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Issue No. 184 27 June 2003  

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.


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.


 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


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

 In Defence of Cuba
 The Story in General
 Thinking of America
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Evatt Foundation Breakfast Seminar

Australia's retreat from egalitarianism

Australia is in the throes of a major re-evaluation of its egalitarian values. Australians are steadily turning their backs on many of the social norms they once considered untouchable. In his new book, Where To From

Here? Australian Equalitarianism Under Threat (Allen & Unwin), Fred Argy considers the disturbing changes, which have led to less genuine equality of opportunity than a quarter of a century ago. Yet Australia has never

been wealthier. To discuss the issues raised by Where To From Here?Australian Equalitarianism Under Threat, the Evatt Foundation proudly presents three distinguished Australian economists:

Professor Frank Stilwell (chair)

Frank Stilwell is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Sydney, the editor of the Journal of Australian Political Economy, and a member of the Evatt Foundation's Executive Committee. His most recent book

is Changing Track: A New Political Direction for Australia (Pluto Press:2000).

Fred Argy

Fred Argy has advised Australian governments from Menzies to Keating, has been awarded an OBE and AM for his services to economic planning, and is the author of Australia at the Crossroads: Radical Free Market or a Progressive Liberalism? (Allen & Unwin: 1998).

Professor Hugh Stretton

Hugh Stretton is one of Australia's most gifted and influential public intellectuals. Historian, economist and thinker, his major books include The Political Sciences: General Principles of Selection in Social Science

and History (1969), Ideas for Australian Cities (1970), Capitalism, Socialism and the Environment (1976), and Economics: A New Introduction

(UNSW Press: 1999).

When: Tuesday 8 July 2003

Where: Macquarie Room, Quality Hotel (formerly the Southern Cross Hotel), Cnr Goulburn and Elizabeth Streets Sydney, opposite the Goulburn Street Parking Station, and a short stroll from both Central and Museum railway stations.

Cost: $14 (includes breakfast)

Timing: Breakfast will be served from 7.30 am, the seminar will commencepromptly at 8.00 am and finish on the dot of 9.00 am.

Bookings: Please RSVP to the Evatt Foundation by: Mail: Evatt Foundation, University of NSW, Sydney, NSW, 2052; Telephone: 9385 2966; Fax: 9385 2967;

or Email: [email protected]

For more information, visit the Evatt Foundation's website:


Dr Christopher Sheil

Senior Research fellow

School of History

University of New South Wales

Sydney, Australia, NSW, 2052

Phone: (02) 9385 9252; 0419 43 6052 (m)

Email: [email protected]

Zimbabwe Rally

Tues June 24 12.30 pm Prime Minister's Office

70 Phillip St Sydney

Whilst Morgan Tsvangirai is released on bail, Tsvangirai still faces charges and 800 striking workers remain in prison.Rally will call on the Aust gov for action to get

negotiations started for free and fair elections,

and transition to democracy in Zimbabwe.

Bring red cards, whistles and placards.

Organised by Zimbabwe Information Centre Inc, PO

Box K824, Haymarket NSW 1240 Ph Meredith Burgmann

9230 2300, Peter 0418 312 301

FBi Testing

This Saturday at 6pm on 94.5 FM, FBi tests out the strength of its transmitter signal all over Sydney.....

If you're up for it, come along to the FBi studio's, at 6pm to be there when then ON switch is flicked. Not too much pomp. Not too much ceremony - just the sound of popping corks & coldies*.... and a cracking new radio signal.

If not - hold your own ceremony at home with your mates. Drink. Toast.

Cheer. Listen.

After we switch the signal on at the studios** - we'll be heading to the ALEXANDRIA HOTEL (2 blocks away) - which is on the corner of Henderson Rd and Garden St - at the bottom of Australian Technology Park to listen to the test broadcast for a couple of hours.

The pub is kid-friendly - so please bring the family along. It's one ofthose affairs.

Saturday - 6pm - it's ON!


Future Implications

for World Democracy

At the invitation of Oxfam Community Aid Abroad,

a talk by

George Monbiot

author of

The Age of Consent

The Manifesto for a New World Order

The existing global system is in trouble. Global institutions such as the WTO and World Bank are undemocratic and unaccountable. Increased prosperity for some goes hand in hand with increased poverty for others.

The UN has been bypassed by the war with Iraq. Everywhere, people are asking what comes next. There has never been a better moment

to call for a democratic revolution.

"If 'No Logo' tells us what's wrong.

'The Age of Consent' shows us how to put it right."

Fiercely controversial and yet utterly persuasive, what Monbiot offers is a truly global perspective. He outlines a sense of history, a defence of democracy, and an understanding of power and how it might be captured from those unfit to retain it. Our task is not to overthrow globalisation but to capture it and to use it as a vehicle for humanity's first global democratic revolution.

George Monbiot has held visiting fellowships or professorships at Green College, Oxford and the Universities of Bristol, Keele and East London, in (respectively) environmental policy, philosophy, politics and environmental science. He is currently visiting professor of planning at Oxford Brookes.

In 1995 Nelson Mandela presented him with a United Nations Global 500 Award for outstanding environmental achievement. He has also won a Lloyds National Screenwriting Prize, a Sony Award for radio production, the Sir Peter Kent Award and the OneWorld National Press Award. His other books include Poisoned Arrows, Amazon Watershed, No Man's Land and Captive State.

He is a columnist for the Guardian.

This event is co-sponsored by

Oxfam Community Aid Abroad, Gleebooks & The Adelaide Festival of Ideas

Tuesday 15th July, 6:30pm sharp

Venue: The Valhalla - 166 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe

$8/$5 conc & gleeclub RSVP Tel: 9660 2333 or email [email protected]


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