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Issue No. 150 30 August 2002  

Shut It Down!
The CFMEU�s legal bid to have the Cole Royal Commission closed down seeks to prove legally what any dispassionate observer has worked out for themselves: the whole show is biased.


Interview: Australian Worker
AWU national secretary Bill Shorten gives his take on the relationship between the wings of the movement

Unions: Morning Ambush
Rowan Cahill joined the Dayson workers as they took their fourteen week dispute to the doors of an American corproate giant

Cole-Watch: Grumpy Old Men
When the Cole Commission declared closed its second innings in Sydney last night, lasting memories centred around the hands played by two grumpy old men, Jim Marr reports.

International: Arrested (Sustainable) Development
Unions fronting up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development are making clear their views that development can never be considered sustainable unless social justice is made a top priority, reports Tara de Boehmler.

History: Illegal Alien
As we remember the shameful way we turned away a group of people escaping the horrors of a dictatorial regime, the treatment of Egon Kisch by the UAP Government in 1935 highlights yet another.

Economics: The Trouble With PPPs
The Uni of NSW's Christopher Shiel explains why the state's current flirtation with Public Private Partnerships is an ongoing joke

Poetry: Is This 'My Country'?
On the anniversary of the Tampa, and with the help of Dorothea Mackellar and Peter Dodds McCormick, Worker's Online travels back a year to contemplate those moments when eyes were closed to the nature of the Taliban regime.

Review: Garage Days
Mark Hebblewhite reviews a new Aussie flick that brings the indie music scene to the big screen


 Bias Case Clears First Hurdle

 Eight Weeks Only for Bomb Survivors

 Justice At Last for Woodlawn Miners

 Labor for Refugees Put Acid on Crean

 Canberra Cash Linked to Hall of Fame Stoush

 Osama Poster Sparks Controversy

 Underwear Obsession Prompts Rehab List

 Community Workers Win Lifeline

 Mad Monk Staff in 'Mad Hatter' Protest

 Qld Health Win Pay Rise

 Education Forum To Spark Public Debate

 Activist Notebook


The Soapbox
Is Simon the Likeable?
The United Firefighter's Daryl Snow is back to give the ALP and political leaders in general an almighty hosing down

The Locker Room
A Modest Proposal
This NRL salary cap has come in for some debate recently, with many following the lead set by the Murdoch Media and calling for administrators of the game to throw the baby out with the bathwater, writes Phil Doyle.

Week in Review
World Domination
They�re right funny critters those Yanks who get their hands on the levers of power and we�re not talking, funny ha ha, here, Jim Marr writes�

The Costello Two-Step
Treasurer Peter Costello's two faces were on display this week - ducking and weaving from enforcing corporate accounting standards while upping the push to cut corporate tax

Always Listen To The Wind
Bernadette Moloney & John Hartley report from a conference aimed at getting reconciliation right

 Tony Moore is a Four Letter Word
 Choral Classics
 Sleeping Giants
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Letters to the Editor

Sleeping Giants

Dear Sir,

Like Sleeping Giants the Trade Unions of the not only the U.K. but New Zealand and the CFMEU and P.S.A. , in Australia have recovered from their anaesthetised sleep , and not unlike "RIP Van Winkle , they are baffled by what surrounds them.

Their organisations , have be hi-jacked by the ever present contemporise , of Lundy's , of Benedict Arnolds , of quisling and kupappa , the arse kissers , the fore lock tuggers , and the fellatio-aters who now shamelessly desecrate the Trade Union landscape with their presence and dispensation of personal indulgences that would make the "Bulldogs" , look like misers..

These new victories by the outcasts of the Union Movement, prove that when dealing with bastards, the sword is mightier than the pen .

Tom Collins

"Figuratively speaking of course".

In New Zealand , On September the 4th, at Auckland Trades Hall, Nadine Rae, an organiser with the Service & Food Workers Union, will be presenting a video and report about the struggle to build fighting democratic unions.

Nadine's presentation will also include discussion on > strategies for increasing union membership, grassroots participation in activities and decision-making, and building international solidarity. Perhaps a few Australian kupapa Union Bosses would find it prudent to attend.

Closer to home the CFMEU, is a least putting up feigned resistance, to its rape , in an attempt not to lose face,

In Ireland, the energies previously focussed on sectarian battles , are now being turned on the exploiters of the people be they socialist or capitalist, with the revival of the spirit of the "Larkin Philosophies."

In Scotland the recent Victory at the Glasgow Infirmary, has created a momentum, which will be hard to stop.

The cute partnership of the Unions and New Labour, know as the "Blair Affair" has a bigger crack that the "San Andrea Fault" running through it.

The 4 million unemployed in The German Republic are making rumblings sounding much like those in the early 1930s.

Is it not now time? For us, to beat our ploughs back into swords, regain some dignity and teach our oppressors a lesson?

I am not one to use biblical terms, but one must accept the will of a greater power than ourselves and this current oppression reminds me off the narration in Samuel 15; and particularly verse 33, of which Abbott and his cohorts, like wolves in sheep's crying out for civil discourse after pillaging the land.

When the going gets tough; then the tough get going;

Well! Let's Go!


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