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(en) Anarchist Age Weekly Review No. 691

Date Wed, 17 May 2006 12:59:13 +0200 (CEST)


Number 691 - 15th May 21st May 2006
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
* * * * * * * * * *
WATCH THIS SPACE
I wonder how many Australians know that under the new Sedition laws, you can
be jailed for up to 7 years for reciting the Eureka oath 'We swear by the
Southern Cross to stand truly by each other and fight to defend our rights
and liberties'. The Federal Sedition laws, are not just a gag on media
coverage of political events, they are a gag on legitimate political and
community debate.

Under the guise of protecting Australians against the threat of terrorism,
the Howard led government has expanded the Sedition laws to cover not just
people urging the use of violence to overthrow the government, interfere
with an election or urge violence that threatens the peace, good order and
good government of the Commonwealth, but people who advocate the use of
force. This catch all phrase includes people who advocate civil
disobedience, peaceful mass action, demonstrations, strikes, sit-ins,
occupations, economic boycotts and other extra parliamentary activity to
influence the political process.

The main purpose of the legislation is to restrict political activity in the
community, to the act of casting a ballot every 3 years to give a
political
representative a signed blank cheque to pass whatever legislation they like
over the next 3 years. The problem of political expression and
association
is particularly pressing in Australia because Australians enjoy few, if any,
protections to freely express their opinions under the Australian
Constitution. The government of the day is the sole arbitrator of what
political freedoms citizens are able to exercise. The deportation of the
American peace activist Scott Parkin, for advocating peaceful direct action,
is just one example of the draconian laws that have been passed by Federal
and State governments since 9/11.

The Attorney General currently has the power to ban any organisation he
likes because he has been advised their activities may pose a threat to
Commonwealth interests. Anybody who continues to support a banned
organisation by raising money to help pay for the limited legal options
they
can pursue, can be jailed for up to 25 years. Citizens can be
arbitrarily
detained, interrogated and imprisoned for up to 7 years for refusing to
answer questions, not about what they may or may not have done, but
because
they may inadvertently have information that may assist police in their
investigations.

Three Ministers of the Crown, not Cabinet or the government of the day, can
call out the Commonwealth armed forces to deal with what they believe is a
threat to Commonwealth interests. The threat does not have to be a military
or terrorist threat. Under this particular piece of legislation, you could
have the ludicrous situation of State Police forces fighting the
Commonwealth armed forces, as the Commonwealth does not need to obtain
permission from the State government to deploy those troops. Members of
the
armed forces enjoy indemnity for any actions they may carry out,
irrespective of how unjustified these actions are.

It is important that Australians look at all the so-called anti
terrorist
legislation that has been passed as a package, not just individual pieces of
legislation. As a result of the lack of individual constitutional
safeguards within the Australian Constitution, the Howard led government
with the support of Her Majesty's loyal Opposition the Labor Party, has
within the past 5 years passed legislation that has removed people's
rights
to freely express their political opinions and has muzzled the media.

Citizens can be arbitrarily detained and interrogated without charges being
laid. People can be jailed for not answering questions; organisations can
be banned at the whim of the Federal Attorney General. The armed forces can
be unleashed on the Australian people whenever the government likes and to
rub salt into the wound, the Federal Electoral Act has been altered to
disenfranchise people by restricting those people who can get onto the
electoral roll, and an identity card will be introduced in a few years - a
legislative record Stalin, Pol Pot and Saddam Hussein would have been proud
of.

WATCH THIS SPACE NEXT WEEK FOR THE LAUNCH OF A CAMPAIGN THAT WILL
CHALLENGE
THE VALIDITY OF THE NEW FEDERAL SEDITION LAWS. A CAMPAIGN YOU CAN BECOME
INVOLVED IN 'WE HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR, BUT FEAR ITSELF'.

CLASS DOESN'T EXIST!!
It is surprising how long it has taken to bury the myth that Australia is a
classless society. Whenever questions of class raise their ugly heads, we
are told that class does not play a prominent role in Australia. Last
week's budget highlights the central role of class in 21st century
Australia. The institutional, economic and political changes of the past
two decades have brought class to the fore of life in this country.

Australia is divided into three distinct classes - those who cannot or are
unable to work, those who sell their labour and skills to survive, and those
who own the means of production, distribution, exchange and
communication.
The great success story of the ruling class in Australia is its ability to
manipulate social and cultural attitudes towards class, winning the support
of the very people they are exploiting.

It is not unusual to find many of the 40% of Australians who survive on
social security benefits, supporting the very same political figures that,
in the good times, use the budget to make the rich richer and completely
ignore the plight of those Australians who have to survive on a minimal
income. It is not unusual for wage earners to throw their support behind
political figures that pass legislation that remove their hard won rights
and conditions. It is not unusual for the self employed, who run small
businesses and work long hours for minimal return for their efforts, to
throw their support behind political figures that tax them out of
existence.

The tragedy about the changes that have occurred in Australia over the past
two decades, is the political, social and economic changes that have
occurred, have all but closed down the social escalator that allowed
Australians and their children to change their social status within the
community by working hard and by accessing education. 21st century
Australia has become a highly stratified society, where many of those
surviving on social security payments will be forced by new legislation,
into boring, part time, monotonous work which will leave people in
situations worse off than they find themselves in now.

Over 90% of Australians who are currently working either as wage
earners, as
self employed contractors or in business that do not employ labour, will
find the new Workplace legislation and the privatisation frenzy, that has
forced them to pay for services that were previously subsidised by the
State, will make it increasingly difficult for them to finance the
mountain
of debt, that has to date, allowed them to enjoy the 'good' things in life.
In a period of government manufactured job insecurity, 6 weeks without an
income is all it takes for people's dreams for themselves and their children
to go up in a puff of smoke.

The current batch of Liberal/National Party and Labor Party politicians have
stopped and reversed the drive to create a classless, egalitarian
community
in Australia. They have pursued 'divide and rule' strategies that have
pitted Australians against Australians because of perceived racial and
religious differences. They have passed legislation that has seen the gap
between the 'haves' and the 'have nots' increased, not decreased. These
same political leaders continue to pursue social agendas that have
benefited
less than 10% of the community and have closed down the social elevator.
Through their actions, they have once again made class the central issue
in
Australia.

YOU'RE KIDDING?
I was both intrigued and surprised by the Sunday Age's editorial 'Where have
all the big ideas gone? - To Mundanity everyone (14/5)'. Mr. Keating paid
the ultimate electoral price for encouraging public debate. His
attempts to
put reconciliation, creativity and the Republican issue before the people,
resulted in the government he led, being turfed out of office after just one
term.

Mr. Howard, a much more wily and self serving Prim Minister, has
understood
that the first lesson of politics is to remain in office. He has won 4
elections by pandering to and fanning community prejudices. Once
elected,
he has rammed through Parliament an ideologically driven agenda that has
reinforced people's prejudices and stripped away many of the rights and
privileges that Australians have enjoyed for generations.

Political parties have only one duty to win office. The legislative
agenda governments pursue is influenced by a well informed and active
citizenry and a fearless media that is willing to promote and support
public
debate about the big issues governments, who work on a 3 year electoral
cycle, are unable or unwilling to pursue.

If whoever wrote the Sunday Age's editorial took a few minutes to look
through their own newspaper, they would realise the Sunday Age has become
part of the problem, not the solution to the problem. The front page was
taken up with stories about an orangutan's diets, crime in Melbourne's
casino precinct hardly new news, and a story about the State government
using direct marketing techniques to encourage people to use public
transport hardly earth shattering news. The rest of the content of the
paper was little better.

Since the Sunday Age editorial team was changed a few months ago, it is
becoming increasingly difficult to separate its content from its tabloid
rival. The Sunday Age, arguably the most radical corporate owned
newspaper
in Australia, has become in the space of a few months, an intellectual
wasteland. Its editorial team has chosen to pander to the advertising
dollar rather than promote community debate about more difficult issues.
It
is one thing for the Sunday Age editorial to talk the talk, it is
another
thing for the newspaper to walk the walk and do something, anything, about
the urgent problem of narrowing public debate and the lack of community and
government idealism.

LOST OPPORTUNITY
About the only words you can use to describe last week's budget are lost
opportunity. It has taken the economic gurus about a week to realise the
resources boom led economic recovery has been squandered on some very poorly
targeted personal tax cuts that will be eaten away by bracket creep within a
year or two. Nothing in the budget, apart from a one-off $100.00
'bonus' to
old age pensioners, does anything for the 40% of Australians who rely on
social security benefits to survive.

It has become increasingly obvious to many Australians that, unless they
work long hours in increasingly insecure jobs, they will never be able to
pay off the debts they have accumulated to enjoy the 'good' things in life.
Irrespective of the number of stories that appear in the fourth estate about
how good things are in the land of 'milk and honey', the reality for the
majority of people is not as rosy as many of them think it is.
Privatisation has forced more and more people to put their hands into their
pockets to access services that were provided by the public sector.

Costello's budget was both illusory and deceitful. Costello chose to give
away a historical surplus to people who don't need government
assistance,
while ignoring the plight of those who do. Nothing in the budget
addressed
the problem of infrastructure development and the government's universal
obligation to its citizens. Considering what could have been done, it
turned out to be an exceptionally disappointing document.

What was even more perplexing was the media's initial positive response to
the budget. It seems few of the well paid economic commentators in the
fourth estate, pleased with own personal tax windfall, took the time to
analyse what many of them are beginning to realise is a budget that will
fuel inflation and increase interest rates.

'PEEPHOLE SHOW'
So, one of the world's best spin bowlers Shane Warne had a fling with two
young women. Hardly earth shattering news. That is unless you are the
people who conveniently organised the women and provided the peephole for
a
camera crew to obtain pictures of what was going on between consenting
adults in a private space.

Why am I going in to bat for Shane Warne (sorry for the poor pun), and why
am I wasting space discussing this matter? Very simple, you either have
privacy or you don't. What do you think would happen if you secretly made
holes in people's walls, put a camera crew behind them, started filming and
publicly printed pictures of what you saw? What do you think would happen
if you did it to one of our major political figures or those puffed up media
types who love to pontificate about other people's lives? You would be in
court facing serious charges and a possible lengthy jail sentence.

The important thing about this sordid little fiasco isn't that it
happened
to Shane Warne, I'm sure he is smart enough and has enough money to do
something about it. What is critical about this little affair is that
there
is a perception in the community that the media can do whatever it likes,
whenever it likes. What is even more important is, this type of
behaviour
by the media helps create a culture that allows both the corporate sector
and government to spy on the community with impunity. If it can happen to
Shane Warne, a figure with a public profile, and nobody is censured for it,
it can happen to anyone.

Privacy is an important issue in a world where personal information has
become just another commodity that is sold on the open market. Instead of
laughing about Shane Warne's latest tussle with the media, we should be
asking questions about the increasingly intrusive role governments, the
corporate sector and the fourth estate play in our lives.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. Would people in anarchist society need qualifications to work in
particular fields?
A. Irrespective of what society you live in, you wouldn't get on an
aeroplane with someone who has never flown an aeroplane before, and you
wouldn't let someone without neurosurgical skills open up your mother's
skull. It's ridiculous to suggest that anybody could try their hand at
anything in an anarchist society. A person's level of expertise is as
relevant in an anarchist community as in any other community.
Selection criteria may be different, training programs may be different, the
way trainees are examined may be different, but what isn't different is the
level of competence an individual needs to be able to practise their craft
safely. Not everyone would be able to commence any training program they
wanted to. They would have to demonstrate their ability to undertake such a
program before they would be able to commence their apprenticeship in a
particular area.
Entry requirements and proficiency levels would be set by colleagues, whose
primary function would be to ensure that those who successfully
completed
their training programs would not be a danger to themselves or the
community. The key elements as far as the need for qualifications are
concerned are competency and safety. There will be fields of human
endeavour when competency and safety are not an issue, in those
situations
there is nothing stopping anyone from having a go. How far they
progress
in their chosen field will be determined by the community's response to
their endeavours. Some will continue singing in the showers, others will
develop the necessary talent to entertain and assist those around them.
Qualifications in an anarchist society continue to be an issue where
competency and safety are concerned. In all other areas of human
endeavour,
the need for formal qualifications would not be a major issue. An anarchist
society attempts to develop the individual talents of its members
without
compromising the safety of the person being trained and the community they
will eventually service, that is why qualifications still play an
important
role in an anarchist society.

ACTION BOX
CULTURE WARS COUNTER ATTACK CELEBRATE MABO DAY
JOIN US AT 1.00pm ON SATURDAY 3RD JUNE 2006 at FEDERATION SQUARE
(Corner St. Kilda Rd & Flinders St. MELB)
TO MARK THE 14TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE AUSTRALIAN HIGH COURT DECISION HANDED
DOWN ON THE 3RD JUNE 1992 THAT RECOGNISED THAT INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS HAD
RIGHTS TO LAND IN LAW BECAUSE OF THEIR PRIOR OCCUPATION OF THIS
CONTINENT.
Faced with the prospect of indigenous Australians legally claiming land, the
pastoral industry, the National Party and the Howard led Liberal Party
initiated a campaign that delivered 'bucket loads of extinguishment' by
destroying the spirit and intent of the High Court decision that buried
TERRA NULLIUS, 206 years after white colonisation began.
A multi pronged attack on the idea, that indigenous Australians had been
illegally dispossessed of their lands in the most brutal fashion, was
launched by conservative and authoritarian elements within Australian
society. The whitewash brigade, aided and abetted by a partisan media,
launched an attack to roll back the gains indigenous Australians had made
since Aboriginal stockmen and their families walked off Vesty's Wave Hill
Station in 1966. Through a campaign of lies and distortions, they have
created a climate of hostility towards indigenous Australians who are
trying
to achieve justice through the courts, political and direct action.
Celebrating MABO Day is one way of counter attacking the viscous litany of
lies and half truths that is levelled at indigenous Australians who are
fighting for the reconciliation between indigenous and non indigenous
Australians that is based on justice, not charity.
By celebrating MABO Day, people take the first step in the long journey
towards reconciliation. We encourage our readers around Australia to
acknowledge the importance of MABO Day to us as individuals and as a
community. We encourage you to organise events to mark a day that should
bring non indigenous and indigenous Australians together on the road to
reconciliation.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
WORKERS ART CLUB MELBOURNE
(1932 - 1933)
The Workers Art Club (WAC) lasted barely a year. It was established in 1932
by men and women who were as passionate about politics as they were about
literature and painting. The inspiration for the Club came from the Soviet
Union's Proletkult movement that believed the working class would
eventually
develop its own artistic forms. Jack Maughan, a Gallipoli veteran, opened
the Club's activities by holding an anti war water-colour and drawing
exhibition. Jack, a water front clerk, hated with a passion the useless
loss of life in wars fought by workers at either end of a bayonet. The
well known Australian artist Noel Counihan began sleeping in the WAC rooms
in 1932, when he was turfed out of his home after his angry and disgusted
father burnt Noel's collection of Left wing literature. In May
1932, the Club sprang to the defence of University of Melbourne Labour Club
member and WAC supporter Sam White, when he and two students who tried to
protect him, were thrown into the Melbourne University lake. They were
forced to sing the national anthem and salute the King by a crowd of 300
university students who accused him of making disloyal remarks at a
meeting
of the University's Historical Society.
In August 1932, the Club held a theatrical performance of Ernst Toller's
'Masses and Men' to a full house at Melbourne's Temperance Hall.
Towards
the end of the year, it produced the one and only edition of 'Masses' a
magazine that wanted stories, cartoons, drawings, poems and reviews about
'Anything Real'. The Club had always relied on a small core of
dedicated
volunteers to function and ran out of puff in 1933.
Interestingly, both the Left and Right found the activities of the Club
distasteful. Tom Le Huray, an Australian Communist Party leader,
described
the members of the WAC as a 'pack of petit-bourgeois degenerates', not that
you would expect much from fossils that thought Marx, Engels, Lenin and
Stalin had something important to say. In its short one year history, the
Club moved three times. It started above Florsheims Shoe shop at the corner
of Bourke and Williams Streets, it then moved to Royal Lane and then Little
Bourke Street. It seems the early 1930's Melbourne wasn't ready for the
bohemian types that made up Melbourne's Workers Art Club.
SOURCE OF ARTICLE:
'Radical Melbourne A Secret History'
Section 26 - Workers Art Club pages 118-121,
J & J Sparrow, Vulgar Press 2001, ISBN 0957735243

BOOK REVIEW
'BUSHRANGERS BOLD
True and Thrilling Stories of Australia's Legendary Bushrangers'
By Frank HATHERLEY A Piccolo Original, Pan Books Ltd LONDON 1972, ISBN 0
330 23261 4
England had their Highway Men, the United States had its Outlaws, and
Australia had it Bushrangers.
This 130-page saga gives a delicious insight into the lives of
Australia's
more colourful bushrangers Mad Dog Morgan, Ben Hall, Captain
Thunderbolt
and Ned Kelly. Each, in their own way, captured the public's
imagination.
Frank Gardiner was nicknamed 'Darkie' because of his sallow complexion and
his dark curly hair - a legacy of his part Aboriginal mother. Gardiner was
a bushranger's bushranger. The newspapers of the 1860's, called him the
'Organiser of Outlaws'. Dozens of young men rode into the Blue
Mountains to
join up with his band. The newspapers complained that Gardiner was being
described as the 'celebrated' Gardiner by many of the people of NSW who saw
the bushrangers taking a stand against the conditions and attitudes that
kept poor people poor and made the rich even richer.
Frank Gardiner, concerned about the activities of informers and the hanging
and imprisonment of members of his gang, headed north with his
sweetheart
Kate Brown. Ben Hall took over the gang and continued to act as a thorn in
the authority's side. Gardiner and Hall had acted with impunity because
they were supported by the local cocky farmers, who helped them out
whenever
they could. In November 1864, the Hall gang robbed the Gundagai Mail Coach
4 times in 2 weeks. Hall was killed in a hail of bullets on the 6th May
1865.
Interestingly, the same laws that have recently been passed by the Howard
government, to combat the spectre of terrorism, were enacted by the NSW
government in February 1865 when police were given the power to arrest and
detain anyone they liked for as long as they liked, if they suspected they
may have assisted the bushrangers.
Gardiner had been arrested 2 years previously in Queensland; he was
sentenced to 32 years hard labour but was released in 1874 on condition he
left Australia after his sisters organised a hugely successful petition that
was signed by thousands. Gardiner eventually ended up in San Francisco and
opened up a saloon. Who ever said crime doesn't pay?
Gardiner and Hall were regarded as gentlemen. Mad Dog Morgan had a more
colourful history. Morgan hated the authorities and had no hesitation in
killing police. He was also considered to be a champion of the underdog and
'sundowners' - (tramps and swagmen). Morgan's reputation in 1864 grew as 'a
rampaging homicidal maniac' and 'as a champion of the under privileged'.
When he was finally shot dead, his body was taken to Wangaratta where it
was
mutilated beyond recognition. The book ends with stories about Captain
Thunderbolt and the Kelly gang.
As the 1870's progressed and life improved for selectors and ordinary
workers, the conditions that created the bushrangers disappeared.
Bushrangers were not outlaws; they enjoyed an enormous amount of support
among a population that was at the total mercy of the squatters and the
government. The bushrangers were seen as heroes to many of those that
were
dispossessed. On the eve of Ned Kelly's hanging at the Old Melbourne Goal
in 1880, over 6,000 people turned up to protest against the hanging. 35,000
had in a few weeks signed a petition to stop Ned Kelly's hanging.
'Bushrangers Bold' is an interesting book because it gives a political
dimension to the lives of men who are normally dismissed as blood
thirsty
criminals. It gives an excellent account of why many people turned to
bushranging and why they were supported by people who made a mockery of
the
government's attempts to capture them. Bushrangers were fish who swam in a
sea of discontent; they only became extinct when conditions improved for the
army of selectors and workers who worked for a pittance on the squatters
estates.
I paid $4.00 to get a hold of this well thumbed copy. Interestingly, you
could buy a new copy for 70c in 1972. Try your local library, who knows,
they may have a copy. A great read for a cold winter's night.

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
- 'Norma thinks they shouldn't get a penny.'
- 'I think they should get whatever they can.'
- 'God, can you imagine what they must've experience'.
- 'If they can make enough money not to work again and they set up their
families, good luck to them!'
It is surprising the conversations you hear when you're standing in a line
waiting for your turn to come to part with your hard earned cash, for the
necessities of life. I was just standing there balancing some plastic
garden fencing with a few other bits and pieces, when the woman behind me
started talking about the two Beaconsfield miners.
- 'I would love to read the book, it would be fascinating' one blurted to
the other.
Silence nothing, just the shuffling of feet as we made our way to the cash
register. I hadn't noticed before, it seems Woolworths is experimenting
with some self serve aisles. I wondered why I was waiting so long. In an
attempt to force people to use this new labour saving technology labour
saving for them, a nightmare for us they've reduced the number of staff
on
the registers. On the day before Mother's Day, the lines at Woolworths
stretched for miles. I think most people think like I do, why deal with a
dumb machine when you can deal with a bored, listless person at the
checkout. We shuffled forwards.
- 'I wonder how they went to the toilet'.
- 'You don't hear about that on the news'
Silence.
- 'They should milk it for all it's worth'
More silence, nothing.
- 'I would've gone mad, I'm so claustrophobic; I can't even go into a tent
at night'.
More silence, I'm getting bored; I feel like turning round and saying
something, but I keep my opinions to myself. A story of incredible
survival
turned into a soap opera by a fourth estate that wants to sell more useless
products to bored, listless checkout operators.
News! - Maybe. Earth shattering news I doubt it. Shut up Joe, the two
women behind me are right. The two blokes should milk it for all it's
worth. Why should the media get the story for free? Hopefully the two
blokes will enter into a contract that makes arrangements for their dead
workmate. It would be ironic if his family had to make do with the
pathetic
Tasmanian Workers compensation payout for a dead worker. John Howard
holding a 'do' at Parliament House for all those involved in the rescue,
must be political opportunism at its best; I feel like turning round and
asking the women behind me what they think about John Howard's little
party.
Saved by the bell, it's my turn to have my purchases scanned by another
bored, listless worker.
- 'Please sign here'
I grunt and sign. The book could be tedious; there is only so much you can
say about spending 14 days entombed one kilometre below the surface of the
earth.

STOP PRESS
HYPOCRITES!!
I've been watching how the West and their surrogate in the Middle East -
Israel - have slowly been squeezing the life out of the Hamas led
Palestinian Authority and have waited for someone to say something, anything
nothing. I watched while the same crew squeezed the Arafat led
Palestinian Authority and waited for someone to do something, anything
nothing. Stories flowed out about the corruption that was rife in the
Palestinian Authority, elections were called after Arafat's death and
Hamas
was elected in what can only be described as a stunning electoral
victory,
in what has been accepted by everyone as fair and free elections.
The shutters came down; the 'wrong' people had been elected into office.
They were a 'terrorist' organisation; they refused to renounce violence
and
refused to recognise the State of Israel. While all this was going on,
people were being killed in the streets by Israeli planes, homes were
being
demolished, a wall was sneaking its way across Palestine, more and more
Palestinian land was falling into the hands of Israeli settlers and people
could not move around freely. The Hamas led Palestinian Authority had
become the government of the world's biggest jail a hostage to Israel,
the
United States and the West.
Hamas refuses to play their games - they are the legally elected
government
of the Palestinians. Nobody cares what the Palestinians think, let alone,
want. They elected the 'wrong' people into power; they elected
'terrorists'
into positions of authority. They must be punished, aid needs to be
suspended and the Palestinians must be humiliated for not electing the
West's favourites.
Meanwhile Iran, a country that has extensive borders with US occupied
Afghanistan and Iraq, wants to play the nuclear game. They mustn't be
allowed to develop nuclear power; they would be a threat to the rest of
the
world. Not that I know much about history, but I clearly remember that a
democratic United States is the only country that has ever used nuclear
bombs against people.
Iran, the senior partner in the United States 'Axis of Evil', seems to have
learnt the lessons of history well. Remember those elusive 'Weapons of Mass
Destruction' the Baath Party in Iraq destroyed getting rid of their
weapons didn't save them from an invasion. Maybe Iran believes that
surrounded by enemies, they have no choice but to develop their nuclear
capacity. Playing the game and obeying the rules doesn't pay dividends
just ask the Hamas led Palestinian Authority what happens when you play
the
game by the West's rules.

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


ANARCHIST PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED THIS WEEK
CNT No.323 MAY 06, Organo de la Conf Nac del Trabajo, Pza Tirso de Molina
5-2, 28012 Madrid, SPAIN. Tel:913690838, fax:914200856
www.periodicocnt.org
redaccion@periodicocnt.org
SEME ANARCHICO Vol.27 No.3 APRIL 06, Periodico di Pensiero Anarchico, C/-
Fabio RAZZI, C.P. 168, 53034 Colle Val d'Elsa Si, ITALY

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The ALP should give public funds to parents who send their kids to private
schools, acc to its nat'l pres. Warren Mundine said, presumably unlike
parents who send their kids to govt schools, these families are
contributing
on top of their taxes. They're paying for education twice." He added "not
all are wealthy people, they're just ordinary, average Austs trying to do
the best for their kids." Mr Mundine said his party should consider offering
tax breaks on school fees & direct subsidies for parents using the private
school system, similar to the childcare rebate. Private schools
themselves
are already given public funds. The ALP recently dropped its policy of
cutting public funding to the nation's wealthiest private schools. (The
Australian)
QUOTE OF THE MOMENT - 'They Hate Us So Much, I Think We'll Stay' "The scenes
of several hundred Iraqis yelling their opposition to the coalition's
military presence, carried on Arabic TV throughout the day, could also
call
into question Blair's hopes of Iraq stabilising sufficiently to begin
reducing the British presence." The normally left-wing Observer shows
signs
of Bush-esque logic.
ATNTF weekly anarchist news report www.apolitical.info

ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Awarded to the Howard led Australian government for trying to pass
legislation through parliament that will result in refugees from West
Papua
being denied temporary protection Australian visas.

PEOPLE FOR CONSTITUTIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS
* JUSTICE DEPARTMENT - Victoria *
Wednesday 11.30am 24th MAY 2006
55 St. Andrews Place, Melbourne East
ALL WELCOME!!
'RIGHTS THAT ARE NOT EXERCISED ARE NOT RIGHTS!!'

DIRECT DEMOCRACY NOT PARLIAMENTARY RULE
Week SEVENTY TWO 99 members
451 TO GO!!
APPLICATIONS HAVE SLOWED TO A TRICKLE!! IF YOU WANT TO SPEED UP THE
PROCESS, SEND YOUR COMPLTED APPLICATION FORM IN TODAY.
Fill in that Application Form we recently sent to you and send it ASAP to
P.O. BOX 5035, ALPHINGTON 3078
If you haven't an Application Form, download it from Web:
www.rulebythepeople.org or write to us at P.O. BOX 5035, ALPHINGTON 3078
for a Application Form

ALREADY JOINED
Photocopy the spare copy you've received with your membership card and
distribute to your friends, workmates or set up a stall in the places you
live and work in. Whether Direct Democracy Not Parliamentary Rule becomes a
reality ultimately rests in your hands. Web:www.rulebythepeople.org
Email:supporters@rulebythepeople.org
BUILD an alternative to the fossilised parliamentary system. Stop giving a
signed blank cheque to politicians to make decisions on you behalf. JOIN:
DIRECT DEMOCRACY NOT PARLIAMENTARY RULE
Written & Authorised by Dr. Joseph TOSCANO
Suite 4 / 2187 Princes Highway, Clayton 3168, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
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NEXT NEWSLETTER OUT IN EARLY JULY2006

3CR RADIOTHON
10am 11am WEDNESDAY 7TH JUNE 2006
The Anarchist World This Week is broadcast throughout Australia via the
studios of community radio station - Melbourne's 3CR. The 3CR RADIOTHON
for
the Anarchist World This Week will be held from 10am 11am on WEDNESDAY 7TH
JUNE. We raised over $5,900 last year to go towards 3CR's yearly
running
costs.
Ring on the day (03) 9419 8377 or (03) 9419 0155 between 10am 11am to
donate to 3CR RADIOTHON C/- Joseph TOSCANO, P.O. BOX 5035, ALPHINGTON
3078,
VICTORIA, AUST. Make out CHEQUES & MONEY ORDERS to 3CR. People who donate
$20 or more will receive a complimentary copy of the Anarchist Age Weekly
Review (AAWR) for every $2 above the $20 they donate. If you donate $100,
you'll receive a year's subscription to the AAWR.
For 29 years, Melbourne's 3CR has broadcast anarchist programs. Make sure
they continue to broadcast in these difficult times JOSEPH TOSCANO

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

CULTURE WARS COUNTER ATTACK
The culture wars were launched by neo conservative and powerful elements in
Australia to roll back the gains made by parliamentary and extra
parliamentary action in the 1960's and 1970's.
The CULTURE WARS COUNTER ATTACK has been launched to stop this divisive
secretive & powerful group in their tracks and defend & extend the gains
that have been rolled back by their actions.
JOIN US TO CELEBRATE
MABO DAY
1.00PM SATURDAY 3RD JUNE 2006
FEDERATION SQUARE - MELBOURNE
The 3rd June marks the day the High Court of Australia recognised that
indigenous Australians have rights to land in law. It is the day the
first
step was taken towards reconciliation between indigenous and non
indigenous
Australians.

TAKING TO THE STREETS
'Two decades that changed Brisbane 1965 1985'
7th APRIL 10TH SEPTEMBER 2006
Exhibition in the 'Museum of Brisbane' in the BRISBANE CITY HALL
FREE ENTRY Open 10am 5pm DAILY
Ground Floor, City Hall, King George Square, Brisbane
Tel: (07) 3403 8888 www.brisbane.qld.gov.au

RECLAIM THE RADICAL SPIRIT OF THE EUREKA REBELLION
4am 4pm Sunday 3rd December 2006
152nd Anniversary Celebrations at Eureka Park (Eureka Stockade site)
(Corner Stawell and Eureka Street, Ballarat)
DIRECT DEMOCRACY, DIRECT ACTION, SOLIDARITY, INTERNATIONALISM
4.00am - Dawn ceremony Eureka Park at the Eureka Memorial
6.00am - Breakfast Eureka Park (bring your own food and drinks)
10.00am March from Eureka Park to Bakery Hill to reaffirm the Eureka oath.
10.30am - Presentation of Eureka Aust Day Medal at Bakery Hill 10 Medals
will be awarded
11.30am - Walk to Old Ballarat cemetery to pay our respects to all those who
died in the Eureka battle who are buried at the cemetery.
12.30pm - Walk back to Eureka Park through the centre of Ballarat
1.30pm Late lunch and conversation at Eureka Park - (bring your own food
and drinks)
JOIN US TO CELEBRATE THE PAST BY RECLAIMING THE PRESENT

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
'WHY DO SANE, FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS, WHO WOULDN'T DREAM OF GIVING
AWAY A SIGNED BLANK CHEQUE, CLAMOUR TO GIVE A PARLIAMENTARY
REPRESENTATIVE A
SIGNED BLANK CHEQUE ON POLLING DAY'
Joseph TOSCANO MAY 2006

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