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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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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.


Guess what? There's an election looming in NSW. How do we know? Well, the telltale signs are all about us.

After three years in the melting pot, John Della Bosca announces a multi-pronged approach to protecting tens of thousands of outworkes. Self regulation is given nine months to deliver before an Ethical Clothing Trades Council recommends whether or not regulations are required. That report is due in February, approximately one month before the Carr Government goes to the polls.

Then, after years of building super highways across and below the city, Carl Scully bows in the direction of public transport. Plans to introduce bus-only lanes on Parramatta and Victoria Rds will be a serious incentive for commuters to leave the wagon in the garage.

The Government takes another step in the right direction by flagging a tax on the windfall profits of developers who benefit from state provision of road or rail links.

Taken together, they could just about prise a smile of Wayne Bennett.

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Corporate rights are increasinly interfering with yours and mine. We all know about the millions of people who die in poor contries each year because patents-driven drug companies refuse to allow access to generic products. On a much more prosaic level, a Federal Court ruling gives enormous power to the elbows of Australian media companies big and rich enough to win rights auctions.

Popular comedy, The Panel, is at the centre of a judgement which rules Ten used Nine's footage "unlawfully" on 12 occassions. The worrying element being that these clips were not screened for their news or information value but to illustrate comic concepts. Amongst the infractions were footage of the Prime Minister singing Happy Birthday and former NSW Origin prop, Glenn Lazarus, doing a cartwheel - very appropriate, he wasn't the only one.

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Hey, now here's one for the records, a paid-up trade unionist and a female, at that, has snuck her way onto the Business Review's Rich List. Yes, drum roll please, Nicole Kidman, known for her Actor's Equity involvement, registers at the $112 million mark, er, largely, one suspects, because of the terms of her divorce from some American bloke.

She is, however, a long, long way short of the Billionaire Boys Club where Mr K Packer still rules supreme with an estimated $5.9 billion nest egg.

Big Kezza is one of two in the top seven to have substantial interests in poker machines which would come as no surprise to another of the fabulously weathy, John Singleton, who blew $150,000 backing Queensland to beat NSW after the TAB refused to let him get set for a million.

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What do Victorian AMWU secretary, Craig Johnston, and Queensland captain Gorden Tallis have in common. Both reckon their respective sin-binning are a bit stiff.

Johnston, of Johnson Tiles "run through" fame, faces a string of charges, including threatening to kill, while big Gordie is left cooling his heels as team-mates succumb to the Blues.

At least, Big Gordie has the Bill Harrigan factor to plead in mitigation.

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Everywhere you look the world is populated by Odd Couples. Alfie Langer and laugh-a-minute mentor Wayne Bennett spring to mind as, on the other side of the fence, do Gus Gould and Super League spruiker Laurie Daley, but really, they pale alongside the African adventures of rock star Bono and US Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill.

The pair is committed to ensuring development aid finds its mark.

Bono, comes from the Fair Trade corner while O'Neill, formerly a corporate high flyer, couldn't be drier if he was on fire.

They're on the third week of their African odyssey.

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Last, and very likely least, comes news from the House of Bush that journos accompanying the US president, on tour in Europe, are being told to lift their sartorial standards.

The White House press code puts the blue line through polo shirts, jeans and shorts and advises the female of the journalistic species that skirts, falling below the knee, are in.

Not a mention of objectivity or balance, understandable given the president's war on terror. This week the White House maintains the rage with separate warnings that another terrorist attack is "almost inevitable"; that terrorists will get weapons of mass destruction and "not hesitate to use them" and the Big Guy's own assessment that his country's enemies are "nothing but a bunch of cold blooded killers".

Wonder if he gets his media advice from the mob who used to run the ARL's State of Orgin campaigns?


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