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Issue No. 203 14 November 2003  

Beyond the Workplace
The NSW union movement’s intervention this week into the debate over the future of public transport is an important step in redefining what unions are all about.


Interview: Union for the Dispossessed
The Welfare Rights Centre's Michael Raper on 20 years of activism, the politics of punishment and how to make Australia egalitarian again.

Unions: Joel's Law
Building Workers have overcome powerful forces to push workplace safety back up the national agenda. But, Jim Marr writes, their "success" has come at an unacceptable cost.

National Focus: Spring Carnival
It must be spring: punting in Victoria, singing in South Australia, fighting in America. It’s all there in the national wrap from Noel Hester plus an Australian union movement rugby world cup class consciousness poll.

Bad Boss: Fina and Fiends
They sacked the job delegate, reinstated him after an IRC hearing, and sacked him again two weeks later. But that was just the beginning.

Industrial: The Price of War
Mass industrial action is brewing in Israel as the policies of the right-wing Sharon Government come home to roost, writes Andrew Casey.

Economics: Who's Got What
Frank Stilwell pours over the latest BRW Rich List to build a picture of the increasing gap between the haves and have-nots.

History: Containing Discontent
Racism against minorities has always been a stock in trade of politicans, writes Phil Griffiths

Review: An Honourable Wally
Most Australians probably look at our politicians and feel they could do a better job but when redundant meatworker Wally Norman gets the chance to find out he realises getting elected is a major hurdle, writes Tara de Boehmler.

Poetry: The Colours of Discontent
A thousand blossoms bloomed during the US President's spring-time colonial visit last month.


 Hamberger Bad for Kids

 BHP Faces UN Sanction

 Hardie Shareholders Face Death

 Road Workers Swing Left-Right Blows

 Joy Battles Goode at ANZ

 Developers To Kick Transport Can

 ACTU Names Its Price

 Death By A Thousand Cuts

 Ban Holes Water Police Deal

 Cleaners Mop Up Contracts Mess

 Workers Entitlements Dumped

 Overtime Goes Bush

 Libs Push Lawyers Picnic

 Unions Set To Stand Up To Bullies

 Jack Thompson Headlines Launch

 Activists Notebook


The Soapbox
Bush's Faith-Filled Life
The President's conversion, 'sense of divine calling' and struggle with sobriety are subjects of a forthcoming book, writes Bill Berkowitz

The Not So Smart Money
Phil Doyle is sick of big money ruining grass roots sport, and he’s taking his bat and going home.

The Westie Wing
The ongoing challenge for Labor members of parliament is to make what the Premier calls the ‘creative partnership’ between the Government and the union movement a reality, writes our favourite MP Ian West.

Behind the Junta
Saw Min Lwin, Secretary for Trade Union Rights/ Human Rights for the Federation of Trade Unions Burma (FTUB), outlines the struggle for workers in his country.

 Burma Up In Smoke
 Super Solidarity
 Perils Of Pauline
 Put A PM On The Barbie
 Tom Holds Water
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Letters to the Editor

Perils Of Pauline

The media it seems wants to assist the rise , fall, reserection of one Pauline Hanson.

If only they were to treat Howard ,Abbott, Costello, Downer, Anderson half the same.

(In the fall section that is but the Lib-Nat Coalition are immune to this questioning and the recalcitrant media continues to overlook this it seems.)

Hanson is not and has not been a party Animal. That is why she finished in jail. She was an independent that the hurting or disaffected or dissenting could associate with. Danger bells were sent ringing through the Liberal and National Parties. They stole her repugnant 1950,s white Australia policy-threw in the Tampa and Children overboard. won an election, then jailed her and blamed the Queensland Labor Party. Why don‚t the Australian media have the guts to say it as it is?

Are they too shackled to the right? Are they too shackled to the Media bosses led by Packer and Murdoch ? Or are they like most other employees in the 2000‚s just too shit frightened if they open their mouth against what the boss believes they will or their family will pay for it with a demotion or worse.


This is Howards Australia. Silence the dissenters. Silence or sack the ratbags.

Make them pay.

Anyone who disagrees say the most righteous in the Australian media must be from the "Looney Left".

If the Australian media were to offer anything of advice or wisdom to Ms Hanson they would advise her to dump all the hangers on and go back to her beginnings as an Independent, Independent and represent the Australians she first set out to represent.

I for one have always disagreed with Pauline Hanson, One Nation and their views but in a democracy it is hers and their right to be heard whilst at the same time it is my right to tell her she is wrong.

I just wish this recalcitrant Australian media would challenge the incumbents with the same gusto they continually provide to the challengers.

I must believe in Utopia or Fairies in the bottom of the Lodges Gardens.

Steven Presley


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