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Articles from Vol. 26, No. 2, 2000

7:42pm
7:42pm9:00am Sara uses a thick foundation to fill in all the gaps between the lines that are developing across her face. The eyeliner comes next. It is a dark navy liquid that she applies in thick strokes across the top of her lids. Another eyeliner...
Ben
Ben1Adam pulls up his rattling car with split seats and windows that don't quite meet the frames and the glovebox stuffed with recorded cassettes of the Pixies and Violent Femmes and Nirvana and a sticker of his own band's name on the back window and...
Bette Davis and Her Camellias
Bette Davis and her CamelliasPrologueEvery now and again -- generally during the question time of a conference or seminar -- I feel like an extra in a 1940s melodrama. Dashing men combat dastardly (and generally dead) theorists. Vixens give good leg...
Bread and Roses (a)cross the Pacific
Bread and Roses (a)cross the PacificBread and RosesAs we go marching, marching, in the beauty of the day,A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts greyAre touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses,For the people hear us singing:"Bread...
'Change Is Slow': Indigenous Women and Unions
`Change Is Slow': Indigenous Women and UnionsAnn Flood, the recently elected Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative on the ACTU Executive, responded to our questions about her experiences of unions.Can you tell us a little about your background?...
Cravings
Cravings'Melbourne: fine, mostly sunny with north-easterly winds, gradually freshening, maximum temperature 29 degrees.'That Summer my mother craves basil. The fresh dull greenness of the crushed leaves chopped in crinkled folds on the pine wood chopping...
Editorial: Sexual Politics and Trade Unions
In this special focus, we aim to bring attention to existing pathways and to create or uncover new connections between feminism and trade unionism. Our standpoint is not so much one of feminists offering critiques of the trade union movement from the...
Indian Summer
Indian SummerIt's the kind of day the family calls a Geronimo Day,since the fourth child was born in an Indian Summer just like this.We sprawled on bone-white decking in the unexpected warmththat morning, under a vacant-blue sky, and the sun turned the...
'Inventing Beatrice': Writing an Auto/biography
`Inventing Beatrice': Writing an Autobiography`Mob' was the name adopted by a group of young women who were Arts students at Melbourne University between 1928 and 1935. They saw themselves as `a slightly chosen race of free and original spirits', resisting...
Mardi Gras: The Biggest Labour Festival of the Year
The Australian Clerical Officers Association (ACOA) did a lot of early work developing AIDS policies for workers, and this was subsequently picked up by the ACTU. The union had activist members who formed a Gay and Lesbian Caucus within the union. The...
Sexual Politics and Trade Unions
Sexual Politics and Trade UnionsIn this special focus, we aim to bring attention to existing pathways and to create or uncover new connections between feminism and trade unionism. Our standpoint is not so much one of feminists offering critiques of the...
Silence(d) Is Death
Silence(d) Is DeathCan you care about Liza? Care about her, because without your kind of interest, your type of concern she may be lost. Just as an absent person or place may be best continually cared about, not by looking at their yellowing photograph...
Sisters and Sisters? Labour Movements and Women's Movements in (English) Canada and Australia
Sisters and Sisters? Labour Movements and Women's Movements in (English) Canada and AustraliaThe promise of trade unionism demands that you take risks but that then makes you vulnerable (Canadian unionist, 1998)Union women inhabit the territory where...
Songs of Sexual Politics from across the Sea
Songs Of Sexual Politics From Across The Sea1. PRAISE OUR LEADERSThis song was written by the Brazen Hussies, a women's choir and performance group from Palmerston North, Aotearoa/New Zealand. It was inspired by the campaign launched by our then Tory...
The Black Communist: The Contested Memory of Margaret Tucker
The Black Communist: The Contested Memory of Margaret Tucker[Margaret Tucker] began an active life campaigning for citizen rights for her people. In 1939 she organised concert parties to raise funds for the Cumeroogunga strikers. Because of her activism...
The Emma Miller Award for Women Unionists
The Emma Miller Award for Women UnionistsEmma Miller is a legend. However it has taken some considerable efforts over the years in Queensland to elevate and maintain her status despite the powerful labour legends of rural male workers. Miller is particularly...
The Low Pink Ceiling
Introduction Campaigns on issues such as protection from homophobia, in the workplace, and in the trade union movement challenge sexual politicswhich is what lesbian and gay unionists have been doing since the early 1970s. Shane Ostenfeld has argued...
The Low Pink Ceiling: Mardi Gras; the Biggest Labour Festival of the Year
The Low Pink Ceiling: Mardi Gras; The Biggest Labour Festival of the YearIntroductionCampaigns on issues such as protection from homophobia, in the workplace, and in the trade union movement challenge sexual politics -- which is what lesbian and gay...
'To Sit Down and Write That Book'
Chris Watson conducted this interview with Jackie Huggins at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit, The University of Queensland, on 29 July 1998. Who came up with the idea for writing Auntie Rita? Well, initially my mother. She had...
Tough Choices: News Media Accounts of Women Union Leaders
Tough Choices: News Media Accounts of Women Union LeadersThe 1990s saw a revival of feminist interest in analysing news media representations of women in political positions.(1) In part this was probably due to the rise in numbers of elected women politicians...
Trade Union Involvement in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras: A Lesbian Perspective
Trade Union Involvement in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras: A Lesbian PerspectiveLesbian and gay workers are employed in every industry and profession, each of which has its own separate industrial and union history. In NSW, before the Mardi Gras...
Twenty Words a Day
Was it possible to get through a day speaking twenty words or less? That was the question she wanted to answer, today, of all days in the open air of a Sunday afternoon. Ok so the eight-year-old boy next door had visited to borrow some icing sugar and...
Waves from the Shore: Women Writing the Sea in Oceania
Waves from the Shore: Women Writing the Sea in OceaniaNothing is ever changeless by the sea, especially land, especially places, especially people.Keri Hulme(1)On North Stradbroke Island I walk along a stretch of beach, scanning the tide line, and before...
What Do Women Want from Union Representation?
What Do Women Want from Union Representation?Why women join unions is not a question that has elicited much interest from the industrial relations community. Despite the many studies of union organizing efforts among men, there are but few that investigate...
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