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Issue No. 229 16 July 2004  
E D I T O R I A L

The Sins of Our Fathers
The James Hardie story unfolding before the NSW Government Commission of Inquiry is not about business, it is not about politics, it is not even about the law.

F E A T U R E S

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.

N E W S

 Noose Tightens on James Hardie

 ‘Payback’ in Mildura

 Beware of Expensive Imitations

 Death Law on Tassie Books

 Boss Goes Off Prematurely

 Goats Clip Security

 Vale Frank Altoff

 Gnarly Break Hits FoC

 Forgecast Reneges on Millions

 Workmates Back Whistleblower

 "Thuggery" from AIDS Chiefs

 Keystone Cops In Timber Town

 Waste Work Binned

 Activists What’s On!

C O L U M N S

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

L E T T E R S
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Gnarly Break Hits FoC


Surfing legend Wayne Dean, has slammed flag of convenience shipping during the Whalebone Classic longboard titles at Cottesloe beach, WA.

The former world champ, ranked 32 of the top 100 surfers of all time by Tracks magazine, said the shipowners making "a lot" of money from the ships were putting nothing back.

"They register these ships of shame in one country, crew them in another and you can never track down who the owner is when something goes wrong," Dean says.

"We need to educate our youth about what's going on."

State champ Erin Nicholls who came second at the Whalebone Classic says the rusting ships should be banned totally.

Nicholls was competing in France in 2002 when the slick from the oil tanker Prestige hit the beach.

The Bahamas flagged tanker snapped in two contaminating 183 beaches and causing an estimated $80 million in damage.

"It was pretty disgusting," said Nicholls "There was slick all over the beach, all over my board. It was ugly.

"These things are hard to fix when they happen. It's better to put a stop to these rotten ships altogether."

Ship owners often register their boats in countries with the least stringent regulations and with the cheapest fees.

Maritime Union official Dean Summers says the government's plan to replace Australian vessels with the cheapest alternatives afloat exposes the country's coastline to environmental catastrophe.

Summers fears an incident such as the Prestige or Exxon Valdez disasters would devastate beachgoers, fishing and aquaculture.


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