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Issue No. 248 26 November 2004  

Australian Idols
It was a week for the little people as Casey won Australian Idol and Rebecca beat the railways. In entertainment and politics it was a young woman from the burbs who ran rings around the pros.


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.


 Helicar Fingers Victims ... Again

 Rabbits Sick of Clover

 What a Banker

 Pack Up and Go Home

 Pratt By Name

 Horror at the Hacienda

 Women Wiped for Bush Jobs

 Veteran Fights Bullet

 Tunneler Survives Death Trap

 Bathurst Three Face Court

 Chullora Cuts Struck Out

 Bully Breaks Heart

 Southern Cross Flies High

 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.

 Regarding Pee Poles
 Pee Pole Shame
 Latham Is A Scapegoat
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Rabbits Sick of Clover

The CFMEU is contesting moves that could see the South Sydney Rabbitohs driven out of Redfern.

The union, this week, flagged a ban on work at Redfern Oval unless Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, improves consultation with the community.

State assistant secretary, Brian Parker, said the ban was "more likely than ever" after a mid-week meeting at which football club members and indigenous people felt they were given the brush.

Moore has tabled three proposals for the Rabbitohs spiritual home, including turning their oval into parkland, and opposes a move to redevelop the facility to a standard where it can again host first grade football.

Observers believe the future of the historic club swings on returning to its birthplace. Since being readmitted to the NRL, after massive public support for its battle with News Ltd, South Sydney has struggled to draw crowds to the Sydney Football Stadium base it shares with the Roosters.

Popular former player, coach and chairman, George Piggins, is the driving force behind redeveloping Redfern Oval as a focal point for the community.

The Piggins plan would see the Rabbitohs share the redevelopment with a 24-hour medical centre, and a range of community groups.

"South Sydney Leagues Club has offered a privately-funded redevelopment that would not cost ratepayers a cent," Parker said. "We are talking about a sporting and community facility that would be shared by indigenous and other groups, and boost local jobs.

"We want a fair hearing but Clover Moore is backing a minority that want to see Redfern Oval destroyed."

Parker told last week's community meeting that US statistics showed investment in sporting facilities slashed inner-city crime rates.

Moore options for the ground that hosted numerous rugby league championships include parkland, a 7000-seater stadium that would fall well short of NRL requirements, and


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