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Issue No. 235 27 August 2004  

Interview: Trading Places
New ACTU International Officer Alison Tate cut her teeth delivering aid to developing nations through APHEDA. Now she is helping chart the global union agenda.

Safety: Snow Job
James Hardie has been drilled into our collective consciousness as a story of power, greed and immorality. It is also, as Jim Marr reports, a tale of human tragedy.

Politics: In the Vanguard
Damien Cahill reveals how neo-liberal think tanks have been at the forefront of the corporate assault upon trade unions and social movements in Australia.

Unions: Gentle Giant Goes For Gold
Don�t get between Sydney sparkie Semir Pepic and a gold medal in a dimly lit alley, writes Tim Brunero.

Bad Boss: 'Porker' Chases Blue Ribbon
Perfect Porker, Darren Vincent, brings a history of meat worker shafting to this month�s Bad Boss nomination.

International: Cruising For A Bruising
Europe�s big unions are bruised as they watch companies roll over some of their best-organised unionised workplaces demanding longer work hours � without any recompense, reports Andrew Casey.

History: Under the Influence
Was John Kerr drunk when he wrote and signed the letter dismissing Edward Gough Whitlam from the Prime Ministership in 1975? Geraldine Willissee investigates.

Economics: Working Capital
Where superannuation fits, where it fails and what we should we do about it. Neale Towart gives the tough answers.

Review: Fahrenheit 9/11
There's many a must see moment in Mike Moore's new flick but beating the propaganda machine at its own game wreaks havoc with wearied bullshit detectors, writes Tara de Boehmler.

Poetry: Bad Intelligence Rap
When Flood washed away the PM's sins, the truth was once again left high and dry.

Satire: Osama Bin Manchu
During a recent visit to an elderly relative in a nursing home, I was waylaid by an ancient gentleman who insisted I listen to what he had to say, writes Rowan Cahill.

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Crane Topples at Death Probe
A crane toppled over at a remote BHP mine as workers were lining up to give evidence about safety standards in the Pilbara.

The crane and a light vehicle came to grief at BHP Billiton�s Yandi mine in the same week that barrister, Mark Ritter, took evidence from 36 employees in three days. [full story]

Treasury�s "Scary" Power Play
NSW Treasury is out of control, rewriting agreements without reference to Ministers, other departments, or affected parties, unions allege.

TCFUA secretary, Barry Tubner, is urging the Carr Government to stamp on Treasury mavericks just days after forcing a u-turn from the department over procurement policy. [full story]

Aussie Idol on the Farm
Australian Idol star Shannon Noll is backing a union-initiated $20,000 competition to improve rural safety.

The Australian Workers Union (AWU) and the Australian Hotels Association have joined forces to launch the Neil Noll � Daniel Croker Award calling on people to put forward ideas to improve farm safety. [full story]

Email Volley Defends Delegate
ADI Shared Services dumped a Garden Island employee weeks after he helped it out of a contract pickle.

The contractor axed John Bastow after he returned from sorting out purchasing problems on the Eurocopter, Defence�s replacement for its Blackhawk fleet, at the company�s Ryde operation. [full story]

Hardie Slow on the Uptake
Asbestos manufacturer James Hardie Industries has pulled a "misleading and deceptive" letter under threat of legal action.

ACTU secretary, Greg Combet, said it appeared the company had learned little from its battering before the Jackson Inquiry that heard evidence it had engaged in a sophisticated disinformation campaign. [full story]

Meatworkers Go Full Monty
Strippers and rival motorcycle clubs will join forces to raise funds for the family of a Tasmanian teenager killed at Blue Ribbon Meats.

Bikers will hold two shows of "adult entertainment" to raise money for the fund, established this month by the Meat Workers Union. [full story]


 Sydney or the Bush

 Delta Blues

 Badge of Honour Signals Row

 Libs to Trump Court

 Project Champions Working Poor

 Jobs Victory on the Border

 Scabs in the Valley

 Activists What's On!

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Trouble Ahead - Thousands of rail workers donned badges in a show of solidarity this week but RTBU chief, Nick Lewocki, warned stoppages were on their way.

It will take more than a legislative amendment to protect Australian culture from the American juggernaut. As these Olympics have demonstrated, it may already be too late.

Blue Murder


The Westie Wing
The Labor Governments in each State must take the lead to stop the abuse of corporate law in Australia in the absence of action from the Federal Government, as the Inquiry into James Hardie�s has highlighted, writes Ian West.

The Soapbox
Cleaners Deserve Our Support
It's time the state's cleaners were given some support, loyalty and long service leave, writes Chris Christodoulou.

The Locker Room
Half Time At The Football
Phil Doyle wants to have his pie and eat it too.

Faithful Servant
Frank Mossfield was one of the labour movement�s quiet achievers. Former Labor Council secretary Michael Easson pays tribute.

Lessons From East Timor
Just back from a study tour to East Timor, National Reserach Officer with the Construction division of the CFMEU, Ben Stirling, writes about the experience for Workers Online.

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