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Issue No. 239 24 September 2004  

Moral Victories
The release of the Jackson Inquiry into James Hardie may represent the completion of one chapter of Australia’s largest corporate scandal, but it is by no means the end of the story.


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.


 Delta Parties Like It’s 1994

 Shot In The Arm for Dealers

 Corporates Vote for AWAs

 Mind Game for the Discriminating

 Electrolux "Try On" Rebuffed

 Cultural Revolution Purges Howard

 Xerox On The Blink

 Billions Hidden Behind the Veil

 Customs Crosses the Border

 Toolbox Gimmick Threatens Awards

 Cleaners Clean Up

 u r brkng t law

 Unions Join Power Surge

 Vulnerable Lose Shot At Life

 Activists What's On!


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.

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

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.

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

 I Say I Say I Say
 I Say I Say I Say II
 Vote Early, And Often
 No Surplus Of Generosity
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Letters to the Editor

Vote Early, And Often

Understanding your vote on October 9th 2004.

Both Labour and the Coalition do not want you to know that in fact you have four votes on the 9th October.

In Australia we only have a say or vote if we vote in the majority‚ because it is a democracy. The system denies every vote of all minority supporters, this is because a democracy always discriminates. The media often uses this fact by the owner‚ of that particular source of media limiting and favouring their particular political affiliation by stifling individual reporters unbiased articles, or articles that may give support to an opposition group or individual.

In most electorates your only real vote is who you place first out of Labour and Liberal, this means that if your first preference is to see an independent or minor party elected:

o To make politicians earn their money rather than just „vote party‰,

o To make politicians see there is a limit to the tax they can take from

the people.

o To give your vote some ‰real power‰ and make some changes in the


o To provide yourself with an effective politician, to be able to go and „talk with in person‰.

Your vote on the 9th October for the House of Representatives:

If you want to give the Government the strong message that they are hurting your wallet because of the $800 Billion they take from the people; then understand that you can hurt their wallets directly (as a party not as the government) by NOT placing Labour or Liberal first or second on your ballot form. This is because your first vote receives $1.94 provided they receive more than 4% of the votes for your electorate.

The first vote of every Australian on the 9th October will see the major party‚s receive more than $15 million dollars each, so if the people of

Australia want to give a powerful message to the major parties, then place both major parties well down on your ballot paper.

So you have in effect two votes in the House of Representatives:

1. Vote for your preferred member in the House of Representatives.

2. Vote for who receives the money for your vote in the House of


Your vote on the 9th October for the Senate:

The Senate ballot paper is designed so that most people take the easy way out and only have to make one tick, there is no legal basis under the

Australian Constitution for making a „party vote‰, as Australians are meant to be electing „a person as a representative‰ not a party.

In effect if we vote and support a Party, not an individual then we forfeit our Representatives vote in the Parliament. The Party member is forced by the Party to vote Party, otherwise they loose preselection and most likely loose their seat in parliament (under the present system which is biased toward Party dominance). To quote a candidate in an earlier election; „I don‚t care what the people want, I will vote ŒParty‚‰. Most Australian political Parties do not allow for independent or conscious votes, this is why when a political leader states „I will do‰ something in parliament he or she means they will force your representative to vote „Party‰ not the will of the people.

Your vote on the 9th October for the state representatives in the Senate also results in a payment of $1.94 to your first vote. By selecting a Party as your „Senate vote‰ you forfeit your right to vote for a person to represent you and the Party receives many $Millions across Australia.

Your vote in the Senate also gives each individual voter two votes (unless you vote „Party‰):

1. Vote for your preferred member in the Senate.

2. Vote for who receives the money for your vote in the Senate.

Total election public funding paid after the 2001 federal election was


Candidates and Senate groups become entitled to a payment of election public funding if they obtain at least 4% of the formal first preference votes in the election they contested. The entitlements of candidates endorsed by a registered political party are paid to the party, while those for unendorsed candidates are paid directly to the candidate (or agent, if appointed).

The rate of election funding at this election was 179.026 cents per formal first preference vote for both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

The amount paid of $38,559,409.33 is equal to 10,769,220 voters, voting in both the Senate and House of Representatives.

Set out below is a break-up of the amounts paid to parties and candidates.

Parties $

Australian Labor Party (ALP) 14,917,024.57

Liberal Party of Australia (LP) 14,492,349.83

National Party of Australia (NP) 2,845,193.98

Australian Democrats (DEM) 2,411,689.69

Pauline Hanson‚s One Nation (PHON) 1,709,752.00

Australian Greens (AG) 1,370,734.04

The Greens WA ˆ Inc 223,129.05

Northern Territory Country Liberal Party 138,997.58

Unity - Say No To Hanson 17,689.55

liberals for forests 14,332.82

Christian Democratic Party NSW (Fred Nile Group)


Progressive Labour Party 7,327.53

No Goods and Services Tax Party 5,488.94


ANDREN Peter James- Calare NSW 73,017.54

WINDSOR C Antony Harold - New England NSW 64,435.04

KATTER B Robert Karl - Kennedy QLD 63,652.69

MacDONALD Peter Alexander - Warringah NSW 38,472.69

THEOPHANOUS Andrew Charles - Calwell VIC 15,023.86

PAULGER S Shane Peter - Fairfax QLD 13,460.96

MELVILLE Peter Lloyd - Hinkler QLD 12,794.99

BOWN Conway - Herbert QLD 11,588.35

COCHRAN Peter Lachlan ˆ Eden-Monaro NSW 11,522.11

HOURIGAN Rosalind - Fisher QLD 10,745.14

COOPER Thomas James - Page NSW 9,814.21

MCINTOSH Nelson Douglas - Indi VIC 9,459.73

KESSELS Colin James - Dickson QLD 9,314.72

STEGLEY Kristin - Goldstein VIC 8,605.78

HAIGH Bruce Douglas - Gwydir NSW 8,301.44

TREASURE Douglas Harry - Gippsland VIC 7,606.81

MOTT William Trevor - Cunningham NSW 7,581.75

DOUGLASS Ross Thomas - Mallee VIC 6,631.12

WICKS Graeme Francis - Wide Bay QLD 6,051.08

DALGLEISH David Bruce - Wide Bay QLD 5,714.51

AUSTIN Pauline Maisie - Solomon NT 4,257.24

Total $38,559,409.33

Dennis Gill


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