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Issue No. 131 12 April 2002  

Cry Freedom
If there's a common thread running through this week's issue, it's the continuing crisis faced by workers around the globe confronting the practical reality of Free Trade.


Interview: Cross Wires
Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance chief Chris Warren surveys the fluid state of the Australian media.

International: Two Tribes
As the Middle East burns, Andrew Casey shines a light into one of the world's darkest corners.

Activists: Beneath the Veil
A young Afghani woman has travelled to Australia to put a human face on the suffering of her people - and her gender.

Unions: Terror Australis
When push comes to shove, it appears the Howard Government is more scared of the Maritime Union than Osama Bin Laden, Jim Marr reports.

History: A Labor Footnote To The Royal Funeral
Stephen Holt reports that an intriguing Australian connection has been overlooked amidst the supposedly blanket media coverage of the end of the Bowes Lyon era.

Economics: Private Affluence, Public Rip-Off
New Labour's enthusiasm for business is matched only by its lack of business sense, as the private finance fiasco shows.

Review: The Great Hall of the People
In an extract from the latest issue of Labor Essays, the ARM's Richard Fidler looks at the symbolism behind the Republican debate.

Poetry: Waiting for the Living Wage
The Living Wage Case was heard this week. The workers� voices in this poem have been adapted from the evidence presented by low wage earners to the living wage case.

Satire: Israel Recruits NAB To Close West Bank
Israeli security forces have successfully enlisted the expert help of the National Australia Bank to close down the West Bank.


 Baby Company Punts Netball Mum

 Dairy Workers Win Global Breakthrough

 Treasury Modelling Backs ACTU Claim

 Bank Nabs Huge Sales Targets

 Come Clean � Insurance Giants Challenged

 May Day Jam and Toast

 Job Security Win For Cabin Crew

 Workers Gear-up For Pollution Fight

 Shuffling The Deck On The Yarra

 New Push On Workplace Crime

 Super Child Care Win

 Doubts Over Ettalong Wharf Funding

 The Sane Monk Stands Down

 Fabians Debate Refugees

 Activists Notebook


The Soapbox
Unions and the Web � Where to Now?
Peter Lewis argues the time has come to revisit how trade unions interact with workers and how the Web could be the catalyst for such a change.

The Locker Room
Free To Where?
Parents with kiddies who play a bit of sport will have noticed the escalating costs associated with their kids being involved in sport.

Week in Review
The Joys of the Chop
Workers come and workers go, right? Well, it�s the way of the world but while some get stiffed, others are stuffed with obscene amounts �

 Labor and Unions - What About the Workers?
 A Voice for the Shareholders
 Noses in the Trough
 Bugger Off
 Memo: Carmen Lawrence
 Police: Make the Boss a Woman
 Baby Faced Brogden
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Baby Faced Brogden

With the spawning of "Baby Faced Brogden", from the bowels of the NSW Liberal Citadel, a real challenge has emerged to the seemingly eternal political power of the New South Wales under the guidance of that power machine Bob Carr.

Has"Our Bob", lost the will for political power and is intent on seeking sanctuary within the halls of some academia for the duration of his temporal existence.

Is there no longer any challenge for this multi-faceted intellectual, who has displayed skills that would shame Macchiavello , these skills gleaned from taking note of history , and being determined not to be one who repeated it.

Sadly , if this is the case , with t he next state election less than twelve months away , the opposition has not only presented a new face , it has retrieved the "dillybag" of filth and political poison from the same cupboard that the NSW right have kept their skeletons.

The publicity seeking stunt of the resignation of the police commissioner, will not distract the liberal snipers from taking out vulnerable state members, through political assassination and the personification of the sins committed by employees of their departments being visited upon the respective Minister.

It would appear that the Minister for Community Services has been seen as a weak link , and the hyenas are now stalking her and with every faux pas , that is made by any employee of DOCS , the minister is prodded as belligerently as a picador provokes the Bull , in an attempt to amuse the mob and salivate there throats hoarse from the hue and cry , and their callous call for blood.

The disposable behaviour of some "Docs" staff has been public knowledge for an inordinate period of time, why have these behaviours and the disgraceful response of the department only been raised in recent weeks?

Perhaps the planning and the subsequent "Parliamentary Inquiry" will be at its ripest in the weeks prior to the election.

The sad part of these affairs is that the innocent and pure usually the injured parties.

There has not been a more committed Minister in the portfolio of community services that the Hon. Faye Lo Po, she did not accept this stewardship of the states most vulnerable as a 'Poisoned Chalice', but as an opportunity to make a difference to our society, and care for those abused and disadvantaged children of those that should be compulsorily sterilised.

So rather that our Premier wandering off, tilting at Windmills, because he has achieved his personal goals , which were/are admiral , he should be grooming a leader for the continued Labor Government of New South Wales , one that will return loyalty to those that give it.

There always comes a time when one must decide who is the greater enemy, having said that!

Do I hear a whisper?

"F R A N K S A R T O R F O R P R E M I E R"

is he not the nemesis of the Grieners , the power behind , "Baby Face Brogden".

Tom Collins


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