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Issue No. 247 19 November 2004  

In Defence of Jeff
Those of us who know and have worked with Jeff Shaw over the years have found the unfolding spectacle of his very public fall from grace profoundly distressing. Surely they have the wrong guy.


Interview: The Reich Stuff
Robert Reich has led the debate on the future of work – both as an academic and politician. Now he’s on his way to Australia to help NSW unions push the envelope.

Economics: Crime and Punishment
Mark Findlay argues that the present psychological approach to prison programs is increasing the likelihood of re-offending and the threat to community safety.

Environment: Beyond The Wedge
Whether the great forestry divide can ever be overcome or whether it is best sidestepped for the sake of unity and sustainability in other areas is up for debate, writes Tara de Boehmler.

International: The End Of The Lucky Country
Linda Weiss, Elizabeth Thurbon and John Mathews show us How To Kill A Country

Safety: Tests Fail Tests
Nick Lewocki from the RTBU lifts the lid on the shonky science behind RailCorp testing

Politics: Labo(u)r Day
John Robertson lets fly at this years Labor Day dinner

Human Rights: Arabian Lights
Tim Brunero reports on how a Sydney sparky took on the Taliban and lived to tell the tale.

History: Labour's Titan
Percy Brookfield was a big man who was at the heart of the trade union struggles that made Broken Hill a quintessential union town writes Neale Towart.

Review: Foxy Fiasco
To find out who is outfoxing who, read Tara de Boehmler's biased review of a subjective documentary about corrupt journalism.

Poetry: Then I Saw The Light
Brothers and sisters! Praise the Lord! Brother George has saved the White House from an invasion by infidels, writes resident bard David Peetz.


 Activists What's On!

 Union Baiter on Charges

 Commuter Champ Backs Workers

 Late Night Threats in Perth

 Corporates Gobble Apprentices

 Fleas Get Thumbs-Up

 Packer Perishes in Blue

 $5000 Bill for Teen

 Miners Plunge Before The Beak

 Cops Raid Press

 Christmas Sack at Broken Hill

 Admin Staff Exposed

 Teachers Swallow Lolly


The Locker Room
In Naming Rights Only
Phil Doyle has Gone to Gowings

The Soapbox
Homeland Insecurity
Rowan Cahill tells us how the Howard Government’s appointment of Major-General Duncan Lewis to head up the national security division of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet has received little critical comment, until now.

The Westie Wing
New proposed legislation in NSW provides a vital window of opportunity for unions to ensure they achieve convictions for workplace deaths, writes Ian West.

 Backbone Derail Causes Paralysis
 Shawly we’ve heard enough
 Decline of The American Empire
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Activists What's On!

James Hardie Community Protest

Support shafted dying victims of Hardie's toxic legacy at the community protest outside the Australian HQ of the disgraced building products maker. We protest 'til they pay!

Where: James Hardie gates, 10 Colquhoun Street Rosehill

When: Everday, Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm

This protest is supported by ADFA, CFMEU, AMWU and the MUA.

Australia's "Attitude Problem" towards East Timor

Playing Hard Ball on the Timor Gap Treaty

* Wednesday, 24 November, 5:45pm

Australian Institute of International Affairs - lecture presentation

Dr Michael Sullivan (Lecturer, School of Political & International Studies, Flinders University & Patron: Australia East Timor Friendship Association SA)

Wednesday 24 November


Lecture Theatre G04

foyer of Napier Building

University of Adelaide

Institute for Sustainable Futures Lecture

The Institute for Sustainable Futures is inviting you to a free public lecture that will challenge us to contrast our present consumption with a future using fewer resources and sharing those we have more equitably - a real sustainable future?

Starting with you, then Sydney and then the world

Tuesday 23 November 2004

6.00pm drinks for 6.30pm start

Guthrie Theatre, Level 3 Peter Johnson Building, 702-730 Harris St Ultimo Five minutes from Central & Railway Square. Venue parking in basement.

RSVP (for catering) by 22 November 2004 to Robert Button on 02 9514 1734 or [email protected]

For further details, please see below, or go to

How do we live in a city like Sydney without pushing social and ecological systems to the point of collapse? Can we move beyond self-interest and build a city we really want to live in - one where precious resources such as water and fuel are used moderately - one that is safe and healthy? And how do the lifestyle decisions we make here impact on the rest of the world?

Designing A Sustainable Future

Thursday 25 November

Powerhouse Museum

This month at d factory our speakers will discuss how new ideas, technology and innovative design solutions are helping create a more sustainable future. Whether designing products or built environments, designers are re-thinking materials and challenging traditional values and attitudes about design.

Join host Nell Schofield for a chat with Cameron Tonkinwise of the University of Technology, Michael Alvisse of Schamburg + Alvisse and Peter Stutchbury of Stutchbury and Pape.

This month‚s d factory also features a special screening of student works from the UTS: design graduate exhibition 04.

Guest DJ is ŒSleepy Robot‚ who will play a mix of downbeat hip hop, experimental electronic and soundscapes.

Drop in for a cocktail, chill out to DJ music or engage in a new design debate at d factory in the Powerhouse Museum‚s courtyard café from 6pm to 9pm.

When: 25 November 2004, 6-9pm

Where: Powerhouse Museum, Courtyard Cafe, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo (enter via Macarthur Street)

d factory is a FREE MONTHLY EVENT

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:


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

For further information email Celina on (02) 9514 3847 or [email protected]

The Motorcycle Diaries

* Sunday, 12th December, 3:45pm

Film preview and fundraiser

Based on the books "The Motorcycle Diaries" by Ernesto Guevara and "Travelling with Che Guevara" by Alberto Grando. Thefilm follows aninspiring journey of self-discovery and traces theyouthful origins of arevolutionary heart.

AETFA will be presenting this film preview as a fundraiser for Education in East Timor at Palace Nova Cinemas Rundle Street City 3:45pm Sunday 12th December

Tickets $12/$9 concession


Please phone...

Mark - 8277 7356 (after 6pm M-F, or on weekend) or email bookings - click here)


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