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Issue No. 123 21 December 2001  
 
E D I T O R I A L

The Unmaking of History
The new millennium has got off to an ominous start. The fireworks, circuses and self-congratulation of 2000 were a thing of the past and we were left with the task of redefining ourselves in a new era.

F E A T U R E S

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.

N E W S

 Unions Take Lead in Refugee Rethink

 Workers Christmas Wish List

 Sparkie Snares Organiser of the Year Title

 Bosswatch Gets International Attention

 Bank Workers Get Serious in 2002

 Qantas's Warfare Agenda Exposed

 Cabin Crew Stand Up for Themselves

 Win for Medibank Workers

 City Council's Tactics Rival Worst in the World

 Dynamic New Start for Musos

 Unions in the Mosh Pit

 Scholarship Opportunity

C O L U M N S

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.

L E T T E R S
 A Fair Go For All
 The First Bastion
 Tom Collins' Christmas Wish
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The First Bastion


Why are they are quiting the ALP?

Leaving the grass roots far behind. Thats Why.

DO NOT FORGET THE LESSONS OF HISTORY PAID IN BLOOD

* Hitler.To businessmen he promised that he would control the Trade Unions.

* Hitler says the German Trade Unions are the core of his opponents.

* Mr Howard has recently made it clear that workplace reform is his proudest

achievement ranking even more highly in his mind than tax reform

The ALP leadership will not survive if it turns its back on the Trade Unions.

The ALP is heading for an eventual split unless it reforms its internal practices.

* It has often been remarked that the Trades Union Movement, where it does not go hand in hand with an independent political movement, democracy fails and tyrants rule.

* Wage earners are in need of the foundation afforded by a powerful Trades Union Movement. Without a sound Trade Union Movement and genuine democratic political representation then exploitation increases and democracy takes a step backwards.

* Without democracy within Trade Unions and Labour Political Parties any independent labor movement would be impossible, and the labor aristocracy organized in trades unions and Social Democratic Parties would be chained most tightly to the employers and forced on by its own interest to help the advancement of employer politics at home and abroad.

Trade Unions and political power exercised in the interests of workers for effective use for protective laws are fundamental if deterioration of working conditions are to be avoided.

Democracy should be able to rely upon a numerous army of organized trades unionists, on which rest the deepest and firmest roots of its power. Any Labour Party that ignores this will stagnate and perish.

The Trade Union Movement is the first bastion of a Democratic Society.

Mr I Ferguson


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