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September 2004   

Interview: True Matilda
Former senior bureaucrat John Menadue coordinated the group of 43 calling for truth in government; and now he has bigger fish to fry.

Politics: State of Play
Are all political parties the same? Workers Online tries to cut through the jargon to compare the major parties' approaches to key policy areas.

Industrial: Capital Dilemmas
Public Private Partnerships amount to privatisation by stealth. Or do they? Jim Marr investigates.

Unions: Rhodes Scholars
Tim Brunero discovers how the Electrical Trades Union is doing its best to ease the national apprentice crisis.

National Focus: Rennovating the Lodge
Noel Hester previews how unions will be fighting the federal election - on the ground and online.

International: People Power
Over the next four years there is a real potential a major struggle will take place for workers´┐Ż rights and the creation of truly democratic unions in China., writes Andrew Casey

Economics: A Bit Rich
Who Gets What? Why? And So What?, Frank Stilwell reviews the BRW's Rich List

History: Mine Shafts
It's 25 years since Nymboida passed the baton to United, writes Peter Murray

Safety: Sick Of Fighting
Former RAAF engineers could be sitting on a health time bomb, Tim Brunero reports.

Organising: Building a Wave
Community groups, unions and social movements all practice organising, wrties Tony Brown and Amanda Tattersall.

Poetry: Anger In The Bush(es)
How dare any Liberal suggest that the Prime Minister is a lying rodent! Resident bard David Peetz reports on the outrage that this slur has justifiably caused.

Review: The Battle Of Algiers
Tim Brunero writes The Battle of Algiers is a coldly objective, almost scientific anatomy of revolution.

Culture: The Word On The Street
Phil Doyle reports on how the Australian working class experience lives on through the words of the remarkable Geoff Goodfellow.


The Soapbox
Hail to the Metro-Sexual!
If the cultural shift required in the workplace to give greater security to working families was broadly accepted the ACTU would not be locked in an adversarial Work and Family test case argues Sharan Burrow.

The Westie Wing
In his latest missive from Macquarie Street our resident Parliamentary commentator, Ian West, walks us through issues around the PBS.

How Bush Lost His Wings
Tracking the National Guard Career of the Fatuous Flyboy from New Haven, Jeffrey St Clair.

The Locker Room
The Name of the Game
Phil Doyle wonders whether we are barracking for the sponsor or the team.

Women to Women
APHEDA-Union Aid Abroad is working to create opportunities for Palestinian women living in Lebanese refugee camps.


Interest Overboard
A tired, ageing government tries to scare the electorate into re-electing it on the basis of a lie. Sound familiar? Yep, John Howard is going to the polls again.


 Sprung: Howard Liberal with Truth

 Yanks Demand Racism

 The Greening of Labour

 Mums Move to Ease Squeeze

 Flying Kangaroo Goes to Water

 Health Warning for Bank Robbers

 Heritage Goes to Waste

 Freespirit in Hiding

 Offensive Toilets Threaten Pupils

 Telstra Dials Workplace Acquiescence

 P-Plate Nightmare for Young

 Free Loaders on Notice

 Funny Money Raises Interest

 Privatisation Debate Energised

 Activists What's On!

 Gold Gold Gold for Neolibs
 Co-operating At All Costs
 Fan Mail
 All Good Except You
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Women to Women

APHEDA-Union Aid Abroad is working to create opportunities for Palestinian women living in Lebanese refugee camps.


Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA has been working with Palestinian refugees for 20 years. One of the projects we assist is a scholarship program with our partner the Women's Humanitarian Organisation (WHO) for needy Palestinian women living in the Burj el-Barajneh refugee camp in Lebanon. Australian women support these scholarships through APHEDA's 'Women to Women' donations program.

Nada is 20, the second oldest daughter in a family of 11 children. The family came to live in Burj el-Barajneh camp in 1992. They had been expelled from their land in Palestine in 1967 and then lived in an unofficial 'gathering place'.

Their father supports the family through a marginal corner shop in the camp and they live together in a crowded apartment. Unlike many camp young people, Nada finished high school and graduated from the UNRWA school with her Baccalaureate. Nada decided to study because, she said, 'four others in my family have studied business at college [aid-funded vocational college] and none of them are working in their area - I thought I would try something else'. Nada receives a scholarship through this program.

She enrolled in nursing training in the Bahman Hospital, the best hospital near Burj el-Barajneh. She is the only Palestinian in her intake. The fees are high, compared to local incomes: approximately Aus $1800/year. Nada is bonded to work in the hospital when she completes her three-year course, so her fees are slightly discounted. Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA's 'Women to Women' donors paid a proportion of her first year fees. The rest of her fees are paid through the efforts of her sister Suha, a community worker. Suha has recently pulled out of her own university studies so she can afford to support Nada.

Nada hopes to be able to continue her studies into 2005 but if not, says she will just stay at home. She knows that there are many other young Palestinians who need help, and so is not necessarily expecting more support from WHO or APHEDA.

Nada says 'my dream is to finish studying and have a job. And be free from all things'.

A recent letter from Nada to The Women top Women Program Donors

From: Nada Hussein

To: Women to Women Program

Let me start my letter by thanking you for the scholarship you gave me for my first study year of the three years in a nursing institute.

It's my pleasure to tell you that without your effort to support me I couldn't continue my studying because of my bad economy situation.

I'm 20 years old and I'm the fifth daughter of a big family consisting of twelve members. My two sisters are responsible for the family because my father is unemployed as many people on our community.

Thank you again hoping you'll continue this grateful support and to help young girls to improve their status and equip them with a good skill to be able to face their difficult situation.

I wish you all the best.

Sincerely yours,

Nada Hussein


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