Melbourne

Wednesday, August 13

Guest speakers:
- Samah Sabawi, (a Palestinian-Australian writer, playwright, producer, political analyst and commentator on human rights).
- Farrah Agha, (student eyewitness just returned from West Bank).
2:30pm. RUSU meeting room, Bldg 8, Level 3, Rm 18, RMIT (entrance from Swanston St). Organised by Resistance: Young Socialist Alliance & Green Left Weekly. For more info ph 0431 311 520.

On the 15th anniversary of Sorry Day, Recognise will launch an epic relay across the country. 1:30pm (for 2pm arrival). Nicholson Street Mall, Northern end near Barkly St, Footscray. (The launch is at Federation Square, Melbourne 9:30-11:00am, Sunday, May 26. Their first stop is Footscray. The last stop is Nhulunbuy in the Northern Territory.)

Speakers: Richard Tanter who is writing extensively on this topic; Nic Maclellan who will discuss the effect on our neighbours of this even closer relationship with the US military; Okinawan Australian Maki Yohana; and aspeaker from the Philippines. MAPW has joined with several other organisations to inform and discuss a campaign around the expanding US military presence in Australia and implications for our region.

Trades Hall, cnr Lygon & Victoria Sts, Carlton South.

Friday, August 14

The fate of the tampon tax will be decided this month! Every treasurer in Australia is meeting to decide whether to scrap the tax but if just one treasurer votes no, this unfair tax will stay. Menstruating Australians pay an extra 10% extra in tax every time they get their period. That's because tampons, pads and menstrual cups aren't considered 'essential health goods' (unlike condoms, lubricants and sunscreen). 2pm. 1 Treasury Place, City.

Friday, January 24

Standup comics Shayne Hunter and Sean Bedlam explain why we're all thoroughly rooted. The government of Australia represents the interests of big business above and beyond that of the public interests. The show will explore how the Trans-Pacific Partnership is going to turn Australia into a corporate plantation. The show will also explain how you can stop it in comedic fashion. 8:30pm. Long Play, 318 St, Georges Road, Fitzroy North. Pay by donation on the night to WACA.

Thursday, March 14

International guest speaker: Aziz Royesh (teacher, writer and founder of the Marefat High School in Kabul). The school became a target of extremist violence after its students were involved in protests against the Shia Personal Status Law, which stripped rights from Hazara women. 6:30pm. Meeting Room 1, Trades Hall, cnr Victoria & Lygon Sts, Carlton South (Victoria St entrance). Sponsored by Afghan Australian Civil Society Organisation and the Refugee Action Collective. For more info ph Hameed 0402 938 959 or Tony 0437 237 010.

Outside Gunns AGM, Sofitel Hotel, 25 Collins St, City (assemble back entrance Sofitel Hotel, Flinders Lane, near carpark before moving around to the front entrance). Participating groups include TAP, Pulp the Mill, Tasmanian Wilderness Society & Friends of the Tamar Valley. There is a possibility that members from Occupy Melbourne will also attend.

Discussion of the role of war and ANZAC in the making of the Australian nation and the rewriting of our history. Speakers: Marliyn Lake (professor of history, co-author of What's wrong with ANZAC?) & Joy Damousi (professor of history, co-author of What's wrong with ANZAC?). 6:30pm. Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St, City (opposite Victoria Markets). Presented by Green Left Weekly.

The company HRL is planning a new coal-fired power station in Victoria, and the state & federal governments have committed $150 million towards it. This money should be funding Victoria’s future renewable energy industries! Join community climate activists from across Australia for a morning of impressive speakers and action to oppose new coal power in Victoria. The action will be the culmination of the national grassroots climate action summit in Melbourne on April 9-11.

Meet at Federation Square, opposite Flinders St Station. For more info ph or email Stop HRL.

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