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Issue No. 196 19 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

Cole Skeletons Shake Monk
Tony Abbott introduced his legislative attack on building workers this week, in the face of claims that his much-hyped Cole Royal Commission secret volume contained no new information.

The Workplace Relations Minister has used the "sealed" 23rd volume to accuse building industry unions of thuggery and standover tactics but the Australian Financial Review, which has seen the material, suggests the hush-hush volume merely reiterates already-published claims. [full story]

Abbott Flags Move On Nurses
"Who’s next?" unions are asking, as Workplace Relations Minister Tony Abbott suggests anti-pattern bargaining provisions in his building industry legislation could be turned against nurses.

Australian Nurses Federation secretary, Jill Iliffe, said Abbott’s idea that country nurses be paid less than city colleagues was an insult to both her members and rural Australians. [full story]

Workplace Bullies Leave Three Dead
Workplace bullying has claimed three lives in the past twelve months, according to a Victorian psychologist with 25 years of experience.

Psychologist Meddwyn Coleman told a forum organised by the Bendigo Trades Hall Council on September 17 that workplace bullying lay behind the suicide deaths of three Victorian workers. [full story]

People’s Bank Scraps People
Three thousand seven hundred workers will lose their jobs after being identified by Commonwealth Bank CEO David Murray as 'unnecessary', in one of the largest culls of workers in living memory.

The Finance Sector Union has called on Murray to "move on" claiming the decision to sack 10 per cent of the workforce shows he has run out of ideas for staff, customers and shareholders.  [full story]

Left-Right Combo Drops Motorway Boss
A new-found spirit of co-operation between key left and right wing unions has wrung $300 a week increases out of one of the toughest employers in NSW.

Members of the CFMEU and AWU, traditionally at loggerheads, are celebrating big wage increases after joining forces in a 10-day strike against the AbiLeightons joint venture building Sydney’s western orbital motorway. [full story]

Free Wally - Movie Offer
Workers Online is offering 30 free tickets to readers who want to see a new Aussie flick about a worker who runs for parliament after losing his entitlements in a lockout.

When union member Wally Norman becomes part of a mass lockout by employer National Meats and is then denied his entitlements he decides to do something about the system that allows workers to be shafted on a daily basis. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Detention for Minister Who Praised Scabs

 Cancun Flop Spurs Local Stars

 Public Sector: Cuts and Thrusts

 Medicare Cuts Take Cake

 Beating Around The Bush

 Other Half Lives It Up

 Anderson Ducks Mudgee Bill

 Deaf, Blind and Looking For Friends

 Filipino Vote Call

 Activists Notebook

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Teachers around the nation give up a day's pay to fight for decent education for Australia's next generation.

E D I T O R I A L
Alongside Telstra, Medicare, higher education and the king-hit of cross-media ownership laws, the Coalition will attempt to sneak through their CFMEU demolition job as just one of a lucky dip of nasties.

SUPERGRASSO

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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