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Issue No. 241 08 October 2004  

That’s All Folks!
Perhaps the most depressing part of this federal election campaign has been the Howard Government’s success, with the willing assistance of the media, of typecasting the union movement as some sort of cartoon bogeyman.


Interview: The Last Bastian
AMWU state secretary Paul Bastian has been at the centre of the three year battle to bring James Hardie to account.

Unions: High and Dry
Jim Marr unpacks the recent High Court Electrolux decision to test whether the ruling matches the media hype.

Security: Liquid Borders
The Howard Government loves to trumpet its national security credentials but a close look at its record in shipping sinks the myth argues MUA’s Zoe Reynolds.

Industrial: No Bully For You
Phil Doyle reports on how bringing dignity and respect to the workplace is undermining bullies.

History: Radical Brisbane
Radical Brisbane extends the 'Radical City' series into the Red North. Two experienced activists, academics and writers turn South East Queensland history on its head.

International: No Vacancies
More than 1400 hotel union workers, members of UNITE HERE Local 2, are on strike at four major hotels in San Francisco, California, writes Andrew Casey.

Economics: Life After Capitalism
A situation that all anarchists dream of? Michael Albert has been more than dreaming., writes Neale Towart

Technology: Cyber Winners
Labourstart's Eric Lee looks at a good news story of global online campaigning that has delivered a victory.

Poetry: Do It Yourself Poetry
Teaser: Wondering why the polls are all over the place? Ask our resident bard and psephologist.

Review: Hard Labo(u)r
The Voice of Southern Labor highlights the role music played in the 1930's US textile strikes, but more than that it provides a lucid insight into the roots of modern capitalism and some truly organic organising, writes Tara de Boehmler.


 Telstra Dogs on Injured Woman

 Strike Three and We’re Out

 Boxall Beats Hasty Retreat

 Ashfield Moves on Home Truths

 Pratt in Warwick Farm Plunge

 Robert Reich's 2020 Vision

 Numbers Racket at Yandi

 Executive Pay Blue Looms

 Crazy Mike’s Fire Sale

 Kids Remember Kids

 DIY Security For Child Care

 Canada’s Asbestos Outrage

 Aussie Kids Thrown Overboard


True Lies
Labor Council secretary John Robertson argues It’s Time – for an IR reality check.

The Westie Wing
Much work has been done in the past to ease the plight of clothing outworkers in New South Wales. It's time to step up the pressure, as sweatshops and clothing contract work are thriving stronger than ever, writes Ian West.

The Soapbox
Who Started the Class War?
Evan Jones looks across the Australian political landscape and asks who are the real class warriors?

The Locker Room
First Past The Post
Phil Doyle is coming up in class and is all the better for recent racing

Westie Wing
Our favourite state MP returns for his monthly Macquarie Street wrap.

Positive Action
Australian unionists are helping give hope to Filipino workers living with HIV/AIDS.

 Invest In Dignity - Part II
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Kids Remember Kids

Australian schoolchildren will display their designs for a memorial to one of Australia’s "greatest maritime disasters" in Sydney this month.

The memorial, to be built next year on the shores of Canberra's Lake Burley Griffin, will commemorate the 353 asylum seekers who drowned when their overcrowded vessel sank off the Australian coast in October, 2001.

Of those who perished 150 were children.

Controversy still surrounds the sinking of the "Siev X", after a Senate inquiry in 2002 was told the Australian Government knew of the whereabouts of the vessel and its unseaworthy condition - yet did nothing.

The Senate has twice called on the Government to establish a judicial inquiry into the sinking.

The tragedy came just before the 2001 federal election when the Howard Government was running strongly on the issue of "boarder protection".

Project officer of the exhibition, Beth Gibbings, believes the drowning of the 353 passengers on the "Siev X" is an incredibly important part of Australia's history.

"These people from Iraq and Afghanistan were fleeing persecution," says Gibbons.

"We are responsible, not least because we had their husbands and fathers imprisoned in detention"

"If it was an airline full of white people, would the public and media reaction have been different?"

The exhibition will be opened by popular former Governor General and High Court Justice Sir William Deane.

The national exhibition of the schoolchildren's artworks will be on display at the Pitt St Uniting Church located at 264 Pitt St, Sydney, between Park and Bathurst Streeets between the 26th and 30th of October.

For more information on the project visit or email [email protected]

Kids Overboard: The Play

If you missed the short-lived return of the "Children Overboard" Senate Inquiry, at least you can catch the smash hit stage version.

CMI (A Certain Maritime Incident) is based on the transcript of the Inquiry into an explosive episode in recent political history, and it's back for a Sydney return and inaugural Canberra sitting.

The Bulletin described the work as "a startling, highly kinetic, blackly comic and deeply provocative work of theatre".

The play will be performed at the Sydney Performance Space, between the 13th and 17th of October, (02 9698 7235) and in Canberra at The Street Theatre, between the 19th and 23rd of October (02 6247 1223).


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