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Issue No. 224 11 June 2004  
E D I T O R I A L

The Passion For Power
Arguably Midnight Oils’ greatest ever song ‘Powderworks’ starts off with the apocalyptic warning "there’s a shit storm a-coming."

The Passion for Power
Arguably Midnight Oils’ greatest ever song ‘Powderworks’ starts off with the apocalyptic warning "there’s a shit storm a-coming."

F E A T U R E S

Interview: The New Democrat
Canadian activist Judy Rebick explains how she's using lessons from Brazil to rebuild the labour movement.

Bad Boss: The Ugly Australian
Prime Minister John Howard is in California spruiking the "merits" of this month’s Bad Boss nomination …

Unions: Free Spirits and Slaves
International capital demands guest labour – legal or illegal – as a way of beating down wages and conditions and, as Jim Marr discovers, the Australian Government seems happy to oblige.

Industrial: National Focus
Noel Hester reports on another workplace death (we-will-not-RIP NOHSC), heartburn for the Canberra consensus and all the action from around the states in our national wrap.

History: A Class Act
The problem of forgetting the primacy of class in favour of other ideas of community is highlighted in a new book, writes Neale Towart

International: Across the Ditch
NZ Nurses Union leader, Laila Harré, is in Sydney this week, comparing notes with the Australian Nurses Federation and seeking transTasman support for New Zealand’s highest profile industrial campaign.

Economics: Home Truths
Sydney University's Frank Stilwell argues that tax policy is driving the housing boom.

Review: No Time Like Tomorrow
The Day After Tomorrow is one part Grim Reaper of the environmental movement and two parts fictitious fable dramatically window dressed with extreme special effects, writes Tara de Boehmler.

Poetry: Silent Note
Resident Bard David Peetz uncovers the current public service motto – "Don't tell the Minister!".

N E W S

 Making Plans For Nigel

 People Importer Wants Indemnity

 Desperate Ambos Turn to Copper

 Victims Dusted in Asbestos Row

 Delos Bang Victory Gong

 Teaching 12 Percent Tougher

 Now Carr Faces Medical Bill

 Officers Hurt in Transit

 Support Unit Makes Canberra Debut

 Winter Beds Breakthrough

 Workers Wait For Bread

 HoWARd the A**sLIcKEer

 Activists What’s On!

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
The Pursuit of Happiness Part I
The Australia Institute's Clive Hamilton questions the assumptions underlying a society that defines happiness in dollar terms.

The Soapbox
The Pursuit of Happiness Part II
Clive Hamilton concludes his analysis, looking at how more and more Australians are pulling back from a marketplace that is no longer providing the goods.

The Locker Room
Sack ‘Em All!
Phil Doyle puts his job on the line, but doesn’t everyone these days?

Politics
The Westie Wing
The NSW Government has an agenda on the table but the test is finding innovative ways to finance it, writes Ian West

L E T T E R S
 Godbotherers Descend On Poor
 Sick Of This Job
 Office Junior’s Secrets
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Support Unit Makes Canberra Debut


The death of a popular Canberra worker last week sparked the first use of a new trauma support response devised by building workers.

Dimitrios (Jimmy) Theodorelos, a 60-year-old electrical assistant from Nicholls in the ACT, was fatally injured following a fall on a construction site at the Brindabella Business Park at Canberra Airport.

Doctors turned off his life support system late on Saturday after he failed to regain consciousness.

Federal Police are conducting a joint investigation with ACT WorkCover into the fatality, the first workplace death since the introduction of Industrial Manslaughter legislation in the ACT.

The close-knit Canberra building community has been saddened by the loss of Mr Theodorelos, a veteran of the Snowy Mountains Scheme, and they have banded together to help his family.

"The community spirit shown by contractors in conjunction with the Electrical Trades Union has been fantastic," says Matt McCann, local organiser for the ETU, who said that "tens of thousands" is being raised for Mr Theodorelos' family through the building community.

"On the day of the accident we were contacted as it happened," says Glenn Parry, Assistant Secretary of the ACT branch of the CFMEU.

The union immediately dispatched a number of officials to the site, distributing copies of the union's new Trauma Booklet for workers.

The union also launched a counselling process with a psychologist attending the site on the following Monday, with further counselling offered to Mr Theodorelos' grieving workmates later in the week.

"We produced the trauma booklet because there was nothing you could get your hands on in this sort of situation," says Parry. "We found that there was a requirement for counselling following an accident 18 months ago."

Parry said that the booklet would also be useful for family members of workers caught up in the death of a workmate, explaining what they were going through and the signs of any stress related illness.

"This is one of those freaky accidents that highlights the inherent dangers of this industry," says Parry. "All the players in the industry must be more diligent about OH&S issues to stop these things happening."


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