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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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Letters to the Editor

Will the Real Mark Latham Please Stand Up?

Dear Sir,

While much of Mark Lathams pontifications have much validity, there is not an ounce of originality within them.

His latest scribble "A New Agenda for Political and Industrial Labour.", is nothing more than a hastily reheated political fast food , gorged down and then publicly regurgitated as a wonder food for the masses , some of resembling a swill for swine and the rest smelling of rotting corpses in the closet.

What revelations he continues to surprise us with, who except Mark would have observed the party continually raking over old debates, and its determination not to change its style of politics, we certainly have a seer of quantity here, if not quality.

Does mark have visions of implementing some innovative "Blarisms" , well perhaps , some brain food or a good makeover may be in order , including the projection , of the bile of vile , as he condemns his enemies , at least his new role model , "Simon of Cyrene" . Oh! I am a wag; it is "Simon of ACTU"

His continued mantra of "New", this, and "New", that, and "New", the other are nothing but the sound of a rasping Bastard File attempting to scratch into a tempered electorate. At least Simon has made the effort to discard his "bovver boy", persona, and if his budget response is any example, he has almost succeeded, and I for one am considering becoming a sheep again.

As for some of his philosophies on organised labour, they scare the living daylights out of me , and I personally have and continue to advocate the reform of corrupt trade unions , for the benefit of not only their members , but the nation.

His rejection of the blue collar worker surprises me. Is not his electorate composed of a great number of these disadvantaged Australians?

But it is true that the party must broaden its base and continually monitor the changing socio-economic status of the electorate, particularly in marginal seats such as Lindsay in Western Sydney.

His pseudo political courage is nothing other than the display of a camp follower who has just missed the Camel Train, and now protesteth his commitment in the hope that they will stop and let him on board, too late Comrade, perpetual motion is just that, "Perpetual".

To make Mark Latham's desertion of this constituency clear he says that the

Labor Party "needs to find new issues, new constituencies and new ideas on

which to campaign".

But of course, the old adage "That one mans rubbish is another mans treasure ", applies also here, and Mark has publicised some excellent ideas from overseas.

>From the "UK", is the modernising of the party and a more equitable representation basis for members?

>From all right wing socialists, that socialism should not interfere with capitalist production or any other machination of which the lowest common denominator is socialise the debt and privatise the profit.

He still kids himself that free trade is better for the people?

Rather than continue with a litany of negative comparisons, I can sum it up in one positive, If Mark could just retract his remarks about Tony Staley.

He would make an excellent cabinet Minister.

"In John Howard's government"

Tom Collins


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