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The MIA: Australia (1995-1998)
- Lenin and the Australian Labor Party
- Roger Clarke continues a debate, 10 March 1995. Part of a
discussion of the basic character of the ALP Left.
- Friends of East Timor (WA) has just concluded a
meeting which condemns the security treaty to be signed in Jakarta
- 17 December 1995. Media Release.
- Juvenile Aboriginal detention a key human rights
- From Amnesty International News Service, 20 January 1996.
- Oz election: we got slaughtered
- By Andrew Casey, 4 March 1996. A labor activist assesses the end
of the era of compromise.
- Policies brought Labor's election defeat
- Editorial in The Guardian, 6 March
1996. Factors which brought about the defeat of the Labor
Party Government last weekend: the right-wing policies of the
Hawke and Keating leaderships; the success of the Liberal-National
Party Coalition leadership in giving the appearance of moving
to the middle-ground; an electoral system which produces an
- Timor not decisive in Australia's UN debacle
- 22 October 1996. Two press reports on reasons for Australia's
failure to gain a seat on the United Nations Security Council.
- Australian Hands Off PNG!
- Editorial from the Militant, 7 April
1997. Papua New Guinea PM Julius Chan looks to Australia to prop
up his increasingly isolated government.
- A just republic, not just a republic
- From the Committee for a Just Republic, 14 May 1997. Re government's
call for a Constittutional Convention for December 1997, to consider
head of state issue, but here a call for a wider
reconsideration of the Australian constitution.
- Siege at women's prison
- From Prison Privatisation Report International, 22 May 1997.
- Ratbags in the ranks: Hanson, the Coalition and
the Far Right
- By Norm Dixon, Green Left Weekly,
[30 July 1997]. The election of Pauline Hanson as independent
member for the Labor seat of Oxley at the last federal election
was unexpected. Hanson was the unremarkable Liberal candidate
until her public expression of anti-Aboriginal racism.
- One Nation members must be charged
- The Deaths In Custody Watch Committee media release, 10 November
1997. Use of right wing tactics by One Nation Party.
- Govt confirms soldiers being trained for
- From David Isenberg, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 4 December
1997. Government resorts to training wharfie mercenaries in Dubai
to break Maritime Union.
- Australian Gov't Tries To Gut Aboriginal Rights
- By Bob Aiken and Ron Poulsen, in the Militant,
15 December 1997. John Howard government abridgement of Aborigine Land
Title rights. National Farmers Federation and the Australian Labor
- Global labour groups mobilise against Australia's
government-backed union-busting plans
- From the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, ICFTU OnLine..., 4 February 1998. Big business, led
by the National Farmers' Federation (NFF) in league with government to
crush Australia's labor movement.
- Australia govt sees election plus from waterfront
- By Jane Nelson, Reuters, 4 February 1998. John Howard government figures
it can gain politically by launching an attack on labor.
- Australia's selfhood vanishes in the market
- By Kenneth Davidson, in The Age, 5 February
1998. Suggests the republican constitutional movement aiming at
Australian sovereignty may in fact facilitate subjection to global
- Australia's reputation sullied by recent union-busting
- International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, ICFTU OnLine, 30 June 1998. Australia's
reputation as a country which respects internationally recognised
core labour standards has been sullied by the country's recent
union-busting measures, which climaxed with crude union-busting
attempts on Australia's dock workers.