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  Issue No 109 Official Organ of LaborNet 31 August 2001  

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Economic Predators


Dear Sir,

In all conscience, I hope that I am not the only two ears in the wilderness, deafened by the stunning silence from the ACTU, and the Labor Council, on the most recent issue of national importance ` Economic Predators`. Or am I being a tad xenophobic and emotional as to our Australian sovereignty, and the inability to care for our own disadvantaged families in this already economic and class conscious divided land , a land of numerous tribes with more unintelligible chatter taking place about self-centered personal and egotistical issues , by small but unruly self interest groups , than was ever spoken in the `Tower of Babel`.

While some may say , that unemployment is only around the one million figures, the four to five million of the working poor must be looking on in agape at the vanguard of their economic survival , while "The Union Movement" , refuses to support the `Howard` government in defense of our land.

There can be no ambiguity as to the invasion of our coasts by , not as some would have us believe , `political refugees` , but economic predators , who can , in real terms pay more to have them smuggled into Australia than their fellow countrymen could earn in a lifetime. These are persons who deliberately destroy their documentation of identity as soon as they are within sight of our shores. This in itself is a matter of great concern, even if they were to arrive here by more conventional methods. These are persons who play on our sense of fair play, by using Women and children as to entrap us in their emotional web of deceit.

This is a problem that should be addressed on a bi-partisan manner, and not in an attempt to placate those that would play on the collective guilt or our still blatantly obvious cultural cringe.

There are now too many on this fence, and it is in danger of collapsing.

Tom Collins


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*  Interview: Union Power
Electrical Trades Union state secretary Bernie Riordan surveys the union movement's troubled relationship with Labor.
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*  International: Spreading the Word
Veronica Apap profiles Kamal Fadel and the battle he is fighting for the independence of his homeland of West Sahara.
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*  E-Change: Training for a Wired Workforce
Education is the entry point into the new economy; but the system still reflects an industrial age view of the world.
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*  Unions: AWU Defends Millennium Train Workers
Mark Hearn looks at how a group of Newcastle workers are setting a new standard in the railways.
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*  Politics: Chatting with Enemies of the State
Brazils MST is the largest and most radical social movement in the Americas. The CFMEU´s Phil Davey drops in for a chat.
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*  History: Struggle and Inspiration
Rowan Cahill argues that it is only through understanding history that we can make sense of the present plight of workers.
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*  Technology: A World Without Microsoft
Heather Sharp argues that all technologies involve political choices and moral values. Computer software is no exception, and it is Bill Gates' choices that dominate.
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*  Review: Let There Be Rock
Kid Rock and Beer Bong, Australia’s Oldest Rock Fans review the week’s music and political events from the safety of the bar stool.
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*  Satire: Tampa refugees ask to go home: "It's less inhumane than Australia"
The 460 asylum seekers on board the Tampa freight vessel have demanded to be taken back to their oppressive homelands, which they now realise aren’t nearly as hostile as Australia.
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»  Maintenance Contract 'Could Put Lives at Risk'
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»  Tax Office's GST Scam - 10 Per Cent Off!
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»  Della Moves on Pay Slip Concerns
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»  Authorities Scotch Bra-Burning
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»  Manusafe Decision Faces Appeal
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»  Orange Finally Saved from Closure
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»  Award Win For Telco Workers
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»  Abbott Clears Way for Lower Wages
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»  SDA Defeats 'Obscene' Westfield Parking Fees
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»  Labor Calls On Abbott To Abide By Convention
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»  Nurses Highlight Staff Shortages
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»  Keystone Cops At Wonderland Protest
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»  Call for Change in Award Increases
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»  Green Tin Box Values Gone At Commonwealth
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»  Dance for Independence
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»  Get Ready to Wobble
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»  Activist Notebook
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»  STOP PRESS: ITF says PM Tampa action illegal
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»  Tool Shed
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Letters to the editor
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»  WorkCover Impact
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»  Improving the Debate
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»  Botsman's Satire
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»  MUA - Take a Bow!
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»  Economic Predators
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