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Issue No. 228 09 July 2004  

Thai-ed in Knots
With all the hype, hiccups, fear and loathing around the Australia/US Free Trade agreement, another agreement all but slipped under the radar this week - a preferential trade deal between Australia and Thailand.


Interview: Power and the Passion
ALP's star recruit Peter Garrett shares his views on unions, forests and being the Member for Wedding Cake Island

Unions: Tackling the Heavy Hitters
Tony Butterfield became a State of Origin gladiator at the unlikely age of 33. Even that, Jim Marr reports, couldn’t prepare him for the knock-down, drag-em-out world of modern IR.

Industrial: Seeing the Forest For The Wood
Proposals to flog off NSW’s forests have raised eyebrows and temperatures amongst some of the key players reports Phil Doyle.

Housing: Home Truths
CFMEU national secretary John Sutton argues for a radical solution to the housing affordability crisis.

International: Boycott Busters
International unions have issued a new list of corporations breaching ILO sanctions to do business in Burma.

Economics: Ideology and Free Trade
The absurdities of neoclassical economic assumptions has never stood in the way of their being trotted out to justify profiteering and attacks on the rights of citizens. The AUSFTA is the latest rort we are supposed to swallow, writes Neale Towart.

History: Long Shadow of a Forgotten Man
Interest in JC Watson's short time as Labor's first Prime Minister should not detract from his more substantial role as Party leader, writes Mark Hearn

Review: Chewing the Fat
As debate rages in Australia about Fast Food advertising, Julianne Taverner takes a look at a side of the industry that Ronald McDonald won’t tell you about in Supersize Me.

Poetry: Dear John
Workers Online reader Rob Mullen shares some personal correspondence with our glorious leader.


 Adecco in the Dock

 Chubb Faces Bullying Rap

 Print Company Burns Staff

 Carr "Prefers" Americans

 Drug Cheats’ Eye off Olympics

 Unions Crack Skull

 Howard Backs $7.30 Report

 MCG Vet Kicks Casual Goal

 Parking tickets Gonged

 Safety Meets Low Expectations

 Koori Building for Future

 "Super Sopper" Soaks Up Funds

 Kelly’s Figures go West

 Activists What’s On!


The Westie Wing
As the NSW Labor Government sells its first budget deficit in nine years, the real concern for the union movement is the devil in the detail, especially when it comes to procurement agreements, writes Ian West.

The Soapbox
Rubber Bullets
Labor's IR spokesman Craig Emerson launches a few characteristic salvos across the Parliamentary chamber

The Locker Room
Tears After Bedtime
Phil Doyle says that it's all fun and games until someone loses an eye

Postcard from Vietnam
APHEDA's Hoang Thi Le Hang reports from the north of Vietnam on a project being fund by Australian unionists.,

 History Left In The Back Of The Cab
 Libs have Got To Go
 A Boring Bastard
 A Home Of Their Own
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Libs have Got To Go


I'm a young man, 24, from St Clair in Sydney. I couldn't literally believe my eyes when a short article had been printed in our local Penrith City newspaper, where our Federal liberal member for Lindsay was quoted as saying to the SMH, "this university pays to print articles against me. I'm sorry, but if you play my game my way, i'll cut you down at the knees". And she also mentioned that no persons in her electorate aspire to go to university.

Now i am waking up. I used to vote state labor & federal liberal in the past. Mainly the Libs fed as Howard kept interest rates low, and Kim Beazley really never proved he had the 'ticker" to be a good PM. I used to see voting as a dag. Now it is time to vote. It is time to vote to keep the bad party out. To keep the Liberals out. To keep the ones that betray working Australia out. We need to give our support to Latham.

We need to attempt to influence the media as much as we can to show why John Howard must be voted out. Currently the smear campaign had plugged Latham out and sadly many Australians will vote against him on this. Unless....

Unless we spread the word and attempt to influence media as much as we can.

To say the truth -that there is a smear campaign. To give reasons why Howard should not be there. This is a government that uses dirty tricks to cover-up things in it's damage-control. This is a government that 'counsels' AFP experts like Mick Keelty for revealing the reality. This government has got to go. They only ever belong in 1 place - the Opposition. CentreLink now treats families as criminals when you apply for a payment. If you have been overpaid because of their mistake, you have to pay it back and you suffer.

Jason Kovacevic


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