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  Issue No 122 Official Organ of LaborNet 07 December 2001  

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Who was Gordon Freeth?


The review in the latest "Workers Online" of Anthony Burke's book about "Australia's security obsession" was accompanied by an odd coincidence. The review appeared only a day or so after the death of Gordon Freeth, a Liberal Party Minister of External Affairs who was monstered by the DLP in the lead up to the 1969 federal election. This was because Freeth had the temerity to downplay the alleged deadly threat posed to Australia by the presence of a few ships from the Soviet navy in the Indian Ocean.

Freeth's discomfiture was compounded when he lost his Western Australian seat in the election. He and his DLP nemesis may be gone but Australia's obsession with foreign threats remains as lively as ever.

Stephen Holt

MACQUARIE ACT


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Features
*  Interview: Reality Bytes
Labor's IT spokeswoman Kate Lundy on how a third Howard Government will hurt the IT industry.
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*  Unions: My Way or the Highway
Since 1997, workers employed by Serco/Great Southern Railways, have been locked in a struggle with their employer to have their choice of industrial instrument recognised.
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*  Legal: Three Degrees of Contract
Marian Baird argues there is a need to more fully understand what workers, employers and our society expect from the employment relationship.
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*  International: Bogota Terror
The assassination of a Colombian unionist has prompted international outrage.
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*  History: Freedom or 'Federation'?
Mark Hearn and Greg Patmore argue that the journey to federation was not a one-way street.
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*  Health: Wearing the Right Genes to Work?
Matt Brooks tracks the DNA trail to discover genetic testing in the workplace is already here.
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*  Satire: Demidenko Releases New Book About Her Life As Afghan Refugee
Controversial author Helen Demidenko has written a brand new novel based on her gripping true life experiences as an Afghan refugee.
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*  Review: Can Blinky Bill Save Unions?
Neale Towart browses the kiddies' shelves to find an Australian icon with a union-friendly message.
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News
»  Unions Raise Labor Stakes
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»  Standards Breakthrough in Call Centres
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»  Hotel Cleaners Told: Bring Your Own Mops
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»  Corporate Giant Sponsored IT to India Report
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»  New Front in Battle for Compo Rights
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»  Progress in Email Privacy Push
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»  Christmas Progress on Sweatshops, Truckies
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»  BHP Steel Workers Fight for Security
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»  Union Concerned At New ASIO Powers
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»  Workers Call for Patrons Before Pokies
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»  Overtime Deal Helps Rural Hospitals
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»  Writers in New Chapter for Unionism
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»  CFMEU Backs Standards Inquiry
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»  Mining Company Moves To Ban Fiji Film
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»  Unions Choir Sings Up Storm
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»  2002: Where to Now?
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»  Activists Notebook
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Columns
»  The Soapbox
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»  The Locker Room
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»  Trades Hall
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»  Tool Shed
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Letters to the editor
»  Apology to Tim Harcourt
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»  Tom is Gobsmacked
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»  Who was Gordon Freeth?
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»  More Compo Feedback
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»  Trains of Treasure
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»  The Great Tuckpointer Debate Revived
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