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Issue No. 197 26 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

Violence: Rail Workers' Hot Spray
A female City Rail worker, urinated on twice in the course of her job, is pleading for upgraded security as angry workmates flag industrial action during the Rugby World Cup.

Train guard, Isabelle Mills, said she had seen other workers spat on and repeatedly witnessed masturbation during her time as a City Rail employee. [full story]

Corporate "Branch Stack" in Court
Chemists, who scuttled the jobs of 128 low paid workers at last week’s Pan Pharmaceuticals creditors meeting, have sparked calls for a rewrite of Australian commercial law.

AWU national secretary, Bill Shorten, is working on a redraft that will go before ALP policymakers if the Supreme Court rules chemists - owed barely $70 a head and with a dubious relationship to Pan - had the right to vote down a rescue package at a fiery creditors meeting in Sydney. [full story]

Entitlements: Ball in Carr’s Court
NSW unions will call on the State Labor Government to establish an entitlements scheme to protect workers whose companies go bust as a template for national regulation.

The resolution to end support for a Commonwealth solution, is one of a raft of reforms to improve job security that will carry cross-factional union support at next weekend’s State ALP Conference. [full story]

Asbestos Prospect for Home Buyers
Would-be home buyers at the old Prospect Quarry site are being warned to look out for green flourescent paint by shareholder activists battling to get health and safety onto the Boral agenda.

"The company has notified it will be painting a bright fluorescent green substance on top of all areas of asbestos contamination it has identified," Transport Workers Union secretary, Tony Sheldon, revealed this week. [full story]

"Stand Over" Claims at Hilton
Leightons Contractors have been accused of "standover tactics" on a Sydney hotel site plagued by massive health and safety problems.

CFMEU assistant secretary, Brian Parker, leveled the charge, saying the head contractor had "stood over" more than a dozen sub-contractors, insisting they didn’t pay hundreds of workers stood down after Workcover halted the Hilton Hotel redevelopment. [full story]

US: Iraq on the Block
The US delegation to an International Monetary Fund meeting in Dubai this week announced the privatisation of Iraq.

All the country’s assets and services, with the exception of oil, will be put up for grabs with no limits on foreign holdings, or the ability to take profits out of the country. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Sheeps Of Shame

 Teachers Applaud TAFE Backdown

 Council Delays Sweat Shop Action

 Monk Aims Muscle at Unis

 Cobar Beats Off CBH Assault

 Sign Here For Reconciliation

 Workers Denied Home Loans

 Casual Approach No Holiday

 Activists Notebook

email workers to a friend latest breaking news from labornet
Homeless sheep, floating around the middle east, have won plenty of sympathy but 4000 Australian meatworkers have lost their jobs because of the live trade.

E D I T O R I A L
Others speak of a yearning for a Labor Government with the courage to end the ‘business as usual approach to politics’. The call for a comprehensive government procurement policy is an invitation for visionary leadership.

TOOL SCHOOL

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.


LETTERS to the Editor
 The Clown and the Magician.
 Shorter Hours
 A Sick War
 Taxi!

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