Isocracy Network November 2012 Newsletter

1. Put Public First! Dr. Joseph Toscano and Dr. Jean Ely for Melbourne, 27th October
2. Big Steps: Wage Justice for Early Childhood Workers, November 17
3. Isocracy Network Annual General Meeting, November 24
4. Reclaim the Spirit of the Eureka, December 3

1. Put Public First - Mayoral Election

Dr. Joseph Toscano, public officer for the Isocracy Network and Dr. Jean Ely, have nominated for Mayor and Deputy Mayor respectively for the City of Melbourne. Elections are by full posting voting and election day is Saturday 27 October 2012.

Some of their policies include:

* Setting aside 10% of Council revenue for seeding co-operatives and collectives to provide sustainable employment and goods and services to residents.
* An increase in rates on high-end properties to provide social housing.
* A monument in recognition of Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner.

For more information on the campaign call 0439 395 489.

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2. "Big Steps: Wage Justice for Early Childhood Workers"

The early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector is in crisis with 180 educators leaving each week due to wages as low as $18 per hour. The Big Steps campaign is seeking $1.4 billion in annual funding from the Federal Government for professional wages in the ECEC sector. Professional wages for educators will bring the stability and quality that children and their families value and deserve.

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Saturday November 17th When: 11.00am until 2.00pm

For Melbourne people join us on the steps of Parliament House, Spring Street followed by family festivities at Treasury Gardens on Wellington Parade. Please note that this campaign is being promoted by United Voice, who have been extremely helpful by offering space in their offices for Isocracy Network meetings in Victoria. Please attend and show solidarity!

3. Isocracy Network Annual General Meeting

November 24th: United Voice union offices, 117-131 Capel St North Melbourne VIC 3051, 5.30pm

Isocracy Annual General Meeting, activities and finance reports for 2011, and election of office-bearers.

Followed by at 6.00pm with a presentation from Race Matthews on "Social Justice through Worker's Cooperatives"

Race Matthews is a former member of the Victorian (Oakleigh, 1979 to 1992) and Australian parliaments (Casey, 1972-1975). Race served as the Minister for Community Services (1987-1988), Minister for Police and Emergency Services, and Minister for the Arts (1982–1987).

Currently a senior research fellow at Monash University, Race is the author of numerous books including: "Building the Society of Equals: Worker Co-operatives and the A.L.P.," "Jobs of Our Own", "Australia's First Fabians", "Whitlam Re-visited: Policy Development, Policies and Outcomes", "Labor's Troubled Times", and "Turning the Tide: Towards a Mutualist Philosophy and Politics for Labor and the Left."

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4. Reclaim The Spirit of Eureka, December 3.

Meeting on Monday December 3 at 9.00am at Eureka Hall at the corner of Eureka and Stawell Streets, Ballarat, followed by a march to Bakery Hill at 9.30am where the Eureka Oath was sworn: "We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other and fight to defend our rights and liberties".

The annual dinner will be held that evening, although with seating limited to 90.

Please book at: 0439 395 489 or

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