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Issue No. 173 04 April 2003  

The Fog of War
As the War Without a Mandate proceeds apace, any notion of a domestic political agenda has become surplus to requirements.


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.


 Cole Launches Civil Rights Assault

 Protests Target Arncliffe �Shocker�

 Commerce Swallows DIR

 Abbott, Bosses Turn Guns on Low Paid

 Fat Cats Should Justify Salaries - LHMU

 Black Humour for a Dark Issue

 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


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.

 The Rule of Law
 Trots Bomb Back
 Tom's Turn
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Teach-in 5 April, 10am Manning Clark Centre, ANU, entry free. Palm Sunday rally, 13 April, 1.30pm at the Lodge, Adelaide Avenue, Anti-War rally followed by march to Parliament to meet march of church groups.


Palm Sunday rally 13 April 2003.


MUA Floating Peace Protest, Saturday 5 April 1 to 3pm, Kirribilli Point, Sydney Harbour, in front of Prime Minister's residence (flyer attached).

Palm Sunday rally, 13 April 2003, 1pm leaving from Belmore Park to the Domain. "Unions Work for Peace" badges, posters and leaflets have been produced, PDF of leaflet can be downloaded from website, go to For more information contact Amanda Tattersall, 0409 321 133.

NB. Change of details for Newcastle TLC rally this Saturday 5 April, flyer attached.


Palm Sunday rally 13 April. Workers Against the War meeting held every Wednesday, 6.30pm at Trades Hall. VTHC have produced Say No to War badges, for more information contact Cathy Beadnell on 0425 701 793. For more info see the VTHC's website -

South Australia

On 13 April there will be the Palm Sunday rally.


Meetings for the Peace Coalition in Tasmania will be held each Sunday from 3:30pm - 5:00pm at the Republic Bar Elizabeth Street North Hobart. For more information contact Lisa Singh (03) 6278

7711(w) (03) 6228 7770(h) 0438 380 988.

The ACTU will provide a regular update on anti-war activities being organised by unions and TLCs.

If you are planning a union rally or participating in other protests, please contact Gina Preston at the ACTU by email at [email protected] or by phone on 03 9664 7326.

Similarly if your union is producing posters, badges or anti-war campaign material please inform Gina so she can circulate the details throughout the union email network. That way the materials can be distributed more widely, duplication can be avoided and costs might even be shared.

The ACTU website has a No War On Iraq campaign area at

If affiliates wish to put material on this site please contact Noel Hester on 03 9664 7327 or [email protected]


Remembering Jenin: Film Night (Sydney)

Fri, 11 April 2003

First Anniversary of the Jenin Massacres

It is one year since the Israeli Occupation Forces invaded the Jenin refugee camp and conducted their now infamous military operation against the civilian population. In commemoration of those who were killed ,and in support of the on-going Palestinian struggle for freedom, the PHRC will screen two films, After Jenin and Jenin, Jenin.

WHEN: 6 for 6.30 - 8.30 pm, April 11th (Friday)

WHERE: Tom Mann Theatre (136 Chalmers St - Surry Hills; near Central Station

COST: $10 minimum donation


Friday 4 April 12.30 - 2.00pm

Nick Wailes, WOS and Peter Waring, University of Newcastle

Financial Markets, Corporate Governance and Employment Relations: the Case of Australia

Venue: Rm. 328 Third Floor, New Economics and Business Building (H69), University of Sydney


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