||Issue No. 290||18 November 2005|
The Long March
Interview: Public Defender
Legal: Craig's Story
Unions: Wrong Way, Go Back
Politics: Queue Jumping
History: Iron Heel
Economics: Waging War
International: Under Pressure
Poetry: Billy Negotiates An AWA
Review: A Pertinent Proposition
The Locker Room
What lucky country
Swimming with Sharks
Save Our Culture
Activist's What's On!
Politics in the Pub - Katoomba
Saturday November 26th 2005 at 2.00pm Hotel Gearin, 273 Great Western Highway, Katoomba
"Be informed, alerted and alarmed"
speakers to be announced come along to discuss: The changes to the Industrial Relations Act What is before the Federal Parliament: will debate be allowed? The High Court challenge How who and when? And How will this effect your employment Part time, full time, casual, pensioners and young workers These matters touch all of us convened by BMUC: Blue Mountains Unions Council
Singing for our Rights
Trade Union Choir's tribute to our former member Norm Clark
Sunday 20th November
Annandale Neighbourhood Centre
$15 ($10 concession) - refreshments provided
White Ribbon Day
Friday 25 November is White Ribbon Day.
Also known as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, it is an opportunity for community groups to focus on a problem that affects many people in Australia and internationally.
On 17 December 1999 the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution designating 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The resolution was supported by Australia and since this date the event has been marked with a range of community activities.
Wearing a white ribbon on 25 November is seen as a personal pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women. Violence against women and girls affects everyone in the community. Men's lives are personally affected if their girlfriends, wives, daughters, mothers, grandmothers or sisters experience violence or the threat of violence.
Harmful attitudes and beliefs in the community are also a very important part of the problem, and tackling these will assist in building a community that is safer for women and girls.
Further information may be obtained from The Office of Women, Department of Family and Community Services (www.ofw.facs.gov.au) or from www.whiteribbonday.org.au
I Dream of Johnny
A musical comedy. Opening Thursday November 24,
Newtown Theatre. Cnr King & Bray Sts, Newtown South.
The play is a riotous musical combining 60's psychedelia, Gilbert and Sullivan type songs, dance routines and guest appearances from mythical gods as it steers its protagonists- namely John Howard and Tony Abbott, towards retribution for their policies on refugees and industrial relations.
Regular ticket prices are $25/20 respectively. However, union members are eligable for a $15 ticket in week two- from Tuesday November 29 to Saturday December 3.
The play has been made with generous support from unions such as the CFMEU and the Flight Attendants' Association.
After losing his passport and his memory John Howard finds himself on a boat to Norway as part of a 'refugees for nuclear waste' scheme, devised by his government and outsourced agencies. A series of mishaps lead to him being thrown over-board and stuck on a desert island with an irate Tony Abbott, who has been using his thinking time to devise a new dastardly portfolio for himself called the 'Department of Industrial Convalescence'. After being rescued from the island both men end up in the Baxter Detention Centre and must face the consequences of their past actions which winds up in an all-in rap battle and the appearance of Amanda Vanstone to sort things out.
The play features great musical and dance numbers, choreographed by Mark Daly, with music written by producer/playwright Joel Beasant and musician Matthew Campbell. The play was written by Joel Beasant, Robert Luxford and Leslie Marsh, and is directed by Jenelle Pearce, whose work recently featured in the Newtown Theatre's 'Short and Sweet' sessions. Adam Fraser and Rhys Wilson star as Howard and Abbott, respectively.
The play cleverly uses real dialogue from figures, such as Howard and Abbott, to challenge their actions towards refugees and the disadvantaged by literally placing them 'in the others' shoes'. John Howard finds himself in a number of situations where he appeals for humanitarian treatment, by re-stating quotes he has made in the past however, instead of being delivered by them, he actually gets the treatment his government has metered out. The irony is hilarious and made even better as it is regularly accompanied by groovy singing and dancing. The shows will run from Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm, with a 2pm matinee on Saturdays. Ticket prices are:
$15 special price for union-card holders in week 2, from Tues Nov 29- Sat Dec 3.
$15 special price for students in week 3, from Tues Dec 6- Sat Dec 10.
Enquiries about the show can be made to:
Bookings MCA 1300 306 776 or online: www.mca-tix.com
For further information call Joel Beasant on: 02 9797133
Jenny Hocking in conversation with Ian Syson on her new political biography "Frank Hardy: Politics Literature Life"
6.30pm Wednesday 23 November
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