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Number 226 18th-26th Nov. 1996.

HOWARD'S "FORGOTTEN PEOPLE" TO RECEIVE AN EXTRA TWENTY CENTS AN HOUR
I just can't believe it, John Howard believes he can buy the
forgotten people for 20 cents an
hour. The
Federal government has embarked on a campaign to reward all those
low paid workers who
helped to
elect him to power with an extra 20 cents an hour. Can you believe
the nerve of the Coalition
government, they believe they can cement their grip on power by
offering workers who don't
have the
muscle to win wage rises via enterprise bargaining the princely sum
of 20 cents an hour.

The governments attempts to buy the hearts and minds of Australia's
battlers seems to have hit
a snag.
Apart from the Australian Chamber of Manufacturers crying poor at
the thought of paying
manufacturing workers an extra 20 cents an hours, the universal
response to the Howard
governments
offer has been amazement and disgust. If the brain dead Coalition
parliamentarians believe they
can
buy three years of workplace peace and quiet by offering workers an
extra 8 dollars a week for
the
next three years, they need to be exposed to a little bit of
reality. The intellectual giants that
dreamt
up this little plan have been reading too many Institute of Public
Affairs publications. Howard's
attempts to sell the proposed wage rise as an example of his new
liberalism is an indictment on
the
Coalitions tattered morality.

Howard and his cabinet live in another world. His 1996 Menzies
lecture highlights the Liberal
National Parties abysmal ignorance of life in this country. If
Howard and his cronies believe the
"battlers" and families that are struggling to get ahead are going
to thank him for his 20 cents an
hour
wage rise, then he's gravely mistaken. Voters deserted the Labor
Party because the party was
helping
the have's at the expense of the have nots. Those battlers who
voted for the Coalition
government
soon began to realise that there was little difference between the
two governments. This latest
insult
will reinforce their ideas that change is impossible through the
parliamentary process.

Howard's 1996 Robert Menzies lecture (I can't bear to bring myself
to call him Sir Robert
Menzies) on
the new liberalism highlights the moral, and intellectual void that
exists in all parliamentary
parties
especially in the current Liberal/National Party government.

PARLIAMENTARY HYENAS FEAST ON WORKERS CORPSES
You've got to hand it to the Coalition parliamentary offal in
Victoria. In an attempt to intimidate
working people in the state and in an attempt to shave 450 million
dollars off the Victorian
Workcover budget, the Coalition parliamentary hyenas have made
substantial changes to the
workcover legislation to prevent seriously injured workers from
obtaining adequate
compensation.

Every worker should feel safe in the knowledge that if they are
injured at work they and their
families
will be looked after by workcover. Well no, not in Victoria. In an
extraordinarily viscous move
the
Victorian Coalition maggots have legislated that any injured worker
who suffers less than 30%
disability (that includes a below knee amputation or loss of an eye)
will not be able to use any
resultant psychological or psychiatric problems associated with the
physical disability to increase
their
level of disability. Workers access to workcover was dramatically

reduced by the Kennett
regime in
1992 if they did not sustain more than 30% disability.

The American Medical Association Index of Disability that was
adopted by the Coalition
government
to determine degree of disability (incidentally a discredited
disability index - which has been
updated
twice - they still use the old 1984 index in Victoria) devotes a
whole chapter (Chapter 12) to the
idea
that physical and psychological disability should never be assessed
independently of each other
when
a medical officer determines a workers level of disability.

In one stroke of a pen the Victorian Coalition parliamentary hyenas
have denied the basic
concept that
people develop psychological disabilities as a result of physical
injuries. I wonder how many
coalition
members would develop psychological problems if they sustained a
below knee amputation.
These
changes to the legislation are viscous, intimidatory and totally
unnecessary. To show you how
callous
these changes are, if a young person sustains substantial scarring
as a result of facial injuries,
their
level of physical disability would only be about 5%, but their
resultant psychological level of
disability
could be devastating. As far as the Victorian government is
concerned the resultant
psychological
problems cannot be taken into account when a medical officer
determines the level of disability.
Further changes were also introduced to the legislation to limit
lump sum payments to injured
workers.

At the same time the workcover legislation was amended, the
Transport Accident Commission
legislation was also amended so that people who are injured in motor
vehicle accidents even
those=7F
who are injured through no fault of their own, will now not be able
to use resultant psychological
or
psychiatric problems as a result of their physical injuries to
increase their level of disability, if
their
initial level of physical disability is less than 30%.

When you combine the Workcover, Transport Accident Commission and
the changes to the
Victorian
Crime Compensation legislation that have been introduced you begin
to realise that the Victorian
Coalition parliamentary benches are stacked with a pack of
parliamentary hyenas who are intent
on
feasting on the disabilities and misfortunes of Victorians. They
think they can get away with the
current changes because their legislation only effects a limited
number of people. What they
forget is=7F
that these people have friends, relatives and workmates. Nothing
highlights the total moral
bankruptcy of the Victorian government more than the changes to the
Workcover, Transport
Accident
Commission and Crime Compensation legislation that have been passed
in the Victorian
parliament
this month. When we compare the harm done by criminals in our
community with the harm done
by
the coalition parliamentary maggots, you realise that society may
have put the wrong people
behind
bars.

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT EXTENDS ANTI-TERRORIST TREATY WITH TERRORIST
STATE!!
Remember when the Liberal/National party complained loud and long
when Bonaparte Keating's
government announced they had signed a defence pact with the
Indonesian military dictatorship,
well
the Coalition government has gone one better. McLachlan the
Australian Defence Minister and
his
counterpart in the Indonesian military dictatorship General Edi
Sudrajat, met in Surabaya last
Thursday to put the finishing touches to and sign a new mutual
defence treaty between Indonesia
and
Australia.

The Indonesian military butchers and the Australian government have
agreed to conduct joint
military
exercises, joint training exercises, co-operate on counter terrorist
activities, exchange
intelligence
information, train each others personnel, jointly procure defence
equipment and collaborate in
their
efforts to produce more deadly weapons (defence science and
technology). McLachlan and
Sudrajat
signed a ten year defence pact. Yes that's right, Australia has
signed a defence pact with a
terrorist
State that's responsible for the deaths of over 1.5 million
Indonesians.

It's fascinating to ponder why Suharto the Butcher and his
supporters and the nitwits in the
Australian
government are so keen to sign a 10 year defence pact. Are both
governments afraid of social
upheaval? Will Australian soldiers be asked to intervene on the
side of the Indonesian military
butchers when the Indonesian people eventually rise up against their
oppressors? Things are
changing in Indonesia, regional struggles for autonomy in Aceh, West
Papua and East Timor are
just
a taste of what will happen when the emerging Indonesian democratic
and union movement
gains a
foothold on the Indonesian Archipelago.

As the level of insecurity rises in the ranks of the Indonesian
military butchers they've begun
looking
around for people to save their bacon. The upper echelons of the
Indonesian military are very
keen to
forge defence ties with Australia. As the United States Congress
baulks at their excesses they
need to
find new friends to ease their way into the "civilised" world. The
supreme irony of the Australian
governments defence pact with the terrorists in Indonesia (they like
to call themselves a
government)
is that future Australian governments will be able to call on the
military in Indonesia to help crush
any successful radical extra-parliamentary movement that develops in
Australia.

MY HEART BLEEDS FOR THE MURDOCH'S AND THE PACKER'S OF THIS WORLD
I'm so distraught, I'm just so down in the dumps. The fruit of
Murdoch's and Packer's loins are
lamenting the fact that they can't make a buck from the internet.
These up and coming media
moguls
understand that the internet is the way of the future but they can't
figure out how they're going to
control it and make a fortune out of it. I really feel for them.
Why shouldn't they make a dollar
and a
pretty dollar at that from a form of technology that has resisted
all efforts to package, control and
sell it
to the highest bidder.

The World Wide Web highlights the power of decentralised technology.
The fruits of Murdoch's
and
Packer's loins are having difficulty in their efforts in bringing
this waste network of information
under
their control. Technological innovations that are decentralised
give people the opportunity to
control
their own destiny without the threat of somebody else pulling the
plug. The very technology that
to
date has given the Packer's and Murdoch's of the world so much power
can be turned against
them.
The empires that they created will eventually be destroyed by
technological innovations like the
World
Wide Web that have the potential of giving power back to the people.

DEMOCRACY COLES-MYER STYLE
How I bleed for the Coles-Myer Board. Every year they have to front
up to a general meeting
where
every Tom, Dick and Harriet that has a few shares in Coles-Myer can
attend the Coles-Myer
Annual
General Meeting and put the hard word on the directors. Coles-Myers
directors had more than
their
fair share of trouble when they attempted to hold the Coles-Myer
general meeting in Sydney on
Tuesday.

These fine upstanding men (I think they're all men) the magnificent
seven had to put up with a
few
hours of abuse from a variety of two bit shareholders. For the life
of me I can't understand why
such
fine upstanding pillars of the community should be called cheats,
liars and renegades by
disgruntled
shareholders. It's incredible the levels of abuse they have to cope
with every year. But, you've
got to
hand it to them, they always have the last laugh. On Tuesday when
the poxy mum and dad
investors
tried to get one of their own on the Coles-Myer board, the
magnificent seven produced a wad of
proxies from institutional investors, got themselves re-elected to
the Coles-Myer board and told
the
mum and dad investors to shove it up their arse. So much for
democracy Coles-Myer style.

MISSED YOU!!!
A few nervous nellies were looking over their shoulders on Monday.
Mr. 18.5% Bill Clinton had
telephoned our very own John Howard and had told him that the
Russian Martian Space probe
was on
its way to Australia. I expect Bill telephoned John because he was
concerned that the space
probe
was going to ruin his little holiday in far North Queensland next
week. When you're going to
have a
second honeymoon at the Mirage resort (the Presidential Suite has
been booked for you know
who) at
Port Douglas, it's important your honeymoon is not going to be
spoiled by a few loose plutonium
capsules.

There's nothing like a plutonium capsule between the sheets to ruin
your love life. Fortunately
for
everyone Mr. 18.5%, Johnny Howard and the emergency personnel (some
people not me were
cruel
enough to equate them with the keystone cops) the Russian Space
probe landed in the water off
Easter Island. Considering NASA's infallible reputation, it should
have been obvious to everyone
that
the place they predicted the probe would fall on would be the last
place it would re-enter earths
atmosphere.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. Anarchist technology, animal, vegetable or mineral?
A. We're constantly told that technology is value free. When we
examine technological
innovations, it's
interesting to postulate why we use petrol driven transport or rely
on coal or nuclear generated
electricity. When we look at technological innovations it's obvious
they reflect the dominate
ideological
values in a society. Capitalist societies tend to develop
technological advances that generate
profits
for the developers, that are highly centralised, that are
non-renewable and that have a limited life
expectancy.

Technological advances that do not meet these criteria are normally
not developed. Anarchist
technological innovations tend to be decentralised, use renewable
resources, have an unlimited
life
expectancy and satisfy human needs. Yes Virginia anarchist
technology is not an illusion, it's a
reality.
Anarchists are interested in developing technological advances that
give local communities
control of
that technology. Highly centralised forms of technology, especially
centralise energy sources
tend to
give a small group of people power over communities.

Anarchist technology is not "simple" or unsophisticated. In many
instances it's much more
intricate
and complex than centralised technology. Most anarchists are not
interested in returning to
some
mythical idyllic lifestyle that most likely never existed.
Anarchists realise that the complexity of
large
urban communities makes it difficult for human beings to return to
such a lifestyle.

Anarchists recognise that resources are limited and we as a
community can't continue to
squander
limited resources. We recognise that the disposal commodity culture
that is such a mainstream
feature of capitalism can only bring pain and suffering to all of
us. That's why anarchists are so
keen
to develop and promote technology that produces materials and goods
that are built to last.
Inbuilt
obsolescence a prominent feature of capitalist technology has no
place in an anarchist
community.

Technological advances that satisfy human needs and that fulfil
community needs are the centre
piece
of anarchist technological advances. There is no place in an
anarchist community for products
that are
produced to generate profits for the manufacturers. Technology that
does not satisfy human
needs
has little if any place in an anarchist community.
ACTION BOX WHITE GOODS COLLECTIVE
Ever wondered why every house and apartment needs a stove,
refrigerator, washing machine,
dryer, dish washer
and a 101 other white goods. What's the point of going to the
expense of buying a whole
plethora of white goods
that you most likely will only use a few times a week. It's amazing
the more labour saving
devices we have in a
house, the harder we have to work to purchase and maintain them.

If I was into conspiracy theories, I'd say that unnecessary
consumption of white goods is
encouraged to maximise
corporate profit. We're constantly told that each and every
household needs its own white
goods. It is a little bit
like every farmer needing every piece of machinery to run a farm.
Many a farmer has gone
down the gurgler
because they've insisted on purchasing every new whiz bang piece of
technology available.

If you are fortunate enough to live in a community where you have a
good relationship with your
neighbours, or if
you live in a flat or a group house, think about the possibility of
purchasing white goods and
using them
collectively. Freezers, washing machines, dryers, some forms of
refrigeration and other white
goods can be held
and used collectively. You not only benefit financially, but you
can also help to prevent
environmental
deterioration and preserve dwindling natural resources.

If you live on common land one building can be built to house
various white goods and people
could access them
whenever they wanted. Electricity, gas, service and replacement
costs would be shared by
collective members.
If you live in separate households that are not on common land you
could purchase the white
goods collectively
and keep them at a particular location for six months and then you
could move on to the next
collective location.

The inconvenience of not having the white goods available when you
need them would be more
than
compensated for by the savings that each member in the collective
would make. Having a white
goods collective
not only assists you financially and helps to preserve scarce
natural resources. It also helps to
build a sense of
community solidarity and it helps people understand the nature of
the collective process and
helps them organise
their lives on co-operative not competitive principles.

AUSTRALIAN ANARCHIST HISTORY
THE TRIBE
The Tribe was an anarchist street theatre group that was active in
Melbourne in the early 1970's.
Everybody in Melbourne is familiar with the Pram Factory a radical
theatre group that sprang out
of the
new left movement sweeping the country in the late 1960's. The
Tribe was a radical offshoot of
the
Pram Factory. Tribe members lived together and worked together,
many if not most of the Tribe
members were anarchists who attempted to live an anarchist
lifestyle.

I first meet them in late 1971 when they were squatting in a mansion
in Toorak that belonged to
an
Anglican Minister. They wore black and were for ever practising
routines. They had few physical
needs, were young and active. While the Pram Factory attempted to
introduce radical theatre in
a
theatre space, the Tribe wanted and took theatre to the people in
the streets in schools and in
factories. They understood that in order for theatre to be a danger
to the State it needs not only
to
canvass radical concepts but it needs to be accessible to people,
especially to people who would
never
have any access to theatre.

The Tribe attempted to bring theatre to the people using props they
found in the streets, in
schools and
in factories. They attempted to live together, without money,
pooling what they had, using what
society had no use for or had vacated. They tried to live an
anarchist lifestyle in a capitalist
society
giving themselves to the community. They attempted to subvert
popular culture and build on
anarchist
movement by taking radical theatre from theatre spaces to the
street, to schools and to work
places.

I HAD A DREAM
T'was the day before May day, I didn't have a brass razoo to my
name. I wanted to make an
anarchist
flag for May day but didn't have any cloth or needle thread or a
pole. As I wandered the streets I
saw a
large crowd gathering around an imposing building on a corner. As I
approached some men and
women were putting the finishing touches to a large sign on the roof
"ANARCHIST
DISTRIBUTION
CENTRE NO.1 - Take what you need, bring what you produce".

As thousands of people poured through the front door, I noticed
there were no security guards,
no
cash registers and no body asking you to try this or that. There
were people on every floor
wearing
bright red and black tops and trousers who were directing people to
various sections of the store.
Other people dressed in black and green were helping to unload
trucks and were taking produce
and
goods to various parts of the store. Empty trucks were being loaded
from the distribution centre
and=7F
were going to other parts of the city taking goods to other
distribution centres.

As I wandered about taking cloth, needle, thread and a few
flagpoles, I came across a large hall
with
flashing computer screens. A huge sign "VOLUNTEERS NEEDED" flashed
at the end of the
room. I
saw a number of desks at the end of the hall staffed by a number of
people. I sat down, gave
them my
particulars and within a few minutes I was given a roster of spaces
that needed to be filled. I
wondered down to the first floor poured myself a coffee had some
biscuits and wondered out. I
kept
blinking thinking that I was in some other world. I couldn't
believe how smoothly things ran and I
just
couldn't believe how many people had been freed from the boring,
repetitive monotonous
existence
that is a part of so many people's lives in a capitalist society.

STOP PRESS - SO WHAT?
Kim Il Kennett Victoria's beloved leader can't contain his glee that

the Australian Rugby Union is
going
to play a test in Melbourne in July 1997. Members of the Kennett
regime and Mr. Entertainment
himself Mr. Ron Walker are telling everyone how wonderful it is that
so many major sporting
events
are going to be held in Victoria. As official unemployment nudges
10% in Victoria and unofficial
unemployment hovers around 20% people are beginning to ask
themselves what's the point of
all
these sporting extravaganza's if people don't have the money to get
in and if no long term work
is
provided for locals. Kim Il Kennett's extravaganza led recovery is
a mirage. It's a little bit like
walking
onto a movie set, everything looks great up front, when you walk
around the props you realise it's
just
a fantasy.

It doesn't matter how many extravaganzas the Ron and Jeff duo are
able to conjure up, life won't
change in Victoria unless radical change which challenges the dog
eat dog ideology that is such
a
feature of everyday life in Victoria is buried. As Roman senators
found out you've got to provide
both
bread and circuses if you want to survive. Unfortunately for Ron
and Jeff they maybe able to
attract a
few circuses, but for them and more importantly for us they don't
seem to be able to put bread on
an
increasing number of Victorians plates.

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

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