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(en) Anarchist Age Weekly Review No.526 25th November ­ 1st December, 2002

From Phil McCrory <philmcc@melbpc.org.au>
Date Wed, 27 Nov 2002 06:36:18 -0500 (EST)

      A - I N F O S  N E W S  S E R V I C E

    Tuesday the 3rd of December marks the 148th anniversary of the Eureka
rebellion, arguably Australia's most important armed uprising. Although a
number of activities have been occasion in Ballarat during Eureka week, no
official function has been scheduled for Tuesday. This year, members of the
Anarchist Media Institute and radical activists from across Australia will
be celebrating the 148th anniversary of the stockade site in Ballarat.
    Our celebrations will reclaim the RADICAL SPIRIT OF THE EUREKA REBELLION
from both government and the commercial sector. The Eureka rebellion was
based on two important principles that, in the rush to rewrite history, have
been conveniently forgotten: DIRECT DEMOCRACY and DIRECT ACTION. These two
principles form the cornerstone of the anarchist and radical movement in
this country. This Tuesday, we invite all Australians who believe in social
justice and radical social change to join us and reclaim our history.
    We will be meeting at 4.00 am at the Eureka Stockade site and will spend
the day celebrating the past, reclaiming the present and creating the
framework of an extra-parliamentary movement that will help to create a
climate that fosters direct democracy and access to the "commonwealth" for
everyone, not just a minority. It's time that we acknowledged our past and
used our history to influence the present and change the future.
    Over the next decade, we hope to see thousands, if not tens of thousands
of Australians celebrate Eureka Day on the 3rd of December. We encourage
workers to negotiate enterprise bargaining agreements that give them the 3rd
of December off, so that they can celebrate on this important day. We expect
that in the near future, the momentum that will be created by the increasing
number of people who will take the day off will lead to the day being
declared an official holiday for all Australians.
    Join us on Tuesday 3rd of December, reclaim the radical spirit of the
Eureka rebellion and join a growing movement to give a practical dimension
to that new world in our hearts that's based on direct democracy and access
to the commonwealth by everybody, not just a minority.

    Brian Costars' article in The Age  (26/11) skirts around the point about
why Australians are becoming cynical about the political process. The
cynicism surrounding electoral politics is not just related to the antics of
the major political parties. The malaise is much, much deeper. The current
levels of dissatisfaction experienced in Australia are a common feature of
parliamentary democracies around the world. The distinct lack of interest is
a logical response to a system of government that promises everything, but
delivers little.
    Parliamentary democracy is nothing more than two minutes of illusory
power. Every three or four years, Australians are forced by legislation,
through casting a ballot, to give somebody that they don't know, let alone
trust, a blank cheque to make decisions on their behalf for the next three
to four years. No wonder around 20% of eligible voters in Australia have not
registered to vote, don't vote, have their names crossed off the role
without casting a ballot or consciously vote informal.
    The growing apathy towards parliamentary rule is a legitimate response
to a system of government that is democratic in name only. What's surprising
about each election is how many people still cast a ballot for candidates
who if elected have very little real power. Power in Australia does not lie
in parliament, either at a State or Federal level, but in the boardrooms of
national and transnational corporations. The problems faced by parliamentary
democracies are not just limited to Australia. Across the world, fewer and
fewer people are bothering to participate. In most countries, participation
rates by eligible electors have fallen below 50%.
    An increasingly sophisticated electorate is no longer willing to give
politicians a blank cheque to make decisions for them. The solution to this
problem can be found in the ideas put forward by activists who promote
direct democracy as a viable alternative to parliamentary rule. The people
involved in a decision should be able to make that decision. Implementation
of decisions can be made by selecting or appointing delegates who have a
limited mandate: to ensure the decision made is implemented.
    That's why I'm not on the electoral roll and have never voted at a
local, State, or Federal election. I have no intention ­ compulsory voting,
or no compulsory voting ­ of voting at this election and giving somebody a
mandate for the next four years to make decisions on my behalf.

    Itıs incompressible that so many Australians have taken so seriously
Fred Nilesı suggestion that Muslim women living in Australia be banned from
wearing traditional dress. The Prime Minister and an overwhelming proportion
of the Herald Sun Voteline Voters have shown a keen interest in Fred Niles
proposal. I find it amazing that so many people are so keen to stop other
people from wearing what they want to wear. When you think about the current
clamor to ban people from wearing what they want, itıs important to remember
that Australia has a long history of using laws to force people to follow
specific dress codes. A few decades ago, beach inspectors patrolled the
nationıs beaches to ensure that beach goers were not offended by the sight
of naked female flesh.
    Itıs ironic that in the 21st century, the wheel has turned full circle.
Many Australians are now offended by the sight of a woman who, for religious
reasons, has covered herself from head to toe. Itıs also ironic that the
very same people who complain bitterly about the fact that people are forced
to dress in certain ways in Muslim countries now want to use the full force
of the law to ban some Muslim women dressing in a certain way in this
    To succumb to the temptation of having legal sanctions applied to
regulate the way people dress, opens up a Pandoraıs box of problems. If
weıre not careful, we may find ourselves in the same situation many Muslims
in Muslim countries find themselves in: if they donıt follow the dress code,
they run the risk of being arrested and beaten by religious police. Do we
really want to have "dress inspectors" apply legal sanctions on people in
this country? If we continue to follow the new path many Australians are now
following, itıs highly possible we may be faced with the same problem in the
near future.
    Everybody should be allowed to dress as they see fit; they should be
able to wear as little or as much in public as they want to. Accepting
anything less is an admission that our society is becoming a mirror image of
those societies that use laws to regulate every aspect of an individualıs
    Barely a year after the Tampa crisis, Australians are faced with
"generic" security alerts. Questions are being asked in Federal parliament
about Australiaıs role in the deaths of 353 asylum seekers who left
Indonesia on an overcrowded boat that never made it to the Cocos Islands.
Legislation has been pushed and continues to be pushed through Federal
parliament that removes what few common law rights we still enjoy in this
country. Eighty-seven Australian tourists have died as a result of an attack
in Bali. Weıre told that itıs just a matter of time before there is an
atrocity carried out in this country, now that we face the same risk of a
terrorist attack as Israel and the United States. Japanese tourists have
been told by their government not to go to Australia because we are a prime
terrorist target.
    While the risks multiply, the fourth estate fiddles barely touching on
the reasons why in the space of a year we find ourselves in a situation most
of us would never have dreamt that we would face. John Howard and his
government are continually let off the hook on why we find ourselves in this
situation, as the fourth estate abrogates its responsibility to the
Australian people to allow a full and fair debate to occur about why this
has happened.
    Government decisions are accepted at face value. Government policy is
supported without criticism. Things just donıt happen; they happen for good
reasons. Unless we are willing and able as a nation to search for these
reasons, we are doomed to become involved in escalating levels of
indiscriminate violence that will involve each and every one of us,
conservatives and radicals alike. The fourth estate must stop acting like a
kangaroo transfixed by a shooterıs spotlight, only reporting whatıs
happening. It must initiate and become involved in debate that questions why
things have changed so radically in the past year.
    Without a full, free, extensive debate that includes an open and fair
discussion on government policy and the historical political and religious
reasons behind the current escalating crisis, we as a community will
continue to face escalating levels of violence. Itıs time the fourth estate
watered its intellectual wastelands and allowed a hundred flowers to bloom
among the few tired perennials that are currently growing in its garden.

    More children shot and killed, more desperate acts from desperate men,
more militant houses destroyed and their families deported, more prisoners
from the worldıs largest prison (the Gaza Strip), and more suicide bombers,
but the United Nations continues to be blocked from placing observers in
Palestine by the very same country that has garnered United Nationsı support
for its plans to invade Iraq ­ the United States.
    People just donıt kill themselves for the sake of killing themselves.
Over the past fifty years a plethora of United Nationsı resolutions about
the Israeli­Palestinian conflict have been and continue to be blocked by
both Israel and the United States. The double standards that are apparent to
everyone in the Middle East and almost no one in Australia are one of the
most important stumbling blocks to any resolution of the Israeli­Palestinian
war. While these double standards continue to be applied and the West
continues to salve its conscience for the European Holocaust by providing
unlimited financial and military support to the Israeli State, the violence
will continue to escalate.
    Although itıs not fashionable to discuss it, the Israeli Stateıs
intentions are quite clear. They have no interest in seeing the creation of
a viable Palestinian State. The continued establishment of Israeli
settlements within the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and the refusal of the
Israeli government to allow unarmed United Nations observers within
Palestine is a clear indication that an increasing number of Israeliıs are
throwing their support behind a policy of expelling all Palestinians from
the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and creating the biblical State of Greater
    Itıs important to remember that the current tide of Islamic
fundamentalist military build-up across the world is directly linked to the
Israeli­Palestinian conflict. A just and equitable peace settlement in this
corner of the world is about the only way that the never-ending supply of
religious and political martyrs, who are willing to kill and be killed, will
dry up.
    Those governments that still continue to believe that you can destroy
political terrorism by the application of unlimited force only have to look
at the Israeli example to see what happens.

Q.  How are decisions made in an emergency in an anarchist society?
A.  The inclusive nature of the decision making processes in an anarchist
society makes it difficult to make quick decisions.  Itıs all very well
making decisions when you have the luxury of time on your side, itıs another
thing making split second decisions in an emergency situation.  Hierarchical
societies invest the decision making process in leaders who may or may not
have a mandate to make decisions.  The chain of command is normally clear
and concise, designated individuals make decisions, others are expected to
carry them out.  The consequences for not following orders, especially in a
military situation, can have far reaching consequences.
    Although anarchists are very good at making decisions when time is on
their side, their ability to make quick decisions in a time of crisis has
always been perceived as an integral weakness of the anarchist movement.
Anarchists need to have clearly established guidelines that they can follow
when quick decisions need to be made.  Historically, anarchists in the
militias in the Spanish Civil War resolved this problem by investing the
power to make decisions to people they trusted or respected.  Men and women
were elected by their peers with a specific mandate to make decisions for
the group in terms of tactics before and during the heat of battle.  The
mandate they were given and the time they were able to exercise this mandate
was limited.
    If those they represented lost faith in them or their ability to make
decisions, they could be replaced at the next available opportunity.  This
process gives anarchists the flexibility they need to deal with an
emergency.  Through trial and error, the best people to deal with an
emergency are selected to deal with the situation.  The flexibility that
this approach creates gives anarchists a real time advantage to deal with
real time problems, that a rigid hierarchical process could never achieve.
    So what at first glance may be seen to be a weakness, is in reality a
?strengthı.  The fluid nature of the process gives anarchists a flexibility
to deal with a problem that a hierarchical process cannot hope to match.
Anarchists can and do deal with emergencies in a competent and professional
manner.  There is nothing in the anarchist decision making process that
precludes an anarchist society from dealing with emergencies in an efficient
and business like manner.  Anarchism provides the framework that allows
human beings to effectively deal with problems in a manner that uses the
collective experiences and talents of everybody, not just a few leaders.

    Anarchists find themselves in a particular difficult situation in the
communities they live and work in.  Nationally sanctioned holidays are an
important way that people identify with the cultural norms and practices of
the society they live in.  In all societies, days are normally set aside
that reflect the dominant trends within a community.
    In Australia, national celebrations centre around religious festivals
and important national days.  Although anarchists, like the rest of the
community, take the chance to take a day off and recharge their batteries,
these days mean little if anything to them.  As outsiders, we find that what
we have to say generates little if any interest or support because we always
find ourselves standing on the outside looking in.  As individuals, groups
and a movement, we need to know our local history, reclaim that history and
celebrate the past.  History does not only belong to those who wield power,
it belongs to all of us.  For far too long, history has been used as a
weapon to enslave not liberate us.
    The Anarchist Media Institute campaign to ?Reclaim the Radical Spirit of
the Eureka Rebellionı is not just an attempt to remember the past, itıs much
more.  By deciding which days we will celebrate and coming together on these
days to celebrate, we reclaim our history and use that history to influence
the present and create a new future that reflects what we want, not what
other people want.  Celebrating the Eureka rebellion on the day it happened,
the 3rd December, highlights why the diggers took up arms, the nature of the
movement, their demands and the influence the rebellion has had on
Australian society in the last 148 years.
    Celebrating the day on the 3rd December, at the site where the rebellion
occurred is an important way that we can strengthen the bonds between those
of us that want radical egalitarian change.  Itıs an excellent opportunity
to meet old friends, make new friends, network and expand the struggle to
create that new world, in our hearts.
    Join us on the 3rd December at the Eureka Stockade site in Ballarat,
reclaim your past and create a new future.

    Tuesday December 3rd marks the 148th anniversary of the Eureka rebellion
in Ballarat in 1854.  This year, radical activists across Australia will
?Reclaim the Radical Spirit of the Eureka Rebellionı by meeting at the
Eureka Stockade site at 4.00am on the day.  Whether there are 5, 50, 500 or
5000 of us, we will reclaim our history.  One hundred and forty eight years
after the massacre, itıs important that we reclaim our history from the
State and those who use the Eureka story to promote their own political
agendas.  The Eureka rebellion was a revolt based on direct democracy,
direct action and solidarity ­ "We swear by the Southern Cross to stand
truly by each other and fight to defend our rights and liberties",
principles which form the backbone of the anarchist movement.
    On the 3rd December, we will come together to remember the past,
celebrate the present and work towards transforming the future.  The Eureka
rebellion was a multicultural rebellion that drew together people of
different races, religions and nationalities.  They banded together to
resist the attempts of the government to impose their will on them by use of
force.  Of the thirteen people who were acquitted of High Treason in the
Melbourne Supreme Court in 1855, one was an Afro-American from New York, one
was a Jew, one was a black man from Kingston Jamaica, one was born in Sydney
and the rest hailed from England, Ireland and the rest of Europe.  They had
one thing in common ­ their oppression.  They took up arms to protect
themselves from  State apparatus that was out of control.  Although they
lost the battle, they won the war.  Their example is one that must not be
allowed to be sanitised, to suit prevailing political conditions.
    We encourage you to take the day off and join us on December 3rd at the
Stockade site at Ballarat at 4.00am to celebrate this important moment.
December 3rd is a day that gives those people who are concerned about the
loss of our hard earned rights and liberties to come together, to celebrate
and reclaim the radical spirit of the Eureka rebellion.  We encourage you to
join us this year, next year and the next hundred years.
 ?From Sydneyıs Bohemia to Francoıs Spain
 An Offbeat Memoirı Grahame HARRISON
 Pluto Press 2002, ISBN 1864031417
    Grahame Harrison, a member of Pusb (Sydney libertarians) in the early
1950ıs, History Master at Sydney Grammar and lecturer in Spanish History at
the University of Sydney, has in "Night Train To Grenada" put together his
recollections of his life as an English teacher in Francoıs Spain.  Harrison
continues to be torn between his love for Spain and his Australian roots and
still spends 7 months of the year in Spain.
    The authorıs recollections are peppered with observations about everyday
life in a fascist country.  Harrison does this by examining the everyday
sacrifices that had to be made by those who survived the mass slaughter of
the Civil War.  The economic difficulties are mirrored in a hundred stories
of an ?English gentlemanı who when the chips were down was able to survive
through the generosity of those around him.
    "Night Train To Grenada" describes the human consequences of what
happens when that new world in our hearts is still born.  His insight into
life in Francoıs Spain opens a door to a world that could re-emerge
tomorrow.  The bookıs strength lies in Harrisonıs ability to incorporate
everyday events in the novel.  He is able to intermingle the mundane
struggle to survive with more important questions.  As an outsider ?El
Inglesı was able to ask questions that other people didnıt want to even
think about.
    Granada a city of 120,000 in the early 1950ıs was a town where at the
end of the Civil War in 1939 over 4,000 of its citizens had been executed by
firing squad by Francoıs government.  The survivors had to live their lives
in an era where the past was denied and where the government used terror to
govern every aspect of peoples lives.
    Harrisonıs book is a welcome insight into life in Francoıs Spain.  He is
able to interweave his story with the story of those around him.  Through
his ability to place on paper his recollections and experiences, he has been
able to give us an insight into his life and life of a community that still
in some ways struggles to acknowledge let alone accept the past.
    Thanks to John Englart from Anarres Books for providing the review copy
of "Night Train to Grenada". "NIGHT TRAIN TO GRENADA" is available from
Pluto Press Australia, Locked Bag 199, Annandale, N.S.W. 2038 Australia.

    Thereıs something quaint about State elections.  Although campaigning
has been reduced to media engineered photo opportunities, there are still
vestiges of a bygone era.  The electronic media barrage is occasionally
broken with some real electioneering.  Even the quaint leaflets in the
letterbox seem to have had their day.  What is still alive and well, is the
party mugshot in the garden of a political hack.  Cheap, effective
advertising especially if your budget canıt quite buy the television and
radio coverage that is mandatory if you want to win office.
    Across Victoria, mugshots of would be politicians, some with their
leader, have shot up in the Stateıs parched gardens.  Smiling human beings
look down on you as you turn a corner, walk the dog or even do the shopping.
Some look like stunned mullets, the men in the obligatory tie, the women
well groomed.  Labor, Liberal, National, most of them are there, calling on
old neighbours to display their mugshot in their gardens.  Corner
allotments, especially those near busy roads, resemble Christıs last stand ­
    I wonder if the same photographer takes photos of all the political
hopefuls.  They have a sameness about them that reduces human beings to one
dimensional, cut out figures.  The great thing about having your mugshot
displayed in a private garden is that nobody can draw a Hitler moustache on
it.  Those who complain that wind farms and overhead power lines are visual
pollution need to focus their attention on this forest of smiling banality.
    Seeing these happy plastic visages spring up almost overnight in gardens
across the State, is a very worrying trend.  Every time I see one, I have
flashbacks to grainy television images of the Chicago Democratic Conventions
in 1968, when the faithful raised their placards in the Democratic
Convention Centre, while the Black Panthers, hippies and those demonstrating
against the Vietnam War had their skulls fractured in the park by Mayor
Daleyıs finest.  No wonder I instinctively flinch when I walk under one of
those smiling cutouts, thatıs dusted and hauled out to encourage electors to
participate in the greatest show on earth ­ The State Election (only kidding

    Across the nation, millions of electors will vote for new State
governments.  This week itıs Victoriaıs turn.  On Saturday, Victorians will
be expected to keep the home fires burning and vote someone, anyone so the
machinery of government ticks over.  After a lack lustre campaign, that
hasnıt even seen a Green Party thatıs battling for respectability cause a
ripple, itıs up to you the elector to do your duty, cast a vote and keep the
machine purring.
    Fortunately I wonıt have that problem as Iım not on the electoral roll
and will not be able to vote.  Actually although Iım 51, Iıve never voted at
a local, State or Federal election as Iım not willing to give somebody else
a mandate to make decisions for me.  That puts the problem of whether youıll
participate or not fairly and squarely in your court, especially if youıre
on the electoral roll.  Obviously you are faced with a number of choices,
some legal some illegal.  You can turn up and have your name crossed off the
electoral roll and donıt vote, thatıs a legal option you could pursue.  You
could take your ballot and vote informal, another legal option.  At the last
Federal election after a vigorous campaign conducted by the Anarchist Media
Institute, around 5.5% of Senate electors in Victoria voted informal (we
like to claim a few of them as our own).  Although the political parties and
the Electoral Office donıt like this option, you can legally vote informally
(voting informally doesnıt mean turning up at the polling booth in shorts
and sandals).
    Or you could ignore the whole exercise and not vote at all.  Iıd like to
warn you that this course of action is illegal and if you donıt have an
excuse that satisfies the Electoral Office (and having a moral objection to
parliamentary rule is not an acceptable excuse), youıll be fined and jailed
for a day or two, if you donıt pay the fine.  Although if youıre a Jehovahıs
Witness and have a religious objection, your excuse is acceptable.
    At the end of the day, laws or no laws, the decision is yours.  Do you
participate in something you have no faith in?  Do you exercise the two
minutes of illusory power youıre entitled to exercise or do you decide not
to participate in a system of government where you give power to people who
have very little real power to make decisions for you for the next 3 to 4
years.  Iım glad the problems yours, on Saturday I wonıt have to make the
decision youıre faced with as Iım not on the electoral roll.  Happy voting!!
Joseph TOSCANO/LibertarianWorkers
for a Self-Managed Society.

Agnes Varda. France 2001. 90 minutes.
    Gleaners pick at already harvested fields as painted 500 years ago.
Still at it today in the countryside But now "dumpster-dive" from the bins
of super-markets & leftovers at fresh food markets; re-use & recycle from
hard-rubbish days, squat empty houses and land. The 'right to glean to eat'
is guaranteed by French Law; some do it for fun too. All is shown amidst the
directors musing on age and private property. Inspiring. Best film in town.
(Lumiere Cinema in Melbourne cheap tix $5 Monday)
****politics ****entertainment
Other flicks: One Sings, The Other Doesn't 1976 (two women's friendship over
ten years); Vagabonde, 1985 (Teenager dies of exposure on the street).
Franny Armstrong. India. 75 minutes.
    A crash course in World Bank so-called "development".  The world's
largest dam system is built allegedly for "progress of majority through
irrigation and hydro-electricity".  The reality is indigenous people forced
off their ancestral farm lands by the police for corrupt politicians selling
out locals for the Rich. The water is diverted for Corporate Farms and
electricity to Industrial monopolists. We meet one family, who along with
their village, decide to drown rather than be forced off to miserable City
slums or useless polluted land. Community organised civil disobedience,
legal appeals are attempted to live on through resistance.   Drowned Out
premiered along with other excellent films at the Wild Spaces Environmental
Film Festival 2002. Shown at Ballarat, Canberra, Colac, Denmark WA,
Fremantle, Hobart, Katoomba, Lismore, Melbourne, Mildura, Sydney &
Townsville In November. see www.wildspaces.wild.net.au
See www.foe.org.au <http://www.foe.org.au> or contact Friends Of The Earth
for more on the anti-dam struggle.
Other flix:  See also Baked Alaska & McLibel by the same director. McLibel
covers the longest running libel case in British legal history. Two London
Greenpeace Anarchists Helen Steele & Dave Morris prosecuted by McDonalds

? ARIVISTA ANARCHIA Vol.33 - No8, Nov 2002, C.P.17120, 20170 Milano, ITALY,
Tel:022896627, Fax:0228001271, Email:arivista@tin.it
? CLASS WAR No.84, Novı02, No War But The Class War, P.O. Box 6,
Crigglestone, WAKEFIELD WF4 3WX, ENGLAND, classwaruk@hotmail
Tel:07931301901, www.classwar.org , Discussion board
? FREEDOM Vol.63 No.21,16thNOV. 2002, Anarchist Fortnightly, 84b Whitechapel
High St, London E17QX, ENGLAND Email:FreedomCopy@aol.com
? LE MONDE LIBERTAIRE No.1297 14th- 20thNov. 2002, 145 Rue Amelot, 75011
Paris, FRANCE, Tel:0148053408, Fax:0149299859
? ROJO Y NEGRO No.149 Novı02, CGT, C/-Compania9, 10 1zda, 31001
Pamploma/Iruna SPAIN, Tel:948224766, Fax:948212399,
? SICILIA LIBERTAIRIA Vol.26No.212 Oct.02, Giornale Anarchico per la
Liberazione Sociale Lıinternazionismo, Via Galileo Galilei 45, 97100 Ragusa,
SICILY, ITALY, email:si_lib@hotmail.com
? TIERRA Y LIBERTAD No.172 Nov. ?02, Periodico Anarquista, Apartado 7.056 de
Madrid, 28080 SPAIN, Tel:917970424, Fax:915052183,
? UMANITA NOVA Vol 82 No.36 EL 10thNov.ı02, Settimanale Anarchico, C.50
Palermo 46, 10152, Torino ITALY. tel/fax (011) 857850 Mobile 338-6594361
? NEW UNIONIST No.294 Octı02, New Union Party for the Next American
Relolution, 1821 University Ave, W.#5-116 SAINT PAUL MN, 55104, U.S.

DEBT ELIMINATION APPEAL ­ Our debt stands at $966.50
We need to raise $200.00 per week in order to cover typing, printing,
postage and radio program and ongoing campaign costs.  Subscriptions are
$10.00 = 10 Issues, $50.00 = 50 Issues.  Donations and subscriptions can be
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on the Eureka Stockade site, bring your food and drinks
AT 11.00AM
(Round trip around 5 kilometres)
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Bring your own food and drinks

Our arrangement to broadcast the ?Anarchist World This Weekı over the
internet has collapsed because of techincal problems.  If you can help us by
taking over the job of placing the programme on the net email us at:
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We have a number of
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Which we are selling for $10.00 each (includes packaging and postage within
Australia).  Send 45c stamps or cheques or money or money orders for $10.00
AUSTRALIA, if youıd like one

Increasing financial problems have forced us to review how The Anarchist
Media Instituteıs finances are raised.  Currently subscriptions and
donations only account for about 40% of the income necessary to cover our
costs.  To overcome this problem weıve launched a:-
We are looking for THIRTY People, interested in our activities, to pledge to
?A Dollar A Dayı 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.
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.  Weıve 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.

Has been awarded to the Prime Minister John Winston Howard for placing
Australians in the front line in the State terrorists war on religious
terrorists ­ Good one John!!

STAMP APPEAL  - We normally spend over $400.00 per month on postage stamps.
If you have any spare stamps floating about or are about to write to us,
stuff a few stamps in the envelope.  Every little bit helps.

THIS WEEK'S STORIES: Unions Don't Cause Job Losses, Profit Does...Baggy
Clothes Are Dangerous When Other People Are Wearing Them...Only If They
Don't Find Any Oil...Woomera Guard Accused of Assaulting 13 Year
Old...Refugee Tribunal Secretly Told Not to Accept East Timorese...Quote of
the Week.

Six major companies have rejected Liberal Party ads that say that theyıve
cut their Victorian staff due to militant unions. The companies say that
while they may have shed some jobs, this is in order to be 'globally
competitive & efficient', not because of unions. (The Age, Nov 26).
Senator Fred Nile has called for Middle Eastern women's distinctive clothing
to be banned. Sen. Nile said that the clothing should be banned because it
would be easy to use as a disguise, or hide explosives in it. John Howard
initially refused to rule out Sen. Nile's suggestion. (ABC news website, Nov
Bush security advisor Richard Perle told a meeting of govt MPs in England
that the US govt was determined to go to war. MP Peter Kilfoyle, based on
Perle's comments, reported that "President Bush intends to go to war even if
inspectors find nothing".(Mirror (UK), Nov 21).
A former guard at Woomera detention centre faces a warrant for his arrest
after he failed to appear on charges of having assaulted & bashed a child
detainee. The guard faces 2 charges of having assaulted 13 year old Zihar
Sayed at Woomera detention centre last year. (The Age, Nov 26).
The Aust. govt issued a secret directive that East Timorese refugees'
applications to stay in Aust. should be rejected. About 1800 East Timorese
have been waiting for up to 10 years for their applications to be processed.
Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock blamed the delay on legal maneuvering by
the refugees & their lawyers. Documents obtained by the Sydney Morning
Herald show that the Refugee Review Tribunal was told by the govt not to
finalise any of the cases. The decree seems to have been put in place by the
Labor Party in 1995 and continued by the Coalition until this year. (Sydney
Morning Herald, Nov 18).
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "Thereıs no such thing, at this date of the world's
history, in America, as an independent press. You know it & I know it.
Thereıs not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, & if you
did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. Iım paid
weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper Iım connected with.
Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things & any of you who
would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets
looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one
issue of my paper, before 24 hours my occupation would be gone. "The
business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to
pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, & to sell his country &
his race for his daily bread. "You know it & I know it, & what folly is this
toasting an independent press? "We are the tools & vassals of rich men
behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings & we
dance. Our talents, our possibilities & our lives are all the property of
other men. We are intellectual prostitutes." Attributed to journalist John
Swinton, when he was offered a toast to an independent press, c1880.

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