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Issue No. 170 14 March 2003  

Coke or Pepsi?
And so the battle of the NSW political brands enters its final week – and at times it seems more like the Coke and Pepsi Taste Challenge; only this time the brown syrupy liquid is power.


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.


 Travelex Wrong-un Stumps Staff

 No Utopia In Lifetime Contracts

 Della Renews Jobs Pledge

 Chef Roasts Double Standard

 Howard’s Navy – Aussies Need Not Apply

 Bank Lockout Mars Peace Day

 Intrepid Tourists Buck ILO Bans

 Whistle Blown on Second Hand Rail Safety

 Back-Packers Used to Break Hotel Strike

 Qantas for High Jumps

 Burrow Calls for New Family Formula

 Central Queensland Sucks on Roche

 Cabbies Hail Fair Deal

 Smoke Free St Patricks Day

 Workers Flush on Poo Pay

 Activist 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.

 Addicted to ANZUS
 A Plea for Legal Action
 Accord Reconsidered
 Johnny's Green Card
 Veto The War
 Law and Order
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Letters to the Editor

Law and Order

Dear Sir,

In consideration of the Hue and Cry from candidates from all political

parties on issues such as the environment and Law and Order, one can only look on with bewilderment at the outrageous hypocrisy and disregard for our legislation as displayed by some politicians, particularly in regard to self interest promotion.

On a recent drive along Forrester Road Lethbridge Park, I was astounded at the myriad of political posters nailed or otherwise attached to public property namely telegraph poles. These poster were not only distracting, they were visually polluting and from my understanding illegally placed.

It is my understanding that these posters were not only in breach of the Summary Offences Act 1988, but also the Parliamentary Electorates and Elections Act 1912 section 151b.

While my own state electorate area of Penrith appears to be free from this blatant vandalism under the cover of an election, one must ponder on the selective application of our law in this particular area, by all those entrusted and paid, to ensure adherence to our law.

I wait with bated breath to see if the current one-upmanship in the Law and Order stakes results in a prosecution of the offenders.


Summary Offences Act 1988 (Section 9)

A person shall not -

a) affix a placard or paper upon any premises; or

b) willfully mark, by means of chalk, paint or any other material, any premises, so that the placard, paper or marking is within view from a public place, unless he or she first obtained the consent, if the premises are occupied, of the occupier or person in charge of the premises or, if the premises are unoccupied, of the owner or person in charge of the premises.

Maximum Penalty: 4 points

Parliamentary Electorates and Elections ACT 1912 -41 Section 151B Exhibitions of posters.

(2A) A person shall not post up, or cause to be posted up, a poster:

(a) on or within any premises occupied or used by, or under the control or management of :

(i) the Crown, any instrumentality or agency of the Crown, or any statutory body representing the Crown or any other body prescribed by the regulations as a statutory body representing the Crown, or

(ii) any local authority, or.....local authority means a council or a county council within the meaning of the Local Government Act 1993

Local authority means a council or a county council within the meaning of the Local Government Act 1993

Poster means any electoral matter printed, drawn or depicted on any material whatsoever and where any electoral matter is printed, drawn or depicted in sections, such sections, both severally and collectively, shall be deemed to be a poster.

Premises includes any structure, building, vehicle or vessel or any place, whether built on or not , and any part thereof.

The prescribed size means an area that is not more than 8000 square centimeters.

Tom Collins


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