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Issue No. 254 04 March 2005  
E D I T O R I A L

Thatís Our Team
Hereís a test. Hands up all those who watched the news last night. Who can remember the weather forecast for tomorrow? What about the forecast in Perth?

F E A T U R E S

Interview: Dot.Com
Evan Thornley was a labour activist. Then he rode the tech wave. Now he's home with new ideas on how Labor can win the economic debate.

Workplace: Dirt Cheap
In her new book, Elizabeth Wynhausen learns how hard it is to live on the minimum wage.

Industrial: Daddy Doesnít Live With Us Anymore
Andreia Viegasí tells the story of the loss her young family has felt since her husband was killed at work, and the need for justice for families who fall victim to industrial manslaughter.

Economics: Who's Afraid of the BCA?
Big Business's agenda for Australia has gone from loopy to mainstream at the speed of light, writes Neale Towart

International: From the Wreckage
Working people across Iraq are struggling to build their own independent unions Ė and are successfully organising industrial action on the vital oil fields as well as in hotels, transport outlets and factories, Writes Andrew Casey

Politics: Infrastructure Blues
With much attention given belatedly to the shortage of infrastructure, little attention has been given to the structure of infrastructure, writes Evan Jones

History: Meat and Three Veg
A new book recounts the impact of the Depression on women workers, writes Neale Towart,

Savings: Super Seduction
Sharks are circling your super. From July 1, banks and financial planners will have access to the nesteggs of an extra four million workers, writes Jim Marr.

Politics: Popping the 'E-Word'
Federal shadow treasurer Wayne Swan unveils Labor's new economic doctrine.

Poetry: To Know Somebody
This week saw an appointment to the ABC Board that was even more breathtaking than that of Liberal Party figure Michael Kroger. Resident Bard David Peetz celebrates the occasion with a reworking of an old Bee Gees hit.

Review: Off the Rails
A new play on the impact of rail privatisation in Britain has a poignant message for Sydney commuters, writes Alex Mitchell

N E W S

 Rev Kev: Innocent Shall Be Guilty

 Itís Official - Taskforce "Hopeless"

 Hollywood For Tropfest Evictees

 Miner Problem for Feds

 Students Driven to Sleep

 Brogden Dances On Graves

 Let Them Drink Beer

 Traffic Fines Parked

 The Airline That Flew a Kite

 Hundreds Resist Porridge

 Experts Back Better Childcare Pay

 Mushroom Mums Win

 Rotten Fruit Exposed

 Workers Sue Rumsfeld

 Activistís Whatís On

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
The Big Picture
Think about this: It takes 150 tonnes of iron ore to buy a plasma TV, writes Doug Cameron.

The Locker Room
Reducto Ad Absurdo
Phil Doyle offers advice for the lovelorn, and finds that things are getting smaller

New Matilda
Work is In
The rise and fall of the working hours debate in france is relevent to Australian workers, writes Daniel Donahoo and Tim Martyn

Parliament
The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP surveys the upcoming conservative centralist collective attack.

Postcard
Postcard from Harvard
Australian union officials making the annual pilgrimage to the Harvard Trade Union Program learnt that, at least, they are not alone, says Natalie Bradbury.

L E T T E R S
 Stay Terra Firma on Tax
 Janetís Job No Victory
 Royal Finger Lickers
 Will $20 Restore Carr?
 Two Ideas
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The controversy of one man - Kisch in Australia

When Czech journalist and peace campaigner Egon Erwin Kisch (1885-1948), came to Australia in November 1934, he challenged a conservative Lyons government, caused a media sensation and won the hearts of many

Australians.

The renowned political activist will be remembered in a new exhibition - Kisch in Australia - opening at the State Library of NSW on 14 February 2005.

The exhibition tells the story of the man who publicly defied the government's ban on his entry to Australia by jumping overboard at Port Melbourne (breaking his leg) in his determination to reach the Australian public with his message of anti-Fascism.

According to State Librarian & Chief Executive Dagmar Schmidmaier AM: "The fascinating story of this extraordinary man will be brought to life through original items from the Library's renowned collection, including Kisch's hand-written notes used in his public speeches."

The exhibition panels also include newspaper reports of the controversy surrounding his arrival, rare protest posters campaigning for Kisch's release and letters written in defence of Kisch's freedom.

Dr Heidi Zogbaum, author of the recently published Kisch in Australia: The untold story (Scribe, 2004) said, "Kisch had the ability to give rousing speeches with limited English and drew enthusiastic crowds wherever he went."

"Kisch was convinced that his ban was the result of Nazi pressure on the Australian government," said Dr Zogbaum, "but he was quite wrong. The newly appointed Attorney-General, Robert Gordon Menzies had staked his reputation on keeping Kisch out of Australia."

After his return to Paris, Kisch worked tirelessly on behalf of his fellow writers who had fallen victim to the Nazi regime. Upon the fall of France in 1940, Kisch managed to escape to Mexico. He returned to Prague in 1946 and died of a massive heart attack in 1948.

"The memory of Kisch is kept alive in Germany through the renowned Egon Erwin Kisch Prize for journalism, which honours the "reporter of truth" in a most fitting way," said Dr Roland Goll, Director of the Goethe-Institut, Sydney, who initiated and is supporting the exhibition.

Kisch in Australia is a free exhibition in the State Library's Picture Gallery from 14 February - 24 April 2005. It will then travel to the Migration Museum in Adelaide.

STRUGGLES, SCABS + SCHOONERS is BACK!!

Now confirmed for 19th March 2005 from 3pm.

4 pubs. 4 struggles. 4 speakers. A lot of singing (with passion, not talent).

Join us as we celebrate our great movement - remember & learn about great struggles, drink great beer, and recharge our enthusiasm for the next battle.

Tickets are $30 (unless we change our minds or go broke at the last minute), which includes dinner.

If you wanna get on board the bus (walkers are welcome & free), please let us know ASAP - you'll have a confirmed seat if you get us the money before the day.

RSVP to Chris ([email protected] or 0438 898 435) or Michael ([email protected]) for more information.

2005 Palm Sunday March and Rally

Parramatta

Assemble 2pm at park opposite St Patrick's cathedral, Church St, parramatta

2.40pm March to Parramatta Town hall square

http://www.nswpweace.org

GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION

SUNDAY 20th MARCH

12 NOON AT TERRIGAL SKILLION

BRING : * PICNIC LUNCH

* WATER

* UMBRELLAS

* RUGS and a spare blanket or length of cloth with which we will form the word NO as a giant 'patchwork'.

* WEAR A WHITE RIBBON [

white ribbons are a symbol of our grief for all those killed in Iraq and our desire for the war to end. White is the symbol for peace in many countries around the world and the symbol of mourning in others.]

NO war

NO erosion of human rights

NO troops in Iraq

NO Australians in Guantanamo Bay

NO mandatory detention

NO forced deportations

NO deaths in custody

Sydney: Is Government Delivering a Livable City?

What sort of city should Sydney be? What challenges does it face? And is

Sydney a sustainable and livable city?

The NSW Fabian Society is conducting this seminar with:

Craig Knowles (Minister for Infrastructure & Planning)

Julia Finn (Lord Mayor of Parramatta)

Professor Peter Newman (Murdoch University)

The seminar will be chaired by Sean Kidney, Executive Member of the NSW

Fabian Society.

When: Wednesday 23 March from 6.00pm - 7.30pm

Where: Theatrette, NSW Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney

Cost: Free

Forthcoming Fabian Society Seminars

April: Could Chifley Win A Labor Preselection Today? - Getting Better Labor

Candidates

With: John Button (Former Federal Minister), Tim Gartrell (ALP National

Secretary), & Rod Cavalier (Former State Minister)

When: Wednesday 20 April from 6.00pm to 7.30pm

Where: Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe

May: Do We Need A New Environmental Agenda?

With: Bob Debus (Environment Minister), Prof Mike Archer (co-author of "Going

Native") & Peter Garrett MP (Past President of the Australian

Conservation Foundation)

When: Wednesday 18 May from 6.00pm to 7.30pm

Where: Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe

Community Organising School

In light of the re-election of the Federal Liberal Government, reflecting on and increasing our ability to organise and work across movements is vital. We can gain strength if we learn new strategies for working with people from different sectors and experiences.

The Community Organising School 2005 is a part of a broader project that seeks to link experienced organisers from a variety of movements, including community organisations, the union movement, environmentalists and social justice movements, to learn together and to build our collective strength.

Details of the School

The School will be held at Currawong (Pittwater training facility) from Sunday April 3 to Wednesday April 6 2005. It is the first of a variety of cross-movement, capacity building projects to begin in 2005.

People attending the School will learn, share and build organising techniques for expanding our capacity and effectiveness for social change in Sydney and NSW. It will run sessions to draw out experiences and lessons on effective organising and social change practices from participants.

The Schoolās residential accommodation only allows us to provide 40 places and we are aiming to have a very diverse range of participants in the school. For this reason we are asking people to go through a registration process. If your or your organisation is interested in participating in the school, we request that you distribute the attached registration form to individuals in your organisation, or to other organisations that you work with, and encourage them to register for the School. Registrations are due by Friday 11 February.

The registration fee for the school will be approximately $300 per person (including three and a half days of training, accommodation and food). However we do not want costs to prevent people from registering. If your organisation cannot afford this cost, please indicate this on the registration form. We are seeking sponsorship from larger organisations to subsidise the costs of others. Please do not see costs as a barrier to attendance.

The Community Organising School is the culmination of a year-long discussion between union organisers, community organisations, adult educators and environmentalists. While the School is the first public project, it will be one of many opportunities provided to reflect and learn about community organising. To find out more about the School or to discuss how you can participate in this exciting and timely project feel free to contact either:

Tony Brown, Centre for Popular Education [email protected] 9514 3866

Christine Laurence, Western Sydney Community Forum [email protected] 9637 6190

Melanie Gillbank, Search Foundation [email protected] 0403 051 606

Amanda Tattersall, Unions NSW [email protected] 0409 321 133

Community Organising School Committee

C/- Centre for Popular Education, UTS

PO Box 123

Broadway 2007

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Community Organising School

3- 6 April 2005

Currawong, Pittwater

Aims

To increase our ability to organise and work across movements in order to build cross movement collaboration, by:

o providing the opportunity for organisers and activists to share their experiences with other organisers and activists working in different fields

o identifying differences while examining commonalities and opportunities for working together

o learning, sharing and developing organising techniques for expanding our capacity and effectiveness for social change

o discussing different approaches to strategic campaigning and community organising

The School will draw on the experience, knowledge and expertise of those attending.

Are you organising for social and economic change?

Concerned at the growing power of employers, the state and big business?

Concerned at the state of advocacy and activist groups to influence the agenda?

Wanting to turn the tide and re-build grassroots capacity in local communities and the workplace?

Wanting to build cross movement collaboration?

We are seeking organisers working in/with:

social movements,

young people,

environmental advocacy,

resident action

trade unions

popular arts, cultural development and education

migrant communities,

community organizing and development organisations

student organising

who are committed to working for social, economic and environmental justice.

What's in it for you?

The School will:

bring together organisers and activists from across different sites of activism who are focused on developing new ways of working to build strong and effective organizations,

enable participants to meet, learn from and work with organisers in different fields of practice,

provide an environment where organisers from a range of backgrounds can develop mutual respect, understanding and knowledge,

develop networks as a continuing resource of skills, expertise and influence, and

challenge you to think and act differently.

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The program will run from Sunday afternoon April 3 ą Wednesday April 6 2005. The Community Organising School is a residential weekend; applicants must be available to attend the entire event.


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