LL:INFO: Essential Theatre and Seeking Djira

2003-07-30 Thread Amanda Sandwith
To whom this may concern

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves.

Our names are Amanda Sandwith and Sophie Lampel and we run Essential
Theatre.

Essential Theatre was founded in 1996 and our main aim is to produce 
theatre that will entertain, provoke and inspire audiences to think in a 
fresh way about their own lives.

2003 sees Essential Theatre tackle one of their most exciting projects 
to date.  We have been given the opportunity to produce Linda Jaivin’s 
play “Seeking Djira” as an Australian Premiere at 45 Downstairs in 
August, 2003.

‘Seeking Djira’ explores the complexities associated with Asylum 
Seekers. Linda Jaivin has been able to take one of the most complex 
topics, refugees, and turn it into a sparkling comedy that also carries 
a potent social and political message.

Linda Jaivin best describes ‘Seeking Djira’ as “ A provocative comedy 
about self-obsession, social conscience, sexual attraction and the 
mandatory detention of asylum seekers.”

We are writing to you in the hope that our production may be advertised
through your network of contacts, whether it be through your email 
database/newsletter/ or Website.  We would be most grateful for any 
assistance that you could provide us.

In return we would be more than happy to place any literature from your
organisation at the door of the theatre.

What: Seeking Djira written by Linda Jaivin  Directed by David Myles.
When:   August 7th - 17th at 8pm / Sunday shows at 6pm (No shows on Mondays)
Where:fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000.
How: Tickets $25 Adult / $20 Concession
Bookings: 9662 9966
Why: Seeking Djira is a sparkling comedy about self-obsession, social
conscience, sexual attraction and the mandatory detention of asylum seekers.


If there is any further information you require please don't hesitate to
contact Amanda on 0407 543 822.

We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your co-operation.

Amanda Sandwith Sophie Lampel
Essential Theatre   Essential Theatre



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LL:URL: New Internationalist eNews - Sounds of Dissent launch

2003-07-30 Thread ninews
Please visit http://www.newint.org/newsletter/2003_07_25.htm
to view the web version of this newsletter.

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LL:DDV: Medicare Rally

2003-07-30 Thread Gary Harper
Basic Health Care is a right not a luxury

Defend  Extend Medicare
RALLY State Library
Friday 5th Sept.
5.30 pm
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Defend and Extend Medicare Web Page: http://www.defendmedicare.cjb.net/


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LL:PR: RACNSW: Last minute court action prevents deportation

2003-07-30 Thread Alex Broun
RACNSW MEDIA RELEASE
Sunday, July 27, 2003

LAST MINUTE COURT ACTION PREVENTS FORCIBLE DEPORTATION

Refugee advocates have accused the Immigration department of ignoring 
its own procedures and the legal rights of detainees as the department 
resorts to the forcible deportation of asylum seekers. A federal court 
injunction prevented the deportation of an Algerian man on Saturday only 
twenty minutes (20 minutes) before the flight was to depart Perth 
international airport.

The man was being forced onto the plane when the phone call from the
government solicitor stopped the deportation.

The attempted deportation followed two other forcible deportations last
week - a seven year old Iranian girl was deported on Wednesday night and 
Ali Ali Mazhar, the bother in-law of Ali Bakhtiyari was deported on 
Thursday night.

The Algerian man was taken on Friday night by chartered flight from
Villawood, Sydney to Perth detention centre on Friday night even though 
he had made application to the Minister of Immigration to consider 
further evidence of his claims for protection. Since his first 
application to the Refugee Review Tribunal, his two brothers were shot 
dead in January this year and another brother tortured by police in 
February.

The attempted deportation was carried out despite assurances from the
government that it does not remove asylum seekers while such 
determinations (48B) are being made.

The Algerian man told immigration officials at Villawood of his 
application, but was told,  I don't care what you have. You are going 
today. His request to phone for legal assistance was refused. Both the 
Sydney and Canberra immigration offices were made aware of his application.

He was forcibly taken to Bankstown airport at 11.00pm after fighting
attempts to forcibly sedate him at Villawood detention centre. Up to 
eight guards and a male nurse were used to restrain him at Villawood. 
Two guards and the male nurse accompanied the Algerian on the chartered 
flight to Perth.

It was last minute action in the federal court on Saturday morning that
resulted in an injunction being granted to prevent the deportation.

It is a disgrace that Federal Court injunctions are needed in these
circumstances. The government seems willing to ignore refugee rights in
order to get the outcomes that the government wants. The government is
trying to get around its own laws  said Ian Rintoul a spokesperson for 
the Refugee Action Coalition.

The forcible deportations are deliberately being used to intimidate 
Afghan, Iranian and other refugees and coerce them into accepting 
packages to be returned to unstable and insecure countries, he said.

Legal action is being taken in the High Court on Monday to challenge the
legality of the deportation of a 7 year old Iranian girl from Baxter 
last Thursday.  She was deported without the consent of her father who 
was being held in an isolation cell at the Baxter detention centre. 
Refugee advocates are certain that the High Court or family Court would 
have issued an injunction to prevent her deportation

Refugee advocates this week will step up their campaign against the
deportation of asylum seekers. There are concerns that the government 
will try to thwart orders from the Family Court on Monday to release 
children from detention by deporting the children or the family.

For more information phone Refugee Action Coalition, Ian Rintoul 0417 
275 713 (For comment concerning the attempted deportation of the 
Algerian man, contact Frances Milne ph 02 9810 7812)

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LL:DDV: Melbourne meeting on Sri Lanka

2003-07-30 Thread AAWL
AAWL public meeting
Tuesday 5 August at 6 pm
Evatt Room, Trades Hall
54 Victoria Street, Carlton South

Supporting workers in Sri Lanka
A discussion with Ray Berbling   Jim O'Connor

Ray Berbling (representing Australian Friends of the People of Indian 
Pacific Ocean) and Jim O'Connor (representing the Socialist Party)
will report on their visits to Sri Lanka, the situation for workers 
there, and developing our solidarity work

This is a free event
All are welcome






Australia Asia Worker Links
PO Box 264 Fitzroy Victoria 3065 Australia
Tel: 61 3 9663 7277   Email: [EMAIL PROTECTED]   Web: www.aawl.org.au
ABN: 82 920 590 967   Assn No: A1318


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LL:URL: Please make a submission on radioactive waste

2003-07-30 Thread Friends of the Earth Melbourne
[apologies for cross-postings]

dear friends,

SUBMISSIONS INTO THE NSW PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY INTO THE TRANSPORTATION 
AND STORAGE OF NUCLEAR WASTE CLOSE IN 3 DAYS TIME!!

If you haven't already done so, Friends of the Earth urges you to go to
http://www.reactnow.org and either use the guide to write your own
submissions or print out the proforma and send it off by July 31st (this
thursday).

This inquiry is an important opportunity to let the NSW government know
about community concerns about the Federal Government plan for the
transport and storage of nuclear waste.

BETTER ACTIVE TODAY- THAN RADIOACTIVE TOMORROW

Loretta O'Brien
Nuclear FreeWays Coordinator
Friends of the Earth
ph 039419 8700
mob 0418 178 053
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More information at: http://www.foe.org.au/nuclear


- help keep FoE active - give a tax-free donation -

Friends of the Earth Melbourne (Australia)
PO Box 222 Fitzroy 3065
312 Smith St Collingwood
Phone: (03) 9419 8700
Fax: (03) 9416 2081
(International: tel. +61 (3) 9419 8700; fax +61 (3) 9416 2081)
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LL:DDV: Coming soon at Trades Hall

2003-07-30 Thread Trades Hall Arts
   GET IT LIVE - GET IT AT TRADES HALL ARTS, bringing class back into the
class struggle . . .

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A HOT AUGUST ARVO
with CHRIS FALK and BAND
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Chris Falk has put together a new ensemble of some of the finest musical
and vocal talent in town, with each band member bringing a stunning
music history to the outfit . . . Paul Hester (Crowded House), Justin
Brady (Things of Stone and Wood), Chris Scallan (David Bridie Band) and
Angela Falk. Take the winter chill off with a Hot August Arvo.

Well known for her solo work and performance with Swish and The Big
Easy, Chris's honey vocals and sophisticated guitar work are as exciting
as ever. With 20 years experience to guide her, Chris knows how to draw
up music from the soul, warm the room and leave the audience feeling
alright!

Chris Falk and Band's new CD It's Alright is out now.
Trades Hall Bar
3 - 6pm Sunday, August 10th
Tickets $10 Full/ $8 Conc (kids FREE)
At the door on the day


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THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED
presented by Green Left Weekly and Committees
in Solidarity with Latin America and the Caribbean
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The Revolution Will Not be Televised is a feature length documentary
about Hugo Chavez, President of Venezula. Over the course of 7 months,
from January to July 2002, the film makers secured unprecendented access
to film Chavez in his daily life. During this time there was a coup and
the film makers were the only crew inside the presedential palace at the
time. They were also the first there for his triumphant return some 48
later.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised recently recieved the Global
Televison Grand Prize and was acclaimed by the international jury as
the best televison program in the world this year.

This film is a thrilling insight into President Chavez and the power of
the globalised media.
Rated PG - Running time: 74 minutes

The New Council Chamber
6:30pm Wedsnesday, August 14th
Tickets: $10 Full/ $7 Conc
Bookings Ph: 9639 8622 or just role up on the night



BLACKLINES: Contemporary Critical
Writing by Indigenous Australians
Book Launch presented by
Melbourne University Press

Written by established and emerging Indigenous intellectuals from a
variety of positions, perspectives and places, these essays generate new
ways of seeing and understanding Indigenous Australian history, culture,
identity and knowledge in both national and global contexts. The essays
offer provocative insights and compelling argument around the historical
and contemporary issues confronting Indigenous Australians today.

The book will be launched by Professor Lynette Russell, Director of the
Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies - Monash Univeristy.
Contributers include: - Ian Anderson, Fabienne Bayet-Charlton, Jeannie
Bell, Tony Birch, Mick Dodson, Jackie Huggins, Sonja Kurtzer, Marcia
Langton, Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Philip Morrissey, Martin Nakata, Margo
Neale, Lin Onus, Hetti Perkins and more.

Blacklines: Contemporary Critical Writing by Indigenous Australians
published by Melbourne University Press, Paper Back 260 pages
ISBN: 0-522-85069-3 Price $34.95

Trades Hall Bar
6:30 - 8pm Wednesday, August 20th
FREE Event



GET IT LIVE - GET IT AT TRADES HALL
54 Victoria St (cnr Lygon St) Carlton  Ph: 9662 3555
Trades Hall Bar - open nightly from 5pm 'til late
Friday Happy Hours 4-7pm
more info visit www.tradeshallarts.com.au
http://www.tradeshallarts.com.au/events/events.htm
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During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a
revolutionary act. - George Orwell


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LL:ART: All the News That Fits

2003-07-30 Thread Hutchings, James
This weeks stories: Government Soft On Immigration Slavery...Trying To 
Kill Yourself Is A Sane Response To Refugee Detention...No Cash
Discount...Government Doesn't Know Why People Won't Take Public
Transport...Quotes of the Week.


Four people have been charged with slavery in Melbourne.  They are 
accused of bringing in Thai women and forcing them to work as 
prostitutes. Kathleen Maltzahn from Project Respect says that at any one 
time there are roughly 1000 women working as slaves in Australian brothels.

The traffickers are laregely protected by Australia's restrictive
immigration system.  Ms Maltzahn said that the government generally 
dealt with slaves by deporting them, rather than charging the 
traffickers.  The traffickers themselves often inform on the women to 
the Department of Immigration.

In 2001 Puongtong Simplee died days after being arrested and sent to
Villawood Detention Centre.  She said that she had been brought to 
Australia and sold into prostitution when she was 12.  No one was 
charged. The women are also often deprived of food and water and beaten 
if they try and escape.

(Melbourne Times, July 23).



A 14 year old boy who tried to kill himself in a refugee detention 
centre hadn't seen a psychiatrist because he didn't need one, according 
to lawyers for the government.

The boy tried to hang himself in July last year.

(AAP, July 28).


Despite claims that the GST would end the 'cash economy', Australians 
are evading tax on a total of about $100 billion income per year.

A report by economics lecturer Christopher Bajada found that the GST
doesn't seem to have changed behaviour significantly.

Cynthia Cole, an associate professor in taxation law, said that there 
is not a country in the world where a tax like the GST has reduced the 
cash economy.

(The Age, July 26).


An investigation of Melbourne's rail system has found at least 30 sites
where trains could potentially crash into each other, in the same way as 
a crash at Epping last year.

(The Age, July 26).


Quotes of the week:


We should not succumb to democratic dogmatisms about men being the best
judges of their own interests.
Harold Lasswell, writing in the Encyclopedia of Social Sciences, 1933.


Alamdar said he lived with his father and about 40 other men and 
three boys in White 3, in virtual isolation from other compounds. (White 
3 houses 33 males.) He said he cannot play with other children without 
first obtaining permission, which is not always given.

Interview by the Age newspaper with a 15 year old boy in Baxter refugee
detention centre.


If the US government concludes that torturing Mohammed is necessary for 
the protection of lives, it should add a reservation to its treaty 
obligations with regard to torture.
Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, arguing that torture should be
legalised in cases similar to that of Al Qaeda suspect Khalid Sheikh
Mohammed.  Mohammed is said to be suffering what intelligence sources 
call 'torture lite' involving techniques such as sleep deprivation.


Actually, there is another article in the New York Times that describes 
how the professors are antiwar activists, but the students aren't. Not 
like it used to be, when the students were antiwar activists. What the 
reporter is talking about is that around 1970 - and it's true - by 1970 
students were active antiwar protesters. But that's after eight years of 
a U.S. war against South Vietnam, which by then had extended to all of 
Indochina, which had practically wiped the place out. In the early years 
of the war-it was announced in 1962-U.S. planes are bombing South 
Vietnam, napalm was authorized, chemical warfare to destroy food crops, 
and programs to drive millions of people into strategic hamlets, which 
are essentially concentration camps. All public. No protest. Impossible 
to get anybody to talk about it. For years, even in a place like Boston, 
a liberal city, you couldn't have public meetings against the war 
because they would be broken up by students, with the support of the 
media. You would have to have hundreds of state police around to allow 
the speakers like me to escape unscathed. The protests came after years 
and years of war. By then, hundreds of thousands of people had been 
killed, much of Vietnam had been destroyed.

Then you started getting protests.

But all of that is wiped out of history, because it tells too much of 
the truth. It involved years and years of hard work of plenty of people, 
mostly young, which finally ended up getting a protest movement. Now 
it's far beyond that. But the New York Times reporter can't understand 
that. I'm sure the reporter is being very honest. The reporter is saying 
exactly what I think she was taught - that there was a huge antiwar 
movement - because the actual history has to be wiped out of people's 
consciousness. You can't learn that dedicated, committed effort can 
bring about significant changes of consciousness and understanding. 
That's a