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  Issue No 62 Official Organ of LaborNet 14 July 2000  




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Unchain Your Mind

On the eve of the national conference of the Australian Labor Party in Hobart many of Labor's foremost thinkers and activists are gathering in Melbourne to present new ideas for Labor in power.

Specifically, speakers will be discussing new policy agendas for a twenty-first century Federal Labor government, and vital reforms to party structure to enhance membership, internal democracy and policy-making. A strong emphasis is on a younger generation of Labor men and women keen to promote new ways of achieving social democracy in a time of rapid change.

A critical perspective unites the forum speakers. Topics to be discussed include trade, globalisation, work place democracy, education, managing cultural diversity, the media and the new information economy, indigenous land rights, unions, party structures, unemployment and foreign policy.

Expect a rigorous critique of orthodox economic ideas of both the right and the left, and new left-of-centre perspectives on public institutions that may no longer be meeting the objectives for which they were established. Speakers will be encouraged to sketch alternative models of governance which might better achieve traditional social democratic goals. The aim of the Unchain My Mind Forum is to promote critical thinking, open dialogue and audience participation.

A must-attend event for anyone interested in political reform, government, social change and Labor's future.

Forum Details

When: Thursday, 27 July, 9:30am to 6.00pm

Where: Trades Hall, cnr Victoria and Lygon Streets, Carlton, Melbourne - Council Chambers

Cost: $25 or $15 concession

Chaired in three sessions by ALP veterans Barry Jones, Joan Kirner and John Button(tbc)

Speakers include Lindsay Tanner, Mark Latham, Duncan Kerr Rebecca Huntley, Paul Mees, Glenn Patmore, Andrew Scott, Guy Rundle, Sharan Burrows, Michael Gadiel, Kate Lundy, Julia Gillard, Race Mathews, McKenzie Wark, Tony Moore and Mary Kalantzis.

Dinner and debate to follow the forum (to be paid for separately).

Topic "The Centre is Mine - Tony Blair, New Labor and the future of electoral politics" Speakers: Andrew Scott, Jim Claven and Dennis Glover. Chair: Kate Lundy

All welcome! Book now!

Four easy ways to book:

1. Print out the registration form and fax to: (02) 9519 8940

2. Mail the form to: Tony Moore, Pluto Press Australia, Locked Bag 199, Annandale NSW 2038

3. E-mail the form to: [email protected]

4. Telephone Pluto Press Australia on: (02) 9519 3299


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In this issue
*  Interview: Fair Trader
AMWU boss Doug Cameron is gearing for a showdown with the ALP over their free trade agenda. But what's he really on about?
*  Politics: Free Trader
Trade Minister Peter Cook states his case for coninuting trade liberalisation and why the 'fair trade' agenda is against the interests of Australian workers.
*  History: Organising - Fifties Style
What do the new wave of organisers do? Pretty much the same hard slog that Audrey Petrie did in the 1950s around Sydney for the Hotel, Club and Restaurant Union (HCRU).
*  Unions: The Whistleblower
A lone Chinese seafarer is fighting to stop a Panamanian flagged vessel from dumping toxic waste into Australian waters
*  International: Jakarta Breakthrough
Indonesian workers have just won a new historic bill of rights which gaurantees them legal protections when they form unions.
*  Solidarity: Rio Versus the Rest of the World
Union members around the world have taken part in a week of international action against the mining giant Rio Tinto. Andrew Casey looks at all the hot spots.
*  Satire: Amnesty Branch Targets Lazy Letter Writer
Police are investigating claims that the Glebe branch of Amnesty International has captured and tortured a member whose tardiness in letter writing had become renowned.
*  Review: Little by Little
Clinton Walker's groundbreaking book, CD and video charts the careers of indigenous artists like the legendary Jimmy Little.

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»  Global Rio Tinto Campaign Bites
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»  Cameron Calls for 'Social Audit'
»  Orange Rally Softens Email Job Losses
»  No Joy in the Chase
»  Reith Scheme Short Changes Workers
»  World Banks' PNG Edict: Six Thousand Bucks per Job!
»  New Wages Scam - Sink Company to Avoid Pay
»  Shaw Returns to Bar Room Life
»  Newman! Minister Dumps on Staff for GST
»  Taxi Drivers Win GST Justice
»  Unchain Your Mind
»  ACTU Womens' Conference

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