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Issue No. 169 07 March 2003  

Poetry: If I Were a Rich Man
Through a distortion in the time-space continuum, we have found a recording showing how people a few years into the future will deal with health care.

Interview: League of Nations
ICFTU general secretary Guy Ryder on the war, core labour standards and why Australia is an international pariah.

Industrial: 20/20 Hindsight
A retrospective analysis of the Accord is needed to help develop future strategies. Is it worth trying again? And if so, what would need to be different?

Organising: On The Buses
A new rank and file leadership team is standing up for the harried bus driver in the run-up to the NSW State Election

Unions: National Focus
A gaze around the country reveals some inspiring and innovative organising initiatives, a fruitful connection with young workers in South Australia and some typically robust industrial campaigns reports Noel Hester.

History: The Banner Room
On the eve of it�s refurbishment, Jim Marr ventures into one of Trades Hall�s best kept secrets; the room that houses relics of labour�s halcyon days.

International: The Slaughter Continues
Chilling new statistics from Colombia's main trade union confederation CUT: nine trade unionists assassinated in the first two months of this year.

Legal: A Legal Case For War?
Aaron Magner looks at the legal implications of the crusade of the Coalition of the Willing

Culture: Singing For The People
When there�s a struggle for social justice, when a war is brewing or rights are being eroded, the first ones to pen, paper and protest are often the folkwriters.

Review: The Hours
On the eve of International Women�s Day Tara de Boehmler follows the tale of three women who would rather choose death than a life devoid of personal choice.

Poetry: I Wanna Bomb Saddam
Scarier than Star Wars, the latest weapon to be deployed in the battle for Iraq is the Singing Dubya.

Satire: Diuretic Makes Warne's Excuses Look Thin
Australian cricketer Shane Warne today admitted that he was still feeling the after effects of the diuretic he tested positive to.

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Sacre Bleu � It�s �La Gong� Now
Frustrated South Coast community leaders will take the extraordinary step of asking France to represent their views at the United Nations.

A high-powered delegation, headed by conservative Lord Mayor Alex Darling, will meet the French Consul General in Sydney next week to support France�s opposition to war in Iraq and urge it to continue expressing a view shared by �rank and file Australians�. [full story]

Mum Raises Labour Hire Bar
A young Sydney mother who stood up to corporate heavyweight, Theiss, has won important breakthroughs for pregnant women and casuals.

Oanh Nguyen was celebrating IRC vindication this week with baby son, Jaidyn, after Commissioner Donna McKenna ruled she had been unjustifiably dismissed from her casual processing job at Chullora and awarded her $10,000 in compensation. [full story]

Investigate the Buggers
Calls for a Senate Inquiry into Tony Abbott�s Building Industry Task Force are escalating amidst claims of coercive tactics that include threats, intimidation, strike-breaking and telephone tapping.

The gloves came off as the newly-created task force, headed by controversial federal policeman Nigel Hadgkiss, went in to bat for Brisbane employers facing protected industrial action this week. [full story]

NSW Libs Madder Than The Monk
The NSW Opposition has made a mockery of its claims to be IR moderates, with a policy that would see US-style union recognition ballots imposed on Australian workers for the first time.

News of the radical policy came as the Coalition vowed to scrap an industry-based program to cut workplace accidents and funnel the money into chasing compo fraud. [full story]

Kits Strike Terror into Govt
Postal workers have exposed Federal Government efforts to fudge the figures on anti-terrorism kits being returned in a massive anti-war protest.

Australia Post management was looking at another backflip over the kits after hours of negotiations with the CEPU Post and Telegraph branch, this week, averted threatened mail disruptions across NSW. [full story]

West Braces for Shelling
This article has been removed at the request of Shell's lawyers. Blake, Dawson, Waldron.  [full story]


 Executive Pay Under Senate Spotlight

 Clean Energy�s Jobs Bonus

 Zoo Workers Buck �Mercy Killing�

 Canberra Firefighters Win Union Backing

 Global Equity Under Spotlight

 Aussie Workers Fight Indian Child Labour

 Water on the Brain

 Activists Notebook

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Room 27 is the Banner Room where relics of a bygone era � political and artistic - have been restored for the benefit of future generations.

It was like the game got away from us and the Accord was a victory lap that took place while the match was still in progress.

Flying Rat


The Soapbox
Workers Friend
Shock jock Alan Jones snubbed his Liberal mates to bucket the Cole Royal Commission and launch Jim Marr's book

The Locker Room
Boer Bore Boring
In the face of oppression Phil Doyle falls asleep in front of the TV

Guest Report
Dead Labor
The Hawke and Keating legacy is John Howard, Leonie Bronstein argues.

Hands Off, Tony
John Della Bosca argues the NSW Industrial Relations System gives his State a competitive advantage.

Groundhog Day
Another year, another round of corporate excess. Bosswatch returns from its summer slumber to find the same old dogs up to the same tricks.

LETTERS to the Editor
 Re - Core/Non Core promises.
 Strangers in the House
 Nursing Home Concerns
 Catholic Tastes

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