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The Australian/NZ/Pacific libertarian/anarchist movements

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The Australian/NZ/Pacific libertarian/anarchist movements

Can anyone give me a quick run-down? (and anyone else looking?)

Cos we know almost nothing. My knowledge is this:

- supersize my pay in NZ, which seems fucking great

- a couple of anarchosyndicalist groups in Oz that don't get on

- a couple of squat/direct actiony collectives in Oz

And I'm not really sure what the Pacific Islands are... They include the Philippines? In which case some EF! type groups...

And that's it. Any info/analysis/comments appreciated!

john

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Mar 21 2006 10:15

Hi all.

I think over the last 5 years the most interesting formations have been

Mutiny ( sydney)

Treason (canberra)

Disobediance ( Melbourne)

They have varied a lot in activity but generally they are/were loose groupings commited to direct action and a pretty wide anti-authoritarian praxis. The dominant influences would be elements of the Sits, ultra-left, anarcho and autonomisty stuff. they were pretty much given the cold shoulder by the more traditional capital A types. Oh anti-war stuff was often a focus

Pre-dating them was a collective in Wollongong ( a small industrial city) called Revolutionary Action. Almost totally overlooked by people in the big cities, it is amoungts the best things that i every was involved in. It formed pre-Seatle with a wide libertarian socialist orientation and then become a hot house for intellectual development, was crucial in the promotion of numerous direct action struggles, no border actions, work place stuff , free parties etc. Its effects in wollongong are still felt - to the point where the default position for young radicals is an open libertarian one. Ex-members are currentlt working on a new formation

there were also interesting developments amoungst people who broke from a student union faction called Left alliance. The Libertarian Communist Collective - come - Red and Black was one of the first formations that spread autonomist ideas....except for small groups of melbourne comrades ..

there are some bookshops too

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Mutiny ( sydney)

Treason (canberra)

Disobediance ( Melbourne)

They have varied a lot in activity but generally they are/were loose groupings commited to direct action and a pretty wide anti-authoritarian praxis.

Right so do you mean like EF!/RTS or PGA-type stuff then?

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I think all of them were influenced by those formations but are not directly comparable.... the Woomera ( refuge camp) break out was a high point for many

cheers

Dave

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you can find some links here:

http://anarchy.org.au/?page_id=4

"- supersize my pay in NZ, which seems fucking great"

i'm from melbourne, so... i'm sure kakariki would know more.

"- a couple of anarchosyndicalist groups in Oz that don't get on"

anarcho-syndicalist network (asn) sydney: publishes zine called rebel worker every few months and also sparks, for transport workers (i think)

anarcho-syndicalist federation (asf) melbourne: ?

also iww sydney and melbourne

"- a couple of squat/direct actiony collectives in Oz"

? suwa show in melbourne broadcasting for 20 yrs, various org squats, some social centres, in both melb + syd over past decade (...)

lotsa other things

takver has some history at his site:

http://www.takver.com/history/index.htm

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Mar 21 2006 21:20

I know the Anarchosyndicalist Federation (Eastern Suburbs Wing) split up, not sure about the North East or whatever the other one was...

And as I've been learning here, there is some sort of low-key anarcho-communist group in Melbourne... a lot of the presence seems to be largely internet-based these days (in Melbourne) but I won't speak for the other states

From my memory in high school days, it was organisations like Resistance (Reds?) that pushed the revolutionary stuff to the youth... @ndy probably has more knowledge of said group than I

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aketus wrote:
And as I've been learning here, there is some sort of low-key anarcho-communist group in Melbourne...

Yeah I met like 2 or 3 of them who came to the UK and did some talks, interesting stuff going on there by the sounds of it.

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aketus wrote:
I know the Anarchosyndicalist Federation (Eastern Suburbs Wing) split up, not sure about the North East or whatever the other one was...

And as I've been learning here, there is some sort of low-key anarcho-communist group in Melbourne... a lot of the presence seems to be largely internet-based these days (in Melbourne) but I won't speak for the other states

From my memory in high school days, it was organisations like Resistance (Reds?) that pushed the revolutionary stuff to the youth... @ndy probably has more knowledge of said group than I

Re ASF: as far as i'm aware, there's currently one group in the 'federation'. The mob out east died soon after they was born. Dunno why; might've had something to do with members' travel + work commitments. (Never having been a member of the ASF, it would prob be best if someone who is to outline the group's recent activities.)

Re MAC-G: they (viz, Dimitri) has posted a number of announcements from the MAC-G on libcom. They formed in November 2004, and announced this fact in March 2005 at the @ conference in Melbourne.

(Btw, there's been five of these in the last five yrs: Melbourne 2001, Sydney 2002, Brisbane 2003, Perth 2004, Melbourne 2005.)

Re Resistance: pffft. Anarchist orgs have been 'pushing the revolutionary stuff on da yoof' for yrs... *Activate* was a zine aimed esp at yoof; i reckon there's been literally hundreds of (other) @ zines doing this for yrs...

Basically, there's been lotsa stuff goin' on... the 'Melbourne Anarchist Club' is one of the more exciting projects i is involved in.... ignorance of the lore is, however, a reasonable excuse.

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as for anarchy-kinda conferences

Liberty, Autonomy & Solidarity ( Wollongong 2001)

States of Emergency ( melbourne 2004)

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Anarchist groups and groups that have high anarchist involvement currently active in Aotearoa (hopefully should get them all, might miss some though):

Auckland

Auckland Animal Action - (animal rights)

Class War - (very small)

Blackcat - (mostly defunct except for their website)

Radical Youth - (huge, very active! heavily involved in the SuperSizeMyPay campaign of the Unite! union)

Cherry Bomb Comics - (anarcha-feminist infoshop)

Radio Chomsky (radio station)

Food Not Bombs

Wellington

The Freedom Shop - (infoshop, running for over 10 years)

128 Collective - (activist community centre, turning slowly into fully fledged social centre)

Oblong - (collectively run internet cafe and political exhibition space, has joint space with Freedom Shop)

Wildcat Anarchist Collective - (class struggle anarchist group, publishes SNAP! online and in paper form)

Wellington Anarcha-Fems - (anarcha-feminist discussion and support group)

Wellington Radical Youth - (just starting to reform after a period of dormancy)

PHAT (Phorum for Anarchist Thought) - (University based anarchist discussion group)

Peace Action Wellington - (anti-war group)

WARN (Wellington Animal Rights Network) - (animal rights group)

Food Not Bombs

Motueka

Community Action For People & Planet - (infoshop/community group)

Christchurch

New infoshop about to form (in discussion/planning stage at the mo)

Food Not Bombs

The Really Free Market (bi-monthly markets where everything is free!)

Monthly activist film nights

Dunedin

Black Star Books - (infoshop)

National

Aotearoa Indymedia - (also has local groups in many cities that run film nights, put out publications and other stuff)

Save Happy Valley Coalition - (campaign to stop a coal mine in an environmentally significant part of the South Island. local groups in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and the West Coast)

Enzyme - (website, email address and email list hosting for activist/community groups)

Animal Liberation Front (periodically active in various parts of the country)

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Anarchist groups and groups that have high anarchist involvement currently active in Aotearoa (hopefully should get them all, might miss some though):

Wow that sounds like a lot for such a small place! How many people live in NZ? It's only a few million right?

Blackcat people help out with Supersize my Pay too don't they?

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I've only been reading about events in Aotearoa for a few months, I've been astonished at the level of activity, the energy there. One day I'll visit.

Thanks for that great list Asher, I think we can consider that as a response to @ndy and my request for more links for anarchy,org.au! I'll update the directory

EDIT: buggerit, most of em are already there. I ought to check first sometimes. I'm too slow.

*crawls back into hole*

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4 million people in Aotearoa - about 1 million in greater Auckland, about 450,000 in greater Wellington, 350,000 in greater Christchurch.

One thing that surprised me when I went to A30 convergence against Forbes in Sydney last year was how few anarchists sydney has - there are more anarchists in Wellington than Sydney, despite the fact that Sydney has more people than the whole of Aotearoa!

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Oh, and Thr@ll hasn't been active for years, you should probably remove it.

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there are more anarchists in Wellington than Sydney, despite the fact that Sydney has more people than the whole of Aotearoa!

I blame the Australian cultural fetish for sport smile no one thinks anymore, we just chase balls around

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Aotearoa is pretty sport (especially rugby) obsessed too - there was a big article in the paper couple of days ago criticising Helen Clark for not attending commonwealth games - the headline was "She doesn't like sport?"

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Hahaha. I saw some article in the Herald Sun with a picture of Klim obviously winning something at the games, the headline was 'Finally, MEN RULE.'

*shakes head sadly*

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howdy, sorry for hijacking your forum, but can someone please tell me how to pronounce Aotearoa?

i've only ever read it on paper embarrassed

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howdy, sorry for hijacking your forum, but can someone please tell me how to pronounce Aotearoa?

i've only ever read it on paper embarrassed

I'm tempted to embarras aketus here with his comments on Aotearoa wink

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Mar 23 2006 16:22

A-o-te-a-ro-a pronounced : "Pies in 2006!"

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Anyone posting here know of or anything about?

http://rankandfilers.blogspot.com/

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Blog for rank and file unionists in Aotearoa (New Zealand) and worldwide to exchange ideas and give one another support in building a democratic, militant international labour movement to empower the working class to fight for workers control of production globally
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I'm tempted to embarras aketus here with his comments on Aotearoa

Oi!

embarrassed

Incidentally, I heard it pronounced on the radio the other day as

'Oh-tah-row-ah'

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The people who post on rankandfilers are Green party members, by the looks of it (I recognise one of the names).

As for Aotearoa, it's pretty hard to explain the pronunciation, especially with the difference in accents between here and Australia. My best effort is

Ao pronounced as in "ow" in "cow"

te pronounced as in "te" in "tempeh"

a as normal

ro as in "row" (sort of, the r is rolled a little)

a as normal.

But you'd be better to try and find an online audio version, or an expat who has good Maori pronunciation.

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The supersize my pay campaign. I'm not in Auckland so i dont know too much about it, but its awesome that its taken off so well in Auckland and taking on the fast food giants, industries that are notorious to organise. Its a real sign of some militancy from below and its been successful, so it has got some confidence going among young workers.

But the union that runs supersize my pay, Unite, is slightly dodgy. It was supposed to be a community based union with autonomous locals, limited hierarchy and so on. The opposite has been the case. ie. its your normal bureaucratic union with a notoriously nasty social democrat as president. Lots of anarchists have grumbles about Unite.

The sad thing is that i feel that Unite is using the energy of some anarchist unite union organisers to get the campaign going, and then watch this space, the unite bureaucrats will swoop down on this activity, and bring it under their control for their own ends. ie. its a not a campaign i see getting out of control of the union bureaucrats.

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Apr 7 2006 13:55

Interesting stuff Skraeling, and welcome to the boards!

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Hey Skraeling, welcome!

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Aotearoa is pretty sport (especially rugby) obsessed too -

Is there any reason why you do not use the term that is universally used in the rest of the world - New Zealand?

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Is there any reason why you do not use the term that is universally used in the rest of the world - New Zealand?

i cant speak for Asher. I prefer Aotearoa for the simple reason its nicer than New Zealand. Aotearoa means "land of the long white cloud" which is very appropriate cos it is cloudy here much of the time. New Zealand is named by Dutch explorer Abel Tasman after a province of the Netherlands which is hardly more innappropriate in my view. Aotearoa is aboslutely nothing like the Netherlands. Yet i guess if Zealand means Sealand it can be argued it is appropriate cos NZ/Aotearoa is surrounded by sea.

I believe most activists here use the term Aotearoa to show solidarity with the indigeneous Maori tribes who got invaded and almost exterminated by the Brits in the 19th century. (and yes, the British did invade Aotearoa). The New Zealand state was a product of that near genocide. Hence the term NZ is considered colonialist/capitalist/imperialist/racist etc. Using the term Aotearoa questions that legacy.

Also Maori is an official language here. So officially these islands should be known internationally as New Zealand/Aotearoa, a bit like Wales/Cymru i guess.

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Crikey, it all happens when you go away for a couple of days..

Firstly here's the website for the SSMP campaign.

Secondly, not sure about that rank and filers thingy, I don't recognise any of the names and I seem to know most people in the Greens... grin So I'll bow to Asher's supperior street-wise knowledge on that one.

Thirdly, re Aotearoa. I reckon the best way to explain the pronounciation is to say Ow-tear-rower. Most people who don't have an understanding of Maori pronounciation, but do get English, seem to pull off a passable version by trying that one out. As to whether we should call it that or not, well yes is my answer. I usually refer to the place as Aotearoa. Unless I'm with people who might not know what that means in which case I call it Aotearoa New Zealand. This is a (proper) acknowledgement that te reo (the language) is the first official language of the country (yip, they made Maori an official language, and then realised that they'd never formally done that with English). Secondly, it's an acknowledgement of the original name of the country. Thirdly, it is actually an official name of the country..

In regards to other people not knowing that Aotearoa is the original name for New Zealand, I say more the reason to use it. It's the quickest way to educate people around the world that in Aotearoa we have a strong movement that supports and works towards decolonisation. And that maybe the rest of the world might want to pay some attention towards looking at Aotearoa as an example of how to make moves towards practical workings towards relationships between two peoples. Lord knows there's some countries out there that need help with these issues (looks at ground I'm currently standing on...).

/rant

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Its up to you guys what you call yourselves, I can only give a outsiders view.

In London I have met plenty of Kiwis, and no one has ever used the word Aotearoa. Is it just people on the left/anarchist movements who do?

I can recall quite a few people on the left in the 80s over here tried to introduce the name "Azania" for South Africa. This rather died a death when the ANC took over (the left was not interested in S Africa anymore) and the ANC government never bothered with the term either!

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Basically, I agree with Skraeling and Kakariki's thoughts on Aotearoa, so won't repeat them here.

This country now has two official languages (as of a couple of days ago) - Te Reo Maori and New Zealand Sign Language. English is still not an official language, amusingly.

Over the last 15 or so years, use of the name Aotearoa has become more and more widespread as (at least basic) knowledge of Te Reo Maori has been taught more widely than previously. It's definately not limited to lefty/activist circles, although is far more predominant there.