Academic journal article Hecate

Editorial

Academic journal article Hecate

Editorial

Article excerpt

"World Expo '88" opened in April in Brisbane. When the Aboriginal demonstrations around Expo began to become more militant in early May, Ahern the new Queensland Premier commented: "We're not going to have our state during our World Expo used for this purpose, with people having property taken over and their persons put at risk."

Ahern's "us" is those with the power and the wealth in this society. Aboriginal people have had their whole country taken over, and their persons are daily at risk in this system's jails and watchhouses, which overflow with those who cannot pay fines for trivial offences, while the rich get richer. The Bicentenary `celebrations' with which Expo intersects, embody the same maintenance of power and control, the same exploitation and oppression. $284m have been spent by the Federal and NSW governments (including $7m on Aboriginal Bicentennial projects -- a poor substitute for land rights).

The Hawke government's concept of the "national interest" is being increasingly used to provide ideological justification for a range of attacks and cuts. These actions by a supposedly Labor government are contributing to an increasingly right wing climate in which women's rights are now under further assault. In the NSW upper house, a motion condemning abortion has been passed, foreshadowing a Bill that provides for up to 10 years jail for women, allows parents or the state to claim compensation for intentional or accidental injury, and husbands to sue their wives. …

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