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Public Education Bus Donated to East Timor

By Kerri Carr

The NSW Teachers Federation has donated its Public Education bus to East Timor to assist in the building of a new public education system.

The bus, valued at about $8000, was farewelled from Federation's head office by Federation officers and staff and Education Minister John Aquilina on November 7.

The NSW Education Ministry paid for the transportation of the bus to Dili.

Much of East Timor's infrastructure, including schools, education resources and transport was lost in the terrible destruction that followed their vote for independence.

Federation General Secretary John Hennessy said the donation of the Public Education bus arose from an initiative of teacher unions and the NSW Government to assist in the development of a new education system in East Timor.

"In conversations with the administrator responsible for education we learned help was needed getting students to university and school because there was no transport," Mr Hennessy said.

"Eighteen bus stops have been built and we've provided the first bus.

"It will provide the foundation of transport and public education in East Timor," he added.

Mr Hennessy said that initially the bus would be used to transport university students to the university in Dili.

He said the education administrator, Fr Filameno, was now looking all over the world for another six buses.

When the bus was farewelled from Federation it was taken to Ingleburn where it was placed on a truck to be driven to Darwin. When it reached Darwin the Public Education Bus was placed on a ship to travel to Dili.

It's hoped the bus will be in use by this week, as the university opened last week, the university library stocked with books donated by Australian universities and universities in Portugal.

Federation urges teachers to contribute funds to the Helping Our Neighbour: East Timor Education Fund established by Education Minister John Aquilina, which will support the building of a new education system in East Timor.

Contributions should be paid into the fund by cheques made out to "Helping Our Neighbour: East Timor Education Fund" and posted to Jim Harkin, Executive Director, Corporate Strategy, Level 4, 35 Bridge Street Sydney 2000.

Caption: Federation's Public Education bus gets a festive send off before its journey to East Timor.

Caption: Education Minister John Aquilina joins NSW Teachers Federation General Secretary John Hennessy to farewell the Public Education bus.


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*  Interview: Doubly Blessed
With that unforgettable name, Grace Grace is making her mark as the first female secretary of the Queensland trade union movement.
*  Unions: On The Line
Trade unions this week entered a landmark partnership with the call centre industry to improve the quality jobs in this growing sector.
*  History: Conspiracy or Class? The Whitlam Sacking
Never trust a man who wears a top hat and tails in Australia, in Summer. Neale Towart considers this and other evidence of conspiracy in the great shonky dismissal.
*  Legal: Return Of The Lock-out
Marian Baird reports on the increasing tendency of aggressive employers to use lock-outs to reduce wages and conditions and promote individual agreements.
*  Activists: Waterfront Hero Bows Out
John Coombs, the man the government compared to Ned Kelly - villain to the bosses, the big land owners and conservatives, folk hero to working Australians - bows out of the union movement next month.
*  International: Morocco Stonewalls In Western Sahara
Morocco has new king but its old game plan of defying world opinion over its occupation of the Western Sahara continues.
*  Review: The Identity-Shifting Pragmatist
If New Zealand should have an Australian as its first Labour Prime Minister, then it is only fitting that Australia should have as its first a man who spent much of his formative years across the ditch.
*  Satire: Hackers Infect Microsoft Computers With Mysterious Windows Virus
SEATTLE, Thursday: Shame-faced workers at Microsoft admitted today that hackers had succeeded in penetrating their network's defences and had installed a sophisticated virus on the Apple Macintosh machines used across the software giant's operations.

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