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Issue No. 181 06 June 2003  

History: Nest of Traitors
Rowan Cahill uncovers a ripping yarn that could redefine the way we look at Australian involvement in World War II.

Interview: A Nation of Hope
Former PM Bob Hawke bemoans the demise of industrial relations but takes heart from the prospect of peace in the Middle East

Unions: National Focus
Noel Hester reports on a soap star rebellion, Howard�s plans to renuclearise South Australia, more historical atrocities in the north, the redundancy test case plus more in the monthly national wrap.

Safety: The Shocking Truth
It�s every power worker�s worst nightmare � and it happened to Adrian Ware. In a flash of voltage, his life changed forever, as Jim Marr reports.

Tribute: A Comrade Departed
From Prime Ministers to wharfies, the labour movement paid tribute to Tas Bull this week. Jim Marr was among them.

History: Working Bees
Neale Towart looks at a group of workers who got sacked so their boss could keep making the Bomb.

Education: The Big Picture
The NTEU�s Dr Mike Donaldson and Tony Brown join all the dots in the current debate around higher eduction.

International: Static Labour
Ray Marcelo argues there�s another side to the recent furore over Telstra�s use of cheap Indian IT contractors.

Economics: Budget And Fudge It
Frank Stilwell argues that Peter Costello�s latest budget plumbs fiscal policy to new depths.

Technology: Google and Campaigning
Labourstart�s Eric Lee argues the latest weapon for campaigning could be the humble search engine.

Review: Secretary With A Difference
Looking for a new job can be hard enough, without having to worry about sadomasochistic bosses and the threat of being spanked for forgetting to cross your �t�s, says Tara de Boehmler.

Poetry: The Minimale
The Labor Party leadership is in the news again, inspiring our resident bard David Peetz to song

Satire: Howard Calls for Senate to be Replaced by Clap-O-Meter
John Howard released a controversial policy statement today, arguing that the Senate be abolished in favour of a device measuring noise from the gallery of the House of Representatives.

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Allianz Claims on Sick and Dying
The spectre of elderly workers giving evidence to bedside court hearings as corporate lawyers try to spin proceedings beyond death has been raised by the actions of insurance giant, Allianz.

The CFMEU and AMWU this week blew the cover on a hush-hush Allianz campaign to wash its hands of millions of dollars owed victims of dust-related diseases like mesothelioma and asbestosis. [full story]

Back Pay Bill From Behind the Bars
A Korean languishing in Villawood Detention Centre has launched a five-figure back pay claim against a Sydney builder operating on state government contracts.

CFMEU secretary, Andrew Ferguson, confirmed his union had given Dennis Building and the Department of Housing seven days to settle or both would be subject to pickets. [full story]

Gloves Off for Local Voices
Australian performers have kicked off a campaign against free trade agreements that could spell the end of locally produced television, from Blue Heelers to Play School.

The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance is warning that the US-Australia free Trade Agreement and the General Agreement on Trade in Services would both threaten local entertainment and arts. [full story]

Stabbings Ground Job Cuts � For Now
The in-flight stabbing of two Qantas flight attendants has prompted the Federal Government to walk away from airline demands for reduced crewing.

Aviation Minister John Anderson confirmed, this week, that Government would not support industry demands for a 28 percent fall in crew-passenger ratios but FAAA official, Daryl Watkins, is warning of a re-think when memories dim of the near disaster on a Melbourne-Launceston flight. [full story]

Red Light for Cut Price Labour Hire
Unions have struck a blow in the battle for job security with a ruling that workers engaged by labour hire companies could not undercut the wages of fellow workers.

The decision of the NSW IRC, ruled that workers employed by Adecco working at Kellogg�s Botany warehouses must be paid the same wages as Kellogg employees. [full story]

Sacked Workers� Ultimate Insult
Optus employees whose jobs will be taken by foreign workers are being expected to train their replacements before being sacked.

The ten workers, members of Optus� SAP IT team, have been told they will lose their performance bonuses if they don�t train the Singaporean workers who will take their jobs.  [full story]


 Electrolux Repays Survival With Bastardry

 Survivor Urges Compo Rethink

 Nurses: Bosses Should Foot Bank Fees

 Telstra Workers Show Bottle

 Rail Workers Telegraph Press Council Track

 Call Centre Leak Shames Stellar

 Malaysian Detainees Released

 Western Sahara Tests UN

 Activist Notebook

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Labor's elders lead the procession down the Hungry Mile in memory of union hero Tas Bull

If your loved one�s life depended on a Labor victory at the next election, who would you want to lead the party?



It�s Our Party
Long time union watcher Nicholas Way looks at the changing dynamics between the industrial and political wings of the labour movement.

The Soapbox
Grass Roots
In his Maiden Speech, new MP Tony Burke argues that the ALP�s union links are nothing to be ashamed of.

Opinion Forming Down Under
Evan Jones condemns the mainstream�s media coverage of the War on Iraq and the damage it is doing to our national psyche.

The Locker Room
Location, Re-Location!
It�s all fun and games until someone loses a club, writes Phil Doyle

LETTERS to the Editor
 Blowing Holes in Gittens
 Negative Campaigning
 Response to Gould
 Aged Policy Looks Hairy
 Tom's Turn
 God Save Billy Deane
 Solidarity Forever
 More Bad Language

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