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(en) Anarchist Age Weekly Review No.517 23rd to 30th September 2002

From Philip McCrory <philmcc@melbpc.org.au>
Date Wed, 25 Sep 2002 05:41:58 -0400 (EDT)

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

It seems that Senator Hill, the Defence Minister, is having a great deal of
difficulty in getting the Armed forces top bureaucrats to grasp the Federal
governments 'all the way with the United States' defence philosophy.
Senator Hill has been forced for the third time to send back the Strategic
Defence Review he commissioned for revision, because the committee
conducting the review couldn't bear to jettison Australia's Regional Defence
policy for a global first strike policy, which ties Australia's regional
interests with United States global interests.
A major revision of Australia's Strategic Defence objectives, has both short
and long term consequences.  In the short term, it will give the Australian
government the policy support it requires, to deploy significant numbers of
troops to the United States invasion of Iraq.  As the SAS is deployed in
Afghanistan, and Australia's Airforce made up of F111's and S11's is
designed to deal with regional threats, we may see the Federal government
with possible Labor Party support, deploy a battalion of Australian troops
and a regiment of commandos to a ground war in Iraq.
The long term consequences for Australian's and Australia's armed forces if
the 'all the way with the United States' mantra is adopted, are horrendous.
The relatively independent policy of acquiring and developing military
infrastructure, to deal with the regional defence problems, will be
jettisoned in favour of one which will see the Australian Armed Forces
become a military auxiliary of the United States.
Equipment will have to be purchased from the United States military
industrial complex, which will be paid off by future generations, not just
in commercial terms, but in Australia's ability to successfully deal with
regional conflicts, jettisoning a relatively independent regional defence
policy for one which puts United States global interests before Australia's
regional interests, is a policy which is reminiscent of the disastrous
pro-British stance that led to the deaths of over 60,000 Australian's in
World War One.  A war which had little to do with Australia's regional
interests and everything to do with supporting Britain's global agenda.

It's interesting to note that the current Liberal Treasurer, Mr. Peter
Costello, has, like his Labor predecessor, Mr. Paul Keating, reached cult
status among the folk that really matter, The International Monetary Fund.
On Thursday, Mr. Costello, Prime Ministerial heir apparent, was quick to
point out that his picture, like his predecessor's, was adorning the walls
of the locker room, at The International Monetary Fund.
It seems that Mr. Costello has been praised by the I.M.F. for keeping the
good ship Australia afloat, while around him, other Treasurers are
floundering.  Although the I.M.F. is currently happy with how Mr. Costello
is steering the ship through the global economic ice floes, they have given
him some advice on how to steer the good ship Australia in the future, to
stop it running aground.
As the I.M.F. sets the ground rules on how it chooses which Treasurers'
picture to pin up in its locker room, it would be unwise and churlish for
Mr. Costello to ignore their advice.  The good folk at the I.M.F. have
offered three suggestions on how to keep the good ship Australia on course.
They have suggested that the top tax rate be dropped from 48% to the company
tax rate of 30%, and that the threshold for the top tax rate be raised
substantially, that the Coalition government accelerate its push to achieve
significant Labor reforms and that the Australian Welfare System be
rationalised.  What at first may seem to be laudable goals soon lose their
gloss, when put into plain English.
It seems that the recipe for economic nirvana in the I.M.F.'s and their pin
up boys, Peter Costello's eye is very simple.  Make the rich richer, lower
wages for working people and throw people off welfare benefits.  The I.M.F.
and Mr. Peter Costello seem to have forgotten that although the Treasurer
may be steering the good ship Australia through the economic ice floes,
those Australian's who are manning the oars on the good ship Australia, may,
if their rations are cut, mutiny, throw the Treasurer and his I.M.F.
advisers overboard and set sail for warmer waters.

Strike up a Conversation Day is the brain child of two anarchist activists
in regional Victoria who want it to become "an annual day of celebration and
awareness building, designed to counteract the alienation and isolation, we
as a community feel everyday, by encouraging people to pull down their walls
and genuinely communicate together as human beings".
It's interesting that at the very moment that technological developments
have made instant global communication a reality, that more and more people
feel a profound alienation from their fellow human beings, and the
communities they live in.  The development of more and more sophisticated
methods of communication has created a virtual society, where communication
between human beings has been reduced to a monosyllabic exchange.  The
alienation produced by this virtual exchange has profound implications for
all of us.  The privitisation of public space and individual interaction has
created a society where human communication is treated more as a mechanism
for acquiring wealth and power, than a way of recharging the soul.
The idea of communication between people sharing the same space, has become
so devalued that concepts like "strike up a Conversation Day" have been
developed to encourage people to open up a dialogue with each other.  Public
affairs have become an anachronism in a society where communication has been
centralised by a few players.
The discussion between human beings which sets the boundary for public
debate, have been hijacked by commercial and State run centralised forms of
communication, which allows a small group of people, with fixed agendas, to
determine what public debate is and should be.  Strike up a Conversation
Day, is an antidote for the powerlessness felt by individuals, within a
consumer driven society.  It allows the individual, not the State or the
corporate sector, to set the agenda on the type of society we need to
become, to overcome that feeling of alienation and powerlessness that has
become the seminal lecture of post modern existence.  Strike up a
Conversation on the 10th of October, reclaim the present and re-fashion the
future, both as an individual, and a member of a community.

The Herald Sun's articles (20 & 21/9) on the aftermath of the S11
demonstrations, raises serious questions about the role the media, the
State, and Federal governments, played in the level of violence at the S11
demonstrations.  What was essentially a peaceful non-violent successful
blockade on September the 11th degenerated into a police riot on the
following two days, as the police were pressured by the organisers, the
Victorian State government, and the Federal government to break the
The fact that only one demonstrator was convicted highlights the trivial
nature of the charges that were levelled against the demonstrators.
Although the police had thousands of hours of video and television evidence,
they could only manage to charge protestors with crimes like protesting in
the nude, or putting superglue in a clock.  I'm sure if they had the
evidence of violent behaviour, hundreds would have appeared before the
courts.  The police riot, which occurred, was largely due to the
paramilitary approach that the Victorian Police took, on the last two days
of the protest.  The injuring of dozens of protestors by baton wielding
police, was, in part, due to the sensationalist media reporting on the first
day, which described a successful blockade as an orgy of violence.  Time and
time again, media footage of unnecessarily violent police behaviour, was
presented with a voice over, about violent protestor's behaviour.
The militarisation of the police, is not the answer to community protest.
Community protests requires community policing.  Those police officers that
find themselves facing possible disciplinary charges, are at the end of a
long line of command that got it wrong on the day's of the protests.  Those
people, who should be facing charges, are the ones that created the
hysterical climate surrounding the protests, and gave the orders that
allowed a paramilitary police response to occur.
John Howard, Steve Bracks, The Editor in Chief of those media outlets, that
painted and continue to paint a one sided picture of the events, and senior
police who were pressured by government's and media to crush the
demonstrators, should be the one's who should be forced to account for the
decisions, that turned a largely successful non-violent blockade into a
police riot. 

A few sentences have appeared in the Australian mass media about the death
of George Georges.  George Georges became a Queensland Labor Party Senator
in 1968.  His contribution to political debate and community life has been
largely ignored by a political system and a society that no longer values
the actions of committed ethical individuals.  Senator George Georges was
first and foremost an activist.  He never achieved any important positions
in the Labor Party, because of the principled actions he was prone to take.
As a young man in the early seventies, I remember time and time again seeing
Senator George Georges being dragged off into a police paddywagon by Bjelke
Petersen's corrupt police force.  He was at the forefront of the free speech
and the right to march without a permit, a struggle that was waged for years
by Queensland radical activists against the totalitarian Bjelke Petersen
government.  He was not afraid to put his body on the line for his political
principles, and I distinctly remember Bjelke Petersen's praetorian guard
handling him in the most brutal manner, when he was involved in
demonstrations.  George Georges was a short, rotund man, in his crumpled
suit, he was seen as an honest, caring, principled politician, by those
young men and women who found themselves holding the front line against
Bjelke Petersen's thugs.
In 1986 he was expelled by the Labor Party, because he refused to vote for
the deregistration of the Builder's Labourer's Federation.  He left the
Senate in 1987.  He rejoined the Labor Party in 1994, believing that it
could only be reformed from the inside.  He died at the age of 82, in a
Canberra Hospital on Monday, after a long illness.  George Georges' legacy
doesn't lie in the positions he acquired in the Labor Party or government,
it lies in the principled stands he took against the Bjelke Petersen regime,
and Federal government's of all political persuasions.  He was the only
politician I've known, who was willing to roll up his sleeves, and support
with his body those radical activists, who find themselves at the cutting
edge of the never ending struggle to protect and extend those rights and
liberties which government's both at the State and Federal level, are so
willing to legislate away.

Q.    Can anarchists learn from the past?
A.   Of course we can, the problem is how do we discover the past?  History
is not the history of ordinary people.  History is distorted through a prism
that deflects the light away from the day to day efforts of ordinary people.
It reinforces the role of those with power and wealth and ignores the role
of those who create that power and wealth.  Itıs difficult to learn from
your history if you have no reference points to what happened in the past.
Anarchism has in the great majority of cases been a fringe movement that has
not touched the lives of most people.  Anarchist history in Australia has
been barely recorded, each generation taking its experiences to the grave
with them.  Each new generation has been forced to reinvent the wheel,
losing valuable time and repeating the mistakes of the past.  Itıs important
that the knowledge about tactics and strategy that have been learnt by this
generation is passed onto the next generation.  For the first time in the
history of the Australian anarchist movement, intergenerational exchange of
information, ideas, tactics, strategy and experiences is occurring.
History is that exchange of information, not dry dead words floating in
cyberspace but that person to person interchange that ensures the next
generation can learn from our mistakes and accelerate the struggle to create
an egalitarian community.  An understanding of what happened in the past
provides the necessary information that todayıs activists need to sidestep
todayıs problems.  History isnıt about dates or the lives of the rich and
powerful, itıs that dull everyday struggle people carry out to refashion
society to suit their needs.
Although books, the written word, CD Roms, cyberspace are all good
repositories of information, they cannot and should not take over from the
role that individuals and groups have played in creating history.  Their
experiences, hopes, aspirations and failures are the fuel that drives the
historical engine.  Itıs all very well to say that the Eureka rebellion was
crushed on the 3rd December 1854, although the military defeat of the
movement is important.   Itıs more important to know how did the struggle
reach that state, what impact has the struggle had on life in this country
and how can we learn from their successes and failures.  Although nobody
involved in the Eureka rebellion is still alive, today the legacy left by
those involved in the struggle has been documented and continues to be
studied, a reminder of the importance of recording history.

ACTION BOX ­ "148"
148?  Anybody whoıs read the _Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxyı will
remember that 41 (I think it was 41) is the meaning of life.  Well 148 is
not the meaning of life but it is an important number.  The 3rd of December
2002 marks the 148th anniversary of the Eureka massacre at Ballarat in
Victoria.  The Anarchist Media Institute has organised celebrations to be
held at the site of the Eureka rebellion in Ballarat on Tuesday the 3rd of
December 2002 to Reclaim the Radical Spirit of the Eureka Rebellion.
Ten weeks out from the event, itıs time we took our case to the Australian
people, encouraging them to join us and Reclaim the Radical Spirit of the
Eureka Rebellion.  The more people who take the day off and join us in
twelve hours of festivities on the day from 4am to 4pm, the greater the
impact that radical activists will have on the community.  In order to do
this, we need to acquaint as many people as possible with the significance
the Eureka rebellion has today.
We want everybody who supports the idea that we should Reclaim the Radical
Spirit of the Eureka Rebellion, whether you can or cannot attend on the day,
to wear a home made badge or name tag (which you can purchase at any
stationary shop) with the number "148" written or printed on it.  By doing
this we can raise the profile among Australians about the celebrations.
Wearing the number "148" will act as a conversation piece, people will ask
you why youıre wearing it and you can explain the significance of the 148th
anniversary celebrations.  It also alerts you to other people in the
community who are interested in the celebrations.
So find a name tag or an old badge, stick some white paper on it and print
the number "148" on it, wear the badge with pride till the 3rd of December.
On the 4th of December 2002 start wearing a badge or name tag with the
number "149" on it.  If youıve got a few extra dollars in your pocket, get
some badges made and give them out to your friends, neighbours, family and
work colleagues.  The 3rd of December belongs to all of us who want radical
change.  Wear the number "148" with pride.

At the age of 34 on the 5th of October 1852, Anastasia Hayes arrived in
Melbourne with her five children and husband Timothy.  A survivor of both
the Irish potato famine (1846-1851) and the defeat of the young Ireland
movement in 1848, she had no love for the Victorian colonial authorities.
Her husband Timothy, Peter Lalor and Duncan Gilles formed a mining
partnership on the Ballarat goldfields.  The family lived in a tent on the
goldfields.  She gave birth to their sixth child in the tent.  Anastasia
took on a job at a nearby Catholic school to make ends meet.  She was known
as a firebrand on the goldfields, complaining about how the miners were
treated.  In another age, she would have been one of the leaders of the
Eureka rebellion.  In 1854 Ballarat, she encouraged her husband Timothy to
become a leader of the rebellion.  Timothy Hayes became chairman of the
Ballarat Reform League and was chairman at the monster meeting at Bakery
Hill on Wednesday the 29th of November which set the scene for the Eureka
After the rebellion was crushed, Anastasia was at the forefront of the
resistance, she was involved in the operation without anaesthetic when Peter
Lalorıs arm was removed to save his life.  Anastasia was disappointed that
her husband was one of those arrested and when she approached the troops,
she said to them "I wouldnıt been taken by the likes of you".  She took her
six children to court in Melbourne and sat in the court suckling her
youngest while her husband, the most senior member of the stockaders on
trial, stood trial for High Treason.  Soon after he was acquitted, their
marriage disintegrated.  He moved to South America for a number of years and
she was left to bring up their six children alone.  A difficult task at the
best of times but almost an impossible task in a society where there was no
social security benefits and survivors of the Eureka stockade were shunned
by a community that wanted to forget.
She continued to work as a school teacher in Ballarat living in Ballarat
until she died alone on the 6th of April 1892 in her King St home days after
her 74th birthday.

Edited by Centre for Conflict Resolution _81, Reprinted June 1999,  ISBN
Decision making processes are central to the life of any organisation,
community or society.  _Consensual Decision Making Processes ­ Building A
United Judgementı is an important aspect of the decision making process in
the anarchist community.  As most activists are not familiar with consensual
decision making processes, this handbook provides a useful look at how a
united judgement can be built.
Although how we make decisions is an integral part of everyday life, itıs
assumed that like breathing itıs an automatic process.  Nothing is further
from the truth, decision making is a learned response.  Few people within
the communities we live and work in have any direct knowledge about
consensual decision making processes and many of us who attempt to use this
process do not have a conscious set of principles, we can follow, acting in
most cases in an ad hoc unconscious fashion.
This book examines the nuts and bolts of the consensus process but more
importantly takes us through the problems that can develop when people use
the consensus process.  Reading the interesting information contained in the
book, reminded me of the fate of a plenary which occurred at the end of the
Australian Anarchist Centenary celebrations in Melbourne that were held from
the 1st to the 4th of May 1986.  A meeting of over 500 people was paralysed
when one person did not want the meeting taped.  The meeting degenerated
into a farce as the group tried to tackle the issue.  If participants had
the experience with the process thatıs outlined in this book, the problem
would have been resolved in a few minutes not an hour.
The book is divided into 13 chapters.  Titles range from _A Step-by-Step
Process For Consensusı to _When Agreement Cannot Be Reachedı to the last
chapter _Common Problems ­ What To Do About Themı.  This book is an
invaluable aid to those of us who attend countless meetings to build that
infrastructure that is required to create an egalitarian social movement.
Although the book costs $32.00 (AUD), itıs one of those invaluable reference
books that people who are involved in extra parliamentary politics should
get a hold of.
Thanks to Anarres Books for providing me with the review copy of "A Handbook
For Consensus Decision Making Building United Judgement".  The book is
available for $32.00 (Australian) from Anarres Books, a non profit mail
order anarchist book collective.  Email your order to
mailorder@anarres.org.au or write to them at P.O. BOX 150, EAST BRUNSWICK
3057, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA.  Ask them to send you their current catalogue or
cybersurf their interesting website www.anarres.org.au and have a look at
the range of books they stock.

A brick veneer standard three bedroom home, car in the driveway, boxes piled
everywhere.  A woman in her early 30ıs possibly from the Middle East, was
packing what seemed like incense into smaller boxes, her 5 maybe 6 year old
son was taping the boxes and placing them in a bigger box.  Here was another
outworker family, somewhere in Melbourneıs western suburbs, making $2 or $3
an hour by doing the type of work nobody else wants to do.
In a quiet cul de sac, late Friday afternoon in the western suburbs, I came
face to face with myself.  Just a glance can open a torrent of memories that
long ceased to have any significance.  The boy had that listless look that
comes from doing too much too early.  He taped down the boxes, his mother
was re-packing, staring at the two boys across the road who were kicking a
soccer ball in their front yard and the young girl going around in circles
on her bicycle down the road.  He glanced at me as I walked up the driveway
of the house next door to his.
In that second when our eyes met, I felt I was looking at myself at age
five.  Forty five years down the track a new set of immigrants was doing
what needs to be done to pay the bills, get an education for their children,
sacrificing their lives in a foreign land that needs them but doesnıt
welcome them.  Strangers in a land that never quite accepts them, but
requires that cheap pool of labour that keeps the financial wheels spinning.
Different nationalities, different languages, different work but the same
treadmill.  Parents who are strangers in the new land and who become
strangers in the old land they left behind, secure their sense of self
through economic security which in part in the very early days comes from
families working together doing what has to be done to make those few extra
dollars that gives them options in the Great South Land.
Balts, Slavs Italians, Greeks, Germans, Yugoslavs, Lebanese, Turkish,
Chinese, Chileans, Cambodians, Vietnamese and Somalians are just a few of
those diverse immigrant groups that have come to Australia, who have found
it necessary to sacrifice their childrenıs childhood on the altar of the
only God respected in this country ­ Mammon.  Maybe it will be different for
the next wave ­ I doubt it.

An interesting case has been introduced into the Magistrates Court in
Victoria which over the next year will wind its way through the judicial
system.  A group of democratic activists have embarked on a coordinated
legal campaign in an attempt to deliver "proper democratic fundamentals" to
the Victorian people.
The case revolves around the argument that the Victorian parliament enacted
a constitution in 1975 that was "unlawfully enacted".  Mr. Andrew McNaughton
claims that the 1975 constitution is unlawful for two reasons.  "That the
Victorian parliament only had the power to repeal the provisions of the
Victorian Constitutional Act 1855, not the whole Act, and that the governor
at the time Sir Henry Winneke did not receive Royal Assent for the repeal of
the Victorian Constitution in 1975".
Mr. McNaughton claims that the Victorian Constitutional Act 1855, the
Australian States Constitution Act 1907, the Colonial Laws Validity Act 1865
and Australian Constitution Act 1900 (U.K.) all applied to Victoria in 1975
and were not legally contravened by the 1975 Constitution Act.  His argument
hinges on information received from the House of Lords record office
(Britain) on the 27th April 2002 that states "According to the Chronological
Table of Statutes, The Victorian Constitution Act 1855 (18 & 19 Vicc.55) is
still wholly in force.  There is not even any mention of a partial repeal".
As the Australian Act "An Act to bring constitutional arrangements affecting
the Commonwealth and States into conformity with the status of the
Commonwealth of Australia as a sovereign, independent and sovereign union"
was not enacted until 1986, itıs impossible that Mr. McNaughtonıs argument
could have some validity.  If the courts uphold his argument, it means that
successive Victorian governments since 1975 have been acting
unconstitutionally and all judicial appointments and judicial decisions made
by the Victorian courts are invalid.
Whether Mr. McNaughton wins or doesnıt win, his case is not the main issue.
Whatıs interesting is that judicial activists in the community are
attempting to challenge the parliamentary system by using the organs that
have been established to protect that very system.  We will keep you
informed of developments in this case which Iım certain we have not heard
the last of.
Interested readers who wish to pursue the arguments raised by Mr. McNaughton
can do so by writing to: Andrew McNaughton P.O. BOX 4226, GEELONG 3220,
Joseph TOSCANO/LibertarianWorkers
for a Self-Managed Society.

Anarchy is justice ­ for everyone.  Anarchy is a fair go ­ for everyone.
Anarchy is the only system that has enough flexibility and creativity to
achieve a harmonious culture.  As a cooperative, non-hierarchical system,
anarchy can deliver a well balanced civil society.  Anarchy cannot promise
happiness or personal fulfillment ­ these are things that individuals must
work at in their own time.  Anarchy can offer a fertile environment where
everyone has a chance to pursue their dreams.  It is not a rigid structure
that demands or expects people to perform or achieve, according to
economics.  Anarchy is the way the universe operates.  Chaos theory, the
uncertainty principle, edge phenomena, fuzzy logic, water, light and
butterflies are proof enough of the beauty in anarchy.
Anarchy is based on the power of one. (No apology to whatıs his name)
Anarchy is the collective power of 6 billion "ones".  It is "ones" coming
together that bring about change.  It was ever thus.  Capitalism and the
computer generation are built on ones and zeros.  Zeros do not exist.  We
invented them.  They were created for convenience.  There is no zero, there
is always something, even if it is only the person contemplating nothing, it
is still something ­ (one)
The philosophers may call this solipsism.  They dismiss it, but they cannot
refute it.  Economics, the bowel of capitalism is based upon a half truth.
Economics dwells on the zeros and forgets about the ones.  We are the "ones"
­ 6 billion ones!!  We are the power behind anarchy.  What is this waffle
about zeros?  Simply this, all governments, whatever form they take, treat
people as zeros, as nothing, except of course when you are putting a one in
the box at voting time.  This is the utter contempt of our rulers.
Anarchy evolves without rulers.  Capitalism will collapse because of rulers.
Communism collapsed because of rulers.  All "great" civilisations that have
fallen fell because of rulers.  Rulers are ignorance writ large.  Ignorance
cannot be avoided completely but in an anarchist system, we can negate the
harm it does.  Social justice is the absence of ignorance.  Anarchy in each
one of us is diminishing our ignorance.
JOHN BOYLE ­ Valencia Creek, Victoria, AUSTRALIA.

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Iıve enclosed a contribution to the "Reclaiming the Radical Spirit of the
Eureka Rebellion" campaign.  This may probably be the only flag I would ever
hope to consider waving and the only "Spirit" a hard nosed anarchist /
atheist, like myself can believe in.
There really is a spiritual realm, it is the realm of human friendship,
compassion, solidarity and freedom.  And only by reclaiming the history and
struggle of this sacred quest do we ever approach anything like what it
means to be a human being, an individual and a community in the real sense
of the word.
Today, the capitalist ideology ­ to turn as many of us into thriving
earthworms, is nothing short of totalitarian.  To turn human kind and its
history, relations and possibilities into an inert, smelly pile of shit
hence the post modern malaise.  So, it makes me happy and proud to make this
contribution to a remedy and reclamation of what makes human kind thrive,
great and worth living and dying for.  Take care.
 - JEFF ­ Footscray, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA.

_ LE MONDE LIBERTAIRE No.1288 12th ­ 18th Sept. 2002, Hebdomadaire de la
Federation Anarchiste, 145 Rue Amelot, 75011 Paris, FRANCE, Tel:0148053408,
_ UMANITA NOVA Vol 82 No.28 Enrol 8th Sept. 2002, C.50 Palermo 46, 10152,
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_ MR BUSH THIS YOUR WAR ­ CD, Stop the War, 524 Mason Way, San Luis Oblispo
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_ WORKERS NEWS Vol.33 August 2002, Gefont, P.O.Box10, 652, Manmahan Labour
Building, Putali Sadak, Gefont Plaza, Kathmandu, NEPAL, Tel:+9771248072,
Fax:+9771248073, info@gefont.org  www.gefont.org

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The Anarchist Media Institute is inviting everyone who is interested in
reclaiming The Radical Spirit of the Eureka Rebellion, to join us on Tuesday
3RD of December at the Eureka Stockade site in Ballarat, in Victoria, to
celebrate the 148th Anniversary of the Eureka Rebellion.  Itıs time we
reclaimed our history.  Over the next 9 months we will keep you informed
about developments.  We want to bring a banner 4 meters long x 1.2 meters
high, to the celebrations with a representation of the original Eureka Flag,
not the stylised flag we have in the graphic.  We need to raise 750 dollars
to have a magnificent banner made.  We would like to have the banner
manufactured by July 2002, so it can be used to raise awareness of the
celebrations on the 3rd of December.  Yes youıve guessed it, weıre asking
long suffering readers to donate the 750 dollars to make the banner.
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This week's stories: Private Trams Efficient At Collecting Corporate
Welfare...Wealth Gap Not Too Bad On Paper...WEF Blockade Violence Never
Happened...Support For War Decreases...Ruddock's Daughter Leaves Australia
Over Immigration Policy...Free Market Drives People To Suicide...

Yarra Trams, the private company that took over part of Melbourne's public
transport system, was recently given $2.4 million of public money for
improving reliablity and punctuality. On the same day, passengers on a tram
were told to get off and get on the tram behind, allegedly to improve the
company's statistics for punctuality. The Public Transport Users Group and
the tram drivers' union both say that trams routinely refuse to stop for
passengers or force passengers to get off so that they can get to depots on
time, allowing the company to collect their bonus from the government.
(Melbourne Times).

The richest 20 percent of Australians have over half the wealth. This figure
would be higher but for the fact that the figures count superannuation, even
though people often can't access it and may lose it if, for example, the
stock market crashes. (MX).

Of the many protestors arrested at the Crown Casino blockade in 2000 and
charged, only one has ended up being convicted of anything. Before, during
and long after the protests, TV stations and newspapers ran many stories
accusing protestors of engaging in large-scale violence. Protestors were
accused of throwing metal bolts and bags of urine at police, spitting, of
training to attack police, and so on.  No one in the media has corrected any
of these stories or apologised. (Herald Sun).

A poll carried out for SBS has found that support for war with Iraq has
dropped dramatically over the last few weeks.  Approximately three out of
ten people in Australia now favour war with Iraq.

_Hidden taxes' are becoming more common.  They are often used as 'corporate
welfare', to raise money to bail out companies.  Examples are a tax on every
packet of sugar (to rescue the sugar industry), one on milk (for the dairy
industry), and a tax to raise money to insure doctors. The taxes are usually
called levies, tarrifs, duties, or surcharges, rather than taxes. (the Age).

The daughter of Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock says she is so against
her father's policy on immigration that she has left Australia to do
volunteer aid work. Kirsty Ruddock says that the government's immigration
policies go against the values that Mr Ruddock taught her as a child.  She
said that balancing budgets does not give you an excuse not to treat people
as human beings. She also said that Mr Ruddock should stop wearing his
Amnesty International pin when he's talking about immigration. Mr Ruddock's
wife Heather supported her daughter.  She said that while Mr Ruddock was not
a racist, some people support him "for what I see as the wrong reasons".
Journalist Miranda Devine, who supports the government's policy on asylum
seekers, wrote in her column that Ms Ruddock did not really oppose her
father, but "appears to be suffering an ailment similar to Stockholm
Syndrome" - a condition where people captured by terrorists come to identify
with their captors. (ABC news website, the Australian, Herald Sun).

The suicide rates in Britain and Australia surged whenever conservative
governments were in power, according to medical research. University of
Sydney researchers analysed suicide figures for New South Wales between 1901
and 1998, and compared them with the prevailing political regime. When
conservatives ruled both the local state and national federal governments,
men were 17 percent likelier to commit suicide, while women were 40 percent
likelier to kill themselves. Middle-aged and older people were most at risk.
The study is published in the Journal of Epidemiolgy and Community Health
(JECH) -- a politically neutral research organ that is part of the British
Medical Association (BMA) publishing stable. It took into account periods of
drought, during which suicide rates were high among suffering rural
families, and World War II, in which the rates fell. In an accompanying
editorial, a team led by Mary Shaw, a doctor of social medicine at Bristol
University in western England, said the Australian trend was reflected by
government figures for England and Wales between 1901 and 2000. British
suicide rates soared under Margaret Thatcher, who was prime minister from
1979-90, reaching 121 self-inflicted deaths per million, a tally only
surpassed in the worst years of the 1930s Great Depression, when it was 135
deaths per million. The Australian authors, led by Richard Taylor, professor
at the university's School of Public Health, say that conservatives
traditionally have a less interventionist and more pro-market policy than
Labor, which could cause alienation and a sense of exclusion. Both sides of
politics have moved more and more towards pro-market policies, ,both in
Australia and Britain. (AAP).

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Some other Australian anarchist websites:
www.angry.at/racists - Anarchist/anti-racist music site with free mp3s, Real
Audio, Real Video, band interviews etc.
www.dolearmy.org - information for unemployed people.
www.activate.8m.com - anarchist magazine aimed at teenagers.

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