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Issue No. 226 25 June 2004  

US Forces
The concerted and increasingly personal campaign by the Howard Government to portray Mark Latham as anti-American is built on some dodgy premises.


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!".


 Hadgkiss Sinks Boot into Safety

 Put a Job in Your Trolley

 Della Puts Cleaners Through Schools

 Freespirit Severs "Slavery" Link

 Luna Fringe Targets Fun

 Labour Warriors Fall

 Canberra Six in Dock

 Lobbyists Look for ALP Spine

 Tree Plan Faces Axe

 Sydney Water to Drip Feed Public

 Safety Nosedives At JetStar

 Irritable Desks on March

 Howard Backs Union Model

 Activists What’s On!


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?

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

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Luna Fringe Targets Fun

The Carr Government is being urged to stand firm against North Shore NIMBYs who want to strip Luna Park of 610 jobs.

Labor Council secretary, John Robertson, accuses the Not In My Back Yard brigade of orchestrating opposition to the latest incarnation of Sydney’s historic fun park, much of which is heritage protected.

"This same bunch of NIMBY newcomers that forced the Park to close last time are at it again," Robertson said.

"These people build or buy right next door to the state's largest fun park then they complain about the noise. Give me a break.

"Locals have every right to a say about developments in their areas but not at the expense of jobs that already exist and the city's history."

Labor Council is urging the state government to sign off on a development application that would allow Luna Park Sydney to build a 14-storey office block at the back of the site.

The government took over planning authority after North Sydney Council rejected the original development application.

Luna Park has had a chequered history and AWU representative, Matt Thistlewaite, says the viability of the current operation has always hinged on development of the site.

He says that more than a quarter of the 610 Luna Park employees are under 21.

"We don't want to get into an argument over what is or isn't the best development," Thistlewaite said.

"What we know is that Lunar Park is a Sydney icon and that, over the last decade, several operators have tried to make a go of it and they have all failed at the cost of hundreds of jobs.

"Now it is up and running again, we don't want to go through all that waste again.

"We believe the state government should honour its commitment to the developer to ensure these jobs remain viable."


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