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Issue No. 209 20 February 2004  

Regions To Be Cheerful
Rule changes endorsed by this week’s NSW Labor Council Annual General Meeting reorganising the South Coast Labor Council into as a regional branch council should not be under-estimated.


Interview: Trading in Principle
AMWU national secretary, Doug Cameron, a key figure in the Labor movement, discusses the big issues - from Mark Latham to Pavlov’s Dogs.

Unions: While We Were Away
While Workers Online was washing sand from between its toes and enjoying an Indian summer at the cricket, there was a reality show chugging relentlessly away in the background, Jim Marr reports.

Politics: Follow the Leader
Worker’s Online tool man, Phil Doyle, dives into the ALP’s Darling Harbour love-in and nearly drowns in treacle.

Bad Boss: Safety Recidivist Fingered
The CFMEU has come up with a killer nomination to kick off our 2004 hunt for Australia’s worst employer.

Economics: Casualisation Shrouded In Myths
British academic, Kevin Doogan, sets the record straight on casualisation and warns unionists about the dangers of scoring an own goal

History: Worker Control Harco Style
Drew Cottle and Angela Keys ask if it's worth rememberinng the 1971 Harco work-in.

Review: Other Side Of The Harbour
The 1998 maritime dispute threatened to tear many a family apart but Katherine Thomson's Harbour tells the tale of at least one that it brought back together - albeit reluctantly, writes Tara de Boehmler.


 Trains Go Backwards

 Mum Can’t Bank on Westpac

 Andrews Up for Hanke Panky

 Riot Raises Safety Probe

 ABC of Solidarity

 "Shameful" Action Pays Dividends

 Bum Rap for Bump Caps

 Strikers Tie Down Gas Project

 Heat Rises at Uni

 TeleTech's Dead Heart

 Tired Drivers Fight Hypocrisy

 Seven Days on a Leaking Boat

 Families Back Safety Calls

 Howard Pushes Pay Cut

 Activist's Notebook


The Soapbox
Dog Whistlers, Spin Doctor and Us
John Menadue argues the "better angels" of the Australian character are having their wings ripped off by an ever-expanding group dedicating to keeping the public at arms length from our decision-makers.

Something Fishy In Laos
Phillip Hazelton fishes around in Vientiane, Laos, and looks at the impact of Bird Flu on those relying on feathered friends for survival.

Magic Realism
Phil Doyle discovers that literature and sport may have more in common than you would think

The Westie Wing
Trickle, flood or drought? Workers friend Ian West, MLC, is wet, wet, wet on the issue of bilateral Free Trade.

 On the Road
 A Casual Affair
 Latham Is A Bad Man
 Congrats Johnny
 Tom’s Bit
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Congrats Johnny

Despite the fact that more than 10,000 innocent civilians were killed in the attack on Iraq, Australian PM, John HoWARd says he has „no regrets‰ and never will. Howard should be in no doubt about his popularity as opinion polls at home show he still has 51% support. But in reality, world opinion is against him. Billions of people, including world leaders, recognise the attack on Iraq was wrong; and he must be held accountable ˜ the world must never forgive or forget.

Howard lied about weapons of mass destruction; he lied about Iraq being an imminent threat and he continues to lie.

Australian involvement in the attack has been downplayed, but it should not be underestimated. Although only 2000 Australian troops took part, Australian airplanes dropped 46,000kgs. Ironically, Australians managed to target 3000 sites for bombing, but could not even identify one site used for weapons of mass destruction.

But it is not enough to call the war a „mistake‰. Because Australia has ratified the International Criminal Court (ICC), John Howard can and should indeed be held accountable and tried by the ICC.

Under the precedent set by the US in the Nuremberg trials after World War II, belligerents like Howard could be charged with a variety of crimes including war of aggression, crimes against peace and crimes against humanity.

The Australian administration is now trying to cover up its lies and deceptions. The Australian media has tried to portray our troops as heroes, but it has been difficult to convince the public that they deserve medals for an attack where most of those killed were women and children.

March 20th is the anniversary of the attack on Iraq and I encourage all those who marched against the war to attend memorial services and marches in respect for the innocent Iraq victims.

Peter Smernos


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