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Issue No. 144 12 July 2002  

The Lotto Economy
The failure of George W Bush's much-hyped pitch for corporate responsibility underlines the current crisis facing unregulated global capitalism: the system is corrupting all before it.


Interview: Capital in Crisis
ACTU president Sharan Burrow outlines the global union response to the corporate carnage gripping an increasingly shaky system.

Industrial: No Sweat
Neale Towart surveys the international debate around sweatshops and what can be done to regulate them

Bad Boss: Super Spam
Several late scratchings have seen Workplace Relations Department secretary Peter Boxall win this week�s heat of the Workers� Online Bad Boss handicap.

History: Living Treasures
Labour History is 40 this year. Greg Patmore looks back at what it took to get a regular journal of the labour movement in Australia up and away.

International: Axis of Evil
George W Bush�s scarecrow trio of Iran, Iraq and North Korea is not an original invention, argues Stephen Holt

Solidarity: Pride of Place
NSW Labor Council and CFMEU flags sit alongside the mounted jersey of former Kiwi Rugby League hooker Syd Eru in a modest home at Manurewa, south Auckland.

Technology: The Art of Cyber-Unionism
More Unionism? Transformed Unionism? Peter Waterman looks at a new handbook for unions and the internet

Poetry: The Masochism Tango
Tony Abbott's comment we should accept a bad boss like a bad husband or bad father has made us all realise that instead of fighting bad bosses, we should love them. Anyone for a tango?

Satire: Foxtel-Optus Merger 'Anti-Repetitive'
The ACCC has ruled today that the proposed content sharing arrangement between Foxtel and Optus Vision would constitute anti-repetitive conduct

Review: Bob Carr's Thoughtlines
Stephen Holt reviews one man's journey from collectivism to the centre


 Sweat Shops � Coming To A Street Near You

 Glassworkers Walk for the Umpire

 Family Friendly For A Buck

 Abbott in Slow GEER

 Royal Commission Bugs Workers

 Drivers Frozen Out by Corporate Spin

 Coca-Cola Brews Storm In A Tea Cup

 Bush Prepares for War on the Wharves

 Safety Summit A Hit With Unions

 Beattie Faces Bargaining Face-Off

 Casual Work Exploits � Catholic Church Agency

 More Effort Required On Disabled Workers

 Protecting Security Officers From Disease

 Activists Notebook


The Soapbox
Why Modernisation Matters
Labor frontbencher Mark Latham argues that the ALP's reform agenda must go way beyond the 60-40 debate.

The Locker Room
Playing To The Whistle
Phil Doyle takes a look at the man in the middle, and he doesn�t like what he sees.

Inquiry Into Executive Pay
The ACTU Executive this week called for a public debate on spiralling executive pay packets, seeking feedback from workers, community representatives and unions.

Up In Smoke
Wobbly Radio's Nick Luccinelli reports from England where drug law reform is on the political agenda.

Week in Review
Bulldust and Boofheads
Jim Marr casts his eye over a week in which bullshit and bad bosses fought for headlines�

 On Aspiration
 GST Agenda
 Amanda's Mediocrity
 Capital Ideas
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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, 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.

Wednesday, 7 August 2002

6.30 - 8.00 pm

Local Heroes: Australian Crusades from the Environmental Frontline

Seminar to launch the book that tells the story of ordinary people who become environmental heroes in taking on large corporations and governments to make their communities safer.

In the process of seeking justice, these citizens learned how to become passionate activists for disenfranchised communities and to articulate a vision for a cleaner planet.

The Ecopella Choir conducted by Miguel Heatwole will give a specail performance at the opening.


Refugee Rally in Solidarity with the Woomera Hungerstrikers

Wednesday 17 July 2002, 12.30 pm

Martin Place, Sydney (Pitt Street Intersection)

Organised by the Refugee Action Collective. For more information Ian on 0417 275 713.


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.

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