GLW Calendar, 2012-07, Melbourne
Rally: Defend Julian Assange
Date: Sun 1 Jul, 12:00pm
It is time for the Australian people to take to the streets and ensure Julian Assange does not end up in the hands of the US government! Let's tell our government it is time to protect our own citizens. Julian Assange recently lost his appeal to the UK Supreme Court, which now means he will be extradited to Sweden for questioning. From Sweden he can be more easily extradited to the USA under a temporary surrender regime that is included in the US-Swedish bilateral agreement. This dangerous EAW extradition to Sweden has been upheld despite Julian not being charged with any crime in any country. The United Kingdom government could intervene to stop this extradition being carried out, as they did in the case of the war criminal Pinochet. The Australian government could apply much more pressure to bring Julian Assange home and yet they have been belligerently silent on the fate of an Australian citizen and award-winning journalist. RAP NEWSand other acts will perform live in support of Assange as well as a great list of speakers. 12 noon. Assemble State Library, 328 Swanston St, City; then march to City Square.
Public meeting: Re-powering Port Augusta report.
Date: Mon 2 Jul, 6:30pm
Monday, July 2 At this critical time for South Australian energy policy, Beyond Zero Emissions has released the long-awaited Repowering Port Augusta report. This report presents the compelling economic and environmental case for why Port Augusta's ageing coal-fired power stations should be replaced with concentrating solar thermal power. 6:30pm. Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2), McCoy Building, University of Melbourne, cnr Elgin & Swanston Sts, Carlton. Entry by gold coin donation.
Film screening: Plasticized
Date: Tue 3 Jul, 6:00pm
Tuesday, July 3 In a few places around the globe, individuals are beginning to change their mindset of how we see and use 'disposable' plastics, especially single-use plastics such as grocery bags, water bottles, and coffee lids. Preview at http://www.plasticizedthemovie.com Meet the film-maker after the screening. 6pm. Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, City. Entry by donation. All proceeds go towards environmental and social justice groups and campaigns. Ross House presents The Big Picture, films for environmental and social justice on the first Thursday of the month.
Phone: 9650 1599
Website: The Big Picture
Rally against Baillieu's anti-worker construction code
Date: Wed 4 Jul, 11:00am
Wednesday, July 4 The new state government construction code, to apply from July 1, is all about attacking unions. It forces companies to prove they are following Liberal Party anti-union policies like: Rewriting EBAs to promote labour hire and 'all-in' sham contracting; restricting entry of union officials to sites; removing union logos from work-issue clothing; limiting the freedom of union reps, and much more. Failure to comply on all sites will see builders thrown off the government tender list. The Libs will spend $7 million enforcing the code, including a hefty salary for ex-ABCC commissioner Nigel Hadgkiss. The code does nothing to improve safety, employ more apprentices or support local manufacturing jobs. The state government needs to focus on saving Victorian jobs and getting new construction projects going, not another anti-union drive. 11am. Meet at Trades Hall.
Public meeting: The role of water economics in food security
Date: Wed 4 Jul, 5:30pm
Water resources are under increasing pressure, due to world's growing population and economy, mainly in terms of increased food consumption. One measure to cope with limited water availability and growing demand in a country is to import grains and hence water. By importing grains countries become dependent on other countries and on world market prices. Because of its heavy dependence on the world grain market, importing countries are vulnerable to rising global food prices and export bans. Affluent countries like Saudi Arabia, South Korea, China and India have therefore descended on fertile plains across Africa, acquiring huge areas of land to produce food for consumption back home. As agriculture is by far the largest user of water, the increased food trade has a huge impact on the regional demand for water. Insight into the value of water (i.e. productivity of water) is important when making decisions about the reallocation of water among regions, sectors, and generations. Speaker: Professor Petra Hellegers. 5:30pm. Theatre B, Room 129 (ground floor), Old Arts (Blg 149), University of Melbourne, Parkville.
Public meeting: Ilbijerri presents Black Writers Lab reading
Date: Wed 4 Jul, 6:00pm
6:00pm. Warehouse, Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall.
Phone: Lisa Parris 9329 9097
Public meeting: Campaign Against the TAFE Cuts organising meeting
Date: Wed 4 Jul, 6:30pm
This meeting is for people who are either TAFE teachers or students, and any community supporters, who want to talk about how we can organise to resist the cuts that are about to hit the TAFE system. At the moment, we are organising to show our support for the AEU stop work action, and will have a contingent at their stop-work rally. 6:30pm. Trades Hall, 54 Victoria Street, Carlton South.
Rally: NAIDOC march 2012
Date: Fri 6 Jul, 10:00am
Friday, July 6 The theme for NAIDOC Week 2012 is 'Spirit of the Tent Embassy: 40 years on. They dared to challenge.' This year's theme celebrates the champions who lived to renew the spirit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through the establishment of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in 1972. 10am. Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, 186 Nicholson St, Fitzroy.
Concert: Outblack & Songlines NAIDOC celebration
Date: Fri 6 Jul, 8:00pm - Fri 6 Jul, 11:00pm
8:00pm. The Royal Melbourne Hotel, 629 Bourke Street, City. Entry $15/$10.
Comedy: Political Asylum: Carbon Winter Edition Winter is coming.
Date: Sun 8 Jul, 5:30pm
Sunday, July 8 On 1 July the carbon tax will envelope the lucky country. Need guidance on how to cope with the impending doom wrought by the 0.8 percent rise in prices? Then head down to the Political Asylum bunker. Special guest host Matt Elsbury will guide you through a night featuring wise and hilarious prophets of doom including: Damian Callinan; Mathew Kenneally; Toby Halligan; Nicholas J Johnson; Mark Thomson; This is Siberian Husky & Rod Quantock. Entry $10/$5. Fairfax journalists: Free (Carbon Tax inclusive). Turn up early if you want a seat! 5:30pm. The Brunswick Green, 313 Sydney Rd, Brunswick.ee
Public meeting: Meet the candidates forum for By election in the state electorate of Melbourne
Date: Mon 9 Jul, 7:30pm
Monday, July 9 This forum offers the opportunity to ask questions and raise issues on and around the East/West toll road, tunnels and flyovers as well as gauge each candidate's commitment to the Doncaster rail. 7:30pm. Church of all nations, 180 Palmerston st, Carlton (cnr Drummond st). Organised by Carlton Residents Association, supported by Ycat.
Public meeting: Medical Association for the Prevention of War dinner & discussion
Date: Tue 10 Jul, 6:30pm
Tuesday, July 10 Join us for the MAPW July dinner. Our guest speaker will be Professor Louise Newman, psychiatrist and director of the Centre for Developmental Psychiatry & Psychology, Monash University, who's a strong advocate for refugees and asylum seekers. Her research looks at the link between time in restrictive detention and rates of mental illness. 6.30pm. La Notte restaurant, 140 Lygon St, Carlton. $30 (student members $15). RSVP to MAPW.
Public meeting: ASIO assessments: Leaving refugees in limbo
Date: Wed 11 Jul, 6:30pm
Wednesday, July 11, 6:30pm. The Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth st, City. Speakers: Julian Burnside (barrister, author, human rights & refugee advocate) & Niromi de Soyza (author of Tamil Tigress); Harvey Stern (president, Labor for Refugees); Declan Murphy (Refugee Action Collective). Organised by Refugee Action Collective.
Roxby Downs, South Australia Rally: The Lizards Revenge.
Date: Sat 14 Jul, 10:00am
Music & art festival. Response to the governments decision to expand Olympic Dam mine. Sleeping underneath the ground there is an old sleepy lizard, Kalta. The lizard ain't so sleepy anymore. BHP is mining right into that lizards body. The government has just approved an expansion of the Olympic Dam uranium mine, making it the biggest uranium mine in the world. Kalta is angry and wants revenge. Arabana elder Kevin Buzzacott is calling the people of the world to help the lizard shut down the mine. He is calling for people to come and heal the land in the name of peace and justice for the next 10,000 generations to come.
Adelaide: Resistance National Conference 2012: A Time of Revolution!
Date: Fri 20 Jul, 6:30pm - Sun 22 Jul, 6:00pm
Friday, July 20-Sunday July 22 University of Adelaide, Union House.
Phone: 0437 714 786
Public meeting Malaysia: Hellhole for refugees
Date: Tue 31 Jul, 6:30pm
CORRECTION: Address is Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth st, City International guest speaker: Chon Kai Choo, a leader of the Socialist Party of Malaysia. Tuesday, July 31, 6:30pm (meal from 6pm). The mainstream politicians and media have closed ranks to present offshore processing of asylum seekers as the only 'solution' to the 'problem' of refugees. Any discussion about what life is like in Malaysia for refugees and asylum seekers has vanished from the media. The speaker will present the facts about what life is really like for refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia. Organised by Socialist Alliance & Resistance.
Phone: 9639 8622