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Issue No. 225 18 June 2004  

No Place Like Home
Little by little, the truth is seeping out; a judicial inquiry into James Hardies Industries corporate restructure is exposing a scandal of dramatic proportions.


Interview: The New Democrat
Canadian activist Judy Rebick explains how she's using lessons from Brazil to rebuild the labour movement.

Bad Boss: The Ugly Australian
Prime Minister John Howard is in California spruiking the "merits" of this month’s Bad Boss nomination …

Unions: Free Spirits and Slaves
International capital demands guest labour – legal or illegal – as a way of beating down wages and conditions and, as Jim Marr discovers, the Australian Government seems happy to oblige.

Industrial: National Focus
Noel Hester reports on another workplace death (we-will-not-RIP NOHSC), heartburn for the Canberra consensus and all the action from around the states in our national wrap.

History: A Class Act
The problem of forgetting the primacy of class in favour of other ideas of community is highlighted in a new book, writes Neale Towart

International: Across the Ditch
NZ Nurses Union leader, Laila Harré, is in Sydney this week, comparing notes with the Australian Nurses Federation and seeking transTasman support for New Zealand’s highest profile industrial campaign.

Economics: Home Truths
Sydney University's Frank Stilwell argues that tax policy is driving the housing boom.

Review: No Time Like Tomorrow
The Day After Tomorrow is one part Grim Reaper of the environmental movement and two parts fictitious fable dramatically window dressed with extreme special effects, writes Tara de Boehmler.

Poetry: Silent Note
Resident Bard David Peetz uncovers the current public service motto – "Don't tell the Minister!".


 Multi Bets on China Card

 Community Flags Reconciliation Push

 Nigel’s Ad Values Questioned

 Medal for "Jobs Vandal"

 Schoolies Earn Thousands

 Westbus Drives Over Entitlements

 Circus Owners Cut Up Rough

 Fireys Slam Adelaide "Death Traps"

 Job Slasher Faces Spam

 Sixty Stations Face Axe

 "Sickies" to Join Dinosaurs

 Mr One Percent on Notice

 Stink Over DJ’s Bogs

 Aussie Kids Die on the Job

 Activists What’s On!


The Soapbox
The Pursuit of Happiness Part I
The Australia Institute's Clive Hamilton questions the assumptions underlying a society that defines happiness in dollar terms.

The Soapbox
The Pursuit of Happiness Part II
Clive Hamilton concludes his analysis, looking at how more and more Australians are pulling back from a marketplace that is no longer providing the goods.

The Locker Room
Sack ‘Em All!
Phil Doyle puts his job on the line, but doesn’t everyone these days?

The Westie Wing
The NSW Government has an agenda on the table but the test is finding innovative ways to finance it, writes Ian West

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Activists What’s On!

Shattering Silences report & Avant Burma postcard

Saturday 19 June 2004

Women of Burma Day


Daw Aung San Suu Kyi‚s birthday

12pm ˆ 3.30pm

University of New South Wales

Bio Med lecture theatre D

Biological Sciences building (accessed via Gate 9, High St.)

(For further information see map on Map ref.E27)

Held in conjunction with Women Taking Action Locally and Globally (Beijing plus10) & the Centre for Refugee Research, UNSW; Union Aid Abroad ˆ APHEDA; AIDWATCH.

Party Girls Chalk Up a Decade

Emily's List and ACTU Member Connect presents the 35% Celebration Show!

It has been 10 years since the ALP National Conference at which a rule change was introduced which required that by the year 2002 a minimum of 35% of ALP candidates for winnable seats would be women.

Emily's List invites you and your friends to this special show to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Affirmative Action rule and the success of our 152 women Labor MPs.

Saturday 19 June, 8.00pm

Merlyn Theatre

CUB Malthouse Theatre

112 Sturt Street, Southbank

Bar/Café facilities available

The evening will be hosted by MC Tracy Bartram and will feature:

Jenny Macklin, Federal Deputy Leader of the Opposition and MHR for Jaga Jaga

Julia Gillard, Federal Shadow Minister for Health and MHR for Lalor

Nicola Roxon, Federal Shadow Attorney General and Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on the Status of Women, MHR for Gellibrand

Joan Kirner, Co-Convenor of Emily's List Australia

Sharan Burrow, ACTU President

Linda Burney, MP first Aboriginal woman elected to NSW Parliament

Candy Broad, Victorian State Minister for Local Government and Housing; and

Catherine King, MHR for Ballarat

Plus! Be entertained by an all-star line up:

Comedians - Dave Grant and Jodie J Hill

Musicians - Rebecca Barnard, Shane O'Mara and Kelli Howell

Tickets: $45 ($35 concession) including complimentary glass of wine

To register please click on the link below:

World Refugee Day

Sunday 20 June,

Rally commences 1pm, Hyde Park North, Sydney

In 2000, a special United Nations General Assembly Resolution was

unanimously adopted which designated 20 June every year as World Refugee


The purpose of World Refugee Day is to draw attention to the plight of

refugees, celebrate their courage and resilience, and provide an opportunity

to recognise the contribution which refugees make to the countries that host


In Australia, World Refugee Day is a time for families, individuals and

organisations to gather at a number of events being held throughout the

country to acknowledge the difficulties faced and courage shown by refugees.

It is also a time to celebrate our cultural diversity.

There are still more than 1000 people in detention in Australia, Nauru and

Manus Island and over 100 are children. There are also about 8,500 Temporary

Protection Visa holders who live lives of great uncertainty.

A rally to mark World Refugee Day will be held at 1pm on Sunday 20th June in

Hyde Park. Organisers intend to use the rally to keep pressure on the

Federal Government to introduce a more compassionate and dignified approach to refugees. We hope to see a big presence of ALP members and trade unionists on Sunday!

Speakers include Tanya Plibersek, 3 ex-detainee high school students, Zachary Steel, Riz Wakil (Afghan refugee), Ann Coombs (RAR), Tony Kevin (SIEV-X whistleblower), Kerrie Nettle, Hai-Van Nguyen (Vietnamese refugee), Aden Ridgeway.

Fundraiser for the Cuban Children's Fund

Merdith Burgmann, President of the NSW Legislative Council will host a fundraising reception for the fund as follows:

Friday July 9th, 5.30 pm - 7 pm

At the President's Dining Room, Parliament House, Macquarie St, Sydney.

$30 donation, plus surprise raffles.

RSVP by 2nd July

To Claudine Lyons

Ph 9230 2548

The special guest will be: Anthony Albanese, MHR (Shadow Minister for Employment Services and Training). Anthony was a member of the recent parliamentary delegation to Cuba. During the visit he was able to visit the Wm Soler Hospital, the focus of the Cuban Children's fund's efforts. Anthony will talk about the progress of the hospital and his observations of Cuba generally.

We hope that you can support this event by coming along - whether or not you are a member of the Fund Association, you are very welcome.

In recent months the Fund Committee has been able to assist the further development of the Wm Soler Hospital with donations that have enabled the purchase of intensive care beds for small children and paediatric anaesthetic equipment.

This event is also important in the light of George Bush' recent escalation of pressure on the Cuban people and their economy.

If you would like to join the fund please return this email and I will send you the necessary information.

The fund is assisted and administrated through APHEDA - Union Aid Abroad, the ACTU's aid and solidarity organisation.

hoWARd the arseLIcKEr

-Written by D.B.Valentine - Directed by Mark Cleary

-The Edge Theatre - Cnr King & Bray Sts Newtown

-Advance previews Wed 4th & Thurs 5th August.

-Opening Friday 6th Aug to Sunday 29th Aug.

-Time: 7.30pm (tbc)

-Bookings 9645 1611 or

-More info go to: click on "The Edge"


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