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Issue No. 275 05 August 2005  
E D I T O R I A L

Iemma’s Dilemmas
The past fortnight has seen the sort of upheaval in NSW that reminds us all that politics is a very tenuous game with few certainties and even fewer rules.

F E A T U R E S

Interview: On Holiday
Historian Richard White looks back on the Aussie vacation - and finds a way of life is under threat.,

Unions: One Day Longer
Nathan Brown travels to the Boeing picket line and find a group of workers with a steely determination to stick together.

Industrial: Never Mind the Bollocks
Jim Marr plays the Howard Government's industrial relations spin job on its merits.

Politics: Spun Out
Canberra’s latest campaign underlines the need for controls over government advertising, according to Graeme Orr and Joo-Cheong Tham

Economics: If the Grog Don't Get You ....
Evan Jones explains how the way we purchase alcolohol reflects the type of economy we live in.

History: Taking a Stand
Neale Towart looks at two books that chronicle how to build community support against social injustice.

International: The Split
Amanda Tattersal outsider's account of an insider's shake-out at the AFL-CIO Convention 2005

Legal: Pushing the Friendship
George Williams argues that the federal government’s constitutional powers are not sufficient to enact a comprehensive national industrial relations scheme

Poetry: Simple Subtractions
The latest blitz of taxpayer-funded advertising has revealed a crisis of arithmetic in government ranks has moved resident bard David Peetz to prose.

Review: Sydney Trashed
Sydney band SC Trash are on a mission to give new life to folk and country music – and the politics of common sense. Nathan Brown had a beer with them

N E W S

 Carmen's Boss No Fun Guy

 Discriminating Centrelink on Charges

 Uproar Over Holiday Plans

 Do The Bus Stop

 Taxpayers to Fund Advertising Orgy

 Get Up Stands Up

 Andrews Provokes Showdown

 Thousands in Super Rort

 Constituents Don’t Trust Andrews

 Skill Shortage Fabricated

 Yanks Short Change Tradesmen

 Howard Steamroller Hits Building Sites

 CFMEU Bans Ferguson

 Activists Whats On!

C O L U M N S

Parliament
The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP, Ian West, goes away for a couple of weeks and look what happens…

The Soapbox
The Last Weekend
Unions NSW secretary John Robertson's speech to the Last Weekend - how the Howard government laws will undermine the Ausrtalian way of life.

The Locker Room
A Concept Is Born
In which Phil Doyle helps the proponents of the vision thing across the road.

International
Workers Blood For Oil
A new book by Abdullah Muhsin and Alan Johnson lifts the lid on the bloody reality of US backed democracy for Iraq's trade unions

Postcard
London Post
During his recent stay in London IEU industrial officer John Shapiro was living only a few hundred metres from the site of one of the bomb blasts.

L E T T E R S
 Back To The Past
 AFL-CIO Not The Only War
 Be Afraid
 Frame Up
 We Love Morris
 ANew Development
 A Readers Suggestion
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Get Up Stands Up


Former Liberal Leader John Hewson is being accused of heading a “Labor Party Front”, which is bringing a new brand of grass roots activism to Australia.

Inspired by the United States organization, moveon.org, GetUp, will use the internet to bring pressure on Coalition senators from hundreds of thousands of Australians.

Founded by Jeremy Heimans and David Madden, who have worked in online organising and campaigning in the US, GetUp is promoting a new grass roots political movement with a series of television ads starting from this week.

Dotcom millionaire Evan Thornley, union leader Bill Shorten and Green activist Cate Faehrmann have joined Hewson, the architect of the Liberal Party's Fightback policy, on the board of of GetUp.

Liberal backbencher, Andrew Robb, accused GetUp of being a Labor Party front on the ABC's 7.30 report, despite the varied political backgrounds of its board.

Heiman and Madden were motivated to form GetUp as a result of the coalition gaining Control of the Senate. They have told media that they believe they can build a membership of hundreds of thousands of Australians and that their campaign will hold the government to account on a range of issues, including treatment of refugees, media ownership as well as industrial rlations.

Unions NSW is one of a number of organizations and individuals supporting GetUp, who have raised $1.5million so far to help build their campaign.

"GetUp brings together like-minded people who want to bring participation back into our democracy," Says its website.

The GetUp website can be visited at http://www.getup.org.au/


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