Wage justice for cleaners: Change the Rules!

It was cold and overcast in Canberra this morning when the Vintage Reds joined with United Voice and other unions to support the cleaners in Australian Government office buildings who are going to suffer a 20% cut in their wages (from $24.00 to $20 an hour). Many are likely to loose their jobs because of this change of contractors and work arrangements.  Just another example of why Australia needs to “Change the Rules” and rid us of our rancid conservative government!


Don’s Calendar of Events, August 2018

22 August: Aborigines and the Media – Dr Elizabeth Burrows, National Library, 5:15pm RSVP 62621111

22 August: Japanese War Crimes – Prof. Robert Cribb, 5:30pm Manning House, 11 Tasmania Circuit, Forrest, http://www.trybooking.com/WYXH or RSVP 62959430

as a long term member of the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA), Don recommends 3 new Aussie films – 

West of Sunshine (23/8)

The Merger (30/8)

The Flipside (30/8)

23 August: Palestine Fundraising Dinner with Olfat Mahmoud, 6:30pm Delhi 6 Restaurant, Childers St, Civic, http://www.afopa.com.au/afopa-events/2018/8/23/fundraising-dinner-canberra. Contact Kathryn Kelly 0417269984 or http://www.trybooking.com/394919

23 to 26 August: Canberra Writers Festival, various venues,  http://www.nma.gov.au/whats-on/events/canberra-writers-festival?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=August%20eNews&utm_content=August%20eNews+CID_4bd94ce28960ee153a4af518bf2a2816&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=FIND%20OUT%20MOR

24 August to 11 November: American Masters 1940-1980, National Gallery,   https://nga.gov.au/americanmasters/default.cfm

27 August: Titus O’Reily, AFL comedian (All ages), 7:30pm Street Theatre, https://www.frontiercomedy.com/titusoreily

4 September: Always Another Country by Sisonke Msimang, ANU/The Canberra Times Meet The Author Series, in conversation with Andrew Leigh MP, 6pm (also pre & after-event book signing), Molonglo Theatre, Crawford Centre, ANU,   http://www.anu.edu.au/events/in-conversation-with-sisonke-msimang

7 to 9 September: Lifeline Bookfair, Exhibition Park

9 to 16 September: Canberra Short Film Festival, Various venues,   http://www.filmfest.net.au

11 September: Chinese Belt and Road Project (Pakistan and Iran), Ian Dudgeon (Lowy Institute), 12:30pm Hughes Community Centre

12 September to 7 October: Italian Film Festival, Palace Cinema

13 September: Absolute Power – the Pope in the Modern World, Paul Collins, 5:30pm Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circuit, Forrest, RSVP 62959430

14 to 15 September: Indonesia Update, Coombs Theatre, ANU, RSVP 61253794

15 September to 14 October: Floriade

20 to 22 September: Make Australia Slightly Better Than Average Again, Mark Swivel, Comedian, Street Theatre, http://www.swiv.com.au or http://www.thestreet.org.au

21 September: World Peace Pay

14 October: Curtain Call, ANU Musical Theatre Company, 7pm Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music, https://musicaltheatreco.anu.edu.au/


Don’s Calendar of Events, July 2018

14 to 30 July: various literary events – see litbits@canberratimes.com.au

19 July: Launch of “Captain Cook’s Apprentice” by Anthony Hill, Harry Hartog Bookshop, Westfield, Woden, 6pm RSVP 62325832

20 July: Songs of Joni Mitchell – Kate Miller, Heidke, etc. Phone 62752700 canberratheatrecentre.com.au

21 July: Women of Wonder Market, Tuggeranong Shopping Centre, 10am-2pm

21 July: Repower Queanbeyan Launch, hosted by Nature Conservation Council of NSW, Queanbeyan Library, 11am-12:30pm https://www.facebook.com/events/2113719325507650/

21 July: Refugee Rally, Five Years on Manus Island and Nauru, Refugee Action Committee, Canberra, Commonwealth Park (near north end of Commonwealth Bridge), 1pm

22 July: Arab Souq (Market) Festival, National Museum, 11am-3pm, Free entry http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/so-that-you-might-know-each-other/events

26 to 28 July: Dark Emu, Canberra Theatre Centre, Phone 62752700 canberratheatrecentre.com.au

28-29 July: Handmade Market, Exhibition Park

29 July: Rugby-League – the Musical, Brian Carnahan, Street Theatre, 7:30pm

29 July: Cystic Fibrosis Charity Day, Canberra Yacht Club, santashuffle.org.au

31 July: Australian Aborigines in the Boer War, Liam Pieper, National Library, RSVP 62621111

2 to 5 August: Stronger Than Fiction, Documentary Film Festival, Palace Cinema

2 August: Tommy Emanuel, Phone 62752700, canberratheatre.com.au

4 August: Gammacon Pop Culture Festival, Exhibition Park

4 August: Stop Adani Rally, Garema Place, 12pm

6 August: Hiroshima Day Vigil, Nara Peace Park, Lennox Gardens, Yarralumla, 5:15pm for a 5:30pm start, until 6pm, http://honesthistory.net.au/wp/wp-content/uploads/Hiroshima_DayACT.pdf

6 August: That Poetry Thing: NiloofarFanaiyan (Israel) and Anita Patel (Canberra), Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, 76 Alinga St, Canberra City, 7-9pm, $5 on the door, includes open mic

7-8 August: Digital ID Show, National Convention Centre, idshow.com.au

9 August: meet fantasy author Sam Hawke, presenting ‘City of Lies’, Harry Hartog Bookseller, light refreshments provided, 6pm for 6:30, free, RSVP 62325832 or woden@harryhartog.com.au

9 to 12 August: Craft and Quilt Fair, Exhibition Park

10 to 12 August: Woden Seniors Book Fair, 12 Corinna Street

10 August to 18 November: 30 Works of Art by Prince Charles, National Gallery

10 August for six months: Heath Ledger Exhibition, National Film and Sound Archive

11 to 19 August: National Science Week, scienceweek.net.au

12 August: Free open day at National Library, 10am-4pm

13 August: Dr Joseph Gerson, “Is Nuclear Disarmament Possible?”, 5.30pm, Staff Library, ANU College of Law, first floor.

14 August: Weapons In Space, by Roy Sach, Hughes Community Centre, 12:30pm, $2 entry, RSVP 0414258745

17 August: Bach In The Dark, ANU School of Music, eventbrite.com.au

18 August: Daniel Deniehy Memorial Lecture, by Geoff Gallop, Goulburn, for details contact 0414487915

22 August: Aborigines in the Media, Dr Elizabeth Burrows, National Library, 5:15pm, RSVP 62621111

22 August: Book launch, Olfat Mahmoud, ‘Tears for Tarshiha,’ 6pm Parliament House, rsvp, jenny.howard@aph.gov.au. Also Dinner with Olfat, Delhi 6 restaurant, Thursday 23 August. $45/$40. Bookings via Trybooking, ph. 0417 269 984.

23 August: IPAN Dinner with Palestinian refugee, Dr Olfat Mahmoud, Delhi 6 restaurant, https://ipan.org.au/event/dinner-with-palestinian-refugee-dr-olfat-mahmoud-6-30pm-thursday-23-august-2018/, 6:30-9:30pm, $40/$45, bookings essential – https://www.trybooking.com/394919

23 to 26 August: Canberra Writers’ Festival, canberrawritersfestival.com.au

24 August to 11 November: American Masters 1940-1980, Jackson Pollock, etc., Australian National Gallery, https://nga.gov.au/exhibitions/

26 August: The Scribe, world premier of this film about Graham Freudenberg (who will be there), by Ruth Cullen. 4 pm to 6 pm, Members’ Dining Room, Museum of Australian Democracy (aka Old Parliament House). Tickets $25, $20 (concession), $15 (junior). https://www.canberrawritersfestival.com.au/event/scribe-world-premiere


Don’s Calendar of Events, May 2018

21 to 27 May: Exercise Right Week, exerciseright.com.au.

23 May to 6 June: Palace cinema, German Film Festival

24 May: Paperchain Bookstore, Manuka, 6 pm, Ann McGrath from the ANU launches Alison Booth’s latest novel, A Perfect Marriage – a contemporary tale of friendships, the nature of memory, and middle-class domestic violence. Bookings here.

Sunday 27 May: 8 p.m., Archie Roach and the Tiddas

Monday 28 May: National Gallery, Reconciliation Day events.

Thursday 31 May: 6 pm. China in the World auditorium, Fellows Lane, ANU, a free “meet the author” event, with Jonathan Miler talking about his new book, Duterte Harry: Fire and Fury in the Philippines. Book on 6125-4144 or here.

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May Day Dinner awards 2018

This year’s dinner was held at the QT hotel in town. Among the recipients of the expanded May Day awards was Janice Flaherty of the Vintage Reds, shown here with a black and gold T-shirt which must be very soon a collector’s item. Janice was responsible for our recent submission to the government on aged care.

May Day march 2018

For the first time in some years, Canberra unions rallied on May Day, as part of the Change the Rules campaign.

Two hundred people marched to the Fair Work Commission and listened to speakers on the theme of secure work, fair pay, and increasing casualisation.

More Canberra events from Don Dwyer


until Sunday 29 April: Weber’s Circus, corner Isabella Drive & Clive Steel Ave, Monash.

until Sunday 29 April: Heritage Festival.

until Sunday 19 August: National Library, UK Suffragettes Exhibition.

18 April to 6 May: Palace Cinema, Spanish Film Festival.

Thursday 26 April to Sunday 20 May: The Spiegeltent.

Friday 27 April: 12 noon to 5 p.m., Queanbeyan Library Comic Fest. RSVP 6285-6255.

Saturday 28 April: 10 a.m., Workers Memorial Rally. Near the Carillon on the War Memorial side of King’s Avenue bridge.

Monday 30 April: 9.30 a.m., National Library, John Bell in conversation with Genevieve Jacobs in association with the Canberra International Music Festival.

Tuesday 1 May: 12.30, May Day Rally, corner Childers Street & University Avenue, Civic.

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