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Issue No. 244 29 October 2004  

Raking Over The Tea Leaves
Prepare yourselves; you are about to enter the Twilight Zone, a strange world where logic collapses in on itself, where enemies are new friends and assets become liabilities.


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.


 Cameron Flags Fightback

 Latham on Union Mat

 Union Shelters WA Roofers

 Bosses Trip on Electrolux

 Drivers Derail Game Boy

 Asses Get Carrot

 Families Pay More For Homes

 Commonwealth Banks on Sackings

 Back Gong Back in Gong

 "Joke" Fine Death Boss

 Division Over Hardie Laws

 Activists What's On!


True Lies
Labor Council secretary John Robertson argues Itís Time Ė 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.

 Honesty Is the best Policy
 Nothing To Stand On
 Itís The End Of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
 Dear Mark letter
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Letters to the Editor

Dear Mark letter

Gidday Mark,

I had a good chat with Christian Zahra in the main street of Trafalgar two weeks before the election. He asked to support his re-election bid but I told him honestly that although i would remain silent and not campaign against Labour (which i honoured) i could not support

Labour either and the best they would get would be 4th or 5th preference ahead of the stinking Liberals, Nationals and One Nation. In the Senate Labour was lucky to get the 50th preference with only the scumbags Liberal, National, One Nation behind.

When you are doing your review you may wish to keep in mind the way WORKERS have been shafted over the past 20 years and why your party now only gets preferences from workers ahead of the Conservatives. Labour will never hold government again in its own right if workers continue to vote such as this.

I feel i am wasting my time because you dont listen to us before an election so why would you listen to us now?

You say you went around the country listening to workers but i feel you must have had cotton wool stuck in your ears and you and your counterparts really are going around the country trying to sell what you want not what we want.

Each leader comes out after being defeated and says theyve listened to the people and theyve learned.I'll bet youve learned nothing about what we want from the Labour Party and our Union-Actu and what we want for our working lives to support our families and teach and raise,educate our children.

To end i would like to say whilst Labour acts as a pale imitation of the

scumbags the people will continue to vote for the scumbags.

Come out with pro worker policies and vision and the punters will come home to roost.

We dont want to be casual.

We dont want to be subcontractors when will you people get it.

We want consistent secure employment and a united LABOUR PARTY with a vision of Nation Building for Australia's future.I believe the workers will return to Labour when and only when these visions are realised and all architects of the worker ravaging accord are finally moved on.

Steven Presley



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