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Issue No. 150 30 August 2002  
E D I T O R I A L

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.

F E A T U R E S

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

N E W S

 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

C O L U M N S

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…

Bosswatch
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

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

L E T T E R S
 Tony Moore is a Four Letter Word
 Choral Classics
 Sleeping Giants
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The latest from the Pluto Institute including a series of September 11 forums

Sydney Events

Wednesday September 10 6.30 - 8.00PM

Berkelouw Books

70 Norton Street

Leichhardt

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September 11: One Year After

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What has happened to our nation since then, including the war on terrorism, border protection and internal security?

What about the impact on our immigration and multicultural policies? On our defence and foreign affairs? On how Australians see ourselves?

Speakers

Kevin Rudd, MP ALP Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister

Kerry Nettle, The Greens Senator for NSW

Kaysar Trad, Spokesperson, Muslim Lebanese Community

Dorothy McRae McMahon, Writer and broadcaster

Greg Barns, former senior advisor in the Howard Government

Meredith Burgmann President of the NSW Legislative Council

Liberal Government speaker (to be confirmed)

Tom Morton (Chair) Producer, ABC Radio National Background Briefing

$10 and $5

Bookings: [email protected]

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Canberra Events

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Tuesday September 10 6.00 - 8.00PM

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September 11: One Year After

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What has happened to our nation since then, including the war on terrorism, border protection and internal security?

What about the impact on our immigration and multicultural policies? On our defence and foreign affairs? On how Australians see ourselves?

Bishop Pat Power, Catholic Auxilliary Bishop of Canberra

Professor Amin Saikal, Australian National University

Dr Bill Maley, Australian Defence Forces Academy

Professor Hilary Charleworth Australian National University

Chair: Louise Maher Canberra ABC Radio Morning Program

Bookings:Social Change Canberra on (02) 6262 9980

[email protected]

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Melbourne Pluto Institute Events

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Thursday September 26 6.30PM

Readers Feast

Cnr Bourke & Swanston Sts

Melbourne

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September 11: One Year After

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What has happened to our nation since then, including the war on terrorism, border protection and internal security?

What about the impact on our immigration and multicultural policies? On our defence and foreign affairs? On how Australians see ourselves?

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Speakers

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Damien Lawson, Western Suburbs Legal Service, Lobbyist against

'Anti-Terror Laws'

Helen Hill, Senior Lecturer in Asia-Pacific Sociology at Victoria

University

Dennis Altman, Lecturer in Politics at La Trobe, author of: 'Global Sex'

Boris Frankel, Author of 'When The Boat Comes In', Professor of

Citizenship Swinburne University

Anthony Burke, Author of: 'In fear of Security' and Lecturer in

International Politics, University of Adelaide

Contact Russ Radccliffe, Readers Feast Bookstore

[email protected]

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Other Events

Reconstructing East Timor

A one day conference on Australian Initiatives in East Timor

Organised by the Australian East Timor Association NSW) with assistance from the Sydney City Council and supported by the Research Institute of Asia Pacific (Sydney University), Aidwatch, Otford Press, participating NGO's and the "Friends of Maliana" Project of Leichhardt Council.

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One day Conference on Reconstructing East Timor

:Sydney Town Hall (Marconi Room)

Friday 30th August 9am-5.30pm

Cost : Register at the door $30/$15 concession ($10 for individual session)

Bookings : Phone (02) 9500-1638/9960-5550/0425-201638. email [email protected] [email protected]

Key speakers.....Frank Brennan (Jesuit Refugee Services/lawyer) James Dunn (diplomat/author) Shirley Shackleton, Max Stahl (filmmaker) John Martiunkus (author) , Timorese speakers from Dili include Flaviano Soares (Uni of East Timor) and Isabelle Guterres 'Reception, Truth & Reconciliation" Commission, East Timor)...

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Twelve Months On From 9/11: Troubled Times and Their Implications for Australia.

An Australian Fabian Society conference on options for Australia in the light of the Afghanistan experience and American responses to the World Trade Centre tragedy.

9am to 5pm, Saturday, 14 September, 2002.

The Kaleide Theatre, RMIT University, Swanston Street, Melbourne (Entrance a few doors north of Storey Hall - look for the Commonwealth Bank ATMs)

Cost: Standard: $35, AFS Members $30, Students and Concession $20.

For a Sure and Easy Way to Make Certain of Your Conference Place - Return this Form to the Society by Fax to (03) 9826 0104, Mail to GPO Box 2707X, Melbourne, 3001 or E-mail [email protected]

For enquiries, ring (03) 9826 0104.

Speakers: Richard Butler (Diplomat-in-Residence, Council for Foreign Relations, New York), His Excellency Mahmoud Saikal (Ambassador for Afghanistan), Professor William Maley (Australian Defence Forces Academy), Dr Andy Butfoy (Monash University), Professor Bruce Grant (Monash University).


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