||Issue No. 194||05 September 2003|
Interview: Crowded Lives
Activists: Life With Brian
Industrial: National Focus
Unions: If These Walls Could Talk
Economics: Beating the Bastards
Media: Three Corners
History: The Brisbane Line
Trade: The Dumping Problem
Review: Frankie's Way
Truckies Tip Safety on AGM Floor
Geelong Lockout Claims Family Homes
Aussie Labour Laws Fail US Test
No Accident – Insurance Dough Rises
Rheem Runs Cold On Entitlements
Unions Take It Up for Footballers
Ministers Urged to Take Responsibility
The Locker Room
Spicey and Tart
Tony and Pauline
PNG Bags Plastic
Fighting Words Craig Emerson
Labor Council of NSW
The World Trade Organisation meeting in Cancun, Mexico, is fast approaching and Oxfam Community Aid Abroad is organising a array of ways in which you can take action to MAKE TRADE FAIR. From Wednesday, check our website at
World trade could be a powerful force in the fight against poverty. But the rules of trade are rigged against the poor. Oxfam's Make Trade Fair campaign is calling on the WTO, governments and multinational companies to change the rules so that trade can become part of the solution to poverty, not part of the problem.
Cancun is an historic opportunity to Make Trade Fair. Decisive action at Cancun could set globalisation on a different course, reducing the obscene inequalities that divide rich and poor and lifting millions of people out of poverty.
Rich countries are poised to break their promise to make trade fair for the world's poorest countries. Cancun could be the last chance for rich countries to deliver.
Failure in Cancun will be bad news for the whole of the world economy, not just for poor countries. The extremes of prosperity and poverty that are perpetuated by current world trade rules are indefensible and unsustainable.
In NSW we will hold a media event to hightlight the plight of cotton farmers in West Africa who suffer as a direct result of the US administration paying huge sums of money to large cotton companies to grow more cotton than the country needs. The USA pays its 25,000 cotton farmers $4 billion a year in subsidies.
This $4 billion is more then the entire national income of Burkina Faso, a country in which more than 2 million people depend on cotton production and where over half of farmers live below the poverty line. The $4 billion is more than America spends on aid for the whole of Africa.
Stop cotton dumping
You are invited to attend our event.
When: Monday 8th September, 2003
Where: Archibald Fountain, Hyde Park
We will have a pinata in the form of a bale of cotton which, when broken open, will show the "goodies' that poor countries would obtain if they had fair access to rich country markets. Following the media event we will walk to the US consulate in Martin Place to present the consul general with a petition.
OTHER WTO EVENTS
Saturday 6th September, 1.00pm. Aidwatch and ATTAC launch Aileen Kwa's book 'Inside the WTO'. Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe. Contact 9557 8944
THE ABC of the WTO -
ATTAC, Aidwatch and Greens Teach-in
6.00-9.00pm Tuesday 9th September. 19 Eve St, Erskineville. Contact Tim on 9557 8944
FAIR TRADE TO A PEACEFUL WORLD - How the WTO undermines peace - A public meeting making the connection between unjust trade and war
Saturday, 13th September, 2003
Pitt St Uniting Church, 264 Pitt St, Sydney
Chaired by Elizabeth Evatt AC
Speakers: Father Brian Gore, Jubilee - Developing country debt and unfair trade: a peace issue
Sally McManus, Australian Services Union - Workers, trade and peace
Rev, Dr Ann Wansbrough, Uniting Care - Trade in services and peace
Cr Gillian Deakin, Medical Association for the Prevention of War - Peace means fair access to medicines
Then 1.00pm assemble on Town Hall steps for a short public statement.
Admission by donation
For more information contact Louise Southalan at AFTINET on (02)9299 7833 or email: [email protected]
FIESTA FOR FREEDOM
Saturday 13th September. Rally at 2.00pm, Town Hall steps, Sydney. Bring pots and pans, puppets, banners and costumes for Mexican "Day of the Dead' inspired march
FUNDRAISER FOR IRAQ
Home Bar Cockle Bay are holding a fundraising event for Iraq. Money raised will be used for continuing relief operations as well as providing clean water, sanitation and food to Iraqi people in need.,
Where: Home Bar, Cockle Bay (right next to Imax Theatre)
When: Sunday 7th September, 2003
Time: 7.00pm til late
Donation at the dooor.
Make Trade Fair
To make a 'Big Noise' about unfair trade rules
NEW Melbourne On Screen
A celebration of Melbourne writers, to mark the 40th anniversary of the Australian Writers' Guild.
September 15 - 19 Australian Centre for the Moving Image Federation Square
Remember when Grace Sullivan was killed? When Scott and Charlene walked down the aisle? When Mrs H was sacked from Channel 12? When Lizzie died in the Wentworth Detention Centre? When Tommy Carson was shot dead?
Homicide, Stingers, The Games, Fast Forward, The Sullivans, Halifax fp, And The Big Men Fly, Phoenix, The Box, The Secret Life Of Us, Moving Out, Death In Brunswick, Spotswood, Prisoner, Music Jamboree and Kath and Kim.
These are just a few of the productions that were born in Melbourne. It's a retrospective look at the enormous impact Melbourne writers have had on the industry, a trip down memory lane, looking at the productions that were conceived and produced in Melbourne.
The event includes FREE public screenings of classic Melbourne film and television productions in the form of:
Lunchtime Screenings - Daytime TV for Melbourne Workers.
Each session will be feature a discussion with the program's writer.
After Work - Acclaimed Melbourne Writers (Everett de Roche and Jan Sardi) and their work under the spotlight.
September 15 - 19 Australian Centre for the Moving Image Federation Square
Daytime TV 12 - 2pm Monday to Friday
After Work 7 - 10pm Monday and Wednesday
Free admission. Information and session details: 03 8663 2200 www.acmi
A celebration of Melbourne screenwriting presented by the City of Melbourne, produced by the Australian Writers' Guild and sponsored by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Film Victoria and Screensound Australia.
NEW Melbourne On Screen -- The Essentials of Writing Funny and Sexy Television.
As part a celebration of Melbourne writers, to mark the 40th anniversary of the Australian Writers' Guild, the AWG presents two stimulating seminars on the essentials of writing funny and sexy television.
Join some of Australia's most successful writers as they share the secrets of creating unforgettable TV shows that capture the public's imagination.
1. Sex, Lies, and 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.
Amanda Higgs is a graduate of the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and has worked predominantly as a script editor. Her television credits include: Police Rescue, Fallen Angels, High Flyers, Wildside, and Water Rats and the Australian feature films Praise, Angst, and Walking On Water. Amanda is the producer of The Secret Life of Us, a project she co-created with John Edwards.
Judi McCrossin has been the principal writer on The Secret Life of Us for the past three years. Her first short film Fetch was in competition in the 1998 Cannes Film Festival and she has written and produced a number of other documentaries and short films. She is currently developing a new six-part series for SBSI.
2. Make 'Em Laugh - Writing Comedy
Two of our best funny men give us three dangerous hours and the secrets of writing comedy. How do you know if your stuff is funny? Can you turn comedy into cash? How do you make sure it's forgettable? Mark O'Toole and Guy Rundle give you the juice about writing comedy for Aussie TV.
Mark O'Toole has been writing comedy for most of his adult life and his first feature film credit for Takeaway follows his vast experience in writing for television on Full Frontal, Totally Full Frontal, Shock Jock, John Safran's Music Jamboree, and Comedy Inc. Mark has written another feature film, You and Your Stupid Mate, scheduled for production in 2004.
Guy Rundle has worked as a writer on Full Frontal, Get a Life, Totally Full Frontal, Backberner, Shock Jock, and worked on Comedy Inc as a writer and producer. Guy has also written for Max Gillies in areas of political satire and social commentary.
Date: Saturday September 20, 2003
Time: Seminar One 9:30 - 12:30;
Seminar Two 1:30pm - 4:30
Where: RMIT School of Creative Media, Large Auditorium Level 1, Building 94 23 - 27 Cardigan Street South Carlton
Cost: One seminar $65 AWG members
$85 Both seminars $115 AWG members/$145
Bookings: The Australian Writers' Guild - Victorian Branch by email to [email protected] or telephone (03) 9328 5671
fixed term contracts or ongoing employment?
choices and pitfalls
presented by acirrt, University of Sydney and law firm Cutler Hughes & Harris
These briefings aim to give participants a focussed and detailed analysis of latest trends combined with an assessment of the current legal issues relating to topics.
Date: Thursday 2 October 2003
Time: 8.30 - 11.00am
Venue: Quality Hotel SC Sydney (formerly the Southern Cross Hotel), cnr Castlereagh & Goulburn Streets, Sydney
Cost: $155 inc gst, continental breakfast and notes
Alternatives to the traditional model of the permanent or ongoing employee have become increasingly popular over recent years. Casual employment has been growing, but so has the use of fixed-term contracts. However, the number of fixed-term employees in Australia remains relatively low by some international standards. This situation may change dramatically if proposed limitations on casual employment proceed. This briefing is designed to explore issues including:
What will happen if restrictions on casual employment are introduced?
What are the pros and cons of various forms of employment, permanent, casual and fixed term?
What are the key legal issues with fixed term contracts?
What do workers think?
Why is the fixed term contract model of employment most popular and why?
What are the legal remedies for employees dismissed during the course of a fixed term contract?
click here to register
more about acirrt >> www.acirrt.com
South Sydney Speaks
Cross Media Laws is a Free Press under threat? Packer and Murdoch a threat to democracy? Does The ABC have a future?
All these questions will be discussed on Sunday the 21st of September at 2pm at the Tudor Hotel Redfern St. Redfern the panel will be
Margo Kingston Sydney Morning Herald Peter Manning former head of abc news and current affairs and channel 7 witness programme now an adjunct professor of media studies at UTS A spokesperson from friends of the ABC have been approached.
more info Trevor 0416 347 501
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