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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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Activist Notebook

Viva La Republic

On the 1st April, the ARM is holding their major fundraiser at Pavilion on the Park in the Domain from 6-9pm. We have a host of great prizes, Ignatius Jones crooning a few tunes and special guest actor Geoff Morrell aka Mayor Col Dunkley from the ABC TV series Grass Roots. (See Monday's The Guide in The Sydney Morning Herald)

Help us raise funds and get things done! We want an Australian as our Head of State!

Come along to the ARM Function see Mayor Dunkely (aka Geoff Morrell) and make this the biggest shindig ever seen this side of Arcadia Waters Shires.

No Development application is required, simply visit our web site at for further details.


Concert for HOPE

in support of The Bobby Goldsmith Foundation and Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA (supporting Palestinian refugee children in Lebanon)

Featuring the Foveaux String Quartet, Imvano Trio, Robin Wilson and Maria Stojakovich performing

Brahms, Saint Saens, Puccini, Verdi, Beethoven and Mozart

7.30pm (Bar opens at 7.00pm)

Friday March 28

The Studio Theatre

Corner of Whitehorse and Newman Streets, (near Newtown Station) Newtown

$25 entry


The Chifley Research Centre and The Evatt Foundation

invite you to attend a joint public lecture:

Public Participation in the Political Process


Matthew Taylor

Matthew Taylor is Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR),

Britain's leading centre left think tank.

Until December 1998 he was Assistant General Secretary of the UK Labour Party. During the 1997 General Election he

was Labour's Director of Policy and a member of the Party's central election strategy team. Matthew has been a county

councillor, a parliamentary candidate, a university research fellow and the director of a unit monitoring policy in the

health service. He is a regular broadcaster and contributor to newspapers and journals, and has written pamphlets and

book chapters on the record of New Labour; state funding of political parties and wider issues of party reform;

democratic renewal; multiculturalism and community cohesion; modernisation of Government; the role of local

councillors; and family friendly working.

6.00 -7.30pm •Thursday 27 March 2003


Admission $10;Concession $5 (no bookings required,payment taken at the door)

For more information contact The Chifley Research Centre at [email protected]

or The Evatt Foundation on 02 9385 2966


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