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Issue No. 169 07 March 2003  

Re-considering The Accord
The twentieth anniversary of the Hawke Government�s election provides an opportunity to ponder the Accord�s historical conundrum: how at the moment of the union movement�s greatest influence did it suffer its greatest loss of members?


Poetry: If I Were a Rich Man
Through a distortion in the time-space continuum, we have found a recording showing how people a few years into the future will deal with health care.

Interview: League of Nations
ICFTU general secretary Guy Ryder on the war, core labour standards and why Australia is an international pariah.

Industrial: 20/20 Hindsight
A retrospective analysis of the Accord is needed to help develop future strategies. Is it worth trying again? And if so, what would need to be different?

Organising: On The Buses
A new rank and file leadership team is standing up for the harried bus driver in the run-up to the NSW State Election

Unions: National Focus
A gaze around the country reveals some inspiring and innovative organising initiatives, a fruitful connection with young workers in South Australia and some typically robust industrial campaigns reports Noel Hester.

History: The Banner Room
On the eve of it�s refurbishment, Jim Marr ventures into one of Trades Hall�s best kept secrets; the room that houses relics of labour�s halcyon days.

International: The Slaughter Continues
Chilling new statistics from Colombia's main trade union confederation CUT: nine trade unionists assassinated in the first two months of this year.

Legal: A Legal Case For War?
Aaron Magner looks at the legal implications of the crusade of the Coalition of the Willing

Culture: Singing For The People
When there�s a struggle for social justice, when a war is brewing or rights are being eroded, the first ones to pen, paper and protest are often the folkwriters.

Review: The Hours
On the eve of International Women�s Day Tara de Boehmler follows the tale of three women who would rather choose death than a life devoid of personal choice.

Poetry: I Wanna Bomb Saddam
Scarier than Star Wars, the latest weapon to be deployed in the battle for Iraq is the Singing Dubya.

Satire: Diuretic Makes Warne's Excuses Look Thin
Australian cricketer Shane Warne today admitted that he was still feeling the after effects of the diuretic he tested positive to.


 Sacre Bleu � It�s �La Gong� Now

 Mum Raises Labour Hire Bar

 Investigate the Buggers

 NSW Libs Madder Than The Monk

 Kits Strike Terror into Govt

 West Braces for Shelling

 Executive Pay Under Senate Spotlight

 Clean Energy�s Jobs Bonus

 Zoo Workers Buck �Mercy Killing�

 Canberra Firefighters Win Union Backing

 Global Equity Under Spotlight

 Aussie Workers Fight Indian Child Labour

 Water on the Brain

 Activists Notebook


The Soapbox
Workers Friend
Shock jock Alan Jones snubbed his Liberal mates to bucket the Cole Royal Commission and launch Jim Marr's book

The Locker Room
Boer Bore Boring
In the face of oppression Phil Doyle falls asleep in front of the TV

Guest Report
Dead Labor
The Hawke and Keating legacy is John Howard, Leonie Bronstein argues.

Hands Off, Tony
John Della Bosca argues the NSW Industrial Relations System gives his State a competitive advantage.

Groundhog Day
Another year, another round of corporate excess. Bosswatch returns from its summer slumber to find the same old dogs up to the same tricks.

 Re - Core/Non Core promises.
 Strangers in the House
 Nursing Home Concerns
 Catholic Tastes
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Activists Notebook

A range of events to mark the Australian Writers Guild 40th Birthday


Free Screening of Sunday Too Far Away to Launch the Celebrations

If you are in Sydney get down to the Valhalla in Glebe for the launch of the AWG40 celebrations. We kick off at 7pm with a screening of classic Australian film Sunday Too Far Away. This screening is free, open to members of the public and will be followed by drinks.

Sunday Too Far Away won Best Film, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the 1974/75 Australian Film Awards and was a huge hit at the Director's Fortnight at the Cannes Festival in 1975.

Set on a sheep station in 1955 just before the infamous 9-month shearers strike, the film stars Jack Thompson as a brawling, hard-drinking, gun shearer back from retirement for one last season.

Sunday Too Far Away was the first great international success of the Australian Feature Film Renaissance and made a star of Jack Thompson. Screenwriter John Dingwall is a lifetime member of the AWG and has won 12 national writing awards including the AWGIE, AFI, Logie, Penguin and Australian Film Critics Award. John is coming to Sydney and will introduce the film. Don�t miss the film nor the opportunity to hear from one of our great screenwriters.

Sunday Too Far Away is just one of a number of classic Australian films that will be screening at the Valhalla from March 7-16. The full programme is as follows:

Friday, 7 March 7pm Sunday Too Far Away

Saturday, 8 March 2pm My Brilliant Career

Saturday, 8 March 7pm A Night of Short Films

Sunday, 9 March 7pm The Clinic

Monday, 10 March 7pm A Night of Award Winning Television

Tuesday, 11 March 7pm The Year of Living Dangerously

Wednesday, 12 March NO SCREENING

Thursday, 13 March 7pm Dead Calm

Friday, 14 March 7pm A Night of Classic Australian Television

Saturday, 15 March 7pm Proof

Sunday, 16 March 7pm Shine

Valhalla Cinema, 166 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, NSW.


The Advance Party


Held in association with Australian Writers' Guild 40th Anniversary Celebrations.

Venue: Wharf 2 Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company

Date: Tuesday 11 March 2003

Time: 7.30pm Sharp

Following his award-winning work on Dockers and Hillsborough, screenwriter and playwright Jimmy McGovern (The Lakes, Sunday, Cracker) talks to Mac Gudgeon (Waterfront, Ground Zero) about the work and responsibilities involved in writing for, and in, the community.

The forum will be preceded by a short new work by Vanessa Bates, AWG member and part of the Blueprints Writers� Assembly, directed by Melinda Collie-Holmes. Cast Includes Paul Barry, Jeanette Cronin, Tanya Goldberg and Joshua Lawson.

THE ADVANCE PARTY is the bimonthly forum for playwrights, and those interested in the art of playwriting. Evening sessions are

interactive, incorporating staged readings, guest speakers, and performance to provoke further discussion.

To reserve seats please email [email protected] or call the AWG on (02) 9281 4321.

For a full list of events both in NSW and interstate


Sex, Lies & Television and Murder, Mystery & Mayhem: The Secrets of Successful Television Writing

Want to know how to write great TV drama? As part of the 40th birthday celebrations the AWG presents two informative and stimulating workshops on the essentials of writing for television.

Murder, Mystery & Mayhem - Making Crime Pay

A 3 hr workshop on the basics of television writing. With emphasis on crime and medical dramas, the workshop examines the principals of drama: creating unforgettable characters; the process of script development; the nuts and bolts of plotting and common pitfalls. Presented by AFI, Logie and AWGIE award winning writer Tim Pye (White Collar Blue; Water Rats, A Country Practice) and Peter Neale (All Saints; Farscape, Home and Away)

Sex, Lies & Television - The Secrets Revealed.

The team from The Secret Life Of Us Amanda Higgs (Producer) and Judi McCrossin (principal writer) present a 3-hour case study on the secrets of creating a successful television drama. Writing the series proposal and the pilot episode, creating story and character arcs that keep viewers glued to the screen week after week, what works and what doesn't. Amanda�s credits include Police Rescue, Fallen Angels, Wildside and the Australian feature films Praise, Angst and Walking on Water. Judi McCrossin�s first short film Fetch was in competition in the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. Currently she is developing a new six-part series for SBSI.

Date: Sunday 16th March, 2003

Sessions: Murder, Mystery & Mayhem - Making Crime Pay (10.00-1.00pm)

Sex, Lies & Television - The Secrets Revealed (2.00 - 5.00pm)

Venue: Stables Theatre, 10 Nimrod Street, King's Cross.


Full Day

AWG Members $126.50 ($115.00 + $11.50 gst)

Non Members $176.00 ($160.00 + $16.00 gst)

Individual Session

AWG Members $71.50 ($65.00 + $6.50 gst)

Non Members $93.50 ($85.00 + $8.50 gst)

For further information and booking forms please visit our website or contact Sarah Odillo Maher on 02 9281 1554 Ext 223.


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