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Issue No. 218 30 April 2004  
E D I T O R I A L

End of the Casual Affair
The Secure Employment Test Case that kicks off in the coming week in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission will be an important test of how far down the path of labour market deregulation we have travelled.

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

N E W S

 WA Bosses Duck for Cover

 Static Hits Digital Revolution

 Rising Sun Sets on Costello

 Terror Telegraphs New Era

 Dust Storm Greets Hardie

 Psych Nurses Seek Safety

 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!

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.

L E T T E R S
 Tom is UN-Amazed
 Organ’s Manslaughter Pics
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Tom is UN-Amazed


The decisions of United Nations Security Council never cease to amaze me.

The most recent decision clearly reeks of self-interest, which is, for member states to either put a halt to Child Recruitment, or suffer harsh penalties.

Two areas of conflict have been conveniently be reinterpreted to satisfy two powerful member states, those being Russia and the UK.

To satisfy British demands, a correction to Annan‚s report was issued on February 20 stating that the situation in Northern Ireland „is not an armed conflict within the meaning of the Geneva Conventions‰. The same correction as to Chechnya was issued on Monday April 19, at Russia‚s insistence.

This is clearly in conflict with the notation in that report on Northern Ireland noted, however, that despite UN attempts to get armed groups in the. North of Ireland to stop using children, „continuing competitive recruitment of young people by all paramilitary groups has been reported in the context of various feuds and the emergence of dissident groups.

So it would appear that combatant groups in Afghanistan, Burundi, Ivory Coast, Congo, Liberia and Somalia ˆ must prepare specific plans within three months in cooperation with UN experts to halt the recruitment and use of child soldiers.

Is there some specific pay off to the United Nations by these two powerful world powers, or is it just another example as to the dangerous incompetence of the United Nations as it is currently structured?

The resolution makes no general call for an end to the use of child soldiers and the US military allows enlistment at age 17.

Tom Collins

P.O.Box 304

Emu Plains

NSW 2750

Ph: 0411534719


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