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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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Activists Notebook

Wednesday Politics at Berkelouw

Organised by the Pluto Institute and the NSW Fabian Society.

Berkelouw Bookshop

70 Norton Street, Leichhardt

Wednesday, 3 July 2002

6.30 - 8.00 pm

Citizen or Super Fund Capitalism?

Professor John Piggott

Director of the Centre for Pensions and Superannuation, UNSW, International government advisor

Mark Latham MP

Assistant Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Economic

Susan Ryan AO

Former Minister in the Hawke Government and President of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees.

Dr. Shann Turnbull

Author, Democratising the Wealth of Nations, past President Australian Employee Ownership Association.

Lynn Ralph (Chair)

Chief Executive, Investment & Financial Services Association

Wednesday, 17 July 2002

6.30 - 8.00 pm

Beyond Corporate Globalism: Is Another World Possible?

Launch of the new book from Pluto Press, Protest and Globalisation: Prospects for Transnational Solidarity

Patricia Ranald

Public Interest Advocacy Centre and Australian Fair Trade & Investment Network.

Ruth Phillips

Lecturer in Social Policy, University of Sydney

Marc Williams

Professor of Politics and International Relations, University of NSW

James Goodwin (Chair)

Lecturer in Social Inquiry, University of Technology Sydney.


Electronic Networks - Building Community Conference

July 3-5 2002


Conference topics will include: use of the Internet for advocacy and activism, community building, community service, small business online, community education, government and community relationships, rural and regional online issues and technical issues.

This conference, with over 65 presentations from Australian and international speakers, is supported by ISOC-AU as a practical exploration of the possibilities, successes and complications involved in implementing the slogan - the Internet is for everyone!

More details


Crisis in Corporate Governance - Ansett, HIH, One.Tel

Sydney Politics in the Pub

26 July 2002, 6.00 pm

Gaelic Club, 64 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills

Hear Stephen Mayne, Publisher of, discuss the crisis in Corporate Governance.

See for more details.


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