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Issue No. 145 19 July 2002  

Two Wings Flapping
The one element missing from the current debate about the relationship between the labour movement and the ALP is any discussion about what's in it for the unions.


Interview: In The Tent
The Australian Services Union's Martin Foley on the dilemma facing trade unions affiliated to the Labor Party.

Bad Boss: The Desk Nazi
Everyone�s mail is on the money this week. Yep, Australia Post, courtesy of the born-to-rule attitude so beloved by the Workplace Relations Minister has been nominated for the Tony Award.

Media: Hold the Presses
The withdrawal of mainstream news outlets from the reporting of industrial relations is playing right into the bosses' hands, writes Andrew Casey

Workplace: Putting Bullies In Their Place
Ever wonder where the schoolyard bullies from your formative years ended up? Chances are they are still making someone�s life hell in an Australian workplace today. Even worse, one of them might be your direct supervisor.

Industrial: Women and Work
The last fortnight may well prove a turning point for working Australian women and their families, argues ACTU President Sharan Burrow

International: Whine and Dine
The political and industrial wings of British labour are at each other's throats, reports Andrew Casey.

History: Black Adder
Old King Cole had good tutors. Roger Milliss captured the style of conservative government witch-hunts in Serpent�s Tooth, his cathartic apology to his father, Bruce.

Review: Bad Movie
While the search for Australia's worst boss is well underway, Joel Schumacher's Bad Company seems to point the finger squarely at the US Government - albeit accidentally.

Poetry: I Remember
Dermott Ryder knocks our Resident Bard off his podium this week with a little ditty about a bloke called Honest John


 Builder Blows Whistle on Kangaroo Court

 Alarm Over Unis in Detention

 Unions Spark New Super Push

 Abbott Trips on Entitlements - Again

 Picnic Day for Union Members Only

 Memo: John Travolta - Come Fly With Us!

 Cole Comfort to Bodgey Builders

 Unions Eye SA Casuals Victory

 Burrow: Paid Mat Leave Just First Step

 Mayne Warning � But Will They Listen?

 Drought Relief Should Extend To Rural Workers

 Coca Cola Action Bubbles Globally


The Soapbox
The Royal Circus
CFMEU organiser Terry Kesby gives a first hand account of his experience before the Cole Royal Commission.

The Locker Room
Bravely Running Away
Phil Doyle is bewildered by the Australian Cricket team�s reluctance to join John Howard�s War On Terror.

Nothing Exceeds Like Excess
As the world market lurches under the weight of its own amorality, regulators and business lobbies are locking horns over the need for more rules.

Week in Review
A Share of the Action
Sharemarket jitters produce mea culpas from the magnate set but, as Jim Marr discovers, loyal followers in the Howard administration aren�t likely to join the chorus any time soon.

 Make My Week!
 Real Reform
 Hooray for Frank!
 Reform or Die
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Letters to the Editor

Reform or Die

Dear Sir,

Is there some Ebola type virus that is all pervasive with the ALP, in which the spine is the specific target of the virus, or it, a case of adult onset Hydrocephalus ? The continued "Flip Flops, by Simon Crean, far outstrip the antics of Bozo the Clown at a Ringling's Brothers Circus Matinee.

Seriously, what was the point in the Wran inquiry, if the ALP, and its traditional power bases cannot accept the intention of the electorate?

This latest back flip on the democratisation of the ALP, is just another syntax error in the litany of ALP sermons to the lost sheep.

While this conversion has, since Keating been contained to Federal Labor, one only needs to have a 2 minute conversation with your average Australian to deduce that many previous safe Labor seats are now on very shaky foundations, with Penrith where I reside being very unstable. This stability being execrated by the popular Faye Lo'Po, a representative who held the seat only through personal charisma?

Already the divisions are being exposed with the power brokers, in typically labor fashion intent in either winning the pre-selection or destruction, this alone almost guarantee a failed candidate, without adding the woes of Trade Union thuggery and tree hugging greenies.

With only months to the next State Election, there is much work to be done to ensure the continued success of the Carr Years, and atrophy, lethargy and association with unpopular organisations will not assist in this victory.

There is a time for tears, but not during hard times:

What is required; is leadership and direction are high profile candidates such as Frank Sartor, who have the determination get tough when the going gets tough.

Not meanderings through the ideological garden led by wishy-washy neurotic Union Bosses who only service on prescription drugs and free counselling services.

Tom Collins


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