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Issue No. 147 09 August 2002  

A Call to Action
While there has been a lot of angst, anger and no shortage of tub-thumping over Simon Crean's push to cut union influence in the ALP, the end result of the Hawke-Wran review is that it is a call to action for unions to reclaim their party.


Interview: Save Our Souls
Labor's superannuation spokesman Nick Sherry expands on his recent discussion paper into the industry.

Unions: Rats With Wings
As the Cole Commission continues to sidestep safety, another Sydney building accident puts workers at risk this week, Jim Marr reports

Bad Boss: If The Boot Fits
Royal Commission favourite and S & B Industries top dog, Barbara Strong, carts off this week�s Bad Boss nomination.

History: Political Bower Birds
Rowan Cahill looks at a new resource detailing the fading history of the Communist Party of Australia

International: No More Business as Usual
Global unions are stepping up their campaign against corporate rip-offs

Corporate: The Seven Deadly Sins of Capitalism
Shann Turnbull outlines a new set of rules that should govern capital in the post-Enron environment

Industrial: Stiffed!
A backyard horror story has left funeral workers worrying about mooted changes to industry regulations, Jim Marr reports

Review: Prepare To Bend
If it�s a feel good flick that you want, Bend It Like Beckham is sure to satisfy on every level, writes Tara de Boehmler

Satire: Bush Boosts Sharemarket Confidence: Shares his Cocaine Stash
President Bush has rushed to re-establish confidence in the US market by distributing cocaine from his own Presidential stash to Wall Street.


 Mainstream Media Vacates IR

 Ten Click Walker 'Unfit for Work'

 Unions Push for Baby Nest

 Casino Workers Overtime Jackpot

 Abbott�s Task Force �Rank Hypocrisy�

 Shipping Policy Blamed for Reef Damage

 Dropping The Ball On Training

 Combet Pushes Consultative Vehicle

 Maternity Leave for Pacific Workers

 Hit List of Forced Closures

 Magistrate Endorses Health and Safety Rights

 Contracts a Thorn in Workers' Side

 Fringe Success for Workers� Pick

 Activists Notebook


Workers on Film
Last issue we asked you for your ideas on a union film script to match Ken Loach's The Navigators. Here are the best responses.

The Soapbox
Driving Together
ACTU Secretary Greg Combet argues that the Australian car industry needs a partnership between business and labour.

The Locker Room
Dogs And Underdogs
Phil Doyle explains why losers are half the equation in each and every sporting contest

Week in Review
Filfthy Rich and Claptrap
While Labor and the Democrats are tearing themselves to shreds, Little Lachie and Rich Ray address the main game �

Muddy Waters
It was a week when the Prime Minister washed his hands despite mounting evidence that the corporate world is out of control.

 Fraser No Workers' Hero
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Activists Notebook

Sydney Social Forum Information Night

6:30pm, Thursday, August 15

Tom Mann Theatre

136 Chalmers St, Surry Hills

Footage from the World Social Forum will be shown, courtesy of Actively Radical TV, as well as a short film from the US entitled "Another World is Possible":

"What if 51,000 people from 131 countries put their heads together to discuss what is wrong with the world and how to work together to change it? In early 2002, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, public officials, representatives of non-governmental organizations, indigenous nations, farmers, and labor -- including 11,000 young people -- gathered for the World Social Forum. Called in response to the elite gathering of the World Economic Forum in New York, this week of workshops, panel discussions, and high-spirited demonstrations was inspirational for those attending."

Amongst the speakers featured in the film are Naomi Klein, Vandana Shiva, Kevin Danaher, Wolfgang Sachs, and Rigoberta Menchu.

There will also be discussion and personal report-backs from the WSF, what we can hope to achieve here in Sydney, and how people can get more involved.

Entry is suggested at $3/$5 to help out with cost of venue hire.

Participants at the Sydney Social Forum on September 20-22 include: AidWatch, Greens NSW, CFMEU, National Union of Students, Refugee Action Coalition, Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network, Aid/Watch, Socialist Alliance NSW, The Wilderness Society, Brisbane Social Forum, Student Environment Activist Network, Mineral Policy Institute, New Internationalist magazine, People for Nuclear Disarmament (NSW), Midnight Star Social Centre, 2SER Community Radio, and more.

For more info:

phone: Luke 0419 135 019 or Glen 9282 9553

email: [email protected]



Debunking Myths about Asylum Seekers


We invite you to our Information Evening

Tuesday, 13th August 2002

6:30pm - 8:30pm

St Francis' Catholic Church Paddington

463 Oxford Street, PADDINGTON NSW 2021

Confirmed Speakers Include:

Peter Sabatino

Secretary, Aboriginal and Islander Commission, NCCA

Neville Roach

Former Adviser of Howard Government

Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the community will be present to share their practical experience in Immigration Detention Centres

Ample opportunity for audience questions and comments

Organised by the Coalition for Justice for Refugees in association with Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education, Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, Catholic Mission, SEARCH Foundation, Sydney Palm Sunday Committee, SHOW MERCY - Rights for Asylum Seekers, Just and Fair Asylum (JAFA), Franciscan Friars, Labor for Refugees, UTS Students Association and many other organisations.

Endorsed by Australians for Just Refugee Programs Inc (AfJRP)


ENQUIRIES: 02 9764 1330 - 0405 112 778

August 2002


Labor for Refugees NSW Plenary meeting

Wed 07 Aug

6:00 pm

LHMU Auditorium 187 Thomas St HAYMARKET

All ALP and Trade Union members welcome


Hiroshima Peace March and Rally

Sat 10 Aug - 12 Noon

Assemble Town Hall Square; March at 12:30 pm;

1:00pm Rally at Belmore Park

more info:

Hiroshima Nevera Again. No Nuclear War. No US attacks

on Iraq etc.

Wars create Refugees.


Protecting Citizen's Rights: a critical discussion of

the Howard Government's Anti-Terrorism Legislation

Sun 11 Aug

2:00 - 3:30 pm

Sydney Town Hall, Marconi Room (enter from Druitt


Sen. John Faulkner, Prof. George Williams, Cameron

Murphy, Talal Yassine

organised by ALP NSW Branch Law Reform and

Constitutional Processes Policy Committee


Tampa Day

Mon 26 Aug

5:00 pm

Sydney: Town Hall (vigil)

During the day, wear a black armband to show your

disgust at the shameful treatment

of refugees on the first anniversary of the "Tampa


Come to the candle-light vigil at the Town Hall


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