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(en) Australia: Anarchist Age Weekly Review No. 692

Date Wed, 24 May 2006 14:23:10 +0200 (CEST)


Number 692
22nd May 28th 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
* * * * *
SIGN THE SEDITION CHARTER
www.seditioncharter.org
"SEDITION - Conduct or speech inciting to rebellion"
HUMAN BEINGS ARE BORN WITH INALIENABLE HUMAN RIGHTS WHICH INCLUDE THE RIGHT
TO FOOD, SHELTER, PERSONAL SECURITY, FREEDOM OF SPEECH, FREEDOM OF
ASSOCIATION, FREEDOM OF RELIGION AND FREEDOM FROM THE FEAR OF ARBITRARY
ARREST, DETENTION, INTERROGATION, TORTURE, IMPRISONMENT AND EXECUTION.

CITIZENS HAVE BOTH A RIGHT AND A DUTY TO OPPOSE AND RESIST GOVERNMENTS THAT
ATTEMPT TO LEGISLATE AWAY THEIR INALIENABLE HUMAN RIGHTS. THEY HAVE A RIGHT
UNDER THE 1946 UNITED NATIONS DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS, AND A DUTY UNDER
THE PRINCIPLES THAT WERE OUTLINED IN THE NUREMBURG TRIALS THAT WERE
CONDUCTED AFTER WORLD WAR TWO THAT FOUND THAT OBEYING THE LAW AND
FOLLOWING
ORDERS COULD NOT BE USED AS A JUSTIFICATION FOR DENYING PEOPLE THEIR
INALIENABLE HUMAN RIGHTS.

Over the past decade, the Howard led Coalition government supported by the
Labor Opposition, has passed a raft of legislation that has removed many of
the rights and liberties Australians have enjoyed for generations. We
encourage Australians who wish to register their opposition to these laws
and who believe citizens have both a right and a duty to agitate against
governments that strip citizens of their inalienable rights, to sign the
SEDITION CHARTER to openly demonstrate their opposition to these laws. WE
HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR, BUT FEAR ITSELF.

HOW CAN I SIGN UP?
You can sign the Sedition Charter online. Leave your full name and the date
you signed the Sedition Charter on the website www.seditioncharter.org. You
can, if you wish, also leave your email address next to your name on the
website. You can download the Sedition Charter and encourage your
friends,
family and workmates to sign a hard copy. Sign your name, print your name
next to your signature and date it. If you wish, you can also leave a
postal address or a telephone number next to your name.

You can write to SEDITION CHARTER, P.O. BOX 20, PARKVILLE 3052,
VICTORIA,
AUSTRALIA for a copy of the Sedition Charter. Please return completed
hardcopy signed Sedition Charters to, P.O. Box 20, Parkville 3052,
Victoria,
Australia.

We thank you for becoming actively involved in the struggle to protect our
inalienable rights as human beings.

DISINGENUOUS
The Prime Minister is acting as if Australians came down in the last shower.
I choked on my Weeties when I heard him protest that an independent ABC
Board, not the government appointed Mr. Scott Marks - a former Liberal
Party
senior staffer, as the ABC's new Managing Director. One of the spoils of
office of a government that has spent a decade in office is that it can
stack the courts, the ABC Board and the Boards of other statutory
authorities it controls including the National War Memorial, Museum, Library
and Art Gallery with its very own hand picked political appointments.

John Howard has used this power to personally choose many of the people his
government has appointed. He has attempted to roll back the gains made
during the cultural revolution of the 1960's and 1970's by appointing
conservatives with his own reactionary world view to these positions,
hoping
to create a cultural climate that will entrench his conservative
philosophy
in the community long after he is gone.

Of course an ABC Board that is on the same political and cultural
wavelength
as the Prime Minister will pick someone with similar opinions as
Managing
Director. The Howard government has temporarily gelded the ABC, by choosing
a reactionary Board that believes the ABC is a tool that can be used to
promote its cultural counter revolution. This Board has naturally
appointed
a Managing Director who supports their position. He will in turn hand pick
senior ABC staff with similar world views who will then set the ABC's
editorial agenda.

These senior executives power is greatly increased by the introduction of
short term staff contracts in the ABC. Staff who don't tow the new
editorial guidelines, find their contracts are not renewed.
Self-censorship
reigns in such an environment, content are watered down, issues that should
be discussed are not raised, and those issues that are raised only give one
side of the story. No wonder it is becoming increasingly difficult to
distinguish the content between the corporate owned media and the
government
gelded ABC.

Fortunately, an increasing number of Australians are not relying on
traditional media outlets for information, entertainment, discussion and
opinions. Irrespective of how the Howard government attempts to
micromanage
the affairs of Australian Broadcasting Corporation and other statutory
authorities it controls, its efforts to win the hearts of minds of
Australians by crudely attempting to manipulate the nation's culture, is
doomed to fail.

I AM WAITING
I have been waiting over two weeks to get hold of a special 8-page edition
wrapped around a major newspaper. I have been waiting over two weeks to
view a $2.6 million 2-hour television interview on a major television
network and another Footy Show hosted by Eddie McGuire. I have waited
with
bated breath hoping to hear talkback callers discuss about the bravery,
determination, resilience, will to survive and the ingenuity displayed by
men who were given up for dead. I have waited for the nation to
acknowledge
and celebrate what can only be described as a testimony to the human spirit.

Unfortunately I have heard little, if anything, in the media about a story
of survival that happened at the opposite end of Australia at the same time
Mr. Brant Webb and Mr. Todd Russell were entombed in the Beaconsfield mine.
On the same day, the 9th of May, two trapped miners were eventually released
from their tombs; three Torres Strait Islanders from Mer were rescued after
spending 22 days adrift in the Torres Strait.

On the 17th of April, 38-year old John Tabo, his 20-year old son John Jr.
and his 16-year old nephew Tom had set off from Mer to pick up a rugby
league team at Yorke Island about 70 kilometres away. They became
disorientated, lost their way, ran out of fuel and drifted in the seas
south
of Mer. A search, launched the following day, was suspended 5 days later.
By this time, Cyclone Monica had strengthened to a Category 5 system and
waves over 4 metres high, gusts of winds up to 200 kilometres an hour and
rain squalls battered the trio's boat. The men eventually were able to bank
themselves on a sand cay, using cut up plastic jerry cans as makeshift
paddles. They drank rainwater and ate squid and clams that they were able
to catch during their ordeal. They used whatever they could on the boat to
protect themselves from the elements, using metal drums as makeshift hats.
They used their plastic jerry can paddles to take them back to the direction
of Mer. The trio had two mobile phones on the boat which they briefly
turned on every day. When they finally came across a signal, they sent
text
messages back to their relatives on Mer. They were found on Tuesday the 9th
of May at 4.00pm, 12 hours after the entombed miners were released; 20
kilograms lighter, severely sun burnt and dehydrated.

The trio spent 22 days adrift at sea; they had been given up for dead by the
authorities; they survived by using their wits and their experience with the
sea. The two miners from Beaconsfield are national celebrities, who will be
feted by the nation at a special Prime Ministerial reception in
Canberra.
The three indigenous Australians, whose survival has been hailed as a
miracle, were honoured with a few paragraphs in a few newspapers and have
been promptly forgotten.

It seems that little has changed in Australia. While the media is awash
with stories about the problems in lone indigenous communities, little, if
anything, surfaces about those indigenous Australians that have, despite the
entrenched racism in this country that is directed at indigenous people,
have shown they have the resilience and determination to survive and
prosper.

MOVED
I was moved by the Federal government's concern for those 1.6 million
Telstra shareholders that have been stung by big paper losses on their T2
shares 'Sale time: Telstra date fixed at last (21/5)'. It seems the
Federal Finance Minister Mick Minchin and his Cabinet colleagues are
willing
to bend over backwards so that Telstra can strike a deal with the ACCC,
which they hope will push Telstra shares up to the $5.25 mark. It is
lovely
to see a government work so hard to improve the financial position of
private shareholders.

Maybe if the Howard government had shown as much concern for the 22 million
Australians who were shareholders before Telstra was sold off in the Howard
government's fire sale of public assets, Australians would still own a
telecommunications system they could be proud of. The privatisation of
Telstra, although opinion poll after opinion poll has shown that over 70%
of
Australians want to keep it as a public company, highlights that public
assets belong to the government of the day, not the people. If Telstra,
the
Commonwealth Bank, Qantas, Commonwealth Serum Laboratories (CSL) and the
country's airports belonged to the people, the government of the day
following an ideological itch or needing a few dollars to make the books
balance, could not sell off the family silver without asking the people in
a
referendum if they wanted the family silver sold.

As the impending sale of Medibank Private highlights, the government of the
day can sell any public asset it likes, at any time, as long as it has a
majority in both houses of Parliament. Considering the record profits
generated by Telstra and that the Singapore government, through Optus,
believes the telecommunications industry in Australia is a potential cash
cow, it makes no financial sense to sell off Telstra.

The only way public assets can be fireproofed from governments who are
looking for a quick windfall, is to incorporate their ownership in the
Australian Constitution. If Telstra and the Commonwealth Bank ownership
had
been incorporated in the Constitution, the government of the day could not
sell them without holding a referendum to find out if Australians wanted
them sold.

I am positive that if the government had been forced to hold a
referendum,
both the Commonwealth Bank and Telstra would still be in public hands and
the community, not just private shareholders would be the beneficiaries of
the record profits that are being made by the corporations.

SURPRISE
Australians who supported the independence struggle in East Timor
shouldn't
be surprised by the eruption of violence and continuing instability in the
country. The East Timorese expected that independence would have been more
than a new flag, national anthem, bureaucracy, government, police and army.

The spark that kept the East Timorese independence movement alive was the
struggle for human liberation. People wanted to control their own destiny;
they wanted to escape the grinding poverty that occurs when a minority owns
the means of production, distribution, exchange and communication, and most
importantly of all they wanted to live in a community that was free of the
threat of arbitrary arrest, detention, interrogation, imprisonment and
execution.

The independence model that was forced on the East Timorese, by
Australia
and the United Nations after their successful independence struggle, was not
supported by the more radical elements in Fretilin and many in the East
Timorese community. People had not made the enormous sacrifices they had
made, to create a new political and economic elite to lord it over them.
The initial goodwill that was extended to an independence model, based on
a
parliamentary system where the only role a citizen plays in the
political
process is restricted to the act of casting a ballot every 3 years to elect
a representative to make decisions on their behalf, and where the
economic
wealth of the community is held in the hands of an unaccountable
minority,
has evaporated because all the doubts they had about such a model have
proven to be true.

The East Timorese don't want to continue to be strangers in their own land.
Many want to create economic and political structures that allow them to be
directly involved in the decision making processes in their society, and
they want wealth to be held in common and used for the common good, not
for
individual profit.

The East Timorese survived 500 years of Portuguese colonisation; they
survived the brutal invasion by the Japanese Imperial forces; they survive
25 years of harsh Indonesian occupation, and they will survive an
independence model that has been forced on them by a world that has tried to
impose its political and economic solutions on them, without asking the East
Timorese people what they want.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. Will people living in an anarchist society have the same number of
consumer choices as people living in a capitalist society?
A. Yes and No. Yes and No? Yes, Yes and No. A few thousand people around
the world enjoy the privilege of a new Lamborghini every few years in a
capitalist society, and millions die because they can't afford access to
clean water, a few pills or enough food to survive. Welcome to
capitalist
nirvana - access to consumer goods is directly linked to your disposable
income. A small minority can buy anything they want, most make do with
what
they can purchase and about 25% of the population don't even enjoy the bare
necessities of life.
Life in an anarchist society is very different as far as consumer choice is
concerned. Nobody will personally own a Lamborghini, but on the other hand,
tens of millions won't die because they can't afford the necessities.
Consumer choice decreases for a minority but increases for that 25% of the
population that has nothing. As far as the other 70% goes, they will find
that choice decrease in certain areas and increases in others. At the very
least, they are ahead because if something happens to them and they can no
longer participate in the workplace, they will be able to share in the
wealth generated by the community as a whole.
Consumer choice isn't just a matter of choosing one of 47 varieties of
tomato sauce, it involves choices about what work or education
opportunities
you pursue, access to heath care, a place to live, whether you will ever be
able to go on a holiday and 101 other things. That 70% in an anarchist
society who can afford to buy whatever tomato sauce they like, may not be
able to buy the best education money can buy for their children or the best
health care money can buy for their parents, because they don't have the
disposable income to buy the best product for their children or parents.
Choice in an anarchist society is based on need, not how much money you
have
got in your pocket. As a citizen living in an anarchist community, you are
able to exercise the same choice as everyone else. The amount of money you
can beg, borrow or steal has no bearing on the choices you are able to make
in an anarchist community. I know in which society I would prefer to live
in.

ACTION BOX
BEAM ME UP SCOTTY!!
Politics have changed over the past decade; relatively easy access to the
World Wide Web has allowed people to find out more about political movements
they would never have had a chace to explore. Chat rooms have allowed
people to discuss ideas with people on the other side of the world. You
would think that with all the activity in cyberspace, there would have
been
an explosion in extra-parliamentary political activity. I am afraid the
hopes that were initially raised by cyberspace have come to nothing.
That's
right nothing!
The number of people joining political groups and becoming involved in grass
root activity has decreased, not increased. It seems many people using the
W.W.W., think talking about something solves the problem. It's a little bit
like a news outlet lifting the lid on a particular issue; people believe the
issue has been tackled and resolved because it has been raised. The current
self-flagellation surrounding the state of some indigenous communities is a
classic example of what happens. Every few years, the same issues are
raised, nothing happens, the same issues are raised a few years later.
Life
in cyberspace is a little bit like life in the media world. Raising an
issue and discussing an issue doesn't resolve the issue. Action needs to
be
taken to change laws, to change the way individuals and communities
function. No action nothing happens. If you are one of those
activists
who is consumed by the cyber world, spending hours and hours of your
precious time glued to your mouse, it is time to reassess your
priorities.
Change comes from people getting together and challenging those who exercise
power. Nothing comes of an endless round of discussion.
By all means use the W.W.W. to make contacts, explore options, but if you
want to be taken seriously, take the next step and begin organising in the
real world. Organise a few actions, form a new group, take part in a
protest or picket line, join an occupation, demonstration hold up a
placard,
give out a leaflet, make some real flesh and blood contact. Get Scotty to
beam you from the cyber world back to the planet Earth. We need you on
planet Earth, not lost in space.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
VICTORIAN SOCIALIST PARTY
The demise of the Melbourne Anarchist Club and the disappearance of the
anarchist presence in Melbourne during the last decade of the 19th century
was followed by the rise of the Victorian Socialist Party (VSP). The
Socialists, influenced by the British Labor leader Tom Mann, formed the
Victorian Socialist Party in 1906.
The VSP grew rapidly; within a year of its formation it had formed an
orchestra, a band, a choir and a socialist co-operative bakery and shoe
shop. It tried to provide a wide range of experience for its members
including access to a gym, dramatic club, library, nature excursions,
picnics, dances and offered people lessons in public speaking,
economics,
Esperanto, English, religion, philosophy and many other topics. The VSP was
keen to promote physical fitness among its members and formed cricket,
athletics and football clubs. Children of members attended Socialist
Sunday
School to learn ethics, callisthenics and believe it or not the Ten
Commandments of Socialism. The VSP formed a youth wing for children up to
the age of 16 called 'The Young Comrades'. The VSP also looked after the
sick members through 'The Sick Comrades Committee'. It provided
practical
activities and support for people who, because of their financial
position,
would have never been able to enjoy the activities that were offered.
Interestingly, the VSP also tried to provide alternative rituals and
secular
alternatives for milestones in people's lives. Parents could, if they
wished, bring their infants to the public lecterns at Sunday meetings and
be
asked 'Is it your desire that your child shall be dedicated to the Socialist
Cause?' When they responded with the answer - 'That is our desire', they
were given an inscribed red ribbon.
Although it rapidly built up its membership through the practical
services
it provided, it was first and foremost a political organisation that wanted
to create conditions for a social revolution. In October 1906 the Prahran
City Council, concerned about the rise of the VSP, passed legislation that
banned socialist orators from talking on the streets. Both male and female
members of the VSP were jailed for periods ranging from 3 days to 5 weeks
for breaking the ban. By December 1906, faced with the prospect of many
more of its members ending up in jail, it stopped holding street
meetings in
Prahran.
Tom Mann returned to England in 1909. His departure accelerated its
decline; it continued functioning till World War One when it became
involved
in the anti-conscription struggles. Interestingly, the VSP not only used
books by Marx and Engels, it also promoted books by the Russian
anarchist
Peter Kropotkin. The VSP gave men and women the opportunity to become
involved in both political and social activity; many of its members joined
other organisations when the Party folded. It influenced a generation of
activists in Melbourne and helped to bolster the fortunes of both the Labor
Party and the new formed Communist Parties that appeared in 1920 and 1921.
SOURCE OF ARTICLE:
'Radical Melbourne A Secret History'
Section 5 Socialist Hall, pages 31 - 34,
J & J Sparrow, Vulgar Press 2001, ISBN 0957735243

BOOK REVIEW
'PRIDE AGAINST PREJUDICE
Reminiscences of a Tasmanian Aborigine'
By Ida WEST Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, Canberra 1987
(Edition),
1st Published in 1984, ISBN 0 85575 1800 0
As a child I remember being taught that the Tasmanian Aborigines had 'died
out' - a wonderful euphemism for the genocide of a race. Tasmanian
Aborigines not only have the usual problems of entrenched racism to deal
with, they also have to shout to the rooftops that they were still around.
The remnants of the Tasmanian Aborigines were forcibly moved to Flinders and
Cape Barren Islands to 'die out'. They did not 'die out'; they survived and
prospered, despite their abysmal treatment.
Ida WEST was born on the Cape Barren Island Aboriginal Reserve on the 30th
September 1919. She decided to write this book because 'We have had
Europeans writing about us for years. As a child I can remember people
writing about us; they called us half-castes, then, they might just as
well
have called us outcasts'. This is an interesting and powerful book, not
because of how it is written, but because it was written. Ida WEST tells
the readers about a life that most of us can only imagine. This book is
full of personal reminiscences that give an insight into what life was
like
for the Aboriginal people who were left on the Furneaux Group of Islands in
North-Eastern Tasmania. 'Out of sight, out of mind,' seems to have been the
policy pursued by successive Tasmania governments. Although according to
official records Tasmanian Aborigines had 'died out', the government ran
Aboriginal reserves and the media ran stories about the half-castes and
quarter-castes living on the island.
Ida WEST gives an account about life in a small community when newcomers
would run away from the half-castes because they had been told they would
be
killed and eaten by them. It took Ida years to write this book.
Separated
from her husband in 1960, she raised 2 children by herself, by working as a
cleaner. 'Pride Against Prejudice' is important because it is one of the
first personal histories that was written by a Tasmanian Aborigine. Ida
WEST is a traditional elder. Her story is important because it gives a
spiritual, genealogical and national historical account of the
continuing
role the survivors of the Tasmanian massacres play through her personal
account of her life. I don't know if Ida WEST is still alive; if she is,
she would be 87. Irrespective of whether she is living or not, her
reminiscences give us a glimpse of the type of life that Aboriginal people
were forced to live in the past and the type of life that many
Aboriginal
people are still forced to live in Australia today.
This week's hysteria in the media about life in Aboriginal camps and remote
Aboriginal communities highlights the failure of Howard's 'practical'
reconciliation and the need for a reconciliation process based on
acknowledgement of the past, compensation and justice. Nothing else will
overcome the legacy of a past written in blood, and a people that
continues
to deny that past.
I picked up Ida WEST's book in a 2nd hand bookshop in Melbourne for $10.00.
I suggest you try the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, G.P.O. Box
553, CANBERRA 2601, ACT. If you want to get hold of a copy of her book,
this is their 1987 address, so you may have to hunt around to find their
current address.

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
10,000 people crowded into Lonsdale Street, Melbourne's Greek precinct,
waving Greek flags, painted in blue and white - the Greek colours. They
had
come to worship at the feet of the Greek soccer team the European
Champions. Lots of colour and action, movement and commitment; it made
great TV footage and spectacular newspaper coverage. A marketer's dream,
a
great run up to the Soccer World Cup in Germany.
A few months ago, things were not as vibrant in Melbourne's Greek
precinct.
A handful of people had gathered after a call was made in Melbourne's Greek
media for workers to gather in Lonsdale Street and march as a body in the
'Day of Action' that had been called by unions, to protest against the
Howard government's new Workplace 'Choices' legislation. Considering that
Greek immigrants in Melbourne traditionally work in the type of jobs that
will be affected by these new laws, you would have expected more than a
handful of workers to turn up. Maybe they marched with their particular
unions; most likely, they did not march at all.
Their reaction is no different to the reaction of most Australian
workers.
Hundreds of thousands turn up at sporting events around the country every
week. Political alienation isn't just something that affects immigrant
workers, it affects everybody. The great success story about Australian
politics is that the political process has always been the baby of a
minority. Most Australians accept the idea that governments govern and
the
people vote and never the twain shall meet. Those that take the
political
process seriously and believe it should not just be restricted to
casting a
ballot very 3 years are considered to be odd, unusual and even a little bit
crazy. As the disjointed voice over the Federation Square security guard's
walkie talkie said 'they are just a bunch of oddballs, keep away from
them'. Oddballs? - For exercising our rights to protest in Federation
Square. Oddballs? - For refusing to accept that Melbourne's largest
public
space - Federation Square is a public space, not private property.
Citizenship is much more than casting a ballot when you are forced to do
so,
it is about exercising what few rights we have, it is about extending our
rights and most importantly of all, it is about taking back the
political
process from those who believe it is their personal property.

STOP PRESS
THE DEBATE WE DON'T NEED TO HAVE
So the Prime Minister, the Right Honourable John Howard, wants us to have a
'full bloodied' debate about nuclear power? It seems our little mate isn't
sure how the Australian community will react if he and his little mates in
Cabinet give the green light to mine more uranium, enrich it, build nuclear
power plants and possibly build nuclear bombs. Considering how many wars
Australia is involved in and the number of enemies we are making around
the
world, John Howard thinks it makes sense to have a few nuclear weapons lying
around in case our neighbours get tired of our government acting as the US
deputy sheriff.
Now, if the Prime Minister was interested in a real debate not just a few
slick advertising slogans, the taxpayer could fund the anti-uranium mining
lobby. Currently, the uranium mining lobby enjoys so many tax breaks and
has so many media friends, it has the ability to launch the best
pro-uranium
advertising campaign money can buy. If the Right Honourable John Howard
wants a real 'full bloodied' debate, maybe he could hold a referendum to
see
if the Australian electorate is willing to support his new found love for
the nuclear power. He can call a referendum tomorrow; his government enjoys
a majority in both houses of Parliament and can call a referendum on any
issue, any time the government likes.
His call for a debate is a smokescreen to give the pro-uranium mining lobby
a leg up and put pressure on the ALP to change their current 'three mines'
policy. Calling for a debate, on something his Cabinet has indicated they
will support, gives the illusion that the final decision is a democratic
one. It also conveniently takes people's minds off all those other issues
that are currently facing them job insecurity, higher petrol prices,
increasing interest rates, illusory tax cuts and 101 other things that
most
people believe are more important than jumping to attention every time the
PM decides to click his fingers.
Where was the 'full bloodied' debate when the Cabinet joined the
'Coalition
of the stupid' and invaded Iraq? Where was the debate about the
draconian
Workplace Relations laws? Where was the debate when Australians had rights
and privileges they had enjoyed for generations removed as a knee jerk
reaction to a perceived terrorist threat? It seems the only time John
Howard is interested in pretending to hear what the community has to say,
is
when he thinks he can use the Australian people to blunt the criticisms that
are being levelled at his policy initiatives by an increasingly restless
Liberal Part backbench.

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


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ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS (ATNTF)
Despite the common idea of 'executive stress', a new survey has found women
with little power at work are far more likely to develop severe
depression.
The European survey of over 4000 workers found women who reported having low
influence at work were more than twice as likely as other women to develop
symptoms of severe depression. (MX)
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: "I have expressed my concern over these
concentrations
[of Turkish & Iranian troops near the border with Iraq]..Iraq is a sovereign
independent nation that won't let other nations interfere in its
internal
affairs" Iraqi Pres Jalal Talabani. Pres Talabani was speaking at a press
conference, with the U.S. ambassador.
ATNTF weekly anarchist news report www.apolitical.info

ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Awarded to all those instant media experts and government officials who
think all you need to do to help ease the social problems endemic in some
indigenous communities is more police, jails longer jail sentences and
removing children from their communities. Don't be surprised if next week
they'll be calling for forced sterilisations, the lash and the giblet to
solve the 'Aboriginal problem'.

SEDITION CHARTER LAUNCH
JOIN US
Outside HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA Melbourne Wednesday 11.30am 31st MAY 2006
Corner Williams Street and LaTrobe Street, Melbourne
ALL WELCOME!!
COME AND SIGN THE SEDITION CHARTER'

DIRECT DEMOCRACY NOT PARLIAMENTARY RULE
Week SEVENTY THREE 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
** Go to rulebythepeople.org & sign up to our low traffic official group
news broadcast email list. **
NEXT NEWSLETTER OUT IN EARLY JULY2006


JOIN THE GENERAL STRIKE BLOC
9.30am WEDNESDAY 28th JUNE 2006,
BOURKE STREET MALL
Join us at the National Day of Protest & build the momentum for a
General
Strike! Bring 'General Strike' banners, signs & your radical spirit.
Initiated by Eureka Sedition. This year using General Strikes, the French
took on bad IR Laws and WON. The only thing that will beat Australia's IR
Laws is the thing that got us our rights in the first place ACTION!

A DOLLAR A DAY
Increasing financial problems have forced us to review how The Anarchist
Media Institute's finances are raised. Currently subscriptions and
donations only account for about 40% of the income necessary to cover our
costs. To overcome this problem we've launched a:-
SAVE THE ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE ~ 'A DOLLAR A DAY' CAMPAIGN
We are looking for THIRTY People, interested in our activities, to pledge to
donate
'A Dollar A Day' for twelve months. You can donate monthly or yearly. Make
out cheques and money orders to:- Libertarian Workers and send to PO Box 20,
Parkville. 3052. Melbourne. Australia. Those who pledge will receive a 'I
Saved The Anarchist Media Institute' A3 poster which you can frame and put
up at work or home - A great talking point if nothing else. We've got the
ideas and energy but we need your financial assistance to keep going. Go
on, become one of the Magnificent Thirty that saved the Anarchist Media
Institute.
6 READERS HAVE JOINED THE 'DOLLAR A DAY' CLUB 24 TO GO. JOIN TODAY! EMPTY
YOUR POCKETS OF LOOSE CHANGE & SAVE THE ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE

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

CULTURE WARS COUNTER ATTACK
The culture wars were launched by neo conservative & powerful elements in
Australia to roll back the gains made by parliamentary and extra
parliamentary action in the 1960's & 1970's.
The CULTURE WARS COUNTER ATTACK has been launched to stop this divisive
secretive and powerful group in their tracks and defend and 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
'EAST TIMOR NEW FLAG, NEW NATIONAL ANTHEM, NEW BUREAUCRACY, NEW ARMY, NEW
POLICE, NEW GOVERNMENT SAME OLD RULING CLASS.
THE EAST TIMORESE WANT HUMAN LIBERATION, NOT NATIONAL LIBERATION'
Joseph TOSCANO MAY 2006


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