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The Freedom Forum - includes discussion of new Bill designed to erode civil rights
The Freedom Forum in Australia

Electronic frontiers - freedom of speech
Electronic Frontiers Freedom of Speech

Australian Daily Issues Paper
Australian Daily Issues Paper

Port Arthur Massacre (Conspiracy theory)
Joe Vialls investigates - Port Arthur massacre
Ned's website about the Port Arthur Massacre
Ned's home page

Pauline Hansons One Nation Party
One Nation's website

Aboriginal Issues
Aboriginal Koori website

Immigration and population control in Australia
"Australia's resident population at June 1999 was just under 19 million, an increase of 1.3% over the previous year."...source Australian Bureau of Statistics
Population Control website
Australian Immigration Minister's website
Australian Bureau of Statistics
ANU reporter report on population controversy

Globalisation and the MAI
MAI and globalisation - Aussie web site

Gays, Lesbians and the Church (Australian debates)
Christian Democrats - outspoken against homosexuality
Anglican Media Sydney - New report includes essay "Archbishop Carnley's contribution is a chapter on same-gender" friendships. He calls on all, 'to come to a deeper appreciation of the rich spiritual value of genuine friendship and of its importance to being authentically human."
Bishop's veil of tears (article "The Australian")
Upbeat article compares hazards of smoking to homosexuality
Gay activists protests Sydney Archbishop
Archbishop Won't Oppose Sydney Mardi Gras
Sydney Mardi Gras
West Australian Lesbian and Gay Pride
Morning Show ABC Gay Pride - Summary:

Perth City Council has decided not to sponsor the Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade sparking claims that the council is homophobic. Justine Kelly reports.

The Australian League of Rights
The Australian League of Rights

Adelaide Institute - Controversial Australian website examining holocaust and other semetic links
Dr Fredrick Toben's controversial Adelaide Institute website
Revisionist website
Anti-Semitism Worldwide-Australia 1997/8
Free speech row on Holocaust
Resource for Jewish History
Push to free jailed Holocaust revisionist
David Irving speaks about Dr Fredrick Tobens arrest

Womens issues - domestic violence, etc.
Australian feminist website
Bunny's feminist resources

Opposition to GE Foods and Food Irradiation
Genethics - Australian website
Stop food Irradiation Website (Australia)
GE food in Australia and related articles
Food irradiation information

Growing Rift between rich and poor in Australia
Accoss website with information about the growing rift between rich and poor in Australia

Reconciliation in Australia between Europeans and Aboriginals
Reconciliation website
Apology Australia
Reconciliation: Has non-indigenous Australia done enough?

Live sheep and cattle trade
People Against Cruelty in Animal Transport

The Environment
Australian Conservation Foundation

Women allowed in combat roles in the Army's front line
In a recent debate between a feminist and an RSL representative on TV, it was stated women would have trouble in the front lines because they couldn't urinate standing up while on patrol etc. Women would have to stop and "adjust their clothing".
An article written in the Australian newspaper by MATT SUN concerning women in the front lines 14may01 .
This article says a three-year study conducted by the army's directorate of career management has concluded that women are ready for battle in the front line. According to senior defence sources, the report states there is no medical reason why women should be excluded from combat roles. If the proposal is adopted, women will be allowed to serve as combat soldiers, provided they meet the physical standards. Currently, women are banned from carrying out combat duties and only carry weapons for self defence. Women are also currently not allowed to serve in the Australian infantry or armour during wartime. Only five other countries, the US, Canada, Holland, Norway and Israel, allow women to serve as combat soldiers. About 7000 women make up 13 per cent of the Australian military. One in five new recruits is female.

"One night, probably in 1880, John Swinton, then the preeminent New York journalist, was the guest of honour at a banquet given him by the leaders of his craft. Someone who knew neither the press nor Swinton offered a toast to the independent press. Swinton outraged his colleagues by replying:
"There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it.
There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and 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 twenty-four 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, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread.
You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press?
We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes."

(Source: Labor's Untold Story, by Richard O. Boyer and Herbert M. Morais, published by United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America, NY, 1955/1979.)

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