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Issue No. 137 24 May 2002  

An Aussie Icon
The public deification of the Last Anzac, Alec Campbell, proves the adage that when you scratch the surface of an icon you'll invariably find a far more interesting reality.


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.


 Workers Honour Radical Digger

 Retailers in Outworker Spotlight

 Nurses, Teachers Snare Agenda

 Syd in Vicious Backpacker Stand-off

 Microsoft Monopoly Under Challenge

 Kiddies Not Exactly Having a Ball

 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


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.

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.

Gas Treaty - The Raw Deal
East Timor is getting less then 40%´┐Żnot 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.

 Dancing With Trotsky? Not Bloody Likely.
 Your Tools Page is Down
 Big Dave Foster
 Give Us a Click!
 Will the Real Mark Latham Please Stand Up?
 Unified Labour
 The Last Survivor
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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.


Which football club has 25 000 members who can't vote?

File this one under only in Sydney. Where else would club spirit be measured in market capitalisation?

Apart from speculation as to possibility of an alleged relationship between Eddie McGuire and Michael Malthouse's daughter, the best question doing the rounds in the

AFL at the moment concerns Swans Chief Executive Officer, Kelvin Templeton.

Would Kel survive if a Swans member stood against him in a ballot of the Swans' rank and file?

I know that the CEO isn't elected anywhere else, but Kel is the off field face of the Swannies, in much the same way as elected presidents are in other clubs Eddie McGuire at Collingwood, John Elliott at Carlton, etc. The president of the Sydney Swans could be a blow up doll for all I know.

Rodney Eade will be placed on the sacked coaches' list before the end of August.I mean, it's easy to sack the coach. It saves having to admit that your playing staff isn't up to it.

There are still two games to go but the Blues put a creditable performance in the opening Statement Of Onanism encounter at the Olympic fiasco memorial that was inspiring for all those concerned.

Apart from the television extravaganza that allowed everyone to watch The Simpsons on Channel 10 and switch back to Channel Packer in plenty of time for the kick-off, the most bizarre part of the exhibition was the minutes' silence for the last ANZAC.

In a military society like ours it's easy to forget that people contribute more to life than merely being cannon fodder for our economic betters. In this instance it has escaped the media's attention that the protagonist was an active and committed trade unionist and peace campaigner. When was the last time we had a minute's silence for workers murdered in the quest for profits at the footy?

The World's Largest Sporting Event takes place in those traditional footballing nations of Japan and South Korea over the next three years or so.

The World Cup is also on Channel Packer sometimes, with the rest of it spread across the Les Murray network

Les Murray from SBS is my favourite Les Murray of all, but where the hell does that accent come from? Is Les the quintessential multicultural Australian?

The World Cup opens with a vote on Sepp Blatters' leadership of the world game, which should be the most interesting tussle of the whole extravaganza.

Will Sepp survive? Will North Korea stage a pitch invasion of South Korea?

Will the next India v Pakistan test series be decided by a nuclear strike? There are plenty of questions this week, and very few answers.

Timeo Philo Et Donum Ferenti


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