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Issue No. 136 17 May 2002  

Modern Labour
Unveiling his 'modern Labor' pitch in the Budget in Reply, Opposition leader Simon Crean seemed very 1950s – when 'modern' was good in itself, like spray-cans, zippers and uncomfortable furniture.


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.


 Solidarity In The Post To East Timor

 Joy Wins For All Workers

 Workers Call Abbott On Democracy Bluff

 Wran Tells MPs: Talk to Unions

 Family First on Conference Agenda

 Cole Commission Declares Paper War

 Yarra Workers Thank Australia

 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


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.

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.

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.

 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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Activists Notebook

Labor Leaders Speakout on Refugees

In the lead up to NSW ALP State Conference, the Labor Council in conjunction with Labor for Refugees (NSW) will be holding a forum on the issues regarding Refugees and the ALP.

Speakers include Neville Wran, The Hon. Dr. Meredith Burgmann MLC (Legislative Council President), RTBU State Secretary Nick Lewocki and Labor Council Secretary John Robertson.

Thursday 23 May 2002, 6.00 pm, Trades Hall Auditorium, Goulburn Street, Sydney.

For more information email [email protected]


NSW Fabians' - Wednesday Forum

Socialist Objective-Objectionable Object or Light on the Hill

630pm Berkolouw Bookstore - Wed 22nd Norton St Leichhardt


- Senator George Campbell, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary Manufacturing

- Troy Bramston, Former Sec NSW YL

- Paul Smith, NSW Fabian Sec

- MC, Tanya Plibersek, MP for Sydney

$5 for Fabian Members $10 for others


East Timor Independence Day Celebration

Celebration organised by the Australia-East Timor Association, including Entertainment, Timorese Food & TV news from Dili on the Big Screen. (Ph 9500-1638 for more details)

Entertainers featured include the Anin Murak Choir, the Solidarity Choir, Another Roadside Attraction, Denis Kevans, the Stiff Gins and Jeannie Lewis.

Monday 20 May 2002, 6.00 pm, Petersham Town Hall, Crystal Street, Petersham


Independence Rally for Western Saraha

Monday 20 May 2002, 12.30 pm, UN Offices, 46 York Street, Sydney

For more information contact Stephanie Brennan on 02 9569 7760


Dalai Lama Youth Forum

Forum for Young People aged between 16-25 on Saturday 25 May 2002 with young people having the opportunity to ask the Dalai Lama a question. Cost $16.50 per head.

Saturday 25 May 2002, 2.00 pm, City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney

Organised by Inspire. Phone 9810-6266 for more information. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketek or from the City Recital Hall Box Office 8256-2222



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