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Issue No. 123 21 December 2001  

Interview: Braveheart
Labor Council secretary John Robertson looks back on a turbulent year and forward to a dynamic 2002.

International: Global Year in Review
Labourstart's Eric Lee gives his take on a year where the world changed forever.

Unions: A Year at the Barricades
2001 was a year when workers were forced to fight for what they once took for granted.

Technology: Unions Online 2001
Social Change Online's Mark McGrath looks at the advances unions made in web development in 2001.

Republic: Terror Australis
ARM national director James Terrie asks where to now for the Republic?

Economics: 2001: Annus Horribilis
Frank Stilwell looks back at a troubled year and looks forward to the challenges for the labour movement.

Campaign Diary: Melanie and Me
Strewth's Steve Cannane went into the viper's nest on election night and emerged with an ordinary feeling.

Politics: Tony Moore's Final Word
Wide boys, spivs, spin doctors and hereditary idiots have hijacked a once great Australian institution.

Review: You Are the Weakest Program
Cultural theoritician Mark Morey deconstructs the televisual subplots of our collective consciousness.

Legal: The New McCarthyism
The “war on terrorism” declared in the wake of the American events of September 11 dramatically threatens Australian democratic life.

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Unions Take Lead in Refugee Rethink
The head of the NSW union movement is taking a leading role in the push to review Labor's refugee policy, writing to every ALP branch and Labor MP in the state backing Labor for Refugees.  [full story]

Bosswatch Gets International Attention
Labor Council's new web initiative 'Bosswatch' has been making international waves, with feedback coming from as far afield as Brazil and a feature article on the CNN site. [full story]

Bank Workers Get Serious in 2002
The banking industry can expect more grief in 2002, after industrial action around their Annual General Meetings placed declining service levels at the centre of public concerns. [full story]

Qantas's Warfare Agenda Exposed
Qantas management is prepared for an industrial showdown and believes "now is the time" to bring on a major dispute with unions, according to an internal briefing not for management.  [full story]

City Council's Tactics Rival Worst in the World
"Hey hey, ho ho, Frank Sartor has to go!" The chant rang out loud and clear when over 800 council workers rallied at Sydney Town Hall last week calling for an end to Competitive Tendering at Sydney City Council.  [full story]


 Workers Christmas Wish List

 Sparkie Snares Organiser of the Year Title

 Cabin Crew Stand Up for Themselves

 Win for Medibank Workers

 Dynamic New Start for Musos

 Unions in the Mosh Pit

 Scholarship Opportunity

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The Unmaking of History
The great tragedy of 2001 was that all too often it seemed we were working from a blank slate rather than making use of our greatest asset, our collective history.   [read more]

"The great tragedy of 2001 was that all too often it seemed we were working from a blank slate rather than making use of our greatest asset, our collective history."

Tool of the Week? - You're Standing in It


The Soapbox
Into the Crystal Ball
What will happen in 2002? We asked some of the players in the world of industrial relations to look into the crystal ball.

The Locker Room
The 2002 Workers Online Sports Awards
There may have been no Olympics, but there were some stellar performances in 2001, from madass bad boys to terminated talents, these are the big ones.

Trades Hall
Neale Towart's Labour (Year in) Review
Sporting a Costa crew-cut, a new look Neale looks back on some issues of 2001 that look likely to the centres of debate for unions in 2002.

Tool Shed
Tool of the Year? You're Standing In It
After a year when Australians brought out the worst in themselves, we all stand condemned for a stint in the Tool Shed.

LETTERS to the Editor
 A Fair Go For All
 The First Bastion
 Tom Collins' Christmas Wish

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