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Issue No. 226 25 June 2004  
E D I T O R I A L

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.

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

 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!

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

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Labour Warriors Fall


The Labour movement lost warriors last week from two different generations - former Tasmanian Premier Jim Bacon and retired Sydney labour lawyer Roy Turner.

Bacon, a one-time Maoist student leader and BLF official, was diagnosed with terminal cancer in February and resigned as Premier.

During the early nineties Bacon was secretery of the Tasmanian Trades and Labor Council and served on the executive of the ACTU, from 1989 to 1995.

Bacon became Premier in 1998, after only two years in Parliament, and spent five and a half years restructuring Tasmania socially and economically.

ACTU President Sharan Burrow said Bacon saved thousands of jobs by putting a stop to massive public sector redundancies and created many more by implementing a successful industry development plan.

"Jim Bacon stood for fairness, decency, opportunity and optimism. He stood for a collective and inclusive approach rather than a competitive and individualistic one." Burrow said.

A man from an earlier era, former New South Wales MLC Roy Turner, also passed last week.

The former WWII bomber flight officer saw three years of service before studying law at Sydney University and graduating in 1952.

Turner developed a wide clientele of trade unions from across the political spectrum and was known for briefing barristers for cases who would win, no matter how conservative.

He retired from the law in 2003 after 51 years of practice.


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