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  Issue No 110 Official Organ of LaborNet 07 September 2001  




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Activists' Notebook

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"Politics in the Pub

Friday week, September 14, the topic is "Public Culture Under Threat: What should the next government deliver to the Arts? The speakers are Glenda Linscott, actor and Fiona Winning, Artistic Director of the Performance Space.

Politics in the Pub meets every Friday at the Gaelic Club, 64 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills. The website is



12:00pm Sunday 09 September

REFUGEES ARE WELCOME! Let the Tampa asylum seekers stay! Stop the war on refugees! Close the detention centres! Mass protest against the federal government's refugee policies.

[where] Town Hall Square

[transport] Catch a train or bus to Town Hall. march to Circular Quay via John Howard's Office.

[contact] Refugee Action Collective 9660 5222

Free the Refugees Campaign 0410 629 088

[email] [email protected]


2nd Whitlam Institute Forum

Riverside Theatre Parramatta

19 September 6 for 6.30pm

Nonviolent Political Change in the 20th Century

An Interactive Forum with Steve York, Peter Ackerman, Jack DuVall Plus preview of the acclaimed A Force More Powerful

Introduced by E.G. Whitlam

Spaces are limited RSVP essential



APHEDA - Union Aid Abroad

Annual Study Tour to Vietnam and Thai-Burma Border

Meet the people who benefit directly from Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA's work, and be inspired !

1. Vietnam & Burma human rights combined 6th - 25th January 2002 (Approx price - $ 1,990 + air fares)

2. Vietnam 6-18th January 2002 (Approx price $1,600 + air fares)

3. Burma Human rights (Thai-Burma border, Bangkok, Chiang Mai) 19th - 25th January 2002 (Approx price $1,150 + air fares)

· Get a direct update on trade union, economic, cultural and social changes through tours hosted by APHEDA's project partners in these countries.

· Visit major tourist sites

· Share the experience with other trade unionists

Price includes all internal travel, accommodation, interpreters, customary gifts, departure taxes and some meals - great value !! Costs may vary slightly depending on numbers in groups.

Minimum of 7 persons, maximum of 12 persons per group.

The earlier you book, the cheaper the international airfares

For bookings and further information

Or contact Lisa or Peter at APHEDA - Union Aid Abroad

Email: [email protected] Ph: (02) 9264.9343 Fax: (02) 9261.1118


Youth Arts and Social Change

- A One Day Forum 9am to 6pm

Wednesday the 24th of October 2001

Blackfriars Campus, University of Technology Broadway, Sydney (map available on registration)


There is a growing body of work in Australia and internationally that investigates the relationship between cultural expression and social well being. Much of that work focuses on young people - particularly young people who may be considered at risk or marginalised. This forum

will provide an opportunity to discuss the characteristics of arts interventions in young people's lives.

For administrative enquiries please contact the above office. For enquiries about this Forum and its research program please contact mailto:[email protected]


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In this issue
*  Interview: Cast Adrift
Ethnic Communities Council chair Salvatore Scevola gives his take on the Tampa saga and the underlying attitudes driving the debate.
*  Workplace: Coming to Australia
Jagath Banderra recounts his own experience as a new arrival in Australia entering the workforce.
*  Human Rights: Long Road to Nowhere
Iraqi refugees travel the same tortuous road as Afghans. The refugees on the Tampa have almost certainly endured a similar ordeal.
*  Immigration: Experience Required
Veronica Apap looks at the many difficulties migrants face in having their skills recognised in Australia.
*  International: Why Economic Rationalism Isn't
The CFMEUs Phil Davey surveys the wreckage after 10 years of Brazil's Government doing what the free marketeers want.
*  History: Johnny's Naruan Wet Dream
Rowan Cahill looks at how Australia's preferred refugee dumping ground's history is indelibly linked with our own.
*  Unions: Getting the Message Out
Caroline Alcorso argues the integration of immigrant workers into the trade union movement has been a central issue in Australia’s post-war labor history.
*  Work/Time/Life: Driven To The Edge
In the ACTU’S groundbreaking Fifty Families report there is one particularly sobering story. Frank tells how the modern workplace is driving some people to the fatal edge.
*  Review: Whose Party?
NSW Labor’s century of successes began in 1910, as did the “middle classing” of Labor policy.
*  Satire: Ethnic Wog Gangs Rape Everyone
People who are white in colour are being raped by people who are not white, an exclusive Chaser investigation found last week.

»  Unions Rescue Afghan Worker
»  Revealed: Migrants Face Hidden Unions Barriers
»  FOI Seeks Royal Commission Papers
»  Long Hours Corrode Family Life Says Study
»  Medibank Workers 'Feel Bitter Now'
»  Chronic Stress in Child Care
»  It's a Steal! Workers Underpaid Since 1991
»  WorkCover: Bell Rings for Round Two
»  Transfield Fire Sale Threatens Entitlements
»  Foot-And-Mouth Heroes Face The Boot
»  Superannuation Warning to Labor
»  Bully Casino Locks Out Workers
»  Bra Wars: US Giant Quit Burma
»  Sydney's Salsa for Saharawis
»  Labor Council Revamps Online
»  Get Ready to Wobble
»  Activists' Notebook

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»  The Locker Room
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»  Tool Shed

Letters to the editor
»  Tampa Feedback
»  Battling the Bullies
»  Searching for John McNeill, Labor MP
»  Tom Seeks Family Leave
»  Spell Check
»  Injured and Ripped Off

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