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Issue No. 195 12 September 2003  

Coalition of the Swilling
As the world stopped to mark the second anniversary of the September 11 attacks and its horrendous human toll, attempts at writing new rules for global trade were hitting their own immovable object


Interview: Crowded Lives
Labor frontbencher Lindsay Tanner talks us through his new book on the importance of relationships and why politics is letting the people down.

Activists: Life With Brian
Work by men like Brian Fitzpatrick is exposing new Australians to old truths. Jim Marr reports

Industrial: National Focus
A showdown looms in Cancun, Qantas gets bolshie, casual and lazy in its response to aviation challenges, and long festering disputes fester on in Victoria and Tasmania reports Noel Hester in this national wrap.

Unions: If These Walls Could Talk
Trades Hall is preparing for a major facelift but first, Jim Marr reports, it must bid farewell to the colourful bunch who have populated its dusty corridors in recent years.

Economics: Beating the Bastards
Frank Stilwell looks at some of the proposals for building a fairer finance sector.

Media: Three Corners
So its come to this. Four Corners, one of the world's longest running television programs is now under pressure from an ABC Executive that is less cultural visionary than feral abacus.

History: The Brisbane Line
Percy Spender was Menzies' foreign minister, but, Neale Towart asks, was he also prepared to serve as Prime Minister in a Japanese controlled Australia?

Trade: The Dumping Problem
Oxfam-CAA helps set the scene for this month's World Trade Organisation in Cancun.

Review: Frankie's Way
In The Night We Called It A Day Frank Sinatra learns 'sorry' Down Under is a loaded word and refusal to say it when due will lose fans in important places, writes Tara de Boehmler.


 Teachers Attack National Stitch-Up

 Safety Off The Rails

 Lion King Delivers for Kids

 Five Grand Extra for Unionists

 Telstra Gets Curry for Take Aways

 WTO Trips on Cancun Hurdle

 Workers Kicking Goals

 Dial NRMA for Stuff-Up

 This Is Your Operator Freaking

 Millionaire Takes Candy from Carers

 Working Women Get New Voice

 Community Burns Rubber Giant

 Grass Roots Campaign Beats Bush

 Unions-Council Strike ‘Clean Hands’ Partnership

 Call For Campaign To Save Bush Trains

 Activists Notebook


The Soapbox
Staking Our Territory
ACTU secretary Greg Combet argued for a fairer Australia in his keynote address to last month's ACTU Congress.

The Locker Room
Seasonally Agisted
Spring is a season when a person’s thoughts turn to…horse racing. Phil Doyle reports on the fate of nags and folk heroes.

Beyond the Block
We are wild about the people who live in The Block but not too interested in those who are on the streets outside, writes Michael Rafferty.

The Westie Wing
Workers friend Ian West MLC, reports form the Bearpit about a project to raise awareness about trade unionism amongst young people.

The Awkward Squad
Paul Smith meets one of the new generation of British union leaders who is taking the ball up to the Blair spin team.

 Life Wasn’t Meant To Be Frankie
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Lion King Delivers for Kids

Child stars will be protected from nudity, swearing, smoking and drinking under a groundbreaking new policy that places the welfare, safety and education of performing children at the forefront of Disney’s productions.

The kids on the cast of Disney’s Lion King will have accredited chaperones to ensure that they are supervised at all times and are not exposed to inappropriate behaviour under a new agreement that looks set to become best practise for the entertainment industry.

Disney Theatrical and the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance worked collaboratively on the Working With Children: Care Policy as part of the first collective agreement for theatre workers in commercial theatre in Australia.

"One of the major issues we were concerned about was the children - in particular the new younger performers - were very safe when they were on stage. The focus is on protecting them at work and protecting those around them," says Michel Hryce, Director, Live Performance and Theatre at the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance.

The kids loved being the centre of attention last week at the launch of the policy at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney on September 10. It was the first day in the theatre for the performers, crew and orchestra players who are now counting down 3 weeks to the opening of the Lion King.

Hryce told the child performers that whilst they were still dreaming of a part in the Lion King, the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, Disney USA and Disney Australia, were hard at work making sure that this production of the Lion King would be the best in the World.

Hryce on behalf of the MEAA welcomed the imported artists and child actors to Australian Theatre and to the ME&AA family.

"I feel great about launching this policy in the Capitol Theatre on your first day in the theatre. It is the 'Best Practice Care Policy' in Australia, yet another first for Disney and the MEAA," says Hryce. "It's a practical guide, which shall assist the whole company in thinking about how you should behave towards each other."

Already the new policy is attracting interest from other performing arts companies.

"The MEAA put out a bulletin saying we were finalising this and the Australian Ballet has already called for a copy of it to look at to look at things they could adopt for their use," says Hryce.

There are two casts of four performers for the child parts in the Lion King, working four shows a week. The new agreement allows the children to continue their school tutoring and addresses non-acceptable behaviour; with a process for reporting, investigating and resolving the issues surrounding such behaviour.

The care policy builds on the Juvenile Code of Practice from the Lion King performers enterprise agreement.

"It will ensure that the child actors on the production have the best experience whilst they are involved," says Hryce. "It will also ensure adult performers will enjoy working with their child peers."


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