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Issue No. 178 16 May 2003  

Shit Sandwich
It took a few well-chosen comments by the sole Howard Government minister with a grasp on reality - or at least a penchant for a bit of takeaway - to blow Peter Costello’s Federal Budget to pieces.


Interview: Staying Alive
CPSU national secretary Adrian O'Connell talks about the fight to keep the public service - and the union movement - alive.

Bad Boss: The Ultimate Piss Off
Wollongong workers on poverty-level wages are losing up to $5000 for taking toilet breaks, according to the union representing staff at a Stellar call centre.

Industrial: Last Drinks
Jim Marr looks at the human cost of the decision to close Sydney’s Carlton United Brewery

National Focus: Around the States
If Tampa told us that John Howard circa 2003 is the same spotted rabid dog from 1987, this week’s assault on Medicare confirms it reports Noel Hester in this national round up.

Politics: Radical Surgery
Workers are vitally interested in Medicare, not least because they traded away wage rises to get it. Now, Jim Marr writes, the Coalition Government is tearing apart the 20-year-old social contract on which it was founded.

Education: The Price of Missing Out
University students and their families will pay more for their education following the May Budget, writes Tony Brown.

Legal: If At First You Don't Succeed
Love is wonderful the second time around, goes the famous torch song. But is the same true for legislation? Asks Ashley Crossland

History: Massive Attack
Labour historian Dr Lucy Taksa remembers the general strike of 1917 to put the recent anti-war marches into perspective

Culture: What's Right
Neale Towart looks at a new book that looks at the failings of the Left, while reasserting the liberal project

Review: If He Should Fall
Jim Marr caught Irish folk-rock-punk legend Shane MacGowan at Sydney’s Metro Theatre. He was surprised but not disappointed.

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.

Satire: IMF Ensures Iraq Institutes Market Based Looting
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has agreed to monitor the Iraqi economy to ensure that the reintroduction of looting into the economy conforms with free-market theory.


 Costello Whacks Women

 Abbott Picks Fight with Nurses

 Simon Slams Big End

 Hands-Off Howard Loses Seamen

 Safety Net Slips Disabled

 Clerks Put Boot In

 Bank Hold-Ups Expose Compo Failings

 Low Paid Dirty on Lawyer

 WIN Tactics a Big Turn Off

 ABC Jobs On Line

 Della’s Dallying Could Cost Miners

 Ministers of Misinformation Scoop Orwells

 Death Squads Strike

 Currawong Cottages Waiting for You

 Activists Notebook


The Soapbox
What May Day Means to Me
Reader Marlene McAlear penned this tribue to May Day and worker solidarity.

The Toast
Labor Council secretary John Robertson's toast to the annual May Day dinner in Sydney.

The Locker Room
The Numbers Game
In life there is lies, damned lies and sporting statistics, says Phil Doyle - but who’s counting.

Brukman Evicted
ZNet's Marie Trigona reports from the streets of Argentina in the rundown to last week's presidential election.

The Costs of Excess
Some tall business poppies had their heads lopped this week as the laws of economic gravity applied their always chaotic theory.

 Ron The Tool
 In Defence of Tom
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Activists Notebook

Defend Womens Rights

Help Amina Lawal appeal her death by stoning.

28th May 2003

12 noon

Join a vigil at:

Parliament House

Macquarie Street


To highlight the appeal of Amina Lawal against her sentence to death by stoning for adultery in Nigeria

dress in black to mourn the loss of women's rights

and help to bring International support to Amina Lawal for her forthcoming appeal in the Nigerian Federal Court

Sign the Petition

Write to the Nigerian Consulate

Come to the vigil


Organised by the NSW Working Women's Centre

Contact details 9559 5355

Latham Launch

Pluto Press invites you to joing Gough Whitlam as he launches Mark Latham's new book.

You are invited to one of the highlights of the forthcoming Sydney

Writers Festival - the launch of Mark Latham's new book, 'From the

Suburbs: Building a Nation from our Neighbourhoods'.

At 11.00 am on Thursday May 22 former PM Gough Whitlam will launch

Mark's book in the Sydney Dance Co Cafe at the Sydney Writers

Festival, the Wharf 4/5 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay.

'From the Suburbs: Building a Nation from our

Neighbourhoods' defines the direction in which he believes the ALP

should head as a party with a radical edge, rattling the cage on

Australia's political, social and economic establishment.

Latham outlines ways to disperse power and wealth

widely across society, bringing economic assets and cultural

influence into the hands of the 'outsiders' in Australia's vast

suburbs and towns.

Latham is the Federal Member for Werriwa and Shadow Minister for

Economic Ownership, Housing, Urban Development and Community

Security. He is co-editor of The Enabling State, and author of What

did you learn today? and Civilising Global Capital.

What The Critics Say

'Latham, with his uncompromising language and debating skills, is the

one Labor MP every Government Minister has seemed loath to confront

in parliamentary debate. You can rest assured, he will be Labor

leader one day.'

Alan Ramsey, Sydney Morning Herald

'Latham's pitch goes to the heart of how we live our lives.'

Maxine McKew, The Bulletin

Mark Latham's book is available in bookstores now: ISBN 1 86403 208 1

RRP $24.95


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