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Issue No. 216 16 April 2004  

Joining the Dots
At first blush there appears little connection between the Howard Government’s handling of the War on the union movement and the War on Iraq – until you realise the key players come from the same team.


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


 Weekend Warrior Outed

 Dick’s Got Form

 Mum Burned By "Barbecue Stopper"

 RSL Bombs Vets

 Sweetener for Sugar Pills

 Death Highlights Risky Business

 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 What’s On!


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 mightn’t 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.

 Sick Pay
 Tom’s A Furphy
 Rolling in Clover
 More War And Peace
 Invisible Workers
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Rolling in Clover

Dear Sir,

It has been said that people get the government they deserve and last weekends local government elections, appear to bear this homily as fact, rather that anecdote.

The almost complete annihilation of the ALP the instigators of the reconstituted and gerrymandered City of Sydney, gives , in my opinion complete credence to this reality , but, sadly there are some anomalies statewide , where some underperforming labor controlled councils were returned ,and some of this with an actual increase in votes, if not elected members , with the only explanation being the apparent popularity of Mark Latham in Western Sydney , this counteracting the underlying resentment against the State Government ,a resentment which was hopefully expected to flow on to local government and thus venting the anger of the people .

So, it would appear that this overall survival may, if classed as a victory, may be but a Pyrrhic one, with the eventual underlying anger being repressed until the up coming Federal Election, of which Industrial Relations will be a major component, encompassing a possible Patrick‚s Style confrontation with the AMWU being in the offing , thereby creating a favorable climate for the reelection of the Howard government.

No matter, while the hands of time like the ebbing tides can no more be returned from whence they came, the battlers at the City of Sydney whom have been under siege since Sartors ascendancy may receive some reprieve from the on going oppression they have had and continue to suffer for nigh on 10 years.

What can a poor downtrodden pissant say but „Well done Clover, and you can soon expect to receive my ongoing complaints of corrupt behaviors and environmental vandalism which have still not be addressed and are certainly not affected by any statute of limitations other that those of administrative of ministerial prerogative‰.

Tom Collins


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