Melbourne

Thursday, July 4

A series of protests have hit Melbourne airport in recent weeks against cuts to fares that can be charged for short trips from the airport. Recently drivers protested against a new fare system implemented at the airport earlier this year, which sometimes sees them wait two hours for a fare of less than $10. As drivers are paid based on fares collected, rather than a fixed wage, this amounts to a pay cut for drivers. Drivers have vowed to continue protests until they win. 11am. Parliament House, Spring St, City.

WHAT: A sparkling night of progressive comedy hosted by Melbourne legend Rod Quantock as our comedians debate the vexed issue. With Minister for UnAustralian Affairs (aka Greg Fryer), Matthew Grantham, Courteney Hocking, Toby Halligan, Xavier Toby, Nellie Thomas.

WHEN: Friday, May 11, doors open 7pm (for 8pm start)

TICKETS: $40 solidarity / $25 waged / $12 concession (online booking closes 1pm on May 11; after that time purchase tickets at door). Food available. Bar open. A fundraiser for the non-profit newspaper Green Left Weekly.

WHERE: Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell St, Coburg

Thursday, October 29 – Sunday, November 1

Originally performed at La Mama Courthouse in 2003. Since then, the book has been published and the performance has toured the world to critical acclaim. Noel Tovey, 81, returns to the building where he was taken from his parents at five years old and sentenced to Pentridge at 17. Don’t miss this celebration of an artistic career spanning seven decades, honouring this elder, mentor to indigenous performers and advocate for the LGBTI community. Times: Thu-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 4pm. $25/$15. La Mama Courthouse, 349 Drummond St, Carlton.

Friday, November 21 - Sunday, November 23

This insightful documentary explores the circumstances and decisions that lead someone to become a 'boat person.' 7:30pm. RMIT Swanston Academic Building Cinema, room 80.1.2. Organised by RMIT Refugee Action Collective.

Progressive punk from USA. 8pm. Hi-Fi Bar, 125 Swanston Street, City.

Saturday, August 15

How does capitalism create and reinforce queer oppression? How is this related to the oppression of women, racism and othr forms of oppression? How can we best struggle for equal rights, and how can we achieve true liberation? Guest speaker: Mia Sanders (queer officer, University of Western Sydney Student campus council). Resistance Centre, Level 5, 407 Swanston St, City (opposite RMIT). For more info ph 9639 8622.

An early evening evening fuction to be held jointly with ICAN. Mark it in your diary! The function will be followed by dinner for those who'd like to stay.

Gertrude Hotel, cnr Gertrude & Napier Sts, Fitzroy.

Join thousands of firefighters on a march through the streets of Melbourne to celebrate 100 years of community Protection.

On Sunday the 30th of January 2011 the United Firefighters Union, in collaboration with the MFB and CFA, will hold a large community parade to mark 100 years since the formation of our union.
The parade will invole thousands of firefighters marching in uniform, marching bands and fire trucks and equipment dating back to the 1800's.

We Welcome all members of the public to join our community parade and celebrate 100 years of protecting the community.

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