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Issue No. 124 15 February 2002  

Chickens Come Home
For anyone who believes in karma, the events of the summer show how bad Australia's is right now.


Unions: Winning the Heartland
John Robertson unveils new research on attitudes to refugees and argues it's time for unions to mount their own propaganda war.

Interview: Swan's Song
Federal ALP front-bencher Wayne Swan expands on his ideas for rebuilding the Party in the wake of the Tampa election.

Corporate: Lessons from Enron
Jim Marr looks at the shock-waves the collapse of a US corporate heavy-weight are having around the globe.

Politics: What We Did Last Summer
We look back over a summer when it all went pear-shaped. Some events, at home and abroad, look set to have ongoing ramifications.

History: Solidarity in Song
Mark Gregory looks back on the annals of labour songs and offers some hints for those planning a tilt at the Labor Council's worker anthem comp.

International: A Tale of Two Cities
New York and Port Alegre are poles apart � but they both played host to important conferences on the future of globalisation over the summer.

Poetry: Nobody Told Me
Labour academic David Peetz commits the Prime Minister's current woes to verse.

Review: Labor and the Rings
Tolkien�s epic tale provides a timely reminder that that there are forces of good and evil in the world � and that they are not necessarily where we expect to find them, writes Michael Gadiel.

Satire: Rafter Named Bermudan Of The Year For Tax Purposes
Australian of the Year Pat Rafter was last night also named Bermudan of the Year, in a simple ceremony held in Bermuda's Parliament.


 Unions' Commit to Battle for Hearts

 Carr on Notice - Expectations Up

 Mad Monk Sides With Angels � Briefly

 Maritime Union Acts on Spy Scandal

 May Day Play-Off for Workers' Anthem

 Burmese Links Shroud Winter Olympics

 New Phone Venture One.Tel In Drag

 Two Million Face Rights Downgrade

 Enron Collapse Hits Share-Owner Agenda

 Corrrigan Snaps Up Rail Bargain

 Kinko Clowns With Workers' Rights

 MPs Face Security Checks

 Telstra's Tragic Delays Of Its Own Making

 Burrow Puts Case to World Economic Forum

 Shangri La Protests Hit Melbourne

 Activists Notebook


The Soapbox
Chinks in the Armour
The ACTU's Michael Crosby argues that Mark Latham's attack on the Labor for Refugees movement is the betrayal of Party values.

The Locker Room
Off-side in Korea?
With the World Cup set to kick off in a matter of months, South Korea's treatment of unions is under the microscope.

Week in Review
Cloak and Dagger
In the first of what will be a regular column, we place the week's labour news into a nutshell.

 In Whose Interests?
 'International Labour's Year in Review' - A Re-View
 Belly's Broad-Side
 Collins Gets Cryptic
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Nobody Told Me

Labour academic David Peetz commits the Prime Minister's current woes to verse.

Howard & Friends


A young John Howard was downtown
An old friend, walked up, shook his hands
"Congratulations", his mate said
"Your family's about to expand!"
John Howard looked puzzledly at him
"I don't have a clue what you say"
"But your wife -- she's now eight months pregnant!
I"ve heard the babe's due any day!"

"Well no one's officially told me
But thank you for letting me know.
Believe me, I had no such knowledge,
Maybe that explains why she's grown"

They met again, several weeks later
"Well done!" his hearty friend said
Again, young John Howard was puzzled
He looked up, he paused, scratched his head
"And what have I done now?" he asked him
His friend, though astonished, replied
"You're a father your wife's had a baby!"
His amazement he just could not hide

"Well no one's officially told me
But thank you, that makes me quite happy
Believe me, I had no such knowledge,
Maybe that explains all those nappies"

The years passed, they met just one more time
A street corner, a clear summer's day,
John Howard drove right through a stop sign
Their cars met, in quite a mel�e
His old friend climbed out and went over
"What happened, why didn't you stop?
Why did you fly right past that sign there?"
But John thought this over the top

"Well no one officially told me.
Excuse me, you must understand
Believe me, I had no such knowledge,
Maybe that's why blood's on my hands."

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