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Issue No. 142 28 June 2002  

Safety First
This week's Safety Summit, called by the Carr Government, is a timely opportunity for the union movement to put occupational health and safety into a contemporary perspective.


Interview: Safe as Houses
Labor Council secretary John Robertson outlines the union movement's priorities in the lead-up to this week's Safety Summit.

Safety: Ten Steps to Safety
On the eve of the NSW Safety Summit, Workers Online went looking for the ten biggest workplace health issues and what needs to be done to address them.

History: Staying Alive
Neale Towart winds the clock back to discover that contemporary arguments that regulators should stay out of workplace safety and let the market do its business are nothing new.

Unions: Choose Life
While Commissioner Cole struggles with the concept of unions trying to improve workers� wages, out in the real world, bosses daily thumb their noses at safety authorities, as Jim Marr discovers.

International: Seoul Destroyers
The rise and rise of the Korean national football team in the World Cup competition was more than matched by the rise and rise of the number of imprisoned Korean trade unionists.

Corporate: Crash Landing
Did Ansett workers� productivity really crash Ansett? Jim McDonald weighs up the evidence.

Activists: The Refusenik
At 20, Rotem Mor has spent more time analysing how he will live his life than most people twice his age. A month in prison and another 18 serving in the Israeli army saw to that.

Review: Dumb Nation
Michael Moore's new book, 'Stupid White Men' exposes the rorts behind the Bush presidency with bitter humour, writes Mark Hebblewhite.

Poetry: Helping Out The Rich
From proposals to 'deregulate' (ie raise) university fees, to attempts to restrict workers' right to strike in the name of 'genuine' bargaining the Government's rhetoric about helping out the battlers is wearing just a bit thin.


 Redundancy Bonus for Members Only

 Tax Office Backs CFMEU Case

 Lib MP Named in Cole Commission

 Sentencing Guidelines for Safety Breaches

 Revealed: Costello�s Hit List

 Virtual Cold War Over

 Safety Lock-Out Enters Second Week

 Unions Seek Talks With New Airport Owners

 Journos Attacked by NRMA

 Strip Bosses Face Dressing Down

 Beattie Called Into Bargaining Impasse

 Nurses Deliver Largest Ever Petition

 US Braces for its Own Waterfront War

 Activists Notebook


The Soapbox
Back to the Future
McKenzie Wark argues that the future of the book relies on the future of a sphere of public debate.

Chain Reaction
The Big Australian discovers a uranium mine it never knew it had, a corporate fraud sparks a worldwide market plunge and the price of investing ethically.

The Locker Room
Three Colours Blue
After a World Cup that saw post-colonial cultural theorists chanting 'we beat the scum one-nil' on the Terraces of Inchon, it was the natural order of things that prevailed, writes Phil Doyle

Poll Positioning
Unions Tasmania secretary Lynne Fitzgerald gives an overview of the State Election called earlier this week.

Week in Review
The Weight of Office
Apart from the Teflon John, power walking at his own pace, would-be leaders everywhere turned in shockers as Jim Marr discovered.

 Link Wages to CEO Pay
 Voodoo Unionism
 Good News from the Pilbara
 Go Mark, Go
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Three Colours Blue

After a World Cup that saw post-colonial cultural theorists chanting 'we beat the scum one-nil' on the Terraces of Inchon, it was the natural order of things that prevailed, writes Phil Doyle


Was it ever going to be anything else but the auld firms in action in the end?

This column hoped that Renaldo's knee, which is somewhere near his nose, would come back to bite him in the ass in the Semi Final - if only for the free kebabs that would ensue as Australia's Turkish population went into delirium. It would prove that Attaturk WAS the man of the last century. The upsets were glorious.

I blame Silvio Berlesconi for Italy's plight. The Azzuri were symptomatic of the decadent complacency that holds the west in thrall. The corrupt arrogance of the over-confident stares world football in the face as Australia now forgets about soccer for another four years.

"Thank you New South Wales, You were more like a Queensland crowd tonight," said a gracious Queensland captain Gordon Tallis after his side won the State of Onanism for 2002 on a technicality.

The post match festivities descended into a farce as some overpaid media poonce joined the sponsor on stage after a bit of typical Queensland humility and humour.

Andrew Johns looked like he thought it was all about as funny as a dead baby's doll.

Arrogance also brought the Blues undone when the work-experience winger

tried to plant the ball one handed in the corner. This effort resulted in a try by that thug Webcke up the other end.

While the Rugby refs have been copping a caning Bill Harrigan came in for praise from hairdressers everywhere. Sure he lets the game flow - by not penalising players for grabbing blokes about the head in the tackle.

Speaking of tackle, Wayne Carey has been linked with the Swans as part of their youth development policy. The old Royboy himself Paul Roos has taken over the driver's seat after

Rodney Eade went out to the gap and Plugger rang his superannuation advisor.The Swans could always bring along some of the talent running around each week for the Redbacks in the local Sydney AFL. Players like Luke Jarjoura, Marty Brewster and Lewis Roberts-Thompson are the champions of the future.

This is homegrown talent that really could shape Sydney as a club, not just a team. But that would mean Sydneysiders embracing the unknown, and it wouldn't help cheer up poor Wayne Carey now would it?

Phil Doyle - losing in straight sets in the opening round at Wimbledon


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