||Issue No. 159||01 November 2002|
Why The User Should Pay
Interview: Life After Keating
Industrial: That Friday Feeling
Bad Boss: Begging to Work
Organising: Project Pilbara
Unions: Off the Rails
International: Brazil Turns Left
Environment: Brown Wash
History Special: Learning from the Past
Corporate: Will the Bullying Backfire?
Technology: Danger Lurks For The Passive
History: In Labour�s Image
Politics: Without Power Or Glory
History Special: A 'Cosy Relationship'
Culture: Blood Stains the Wattle
Satire: Iraq Pre-empts Pre-emptive Strike
Poetry: The Executive Pay Cut
Review: Time Out
Month In Review
The Locker Room
More Bali Feed Back
Clean Election Laws Now!
And Now, Some Fan Mail!
Sea of Hands
ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation) are having a 5th Anniversary Celebration of the Sea of Hands on Saturday 2nd November at Redfern Park, Redfern from 12 noon until 2.30pm. Speakers include Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir, Governor of NSW, Patrick Dodson, Gregory Phillips and Sylvie Ellsmore. There will also be a performance by the Stiff Gins.
The Sea of Hands represents over 300,000 Australians who have made a commitment to coexistence and support for Indigenous rights. 5 years and 2 and a half million hands later the Sea of Hands is still going strong!
Contact telephone 02 9555 6138
Mungo MacCallum in conversation with John Button
Weds 13 Nov @ 6pm $5 (light catering)
Dymocks Melbourne 234 Collins St
Bookings ph: 9660 8516 e: [email protected]
'If Mungo hadn't existed, we would have had to invent him.' Gough Whitlam
Hot on the heels of last year's successful memoir comes How to Be a Megalomaniac: Advice to a Young Politician, another volume of accessible, gossipy political satire from ALP fringe-dweller Mungo MacCallum.
Join these two ALP legends, both born of the Whitlam era, as they discuss Mungo's new book and the messy business of politics.
Mungo's decades of experience reporting on (and occasionally working within) politics have furnished him with an encyclopedic knowledge of the Australian scene, past and present. His pithy observations of the workings of politics at its worst are illustrated with a range of laugh-out-loud anecdotes. This series of letters to a fictional nephew who plans to make a career in politics is a must-read for anyone with a sense of humour.
John Button was a senator for the State of Victoria, playing a leading role in the restructure and development of Australian industry. From 1983 until his retirement from politics in 1993, he was Leader of the successive Hawke and Keating Labor governments in the Senate. Over the same period he was Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce. His latest book Beyond Belief: What Future for Labor? is No 7 in the renowned Quarterly Essay series.
Don't the miss the chance to hear this dynamic duo in person!
Who's afraid of public debt?
In a novel collaboration, the Evatt Foundation has teamed up with the Australian Financial Markets Association to present a seminar on public debt and the Howard Government's proposal to eliminate the Australian bond market.
'The foreshadowed move to zero public debt is a significant issue for all citizens, not just the financial markets', Evatt Foundation President Bruce Childs said today.
'Embracing zero public debt also means dramatically curtailing public investment, a policy that's not in the interests of either the present or future generations of Australians', said Mr Childs.
'The Evatt Foundation has long argued for a sensible approach to public debt.'
'We have always objected to zero debt as a baseless, populist justification for privatisation, and have argued that our governments should maintain a decent level of public investment, with due regard to the costs and benefits.'
'Hopefully, the release of Treasurer Costello's discussion paper will trigger a wider re-appraisal of the flat-earth fiscal policies that have been uncritically accepted by both our state and federal governments'.
'The infrastructure of this nation is owed to the fact that earlier generations of Australians had the foresight to maintain substantial public investment', said Mr Childs.
Dr Tony Aspromourgos from Sydney University's Faculty of Economics and Business, and John Rappell from AFMA will address the issues at an Evatt Foundation breakfast seminar on Tuesday 19 November at Sydney's Southern Cross Hotel.
The seminar will be chaired by Professor Frank Stilwell, and will take place in the Hotel's Macquarie Room, corner of Elizabeth and Goulburn Streets.
Breakfast will be served from 7.30 am, the seminar will commence at 8.00 am, and the discussion will conclude on the dot of 9.00 am.
"The Innocents are imprisoned"
A collection of true stories of the asylum seekers imprisoned in Australia
A P P E A L
Up to now we've seen many publications by various prominent writers and academics exploring the plight of asylum seekers in Australia but there are none from any practically experienced former immigration detainees themselves. We've now found someone to write down the real stories of lives behind the barbed wire where innocents are imprisoned.
An articulate asylum seeker with a background in journalism and who worked as a foreign correspondent for the past many years was in detention for a prolonged duration. In conjunction with a former Nurse of the Woomera IRPC and a prominent legal practitioner, he has voluntarily taken this courageous initiative to write down the accurate recollection of true stories of the asylum seekers' daily lives in the various immigration detention centres throughout Australia.
We need to support this initiative. To see that the book is published, we are relying on all of your generous support and kind assistance. During preparation of the manuscript the author needs to be assured of having the relevant expenses and it is for this we need your support. One person may have trouble making a difference, but together we have a good chance for change.
Please help us to make this initiative a real success:
Any questions can be directed to Edmund Rice Centre on 02 9764 1330 or 0405 112 778 (AH).
"CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE TODAY"
NSW Parliament House
Friday November 8, 2002, 3-6pm
Entry by donation, tea/coffee available
3-4pm, academic panel: civil disobedience traditions
Dr Sergio Fiedler (Social Inquiry, UTS) Traditions of civil disobedience,
Dr Kath Gelber (Government, UNSW) Free speech and civil disobedience
Penny O'Donnell (Journalism, UTS) Civil disobedience and the media
Dr Tim Anderson (Political Economy, University of Sydney) The law and civil disobedience
Chair: Dr James Goodman (Social Inquiry, UTS)
4-6pm, activist panel: civil disobedience today
Paula Abood (anti-racism)
Sean Chaffer (Maritime Union of Australia)
Danny Kennedy (Climate Action Network Australia)
Kanthi Lewis (Woomera 2002 + Queer student network, NUS)
Jesse Wyndhausen (September 11 2000 protests against the World Economic Forum, Melbourne)
Chair: Lee Rhiannon (The Greens)
Organised by the Research Initiative in International Activism, www.international.activism.uts.edu.au
Hosted by Lee Rhiannon, The Greens
Further Information: James Goodman, 9514 2714
PLUTO INSTITUTE and AUSTRALIAN FABIAN SOCIETY(NSW Branch) present
Wednesday November 13 at 6.30PM
Address by PAUL SCHEFFER:
Waiting for the barbarians: borders of Europe.
The multicultural challenge for social democracy
Paul Scheffer is Holland's leading and controversial public affairs commentator. He is a distinguished author and journalist specialising in European affairs and multiculturalism. His articles are widely published in European journals such as Die Zeit, Le Monde des Debats, Politiken.
He is a member of the Advisory Council of Foreign Affairs and governor of the European Cultural Foundation.
Where: Upstairs Cafe, Berkelouw Books, 70 Norton Street, Leichhardt
Admission: $10/$5 - Coffee/tea included in admission price
The Australian Fabian Society (NSW Branch) invites you to ...
A forum on public education
This forum examines public education in Australia today and the work of the NSW Government's current inquiry into public education. This forum considers what is the purpose of public education and what are the resources needed to realise our goals in the provision of public education today.
With special guest speakers:
* Emeritus Professor Tony Vinson
Chair of the Inquiry into the Provision of Public Education in NSW and Emeritus Professor at The University of NSW
* Dick Shearman
NSW-ACT Secretary of the Independent Education Union
* Third Speaker (TBC)
Time: 6.30 pm start
Date: Wednesday, 20 November, 2002
Place: Upstairs Caf�, Berkelouw Books, 70 Norton Street, Leichhardt
Entry: $5 members/$10 non-members
Bonus: Entry price entitles you to a free coffee/tea/soft drink in the cafe
For more details:
Contact Tony Moore on 02 9692 5111 or Troy Bramston on 0412 508 580
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