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Number 223

28th October - 3rd November, 1996

INSECURITY
The economic and social changes that were initiated by the Labor government
and that are now being promoted by the Coalition government have created
increasing levels of insecurity among an increasing number of Australians. =
As
the level of insecurity rises many Australians are looking around for=
scapegoats
for the problems that deregulation and privatisation are causing in their
communities. Currently people are striking out at the minorities around=
them.
Indigenous Australians and Asian immigrants have been targeted as the cause
of the increasing levels of insecurity that plague Australian society.

As anarchist activists it's important we re-double our efforts to divert=
peoples
anger from those who are least able to defend themselves, to those who are
responsible for these changes. Blaming Asian immigrants and indigenous
Australians for mainstream Australia's insecurity may give people a=
temporary
warm inner glow, but it will never overcome the insecurity that they=
experience.
It's important we sheet the blame on those sections of the community that=
have
demanded and have benefited from economic deregulation.

Pauline Hanson has struck a cord with about one in five Australians because
they are totally disillusioned with the political process. These people=
tend to
blame their alienation, frustration, hopelessness and insecurity on people=
with
even less power than themselves. They don't seem to be able to see beyond
their immediate situation and seem to have little if any idea why they are
in such
a difficult position. Although politicians have enough power to make our
lives a
misery, they don't wield real power in this society. Power does not lie in
parliament it lies in the boardrooms of national and transnational=
corporations.

The globalisation and corporatisation of the world economy has caused
increasing levels of insecurity in our community. In many ways Australia=
has
become a third world economy. In the past the tyranny of distance helped to
bolster local markets. Although as a country we have always exported raw
products, we have not relied on processing and manufacturing as a major=
export
earner. Local companies and industries normally produced goods for local
consumption. The globalisation and corporatisation of the world economy
means imports take care of local consumption.

Our economy is becoming more and more geared to exports. Manufacturers no
longer rely on local consumption for their bottom line. When companies=
don't
rely on local consumption for their profits, the government of the day is
able to
accept high levels of unemployment. Higher levels of unemployment, lower
wages and help to create a docile workforce. When money comes into the
country through exports, increasing levels of unemployment and decreasing
levels of local disposable income do not affect local business. In such a
situation high unemployment levels and decreases in consumer spending have a
minimal effect on company profits. The increasing inability of a growing=
number
of Australians to be involved in the paid workforce no longer has any major
effect
on local company profits. As corporate profits increasingly rely on
exports, not
local consumption the level of personal insecurity experienced by many
Australians increases enormously. As levels of social and economic=
insecurity
increase people begin to look for scapegoats for their problems. Currently
middle Australia's scapegoats are those less powerful than themselves. With=
a
little bit of help middle Australia may turn its rage on those sections of=
the
Australian and international community that own the means of production,
distribution and exchange. The sooner people turn their attention from=
those on
the margins of the Australian community to the corporate sector and the=
upper
echelons of the permanent bureaucracy the sooner we can expect significant
social and economic changes that increase our individual and collective=
sense
of security.

RAIN! RAIN! ON THEIR PARADE!!
The Coalition changes to the Industrial Relations Laws that have been so
warmly supported by the Australian Democrats are a direct consequence of the
deregulation policies that were promoted by the Labor Party. Economic
deregulation tandems with Labour Market deregulation. Increasing company
profits and the corporatisation of the economy rely on the destruction of a
workers ability to collectively bargain. The new Industrial Relations laws=
will
encourage, promote and legislate for individual bargaining at the expense of
collective bargaining. Collective bargaining has traditionally delivered
the goods
because the best way to achieve individual gain is through using collective
muscle.
Anybody who thinks that having the power to pursue an individual contract=
will
win them any short term let alone long term benefits will be rudely awoken=
when
they begin to bargain with their employer. As individuals they'll soon find=
out
that they have little if any power. Fortunately for radical activists the
proposed
changes to the Industrial Relations Laws have left the gate ajar for radical
activists. In an attempt to break the power of the trade union movement the=
new
Industrial Relations Laws will allow new enterprise unions to be formed if=
they
have more than fifty members. This change in the law has been proposed to
assist employers to set up employer friendly (bosses) unions. At the same=
time
it allows bosses to set up their own unions, it allows radical workers to=
set up
workplace organisations that are recognised by the law. There's nothing to=
stop
anarchists working in various enterprises from forming unions that support=
self-
management, mutual aid and use direct action to improve their wages and
conditions.

Although we are not clear as to what type of enterprise union the new laws=
will
allow us to form, now is the time to begin to explore the possibilities of
setting up
radical union structures that are based on direct democratic principles and
direct
action. The Federation and Occupation Based Union was set up in September
by anarchists to explore the possibility of forming radical unions. The
Autonomous Health Union is the first of a number of occupation based unions
that will be established in Australia over the next few months.
Information about
the Federation of Occupation Based Unions (F.O.B.U.) can be obtained by
writing to:
Evan Ling, National Co-ordinator, F.O.B.U. P.O. Box 5006, ALPHINGTON 3078,
Melb. Australia.
and information about the Autonomous Health Union can be obtained by writing
to:
The Secretary, Liz Rea, Autonomous Health Union (A.H.U.) P.O. Box 5035,
ALPHINGTON. 3078. Melb. Australia
Now is the time to act. Information about aims, methods of organisation,=
future
activities, meetings and congresses can be obtained through the F.O.B.U. and
the A.H.U. If we want to create autonomous unions that can bring about
economic and social change we need to act today, tomorrow may be too late.

WHAT CONFLICT OF INTEREST?
Prophetic words indeed. Victoria's beloved leader Kim Il Kennett is=
feigning a
distinct lack of interest in the current controversy surrounding his=
governments
inability to distinguish between public office and private gain. Although
no one
has so far been able to pin an obvious conflict of interest on a senior
Victorian
government member or a senior government bureaucrat, hundreds of examples
of potential conflicts of interest flourish in the corridors of the
Victorian State
government. Day in day out ministers and bureaucrats are involved in=
decisions
that could secure their old age.

The Victorian government seems to be pouring compost on a parliamentary
culture that rewards public office with private gain. Everywhere you turn=
the
same people seem to be profiting from their "public service". The seed of
destruction of the Victorian government lies in its inability to understand
that a
culture which ignores potential conflicts of interest gives the green light
to the
growth of a culture that sees private gain from public office as a
legitimate perk
of office. As time rolls on the Victorian Premier Kim Il Kennett will choke=
on
those prophetic words - what conflict of interest?

STAVING OFF PROSECUTION QLD STYLE
The Queensland Criminal Justice Commission (C.J.C.) was set up as a result=
of
the Fitzgerald Inquiry. The trail of corruption that led to the discovery
of brown
paper bags full of cash in the front office of the former Q.L.D. Premier=
Bjelke
Peterson were traced by the Fitzgerald Inquiry. In an attempt to stymie the
private gain public office mentality that pervaded the Bjelke Peterson
regime, the
Goss Labor government set up a permanent Criminal Justice Commission in
Queensland.

In an attempt to muzzle the Queensland C.J.C. the Borbidge National Party
government in Queensland has set up the Connely-Ryan Commission to
investigate the C.J.C. Borbidge the Queensland Premier and Cooper the Police
Minister are undergoing their own trial of fire. The C.J.C. set up the
Carruthers
Commission to look into the little deal that Borbidge and Cooper had cooked=
up
with the Queensland Police Union. The C.J.C. was through Curruthers (a=
retired
New South Wales Supreme Court Judge) trying to find out if Cooper and
Borbidge had been involved in an agreement with the Queensland Police Union
that could have landed them both in court facing charges of attempting to
influence the outcome of an election by offering inducements to electors. A
serious charge that can potentially land a person in jail for two years.

Well a bombshell was dropped on the Queensland government on Tuesday.
Justice Carruthers has resigned before delivering his findings because he=
claims
that the Connely-Ryan commission that has been called by the Queensland
government into the C.J.C. has compromised the conduct of his inquiry into
Borbidge and Cooper. The Queensland government may have temporarily
staved off the potential prosecution of the Queensland Premier and Police
Minister, on the other hand Carruther's resignation may have driven the
final nail
in Queenslands National Party government.

TUTSI HEGEMONY
Mobutu's Zaire is falling apart. As Mobutu undergoes chemotherapy for=
prostate
cancer in Switzerland, rebel movements in Eastern and Southern Zaire are
attempting to set-up their own fiefdoms. As hundreds of thousands of=
refugees
flee before a Rwandan Tutsi backed rebel movement in Southern Zaire, Zaire
soldiers who are noted more for their looting than their fighting abilities=
are
running away before the Rwandan backed advance. In an attempt to strengthen
his hold on Southern Zaire Mr. Kimbwa Walumona the Mobutu backed governor
of Southern Zaire attempted to expel 300,000 Tutsi's who had lived in Zaire=
for
over 200 years. This move led to a Tutsi revolt in Southern Zaire that has
forced
hundreds of thousands possibly millions of Hutus to flee for their lives
before the
Tutsi advance. Central Africa's problems bubble onto the world stage once
again. In an attempt to strengthen their dominance over Rwanda and Burundi
the minority Tutsi's (about 15% of the population) have decided it's better=
to
extend the conflict into Southern Zaire than wait for the Hutu's to regroup.

Irrespective of the extent of their military victories the Tutsi's are faced
with the
same problem they faced in the past, how do they control the 85% of the
population that belong to the Hutu majority? The ferocity of the Hutu=
massacre
of Tutsi's in 1994 reflected the Hutu's resentment at the Tutsi's attempts=
to
dominate Rwanda by force. Irrespective of how much land the Rwandan backed
Tutsi's gain in Southern Zaire, the current atrocities and counter
atrocities that
are a feature of life in Central Africa will not come to an end unless the
minority
Tutsi's forge a power sharing agreement with the majority Hutus in Central
Africa. If no power sharing agreement is forthcoming the only other=
practical
solution to the mass slaughter is mass migration and the forced=
participation of
central Africa. The forced migration and participation that marked Indian=
and
Pakistan independence may offer a partial solution to the slaughter in=
Central
Africa.

WORLD'S BEST PRACTICE
Australians can be rather cruel at times. From the Prime Minister down=
people
are criticising Peter Bartels, the Coles/Myer General Manger for getting a=
76%
wage rise while workers are getting 3 to 5% wage rises. Look, poor Peter
Bartel's has got bills you know. How can you expect a man who has presided
over a 28% drop in Coles/Myer profits to live on a miserable 1.6 million=
dollar
package per year. The man's got expenses you know, why would anybody
begrudge him a 2.8 million dollar package. He's got bills to pay you know. =
You
know what they say, if you don't follow world's best practice and offer
corporate
heads lucrative packages you'll get monkey's applying for their jobs. =
Sometimes
I think that we would be better off with monkey's than the corporate midgets
that
grace the Australian business landscape today.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. How important is tolerance in an anarchist community?
A. Anarchists are both extremely tolerant and intolerant. The hallmark of=
an
authoritarian community is intolerance. The hallmark of a libertarian=
community
is tolerance. The essential difference between both communities is that
anarchists are extremely intolerant of people who want to impose their will=
on
other people while they are tolerant of a range of behaviour that=
authoritarian
communities find offensive.

Anarchists are highly intolerant of people and organisations that attempt to
usurp power, control, wealth and regulate behaviour between consenting
individuals. Although an anarchist community is based on tolerance, that
tolerance is not extended to people who want to impose their will on other
people. Anarchists are keen to confront people and organisations that=
promote
authoritarian and intolerant behaviour. They're keen to confront racist,=
sexist
and nationalist elements in society.

Unless intolerance is confronted head on, it will continue to grow and
spread its
poison within the community. Anarchists should remember that the tolerance
that they practise should not be extended to those whose stock in trade is
intolerance. Anarchists don't turn the other cheek, they attempt to=
confront
those sections of the community that promote intolerance.

The tolerance that is such an important feature of any anarchist community=
is
only possible if that community is willing to confront people and=
organisations
that promote intolerance. One of the central features in any anarchist
struggle is
the struggle against intolerance. Anarchists are normally at the forefront=
of
struggles that attempt to contain and eliminate intolerance. Historically=
they
have been involved in many struggles against intolerance. Today as in the=
past
they continue to be on the front line of struggles that promote tolerance
and fight
intolerance. As Australians face increasing levels of intolerance it's
important
anarchists join the struggle against intolerance here and overseas.
ACTION BOX - HOME PAGE
A new home page appears on the Internet every 3 seconds. Over 100 million
people use the internet, millions are joining every month. The internet is
the only
means of mass communication that is still outside the reach of government=
and
the State. There are sites across the globe which provide users with free=
time
on internet sites. If you're connected to the World Wide Web and you have=
the
hardware and time, give some serious consideration to setting up an=
anarchist
home page.

If you can't set up a home page, surf the net and find anarchist contacts=
across
the globe, but if you have the hardware give some serious consideration to
setting up a home page. It's easier than you think. If you've got=
something to
say or are interested in making contact with like minded people then the WWW
is one way contact can be made and information can be shared. Irrespective=
of
how much information you come across and whether you are able to set up an
anarchist home page, the important thing to remember is that access to
uncensored information doesn't necessarily change things.

The WWW is an instantaneous information source and a real time contact
source. Currently it is only available to a fortunate few. Most=
importantly
remember that it does not take the place of local organisation and activity.
The
WWW is similar to a very good newspaper. A good newspaper can bring to the
world's attention what's going on but it can't change things unless it is
able to
mobilise people to take action to change things. The major difference=
between a
newspaper and a home page on the WWW is the potential audience that a good
home page can reach. Anybody with the necessary hardware and time can set
up a home page, few people have the resources to bring out a newspaper.

If you're familiar with the WWW look around, see if you can find some free
megabytes, some networks give people three to five megabytes to set up a
home page. If you can find some time, design a home page, make sure you
have an Email address, there's not much point in sending information across
cyberspace unless you're willing to engage in a dialogue with people who see
your home page.

Make sure you regularly update your home page, you may set up an anarchist
theory home page or a more practical anarchist home page. Setting up a home
page may be personally rewarding and most likely will broaden your contacts
and possibly may even help you to meet other like minded people in your=
region.
AUSTRALIAN ANARCHIST HISTORY -
Darryl Taylor
I first met Darryl Taylor in 1971. Darryl was a "real worker" while I was
"just a
student activist". We met at a link group meeting a radical rank and file=
Metal
Workers Union Group that was active in Melbourne in the early 1970's. =
Darryl
would have been about 35. He was one of that generation of people who were
born just before or during the war who felt they were too old to be
influenced by
the events of the 1960's.

He believed in the possibility of self-management and workers running their=
own
affairs. He had a great deal of interest in anarchism and was involved in=
rank
and file groups for most of his life. Darryl worked in a number of metal
workshops in Sydney and since the early 1960's in Melbourne. He was=
involved
in the Metal Workers Union in Victoria. He helped to create an independent
rank and file culture within the Victorian Metal Workers Union.

Darryl suffered a bout of viral myocarditis in his early twenties. His
health was
affected by his brush with death and when he was physically unable to=
continue
work as a metal worker he began teaching his trade in technical schools in
Melbourne. By the early 1980's Darryl felt too sick to work and he retired.=
He
and his wife moved from Box Hill to Prahran and by this time his children
had left
home and he used his new found freedom to educate himself. His house was
lined with books and he was one of the first people I know who understood=
the
significance of the information revolution. By the late 1980's Darryl's
health had
improved, he felt strong enough to recommence work as a consultant, helping
unions to meet the information revolution head on. Just as he was beginning=
to
make a mark on society his heart stopped. He died in 1991 believing in the
same egalitarian dream that nurtured him during his life.

I HAD A DREAM
Welcome to this new section of the Anarchist Age Weekly Review. If you've=
got
a dream fax it in and you may see your dream appear in this section of the
Anarchist Age Weekly Review. I had a dream, no not that "Life's not meant=
to
be easy" that's big Mal's dream. No I didn't dream that "no child will live=
in
poverty" that's the silver bodgies dream, my dream is more immediate and
practical.

I dreamt that a group of indigenous Australians occupied Pauline Hanson's=
Fish
and Chip Shop in Ipswich and refused to pay her any compensation for her
property. They linked arms and kept chanting "what's good for the goose is
good for the gander" and possession is nine tenths of the law. What's your
dream?

STOP PRESS - INTEREST RATES DOWN!! SO WHAT?
Anybody who has been semi-conscious let alone conscious over the past week
couldn't have helped notice the orgasmic paroxysms of the mass media.
Readers, listeners and viewers have all been bombarded by the good news that
the Reserve Bank is going to have to lower interest rates by half a percent,
that's
right 0.5%. If we were stupid enough to take any notice of the thrashing,
sweaty
economic gurus that grace the mass media you'd think that Australians were
about to witness the Second Coming.

So what!! Interest rates may go down this time, but they may go up next=
time.
Even if they go down, the benefit is not uniform. Those people who are
trying to
pay for the roof over their heads may get a little temporary relief, but
that relief
comes at a significant price. Interest rates normally go down, because=
wages
are kept low, if wages are kept low the drop in interest rates in no way
compensates a worker for their low pay. A drop in interest rates does not=
help
people who rent or people who have paid off their house and have put a=
little
aside for their old age.

Irrespective of whether interest rates go up or down the banks and financial
institutions still continue to make extraordinary after tax profits. The
only people
who benefit from fluctuating interest rates are speculators and financial
institutions. Few others receive any long term benefit from a low
inflation, low
interest rate economy. The problem doesn't lie with interest rates per say,
it lies
within the workings of an economic system that charges individuals and
communities interest on money that needs to be borrowed to satisfy basic
human needs. The problem doesn't lie with the level of interest charged, it
lies
in the idea that interest can be demanded and collected by those sections of=
the
community that have a stranglehold on the ownership of the means of
production, distribution and exchange.

Joseph Toscano/Libertarian Workers for a Self-Managed Society.

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80th Anniversary of the Jailing of the Australian I.W.W. Twelve. The
Libertarian
Workers for a Self-Managed Society/Anarchist Media Institute are holding a
CELEBRATION to mark this historic event.
On the 4th of December 1916 twelve I.W.W. labour activists were jailed from
periods ranging from five to fifteen years for conspiracy to commit arson. =
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The L.W.S.S./A.M.I. have produced a poster to commemorate the occasion and
have organised a celebrating evening to mark this event. Phil McCory will=
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Anniversary of the Jailing of the I.W.W. Twelve.
Wednesday 4th December 1996 - 8.00 p.m., Ross House, Mezzanine (Ground
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FEDERATION OF OCCUPATION BASED UNIONS F.O.B.U./National Co-
ordinator Evan Ling, P.O. Box 5006, Alphington 3078 Australia.

AUTONOMOUS HEALTH UNION
Secretary Liz Rea, PO Box 5035, Alphington 3078, Australia.

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ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Has been won by the Premier of Victoria, Jeffrey Kennett for supporting his
Attorney General Jan Wade and the Solicitor General Douglas Graham as they
stave off questions about their impartiality when they decided to not charge=
BHP
with contempt while supporting the prosecution and fining ($2000.00) of a=
child
support worker who publicly criticised the governments child protection
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