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Issue No. 184 27 June 2003  
E D I T O R I A L

To the Victors The Spoils
Revelations that private American lawyers, rather than the ILO, will rewrite the labour laws of countries levelled by the American military vindicate the warnings of those concerned by US unilateralism.

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.

N E W S

 Rail Chaos Looms

 Electrolux Blows Fuse at Fundraiser

 ACM Loosens Handcuff on Democracy

 Sick Call on Mum’s Job

 Now For Industrial Shock and Awe

 Brian Miller – Working Class Hero

 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

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

L E T T E R S
 In Defence of Cuba
 The Story in General
 Thinking of America
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Dynamite: Howard Handout for Rorters


Greek authorities seized a Flag of Convenience vessel, laden with 680 tonnes of high explosive, in the same week the Howard Government committed Australians to another $20 million handout to the sector.

The Comoros-registerd, Baltic Sky, was stopped by the Greeks after failing to declare a cargo of dynamite bound for a Sudanese company, identified only by a post box number.

"The cargo was destined for a company with a post office box in Khartoum that does not exist. Someone could think it would have some connection with terrorist groups," Greek Shipping Minister, George Anomeritis, told Associated Press.

At the time of its seizure the Baltic Sky carried ammonia dynamite as well as 8000 detonators and fuses. The ship left Albania on April 27 and called at ports in Tunisia and Turkey before being intercepted by Greek special forces.

Suspicions about the cargo were heightened by recent bombings in Saudi Arabia and Morocco, along with the fact that its destination, Sudan, is on a US list of states sponsoring terrorism.

Detention of the Baltic Sky followed MUA warnings to the Howard Government that continued encouragement of FoC shipping was a weak link in its fight against terrorism.

Flag of Convenience states register vessels, for a cash consideration, looking to dodge legal, labour, financial and security requirements imposed by most countries.

Just this week, in the Senate, Government steam-rolled Opposition efforts to deny Flag of Convenience traders a $20 million cut of diesel rebates provided under the new Energy Grants Scheme.

"It's just another example of the Howard Government subsidising foreign shipping and guest labour on our coast," MUA national secretary Paddy Crumlin said. "It's a national disgrace."

Shadow Transport Minister Martin Ferguson said Labor had attempted to give Australian ships a fair go. He described ongoing Government support for foreign ship owners, using cheap labour and sub-standard vessels, as "unfair".


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