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Issue No. 181 06 June 2003  

National Leadership
After a week of front-page political chicanery we are to get more John Howard; who at a time of his choosing will pitch for a fourth election victory by going head to head with the son of a Whitlam Minister.


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.


 Allianz Claims on Sick and Dying

 Back Pay Bill From Behind the Bars

 Gloves Off for Local Voices

 Stabbings Ground Job Cuts � For Now

 Red Light for Cut Price Labour Hire

 Sacked Workers� Ultimate Insult

 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


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

 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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Activist Notebook

A forum with the ALP IT and Communications Committee Open Source: Where Should Labor Stand.

Hosted by the Minister for IT, Hon. John Della Bosca and will be addressed by a range of speakers from Industry, media and academia.

What is open source? Will it revolutionise IT or is all just hype? Can government policy influence the market to promote Australian jobs? The forum will explore and consider whether there is a role for Labor in the debate.

Details: 7.00pm on Wednesday 25 June 2003, in the Theatrette at NSW Parliament House.



The Burmese community will hold a candle light vigil on Friday to remember the many people of Burma who were deliberately attacked and killed by members of the junta-backed Union Solidarity Development Association (USDA)and hardened convicts disguised as monks on 30 May, 2003 in Upper Burma

We will be remembering

a.. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi who sustained serious injuries

b.. U Tin Oo and National League for Democracy (NLD) members whose whereabouts have not been disclosed by the Junta,

c.. the families torn apart under Burma's brutal military dictatorship;

d.. The political activists who have died in prisons, in the torture chambers and in the slave-labor camps.

e.. The ordinary people of Burma who have been impoverished by their rulers.

Information received from reliable sources is that 70 people have been killed and more than 200 of National League for Democracy (NLD) leaders including Vice-Chairman U Tin Oo and General Secretary Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and supporters were seriously injured. Following the attacks, they have been held incommunicado. All senior NLD leaders in Rangoon and other cities have been put under house arrest and all NLD offices have been sealed and shut down.

"Today Burma is rapidly heading towards political, economic and social crises. People of Burma are likely moving towards confrontation. If it is so, it is critical that international community moves swiftly to support

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the population or we will see another massacre", said Dr, Myint Cho, Media Spokesperson of the Burmese community.

The Burmese community in Australia asks the free people of the world to use their freedom to ameliorate the sufferings of the people of Burma.

The candle light vigil will be held at St. Andrew's Church Square, next to Sydney Town Hall on Friday, 6th June, from 6:30 pm.


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