||Issue No. 266||03 June 2005|
An Act of Faith
Interview: The Baby Drought
Industrial: Lies, AWAs and Statistics
Workplace: The Invisible Parents
History: Bruce’s Big Blunder
Politics: All God's Children
Economics: Spun Out
International: Shakey Trials
Legal: Civil Distrubance
Review: Crash Course In Racism
Poetry: You're Fired
The Locker Room
Remembering Workers In Cairns
Fair Go For Injured Workers
A Question Of Choice
Galahs Up The Cross
Activists' What's On!
The Wages of Spin
From the company behind the smash hit stage production of the
"Children Overboard" Inquiry, CMI: version 1.0 presents
The Wages of Spin
Does it matter we went to war on a lie?
Sydney: May 20 - Jun 5 Canberra: July 20 - 30
> "You went abroad in our name on a just cause.... Thank you from Australia." - John Howard
> "Nobody knows, nobody has asked and nobody even tries to establish what the level of casualties might be. That is true, isn't it?" - Senator John Faulkner, Senate Estimates Committee
> There is no point in producing information that may be misleading or unhelpful." - Defence Minister, Senator Robert Hill, in response.
Last year Sydney's version 1.0 went overboard with its surreal and gut-wrenching CMI (A Certain Maritime Incident), taking the transcript of the Senate's "Children Overboard" Inquiry as a performance text. Now the company has turned its attention to the war on Iraq, and the fabricated (and shifting) justifications for it, with a new show, The Wages of Spin (Performance Space, May 20 - June 5).
The Wages of Spin is political theatre, version 1.0 style - playful, surreal, visceral and tragic, with no easy answers. There may be casualties. There certainly will be liberties taken with the found texts. So, in the words of a thousand arts journos and a thousand PR hacks, what can the audience expect to see? Expect to see kittens in gift-wrapped boxes, flag gags, fake blood, shock-and-awe slapstick and Benny Hill-esque puns about weapons of mass destruction. Expect to laugh... until you're confronted with the horrors of POW interrogations. Expect to see some serious grappling with the horrific possibility that the Right may have been right... the war may have been a good thing.
The Wages of Spin plays to Sydney's chardonnay set at Performance Space (May 20 - June 5), before entertaining Canberra's political elites at The Street Theatre (July 20 -30). Bookings: Sydney, 02 9698 7235 or [email protected], Canberra 02 6247 1223.
Artists Performer/Devisers: Stephen Klinder, Deborah Pollard & David Williams Dramaturgy: Paul Dwyer Outside Eye: Yana Taylor Lighting: Simon Wise Video: Sean Bacon Sound: Gail Priest Producer: Harley Stumm
Sydney Performance Space, 199 Cleveland St Redfern. 20 May - 5 June (Wed - Sat 8pm, Sun 5pm) Tix $25/20/15. Bookings: 02 9698 7235 or [email protected]
Canberra The Street Theatre, Cnr Childers St & University Ave. July 20 - 30 (Tue - Sat 8pm + 2pm matinee, Sat 30th) Tix $29/24. Bookings: 02 6247 1223
Media Info Harley Stumm 0411 330 654 or [email protected]
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WOMEN, PEACE AND PALESTINE
What's going on in Palestine? Is peace possible? How women are playing a crucial role in the struggle for justice.
Hannah Safran, teaches in women's studies and is a co-founder of Women in Black (Haifa), Israel
Donna Mulhearn, Australian peace activist recently returned from the West Bank
Rihab Charida, Sydney-based Palestinian activist
Chaired by Greens Senator Kerry Nettle
6.30 - 8.00 pm
Thursday, June 9, 2005
NSW Teachers' Federation
22-23 Mary St
(short walk from Central)
All Welcome : Information 02 9690 2038
Worried about Howard's anti-union laws?
Don't miss the ... National Union Fightback Conference
Saturday, 11 June, 8.30am
Trades Hall, Melbourne
(cnr Lygon St and Victoria Pde, Carlton South)
A national gathering of trade unionists to discuss building resistance to the Howard government's anti-union laws. Our aim is to develop organisation among active unionists across Australia.
CONFIRMED SPEAKERS AND PARTICIPANTS -
· Martin Kingham (Vic secretary)
· Kevin Reynolds (WA secretary)
· Joe McDonald (WA asst secretary)
· Chris Cain (WA secretary)
· Steve Dargavel (Vic metal division secretary)
· Bronwyn Halfpenny (Vic food division secretary)
· Craig Johnston (former Vic metal division secretary)
· Joan Doyle (Vic P and T branch secretary)
· Dean Mighell (Vic secretary)
· Qld branch representative
· Matthew McGowan (Vic NTEU division secretary)
· Marisa Bernardi (NSW organiser)
· Jenny Kruschel (Vic TCFU assistant secretary)
· Tim Gooden (Geelong and region TLC acting secretary)
· John Parker (Gippsland TLC secretary)
· Northern Rivers Union Network (NSW) representative
· Senator Kerry Nettle
· Sam Watson (Qld)
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: Mike Treen (UNITE, New Zealand)
Initiated by Socialist Alliance
Initial sponsors: Michele O'Neil (Vic TCFU secretary); Union Solidarity Group; Northern Rivers Union Network (NSW); Teachers Alliance (Vic); Jim Keogh (MUA Veterans Association Southern Branch secretary); Ken McBride (MUA Veterans Associations Southern Branch assistant secretary; Community Radio 3CR; 3CR's industrial affairs program Strikeback; 3CR's On the Picket Line; national community radio's trade union show Stick Together Show; Members First (CPSU-federal activist group)
9am Opening Plenary: How will the Howard agenda impact and who's in the firing line?
10.30-12 noon Workshops:
o Challenging anti-union laws: lessons in victory & defeat from the 1997 union campaign in Western Australia and New Zealand in the 1990s
o Froim the Clarrie O'Shea campaign to the MUA dispute - where unity and mass action won the day
o Union organising outside the capital cities
o Casualisation and the attack on equal wages
o Film: Oil workers' struggle in Venezuela
1-2.30pm Plenary: Strategies to resist and defeat anti-union laws
2.45-3.45pm Plenary: Proposals for action
3.45-5.15pm Workshops: Break up into industry and regional TLC groups.
Films to run at the same time as workshops
Evening social event : 6pm-late - Live music from Dan Warner, food and drinks.
Old Ballroom, Trades Hall
Childcare will be available on-site on the day, but we need bookings in advance.
SLAPP in the face of democracy
Public forum on how corporate legal actions try to silence community groups
6:00pm - 8:00pm Friday 17 June 2005
NSW Law Society, 170 Phillip St, Sydney
Committee Room 2, Level 2
Bob Brown - Gunns 20 defendant, Greens Senator
Peter Cashman - General Counsel, Maurice Blackburn Cashman
Robin Banks - Director, Public Interest Advocacy Centre
The legal limits of political protest in Australia are being squeezed by law reforms and SLAPP suits (Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation) which pit corporate interests against community groups.
On 13 December 2004, logging company Gunns filed a $6.3 million writ in the Victorian Supreme Court alleging damage had been caused to Gunns' business in the course of a forest campaign. Defendants in this action include Senator Bob Brown, The Wilderness Society and individual activists.
Meanwhile at a federal level, the Howard Government is pushing for a uniform defamation law, which will allow corporations to sue community groups and individuals for defamation.
All welcome - entry is free
Organised by Greens MP Lee Rhiannon and
the Legal Observers Project (Sydney)
For information contact Jemma Bailey on 0401 666 434
Workers rights union rights your rights
Mark Lennon Unions NSW
Sally McManus ASU
Andrew Ferguson CFMEU
Doug Cameron AMWU
Kerry Nettle NSW Greens Senator
Garry Moore NCOSS
Robert Coombs MUA
Derrick Belan NUW
Lee Rhiannon NSW Greens MLC
When the Coalition takes control of the Senate in July
Prime Minister John Howard will introduce industrial relations
laws that will increase the burden on working people and the
The Greens are helping unions to mobilise support for decent
working conditions and an industrial relations system that
recognises the rights of working people to organise and to strike.All welcome
Lee Rhiannon MLC
organising an alternative to the
Coalition's industrial relations agenda
The Past is Before Us
the Ninth National Labour History Conference will be held at the Holme Building, University of Sydney from Thursday 30th June until Saturday 2nd July. Over 100 presentations of papers, films, and an exhibition from Unions NSW and the Noel Butlin Archive. Meredith Burgmann, MLC, President of the NSW Legislative Council will officially open the conference. The Conference dinner at NSW Parliament. For more information go to the conference home page
The conference program is up on the website - http://asslh.econ.usyd.edu.au/program.htm
Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA Study Tour
Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA is inviting applications for of East Timor a study tour between July 17th and 24th. The ideal participant will be active in the Australian trade union movement, deeply committed to international solidarity, and keen to investigate the effectiveness of APHEDA projects in East Timor. An ability to have fun and enjoy warm weather is also a must!
The cost of the study tour is $2,050 which includes airfare ex-Darwin, accommodation, in-country transport, interpreter services, breakfasts and the study tour itself. For more information about contact Thomas Michel (02) 9264 9343, 0410 814 360
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