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Issue No. 242 15 October 2004  
E D I T O R I A L

Historical Revisions
It was a common refrain on Saturday night as we cried in our beers, hurled vitriol at the TV set and wondered how big the shellacking would be this time around: Howard won on a lie.

F E A T U R E S

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 MUAís 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.

N E W S

 Donít Worry, Be Organised

 Senate Faces Family Fight

 Cheques Cashed In Seconds

 "Undemocractic" Taskforce Court Out

 Power to People: On Hold

 Eyes Have It Over Lotto

 Bomb in Santaís Sack

 No Picnic in Park

 Smoking Loophole A Bit Rich

 BlueScope Workers Take Stock

 ABC Radio Clash

 Melbourne Goes Global

 No Justice for Joel

 Mercury Falling in Hobart

 Last Gasp for Monitoring

 Kiddie Photos Victory

 Thousands Up for Grabs

 Activists What's On!

C O L U M N S

Politics
True Lies
Labor Council secretary John Robertson argues Itís Time Ė for an IR reality check.

Parliament
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

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

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

L E T T E R S
 Giving Your Soul Away
 Invest in Dignity Part III
 You Need Help
 Medicare Woes
 Whose Party Is It Anyway?
WHAT YOU CAN DO
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News

ABC Radio Clash


ABC moves to register the political "affiliations" or "relationships" of staff are being challenged by the CPSU.

The national broadcaster is demanding that radio division employees supply the information in annual performance reviews. Workers Online understands the process began at the time of Senator's Richard Alston's allegations of political bias.

CPSU ABC section secretary, Graeme "Grumpy" Thomson, has written to managing director, Russell Balding, demanding that the organisation "cease and desist".

"The initiative is, in the yes of the CPSU naÔve, ill-considered and intrusive," Thomson wrote.

"If the corporation has reason to believe an employee is acting improperly because they are allowing personal belifs to interfere with their work, then that failure should be measured against the editorial policies. If their programs demonstrate bias, then they should be busted for improper conduct."

Thomson said the union had moved on the basis of strong membership reaction against the demand for political information.

"I am advising our people to write NOYB in that section of the disclosure form," he said.

"Whether or not you are a member of a political party is not the issue," Thomson said. "The issue, for an broadcaster, ABC or commercial, is does it affect your work?"

Kid's Classic Reborn

Meanwhile, ABC staff are welcoming the return of iconic children's current affairs program, Behind the News.

ABC employees were joined by teachers, principals, parents and school children in a concerted demand for the return of a program, axed last year for "budget reasons".

South Australian shop floor representative, Martin Goodwin, thanked the community for rallying behind the program.

"Without that groundswell of support BTN would not have got back on air. I hope ABC management will learn not to be so dismissive of their audiences," Goodwin said.

"It is hard to think of another program on the ABC, for this age group, that would better fit the description of core charter programming. It was a poor decision to pull the program and, even sillier, to resists public demands for it to be put back on air."

The ABC, announced last week, that Behind the News would again be produced from its Adelaide studios.


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