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Issue No. 274 29 July 2005  
E D I T O R I A L

The Heart of the Matter
Senators Steve Fielding and Barnaby Joyce are right to quibble over the futures of Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day.

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 canít 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 Ė its not just an eerie view of John Howardís 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

 Carr Fingers Feds

 Boeing Scabs Take Flight

 Billion Dollar Blow Hards

 Door Closes on Foot Soldier

 Andrews Ropes In Footy

 Gooooood Morning Sydney!

 Posties Bite Back

 Choice Myth Busted Again

 Vale HT

 Dumb and DEWR

 Combet: Business Can't Be Trusted

 Telstra Burns Bush

 Detective on Death Site

 States of Disunity

 A Turbulent Decade

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
State of the Union
Unions NSW secretary John Robertson lifts the lid on ĎThe Nine Myths of Modern Unionismí

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
 Donít take your Gunns to town
 Yankee Panky
 Poetry in motion
 Losing the faith
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Donít take your Gunns to town


Peter Kennedy's abusive rant (Workers Online #273) against environmental campaigners is unbecoming of a unionist. There is no need to engage in these tactics if your intention is to mobilise working class people against their exploiters. Traditional union organising methods will do just fine for that. On the other hand, distortion and abuse ARE necessary if you're trying to mobilise working class people BEHIND their exploiters.

Gunns are attempting to get the courts to rule that profits are sacred and that people can't take any action that causes a business to lose money. A moment's thought should be enough to demonstrate that, once the principle is established, the bosses would use it against unions mercilessly. All unionists should therefore be appalled that the Tasmanian Forestry Division of the CFMEU is supporting this. I oppose the Gunns suit, just like I

opposed the law-suit of some Victorian environmental groups against the CFMEU a couple of years ago.

And, finally, let's take a look at the so-called "REAL community group" Timber Communities Australia. I went to their web site and found this little gem, their most recent press release. It's a pain to John Anderson, on his retirement from the National Party leadership:

http://www.tca.org.au/pdfs/2005%2006/2005%2006%2024%20John%20Anderson.pdf

What was it that Peter Kennedy said about being the voice of the workers, not their persecutors?

Greg Platt, Victoria


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