||Issue No. 318||03 August 2006|
Don't Bank on Costello's Oil Shocker
Interview: A Life And Death Matter
Unions: Fighting Back
Industrial: What Cowra Means
Environment: Scrambling for Energy Security
Politics: Page Turner
Economics: The State of Labour
International: Workers Blood For Oil
History: Liberty in Spain
Review: Go Roys, Make A Noise
The Locker Room
What Was He On About?
Belly On Balance
G Spot for Rally
Pending final approval, the ACTU hopes to hold November's rally at the MCG, building on June's national day of protest that saw 150,000 union members and their families flood Melbourne's CBD.
ACTU Secretary Greg Combet predicted that the ground record might be under threat.
"I think the capacity is 95,000 to 100,000 but we are hopeful also of having people stand on the ground... but I think there will be a lot of people attend this rally in late November and it could well be that we will have quite a few people outside the ground as well, I think, who won't be able to get in" he said.
Similar to last November's protest that drew over one million people Australia-wide, this year's event would be broadcast via the Sky Channel network to locations across the nation.
News of the proposed rally reportedly ruffled the feathers of some MCC members. However there was support for the union plan from unlikely quarters.
The Murdoch-owned Herald Sun had tongue firmly in cheek when it pondered "Blue collars and no ties at the MCG? What's the world coming to?" before describing the move as "politically smart".
AFL football personality and self-styled ladies man Sam Newman declared his support, musing; "We have covered religion, politics and sport at the MCG - nothing much is left. Maybe they can hold a giant Sexpo there".
The MCG is Australia's most famous sporting venue with a history stretching back to 1853.
The iconic ground is best known as the home of the Australian Football League grand final and the Boxing Day cricket test match. 'The G' has also been the stage for rugby league, rugby union and soccer matches.
However the hallowed turf has also been the setting for rock concerts, papal masses and royal visits.
Ironically, the ground record was not set during a sporting contest. That honour goes to evangelical preacher Billy Graham who packed in 130,000 faithful during a 1959 visit.
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