Rally: Concession Day for equal pay

Australian women earn on average 18% less than men. The average superannuation payout for a woman is projected to be half that of a man's by the age of retirement. If the pay gap doesn't change, we will see a void emerge over the next 40 years that will leave today's 25-year-old women nearly $1 million worse off than their male counterparts.

July 22nd is 'Concession Day for equal pay', we are calling for all women to pay the concession rate for their public transport ticket. (If you're already on a concession, don't pay anything at all!)

Book launch: 40Hands. RISE poetry book launch and poetry slam.

Join us a night of poetry and spoken word, and the official launch of 40Hands, a collection of poetry from the Australian refugee community. 40Hands is an initiative facilitated by RISE, aiming to explore the power of poetry as a medium of expression and storytelling.

Performing on the night will be Pataphysics, Joelistics, Kojo, RISE emerging poets and internationally acclaimed poet Marissa Johnpillai (NZ).

Arrow On Swanston, 488 Swanston Street, City.

Entry $10.

Sponsored by Victorian Multicultural Commission, City of Melbourne, and 9Gates productions.

NAIDOC march: William Cooper. Equal rights still a fight.

March for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians. Today NAIDOC is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions of Indigenous Australians in various fields.

10am sharp.

Assemble Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, 186 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy for march to Federation Square.

Be early for t-shirts.

Search Roundtable: Transitioning to a low-carbon economy.

Speakers:
Alan Pears (worker in the sustainable energy and environment fields since the late 1970s for community groups, government and the private sector);
Cheryl Wragg has a background (senior researcher and policy advisor in the union movement and campaigner based in the Latrobe Valley);
Luke van der Meulen (president of the Mining and Energy Division of the CFMEU Victorian District).

$10/$5. 1pm.

AMWU meeting rooms, 251 Queensberry Street, Carlton South (TBC).

RSVP by June 29 to: bron@search.org.au, ph 9211 4164 or visit Left Renewal.

West Papua film night: Strange Birds in Paradise.

Shown around the world, this powerful documentary charts journeys of both Australians and West Papuans through the hidden tragedy that is West Papua today. Despite the heartbreak, this film radiates hope not least through the resilience of West Papuan culture. Our very own West Papua Association (Melbourne) and Cinema Ventures present a special screening and Q & A with director Charlie Hill-Smith and West Papuan democracy advocates.
Also featuring a performance by West Papuan dance troupe.

6:30pm for a 7pm screening.

Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St, Carlton.

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