Although a tiny community isolated from Europe by great distance, its politial innovatons were sufficiently impressive to attract the interest of people as diverse as Anthony Trollope, Sir Charles Dilke, Henry George, the Webbs, and Lenin.
Robin Gollan, 1966, Radical and Working Class Politics, Preface.
Minutes for 7 May 1999
Silva, Paolo Ricci, Jonathan O'Donnell
Business arising from the minutes
Paolo is chasing this up, and will report back.
Paolo has contacted them by e-mail and will follow up in person.
Paolo gave us a report on the current Skills.net numbers. He is
confident that we will reach the target numbers. While access
hours remain an issue, we have systems in place to cope.
Business of the meeting
Disabled Motorists Association
Paolo reported on his visit to the Disabled Motorists
Association. They are keen to work with us to establish a
community access point in their premises.
Action: Paolo to write back within two weeks, detailing
costs and outcomes. Paolo will draft a letter and circulate it to
the committee for comments before forwarding it to the Disabled
Moreland Education Expo
The Moreland Education Expo is on Sunday 24th May. We will have a
stand there, with a computer or two connected to the Internet.
It would make sense to:
Action: Paolo and Daniel to organise computers for the
- Put the Disabled Motorists Association computer
- Use it at the Moreland Education Expo; and then
- Deliver it to the Disabled Motorists Association when they
Action: Geri, Craig, Bill and Paolo to attend on the day.
We are covered for public liability insurance by the
organisations that we work with:ęCoAsIT, Inca and Brunswick
To participate in the ARC Telecentre grant, RMIT requires that
we have professional indemnity insurance. We need to investigate
professional indemnity insurance further. Paolo is waiting for a
broker to get back to him with a quote.
If it turns out that professional indemnity insurance is
required, and the quote comes in at under $500, Chris and Craig
can sign a cheque without reference to the committee.
Action: Jonathan to contact Amanda Way at RMIT to check
the insurance requirements of the grant.
ARC Telecentre project
We are in partnership with RMIT and CoAsIT in a successful ARC
grant to design and establish a telecentre in the Moreland area.
The grant will enable Nicola Morelli to design two
telecentres: one at CoAsIT and one at Brunswick Secondary
College. CoAsIT will be working with Nicola to establish a
virtual school support system for Italian teachers. Virtual
Moreland will be assisting with technical support.
New training courses
Paolo reported that he has a lot of interest in courses for:
He asked committee members if they knew of people who would be
willing to run courses. While committee members did not know of
any suitable people, they did come up with some useful
- on-line trading; and
With regard to the genealogy course, people suggested that the
CAE and VicNet courses are very good, and we should point people
- run the first course for free with people who know about
share trading. Run it as an exploration of what is possible and
you will probably get enough information to create a course.
- invite one or two people from on-line trading organisations
to talk to the participants.
Can they use our Skills.Net training notes? While people thought
that this would be OK, they should probably talk to Skill.Net
Bill asked people to check http://www.skyary.com/venture/. He
was impressed by their training notes and asked people to see
what they thought of it. But please ignore the multi-level
marketing part of the system and just look at the training
Action: All members to have a look at the training
http://www.skyary.com/venture/ and tell Bill what you
The next meeting will be 7.30 pm
Wednesday 19 May 1999 at INCA, 352a Sydney Rd, Coburg 3058.