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Issue No. 273 22 July 2005  
E D I T O R I A L

Split Infinitives
As unions across Australia put up a united front against the Howard IR assault, events across the Pacific serve as a warning of what can happen when individuals start going one out.

F E A T U R E S

Interview: Battle Stations
Opposition leader Kim Beazley says he's ready to fight for workers right. But come July 1, he'll have to be fighting by different rules.

Unions: The Workers, United
It was a group of rank and filers who took centre stage when workers rallied in Sydney's Town Hall, writes Jim Marr.

Politics: The Lost Weekend
The ALP had a hot date, they had arranged to meet on the Town Hall steps, and Phil Doyle was there.

Industrial: Truth or Dare
Seventeen ivory towered academics upset those who know what is best for us last week.

History: A Class Act
After reading a new book on class in Australia, Neale Towart is left wondering if it is possible to tie the term down.

Economics: The Numbers Game
Political economist Frank Stilwell offers a beginners guide to understanding budgets

International: Blonde Ambition
Sweden can be an inspiration to labour movements the world over, as it has had community unionism for over 100 years, creating a vibrant caring society, rather than a "productive" lean economy.

Training: The Trade Off
Next time you go looking for a skilled tradesman and can’t find one, blame an economist, writes John Sutton.

Review: Bore of the Worlds
An invincible enemy has people turning against one another as they fight for survival – its not just an eerie view of John Howard’s ideal workplace, writes Nathan Brown.

Poetry: The Beaters Medley
In solidarity with the workers of Australia, Sir Paul McCartney (with inspiration from his old friend John Lennon) has joined the Workers Online resident bard David Peetz to pen some hits about the government's proposed industrial relations revolution.

N E W S

 Centrelink to Cheat Workers

 Foot Soldiers Get Blisters

 Feds to Lift Voting Age

 Taskforce Plastered

 Paint It Slack

 Howzat!

 Hadgkiss in Safety Failure

 Freedom to Starve

 Police And Thieves

 Feds Make Asbestos Blue

 Scabs Farewelled

 Capital Idea Under Threat

 Masterton Homes Crumbles

 Activists Whats On!

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
State of the Union
Unions NSW secretary John Robertson lifts the lid on ‘The Nine Myths of Modern Unionism’

The Locker Room
Wrist Action
Phil Doyle trawls the murky depths of tawdry sleaze, and discovers Rugby is behind it all.

Culture
To Hew The Coal That Lies Below
Phil Doyle reviews Australia's first coal mining novel, Black Diamonds and Dust.

Parliament
The Westie Wing
Our favourite State MP, Ian West, reports from Macquarie Street that the Premier is all the way with a State Commission.

L E T T E R S
 Frame Up
 Keep the Faith
 Life on a Low Wage
 Seeing the Trees For the Wood
 Carnival Comes to Town
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Seeing the Trees For the Wood


What on earth is Workers Online doing touting for the so-called "SLAPP in the face of democracy - public forum on how corporate legal actions try to silence community groups"?

By promoting this green-nazi talkfest, Workers Online is giving a slap in the face to workers.

The Gunns workers and their union the CFMEU solidly support its legal action, which it has launched in desperation after a 30-year campaign of harassment, intimidation and violence towards workers by Brown and his Green-Brownshirts, cheered on by the latte sipping "progressives" in the inner city suburbs and their media darlings. Urinating in workers' helmets and water bottles, smearing faeces over doorhandles and seats of workers' vehicles, adding dangerous pollutants to petrol tanks and deadly steel spikes through trees are just some of the greenies' anti-worker tactics and the workers have finally had a gutfull.

The greenies' claim to be defending free speech is the very opposite of the truth. They want to stifle it. The green dominated Tasmanian Environmental Defenders Office tried to sue the REAL "community group" Timber Communities Australia for criticising its website. Brown and his ex-commo "girlfriend" Rhiannon are free to say anything in the cowards' castle of Parliament, and they do. Tasmania already has more of its territory devoted to totally protected forest than any other place on Earth, but the greenies won't be satisfied until every forest worker is unemployed, and the greenies can holiday in Tassie without any risk of running into any of those nasty working class people.

Workers' Online should be the voice of the workers, not their persecutors.

Peter Kennedy

NSW


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