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Issue No. 235 27 August 2004  

Gold Fever
So this is our most successful Olympics ever. Our athletes will return from Athens with their biggest ever haul of medals, more winners per capita than anywhere on earth. If all this is true, why does it all feel so empty?


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.


 Crane Topples at Death Probe

 Treasury�s "Scary" Power Play

 Aussie Idol on the Farm

 Email Volley Defends Delegate

 Hardie Slow on the Uptake

 Meatworkers Go Full Monty

 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!


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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Activists What's On!

Boycott and Picket the Safari Restaurant - ongoing
hoWARd the arseLIcKEr - closes Sunday 29 Aug
Helen's War - closes Thursday 2 September
Timor Sea Justice Campaign Day - Monday 30 August
An Hour Of Power - Monday 6 Sept
APHEDA 20th Anniversary Celebration Dinner - Wednesday 8 Sept
Republican Film Night - Tuesday 31 Sept
Films, Politics and Learning Conference - video entries close 31 Sept
Dream On! - entries close 22 Oct
Make A Diff For Nix - ongoing

Boycott and Picket the Safari Restaurant

SUPPORT UNPAID SUBCONTRACT BUILDING COMPANIES IN THEIR CAMPAIGN FOR JUSTICE How can you help? Boycott the Safari Restaurant, Sign our Supporters Petition, Make a donation to the campaign and Picket nightly from 6.15pm - 28 King Street, Newtown.

Dream on!

National competition for students - term 3 The Australian Council of Trade Unions' Worksite for Schools website ( is currently running a national competition for school, TAFE and RTO students - Your Dream Job. To enter, students must write about the job of their dreams. There is $100 for the student winner, $50 for 2 runners-up, and $25 for the winner of the special effort category.
The competition closes Friday 22nd October 2004. More information and an entry form can be obtained from the Worksite website -
Please call 1800 659 511 (toll free) or email [email protected] if you have any questions.

hoWARd the arseLIcKEr

-Written by D.B.Valentine - Directed by Mark Cleary -The Edge Theatre - Cnr King & Bray Sts Newtown -Advance previews Wed 4th & Thurs 5th August. -Opening Friday 6th Aug to Sunday 29th Aug. -Time: 7.30pm (tbc) -Bookings 9645 1611 or -More info go to: click on "The Edge"

Republican Film Night - Tuesday 31 August 2004

Further details at

Timor Sea Justice Campaign

On Monday 30 August a public event will be held at Leichhardt Town Hall in Sydney to commemorate the 5th anniversary of East Timor's historic referendum vote in favour of independence. The event includes film screenings, a public forum on local government initiatives and an information session taking place between Australia and East Timor to establish seabed boundaries and allocate revenue from rich oil and gas deposits in the Timor Sea. Doccos and films 2-4pm, Local Govt Forum 4-6pm, Timor Sea Oil and Gas Forum 6-8pm, and After Party 8pm-10pm. Details, Peter Jennings APHEDA (02) 9264 9343 or Jefferson Lee AETA (02) 9519 4788.

An Hour Of Power

Can the power sector save us from Climate Change? And would it if it could? Find out at a free debate moderated by Premier Bob Carr from 6 to 7pm Monday 6 September at Coles Theatre, Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo. Full invitation with map and speaker details available from RSVP is essential to reserve your place. Email your details to [email protected]

APHEDA 20th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

Join APHEDA to celebrate 20 years of international solidarity from 6.30pm to 7pm Wednesday 8 September at Petersham RSL Auditorium, 7 Regent Street, Petersham. There will be live music, a fabulous, MC, an auction, and a decision two course meal. Free parking. Tix $50 per person or $450 for a table of 10. For details and bookings call Sally from APHEDA on (02) 9264 9343.

Helen's War: Now Showing

Postgraduates for Peace are holding a screening of Helen's War: Portrait of a Dissident - an award winning documentary made by former University of Sydney Arts-Law student Anna Broinowski. It profiles Anna's aunt, the trail-brazing anti-nuclear campaigner since the 1970s, Dr. Helen Caldicott, as she resurfaces to take on the Bush administration in the post 9/11 world. Anna Broinowski and Helen Caldicott will speak at the free screening from 6pm Thursday 2 September. RSVP: [email protected]

Films, Politics and Learning Conference

Organization: OVAL Research, Faculty of Education, University of Technology 6 & 7 Dec These nights aim:
- To bring together radical film-makers, radical film buffs, and radical educators.
- To inspire educators about ways they can use film in their work.
- To inspire film-makers about ways they might facilitate learning about politics.
- To foster discussion and advocacy about this field of practice.
We are seeking videos and films under 2 categories:
1. Agitprop: protest, guerrilla, activist, political, subversive short films /videos.
2. Participatory film-making: community films/videos as social intervention. The only format accepted is DVD.
Send copies with entry form to Celina McEwen, The Centre for Popular Education, UTS, PO Box 123, BROADWAY NSW 2007 AUSTRALIA. Deadline for entries is September 30, 2004. Entry forms can be downloaded from
For further information email Celina on (02) 9514 3847 or [email protected]

Make A Diff For Nix

Conservation Volunteers Australia is offering a range of weekend and week-long projects that the environmentally inclined can assist on around the state and throughout the country. From wildlife projects to clean-up bees, find out more at


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