||Issue No. 291||25 November 2005|
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
Name and Shame
Unite and Fight
The Worker's Best Friend
Stop the Corporate Rot
Activist's What's On!
What's the Rush?
RD. (Bob) Walshe's
Book Launch, hosted by Rodney Cavalier, Chair of NSW Parliament's 2006 Celebration of I5O Years of Responsible Govt (an ALP member for 37 years, and former Minister for Education). 6.30pm, for 7.00pm, Friday, 2 December, at Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe (ph 02 9660 2333)
Bob Waishe says Eureka Stockade has been grossly underrated:
"Good history", says Bob, "is more than study of the past; it's the present consulting human experience for guidance in handling today's troubles - and Eureka has heap to suggest."
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
Iraq He Wrote
Scott Ritter speaking at Sydney University - Mon 28 Nov, 6:30pm
What: Iraq Confidential: Public lecture by Scott Ritter,
Scott Ritter, the former United States marine and United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq, will give a free public lecture at the University of Sydney on Monday, November 28 at 6.30pm, presented by the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies.
Scott Ritter is the author of a new book, Iraq Confidential: The Untold Story of America's Intelligence Conspiracy (I.B. Tauris $A35) which reveals how the CIA manipulated and sabotaged the work of UN departments to achieve a hidden foreign policy agenda in the Middle East. The foreword is by US investigative journalist Seymour Hersh.
More information on the University of Sydney website:
The Sedition Condition
MELBOURNE DOCUMENTARY GROUP for 2005
The on-going saga of SBS and the Documentary Commissioning Editor: A debrief and discussion
In these trying days for documentary filmmakers, the MDG presents a program to get it all off your chest and view a film that will make your production difficulties seem like a romp in the park
DATE: Tuesday December 13
THE LAST VALLEY
It's social, it's political and it may be seditious
ATTEMPTS TO STOP THE FILMING: THIS COULD HAPPEN TO YOU!!!
Peter was arrested by the DSS on two occasions whist filming, but was not charged. However in early 2003 the DSE began a legal prosecution against him alleging that he had assaulted one of their officers. He was also charged with "littering'; "obstruct a lawful logging operation" etc, etc. The matter went to two trials and the DSE withdrew all charges on the second day of the second trial after Peter screened his unbroken video record of the events. Peter will attend the screening to talk about these and many, many more issues that surrounded the making of the film, not the least being the long and wearying attempts to secure a broadcaster (it is now with ABC TV) and financing.
Wal-Mart the High Cost of Low Price
Released in the USA on 1 November, be the first to see it in Australia
Tuesday 6 December
What is WalMart?
WalMart says it supports communities; provides jobs, good wages, career opportunities and health care; creates jobs overseas and the biggest employer of minority groups in the US; and protects the environment.
Robert Greenwald's film systematically examines each of these claims drawing on accounts of small business owners, WalMart managers and employees and environmental workers.
The film has come under a major attack campaign from WalMart attractin media coverage not only for its content but for its guerrilla promotional campaign. Why?
You be the judge.
Robert Greenwald previous films include documentaries - Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (2004) a film exposing the right-wing bias of Fox News and features such as Breaking Up, starring Russell Crowe and Salma Hayek.
His films have earned 25 Emmy nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, the Peabody Award, and eight Awards of Excellence from the Film Advisory Board.
The possibility that it might become a cult hit like Michael Moore's 1989 unsympathetic portrait of General Motors, "Roger & Me," has Wal-Mart worried.
Because today, we're the focus of one of the most organized, most sophisticated, most expensive corporate campaigns ever launched against a single company.
Wal-Mart's announcements about its health care plan are nothing more than a desperate publicity stunt to salvage a faltering public image.
What a Shocker
p o p c o r n t a x i
'Hasn't everyone, at one time, held their own? I certainly have.'
AT SPECIAL VENUE
THIS PROGRAM IS PROUDLY SPONSORED BY
After the screening join Tony Moore and Bazza himself, BARRY CROCKER for an interview and audience Q&A live on-stage with film writer Jane Mills...PLUS there's a chance you might get full as a boot with our Special Guests PLUS there's prizes to be won in our Best Bazza McKenzie Costume Competition!
Before Warnie. Before Latham. Before even Paul Hogan there was Barry McKenzie, the marauding ocker innocent abroad who outraged all decent Australians and poms back in the 1970s. Bazza spouted Aussie-isms non-stop, gargled with Fosters, was a dab hand with the sheilas and chundered his way to glory in his big-screen debut in the spectacularly insensitive The Adventures of Barry McKenzie.
Barry McKenzie Holds His Own is the riotous, wide-screen sequel to 1972's Aussie-mega hit in which Bazza (Barry Crocker) rockets off to Froggyland to save his Aunt Edna (Barry Humphries) when she's mistakenly kidnapped by this Commo Vampire dictator who mistook her for the Queen of England. Cop That!
Co-written by comic genius BARRY HUMPHRIES and director BRUCE BERESFORD the sequel rips into the Poms, the 70s 'cultural rennaisance', snobs and anyone that gets in Bazza's way. Even Australia's then Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam appears to help Bazza out of some realstrife...imagine that happening today!
And there's a cracker supporting cast including a hirsute CLIVE JAMES, a semi-clad LITTLE NELL, ED DEVEREAUX and DONALD PLEASANCE.
Says Tony Moore, author of The Barry McKenzie Movies (Currency Press), 'they were a watershed in Australian cinema and culture. Bazza was the catalyst for the rise of the ocker, the 70s larrikin. Forever talking about sex, but never actually losing his virginity, Bazza, his one eyed trouser snake at the ready, was also a trail blazer for the sex 'n sin 70s. But the movies are also a satire on our relationship with the poor old poms, class snobbery, Aussie males, sexual permissiveness, racism, artistic pretension and politics.'
AND REMEMBER ALL YOUSE SHEILAS AND BLOKES come dressed in ya best Bazza Clobber...there's bonza prizes to be won!
So don't be like a spare tonk at a knock shop wedding...get your tackle in gear and come see Popcorn Taxi let Bazza loose.
Thanks to CURRENCY PRESS and PADDINGTON RSL for help making this program possible.
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