||Issue No. 248||26 November 2004|
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
Helicar Fingers Victims ... Again
The Locker Room
Pee Pole Shame
Latham Is A Scapegoat
Labor Council of NSW
Rabbits Sick of Clover
The union, this week, flagged a ban on work at Redfern Oval unless Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, improves consultation with the community.
State assistant secretary, Brian Parker, said the ban was "more likely than ever" after a mid-week meeting at which football club members and indigenous people felt they were given the brush.
Moore has tabled three proposals for the Rabbitohs spiritual home, including turning their oval into parkland, and opposes a move to redevelop the facility to a standard where it can again host first grade football.
Observers believe the future of the historic club swings on returning to its birthplace. Since being readmitted to the NRL, after massive public support for its battle with News Ltd, South Sydney has struggled to draw crowds to the Sydney Football Stadium base it shares with the Roosters.
Popular former player, coach and chairman, George Piggins, is the driving force behind redeveloping Redfern Oval as a focal point for the community.
The Piggins plan would see the Rabbitohs share the redevelopment with a 24-hour medical centre, and a range of community groups.
"South Sydney Leagues Club has offered a privately-funded redevelopment that would not cost ratepayers a cent," Parker said. "We are talking about a sporting and community facility that would be shared by indigenous and other groups, and boost local jobs.
"We want a fair hearing but Clover Moore is backing a minority that want to see Redfern Oval destroyed."
Parker told last week's community meeting that US statistics showed investment in sporting facilities slashed inner-city crime rates.
Moore options for the ground that hosted numerous rugby league championships include parkland, a 7000-seater stadium that would fall well short of NRL requirements, and
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