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Issue No. 152 13 September 2002  

The Legacy of 11/9
From the orgy of righteous indignation that has enveloped the �Free World� this week a more chilling truth is emerging: if the suicide bombers were attacking Liberal-Democracy they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.


Interview: Still Flying
Flight Attendant�s Association international secretary Johanna Brem looks at life in the air since last September�s terrorist attacks.

International: President Gas
NSW Firefighter�s president Darryl Snow sent this missive to his members on the anniversary of a day when 343 of their colleagues died in the line of duty.

Politics: Australia: A Rogue State?
ARM director Greg Barnes argues that September 11 has summoned a new era of isolationism and international lawlessness.

History: Levelling September
Counterpunch�s Peter Linebaugh reminds us that September 11 is the anniversary of another seminal battle: the fight for the English commons

Unions: Welfare Max
Maximus Inc is big, American and controversial. Right now its knocking on the door of Australian welfare delivery and there is every chance the Howard Government will usher it inside, reports Jim Marr.

Bad Boss: Welcome to Telstra!
A Telstra call centre has joined the race for Bad Boss after sacking a pregant woman who had the audacity to need to use the toilet

Health: Fat Albert: The Grim Reaper
Workers Online�s cultural dietician Mark Morey chews the fat over this week�s conference on child obesity

Poetry: A Man From the East And A Man From The West
Resident Bard David Peetz has penned this ode to the sacked Hilton hotel workers

Review: The Sum Of All Fears
Tara de Boehmler checks in to see that America�s cultural cringe is alive, well and sponsored by Marlboro cigarettes


 �Robbed Generation� Seeks Stolen Wages

 One Year On: Ansett Crash Still Hurts

 Cole Exposed By Immigration Scam

 Car Workers on Howard Hit List

 Mystery Windfall for Hilton Workers

 Shock: Abbott Backs Workers

 Union Billboards Censored

 Track Grab Ignores Lessons of Glenbrook

 Casual Approach to Air Safety

 Bosses Say No Living Wage For NSW Childcarers

 Pastry Workers Tell Boss To Get Puffed

 Injury Toll Mushrooms

 Victorian Zookeepers Down Buckets

 Pride and Safety for Workers Out!

 Activists Notebook


Gough's Plaza
Labor's living legend challenged NSW Labor to lift its game as he attended a renaming of 2KY House to Gough Whitlam Plaza.

The Locker Room
Support The System That Supports You
This system is a certainty, a moral, a good thing and a knocktaker; well, at least according to Phil Doyle

RIP Chainsaw Al
One of the heroes of corporate downsizing has been cut down but his memory lives on with golden handshakes for leaders of failed businesses still thick on the ground.

Week in Review
Lest We Forget
You can�t help a sneaking suspicion, Jim Marr writes, that George Bush is conscripting the dead of September 11, 2001, to lead his push for another war in the Gulf�

The Importance of Being Ernie
It was the tenth annual �Ernie� Awards for sexist behaviour and Labor Council�s Alison Peters was amongst the noisy punters

Workers Out!
Gay and Lesbian trade unionists are organising an international conference to develop a global response to homophobia in the workplace, writes Ryan Heath

 The CFMEU Race Debate #1
 The CFMEU Race Debate #2
 Keeping it Clean
 Sue the Leaders?
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Activists Notebook

Refusenik Speaks

Few people hear about the Israeli peace mv't .Even fewer about the growing Refusnik mv't of Israelis who refuse to take part in the regular one-month terms in the Israeli Army, if they are told they must serve out this term in the Palestinian Authority Territories.

These people are jailed for at least a month. Each time they refuse the jail term increases. Next Tuesday in Sydney you can hear from a 20 year old Israeli who has served a jail term because of his refusal.

Rotem Mor's tour of Australia is sponsored by Jews 4 a Just Peace. Rotem was recently interviewed on the web newspaper Workers Online and has spoken at the Finance Sector Unions's NSW Council meeting.

Please invite friends and colleagues to attend.

WHO: Rotem Dan MOR

WHAT: Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue & Peaceful Co-existence

WHEN: TUESDAY, September 17TH at 7:00PM

WHERE: Rm 16, Lev 24 Tower Building,

University of Technology Sydney



For more INFORMATION call Vivienne 9357 2134; 0411 366 295 Rotem 0417 063 255Public Lecture 6-7pm + Discussion Panel


Writing Labour History

The Sydney Labour History Association is holding a free discussion on the subject of Writing Labour Biography, September 15, 2-5 pm, PSU HOUSE, Level 7, 191 Thomas Street, Sydney. Speakers include Harry Knowles, Peter Love, Professor Lyndall Ryan; their subjects include Edna and Jack Ryan, Frank Anstey. All welcome. For further information phone Julie on 9557 8097.



Wednesday 9 October, 6-9pm

University of Technology Sydney, Broadway Campus, Building 3 (Bon Marche, cnr of Harris + Broadway), Floor 5, Room 510

Disabled Access. Refreshments available. Entry by donation ($10/$5). Enquiries: James Goodman, 95142714.

Panel: Tim Connor (NikeWatch), Peter Lewis (BossWatch), Julia Murray (FairWear), Vicki Sentas (Midnight Star Social Centre), chair, David McKnight (Research initiative on International Activism)

Thomas Frank is the author of 'One Market under God: Extreme Capitalism, Market Populism, and the End of Economic Democracy' and 'The Conquest of Cool: Business Culture, Counterculture, and the Rise of Hip Consumerism'. He is a founding editor of 'The Baffler', a magazine of cultural criticism (

Hosted by the Research Initiative in International Activism ( and the Transforming Cultures Research Group ( with the support of the Australian Centre for Public Communication (, Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (, and the Sydney Social Forum (


Rally For Truth

A rally to draw attention to the truth about refugees and the threatened war on Iraq will be held Saturday 26 October.

The Rally will commence at 12pm from Town Hall, in Sydney.

Unionists are encouraged to attend the event which has already been endorsed by NSW Labor Council, the FSU, the AWMU, the CFMEU, Labor for Refugees, Children Out of Detention, Jews for Ethnic Tolerance, Refugee Action Committee, Free the Refugees Campaign and the Palm Sunday Committee.



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