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Issue No. 216 16 April 2004  

Interview: Terror Australis
The Howard Government has just discovered the nation's ports are a terrorist target. The International Transport Federation's Dean Summers has been warning them for years.

Unions: Graeme Beard's Second Dig
Hidden in the Australian Workers Union Sydney office is a mild-mannered industrial officer who once strutted the international cricket stage, writes Jim Marr.

Industrial: The Hell of Troy
On the basis of a couple of hours in the witness box, Building Industry Royal Commissioner Terence Cole described Troy Stratti as "credible". Six men who, together, have known the company director for the best part of 50 years beg to differ.

Organising: Miners Strike Gold
Traditional unions are rediscovering the power of grassroots organising. Paddy Gorman reports from the coal face.

Economics: The Accepted Wisdom
Evan Jones argues that economic policy making has been narrowed and rendered mechanistic and antiseptic.

History: Vicious Old Lady
Despite its Liberal leanings, the Sydney Morning Herald has never been shy of bashing unions, writes Neale Towart.

International: Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Thailand must end its crackdown on Burmese fleeing rights abuses in their military-ruled homeland, according to a Human Rights Watch report.

Review: War Unfogged
Want to go to war but not sure where to start? Look no further than Errol Morris' latest doco-drama for the definitive 11-step lesson plan, writes Tara de Boehmler.

Poetry: TAFE
A TAFE student struggling under the weight of fees shares his wordly wisdom

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Weekend Warrior Outed
A "rusted on" conservative who took nearly a million dollars to prosecute the CFMEU, wrote the report Federal Government is using to shield itself from deepening spy scandals.

Defence officials this week released an "internal" and previously secret report from Colonel Richard Tracey that purported to shoot down findings of a military inquiry into complaints lodged by intelligence officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Lance Colllins. [full story]

Dickís Got Form
Colonel Richard Tracey, QC, was a guest speaker at a conference that presented a medal to a Perth building magnate under police investigation for drawing up a hit list of 30 trade unionists.

Tracey addressed the 24th national conference of the right wing, HR Nicholls Society, at Melbourneís upmarket Mercure Hotel, last May.  [full story]

Mum Burned By "Barbecue Stopper"
A Wagga Wagga Mum is battling to keep her part-time job after the Federal Government refused to put meat on the bones of its family-friendly "barbecue stopper".

Last ditch appeals to intervene at the IRC on Therese Martinís behalf were brushed by Government representatives, although Canberra had intervened in recent hearings on behalf of employers. [full story]

RSL Bombs Vets
The RSL has turned on its own, sacking a team of former servicemen who joined a union.

The sacked RSL Welfare and Benevolent Institution workers, who provide advice and counselling for veterans and war widows were told they were out of work and would be replaced by contractors. [full story]

Sweetener for Sugar Pills
The Federal Government has poured half a million taxpayer dollars into the pockets of a company trying to slash the wages of rural workers by 25 percent.

Mossman Mill Prop Ltd received the handout just as North Queensland employees voted down its plan to "fractionalise" them, earlier this month.  [full story]

Death Highlights Risky Business
A father in his fifties has been killed at a western Sydney factory already under the spotlight for a number of alleged safety breaches.

Bob Keys died at Consolidated Extrusions Ingleburn plant when witnesses say half a tonne of brass rods fell from overhead racking. [full story]


 Casual Affair On The Buses

 Athens Update: Dying Games

 Nuns Run Amok in Cessnock

 Roving Commission for Safety Reps

 Workers Order Ziggy on Toast

 Divers Down

 Activists Whatís On!

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Cover boy Mark Morey is not one of the hundreds of divers being exploited by unscrupulous employers.

What we find intriguing is that the Howard Government would look to the man it paid to try to demolish its trade union enemies to deal with what can only be described as a national security crisis.



A Voice for Peace
Palestinian trade union leader calls on militants to lay down their arms while the ICFTU protests harassment of Palestinian union leader.

The Soapbox
The Double Standard Bearers
Nicholas Way argues that when it comes to collective action, the Howard Government has different views depending on whether you are a unionist or a small business.

The Locker Room
The Fine Print
While the result mightnít be everything, it does make the back of the newspaper more interesting, as Phil Doyle reports.

The Westie Wing
Ian West crunches the numbers in Macquarie Street and finds virtue in deficit.

LETTERS to the Editor
 Sick Pay
 Tomís A Furphy
 Rolling in Clover
 More War And Peace
 Invisible Workers

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