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Issue No. 136 17 May 2002  
 
F E A T U R E S

Interview: Licking the Wounds
Elder statesman Neville Wran expands on his review into Labor's performance at the last federal election.

Industrial: The Accidental Tourist
Standing on a picket line, just metres from the sleaziest part of Kings Cross, was not what Cheshire chemist David Lui had in mind when he was saving for his trip of a lifetime.

Unions: Stars And Stripes
Fly the flag, beat the war drum and screw the old, the sick and the poor – Peter Costello’s budget aims to emulate the worst aspects of American politics argues Noel Hester.

International: The Un-Promised Land
Andrew Casey lifts the lid on a little-known campaign to establish a Jewish homeland in the Kimberleys.

History: Mate Against Mate
Neale Towart trawls the records to recount some of the more acrimonious ALP State Conference debates.

Politics: Reith's Gong
Peter Reith's medal from the HR Nicholls Society overlooks a number of lamentable aspects about his character as Stuart Mackenzie reports.

Poetry: You've Got a Friend
A friend is someone who protects you, but in an interesting twist the Federal budget has redefined the notion of 'protection' by adding the word 'from'.

Review: War on Terror: Now Showing
Arnold Schwarznegger's latest flick Collateral Damage is spooky for many reasons, writes Tara de Boehmler.

Satire: Burmese Regime Makes Genuine Commitment To Pretence Of Change
The government of Myanmar (Burma) released democratic opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi today after a year and a half of house arrest.

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L A T E S T   N E W S

Joy Wins For All Workers
A suburban bank manager is celebrating a landmark court victory that confirms the rights of all workers to speak out on workplace issues.

The Federal Court of Australia ruled the ANZ Bank had breached the law by disciplining Joy Buckland for speaking to the media in her capacity as an elected trade union official. [full story]

Workers Call Abbott On Democracy Bluff
Tony Abbott’s driving ambition to remove unions from workplace bargaining is being resisted by staff in his own department.

A simmering dispute in the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations is expected spill over into the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) next week. [full story]

Wran Tells MPs: Talk to Unions
An official review of the ALP's federal election defeat is recommending that Labor MPs be required to set up networks with rank and file trade unionists in their electorates.

Former Premier Neville Wran has completed his review for the NSW branch, rejecting "the idea that the trade union movement represented any negative factor in the last federal election". [full story]

Family First on Conference Agenda
Trade unions will push the Carr Government to adopt family-friendly policies, including giving workers the right to access leave to attend their children’s speech days and major sporting events.

Under a resolution to be put to the NSW ALP state conference, sponsored by the Labor Council of NSW, workers would be able to access carers leave for non-health related family issues. [full story]

Cole Commission Declares Paper War
The CFMEU will abandon normal business to meet “oppressive” discovery orders filed by the Royal Commission into the Building Industry.

State secretary Andrew Ferguson labels 11 pages of discovery orders, requiring the production of everything from former employees’ diary notes dating back six years to fighting fund accounts, a “ridiculous fishing expedition”. [full story]

Yarra Workers Thank Australia
CSL Yarra workers have celebrated the end of their two-week occupation of the vessel, acknowledging union solidarity and the support of the broader community was decisive in their victory.

Maritime Union of Australia officials negotiated a confidential settlement with CSL that will see the Australian crew remain on board until the Yarra leaves Australian waters, with an Australian-flagged ship to take over the coastal route. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Solidarity In The Post To East Timor

 Budget Attacks Retirement Incomes

 PSA Challenges Carr’s Secrecy Shield

 Election Talk Aint Cheap

 Hotel Bosses Back Down On Pay

 Welfare Staff Strike Out At Harrassment

 Della Ups DIR Inspectorate

 Fake Notes Expose Government as Tax Cheat

 Labor Faces Acid Test on Asylum Seekers

 New Project Encourages Cultural Exchanges

 Bush’s Western Saharan War And Oil Deal

 Activists Notebook

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“We don’t really have union backgrounds. Back home, they were all beaten when I was a little kid." - Kenneth the Backpacker

E D I T O R I A L
Those inside the ALP seem to have no idea that the trade union movement is already a decade into a genuine modernisation process.

Censor Moi

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
Border Solidarity
The Australian Workers Union's Bill Shorten explains why he drew a line in the cement in support of the CSL Yarra crew

The Locker Room
The Dangerous Life Of A Hot Dog Seller
Phil Doyle ruminates on the virtues of processed meats in the world of elite sports.

Bosswatch
The Bottom Line
Peter Costello wasn't the only one flaunting a budget deficit this week, as Rupert Murdoch announced the largest corporate write-down on record.

Postcard
East Timor Appeals For Help
At midnight on Sunday 19 May, the UN mandate in East Timor comes to an end and East Timor becomes a new independent nation.

Week in Review
The Spin Cycle
Budget week brings that much spin you half expect to see Shane Warne wheeled out as a spokesman on health, economics, or whatever else the combatants are blabbing about. Jim Marr lifts the covers.


LETTERS to the Editor
 Gangsta Rap
 More May Day Hate Mail
 What Women Want
 Chucking a Wobbly
 Is Caustic Costello the Despot of Despair?
 East Timor: Independent Or Mendicant?

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