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Issue No. 246 12 November 2004  

How It Comes To This
There are times when a worker has no real option than to take a stand, no matter the cost. This is the situation confronting NSW’s 15,000 rail workers right now.


Interview: The Reich Stuff
Robert Reich has led the debate on the future of work – both as an academic and politician. Now he’s on his way to Australia to help NSW unions push the envelope.

Economics: Crime and Punishment
Mark Findlay argues that the present psychological approach to prison programs is increasing the likelihood of re-offending and the threat to community safety.

Environment: Beyond The Wedge
Whether the great forestry divide can ever be overcome or whether it is best sidestepped for the sake of unity and sustainability in other areas is up for debate, writes Tara de Boehmler.

International: The End Of The Lucky Country
Linda Weiss, Elizabeth Thurbon and John Mathews show us How To Kill A Country

Safety: Tests Fail Tests
Nick Lewocki from the RTBU lifts the lid on the shonky science behind RailCorp testing

Politics: Labo(u)r Day
John Robertson lets fly at this years Labor Day dinner

Human Rights: Arabian Lights
Tim Brunero reports on how a Sydney sparky took on the Taliban and lived to tell the tale.

History: Labour's Titan
Percy Brookfield was a big man who was at the heart of the trade union struggles that made Broken Hill a quintessential union town writes Neale Towart.

Review: Foxy Fiasco
To find out who is outfoxing who, read Tara de Boehmler's biased review of a subjective documentary about corrupt journalism.

Poetry: Then I Saw The Light
Brothers and sisters! Praise the Lord! Brother George has saved the White House from an invasion by infidels, writes resident bard David Peetz.


 Workers Seize Cat

 Castle Hill Uprising

 Carr Flips on Rail

 Producers Call "Cut"

 Fly Me To … Anywhere

 Saint Buzz: Hymn the Man

 Patricks Attacks Westies

 Cold Comfort for Scientists

 Mothball Bowls Port Hedland

 Boss Rejects AWA

 Asbestos Audit Refused

 Bear Mauls Children

 "Leave or Leave," Telstra

 Activists What's On!


The Locker Room
In Naming Rights Only
Phil Doyle has Gone to Gowings

The Soapbox
Homeland Insecurity
Rowan Cahill tells us how the Howard Government’s appointment of Major-General Duncan Lewis to head up the national security division of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet has received little critical comment, until now.

The Westie Wing
New proposed legislation in NSW provides a vital window of opportunity for unions to ensure they achieve convictions for workplace deaths, writes Ian West.

 What about the real crooks?
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Letters to the Editor

What about the real crooks?

The mainstream press makes such a fuss over David Tweed - the man who "tricks" elderly Australian's to sell there shares in companies way below market value.

The capitalist press is disgusted at Tweeds most recent exploitation of a "loophole in the Corporations law".

He wrote letters to 6200 elderly shareholders who held shares in aged care company Aevum proposing to buy their stares at 35c a share - 55c below the prospectus offer price of 90c.

He has used the same modus operandi on other companies, like the NRMA.

The companies are usually ones where inexperienced punters become shareholders by accident when the institutions are demutualised.

He then takes the punters to court when they smell a rat and try to back out of the deal.

The Federal court last week was told the punters were at fault and may have to pay up.

So what?

What about the systemic exploitation we all suffer under capitalism, by Porsche driving wankers who conspicuously display their own selfishness when cruising the Northern CBD of Sydney.

They stoop to more insidious and large scale scams and cons than any mildly pathetic shonk who is obviously, from TV footage, an oddball.

I'm talking about the foreign exchange dealers, bankers and insurance brokers who produce NOTHING for our society and yet have all the money and power, while the teachers, police, nurses and clerks of the world struggle to pay their mortgage on a house on the very edge of the metropolis.

It is a disgrace and it is getting worse. Why hasn't Adler or Williams et al from HIH or the James Hardie criminals been subject to the same treatment.

When is the government going to get a backbone and ensure all Australians have a fair go.

It is a disgrace.

Give me Tweed any day.

Timothy Rennie


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