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Issue No. 173 04 April 2003  

Interview: Picking Up The Peaces
Walk Against the War Coalition convenor Bruce Childs outlines the challenge for the peace movement in the lead up to Palm Sunday.

Unions: The Royal Con
Jim Marr argues the Cole Commission can only be taken seriously by people kept ignorant of the way it actually operated.

National Focus: Around the Grounds
Unions maintain the pressure for peace as the upcoming organising conference takes on added significance, reports Noel Hester.

Economics: The Secret War on Trade
Overseas-based multi-nationals are coming after our film industry, electricity, water, pharmaceutical benefits and even childcare. Or are they? Nobody knows, as Jim Marr reports.

International: United Front
Workers and their unions around the world have possibly never been as united in their commitment to campaign together against the War in Iraq, writes Andrew Casey

History: Confessions of a Badge Collector
Bill Pirie has one of the largest collections of trade union badges in the world. After 20 years the collection now numbers some 6,000 badges.

Politics: Stalin�s Legacy
Fifty years ago last month Josef Stalin died. How could it be that a democratic and socialist revolution produced one of the monsters of the twentieth century, asks Leonie Bronstein.

Review: Such Was Not Ned�s Life
The life of Ned Kelly is what we in the world of journalism term a �ball tearing yarn� so why have writers of the movie adaptation felt so impelled to dress it up with fiction, asks Tara de Boehmler.

Poetry: Osama's Top Recruiter
Through our extensive intelligence networks, we have managed to track down the top recruiter for the global terror network of Osama bin Laden.

Satire: Woolworths CEO Denied Bonus After Company Posts Profit
Woolworths chief executive Roger Corbett was devastated today to report an 18.3% rise in profit under his management over the last year.

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Cole Launches Civil Rights Assault
Building Industry Royal Commissioner Terence Cole has gone outside his terms of reference to push for draconian changes to the Royal Commissions Act.

Cole wants the Government to boost the already sweeping powers of extra-judicial inquires whilst curtailing the rights of individual citizens. He underpins his prescription with calls for large fines and long prison sentences. [full story]

Protests Target Arncliffe �Shocker�
Sydney workers are rallying behind low-paid men and women at an Arncliffe factory where the boss refuses to negotiate wages and threatens union activists.

Labor Council will take the lead in ensuring numbers turn up for �community protests� in defence of more than 100 workers at Morris McMahon, Arncliffe Rd, who have been on strike since their employer refused to negotiate a new agreement. [full story]

Commerce Swallows DIR
Unions have been shocked by the Carr Government�s decision to disband the NSW Department of Industrial Relations and absorb it into a super-ministry of Commerce to be run by John Della Bosca.

The decision has raised concerns that industrial relations will be downgraded by a third term Carr Government, with vital issues like labour hire and job security still to be addressed. [full story]

Abbott, Bosses Turn Guns on Low Paid
Federal Government and big business are targeting Australian families as collateral damage in their war on Iraq.

The plan was revealed when the traditional allies used the Middle East conflict to simultaneously dump on the low-paid and back away from the prospect of a family friendly budget. [full story]

Fat Cats Should Justify Salaries - LHMU
A radical proposal for the AIRC to hear an �excessive wage case� has gone before a Senate Inquiry.

The LHMU has given substance to labour movement concerns about corporate excess in a detailed submission to the Senate Inquiry into Poverty, laying down challenges to key elements of economic inequality. [full story]

Black Humour for a Dark Issue
Marchers at the Palm Sunday Peace Rally, the next major Sydney event for the anti-war movement, are being asked to match their anger with wit to cut George Bush and John Howard down to size.

In a bid to channel the increasing anger amongst those opposed to the Howard Government�s support for the War on Iraq, Labor Council has offered to pay $200 to a charity nominated by the marcher with the wittiest placard. [full story]


 Minister on Threats, Coercion

 Bosses Stonewall Union Dues Ruling

 Private Hospitals Pay Out on 15 Percent

 Councils on Hotel Workers� Agenda

 Sharon Hammers Israeli Workers

 Shangri-La Blue Ends

 Inaugural Orwell Awards

 Activist Notebook

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"I want people to vent their anger back on Howard, I want them to use their wit, and I think we should ask people to bring their own signs along" - Bruce Childs Walk Against the War

The demand for good government disintegrates in the face of the �crisis� abroad; administrations that have run out of ideas bask in the actions of their military.

Industrial Warmonger


The Soapbox
Factional Free-For-All
Chris Christodoulou looks at the fallout from the selection of the new Carr Ministry and what it means to the factional warlords.

The Locker Room
The Best Season Since Last Year
Phil Doyle goes trudging through the mud in search of the heart of the matter beneath the corporate biffo

Books on Bombs
In times like these, reading inevitably turns to America and war. Chris White wades through Pilger, Chomsky, Eco, Moore and Vidal.

Postcard from Harvard
Labor Council's Michael Gadiel was elected to give the valedictory speech to this year's Harvard Trade Union Program.

LETTERS to the Editor
 The Rule of Law
 Trots Bomb Back
 Tom's Turn

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