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Issue No. 236 03 September 2004  
 
F E A T U R E S

Interview: True Matilda
Former senior bureaucrat John Menadue coordinated the group of 43 calling for truth in government; and now he has bigger fish to fry.

Politics: State of Play
Are all political parties the same? Workers Online tries to cut through the jargon to compare the major parties' approaches to key policy areas.

Industrial: Capital Dilemmas
Public Private Partnerships amount to privatisation by stealth. Or do they? Jim Marr investigates.

Unions: Rhodes Scholars
Tim Brunero discovers how the Electrical Trades Union is doing its best to ease the national apprentice crisis.

National Focus: Rennovating the Lodge
Noel Hester previews how unions will be fighting the federal election - on the ground and online.

International: People Power
Over the next four years there is a real potential a major struggle will take place for workers’ rights and the creation of truly democratic unions in China., writes Andrew Casey

Economics: A Bit Rich
Who Gets What? Why? And So What?, Frank Stilwell reviews the BRW's Rich List

History: Mine Shafts
It's 25 years since Nymboida passed the baton to United, writes Peter Murray

Safety: Sick Of Fighting
Former RAAF engineers could be sitting on a health time bomb, Tim Brunero reports.

Organising: Building a Wave
Community groups, unions and social movements all practice organising, wrties Tony Brown and Amanda Tattersall.

Poetry: Anger In The Bush(es)
How dare any Liberal suggest that the Prime Minister is a lying rodent! Resident bard David Peetz reports on the outrage that this slur has justifiably caused.

Review: The Battle Of Algiers
Tim Brunero writes The Battle of Algiers is a coldly objective, almost scientific anatomy of revolution.

Culture: The Word On The Street
Phil Doyle reports on how the Australian working class experience lives on through the words of the remarkable Geoff Goodfellow.

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L A T E S T   N E W S

Sprung: Howard Liberal with Truth
John Howard is dressing up burger flippers as trade apprentices in a bid to sell his Government’s training record to the public.

The first Liberal TV ad of the election campaign has been sprung for distorting apprentice numbers, promoting calls for a correction. [full story]

Yanks Demand Racism
Australian Defence Industries (ADI) wants to duck Australian laws so it can comply with American demands that foreign-born workers be denied jobs.

ADI has applied for an exemption from the state’s Equal Opportunities Act so it can sack or transfer employees to comply with requirements attached to specific multi-million dollar US contracts. [full story]

The Greening of Labour
In a break with tradition, the AMWU will donate $50,000 to the Australian Greens in the run-up to next month’s federal election.

National president, Julius Roe, confirmed that a substantial chunk of his organisation’s election spend would go to the Greens in recognition of their "consistent support for issues that will make a difference to our members and their families". [full story]

Mums Move to Ease Squeeze
Women forced to quit their job because employers refused to be flexible will spearhead a new test case to shift the work/family balance.

In opening submissions this week, the ACTU said to would call working mums like Annette Rowlands and Helen Walker who will testify how they left their jobs because they were unable to arrange care to match the requirements of their jobs. [full story]

Flying Kangaroo Goes to Water
While Sydneysiders are forbidden to hose their vehicles and commercial car washes reuse water, Qantas is spraying 30,000 litres a day over aircraft - then shipping it away as industrial waste.

The carrier washes two or three planes a day at Sydney Airport to save millions a year on fuel burn as clean planes use up to three percent less fuel.  [full story]

Health Warning for Bank Robbers
Bank robbers busting through walls may get more than they bargained for after ANZ staff reported clumps of asbestos bearing material being found on their desks.

The bank has been sitting on the news that its Sydney head office was riddled with asbestos since late last year, with the Finance Sector Union (FSU) claiming that the bank failed to relocate staff because of the costs involved.  [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Heritage Goes to Waste

 Freespirit in Hiding

 Offensive Toilets Threaten Pupils

 Telstra Dials Workplace Acquiescence

 P-Plate Nightmare for Young

 Free Loaders on Notice

 Funny Money Raises Interest

 Privatisation Debate Energised

 Activists What's On!

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The MUA's grand tradition of issuing funny money around elections quantifies the amount of truth emanating from our leader.

E D I T O R I A L
Thankfully, unlike children overboard where the truth was controlled within government, we are beginning to hear some economists and business commentators exposing the lies about 18 per cent interest rates.

A Lying Rodent

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
Hail to the Metro-Sexual!
If the cultural shift required in the workplace to give greater security to working families was broadly accepted the ACTU would not be locked in an adversarial Work and Family test case argues Sharan Burrow.

Politics
The Westie Wing
In his latest missive from Macquarie Street our resident Parliamentary commentator, Ian West, walks us through issues around the PBS.

Postcard
How Bush Lost His Wings
Tracking the National Guard Career of the Fatuous Flyboy from New Haven, Jeffrey St Clair.

The Locker Room
The Name of the Game
Phil Doyle wonders whether we are barracking for the sponsor or the team.

Postcard
Women to Women
APHEDA-Union Aid Abroad is working to create opportunities for Palestinian women living in Lebanese refugee camps.


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