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Issue No. 169 07 March 2003  

Re-considering The Accord
The twentieth anniversary of the Hawke Government�s election provides an opportunity to ponder the Accord�s historical conundrum: how at the moment of the union movement�s greatest influence did it suffer its greatest loss of members?


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.


 Sacre Bleu � It�s �La Gong� Now

 Mum Raises Labour Hire Bar

 Investigate the Buggers

 NSW Libs Madder Than The Monk

 Kits Strike Terror into Govt

 West Braces for Shelling

 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


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.

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

Dear Sir,

While perusing past issues of your publication Workers Online I was more that impressed by the consistency,diversity and catholic themes and issues of not only the excellent articles but the editorials, which continue to be provocative and stimulating, and only rarely resembling the boot spittle journalism so prevalent in the national publications. In fact the article 'Union Journo on Death List", accompanied by a delightful photo of Gerry Adams, displaying a rarely shared smile with a hand on the shoulder of Paddy Gorman a CFMEU , media officer , stimulated my own dormant interests in the commonalty in breaking down barriers in my efforts at a greater understanding of those with different preferences , needs , desires and values.

I was once again touched by the concerns expressed by Paddy as to the information passed on to him, allegedly by an ASIO officer and relating to his inclusion on a list.

Although the actual purpose of this list was unknown or was censured for what ever reason, the insinuation was clear in its intent, and I among many others sent Paddy a letter of support.

While in no way claiming to have an inside knowledge as to that list , I could assert an insight as to the cultural thought of the kilt wearing Ulster/Scot , and as such a commonality with those that may have allegedly compiled such a list , and in my letter of support I empathically indicated that , in my opinion , Paddy was worrying needlessly.

I can now assure you and your readers that no longer should we get our knickers in a knot about such lists , as recent events have not only validated my reassurances to your readers , but also my self , and certainly put Ulster Loyalists in different lights, 'Pinks and Pastels' perhaps , and these , while not your usual tartans , are my favorites!

The recent internal dismantling of one terrorist cell Mad Dog Adairs Lower Shankill 'C Company' , an event instigated by their killing of John 'Grug' Gregg , a loyalist folk hero who had almost succeeded in killing Gerry Adams in 1984, and had turned into one of Adair's bitterest rivals indicates that these people are far too busy with their domestics .

In fact it was 'Michael Stone' who actually claimed that 'Mad Dog Adair' made a pass at him in prison, with the line "the Spartans used to sleep together".

Now before you or your readers dismiss my assertion that this list as was revealed to your readers was not for as insinuated, but rather a list of possible contacts to enable resolution of conflicting preferences, needs desires and wants in a safe environment, I would inform them that 'Michael Stone', to whom 'Mad Dog Adair', had made a pass, is also convicted terrorist.

While we will never know, and Michael claims that he said 'No!' to that particular proposition, perhaps an invitation for 'Mad Dog Adair' to next years Sydney Mardi Gras, and extened to St Patricks Day , sponsored by Workers Online would be an appropriate gesture in the interests of reconciliation.

Tom Collins


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