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A visit from a Galbraith, Chippo politiics with Bill Leak and an EMILY's LIst fundraiser are all on this week's agenda.

Another Galbraith Comes to Town

Perhaps the foremost US thinker on wage inequality, James K. Galbraith is visiting Sydney thanks to South Australia's Hawke Institute and the newly formed Whitlam Institute run by Peter Botsman.

Galbraith will be speaking on "Inequality" at Parramatta's Riverside Theatres at 6.30pm on Wednesday, July 25.

This is a not to be missed event for anyone involved in wage bargaining and general trade union and community issues. Professor Galbraith is the son of the illustrious J.K. Galbraith.

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Politics in the Pub

THIS SUNDAY at 2pm

CHIPPO POLITICS AT THE GLENGARRY HOTEL

Lawson street redfern

BILL LEAK CARTOONIST FOR THE AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER AND ARCHIBALD ENRANT WILL SPEAK ABOUT "THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ARTS IN A SPORTS MAD CPOUNTRY AS OURS' as well as some of the best fosters and company in Sydney.

any more info 0416 347 501

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PEOPLES PROTEST CO-ORDINATION ALLIANCE

(A coalition of concerned citizens)

COME AND RALLY AGAINST OUR "MEAN AND TRICKY" PRIME MINISTER

12 NOON - THURSDAY 19TH JULY 2001

PRIME MINISTER'S ELECTORAL OFFICE, 230 VICTORIA ROAD (CNR JORDAN STREET), GLADESVILLE

SPEAKERS INCLUDE: DR CON COSTA (DOCTORS REFORM) CHRIS OSBORNE (S.M.A.R.T.S.) HARVEY VOLKE (SHELTER) and ROGER JOWETT (NATIONAL SECRETARY R.T.B.U.)

For Further Information: Morrie Mifsud 02 9281 3588

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EMILY's List Supports Record Number of Labor Women Candidates

On Saturday, July 14, EMILY's List Australia will begin the NSW stage of its Federal election campaign to elect a record number of Labor women to Parliament.

Cheryl Davenport, co-convenor of EMILY's List Australia, announced the EMILY's List endorsement of 19 candidates in New South Wales and financial support for six contesting marginal seats and seven in hard to win seats. All new candidates will be offered training, mentoring and campaign assistance.

Joan Kirner, Former Premier of Victoria, said: "EMILY's List is delighted that, in partnership with the Australian Labor Party in this election, we will have hit an all time record for Labor women candidates and, with a swing to the Labor Party of just two per cent, Labor will both win government and have a record number of women in Federal Parliament (up from 35 to at least 45).

"In total, EMILY's List is proud to be able to support 52 progressive Labor women candidates (as at 23 June, a total of 65 women had been pre-selected by the ALP). We are particularly pleased that 18 of these EMILY's List supported Labor women are in safe seats, 18 are in winnable marginals and only 16 are in hard-to-win seats. This tally really reverses the previous trend in all parties to mainly select women in marginal or hard to win seats. And as many of the women in or going in to safe seats are young - the improved percentage of Labor women MPs will be there for some time."

EMILY's List funding to the candidates in marginal and have-to-win seats will commence with Early Money cheques totalling, in NSW, $17,400. EMILY's List plans to more than double that amount when its 2000+ individual members donate to the candidates they choose to support.

EMILY's List is proud of its record since it was established in November 1996 as a political, financial and personal support network for progressive Labor women candidates.

In less than five years, EMILY's List has:

- contributed over $350,000 to Labor women's campaigns;

- helped to elect 55 new progressive Labor women to Parliaments across Australia;

- effectively lobbied to ensure that at the Federal level a minimum of 35 per cent of Labor candidates are women, and at the state level, in the Queensland, South Australian and Victorian Parliament, over 35 per cent of the Members of Parliament are women.

Ms Kirner concluded: "These achievements of EMILY's List in partnership with the ALP give a firm basis for the Labor Party to agree at the next Annual Conference to a target of Labor women making up half of the Labor MPs in every Australian Parliament by 2010, as well as half of the Labor candidates in safe and winnable seats.

EMILY's List congratulates all the women candidates and members of the Labor Party and EMILY's List on this stunning achievement."

For more information, contact: Cheryl Davenport 03 9254 1970. Emily Lee-Ack 0401 282 522 or Diane Minnis 0411 213 019

Moving Forward: Reparations for the Stolen Generations Conference - 15 and 16 August 2001

A national conference to facilitate public debate about reparations for the stolen generations will be held on 15-16 August 2001 at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

The conference will be hosted by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC), the Aboriginal and Torres

Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC).

During 1995-96, HREOC conducted the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families. The report of the inquiry, Bringing them Home, was tabled in the Federal Parliament in 1997, and illustrated the considerable harm and abuse suffered by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and communities as a consequence of their removal.

Four years later, despite litigation and calls to address the trauma and harm caused, there remains a pressing need for reparations for the stolen generations. Moving Forward Achieving reparations for the stolen generations, will bring together Indigenous and non-indigenous Australians to explore a model for providing reparations to members of the stolen generations.

The conference will address topics including

q the inadequacy of government measures to meet the needs of those affected by forcible removal;

q international law and models for dealing with reparations for violations of human rights;

q the findings of a national consultation project on a reparations tribunal proposal, conducted by PIAC, ATSIC and the National Sorry Day Committee

q government and church responses to the history and effects of forcible removal;

q the importance of reparations in advancing the process of reconciliation.

The conference hosts are committed to ensuring that members of the stolen generations play a central role in shaping the conference outcomes. Members of the stolen generations are encouraged to attend the conference and should contact the conference organisers with any queries or requests

for assistance.

The conference will feature international and Australian speakers including:

Audrey Ningali Kinnear, Co-chair National Sorry Day Committee

Carol Kendall, Link Up and the NSW Stolen Generations Memorial Foundation

Shelley Reys, Co-chair, Reconciliation Australia

Brian Butler, ATSIC Commissioner

Dr William Jonas AM, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner (HREOC)

Elizabeth Evatt AC, Chairperson PIAC, formerly member of the UN Human Rights Committee

Mike Degagne, Executive Officer, Canadian Aboriginal Healing Foundation

Dumisa Ntzebeza, former commissioner on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Justice Joe Williams, Chief Judge of the New Zealand Waitangi Tribunal

Nathalie Des Rosiers, President, Law Commission of Canada

Professor Taunya Banks, University of Maryland, USA

Rev David Gill, Secretary-General, National Council of Churches in Australia

The Hon Philip Ruddock MP, Minister for Reconciliation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs

Senator Aden Ridgeway, Deputy Leader, Australian Democrats

Bob McMullan MP, Federal Shadow Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs

If you would like for us to post a brochure to you, please send an email message to mailto:[email protected] with details including your name and postal address and the text: "please post brochure"

For further information about the conference, programme, speakers, facilities and registration contact the Moving Forward Conference Secretariat at mailto:[email protected] or on 02 9284 9830 or go to the website at http://www.humanrights.gov.au/movingforward/


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In this issue
Features
*  Interview: Jolly Green Giant
Senator Bob Brown on the upcoming federal poll, balances of power and what the Greens can teach the trade union movement.
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*  Workplace: Call Centre Takeover
Theresa Davison brings us this real-life story from the coal face of the call centre industry.
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*  E-Change: 1.2 Community The Ultimate Network
Peter Lewis and Michael Gadiel look at the potential for network technologies to reconnect communities.
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*  International: Child's Play
Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA has recently entered a new alliance with the Child Labour Schools Company to support a project for child labourers in India.
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*  History: Flowers to the Rebels Faded
With the departure of our own Wobbly, a look at the development of the Wobblies in Australia and their view of Labor politicians and the work ethic seems timely.
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*  East Timor: A Dirty Little War
In this extract from his new book, John Martinkus recounts the scenes in Dili immediately following the independence ballot.
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*  Satire: Telstra Share Failure Ends City-Bush Divide: Everybody Screwed Equally
Communications Minister Richard Alston today claimed that the government had fulfilled its promise to ensure that the bush was not disproportionately disadvantaged by Telstra's privatisation.
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*  Review: Cheesy Management
Currently climbing Australian best-seller lists is the 'life-changing' motivational book 'Who Moved My Cheese?' Rowan Cahill has a nibble but doesn't like the taste.
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