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  Issue No 7 Official Organ of LaborNet 02 April 1999  




*  Interview: Friends State Their Case
Friends of Currawong member Barry Cotter outlines his objections to the Corporate Renaissance plan and his own plans for the facility.
*  Unions: Why I Support the Yogi
There is only one issue for the union movement in NSW - and that is survival.
*  History: A History of Little Mackeral Beach - ‘Currawong'
Marilyn Dodkin* looks at the facts behind the myths surrounding Currawong.
*  Review: Currawong Beach Cottages
A Currawong user looks at the holiday experience.

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Labor Council to Vote on Currawong Proposal
The Labor Council of NSW will next week vote on a proposal to enter a 35-year lease to jointly run its Pittwater property Currawong.
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The Story So Far ...
Corporate Renaissance approached the Labor Council with the Currawong proposal more than two years ago, initailly to purchase the site.
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Costa: What I’ll Do With The Dough
The NSW Labor Council would establish a Recruitment and Campaigning Committee to make strategic decisions on how best to spend the $200,000.generated from the Currawong deal.
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Friends of Currawong Plan: Borrow To Grow
The Labor Council would be asked to borrow $1.2 million to build new faciltiies at Currawong as part of the Friends of Currawong’s proposal to make the site commercially viable.
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Independent Evaluation Backs TM Plan
An independent evaluation of the competing Currawong proposals backs the Corporate Ranaissance plan as “clearly the only option on which to proceed” both on overall merit and a financial basis.
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How the Voting Works
A battle over control of radio station 2KY during the Lang era makes it extremely difficult for the Labor Council to divest itself of assets.
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Letters to the Editor
  • A Real Aussie Preamble

  • The Get Stuffed Tax

  • Laboring for Education

  • Tipping: No One Got Close

  • Editorial

    The Currawong Issue

    This week Workers Online tries something different. On the eve of a major vote within the Labor Council, we attempt to put all the information on the record.

    The issue is the future of Currawong, a holiday camp at Pittwater which Labor Council provides for unionists to enjoy cheap holidays.

    After running the camp at a loss for many years, the Council is proposing to enter a leasing deal with Corporate Renaissance, a non-profit organisation, which would develop eco-frindly facilities for transendential meditation courses.

    Labor Council argues the deal, which maintains access to trade unionists for holidays and training and returns a dividend of $200,000 per annum (indexed) for 35 years, is an essential part of rebuilding the union movement.

    The Friends of Currowong oppose the change, objecting the both the leasee and the nature of the proposal.

    The issue comes to a head next Thursday when the Labor Council will vote on the proposal. In the lead-up to that debate, we've asked the key protagonists to have their say - reformatting our normal issue to get as much information on the table as possible.

    Hopefully, this issue of Workers Online will be used by rank and file unionists, their leaders and the media to allow them to participate in next week's debate accurately.

    Peter Lewis


    Soapbox Lockerroom From Trades Hall Toolshed
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    Tim Brennan - We're Not a Crazy Cult TM and Sport Costa - Currawong Myths Piers - the Workers’ Friend?



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