHT TO
DEFEND OUR RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES' EUREKA REBELLION OATH 1854
*****
CONTROVERSY?
It is interesting to note the only controversy that gained traction in the
Australian media regarding Melbourne's Commonwealth Games is the relative
non issue of whether 'God Save The Queen' or the national anthem should be
used to open the Games.
I cannot help thinking the particularly close commercial arrangements that
are in place between media outlets in this country and the Commonwealth
Games authority has inhibited real debate occurring in the media about the
cost benefit analysis of the Games and the cultural and social benefits of
hosting them. No amount of flag waving, public chest thumping and
government spin doctoring can hide the fact that many Victorians are
sceptical about the value of the Commonwealth Games, both as a sporting
spectacle and in terms of value for money spent. Even the Queen cannot be
bothered spending more than a day at the Games, although the tab for her and
her entourage are being picked up by the taxpayer.

I am not the only one in the community who thinks the $1 billion that have
been earmarked for the Games by the Victorian government could have been
better spent on a public health system that lurches from crisis to crisis.
Where is the community debate about the government's decision to make it a
criminal offence to hold peaceful demonstrations, hold banners or give out
leaflets in designated areas in the city during the Games?

Where is the community debate about the private / public partnerships that
has seen the State government permanently give away scarce inner city public
parklands, which the community has owned for over 150 years, for the dubious
benefit of those Victorians who are willing to folk out the money for a
ticket to see athletes perform for 11 days? Where is the debate about an
accompanying cultural and social program paid by the community that seems to
have little, if any, community input?

The Commonwealth is an anachronism that has long passed its used by date.
The English monarchy is a relic of a bygone era. The Commonwealth Games is
a sporting contest that pits whales against minnows, and the Bracks
government cost benefit analysis for this candle in the wind is long on
rhetoric and product placement and short on figures. No wonder a week
from
the Games beginning, the earth hasn't begun to move for that growing section
of the community that is beginning to believe the Commonwealth Games is a
waste of time and public resources.

RAPIER LIKE WIT?
I would hate to tell Peter Costello - the Prime Minister in waiting, a man
with a rapier like parliamentary wit - a few words about his job, but his
headline grabbing performance on 'mushy misguided multiculturalism' (Our
values or go home - Costello The Age 24/2) can't be left to go to the
keeper.

If Peter Costello was interested in promoting Australian values and had any
understanding about the 'Australian compact', he would be making noises
about incorporating a Bill of Rights into the Australian Constitution, not
beating his hairy chest before his neo-conservative mates at the Sydney
Institute.

The Australian compact isn't some airy fairy notion about mythical
Australian values that may or may not exist, it should be part of the
Australian Constitution a document that theoretically regulates the
relationship between the government of the day, the people and the State
apparatus. Unfortunately the Australian Constitution is essentially a
document between the Federal government and the States; it has little if
anything to say about individual rights and so called Australian values.

Costello's assertion that immigrants who don't accept the Australian
compact, pose a threat to the rights and liberties of others, is laughable
when you look at the Howard government's and the Opposition's performance on
the question of human rights over the past few years. Over 70 pieces of
legislation have been passed through Federal parliament since 9/11
occurred
that have stripped away rights and liberties Australian citizens have
enjoyed for generations.

If Costello had any interest in Australians rights and liberties, he
wouldn't be targeting the current neo-conservative whipping boy -
multiculturalism. He would be raising the issue of a Bill of Rights in
Cabinet and would be actively campaigning for the government to hold a
referendum to ask the Australian people if they want a Bill of Rights
incorporated into the Australian Constitution to protect them from the
very
real threat of the government of the day removing what few rights and
liberties they still enjoy.

CONSUMER BOYCOTT - YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE!!
The Victorian Attorney General's assertion that the new Federal Industrial
Relations (IR) laws could force employers to cut wages and conditions to
stay competitive 'Warning over IR Domino effect 26/2' is the latest in a
long list of concerns expressed by a growing number of Australians about
the
direct effect these laws will have on their wages and conditions. Faced
with the prospect of a loss of wages and conditions that have been won
through the sacrifices of generations of Australians, many people are
beginning to consider protest action.

The Trade Union movement, faced with falling membership rates and workplace
relations laws that make the withdrawal of an employees labour illegal,
except during designated Enterprise Bargaining periods that can be
unilaterally terminated by employers or the government, have embarked on
an
advertising campaign that is designed to encourage workers to express their
disapproval of the Howard government's new laws at the ballot box in 2007.
They have also organised one day of action and will continue to organise and
support a series of community rallies to keep the issue upper most in the
public's mind.

The State Labor governments have put their faith in a High Court challenge
that questions the Federal government's ability to use Corporate Law to
override the State's Industrial Relation laws. Faced with the Howard
government's intransigence on the issue of its new IR laws, it is time
that
all those Australians who are concerned about the impact these new laws will
have on their lives to consider more immediate and direct forms of protest.
If every Australian who digresses with these new laws decreased their
personal consumption by 20% and refused to fully participate in the
consumer
economy until these laws were overturned by Federal Parliament, it would
only take a few months for both the government and employers to feel the
domino effect on the economy of an effective consumer boycott.

Consumer boycotts are nothing new; they have been used with devastating
effect in the past to remind governments that have lost touch with their
electorates, that ultimate political authority rests in the hands of the
people, not the government of the day or the State.

HOWARD'S LEGACY
Opinions about Howard's decade as Prime Minister range from those who
believe Australians have sold their soul for 30 pieces of silver, to those
who think the Howard decade has delivered Australians economic prosperity
and has seen Australia take its rightful place among the international
community.

On almost every available indicator, the Howard government's economic
achievements have been illusory for the majority of Australians. Around
10%
have done extremely well from the privatisation of State assets, the
deregulation of the labour markets and tax reforms, the rest have found
their increased after tax take home pay has been eroded by the increasing
need to pay for services that were once provided by the public sector. This
legacy has increased health care, education and child care costs. These
changes have forced people to work longer hours and take on second jobs.
Although some Australians may be more financially well off because they
are
working longer and harder, both the quality of their lives and health has
deteriorated.

Although the Federal government's claim that it has been a good economic
manager can be questioned, its social, cultural and workplace policies
cannot be questioned. The Howard government's success in reversing the
social and cultural advances made during the 1970's and 1980's is its most
important legacy. Indigenous Australians still find themselves floundering
at the bottom of the totem pole; the fires lit by the Mabo High Court
decision have been extinguished by Howard's promised and delivered 'bucket
loads of extinguishment'.

Self determination has been replaced by a black and white, all singing all
dancing paternalism that was all the rage in the first 70 years of
Federation. The threat of the yellow peril overrunning Australia has been
replaced by the threat of illegal Arab boat people swarming across the
country. The 'Reds under the bed' have been replaced by Islamic
terrorists.
Entry onto the social escalator that allowed children from poor and
disadvantaged families to escape their parents fate through public
education, has been restricted to those children whose parents have the
disposable income to buy the best education money can buy. Many of those
40% of Australians, who rely on social security benefits, can now look
forward to a lifetime of poorly paid part time work. Howard's much
vaunted
workplace relations laws will, in the space of a few years, wipe away the
gains made by over 100 years of community and workplace struggle.

This legacy pales into insignificance when compared with the Howard
government's successful removal of rights and liberties Australians have
enjoyed for generations to protect us from a terrorist threat that its
military adventurism has generated. Welcome to the Howard government's
brave new decade, another 10 years of this and it will be difficult to
distinguish John Howard from North Korea's great and dear leader Kim il
Sung.

CHAOS?
The article 'The Cost of Meddling in the Middle East' by The Washington Post
Correspondent Robert Kaplan 'Sunday Age 5/3' highlights how words that are
used in the community to denote what people believe are commonly held
viewpoints, are devoid of a shared meaning. Democracy, freedom, Left,
Right, communism, anarchy and terrorist are words that are devoid of
meaning; they have become all things to all people.

It is interesting to note that Kaplan, the author of 'The Coming of
Anarchy', has used the word anarchy to denote chaos. He takes his
argument
to the ridiculous extreme of insisting that the Baathist State in Iraq was a
'form of anarchy masquerading as tyranny'. The word anarchy is derived from
the ancient Greek word anarchos, which was used to denote a community
without rulers, not without rules. People like Kaplan believe people are
incapable of governing themselves and need a group of people in society to
exercise a monopoly on the use of force to maintain order in that
community.

He advances the argument that the breakdown of the nation Sate inevitably
leads to chaos his apocalyptic 'Coming of Anarchy'. Nothing could be
further from the truth. What we are seeing in Iraq is a battle between
different ideologies who are trying to capture the State apparatus to
impose
their will on the people by trying to obtain a monopoly on the use of force
in that society. The more authoritarian the State apparatus, the fewer
people or cliques holding the reins of power, the greater the level of
force
needed to maintain order.

The less authoritarian a community, the more people involved in the decision
making processes, the fewer inequalities that exist within that community;
the monopoly on force that is required to maintain order is soon superceded
by a community consensus that recognises that order is best maintained by
the democratisation of the decision making processes and by the use of the
common wealth to maintain the common good, not by the arbitrary exercise of
power by a minority.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. WOULD HEALTH OUTCOMES IMPROVE IN AN ANARCHIST SOCIETY?
A. There is a long held human fascination with health. Irrespective of
people's belief in the afterlife, few are in a hurry to find out if it
does
exist. Good health is on the top of most people's wish list. Research,
into communities whose members live relatively healthy and long lives,
points to a need for access to good food, adequate shelter and an active
community and work life. Ironically, the sins of starvation and obesity
are
2 sides of the same coin. Both occur as a result of society's short comings.
An anarchist society is a participating society based on the
satisfaction of
human not manufactured needs. As wealth is held in common, everybody has
access to the health infrastructure that's available. Health concerns that
revolve around an individual's ability to pay for food, shelter and health
care services, isn't an issue in an anarchist society. That doesn't mean
that all anarchist communities will have enough to go around, what it does
mean is that everybody shares both the good and the bad times.
Participation develops community. Although some individuals may decide to
shun society, the great majority have both the ability and the right to
actively participate in the day to day life of an anarchist community.
The
depressive illnesses, the scourge of post industrial society, would tend to
decrease in an anarchist community as people are not judged by what they
have, but by the contribution they are able to make to their community.
It
is ironic that in times of war, depressive illnesses tend to decrease.
Human beings are genetically programmed to live in communities.
Conducting
a one way conversation with a box isn't the most conducive way to look after
people's psychological need to interact and participate.
Human beings will always have health issues. What role they play in their
lives is determined by the type of society they live in. I have no doubts
that an anarchist society provides the best possible health outcomes for the
people that live in it.

ACTION BOX
SHIT HAPPENS?
Fatalism, whether originating from religious belief or a lifetime of
oppression, is something that all activists have to grapple with both in
their personal everyday lives and their community and political
activities.
Shit doesn't just happen, it happens for a very good reason. It happens
because people are able to exercise power over others. It happens because
their exercise of that power, at the individual, group or community level,
makes life unbearable and miserable for everybody else.
Combating the idea that change is impossible, is a fundamental concern of
all activists. While people believe all they can do is 'grin and bear it'
or wait for 'pie in the sky', change whether through the right channels or
outside those channels is considered to be unrealistic and impossible. This
doesn't mean that you should go around with a smile on your face telling
people that change is around the corner. Irrespective at how much you'd
like it to be, it isn't. That doesn't mean it's not possible, all it
means
is that it may take more effort and energy than you initially think it would.
It is important to remember ultimate political authority rests in the hands
of the people, not the government of the day or the State. Every major
political and social change has occurred through struggle. Although
governments, the State, individuals and groups make shit happen, the
people
- through the efforts of a tiny minority who refuse to accept that shit just
happens - can become involved in a movement that could create the
conditions
for radical egalitarian change.
Fatalism and an unrealistic assessment of the possibility of radical social
change are two sides of the same coin. Both sentiments make change
impossible. Radical egalitarian change is possible; it has occurred in
the
past and will continue to occur in the future. Whether it occurs or doesn't
occur is in the hands of that very small group of people who have
realised
the emperor is wearing no clothes, convincing those around them that we
don't need emperors clothed or not clothed.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
AUSTRALIAN ANARCHIST FEDERATION 1976 1977?
The following article has been dredged out of the recesses of my memory. I
may be wrong by a year or so and may have mixed up a few of the
participants. Fortunately there are still enough people around to put the
pieces together. So if I haven't told you the truth, the whole truth and
nothing but the truth, drop us a line about your recollections so we correct
the record.
Although the Australian Anarchist movement celebrates its 120th anniversary
on the 1st May 2006, only once have most of the country's groups formed a
Federation. The mid 1970's was a particularly active time for Australian
anarchists. The dismissal of the Whitlam led Labor government in 1975 and
the re-election of a new Liberal / National government, acted as a catalyst
for closer cooperation between Australia's anarchist groups. The Australian
Anarchist Federation was formed in 1976 and ended with a whimper in 1977.
An increasingly mobile anarchist community resulted in closer contact
between groups on the eastern seaboard. The 'Freedom Collective' in
Western
Australia had sent delegates to the east coast of Australia to meet groups
that were active on the east coast. The 1975 Anarchist Conference that had
been held in Glebe in Sydney had bought many anarchists together for the
first time.
The debate which raged among anarchists regarding the need for a Federation
revolved around the idea that Federations evolve as a result of the growth
of strong local groups that need to coordinate activity at both the regional
and national level. The fear expressed by the Self Management Group in
Brisbane was that the formation of a Federation at that particular time
was
putting the cart before the horse as there were not enough strong local
groups to warrant a Federation.
Despite these concerns, the Australian Anarchist Federation was formed. It
consisted of the La Trobe and Monash Anarchists in Melbourne, the Freedom
Collective in W.A., the Self Management group in Brisbane and the Jura Book
Collective in Sydney. It was agreed the Federation put out a newsletter and
that each group would take it in turns to produce one. I think 3 or 4
newsletters were put out (if anybody has copies, I would be grateful to
receive a copy). I'm pretty sure the Brisbane Self Management group and
the
Monash Anarchists put out a newsletter; I can't remember who else
produced one.
Within a year, the group had gone their own way, some were involved in
bitter internal feuds and others had disintegrated. The Australian
Anarchist Federation ceased to exist. In the last 30 years, one or two
attempts have been made to reform the Australian Anarchist Federation, but
these attempts have come to nothing.

BOOK REVIEW
'GERMANY - Insight Guides'
APA Publications, 3rd Edition
There are 2 types of travel guides. There is the well thumbed guide that
tells you where the best bargains are, where to stay and where to go. The
more popular recommendations soon become overcrowded tourist ghettos. If
using one of these guides, you tend to see the same people during your
journey, do the same things and experience a relatively non-descript safe
tourist journey. Then there are the Insight Guides. These travel guides
are full of colour photographs punctuated by historical vinaigrettes that
give the reader an insight into the country that not even the locals are
aware of.
The 'Insight Guide to Germany' does not tell you much about where to rest
your weary bones and fill your empty gut. It feeds the cerebral sulci with
tidbits of information to give you a better understanding about what you are
seeing and experiencing. The guide is colour coded YELLOW includes a
short introduction on the changing face of Germany, history and features
which include information on food and drink, the Performing Arts,
Contemporary Arts and German cinema. The bulk of the book - colour BLUE
takes you on a waltz through Germany. This section is divided into 4 main
parts Berlin and the Eastern States, Munich and the Deep South,
Frankfurt
and the Seven States and Hamburg and the Coast. The last 40 pages of this
405 page book colour coded BURNT ORANGE titled Travel Tips includes sections
on getting acquainted, planning your trip, practical tips, getting around
driving, where to stay, where to eat, culture, nightlife, sport,
shopping,
language and further reading. A fair bit to pack in a little over 40 pages,
but they seem to do it. Rudimentary maps are scattered throughout this
travel guide.
As I said at the beginning, this is not the type of guide that will tell you
where to stay and find the best bargains. Its strength lies in its ability
to give you an idea about what you are to experience, not how to
experience
it. The travel tips are particularly useful and you should have a look at
them before you arrive in Germany or any other destination the Insight Guide
covers.
Some of the more memorable comments in the German guide included the comment
'Some say that the Germans love dogs more than their children, but there
is little evidence of that'. When you combine this statement with the fact
that in a population of over 83 million, 16 million are older than 60 and
there are only 12 million children under 15, you can see where comments like
this come from. My favourite picture in the guide, there must be over 500
of them in the book, is the picture of the overweight middle aged opera
singer, golden metal bra encrusted with jewels hugging her ample
breasts,
cow horns on her head, fake teenage braids hanging over her fat jowls, mouth
open, sending off Wagner's Norse warriors to Valhalla, who could ask for
more?
The book should retail at around AUD$30 - $40. Should you buy it? If you
are going to Germany or some other Insight Guide destination and want an
overview of a country you have never visited before, it could be money
well
spent.
INSIGHT GUIDES,
P.O. Box 7910, London SE1 1WE, ENGLAND.
Fax: (44) 207403 0290 insight@apaguide.co.uk

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
Long distance air travel can be difficult at the best of times,
especially
if you fly cattle class and one of your fellow traveller's side bulges over
the seat keeping your arm warm for the duration of the flight. I found
myself in one of Europe's major airports, the snow was falling as if there
was no tomorrow; the airport was shut down. Instead of organising some
overnight accommodation for the passengers, the major carriers were
playing
'it will be another hour before we depart' game.
Six hours later I realised I would miss my North Asian connection to
Australia (the things we do to find that cheap fare), so I had a talk to
the
counter staff who incidentally were as annoyed as the passengers that they
were being asked to hang around til the airport reopened. They
cheerfully
told me that 'yes, I would miss my connecting flight in Asia, but not to
worry, I would be their guest once we arrived until the next flight to
Australia was organised'. I asked how long that would be 'two maybe
three
days' I was told. I've seen my till of the world and didn't relish spending
a few extra days hanging around waiting for the next flight.
Having travelled frequently when I was much younger and knowing the ins and
outs of the airline business, I asked them to ring other carriers they had
contact with at the airport to see if I could be transferred (at their
expense to an other carrier as they weren't able to keep their end of the
bargain). I must say the staff were extremely helpful and were able to
organise for me to be transferred to another carrier. The airport had
reopened by now and was a hive of activity.
I clambered onto my new carrier and settled down for a long trip,
feeling
relatively pleased with myself. Once I clambered on board my new
flight,
just before the doors were slammed behind me, the passengers were told there
would be an hour or two delay, while the snow was hosed off the plane.
C'est la vie I thought to myself and made full use of the 3 seats I had
to
myself. It seems the heavy snow meant that everybody's travel plans were up
in the air and many people didn't get to the airport on time. You know what
they say 'every cloud has a silver lining'.
Sorry about the delay, the plane's put down in that island Kingdom where
they regularly execute people, where chewing gum is a crime and they used
to
give tourists with long hair a complimentary short, back and sides. As luck
would have it, I and 20 others on the flight have missed the connecting
flight to Australia. Off to the transit lunge, get a number off the
counter, a new flight to Australia in an hour or so. Back in cattle class
on the new flight, as luck would have it, there's a seat between me and the
dour German gentleman, no talk about rubbing fat this time, there's a
respectable distance between us.
I should be in Sydney in about 9 hours, then a connecting flight to
Melbourne. My bag, who knows where it is, it could still be in Europe, it
may be in North Asia somewhere, as far as I and anybody else knows, it could
be on the moon. I've been advised that I should put in a misplaced baggage
form in Melbourne and hey presto it should be delivered to my doorstep in a
week or so. Yes Virginia, Santa Claus is alive and well.
One thing I noticed at the South Asia airport Air Madagascar flies into
the execution capital of the world. I've always wanted to go to
Madagascar,
maybe in a decade or so when I get over this little trip. I'll make some
enquiries with Air Madagascar. So long; 9, may be 12 hours before I get
home.

STOP PRESS
HOWARD'S CHEER SQUAD
Just in case you think Australia's media gives you value free analysis of
the news of the day, think again. When it comes to brown nosing the Prime
Minister, the folk down at Murdoch's Australian (Howard's cheer squad) can
teach the rest of their media mates a thing or two. I know you've had
enough of the great man's 10th anniversary bash, but this is one more
article about the great man you are going to have to suffer through. The
folk at the Australian are so fond of the Howard government's media
releases (it can be difficult to tell the Australian's content from the
Howard government's media releases), that they have decided to get their
staff to edit them and put them out as a book that marks the 10th
anniversary of the reign of their main man. Their little offering to the
globalisation and privatisation guru, was launched by the man himself in
Parliament House last Thursday. The 350-page tome 'The Howard Factor'
was
written by the Australian's team of senior writers in record time;
reinforcing my belief that these media releases and briefings come in very
handy. The Australian's major writers, minus Philip Adams (they claim he
was overseas and couldn't do a piece in time) did a wonderful job that would
rival North Korea's tracts on the great and dear leader Kim il Sung.
Unless you're a card carrying masochist into public self flagellation, I
suggest you keep away from 'The Howard Factor'. It's bad enough I had to
look at a copy on your behalf. If I'm wrong and God exists, I surely
deserve a place in heaven for exposing my cerebral neurones to the drivel
and trash that's regurgitated by the Australian's senior political staff in
'The Howard Factor'. While I was flicking through the pages trying to speed
read the contents, I noticed the tips of my fingers had turned brown.
Lucky I don't suck my fingers, if I did, I could have personally tasted
the
PM's essence. It seems the book I got hold off was the personal copy of one
of the journalists who had written it. Need I say no more? You work it
out, use your imagination; I don't have to tell you all the ugly
details, do
I? I suggest you wear the goggles if you decide to read 'The Howard Factor'
you have got no idea how many diseases are spread by excreta getting into
your eyes. Do not blame me if anything untoward happens, you have been
warned.

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


PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED THIS WEEK

BULLETIN OF THE KATE SHARPLEY LIBRARY, No.45 FEB 2006, BM Hurricane, London
WCIN 3XX, ENGLAND

CNT No.320 FEB 06, Organo de la Conf Nac del Trabajo, Pza Tirso de Molina
5-6, 28012 Madrid, SPAIN. Tel:913690838, fax:914200856
www.periodicocnt.org
redaccion@periodicocnt.org

UMANITA NOVA Vol 86 No.4 EL 5TH FEB 2006, Settimanale Anarchico, C.50
Palermo 46, 10152, Torino ITALY. tel/fax (011) 857850 Mobile 338-6594361
email:fat@inrete.it

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govt body supposed to investigate breaches of the law in the building
industry won't involve itself in the case of a teenager who had his skull
smashed by his boss with a claw hammer. The Aust Building & Construction
Industry Taskforce's official brief is to investigate breaches of the law
by
any parties in the industry. However unions allege in practice it shows no
interest in breaches by employers. Samuel Kautai was working 12-hr days,
6-days a week for Manuel Puruto, who engaged young workers from the Cook
Islands under individual contracts. Kautai was paid $50 per month. Kautai
had his skull smashed, his jaw & teeth broken, has lost his sight in 1 eye &
is also looking at surgery on the 2nd eye, where he has loss of vision.
Puroto has been charged with 2 counts of maliciously inflicting grievous
bodily harm, with further charges expected to be laid. Other young workers
from the Cook Islands working for Puruto's business, Freliesma
Guttering,
have made similar allegations of ill treatment. The CFMEU estimates that
Kautai is now owed over $90,000 in back pay. The union claims
nonetheless
"this Taskforce has refused to investigate or help Samuel Kautai." (Workers
Online)
People moving from welfare to work can effectively be taxed at a rate of up
to 75%, acc to economists. Access Economics director Chris Richardson said
the Govt should focus on tax disincentives preventing people from
shifting
from welfare to work. "If you are moving off unemployment back into work you
can pay up to _ of your income as lost benefits & increased taxes," Mr
Richardson said. By contrast the top tax rate, applied only to earnings
over
$95,000 a year, is 47%. The govt does plan to hold an inquiry into the tax
system. However, it is widely believed to be aimed at lowering the top tax
rate. (The Age)
Most Austs are opposed to involvement in the Iraq war, acc to a new poll.
The ACNeilsen poll found 55% opposed the deployment of troops in Iraq while
only 38% supported them. Aust has about 1340 military personnel in the Iraq
'theatre', of which about half are stationed inside the country. (The Age)
Overcrowding in public hospitals causes 120 deaths each yr in Perth alone,
acc to new research. After analysing more than 120,000 emergency dept
admissions in several hospitals in Perth & Canberra, researchers found at
least 133 deaths each yr in those cities could be attributed to
overcrowded
conditions. Survey co-author Peter Sprivulis said "this is only the tip of
the iceberg in terms of the burden of harm of overcrowding - I was somewhat
shocked by the magnitude of it." The number of deaths per yr as a result of
overcrowding in Perth hospitals, approx at 120, was only slightly less than
the state's road toll of about 150 people. The chairman of the NSW faculty
of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, Tony Joseph, said the
figures lined up with the experience of those working in the state's
hospitals. Even though delays in NSW had improved, 25 to 30% of patients
were still not getting to wards within 8hrs of being admitted. (SMH) A
judge threatened to charge a woman with contempt of court for refusing to
watch a videotape of 2 men having sex with her as a 16yo - a key piece of
evidence in the trial of a man accused of raping her. Chicago judge Kerry
Kennedy later ruled the woman could give evidence without having to watch
the 20min video, which reportedly shows 2 men having sex with her & a 3rd
writing obscenities on her legs with a felt-tipped marker, after an outcry
from victims' groups. (The Guardian [UK])
A large majority of US troops in Iraq think the US military should withdraw
completely from Iraq within a yr. The poll of 944 US troops found only 23%
believe the US should stay "as long as needed". 21% said the US military
presence should end within a yr. 22% said 6 months & 29% said
immediately.
5% were unsure. The poll also found 85% of those surveyed believe the US's
main mission in Iraq is to retaliate against Saddam Hussein for the Sept 11
attacks. Saddam is generally believed to have had no role in the
attacks.
93% said they didn't think removing WMD was the reason they were in Iraq.
(Christian Science Monitor [US])
QUOTE OF THE MOMENT: "In all recorded history there hasn't been 1
economist
who had to worry about where the next meal would come from." Peter Drucker.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "The crimes of violence committed for selfish,
personal
motives are historically insignificant compared to those committed...out of
a self-sacrificing devotion to the flag, a leader, a religious faith or
political conviction." Arthur Koestler
ATNTF weekly anarchist news report www.apolitical.info


ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Awarded to the fourth estate and the government gelded ABC for their
grovelling and pathetic coverage of the 10th anniversary of the Howard led
Coalition government.


THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
'The difference between the live export sheep trade & the long haul economic
air traveller is the sheep are put out of their misery at the end of their
journey'
Joseph TOSCANO MARCH 2006


PEOPLE FOR CONSTITUTIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS
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'RIGHTS THAT ARE NOT EXERCISED ARE NOT RIGHTS'!!

DIRECT DEMOCRACY NOT PARLIAMENTARY RULE
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2006 EUREKA AUSTRALIA DAY MEDALS
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Anarchist
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Australia whose activities reflect the principles enshrined in the Eureka
Oath:
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THE INAUGURAL 2005 EUREKA AUSTRALIA DAY RECIPIENTS WERE
JAN BARTLETT, PAMELA CURR, GRAEME DUNSTAN, ROBBIE THORPE, JOSEPH TOSCANO and
JENNY WARFE

MONDAY 1ST MAY 2006
120TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDATION
OF AUSTRALIA'S FIRST ANARCHIST GROUP.
THE MELBOURNE ANARCHIST CLUB FOUNDED ON THE 1ST MAY 1886 IN A RENTED
UPSTAIRS ROOM IN HER MAJESTY'S THEATRE MELBOURNE.
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