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Issue No. 167 21 February 2003  
E D I T O R I A L

Scales of Injustice
The Cole Royal Commissionís final report will be handed to the Howard Government this week, although its public release will be strategically delayed for maximum political capital.

F E A T U R E S

Interview: Agenda 2003
ACTU secretary Greg Combet looks at the year ahead and how a union movement can keep the focus on the workplace at a time of global crisis.

Peace: The Colour Purple
Local communities across Australia are taking stands against war by displaying purple banners. Jim Marr visits one.

Industrial: Long, Hot Summer
As Workers Online took its annual break, the world kept turning Ė at an increasingly alarming velocity.

Solidarity: Workers Against War
Joann Wypijewski reports on how union locals in the USA are fighting the hounds of war at home.

Security: Howard And The Hoodlums
With all the talk of terror, the Howard Governmentís Achilles heel is its tolerance of Flags of Convenience shipping , writes Rowan Cahill

International: Industrial Warfare
Scottish freight train drivers have already acted to disrupt the war effort in the UK with crews of four freight trains carrying war supplies to ports walking off the job, writes Andrew Casey

History: Unions and the Vietnam War
The Vietnam experience steered some unions towards social activism for the first time. Unions are today key players in the anti-war movement, writes Tony Duras.

Review: Eight Miles to Mowtown
Mark Hebblewhites looks at two summer movies that tap into different sounds of American culture - white boy rap and motown blues.

Poetry: Return To Sender
Resident bard Divd Peetz discovers that Elvis has become the latest shock recruit to the peace cause.

Satire: CIA Recruits New Intake of Future Enemies
CIA Director George Tenet announced today that the agency has begun recruiting future enemies for the year 2014.

N E W S

 Cole Commission: The Rort Goes On

 Penalty Rates Under Attack

 Abbott Brushes Ripped Off Aussies

 Overworked Seamanís Painful Hangover

 Australia Snubs International Body

 Women Attracted to Unions

 Murdoch Hacks Dropping Like Flies

 Peace is Union Business

 Qantas Takes Big Stick to Cabin Crew

 Sheltered Workshop in Orange Squeeze

 Carr Govt Commits $13m To Safety

 Monk Puts IR in Test Tube

 Concreters Bury Six-Day Week

 Graincorp Boss in Cyber War

 Activists Notebook

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
Getting On with The Job
Premier Bob Carr chose Trades Hall as the venue to launch Labor's IR policy for the upcoming state election.

Postcard
Justice in Bogota
Sydney lawyer Ian Latham knows how to pick them. Heís gone straight from the Cole Royal Commission to justice Colombian-style.

The Locker Room
Heart Of Darkness
There is a school of thought that there is, in fact, only one World Cup - and it doesnít involve cricket, writes Phil Doyle.

Politics
Danger Mouse
John Howard's politics have trapped him into supporting an unpopular war. He is in political trouble, Leonie Bronstein argues.

L E T T E R S
 This Means War
 Who Let The Troops Out?
 Wagga Wagga Calling
 Ode to Johnny
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Activists Notebook


To all the Anti-War marchers who took to the streets last weekend

On Sunday we all made history by combining to create the biggest anti-war march ever seen in Sydney and contribute to the largest series of protests ever staged across the world.

The strength of this movement lies in the diversity, creativity, passion and imagination of its participants. The placards, tshirts, costumes, and of course the sheer number of people who turned up reflect a vibrant turn to democracy in the face of war mongering from our country's leaders.

Thanks to everyone who showed patience and understanding when the march was more of a crawl, and also was re-routed. Yet it was the kind of problem we love to have; hyde park just WAS NOT BIG ENOUGH for all the people who wanted to march for peace. Ideas for next time include simulcasting our speeches on community radio so everyone can hear the speeches on portable radios even if they are far away. We also will be booking the Domain or similarly large venues for future marches.

We must all remember that this demonstration is a means to an ends and we have more work to do. We must continue to build a movement to stop this war. We must challenge the government whose recalcitrance and arrogance must be defeated.

We MUST keep the pressure up if we are to stop this war. This means that next time a march is called, not only do you need to come, you need to bring that friend, or neighbour or relative or workmate who didn't come along this time. You should get involved in the peace movement on an ongoing basis - join a local peace group, go to local peace events. Lets build a community for peace against our government's single minded pursuit of war.

So thanks again, and take this moment to congratulate yourself and your city for showing that the people of Sydney will not tolerate war and we are willing stand together, with millions around the world to send this message. Please send this message to everyone you know who participated yesterday.

From the Walk against War Coalition

Here is the weekly anti-war diary. It will be sent twice this week as the list keeps expending (advance apologies for repetition).

(to add events to this diary email [email protected])

THIS WEEK:

Walk against the War Coalition Events:

THINGS YOU CAN DO FROM HOME:

Call Parliament House on (02) 6277 7111 and to lodge an official complaint about the PM.

Email the PM and let him know that he is wrong to ignore the protests on Sunday: [email protected] .

EMERGENCY ACTIONS IF WAR BREAKS OUT

(a) rally that day at 5pm at Sydney Town Hall

(b) rally on the Saturday of that week at 12:30pm at Sydney Town Hall

UNION BRIEFING ON WAR AND PEACE

6 for 6:30pm Trades Hall Auditorium

Chair: John Robertson, Secretary Labor Council, Kevin Rudd, Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister, Audry McDonald, Former Union Organiser, Vice-President Australian Peace Cttee

The meeting will also be addressed by 3 workplace delegates who will discuss how they have campaigned on peace at work. All delegates, union activists welcome.

Local Events

>>>>>Friday 28 February: Auburn

No War No Racism. Auburn Community Rally and March

6pm Fri Feb 28, Rawson St Park, Auburn (next to Auburn train station)

Speakers will represent Iraqi Women's Committee, Western Sydney Peace Group, Turkish Community, Greens, Socialist Alliance and others.

There will also be discussion and promotion of setting up a new local No War group in Auburn. For details please ring Roberto Jorquera 9687 5134 or 0428 190276

>>>>>>Sunday 2nd March: Bankstown

Bankstown Peace Picnic. 1pm Bankstown Gardens (Memorial Park), Restwell St, Bankstown. Speakers TBC. Ph Sam 0412 751 508 or 9793 2188.

>>>>>Monday 3rd March

Forum on Religion: How to be Happy on Planet Earth.

7.00pm Monday 3rd March 2003 Petersham Town Hall, Crystal St. Petersham

Contact Robert McCusker [email protected]

>>REGIONAL EVENTS<<

>>>> Northern

22nd Feb: Grafton Peace Picnic

Contact group for the Grafton Peace Picnic is Clarence Environment Centre (ph 02 6643 1863). It will be held on Sat 22 Feb, starting at 11:30, at See Park (cnr Turf and Bacon Sts).

>>LOCAL GROUPS<<

BANKSTOWN PEACE GROUP

Meeting: Bankstown Peace Picnic

Sunday March 2, 1pm Bakstown Gardens (Memorial Park), Restwell St, Bankstown. Contact: Sam 0412 751 508 or 9793 2188.

CENTRAL COAST PEOPLE FOR PEACE

CONTACT: Elaine 43822164 or email [email protected]

DARLINGTON/REFERN PEACE GROUP

CONTACT Sally Quiler on 9699 3936.

EASTERN SUBURBS FOR PEACE NOT WAR

MEETING: Tuesday 18 February: 7pm at Bondi Pavilion.

CONTACT: Tim 9388 0754 or email [email protected]

HUNTER PEACE FORUM (Newcastle)

Contact Gary Kennedy, Secretary Trades Hall on [email protected]

LEICHHARDT STOP THE WAR

CONTACT: Hannah 0418 668 098, Paul 0410 629 088 or Dennis 0418 290 663.

MANLY FOR PEACE

CONTACT: Manly Catholic Social Justice Group Rosemary Ashton on [email protected]

MARRICKVILLE PEACE GROUP

CONTACT: Kylie on 95570115, John on 95587051 or Minh on 0403181586 or [email protected]

MAROUBRA PEACE GROUP

MEETING: Thursday February 27th at 6 pm (venue tba) CONTACT: Paddy Manning on 0414 650 500 or [email protected] .

NORTHSIDE NO WAR

MEETING: Wednesday 26th, 7.30pm Dougherty Centre (7 Victor St, Chatswood).

CONTACT: David on [email protected] or Anne on 0404 090 710.

PENNANT HILLS PEACE GROUP

MEETING: Pennant Hills Community Hall for Thursday Feb 27, 7:30-8:30pm.

CONTACT: Martha on 9484 2422 or email [email protected]

PITTWATER FOR PEACE

MEETING: Tues 25th. Meeting 7.30-9pm. Avalon Baptist Peace Memorial Church. 2 George St Avalong. Contact: [email protected]

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WARRINGAH NO WAR

MEETING: Tues 18th. Meeting 7-9pm. St David's Uniting Church, David St, Dee Why. Speakers and further actions.

CONTACT: [email protected]

WESTERN SYDNEY PEACE GROUP (meets Rooty Hill)

MEETING: Monday Feb 24 @ 7pm at Rooty Hill Uniting Church, 86 Rooty Hilll Rod North

CONTACT: Tim Vollmer on 0401 769 880, [email protected] or for regular event updates email westpeace- [email protected]

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A Sporting Gesture

Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney branch presents a special night to support two members - Dave Byron and Ross McKeon - who lost loved ones in the Bali Tragedy.

Details: South Sydney Juniors - Games Room, 558A Anzac Parade, Kingsford

Friday, February 28th, 6.30pm

Dress: Smart Casual

Cost: $40 per head, $400 per table of ten; ninclude three course dinner and entertainment

Retired members: $30

Special guests include: Tony Butterfield - president. Rugby League Players Association

Bookings essential.

Contact Emma or Jaime at MUS Sydney Branch on (02) 9264 5024.

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Struggles, Scabs and Schooners

(A labour history tour with a pint).

When: Saturday 8 March, 2.45pm

Where: Starts at Trades Hall Inn, Trades Hall, Goulburn Street.

Join the tour that takes you through five pubs in Sydney's city and Inner West. Fill your head and heart with some of the great victories and (sadly) some of the defeats of the organised working class, while also filling yourself with a quiet ale or two in some places that have seen more than their share of struggles..

Cost: $30. This covers the cost of the bus and we expect, some food along the way. Depending on the price of the food, the cost may vary up or down marginally. We'll let you know of any change.

RSVP:

If you're interested in coming, call Michael Clifford on 07 - 3845 6900 ([email protected] ) or Chris Gambian on 02 - 9320 0014 ([email protected] ) by 28 February 2003.

This is another FSU politically enlightened event. Speakers include Jack Mundy, Lucy Taksa, Bradon Ellem


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