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Issue No. 184 27 June 2003  
 
F E A T U R E S

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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L A T E S T   N E W S

Rail Chaos Looms
Tens of thousands of Sydney rail commuters will be stranded if employers continue pattern resistance to Campaign 2003, denying any protection for entitlements.

AMWU secretary, Paul Bastian, warned the whole network could come to a “screaming halt” after a range of companies locked workers out at Chullora and Auburn, threatened legal action at Bathurst, and slashed maintenance levels below specifications at Newcastle. [full story]

Electrolux Blows Fuse at Fundraiser
Corporate lawyers jumped on support for a community fund-raiser to accuse a senior union official of using threats and intimidation during their campaign to de-unionise Orange’s largest employer.

AWU president, Mick Madden, was stunned by the personal attack which, he said, showed neither Swedish multi-national, Electrolux, the AiG, nor its city law firm, Cutler and Harris, had any idea about rural Australians. [full story]

ACM Loosens Handcuff on Democracy
A Senate Inquiry into Australia’s Detention Centres will be worthless while American correctional giant, ACM, is allowed to intimidate employees who try to tell the truth, the LHMU has warned.

The Union pleaded for protection after ACM took action against two female delegates from Villawood who travelled to Canberra last week for meetings with Immigration Minister, Philip Ruddock, and other key politicians. [full story]

Sick Call on Mum’s Job
A Tamworth community worker has been sacked and abused for answering an emergency call from her daughter’s school.

The ASU has demanded the immediate reinstatement of permanent part-timer, Megan Carberry, sacked by Tamworth Challenge Disability Services CEO Barry Murphy today for responding to a messagebank call from Oxley High School, urging her to pick up her daughter. [full story]

Now For Industrial Shock and Awe
A US law firm that prides itself on busting unions and breaking pickets has been handed a key role in drafting labour laws for post-Taliban Afghanistan.

General secretary of Union Network International Phillip Jennings this week called on the International Labour Organisation to explain how private lawyers had taken control of the legal process and to ensure a similar process does not occur in Iraq. [full story]

Brian Miller – Working Class Hero
Building workers are organising a big farewell for one of their number who wore Cole Commission criticisms of his safety activity as a badge of honour.

Brian Miller, a carpenter by trade, became a building industry legend, respected by workers and employers, for his refusal to compromise over workplace safety. He died in Sydney on Tuesday. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Dynamite: Howard Handout for Rorters

 Family Case to Nurture Mothers

 Militants Lock Out Another 600

 Tipping the Turtle – Fijian Style

 Carr Goes Private

 Wages Blemish Sound Budget

 Westie Takes On Westfield ‘Hypocrisy’

 Eleventh Hour Reprieve for Women's Centre

 Activist Notebook

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Fiji's Turtle Island bills itself as paradise but pays local workers as little as $1.35 an hour. That figure is below the poverty line and workers are determined to do something about it.

E D I T O R I A L
To stand by silently while a system is constructed by partisan lawyers from firms which act against the spirit of ILO Conventions is to compound our national shame in deferring to the might of the one remaining super-power.

No News Is Good News

C O L U M N S

Politics
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.

Media
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
 In Defence of Cuba
 The Story in General
 Thinking of America

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