|Issue No 108||24 August 2001|
Two Capps To Cancel Debt
Jubilee Australia will be taking the message that Australia could cancel all debts owed to it by developing nations for the price of just two cappuccinos per citizen to the CHOGM conference in Brisbane later this year.
Debtor nations include the Philippines, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Nepal and Ethiopia - with a total debt of $510 million.
"In terms of the debt campaign, CHOGM will be an important opportunity for dialogue between leaders of a large number of indebted nations and those of creditor nations," Jubilee's Thea Ormond says.
Jubilee's plans for CHOGM are to:
- hold a peaceful rally on Saturday October 6.
- host visits from key spokespeople on debt cancellation.
- conduct a postcard and media campaign during the conference
- and hold seminars for government advisers and journalists attending the conference.
The Jubilee organizers are seeking trade union support to meet the costs of tis CHOIGM presence. Those who can contribute should contact Jubilee Australia at mailto:[email protected]
Corporate Power or People's Power?
Meanwhile, Aid/Watch is sponsoring a conference on Transnational Corporations and globalisation at UTS between 27-29 September.
Organizers say the conference will attempt to go beyond the tired pro/anti Globalisation argument and look at how change is impacting on workers lives and how it can be channeled.
"At the conference, participants will assess the impact of TNCs and how they exercise power," the organisers say. "They will compare experiences, build research agendas and develop strategy."
All unions are being encouraged to send a representative to participate in the conference. More details from AidWatch on 9387 5210.
Interview: The Man from Manusafe
Manusafe chief Andrew Whiley explains why employers have nothing to fear from the entitlements trust fund.
E-Change: 2.4 The Skeptic’s Response
In this round-table discussion, Noel Hester leads the charge against the argument that globalisation and change are inevitable.
Politics: No Hand Idle
Whitlam Institute director Peter Botsman finds much to agree with in John Howard's social coalition for welfare delivery.
Unions: Slavery and Struggle
A battle with all the elements of the infamous waterfront dispute is being played out in Charleston, South Carolina:
International: Postcard from Santiago
The CFMEU's Phil Davey meets up with Communist Party cadres in Chile who led the underground resistance to Pinochet.
History: Race and Australian Labour.
Australian unionists have long been questioning notions of a “White Australia”, even before the colonies united with it as the central feature.
Economics: Global Regulation
Public sector unions from around the globe are taking the first steps to work internationally against the deregulation agenda.
Satire: Niche Identified in Left-Wing Publications Market
A marxist-feminist activist has discovered a gaping hole in the lucrative left-wing publications market.
Review: The Fight for Equal Pay
In this extract from her new book, Zelda D'Aprano looks at the contribution Kath Williams made to the struggle for equality.
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