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Issue No. 137 24 May 2002  
 
F E A T U R E S

Interview: Just Done It?
Nikewatch's Tim Connor gives his verdict on the global giant's latest innovation: ethics.

Tribute: Lest We Forget
Rowan Cahill goes looking for the real Alec Campbell and finds a story the Telegraph will not be publishing.

History: Solidarity Forever
Neale Towart looks at the enduring relationship between the union movement and the defence forces and finds it all comers down to solidarity.

Technology: Unblocking the Superhighway
Michael Gadiel argues the case for Open Standards as a way of breaking the grip of big business on the IT industry.

International: Gloves Off
Workers and their unions are facing a battering throughout South America as a wave of economic turmoil sweeps across the continent.

Unions: Out Of Work
Jim Marr travels to the frontline to witness the impact of the Howard Government's decision to close Employment National.

Review: Strange Business
Tara de Boehmler looks at a new flick that exposes the dark side of the Material World.

Poetry: The Lawyer's Lament
One of the big issues of recent weeks has been the explosion of insurance costs for public and community events, many of which have had to be cancelled as a result.

Satire: Government Mourns Loss Of Last Anzac
Treasurer Peter Costello has lamented the death of Alec Campbell, the last surviving ANZAC, bemoaning the lost revenue the government could have gained at his expense following the Budget.

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Workers Honour Radical Digger
Trade unionists today stopped work around Australia to pay tribute to the Last ANZAC Alec Campbell, not forgetting the specific contribution he made to the union movement.

As the conservative media and Tory politicians cashed in on Campbell's memory, workers on building sites, public transport, shopping centres and government departments paid tribute to the life of a true radical. [full story]

Retailers in Outworker Spotlight
Fashion retailers have nine months to agree on effective protections for clothing outworkers or face State Government regulation.

That was the key point to emerge from this week’s Behind The Label launch by NSW Industrial Relations Minister John Della Bosca. [full story]

Nurses, Teachers Snare Agenda
Unions have seized the public debate in both the health and education sectors, releasing independent reports on government policy in the lead-up to the state election.

Both the NSW Nurses Association and the NSW Teachers Federation received widespread publicity after commissioning academics to look into the broad issues facing the profession. [full story]

Syd in Vicious Backpacker Stand-off
Aussie yachting legend, Syd Fischer, has emerged as the man behind the three-week Kings Cross backpacker stand-off.

The multi-millionaire not only owns the Gazebo Hotel site at the centre of the dispute but it was his company, Australian Development Corporation, that hired, then fired, 13 backpackers after they refused to continue demolition work without basic safety provisions. [full story]

Microsoft Monopoly Under Challenge
The Carr Government will be called on to end the Microsoft stranglehold on public sector IT by moving to adopt Open Standards at this week's NSW ALP Conference.

Under the plan, part of a global push to break the Bill Gates monopoly, all state government projects would be required to deploy technology that is not reliant on Microsoft codes. [full story]

Kiddies Not Exactly Having a Ball
Children are still being used to manufacture footballs bearing the FIFA World Cup logo despite a 1998 agreement to ban the practice, according to research by the Global March Against Child Labour.

The research found children as young as six being employed to stitch onto soccer balls the names of sponsors such as Adidas and Coca-Cola and, it says, some of the balls could see finals action. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 NSW ALP Faces Asylum Seeker Test

 Canberra Acts on Industrial Manslaughter

 Carr Delivers on Dismissals

 Santa Claus Strikers on Christmas Island

 Abbott Believes Management Should Dictate

 Low Paid Not To Blame For Beer Price Rise

 Casino Award Covers Eastern States

 Security Workers Want Bosses Sacked

 Sydneysiders Rally For Western Sahara

 Activists Notebook

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"Politically and industrially Alec Campbell was a socialist, a trade unionist, and an anti-fascist" - Rowan Cahill

E D I T O R I A L
If the ANZAC was founded on the larrikan spirit, why don't we ever talk about the way this spirit imposed itself on the Australia political debate, particularly on the Left?

Blind Ambition

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
The Cold Hard Truth
The Rail,Tram and Bus Union's Nick Lewocki argues our hard-hearted treatment of refugees is a betrayal of our proud immigrant history.

The Locker Room
The South Melbourne Football Club Pty Ltd
A spectre is haunting football; it is the spectre of revolution; a free market revolution, writes Phil Doyle.

Bosswatch
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
Jobs are under threat in the textile and trye markets; but there's better news in the Newcastle mills and the Nike factories.

Postcard
Gas Treaty - The Raw Deal
East Timor is getting less then 40%—not 90% royalties from the oil and gas revenue in the Timor Sea, reports HT Lee.

Week in Review
Origin of the Species
Phil Gould, Andrew Johns and Danny Buderus may have buried the laughable notion that Rugby Union is the sport they play in heaven, but outside Stadium Australia life goes on, as Jim Marr discovers.


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