||Issue No. 246||12 November 2004|
How It Comes To This
Interview: The Reich Stuff
Economics: Crime and Punishment
Environment: Beyond The Wedge
International: The End Of The Lucky Country
Safety: Tests Fail Tests
Politics: Labo(u)r Day
Human Rights: Arabian Lights
History: Labour's Titan
Review: Foxy Fiasco
Poetry: Then I Saw The Light
The Locker Room
Activists What's On!
Boycott and Picket the Safari Restaurant
SUPPORT UNPAID SUBCONTRACT BUILDING COMPANIES IN THEIR CAMPAIGN FOR JUSTICE how can you help? Boycott the Safari Restaurant, Sign our Supporters Petition, Make a donation to the campaign and Picket nightly from 6.15pm - 28 King Street, Newtown.
James Hardie Community Protest
James Hardie gates
Colquhoun Street Rosehill
Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm
Children in immigration detention:
Latest stats, rally next week: 16th November, lunch time
We have 101 children in immigration detention as at 3 November.
This is a disgrace - there are 41 children in Villawood alone, including an unaccompanied girl.
The Iraqi and Afghan children in Nauru have entered their 4th year of incarceration there.
Please come to Canberra on the first sitting day of the new Parliament to lodge your protest.
To see some facts and to compare us with the world, check the link:
Our Home - Iraq‚ fundraising cocktail party!
When: 7pm, Thursday November 18
Where: The Roxbury Hotel, 182 St Johns Rd, Glebe
What: Great live music, delicious cocktail food, drink on arrival, raffles, games, great prizes, project info, farewell Donna before she leaves, and the chance to help a good cause!
RSVP: Christian 02-9818 8422 Payment by cheque/money order including contact details to:
Our Home - Iraq C/- Senator Aiden Ridgeway P.O Box 278 Rozelle, NSW, 2039
Our Home - Iraq is a grassroots aid group working on the ground in Iraq alongside Iraqi people. Its aim is to improve conditions for disadvantaged children in Iraq and provide opportunities for them to heal from trauma and reach their full potential. Australian woman, Donna Mulhearn, will return to Iraq in November to continue this work.
COMMUNITY ORGANISING SKILLSHARE
Sydney 20/11 & Brisbane 23/11
Community organising methods aim to build power in communities by facilitating effective grassroots democratic participation. The method has been hugely successful in the USA and the UK, building massive networks of active and informed communities. Building strong and effective networks within and across our communities is crucial to respond to an increasingly conservative political situation. Following recent changes to the Senate and opportunities for electoral influence, community organising offers strategies to revitalise participatory democracy. Wenonah Hauter is visiting Australia from the US this November. Wenonah is Director of Public Citizen's Critical Mass Energy Project and has extensive experience as an activist, community organiser and movement builder, campaigning on issues including food irradiation, sustainable energy and the privatisation of water. Join Wenonah for a half-day skillshare to gain inspiration, build networks and exchange ideas and resources. The day is a great opportunity to hear about Public Citizen's advocacy work and relate US experiences to community organising opportunities and strategies in Australia. The skillshare will be highly informal and interactive.
Sydney @ UTS Tower Building, Rm 2.4.29
Saturday November 20th, 9.30am-12noon
[online map http://www.utsunion.uts.edu.au/facilities/functions/location/]
details & rsvp - [email protected]
Facilitators (Sydney) Glen Klatovsky: Campaign Director, Worldwide Fund for Nature and Carolin Wenzel: Communications Officer, Greenpeace Australia Pacific
Brisbane @ Brisbane Powerhouse, Mezzamine Rm, Level 1
Tuesday November 23rd, 9.30am-12noon
details & rsvp - [email protected]
Public Meeting: Food Irradiation/b>
You need to know what is happening to the food you eat!
The European Union has imposed a moratorium of further food irradiation approvals, but the Australian Government is content to ignore the growing body of evidence pointing to the severe health and environmental impacts. Herbs, spices, herbal teas and tropical fruits can now be irradiated under Australian and NZ food guidelines. Irradiated foods may also be entering our food chain indirectly from irradiated grain fed to animals grown for meat and beehives.
The labelling laws are weak, with many escaping classification.
Come and find out about the problems with food irradiation and support the growing campaign.
When: 2pm-4pm, Saturday 20th November 2004
]Where: Room 2.4.29, Tower Building, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Broadway (diagonally opposite Central Station).
Speaker: Wenonah Hauter Consumer Advocate, food irradiation expert, and organic farmerDirector, Critical Mass Energy and Environment Program Public Citizen, Washington D.C., USA http://www.citizen.org
Women in International Security Department of Defence Briefing
Monday 22nd November, 5.30-6.30pm including question time, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, NSW Office Level 10 Angel Place 123 Pitt Street, Sydney, 'Women in International Security (Australia)' invite you to a Department of Defence Briefing Two senior women within the Australian Department of Defence will share their experiences from recent assignments in East Timor and Iraq. Speakers: Jacinta Carroll - Director Europe, Middle East and Rest of the World Major Powers and Global Interests Branch, International Policy Division Sari Sutton - Acting Director, South-West Pacific, International Policy Division Guests arrive - 5.15pm.
WIISA event - RSVP - Free Admission.
Politics In The Pub
Friday Nov 26th 6-8pm, Politics in the Pub, Gaelic Club, Surry Hills,
"Aceh & West Papua" with Dr Nurdin Rahman and John Martinkus.
150th Anniversary of Eureka Rebellion 2004
On Sunday 28th November Sydney will celebrate Eureka Stockade with a forum and concert at the NSW Writers' Centre in Rozelle.
The day will start with a morning forum on the significance of Eureka with two guest speakers. One will be Dr Anne Beggs Sunter, Ballarat authority on the history of the Victorian goldfields and the Eureka Stockade. The other is Sydney historian Bob Walshe. Bob was secretary of the 1954 Sydney centenary celebration of Eureka and has been promoting the importance of Eureka in Australian history since that time.
In the afternoon there will be a Eureka150 concert based on historical and contemporary themes of Eureka. It will feature well-known artists including Lyn Collingwood, Alex Hood, Carole Skinner and John Dengate They will be backed by New Theatre and the voices of the Sydney Trade Union Choir.
The $10 charge for the day includes morning tea and a sausage sizzle lunch.
For further information contact
Bob Walshe - 9528 0444; fax 9528 4445
Paula Bloch - 9665 0559; Email [email protected]
In Victoria The VTHC are organising celebrations. They are as follows:
Saturday 27th November: State Government major event in Federation Square:
Afternoon Family Day
Monday 29th November: Union Commemoration Event Flag raising - Federation Square or Lygon Street at 2.00pm. Simultaneous flag raising at Bakery Hill Ballarat and Latrobe Valley. Win TV to broadcast. VTHC Choir
Thursday 2nd December: 6.00pm: Unions have a presence in Eureka Compound
7.30pm VTHC, NSW & QLD Trade Union Choirs 8.30pm 'A Night Under the Southern Cross'. Story Telling and songs with Richard Franklin, Shayne Howard, Dennis Court
Friday 3rd December (Eureka Day): Dawn Ceremony at Eureka Compound
(Community and unions), followed by Community Breakfast. 9.00am Union Train from Melbourne. 10.30am Ballarat Building Unions Picnic. 8.00pm Danny Spooner
- History of Eureka at Ballarat Trades Hall.
Saturday 4th December: 2.00pm Eureka Diggers March. It is proposed that a bus will leave Carlton at aprox 10.00am, and leaving Ballarat at 4.00pm.
Sunday 5th December: 12 noon: Eureka Memorial Committee Dinner at Ballarat.
For more information: http://www.eurekaballarat.com/index.php
Sat Dec 4th, 9am-1pm, UTS Broadway,Achehnese Community of Australia (ACA) seminar on human rights abuses in Aceh. Speakers include Ed Aspinall,
Justice John Dowd, etc. Contact Vacy (02)9949-3553. .
Films, Politics and Learning Conference
Organization: OVAL Research, Faculty of Education, University of Technology 6 & 7 Dec These nights aim:
- To bring together radical film-makers, radical film buffs, and radical educators.
- To inspire educators about ways they can use film in their work.
- To inspire film-makers about ways they might facilitate learning about politics.
- To foster discussion and advocacy about this field of practice.
We are seeking videos and films under 2 categories:
1. Agitprop: protest, guerrilla, activist, political, subversive short films /videos.
2. Participatory film-making: community films/videos as social intervention. The only format accepted is DVD.
Send copies with entry form to Celina McEwen, The Centre for Popular Education, UTS, PO Box 123, BROADWAY NSW 2007 AUSTRALIA. Deadline for entries is September 30, 2004. Entry forms can be downloaded from www.cpe.uts.edu.au/pdfs/FPLentry.pdf
For further information email Celina on (02) 9514 3847 or [email protected]
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