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Issue No. 188 25 July 2003  

Solidarity Gets Sexy
Here’s an image of modern trade unionism: articulate soap stars gives evidence to Senate inquiry into free trade; young IT workers pressure the government to get Big Brother out of the workplace and strapping young footballers join the union to take on the might of Murdoch’s NRL.


Interview: As They Say In The Bible ...
One the movement’s great characters, Public Service Association general secretary Maurie O’Sullivan, is calling it a day. He looks back on his career with Workers Online.

Industrial: Just Doing It
Sportswear giant, Nike, is the first company to sign off on an agreement that purports to protect Australian clothing workers, wherever they labour, writes Jim Marr.

Unions: Breaking Into the Boys Club
For a 23-year-old woman who has never worked in the trade, recruiting young construction apprentices into the union has its challenges, reports Carly Knowles.

Activists: Making the Hard Yards
Mal Cochrane came to the smoke as part of an Aboriginal avalanche that redefined the face of Rugby League. Today, he serves his community through the trade union movement.

Bad Boss: In the Pooh
What do you give a boss who makes his workers labour in raw sewage? A nomination for the Tonys.

Unions: National Focus
In the national wrap Noel Hester finds a Victorian Misso delo who is redistributing lucre from Eddie McGuire into workers’ theatre, South Australian unions taking that Let’s Get Real stuff seriously, an American unionist fronts up at a distinguished ‘meeting of the brains’ in Adelaide and a look at the line up for ACTU Congress.

Economics: Pop Will Eat Itself
Dick Bryan wonders if we can be insured against pop economists promising financial nirvana as well as financial market instability.

Technology: Dean for President
Paul Smith looks at how the internet is helping one Democrat candidate to the front of the primary pack

International: Rangoon Rumble
Union Aid Abroad's Marj O'Callaghan looks at Australia's weak response to developments in Burma.

Education: Blackboard Jungle
Lifelong learning shouldn’t mean cutting jobs, but that's exactly what the Carr Government is proposing, argues Tony Brown

Review: From Weakness to Strength
Labor Council crime-fighter Chris Christodoulou catches up with his boyhood hero, the Incredible Hulk

Poetry: Downsized
Resident bard David Peetz pens the song the Industrial Relations Commission needed to hear


 Gloves Off Over Workers’ Rights

 Win for Victims of Rio Tinto "Blood Sport"

 League Players Join Union Team

 The Stack Goes On

 Trolley Rort Gathers Pace

 Allende Comes to Fairfield

 Vale Ernie Razborsek

 Kodak Chops Workers from Picture

 Stool Lady’s Stand Vindicated

 Nurses Seek Work-Based Elder Care

 Aussie Stars Buck Trade Off

 High Tech Pokies Threaten Jobs

 Activist Notebook


The Soapbox
Cleaning Up
Rabbi Laurie Coskey from San Diego adds her voice to the global campaign for just for cleaners in Westfield malls.

The Locker Room
The Name In The Game
In an age of the sportsperson as celebrity it seems that names are overtaking the games, writes Phil Doyle.

The Beach
Southern Thailand’s terrorist activities: facts or fiction asks HT Lee

 The New Globalism
 Does This Make Me a Raving Trot?
 More on Bullies
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Tool Shed

The Eyebrows Have It

Our Tool Of The Week, Senator Richard Alston, saunters into the Tool Shed this week after exposing a devious bolshevik plot at the ABC that threatened to undermine the mighty U S of A..


The mighty power of the great and glorious regime presided over by Dear Leader George Bush was defended last week by the clever and seamless efforts of the brilliant and talented Minister for Communication, the Right Honourable Senator Richard Alston.

Senator Alston, while being thronged by thousands of adoring devotees who hang onto ever morsel of wisdom that emanates from his suave and manly lips, confounded the corrupt running dogs of Bolshevik imperialism at the ABC by exposing their puerile attempts to slander and denigrate the peace loving name of his highness, the most venerable George Bush, lord and master to the free peoples and true hope for the liberation of humanity.

Bush, a man who brings joy to millions world wide; a man who leads his people with principles of truth and honesty and a man of unparalleled integrity, was grateful that someone with the intellectual brilliance of Senator Alston would go to such lengths to advance the cause of truth, justice the American way.

Alston, quite rightly, realises that it is the responsibility of the Australian government to defend the rights of other countries, especially America. The Australian taxpayer, who lives in rapture at the thought of the wise ways in which the country is managed by Great Leader, John Winston Howard, would expect nothing less than for a diligent watch to be maintained on the national broadcaster to not report the viscous slanders of the treasonous and despicable body that is sometimes referred to as the opposition to the Great War of Liberation.

In keeping with Senator Alston‚s grand and beautiful vision for our fatherland we will soon have no need to refer to those questioning the basis to the war as their corrupt and viscously anti-American displays of moral and intellectual cowardice will obviously need to be outlawed. Senator Alston, along with other members of this firm but fair administration, realize that in order to defeat terrorism we may have to abolish some areas of badthink that have crept into the Australian political processes. In fact it may become necessary, for the good of all Australians, to abolish the Australian political process entirely.

In the event that people continue to show a foolish disregard for the love that our Great Leader, John Winston Howard, has for us UbergruppenFuhrer Alston will institute the necessary measures and accompanying detentions, searches and re-education so as to eliminate any negative sentiment in our glorious and peace loving society. Beloved leader Alston is aware of those citizens not entirely supportive of Great Leader‚s policy of Peace through War, and will be addressing them in future.

In the meantime the ABC‚s decision to hold up only two of around sixty complaints about it‚s anti-American bias is being looked at very dimly indeed by our Tool Of The Week, Senator Richard Alston - A man who is proud to help keep Australia American.


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