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Issue No. 138 31 May 2002  

Demonising Unions
There's a common streak running through the Liberal Party's prosecution of its witch-hunt of the building industry unions and the federal ALP leader's push to reduce the influence of trade unions within the Party. That's the view that unions are on the nose.


Interview: The Star Chamber
CFMEU national seretary John Sutton surveys the limited progress of the Cole Royal Commission.

Politics: The Odd Couple
After spending years yelling at each other, a couple of young factional players started talking to each other in the name of refugees.

Tribute: I-Conned
A rogue priest and Philip Ruddock have combined to leave master artist, Rados Stevanovic, living in a suburban park, as Jim Marr reports.

Media: Audiences Before Politics
The real challenge facing the new managing director of the ABC is how to make audiences central to what the national broadcaster does, argues Tony Moore.

International: The Off-Side Rule
It may be kick off time at the World Cup but unions in South Korea and around Asia are using the world�s biggest sporting event to focus attention on workers� rights, as Andrew Casey discovers.

Economics: The Fake Persuaders
Companies are creating false citizens to try to change the way we think, writes George Monbiot.

History: Terror Tactics
As the Howard Government prepares terror legislation to ban organisations, Neale Towart remembers a similar attempt at censorship in the name of security.

Poetry: Food, Modified Food
That old school yard joke "what do you get if you cross a ... with a ...?" is becoming startlingly true. The latest development is a featherless chicken.

Review: Spiderman Spins Out the US
Red Pepper's Rick Giombetti scales the big screen and puts Spiderman in his place, flying in the face of right wingers who would claim the Marvel Comic legend as their own.

Satire: England's World Cup Disaster: Star Hooligan Breaks Foot
The English World Cup 2002 campaign is in tatters after star hooligan Gerard Wilson of Chelsea broke his foot.


 Cole Suffers Credibility Crisis

 Councils Armed To Drown Sweatshops

 Miners Win Record Payouts

 Bracks Crew Not Family Friendly

 Time to Charge Directors

 Waterfront Truth One Step Closer

 Speedy Flow-On for NSW Workers

 Star Sin-Binning Prompts Inquiry Call

 New Chief Puts ABC Back In The Picture

 Getting it Wrong on Training

 Gravy Train Gets Richer For Max and Mates

 Reward For Delegate Who Stood Up

 Casino Workers Hit Mat Leave Jackpot

 Drug Haul Sparks Security Warning

 East Timor�s MPs Take Australia On

 ACTU Officials Denied Visas Into Fiji

 Commemorate 100 Years of Votes for Women


The Soapbox
Modernising Labor?
NSW Labor Council secretary John Robertson argues that genuine reform of the ALP would go beyond the 60-40 rule, to increase the voice of unions within the Party.

The Locker Room
Juego Bonito
Forget the dour contests of the Premier League and Serie A, it�s the World Cup which transforms football into the beautiful game. Noel Hester analyses the form.

Week in Review
He Who Pays The Piper
Money comes in all colours but, in politics, the hue is usually blue, as Jim Marr discovers �

Rich Pickings
Australia's wealthiest were on display this week as BRW released its annual Rich 200 list.

About Last Night
The CFMEU's Phil Davey, on an APHEDA -Union Aid Abroad delegation to Palestine, recounts his experience trying to get back to his hotel after dark.

 Simon and the Creanites
 In Defence of Latham
 Swans A Pathetic Con-Job
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Week in Review

He Who Pays The Piper

Money comes in all colours but, in politics, the hue is usually blue, as Jim Marr discovers �

Nice Vice

State funding of political campaigns should be high on the Australian agenda as fellow "democracies" highlight the favours expected, and received, by private benefactors.

Nobody is surprised when George Bush repays the arms and oil industries, not to mention the gun lobby, but what the hell is Tony Blair's New Labour up to?

The Blairites are going out of their way to cuddle up to British pornographer, Richard Desmond, who initiated the relationship with a secret $260,000 donation.

Labour banked the cash eight days after giving Desmond the ministerial nod to take over national dailies, the Daily Express and Daily Star.

Prime Minister Blair ignores concerned electors by further endorsing Desmond, sending media manager Alistair Campbell to his 50th birthday bash and then inviting the man himself to dine at No 10.

Perhaps, good Social Democrat that he is, Blair is impressed by Desmond's commitment to equal opportunity as expressed by titles such as Horny Houswives, Big Ones, Asian Babes and Mega Boobs.

Libs Fail ABC

In another example of the media becoming the news, your ABC resists political pressure from Michael Kroger and the Victorian Libs by appointing former accountant, Russell Balding, managing director.

Kroger and his allies, Alston, Costello et al, had enlisted the help of one Alan Jones to push the case of a certain Trevor Kennedy.

No disrespect to one-time Kerry Packer sidekick Kennedy, who made himself a late nomination on the eve of the appointment, but why would the ABC listen to the bunch who foisted the appalling Jonathan Shier on them in the first place?

Their central contention that Australia's non-commerical network, set up to the fill the void left by private radio and television, should be run by an operator from the commercial culture, has always taken a bit of getting to grips with.

Happy Coincidence

Chalk one up for the UN. It took one of their inspections to get the mob running the Woomera Detention Centre to accept that inmates actually had names.

The Alpha Numeric code by which they have traditionally been known was finally replaced by names and, just for good measure, the accommodation units were painted, fake turf was rolled out, 1500 trees were planted, razor wire was removed and the standard of food improved.

All this within hours of UN inspectors arriving on site.

Philip Ruddock's Immigration Department insists perceptions of UN influence are merely an accident of timeing.

In a Spin

Sounds like the spin the Governor General must have been looking for when he committed taxpayers to a $13,500 spend on getting him off his child sex abuse hook. Instead, as Labor Senator John Faulkner pointed out he scored "an own goal of Escobar proportions".

Turns out that GG Hollingworth, and his daughter, hatched the plan to hire a Melbourne-based PR man to try and undo the damage he had done, all by himself, on that infernal ABC.

Remember those infamous words: "There was no suggestion of rape or anything like that, quite the contrary. My information is rather that it was the other way round."

The Hollingworth's took their case to the $250 an hour man and released a long statement claiming the GG had misheard or misunderstood the question. Trouble was, a subsequent transcript showed this was untrue.

Hollingworth, a former Brisbane Anglican Bishop, joined the Japanese whaling industry, Coles embezzler Brian Quinn and fleeing Mexican banker, Carlos Cabal, on the Melbourne PR man's high-profile client list. At least the other three didn't ask you and I to foot the bill.

NOTE: Andres Escobar was the Colombian defender murdered soon after returning home from the 1994 World Cup finals where he had scored an own goal in a crucial match.

Eddie Pole Axed

The AFL removes a poll from its website after complaints from another media personality with mixed allegiances.

Channel Nine commentator Eddie McGuire, who doubles as Collingwood president, complains about a poll seeking views on his performance in the commentary box.

The poll runs after widespread talkback criticism of McGuire's efforts during a Port Adelaide-Collingwood match.

With responses indicating 75 percent support for the contention McGuire had been biased towards Collingwood, an AFL staffer orders that other fans be denied the opportunity to state a view on the issue.


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