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Issue No. 202 10 November 2003  

Governing the Corporates
Suburban branch manager Joy Buckland’s bid for a position on the ANZ Board raises important questions about the way our major companies are governed.


Interview: Union for the Dispossessed
The Welfare Rights Centre's Michael Raper on 20 years of activism, the politics of punishment and how to make Australia egalitarian again.

Unions: Joel's Law
Building Workers have overcome powerful forces to push workplace safety back up the national agenda. But, Jim Marr writes, their "success" has come at an unacceptable cost.

National Focus: Spring Carnival
It must be spring: punting in Victoria, singing in South Australia, fighting in America. It’s all there in the national wrap from Noel Hester plus an Australian union movement rugby world cup class consciousness poll.

Bad Boss: Fina and Fiends
They sacked the job delegate, reinstated him after an IRC hearing, and sacked him again two weeks later. But that was just the beginning.

Industrial: The Price of War
Mass industrial action is brewing in Israel as the policies of the right-wing Sharon Government come home to roost, writes Andrew Casey.

Economics: Who's Got What
Frank Stilwell pours over the latest BRW Rich List to build a picture of the increasing gap between the haves and have-nots.

History: Containing Discontent
Racism against minorities has always been a stock in trade of politicans, writes Phil Griffiths

Review: An Honourable Wally
Most Australians probably look at our politicians and feel they could do a better job but when redundant meatworker Wally Norman gets the chance to find out he realises getting elected is a major hurdle, writes Tara de Boehmler.

Poetry: The Colours of Discontent
A thousand blossoms bloomed during the US President's spring-time colonial visit last month.


 Taskforce Sleeps As Cranes Crash

 Scabies, Filth in Upmarket Annandale

 ANZ Jumps For Joy

 Race That Couldn’t Stop Nangwarry

 Mandarins in $120m Disappearing Act

 BAT Stubs Out Junta

 Millions on Entitlements Line

 Workcover in Hold-Ups Gun

 Phoenix Rises … Again

 TAFE Takes To Thong Slapping

 Casual Work Is Health Hazard

 Activists Notebook


The Soapbox
Bush's Faith-Filled Life
The President's conversion, 'sense of divine calling' and struggle with sobriety are subjects of a forthcoming book, writes Bill Berkowitz

The Not So Smart Money
Phil Doyle is sick of big money ruining grass roots sport, and he’s taking his bat and going home.

The Westie Wing
The ongoing challenge for Labor members of parliament is to make what the Premier calls the ‘creative partnership’ between the Government and the union movement a reality, writes our favourite MP Ian West.

Behind the Junta
Saw Min Lwin, Secretary for Trade Union Rights/ Human Rights for the Federation of Trade Unions Burma (FTUB), outlines the struggle for workers in his country.

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Activists Notebook

Support Indonesian Workers

Please take 2 minutes to support young women and men who have been unfairly fired from the PT Busana factory in Indonesia by going to this web-page - - and adding your name to the petition there.

The factory has dismissed 166 people, and is in the process of dismissing a further 8, for their participation in a four-day strike in July this year.

The workers went on strike because they are subjected to verbal intimidation and sexual harassment, are frequently paid less than the

Indonesian minimum wage and because they work in a dangerous environment where serious accidents are commonplace. PT Busana makes sportswear for US and European brands, including: Bear USA, Le Coq Sportif, Head and Lotto.

Your support will make a difference.

Paying for Private Profit seminar

Evatt Breakfast Seminar - November 11

Location: Macquarie Room, Quality Hotel (formerly the Southern Cross Hotel),

Cnr Goulburn and Elizabeth Streets Sydney, opposite the Goulburn Street

Parking Station, and a short stroll from both Central and Museum railway


Time: Breakfast will be served from 7.30 am, the seminar will commence at

8.00am & finish at 9am precisely.

Cost: $14 (includes breakfast)

RSVP Evatt Foundation: [email protected]

19th Annual AFS Remembrance Day Dinner

ALP Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs Kevin Rudd joins a long and illustrious line of AFS Remembrance Day Dinner Guests of Honour that has included Gough Whitlam, Bob Hawke, Paul Keating, Kim Beazley and Simon Crean, with a timely address on 'The Dismissal of the Howard Government: A five-step plan to winning the next election'. 6:30 for 7pm on Friday, 7 November, at the Hotel Ibis,15-21 Therry Street Melbourne,. Cost: AFS Members $35, Non-Members $40, Concession (Students and Low Income) $30. Tables seat eight or ten. Drinks at Bar Prices. Reservations Essential - phone/fax 9553 8442 pr e-mail .

NSW Labor Film Night - 'The Contender'

A presidential political thriller. After the Vice-President dies in office, the President decides it's time for a woman to take the job. Senator Laine Hanson gets the nod, but Republican leaks and disinformation threaten to derail her campaign.

'The Contender' (rated M) stars Jeff Bridges, Joan Allen and Gary Oldman.

Come and enjoy this Oscar nominated film & then enjoy some refreshments with other Party members.

6:00pm for 6:30pm start on Tuesday 11 November

Theatrette, State Parliament, Macquarie Street, Sydney

$20 / $15 concession (bookings essential)

Light refreshments will be served after the movie.

For more information please contact Paul Sekhon on (02) 9207 2000 or email [email protected]

*You must be a Party member to make a booking


Date: Sunday 16th November, 2003

Time: 3pm

Location: Clovelly Bowling Club

Ocean St (cnr Boundary St) Clovelly

Cost: $30, including BBQ ($20 concession). Drinks at club prices

RSVP: Monday 10th November 2003

Further details: Rob Messiter on 9371 3494

Booking form at


A lunch and panel discussion with MC Lisa Forrest (Author, broadcaster,

Olympian) and a panel including Senator Marise Payne, the Sydney Institute's

Anne Henderson, Sarah Maddison from the Women's Electoral Lobby and the NSW

President of the National Union of Students, Anna York.

Date: Tuesday 18th November 2003

Time: 12.15 for 12:30pm

Venue: Silver Spring Restaurant

Address: Second Floor, Sydney Central Building, 191 Hay Street, Sydney

Cost: $45 / $30 concession (drinks to be purchased on the day)

RSVP: Wednesday 12th November 2003

Further details and booking form at


With Special Guest Senator Natasha Stott Despoja, Australian Democrats'

Spokesperson on the Republic

Date: Friday 12 December 2003

Time: 5:30-7:30pm

Venue: The Glover Cottages

Address: 124 Kent Street Sydney

Tickets: $15 / $10 concession (finger food provided; drinks to be purchased

on day)

RSVP: Friday 5 December 2003

Further details and booking form at

Trading Australia Away?

Anthony Albanese MP and Grayndler ALP presents "Trading Australia Away?" - a public forum to debate the important issues of free trade and globalisation.

7.30pm to 9pm Thursday 13th November, 2003

Marrickville Town Hall, 303 Marrickville Road, Marrickville,2204

Guest Speakers are Senator Stephen Conroy (Shadow Minister for Trade, Corporate Governance, Financial Services and Small Business), Pat Ranald

(Convenor AFTINET) and Doug Cameron (National Secretary AMWU).

Contact Shane McArdle on 02 9564 3588 or [email protected]

Australian Fabian Society (NSW Branch) and Gleebooks present

Crowded Lives - A New Agenda for Social Sustainability

Lindsay Tanner , Federal Labor Communications Spokesperson discusses his new book, Crowded Lives, which argues that relationships need to be at the center of government policy.

Dr Ariadne Vromen, Lecturer in Government,University of Sydney

discusses the family/work/public life pressures on people and the

changing political participation of young people.

Dr David McKnight, left activist and Lecturer in journalism, UTS,

discusses the conservation of the human in progressive politics.

Where: Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe

When : 6pm for 6.30pm, Monday 17th November

Concluding at 8pm

Entry Fee : $10/$5 Fabians and concession

To book phone Gleebooks on 96602333 or [email protected]

About Crowded Lives, published by Pluto Press

HEAR! Shadow Attorney General Robert McClelland MP on Howard's IR agenda

and Industrial law experts from Turner Freeman Solicitors on recent IR changes and what they mean

FREE! all welcome

Meeting room

Newcastle Trades Hall Council

Devonshire House

406 King Street Newcastle West 2302

5 pm Thursday 20 November 2003

refreshments served

call 02 4929 1162 or email [email protected] to register or make enquires

Better Leaders For A Better World - International Youth Parliament 2004

Call for Applications

The International Youth Parliament is a dynamic global network of creative

young people working for social change - people turning ideas into action.

Run by and for young people it is a global network of the next generation

of social change leaders working to build a peaceful, sustainable and

equitable world. The second sitting of the International Youth Parliament,

IYP2004 will take place in Sydney, Australia from 5 to 12 July 2004. We ask

you to assist us find the right delegates. Applications close 15 January


Application form >

Delegates selected to attend IYP 2004 will receive a unique opportunity to

exchange their experiences and the strategies they employ to confront local

and universal challenges. They will leave with skills, networks,

inspiration and an international context to assist them with their

endeavours in their own organisations and countries.

The Parliament agenda will focus on twelve major areas; education,

HIV/AIDS, labor and employment; indigenous rights, migration, trafficking

and displacement, agriculture and sustainability, peace building, human

rights, health and clean water; youth culture, technology, and global

trading systems. Across these areas special attention will be paid to the

themes of diversity, equity, governance and basic social services.

We are seeking applications from people aged 18-25 who are passionate about

and have been actively involved in projects aiming at positive social

change in the above areas.

Please forward this message to other organisations and individuals you believe might be interested.

Please contact me if you need further information. I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

Kelly Betts

[email protected]

International Youth Parliament 2004

Go smoke free - Act now for clear air in pubs and clubs

Sick of smoky pubs and clubs that makes you wheezy and red-eyed?

Research shows that 67% of people in NSW want to see smoking totally banned in pubs and clubs. That's why The Cancer Council NSW, the Asthma Association, the NSW Australian Medical Association, The Heart Foundation NSW, other health organisations and commercial businesses have chosen to get behind a new campaign to make pubs and clubs in NSW smoke free.

So, if you are serious about wanting to enjoy your night out without the smoke, register at or on 1300 657 175 and find out how you can help make this a reality.


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