7th January – 13th January 2008
| “We swear by the Southern
Cross to stand truly by each other & fight to defend our rights
& liberties”- Eureka rebellion oath 1854
|ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE EUREKA AUSTRALIA DAY
MEDAL 2007 CITATION
|Over the next 6 weeks, a citation will appear in
the AAWR that details the activities and achievements of the recipients
of the AMI Eureka Australia Day Medals that were awarded at the Eureka
celebrations at Ballarat on the 3rd of December 2007
|THEY DIED FOR DEMOCRACY?
|“Democracy – a form of government in
which supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them”
|My stomach churns every time I hear, see or read
a news item or article about someone ‘dying for democracy’.
Democracy must, after anarchism, be the most misused word in the English
language. When somebody ‘dies for democracy’, they didn’t
die so some representative could make decisions for them. They didn’t
die so that small minority that owns the means of production, distribution
and exchange exercises de facto control over the parliamentary process.
They sacrificed their lives so they and their friends and families
exercised control over their lives. Exercising power through an elected
agent who has carte blanche to do whatever they want over the next
3 to 4 years, has little if anything to do with democracy.
‘Democracy’ is on the retreat throughout the world
because the forms of government that claim to be democratic are
democratic in name only. Increasing community dissatisfaction with
the 57 different varieties of ‘democracy’ around the
world (all unfit for human consumption) is directly related to the
fact that governments have no control over economic factors. You
can make all the decisions you like, but if you don’t have
access to the resources to make those decisions a reality, democracy
Democracy isn’t about electing representatives to make decisions
for you, it is about making decisions and electing or appointing
delegates to coordinate those decisions at a local, regional and
federal level. If coordination is impossible, delegates would have
the power to reach a compromise decision. This modified decision
would have to go back to the groups that made the original decision
for ratification before the compromise reached could be implemented.
Democracy is about the community, not the State or private corporations
exercising control over the ‘commonwealth’ so communities
have the resources to implement decisions made by the community
Parliamentary democracy – Clayton’s democracy –
is a salve for the gullible. Direct democracy is the hard core stuff
a disillusioned world is yearning for.
|Reading about the Victorian Road Minister’s
Tim Pallas’ next wave of ‘reforms’ to reduce the
road toll – (The Age 2/1), I couldn’t help thinking about
the elephant sitting on the road that Tim Pallas and most of the media
can’t seem to see. Although Victoria’s road toll has been
static over the past few years and 2007 recorded the second lowest
number of deaths, the injury rate, especially the serious injury rate,
has increased during this period. The number of deaths that have occurred
in Victoria during the holiday period, in a relatively small geographical
area serviced by relatively good roads in comparison to Australia’s
larger states, tells a different story.
The problem with Victoria’s attempts to deal with road safety
is that the line between State revenue raising and road safety have
become blurred in the public’s mind. Many of the government’s
road safety initiatives especially speed and red light cameras are
seen by many Victorian motorists as nothing more than another tax.
Considering around $800 million was poured into the State coffers
during 2007 as a result of traffic fines (the great bulk generated
by speed and red light cameras), the government’s road safety
message is lost on many Victorians, as Tim Pallas grapples with
new ways to sell the road safety message to an increasingly sceptical
Road safety is as much a matter of attitude as it is of having
appropriate road safety programs. Increasing public disillusionment
with those segments of the Victorian road safety program that are
clearly designed to raise revenue, not tackle the road toll, are
reflected in the attitude that many Victorian drivers display when
they get behind the wheel It is a pity that the attitude that saw
previous Victorian governments implement successful ground breaking
initiatives to reduce the road toll has been subverted by the State
government using the very important issue of road safety to generate
In light of what is happening in the community, the Victorian State
government’s attitude to road safety needs to be urgently
reassessed. Legislative attempts to reduce the road toll that alienate
the very people they are designed to help, reinforces the negative
attitudes to road safety that have developed in Victoria. While
these attitudes exist, the task of reducing the number of deaths
and serious injuries that occur on Victoria’s roads is an
almost impossible task.
| ‘1 in 550’
‘WHAT’S IN A NAME?’
‘DEAD BANG IN
’12 OUT OF 23’
|Finally some election results. Since 1976 we have
conducted – ‘Don’t Vote and Vote Informal’
campaigns with minimal success. We have learnt that faced with an
election, most Australians will cast a ballot. This year, we decided
to change tack and the ‘Anarchist Media Institute’ became
involved in a ‘Direct Democracy Not Parliamentary Rule’
campaign. We stood 2 candidates in the Victorian Senate election –
Dr. Joseph TOSCANO and Ms Jude PIERCE. Our campaign was run on a shoestring.
Despite not handing out how to vote cards, receiving no publicity
in the mass media (except a mention in the ‘funny’ pages
in a Melbourne newspaper – The Age), no radio or TV coverage
and only spent $67 on the campaign, we did attract significant support
from the Victorian public.
Our campaign was hamstrung by the
fact that we were not a registered political party; this meant we
had no party name next to our box above the line and were denied
the use of the word ‘Independent’ by legislation that
has been pushed through Federal Parliament to deny independents
the opportunity to fight the Federal election on a level playing
field. When electors looked at the Victorian Senate paper, they
were confronted by 23 boxes above the line, 19 had party names next
to them and 4 were blank. Below the line on the Senate paper underneath
their respective boxes, were the candidate’s names.
Electors, who chose to mark our boxes above and below the line,
did so because they recognised the names stood for a radical ticket.
I’m not stupid enough to believe that everybody who voted
for us, voted for us because they supported our political program.
Many people voted for us because they knew we were people with integrity
who were willing to put our heads above the parapet to promote ideas
and policies that would benefit people as a whole. Those who voted
for us knew they were voting for anarchists because of the publicity
we have been able to generate over the years in Victoria for anarchist
ideas. It is likely many people voted for us because of the public
stands we have taken.
Now let us look at the figures. As you know, there are statistics
and statistics. I will look at the figures in a number of ways and
you can make up your mind what it all means.
5,695 Victorians voted for us. What at first seems like a significant
number needs to be taken in the context that 3,290,219 votes were
cast in the Victorian Senate election. Putting it in a more digestible
context; 1 in 550 voted for us despite all the handicaps that were
put in our way by the electoral process. We came 12th out of the
23 political parties and groups that stood. We received more votes
than 8 of the 19 registered political parties. I could go on and
on but I won’t. If you want to look at the raw data and dissect
the vote, log onto:
The major spin off of the electoral campaign is that we are slowly
becoming a force that will need to be taken seriously by the authorities.
Through consistent hard work over the last 3 decades, we have finally
established a bridge head for radical egalitarian ideas in the Victorian
It’s important we remember elections are only a mechanism
for promoting change. Real change doesn’t come from casting
a ballot every 3 years, it comes from organising, forming groups
and taking direct action to make that new world in our hearts a
tangible reality today.
|UNIVERSAL COMPENSATION SCHEME
| The lead article in the Sunday Age (23/12) by
Gary Tippet which eloquently described the trials and tribulations
of quadriplegic Angus Conners and his wife Kate, makes one salient
point that should be of concern to every Australian. The Conners’
ability to live their dream, despite Mr. Conners’ quadriplegia,
is directly related to the fact that his injury was sustained in a
motor vehicle crash. Despite the very real barriers that were put
in their way by insurers, they were able to eventually claim their
legal rights and pursue their dreams.
I have been involved in the treatment of people with spinal cord
paralysis for over three decades, and I know courage alone is not
enough when people have to deal with life long profound disabilities
as a result of an injury. Compensation plays a pivotal role in the
type of life people are able to pursue post injury. In Australia
today, over 50% of people who sustain profound life long disabilities
through no fault of their own, are not entitled to any compensation.
Their families and loved ones are expected to carry the burden for
their life long care.
Each and every one of us is a heartbeat away from sustaining a
severe disability as a result of an injury. Those whose injury is
covered by a Transport Accident Commission (TAC) or a workers compensation
scheme can, despite a never ending battle with these authorities
to access their legal rights, pursue their dreams - the rest have
to cope as best they can.
The tragedy about the recent Federal election campaign is neither
major party raised the issue of a ‘Universal No Fault Compensation
scheme’. A quadriplegic faces the same issues despite how
they became a quadriplegic. Why should some people who sustain the
same injuries receive compensation and others receive nothing?
If New Zealand can, despite its economic problems, continue to
fund a ‘Universal No Fault Compensation scheme’, why
can’t the Australian government during an economic boom, pass
the necessary legislation to ensure that all Australians who sustain
a profound disability as a result of an injury, receive compensation
despite the manner in which they have sustained that injury?
|Kenneth Davidson’s article ‘Coalition
Failed Attempt To Destroy The Unions – The Age (24/12)’
– raises important questions about the role unions play in 21st
century Western society. The 19th century attitudes embodied in Howard’s
WorkChoices legislation may have fitted neatly into the Liberal Party’s
ideological framework but it did not reflect reality. Unions ceased
to pose a challenge to capitalism decades ago. They are an integral
and necessary component of 21st century capitalism.
Post modern unions manage labour for capital; they do not pose
a threat to capitalism. Strong unions ensure that any attempts to
create alternative workplace organisations which pose a threat to
capitalism are stillborn. Unions are not interested in taking over
the means of production, distribution and exchange; they understand
their survival is dependent on the survival of employers. Unions
and employers are mutually dependent organisations that need each
other to survive.
Labor governments understand the best way to manage labour is to
allow unions to represent workers within a legal framework that
limits the activities they are able to pursue to look after their
members interests. The Australian trade union movement has never
been able to exercise the power exercised by European industry based
unions. Their structures limit them to looking after the workplace
needs of their members. They have never posed a real challenge to
government, let alone capitalism.
Governments like the Rudd Labor government, which deal with reality
not ideological fantasies, are more likely to treat unions as partners,
not enemies, as they attempt to use what little power they are able
to exercise through Parliament to protect the people they represent
from the worst excesses of capitalism.
|ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
|Q. Is Brutality An Innate Human Characteristic?
|A. Trawling through
the available historical records, it is easy to assume brutality is
an innate human characteristic. Page after page tells the story of
how human beings have found the most abhorrent methods to slaughter
each other. If it’s true that human beings are genetically destined
to slaughter each other in the most gruesome ways possible, there
is no point trying to create that new world in our hearts.
On taking a more sober look at what can only be described as scenes
from Dante’s inferno one given crops up over and over again.
Hierarchy seems to be the one common denominator in the history
of human brutality. The greater the concentration of power, the
greater the carnage. Genghis Khan, Pol Pot, Hitler, Stalin and a
thousand and one other leaders in the carnival of horrors that denotes
human history, were able to achieve their goals because they were
able to exercise absolute power.
Anarchists understand the same person can be guilty of some of
the most monstrous acts as well as act in the most humane manner
possible. We understand that all human beings are fallible. Whether
we act in a monstrous or in a humane way is largely determined by
the type of society we live in - the more hierarchical the chain
of command, the greater the possibility that individuals will carry
out the most monstrous acts for the glory of God, King and country.
The more debate, the less hierarchy, the fewer divisions in society,
the less likely a culture of obedience will dominate the individual’s
ability to make informed rational choices when given insane orders
to carry out monstrous acts.
Anarchism is the only human philosophy that recognises putting
your faith in a ruler is lunacy. We have no faith in human nature
because we understand as social animals human nature is moulded
by the circumstances we find ourselves in. That is why as a political
and social movement anarchists attempt to create a society where
no individual is able to exercise institutional power over other
individuals, let alone a group or a nation State. Anarchists want
to create a non hierarchical society to prevent the Hitlers and
Pol Pots of the world using the power they are able to exercise
in a hierarchical society to impose their will on the people they
|‘TIS THE TIME TO BE RADICAL
| Happy the Rudd Labor government has turfed out
the neo conservatives from office? Decided to hang up your activist
shingle and wait for the Labor party to deliver the goods? Unfortunately,
going by the history of the Labor Party when it exercised power in
its previous guises, little changed. Sorry, I am wrong, a lot changed.
The labor movement and radical activists, lulled into a false sense
of security because their team had won the parliamentary pennant,
allowed legislation to go through Parliament that increased the power
exercised by those who own the means of production, distribution and
exchange. Think I am making it up, have a look at all those pro corporate
capitalist laws that passed through Parliament during the time Hawke
and Keating steered the good ship Australia.
Kevin and his parliamentary colleagues are not as transparent as
the Hawke and Keating mob. I expect a lot of rhetoric to put that
10% of the population that toys with radical alternatives to be
put off guard, but do not expect the rhetoric to be put into practise.
Poor old Peter Garrett has found that exercising power is not all
it is cracked up to be when you are a member of a political party
that only pursues policies that are acceptable to the puppet masters.
Don’t put away your radical shingle. Right now is the time
to rattle the cage, not go to sleep. If you do not do it, who else
will? You may be one of the 95% of radical activist who kept their
powder dry during the election campaign because you wanted to see
the back of Howard and the miserable cowardly bunch of men and women
who couldn’t even challenge Howard to save themselves. Well
they are gone – what are you waiting for – the new bunch
of neo conservatives mouthing Labor Party rhetoric to do the job
for you? Of course they are not going to do your job for you. The
very best time to launch into radical activity in Australia is when
the Labor Party exercises power at both the Federal and State level.
Nothing will change unless you drive that desire for change. The
Labor Party has always been a more effective bulwark against change
than the conservatives because radical activists tend to take a
holiday when the Labor Party is in office, keeping their energy
for the next conservative government.
It wasn’t Rudd’s slick ‘Johnny come lately’
election campaign that decapitated Howard; it was people like you
and me who through our activities over the past 11 years laid the
groundwork for the election of a Labor government. Whether we see
or don’t see radical egalitarian change during Rudd’s
term in office is dependent on radical activists keeping the pressure
on the Labor government. Rudd is off and running spruiking his pro
corporate message - we need to be off and running, placing barriers
in the Labor Party’s way.
If you take that extended holiday from political activity you have
being thinking about because of wall to wall Labor governments in
Australia, you only have yourself to blame when you are trying to
pull out the knives they have driven into you back. - ‘Tis
The Time To Be Radical, Not The Time To Be Jolly – (Apologies
|AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
|THE SOCIAL QUESTIONS COMMITTEE
| In 1905 Melbourne anarchists and socialists formed
the Social Questions Committee to highlight the plight of the unemployed
in Melbourne. In an era when social security benefits did not exist,
the only option the unemployed had was to throw themselves at the
mercy of charitable institutions. These institutions distributed what
little they had set aside for the unemployed to the ‘deserving’
poor. The ‘deserving’ poor were those poor souls who were
willing to jump through the hoops the churches put in their way to
receive the sustenance they needed to keep body and soul together.
In 1906 Tom Mann the driving force behind the Socialist Party organised
a group of radicals to bring the plight of the unemployed to the
notice of the community. Chummy Fleming – the Melbourne anarchist
who had been a thorn in the establishment’s side for over
3 decades – took a prominent role in the organisation. On
the 4th of June 1906 several hundred unemployed activists began
a campaign that scandalised Melbourne. Every Sunday, after informing
a specific church of their intentions, several hundred unemployed
crowed into the church to make their point.
‘Polite’ Melbourne society, faced with the spectre
of the unemployed and radical activist polluting church pews, where
suitably scandalised. Matters came to a head when the unemployed
attended the Presbyterian Scots Church in Collins Street on Sunday
the 17th of June 1906. Dr. Marshall – the preacher –
walked out of the service mid sentence when Chummy Fleming cried
“Hear, Hear” when Dr. Marshall declared “if there
was no life after death there would be contempt for all authority”.
This statement acted as a signal for the demonstrators to vent their
feelings on a preacher who by the cold nature of his sermon had
demonstrated he had no empathy for the unemployed.
The Sunday church demonstrations soon had the desired effect. A
problem that had been ignored for so long soon became a major topic
in the city’s major newspapers – The Age and The Argus.
Once again, a small group of radicals was instrumental in highlighting
an issue that would have continued to be ignored by the public,
media and government if a few hundred unemployed and radical activists
had not decided to invade Melbourne’s churches to bring the
plight of the unemployed to the public’s attention.
The Labor Party, true to form in 1906 as it is demonstrating a
century later in 2007, washed their hands of the whole affair declaring:-
“The people who are most prominent in the disturbance, although
a few are members of our branches, are really not acting in the
interest of the Labor Party, but are injuring it more than our greatest
SOURCE OF ARTICLE:- Radical Melbourne – A
Secret History. Jell Sparrow and Jill Sparrow. The Vulgar Press
| BOOK REVIEW
|‘NEMESIS – The Last Days Of The American
|Chalmers Johnson, Scribe Melbourne 2007, 1st Published
in the USA in 2006 Henry Holt ISBN 97819 21215766
| Republic to dictatorship – the parallels
between the American republic and the Roman republic are teased out
by Chalmers Johnson in his attempt to justify his premise that American
imperialism is the driving force behind the transformation of the
American republic into a dictatorship. The secretive US military industrial
complex looms large in Johnson’s analysis.
In chapter after chapter, he records how an insular republic has
been transformed into the greatest imperial power of the 21st century.
Using the rhetoric of freedom and liberty, the American imperial
agenda has subverted its original republican leanings. The main
weakness in Johnson’s central argument is that imperialism
is a relatively new phase of the American republic. The American
dream was built on the blood and bones of indigenous Americans.
Imperialism has always been the favourite fuel of the American republic;
initially on the American continent, now around the world.
Although America’s direct intervention in Iraq has put a
speed bump or two in the way of the American imperial juggernaut,
it has not stopped it. Rome had its professional legions and its
all powerful praetorian guard. America has the nuclear bomb at its
disposal. It is ironic that despite all the rhetoric about the Evil
Soviet Empire, the American republic is the only nation State that
has used the nuclear bomb on civilian populations, not once but
twice. Johnson suggests the increasing financial burdens of empire
could result in the end of constitutional government in America.
He believes that the only way to keep constitutional government
is for America to give up its empire. He cites the British example
as the template for the survival of American democracy.
Johnson is far too optimistic in his assessment. The US didn’t
cease to be a democracy in the last few years; it ceased to be a
democracy soon after it won its independence from the British in
1776. Imperialism is the logical end product of the American dream.
Technological innovation has given the US the power to turn its
dream into reality. The by-products of the same technological innovations
that have fuelled the military industrial complex, not financial
ruin or military defeat, will eventually destroy the military machine
that has allowed the US to become an imperial power.
Would I spend AUD$35.00 buying ‘Nemesis’, I doubt it.
Are the ideas outlined in ‘Nemesis’ new? No! What Johnson
has successfully done is put these ideas in an easily digestible
350 pages - actually 279 pages. The rest of the 350 pages are filled
with extensive well referenced notes and a useful index.
Thanks To Brian From Melbourne For Lending Me His Copy Of ‘Nemesis’
‘Nemesis – In Greek mythology the Goddess of retribution
who punishes human transgression of the natural, right order of
things and the arrogance that causes it’
|Finding myself on the Mornington Peninsula with
tens of thousands of other refugees from the unbearable heat in Melbourne,
I made a beeline for the patches of virgin bush that still exist on
the bay. I didn’t want to pitch up a tent or even wallow in
the shallows with the wall to wall humanity crowding Melbourne’s
beaches; I was more interested in the tangled mass of vegetation that
still exists on the Peninsula. Buffeted by constant winds, the trees
on the Peninsula don’t resemble their proud city cousins who
stand erect in man made avenues of honour.
Their twisted, gnarled branches live in harmony with a profusion
of plants and shrubs that spring from the sandy soil. The tangled
mess provides shelter for a myriad of life forms and holds the soil
together as the relentless waves pound rocks into fine grains of
Just in case you are thinking I’m about to launch into one
of those ‘how wonderful nature is’ dissertations, I’m
afraid you are wrong. My thoughts about the bush on the Mornington
Peninsula were more pedestrian and utilitarian than any lofty thoughts
about the wonders of nature. If I attempt to pick a path through
the thick underbrush and avoid the nettles and wear strong boots,
have a machete in one hand, and ignore the plague of mosquitoes
and flies, I reckon I could travel 200 metres through the bush in
30 minutes or so; I could do a kilometre in possibly an hour or
I’m not talking about walking down the bitumen highway or
some sandy track. I can understand why the first European settlement
in 1803 at Sorrento was such a dismal failure. After 6 months of
swatting flies, Lieutenant Collins and his soldiers and convicts
packed their ship and moved across to Tasmania to establish a European
beachhead in Hobart. The Tasmanian Aborigines loss was the Kulin
nation’s gain around future Melbourne town. While the Tasmanians
were slaughtered to the point of extinction in less than 30 years,
the Victorian Aborigines had the pleasure of seeing vibrant dynamic
tribal groups reduced to lifeless remnants by European introduced
diseases that had spread from sealer camps on the Victorian coast
and Sydney, to kill over 80% of the Victorian population, while
their brothers and sisters were slaughtered in Tasmania.
Now this sad tale brings me to the point of my little story. When
Tunnerminnerwait, Maulboyheenner, Planobeena, Truganini and Pyterruner
launched their attack on the settlers in Dandenong and the Mornington
Peninsula in 1841, they were travelling up to 50 kilometres a day
through the impenetrable scrub in bare feet, carrying their supplies
and guns with them. You and I at a pinch could travel maybe 5 or
6 kilometres a day, as long as we have got the Aeroguard and can
make a pit stop or two at Maccas to recharge the batteries, have
a cold shower or two and drink cold water out of the esky. If the
police were chasing us on their trial bikes, I reckon we would have
thrown in the towel in a day or so ago.
Looking at the terrain first hand gave me an invaluable insight
into what remarkable, resourceful and tough people this little group
of freedom fighters were.
|ANYONE FOR A GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH OR POSSIBLY
| Seamus Bradley’s article on the evolution
of what can only be described as the most boring republic in one of
the most languid articles in the Sunday Age in 2007 – ‘A
Call To Armchairs (30/12)’ does raise the serious question about
whether Australia actually needs a Head of State. Apart from dismissing
the odd legally elected government from office, the Australian Head
of State seems to have what can only be described as a dream ceremonial
job. When Billy Hayden was asked what the most memorable part of being
an Australian Head of State was, he replied being able to call the
chef at 4.00am for a grilled cheese sandwich.
Considering the effort and expense that is required to keep the
Governor General’s retinue in lamingtons – (The lamington
is an Australian concoction developed by a French chef working for
the Queensland Governor Lord Lamington (1895 – 1901) who,
faced with a dearth of ingredients when asked by the Governor to
rustle up some cakes with the cucumber sandwiches for afternoon
tea, whisked up the lamington – a desert that puts Australia’s
other famous or should I say infamous dessert the ‘pavlova’
to shame) and the poor value for money that Australians receive
for their ‘investment’ at both the State and Federal
level, the time has come to democratise the position, instead of
continuing to allow the Prime Minister and the State Premiers to
appoint the Governor General and the State Governors.
Instead of going to all the trouble of electing a Head of State
who would soon exercise the authority of a de facto President, it
is time that each and every Australian citizen had an equal chance
of becoming a State Governor or a Governor General. This could be
done simply. Each year the Australian Electoral Commission could
hold a Federal lottery and State lotteries that would choose 52
lucky citizens at the State and Federal level who would act as Governor
General or State Governor for a week. What could be more democratic
The Athenians choose their representatives by lot; what is to stop
Australians using one of the most popular national pastimes - the
humble lottery – to give 364 lucky Australians the opportunity
to gorge themselves at taxpayers expense on cheese sandwiches and
lamingtons for a week while they cut the occasional ceremonial ribbon.
|Joseph TOSCANO / Libertarian Workers For A Self-Managed
|ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE EUREKA AUSTRALIA DAY MEDAL
2007 - CITATION
|Doreen Burrow is a political social and community
activist who lives in Wollongong NSW. She became an activist when
her husband was killed in a mining accident in the mid 1950’s.
Over the last 50 years she has been involved in numerous campaigns
to assist the dispossessed, the marginalised and the exploited. A
member of the Australian Communist Party she, unlike many of her political
colleagues, has continued to be active despite the collapse of the
Communist Party in Australia. A woman of great courage and determination
now in her 80’s, she continues to be involved in the struggle
to make government accountable to the people and ensure the commonwealth
is used for the common good.
|Death is everywhere; It is the daily diet of everyone
No one can escape it, Black as night, blood takes over
Anyone will spill it at any time, It is own daily existence,
Death can speak, In student tones to all our members –
Sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, in-laws
It will descend on them, not let up
To live is to die, we, all of us, have to come
To terms with death, our deaths, our relatives
If can happen singly or en masse, it’s not our decision
To cope with death around us, we live superficially
We don’t cry anymore, every minute we’re at risk
We don’t talk about it when it happens to our family
A shrug of the shoulders is our only response
We’re only quarter living, we have to go on
That way, we exist till our final number comes up
And blood whether a river or a will overflows us
Agents of deaths are never very far way from us
With their bombs, shells, rockets, bullets, bulldozers
A necessary array in a sense, since their military armaments is financed
totally by the most powerful nation in the world.
P.S. 92 Palestinian children died this year, mainly shot
- by Stephen Roberts
– no Israeli child dead.
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|LEST WE FORGET
|TUNNERMINNERWAIT & MAULBOYHEENNER COMMEMORATIONS
|MIDDAY - SUNDAY 20th of JANUARY 2008
|Corner Franklin and Bowen
Streets, Melbourne - (Opposite City Baths)
JOIN US AND MARK THE 166TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PUBLIC EXECUTION OF
THE INDIGENOUS FREEDOM FIGHTERS TUNNERMINNERWAIT AND MAULBOYHEENNER
– The first two people executed
in Victoria on the 20th of January 1942
|LEST WE FORGET
|TUNNERMINNERWAIT & MAULBOYHEENNER SAGA
|A 36-page account of one of the most remarkable
stories in Australian history. Relive the events that resulted in
the execution of the indigenous freedom fighters Tunnerminnerwait
& Maulboyheenner in Melbourne Australia in 1842. This is a story
about passion, love, resistance against all the odds, freedom, vengeance
Published by the Anarchist Media Institute, Written by Dr. Joseph
TOSCANO EAM, this booklet will be launched at the Tunnerminnerwait
& Maulboyheenner Commemorations in Melbourne on the 20th of
Order your copy today – send 20 x 50cent stamps to:
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|WEEK SEVENTY FIVE –
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|DIRECT DEMOCRACY NOT PARLIAMENTARY RULE
|Want to publicly raise alternatives to parliamentary
Are you sick and tired of giving parliamentary representatives a signed
blank cheque when you vote?
Then join Direct Democracy activists at vigils they will be holding
around Melbourne to promote:-
THE POWER OF RECALL – Electors
having the constitutional right to recall parliamentary representatives
in between elections
CITIZENS INITIATED REFERENDUMS –
The people having the power to initiate constitutional change through
DIRECT DEMOCRACY – Electing
delegates with limited mandates, to co-ordinate decisions that have
been made by the people, not electing representatives to make decisions
(We Currently Have 122 Paid Up Members)
DIRECT DEMOCRACY NOT PARLIAMENTARY RULE
|Written and Authorised by Dr. Joseph TOSCANO
Level 1 / 21 Smith Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
P.O. Box 5035, Alphington 3078, Melbourne AUSTRALIA
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|ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
|The business as usual approach pursued by the Rudd
|THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
|“Governments Come And Go, Capitalism’s
Grip On Life Never Weakens”
|– Joseph TOSCANO – JANUARY 2008
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|WRITE TO AKIN SARI TODAY!
|Akin Sari pleaded guilty to a number of charges
stemming from the G20 protests in Melbourne in Nov 2006 in the Melbourne’s
Magistrate Court on Thursday 18th Oct 2007. He was arrested in Sydney
on the 6th Sept 2007 for breaching his bail conditions. It’s
ironic that AKIN SARI who was granted asylum by the Australian government
as a political refugee for his political activities in Turkey, will
now rot in an Aust jail till the 2nd Feb 2008 when he’ll be
sentenced in the Victorian County Court.
Please send AKIN SARI A POSTCARD OR LETTER OF
AKIN SARI, c/- Melbourne Remand Centre
P.O. BOX 500, St. Albans 3021
|ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS – (ATNTF)
| The US' Environmental Protection Agency has stopped
several state govts from adopting stricter laws against greenhouse
gas emissions. In 02 California passed a law requiring car manufacturers
to gradually increase the fuel efficiency of their products. Under
the law, manufacturers would have until 2020 to produce cars with
an average fuel efficiency of 44 miles per gallon. The law has been
adopted by 12 other states. However it is not in practice anywhere,
since the EPA has refused to give permission for it to be enforced.
The California state govt is now suing the Fed govt in an attempt
to have the law enforced. (The Guardian [UK])
The US Dept of Justice has been accused of ignoring crimes committed
by US contractors in Iraq, incl the gang rape & imprisonment
of a woman. Jamie Leigh Jones said she was drugged & gang-raped
inside Baghdad's Green Zone while she was working for KBR, the Pentagon's
largest private contractor in Iraq. After she reported the crime
to an Army doctor, "KBR security then took me to a trailer
& then locked me in a room with two armed guards outside my
door...I was imprisoned in the trailer for approx a day. One of
the guards finally had mercy & let me use a phone." Ms
Jones said she knew of at least 11 other women who were raped by
US contractors in Iraq. However Democrat Robert Conyers said the
US Dept of Justice "can't even give us 1 eg of a prosecution
where the victim was a civilian contractor employee in Iraq."
Food prices are set to rise around the globe, with climate change
making it harder for the world's poorest people to get adequate
food, acc to a new report. The Washington-based International Food
Policy Research Institute said food prices, which have been falling
steadily for decades, will rise for the forseeable future. Although
1 factor in the increase is higher food consumption in countries
such as India & China, rising global temps are another. The
report said hunger & malnutrition could rise as poor agricultural
communities most sensitive to the environment, such as in Africa,
are hurt. The world's agricultural production is projected to decrease
by 16% by 2020 due to global warming, the report said, with land
used for certain crops shrinking. For eg, it said land to grow wheat
could almost disappear in Africa. (Time magazine [US])
A judge has described an impact statement from a victim of child
sexual abuse as a "waste of time", & accused the victim
of receiving "illicit pleasure", before declining to jail
his abuser. Judge Michael Kelly said the victim, who was 13 when
he was assaulted by a 24yo man, "wouldn't have done well in
a British public school in the 30s". The abuse continued for
2.5yrs. The judge added "the majority of people who suffer
this kind of incident at some stage in their life simply get over
it & think no more of it", & that perpetrator &
victim had "both...acquired illicit pleasure." The victim
said "me & my family all thought he was on that bloke's
side, just the way he talked." In ‘98 Judge Kelly declined
to jail a man who had pleaded guilty to trying to establish a child
sex ring in Africa, sending letters to people there explaining how
they could "train little girls" as young as 4 to have
sex. (Herald Sun)
QUOTE OF THE MOMENT: "Govt,
in it's last analysis, is organized force." Woodrow Wilson.
|ATNTF weekly anarchist news report www.apolitical.info
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