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Issue No. 195 12 September 2003  
 
F E A T U R E S

Interview: Crowded Lives
Labor frontbencher Lindsay Tanner talks us through his new book on the importance of relationships and why politics is letting the people down.

Activists: Life With Brian
Work by men like Brian Fitzpatrick is exposing new Australians to old truths. Jim Marr reports

Industrial: National Focus
A showdown looms in Cancun, Qantas gets bolshie, casual and lazy in its response to aviation challenges, and long festering disputes fester on in Victoria and Tasmania reports Noel Hester in this national wrap.

Unions: If These Walls Could Talk
Trades Hall is preparing for a major facelift but first, Jim Marr reports, it must bid farewell to the colourful bunch who have populated its dusty corridors in recent years.

Economics: Beating the Bastards
Frank Stilwell looks at some of the proposals for building a fairer finance sector.

Media: Three Corners
So its come to this. Four Corners, one of the world's longest running television programs is now under pressure from an ABC Executive that is less cultural visionary than feral abacus.

History: The Brisbane Line
Percy Spender was Menzies' foreign minister, but, Neale Towart asks, was he also prepared to serve as Prime Minister in a Japanese controlled Australia?

Trade: The Dumping Problem
Oxfam-CAA helps set the scene for this month's World Trade Organisation in Cancun.

Review: Frankie's Way
In The Night We Called It A Day Frank Sinatra learns 'sorry' Down Under is a loaded word and refusal to say it when due will lose fans in important places, writes Tara de Boehmler.

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L A T E S T   N E W S

Teachers Attack National Stitch-Up
Historic strike action across three states will target Labor Government Treasurers accused of colluding to keep wages down in the face of a national teacher shortage.

The action, which comes as teachers in NSW commence a case for a 25 per cent wage rise, was sparked by the recent meeting of state Treasurers where a plan to limit pay rises for all public sector workers was mapped out. [full story]

Safety Off The Rails
Militant employer industrial tactics are putting the public at risk, with more than 120 carriages on the City Rail network overdue for safety audits.

Frustrated unions are now appealing over the head of NSW Transport Minister Michael Costa to senior Carr lieutenant Craig Knowles in a bid to end lockouts that are preventing workers undertaking vital braking and electronics checks. [full story]

Lion King Delivers for Kids
Child stars will be protected from nudity, swearing, smoking and drinking under a groundbreaking new policy that places the welfare, safety and education of performing children at the forefront of Disney’s productions.

The kids on the cast of Disney’s Lion King will have accredited chaperones to ensure that they are supervised at all times and are not exposed to inappropriate behaviour under a new agreement that looks set to become best practise for the entertainment industry.

 [full story]

Five Grand Extra for Unionists
Union members around Australia are earning around $100 a week, more than non-union counterparts, latest Government statistics reveal.

Figures released by the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations for the three months to June, show the gap between union and non-union agreements continuing to widen. [full story]

Telstra Gets Curry for Take Aways
Australia’s largest company is being accused of misleading the public over job cuts as it confirms up to 400 high tech jobs will be outsourced to India.

Melbourne workers objected to the job exports at a rally outside Telstra’s corporate headquarters, only months after company spokespersons publicly denied any such intentions. [full story]

WTO Trips on Cancun Hurdle
The first two days of the World Trade Organisation’s 5th Ministerial meeting in Cancun, Mexico, have underlined deep conflicts in the global economy, and the prospects for the WTO are becoming dimmer.

The democratic values espoused by the WTO, and by the USA and Europe, are being twisted beyond recognition by the rich minority, reports Workers Online’s man on the ground, Peter Murphy. [full story]

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 Activists Notebook

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The Australian government’s position as the ‘champion’ of free trade in agricultural products has been marginalised by the emergence of the Group of 21," - Peter Murphy in Cancun

E D I T O R I A L
Gross inequities in power and wealth create the climate where extremism flourishes; throw in a fundamentalist doctrine and you have a potent brew.

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C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
Staking Our Territory
ACTU secretary Greg Combet argued for a fairer Australia in his keynote address to last month's ACTU Congress.

The Locker Room
Seasonally Agisted
Spring is a season when a person’s thoughts turn to…horse racing. Phil Doyle reports on the fate of nags and folk heroes.

Housing
Beyond the Block
We are wild about the people who live in The Block but not too interested in those who are on the streets outside, writes Michael Rafferty.

Politics
The Westie Wing
Workers friend Ian West MLC, reports form the Bearpit about a project to raise awareness about trade unionism amongst young people.

Postcard
The Awkward Squad
Paul Smith meets one of the new generation of British union leaders who is taking the ball up to the Blair spin team.


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