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Issue No. 174 11 April 2003  
 
F E A T U R E S

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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L A T E S T   N E W S

Carr: Workers Won It For Me
NSW Premier Bob Carr has dedicated his historic state election victory to the efforts of public sector workers, singling out teachers, nursers, police officers and rail workers for special thanks.

The Premier also vowed that the Department of Industrial Relations would have a stronger role in government, despite being absorbed into John Della Bosca’s new super-ministry of Commerce. [full story]

Nursing Crisis Bites Elderly
Two weeks after privatisation one of the state’s largest nursing homes is in crisis, rostering barely 20 percent of the registered nurses its own management plan requires.

The State Government flogged off Allandale Aged Care, near Cessnock, on April Fools Day. Eight days later, Calvary Community Retirement had only two registered nurses on deck, compared to the 10 specified by its own staffing profile – to care for hundreds of elderly residents. [full story]

Judge Puts ‘Predator’ Before Workers
A Campbelltown judge this week put the rights of an alleged sexual predator over those of a DPP worker taking industrial action to improve the service.

Justice Goldring threatened PSA member, Beth Walker, with contempt of court after she indicated she would back a legal strike by workmates protesting staffing shortages. [full story]

WA Court Undermines Cole
Dozens of Cole Commission findings against the CFMEU’s Western Australia branch have been undermined in a real court.

Perth Magistrate Paul Heaney has dismissed a range of charges against assistant state secretary, Joe McDonald, and organiser, Graham Pallott, confiming their rights to enter building sites. [full story]

Mexican Chain Gangs Win NSW Work
The NSW Health Department has given work to inmates in privatised Victorian jails because they undercut wages paid to prisoners in the NSW system.

The new revelations compound concerns about a contract to supply textiles to NSW hospitals, with raw material to be sourced from China in a move that will put 35 union members out of work. [full story]

Della Muscles Up to Abbott
Industrial Relations Minister John Della Bosca has vowed to resist Tony Abbott’s attempt to blackmail states into adopting his restrictive National Code of Practice for the construction industry.

The re-elected NSW Government will stand-up to federal attempts to use hospitals, schools and roads to “blackmail” it into signing up to the code and key recommendations from the controversial Cole Royal Commission. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 STOP PRESS - Brewery Goes Flat

 ACCC Urged to Consider Jobs

 Unions Stats Track Armageddon

 Cameron: Feds More Interested in Iraq

 SARS Lays Jobs Low

 Working Hours Benefit Millions

 Journos Urge War Crimes Prosecutions

 Unions Support Displaced in Iraq

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“There must be a question mark over the standard of prosecutions in this state simply as a consequence of the case load placed on each individual” - PSA organiser Stephen Spencer.

E D I T O R I A L
We were right to march against the war on February 26 and nothing that has happened since then has made us wrong.

Minister for Thuggery

C O L U M N S

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

Culture
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
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
 Taking Stalin's Crimes Seriously
 Unfair Dismissals
 More Angry Trots
 Tom's Tirade

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