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Issue No. 218 30 April 2004  
 
F E A T U R E S

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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L A T E S T   N E W S

WA Bosses Duck for Cover
Employers, including WA’s powerful Chamber of Commerce and Industry, are protecting their backsides in the wake of immigration rort revelations.

Workers Online and the AMWU, last week lifted the lid on the abuse of dozens of tradesmen, imported from South Africa and paid as little as one-third of going rates.  [full story]

Static Hits Digital Revolution
Subscribers to Foxtel’s new digital Pay-TV service face 18-month delays after the operator refused to negotiate with disgruntled contractors.

The Pay-TV operator has been offering "self-installation" for subscribers, and even investigated paying couriers to perform the "migration" of existing connections to digital in order to bypass subbies.  [full story]

Rising Sun Sets on Costello
Car workers will underwrite a mission to Tokyo in bid to save Mitsubishi’s Adelaide operation as Federal Government washes its hands of up to 20,000 jobs.

AMWU national secretary, Doug Cameron, announced worker representatives would fly to Japan to argue for the South Australian community, just 24 hours after Federal Treasurer, Peter Costello, said its future was beyond government control. [full story]

Terror Telegraphs New Era
Rupert Murdoch’s Daily Telegraph has dumped it’s long running opposition to green bans to back protection of western Sydney’s last remnant bushland.

The Tele is campaigning actively to protect the former Australian Defence Industries site at St Mary’s threatened by a Federal Government selloff.  [full story]

Dust Storm Greets Hardie
Dying workers will front James Hardie boss, Peter MacDonald, when he appears before an inquiry into an $800 million shortfall in compensation funds set aside by his company.

James Hardie, who made millions out of asbestos over decades as an Australian building materials giant, has refused to guarantee any future compensation claims.  [full story]

Psych Nurses Seek Safety
Victoria’s Psychiatric Nurses and Mental Health Professionals are threatening industrial action over unsafe staffing levels, claiming mental health services are in "crisis".

The move comes a month after a Western Australian Psychiatric Nurse was severely bashed by a patient. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Work Bad for Your Health

 Govt Lays Death Track

 Howard Slugs Battlers

 APHEDA Wins Award

 Feds: Freedom Is Slavery

 Free Trade Fun Day

 Activists What’s On!

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"Workplace deaths are largely invisible tragedies – something that this initiative seeks to remedy" - Labor Council secretary John Robertson unveiling Ingrid Skirka's permanent memorial to workplace deaths.

E D I T O R I A L
And the response of the bosses? Rather than argue the merits they have attempted to filibuster the case – 2000 plus affidavits designed to gave the Test Case the sort of permanency they won’t give their workers.

FOX TOOL

C O L U M N S

Postcard
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.

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


LETTERS to the Editor
 Tom is UN-Amazed
 Organ’s Manslaughter Pics

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