NEWSLETTER OF THE MELBOURNE ANARCHIST COMMUNIST GROUP
Vol 2, No 5 Feb 2010 Free
STOP THE GENOCIDE
The Northern Territory Intervention, the so-called “emergency response” to a reportinto child sexual abuse in NT Aboriginalcommunities, is nearly three years old. Itis a bipartisan policy of the “Labor” Partyand the Liberals, introduced by Howardand continued by Rudd. It is not, andnever was, about child abuse.The NT Intervention comprises ninemeasures, the most prominent of thembeing:* Compulsory acquisition of Aboriginalland in targeted communities;* Compulsory control of Centrelinkbenefits of people in the targetedAboriginal communities; and* Imposition of Government BusinessManagers to control targeted Aboriginalcommunities.To achieve this, and the other measures,the Racial Discrimination Act wassuspended. This is as clear an admissionof racial discrimination that you can getfrom any modern government.
ack to Paternalism
The NT Intervention marks a policy turnof historic proportions for Australiancapitalism. A decisive fraction of theruling class has abandoned itsinconsistent and often tokenisticsupport for indigenous self-determination. It is now driving hard atre-introducing the long-discreditedpolicy of paternalism and assimilation.Land rights and native title have failedto produce a class of capitalistAboriginal entrepreneurs. Instead,underfunding and racist contempt havecreated communities, especiallyaround township camps, where manyAboriginal people have neither afunctioning traditional culture nor theresources to prosper in white society.The capitalist class has concluded thatAboriginal people can't manage their own affairs, so they have to have whitepeople control them again “for their own good”. And what is good for themis (according to them) assimilation, tobecome absorbed into white capitalistsociety and live just like white people.
A Racist Intervention
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DEFEND THE FERTILITYCONTROL CLINIC
The presence of clinic defenders keepsthe anti-abortionists away from the clinic,so that staff and clients can enter andleave, and people can walk the street,free from their harassment. Defendingthe clinic is still an important part of thebattle to decriminalise abortion and makeit freely accessible, on demand, to allwomen.Organised by Campaign for Women'sReproductive Rights. For moreinformation, or to get involved in CWRR,contact Radical Women on 03 9388 0062.
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The unions, and all working classorganisations, need to come together todenounce the NT Intervention as the racistatrocity it is, and fight to end it. In thecourse of this struggle, we can develop atrue movement of reconciliation. We canbuild a society which recognises landrights, and abolishes both wage labour andreal estate. We can have a revolution.
END THE NORTHERNTERRITORYINTERVENTION
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What is Anarchism?
Anarchism is a social philosophybased upon the principles of liberty, equality and solidarity. It isthe political dimension of a freesociety.
What is Communism?
Communism is the principle of "from each according to their ability, to each according to their need". It is the economicdimension of a free society.
What is the Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group?
The MACG is an organisation of class struggle revolutionaryanarchists who share politicalpositions, articulated in theory,strategy and tactics.We aim to encourage struggle bythe working class for its owninterests and, within that struggle,we aim to advance Anarchistideas as its necessaryphilosophical basis.