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Issue No. 155 04 October 2002  
E D I T O R I A L

Wrong Way, Go Back
The weekend machinations over the structure of the ALP are in danger of missing the fundamental point: Laborís current malaise is caused not be an excess of core values but through a deficit.

F E A T U R E S

Interview: The Wet One
NSW Opposition industrial relations spokesman Michael Gallacher stakes out his relationship with the union movement.

Bad Boss: Like A Bastard
Virgin Mobile is sexy and funky, right? Well, only if those terms have become synonyms for dictatorial or downright mean.

Unions: Demolition Derby
Tony Abbott likens industrial relations to warfare and, like a good general should, he is about to shift his point of attack Ė from building sites to car plants, reports Jim Marr.

Corporate: The Bush Doctrine
For the powerful, consumerism equals freedom, and is all the freedom we need, writes James Goodman

Politics: American Jihad
Letís get real. The origins of modern Islamic terrorist groups are in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Langley, Virginia not Baghdad, argues Noel Hester.

Health: Secret Country
Oral history recordings are an inadequate tool in trying to find out what happened to Aboriginal stockmen and their communities on cattle stations in Northern Australia, writes Neale Towart

Review: Walking On Water
On the 20th anniversary of the first AIDS-related death, Tara de Boehmler witnesses the aftermath of losing a loved one to the illness in Walking On Water.

Culture: TCF
Novelist Anthony Macris captures life on the shop floor in this extract from his upcoming novel, Capital Volume II

Poetry: The UQ Stonewall
The University of Queensland has sought to join the ranks of union-busting companies like Rio Tinto in trying to sack the president of the local union - and made the mistake of thinking they were dealing with an array of acquiescent academics.

N E W S

 Corrigan Fires Shot in Rail Showdown

 Fight Begins For Long Weekends

 Experts to Arrest Drug Test Outbreak

 Jobs Auction Hitting Bank Workers

 Libs Pledge Moderate IR line

 Workers Kick Grand Final Goal

 NSW Screws Down Lid on Funeral Scams

 Hilton Strike Break Plans in Tatters

 Detention Centre Workers Demand Safety Search

 Religious Teachers Win Legal Coverage

 Pressure Builds on Parking Sting

 US Docks Lockout Hits Sea Trade

 Activists Notebook

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
I Walk The Line
American civil rights leader Jesse Jackson has weighed into the Hilton Hotel dispute with this special message to the workforce.

Postcard
Mekong Daze
Union Aid Abroad's Phil Hazelton fires off a missive from Laos where he is spending a year working with the community.

Month In Review
Bush Whackers
It was a month where the world teetered on the brink of peace, no thanks to the leader of the free world, writes Jim Marr

The Locker Room
The Laws Of Gravity
Phil Doyle goes looking for the fine line that separates sport from an exercise in time-wasting

Bosswatch
Snouts in the Trough
Itís AGM season in the corporate world, and deal after shady deal is being exposed as highfliers treat company accounts like the proverbial honey-pot.

Wobbly
Songs of Solidarity
There has been a proud history of pro-worker tunes dating back to the early days of the 20th century, which will be continued in a new CD, writes Dan Buhagiar.

L E T T E R S
 Jacks and Jills
 Shame on Murray
 Use or Abuse of Long Term Casuals
 Speaking in Tongues
 Casual Days
WHAT YOU CAN DO
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Pressure Builds on Parking Sting


Workers at Warringah Mall are gathering community support for their campaign against plans to impose parking fees when they turn up for work.

The workers, members of Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA) are resisting owner AMP's third application in as many years to introduce paid parking for Warringah Mall's employees.

Addressing the meeting were Branch Secretary-Treasurer of the SDA, Greg Donnelly, local Member for Warringah and Minister for Workplace Relations, Tony Abbott,and NSW Senator Michael Forshaw.

Also in attendance were members of the Municipal Employees' Union (MEU), the Federated Clerks Union (ASU) and Financial Sector Union (FSU).

The meeting heard how the $4 fee represented 6.6 weeks in lost wages per year for a typical fast food worker at the Mall and 3.7 weeks in lost wages per year for a typical working mother at one of the Mall's department stores.

Addressing the meeting, Greg Donnelly also referred to reports in the weekend press that outgoing CEO of AMP, Paul Batchelor, is reported to be negotiating a golden parachute in the vicinity of $7 million dollars.

Mr Donnelly said: "What are they hiding? AMP refuses to face the consequences of their actions. It is typical of the Mall's whole approach to bury its head in the sand and refuse to listen to anyone but its bean counters."

The meeting resolved to roll out a petition over the coming weeks, in addition to approaching local surrounding businesses, residents and the Mall's small retailers in further efforts to bolster the gathering broad coalition of opposition to the Mall.


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