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Issue No. 283 30 September 2005  

Revenge of the Footy Dads
The release of the second wave of ACTU TV advertising last weekend continues to take the debate around industrial relations into the broader community – and specifically the nation’s footy grounds.


Interview: Polar Eclipse
Academic David McKnight challenges some sacred cows in his new book "Beyond Left and Right".

Industrial: Wrong Turn
Radical labour reform is on the horizon but some workers, like Sydney bus driver Yvonne Carson, have seen it all before, writes Jim Marr.

Unions: Star Support
It wasn't just families who backed workers' rights at The Last Weekend, but a bunch of musicians who set the tone, writes Chrissy Layton.

Workplace: Checked Out
Glenda Kwek asks you to consider the plight of the retail worker, and shares some of her experiences

Economics: Sold Out
The Future Fund and industrial relations reform are favourite projects of the PM and the Treasurer. Both are speculations on the future and the only guarantee with them is that you will be worse off, writes Neale Towart.

Politics: Green Banned
The impact of new building industry laws won’t be confined to one industry, writes CFMEU national secretary John Sutton.

History: Potted History
Lithgow is a place with a proud history as a union town. The origins of broader community solidarity lie in the early industrial development of the town and the development of unions. The Lithgow Pottery dispute of 1890 was a key event.

International: Curtain Call
The curtains have opened for East Timor’s young theatre performers, thanks to a Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA project.

Review: Little Fish
At last! An Aussie film with substance, suspense and a serious dose of reality, writes Lucy Muirhead

Poetry: Slug A Worker
In a shock development, the Federal Treasurer, Peter Costello, gave a ringing endorsement to the poetry pages of Workers Online, writes resident bard David Peetz.


 Brazilians Score at Rocky

 PM Discounts Fair Go

 Centrelink Crashes Internet

 On Yer Bikes

 Road Toll Off The Rails

 Part-Timers in Bank Heist

 It’s Eight Against Eight

 OEA Says Plaque You

 Kez and Rupe Tighten Grip

 Feds Get Blank Cheque

 Rev Kev Absolves Killers

 Turning Business Upside Down

 Stink Over CountryLink Shrink

 Nurses Brush Sick Offer

 Men Make Permanent Choice

 Activist's What's On!


The Soapbox
Families First
New Senator Stephen Fielding turned a few heads with his Maiden Speech to Parliament.

The Locker Room
The New World Order
Phil Doyle declares himself unavailable for the fifth and deciding test.

The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP, Ian West, reports from the NSW Government's Safety Summit

On The Bus
A bright orange bus travelling the state has become the focus of the campaign against federal IR changes. Nathan Brown was on board.

 Four Cornered Rat
 Hrowad’s Meixd Msesgaes
 Caveat Emptor
 Shop Front
 Petrol Price of War
 Unionist Slain
 Last Long Weekend
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Activist's What's On!

Rudd Raises the Roof

Willoughby ALP Branch and SEC Cocktail Party

Meet Kevin Rudd - Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Trade and International Security

Bookings Essential

When: Thursday 13 October 2005
Time: 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Where: 105 Mowbray Road,
Willoughby NSW 2068
Cost: $35.00 (Includes liquid refreshments and home cooked food)

MC - Carmel Tebbutt, NSW Minister for Education & Training

Once only auction of original political cartoons by Alan Moir, Bill Leak, Ward O'Neill, Stewart McCrae, Bruce Petty, Lindsay Foyle

RSVP by C.O.B. Friday 7 October 2005 to:

Imogen Wareing : Tel: 9967 2300 (wk) 0407 477 225 (Mob)
Fax: 9967 2311 Email: [email protected]
Address: 105 Mowbray Road, Willoughby NSW 2068

Cheques made out to: Willoughby Branch of the Australian Labor Party

Neilson comes to Sydney

An exhibition of new paintings by Peter Neilson will be held at Australian Galleries in Sydney from September 6 to October 1, 2005

Drifting South, Always South
Australian Galleries
15 Roylston Street
NSW 2021

02 9360 5177

[email protected]

"The art of Peter Neilson is very much a product of urban Melbourne radicalism. He was born in East Melbourne in 1944 and grew up in the inner - Melbourne suburb of Essendon where he formed a life long affiliation with the local football club." (Dr Sasha Grishin 2002)

Justive for Jack - Court Vigil

Stand up for civil liberties!

Speakers: Brian Walters SC, President, Liberty Victoria
David Risstrom, Greens

Alongside the recent deportation of US activist Scott Parkin and the likelihood of more draconian "anti-terror" laws being introduced, the case of Jack Thomas - dubbed "Jihad Jack" by the media - provides a concrete example of the political way that these laws are being used. With the suggestion of closed courts, demands for ASIO clearances for his lawyers and the use of evidence taken without Jack's legal rights being observed, this is a crucial test case with grave implications for civil liberties.

We encourage those concerned about the erosion of our civil liberties to take part in this peaceful vigil at the beginning of the preliminary hearings into Jack's case.

9am Monday, October 3
Supreme Court, 192-228 William St, City
(near the cnr of Lonsdale St)

Contact [email protected] or call 0409 399 429 for more information.

Organised by the Justice for Jack Campaign

Tribute to HT Lee

Photojournalist - Independent film-maker
Trade unionist
Activist for East Timor
07.08.1946 - 27.07.2005
Saturday 8th October
Gaelic Club
64 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills (upstairs)

Speakers include;

• Andrew Refshauge (former Deputy Premier)
• Andrew Ferguson, State Secretary, CFMEU
• Katherine Thomson (Playwright)
• Kim Gago (East Timor Community)
• Neil McLean
• Peter Chandran
• Carmela Baranowsk

Other speakers to be confirmed

Performances by Enda Kenny and a choir

Entry by donation

Money raised will go to the HT Lee Memorial Political Film-makers Fund to assist people going to East Timor to work on film documentaries

Jointly organised by Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union (Construction & General Division) and the Australia-East Timor Association (NSW)

AUSIRAQ union solidarity Jazz night

Tuesday 18 Oct.
CFMEU auditorium
12 Railway St. Lidcombe

Dinner & live jazz $25
Kids & unwaged $15.00
Home cooked Iraqi food

To book & pay by credit card ph. Ken at APHEDA 9264 9343

All money to Iraqi trade unions
Organised by Australia/Iraq Trade Union SoIidarity.

Call Lynn 0439 640118 or Michael 0406 020702 for info

One Year Down & Two to Go - Can Labor Win in 2007?

With John Singleton (Advertising Executive), Geoff Walsh (former ALP National Secretary) & Julie Owens MP (Member for Parramatta)

When: Wednesday 26 October from 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Where: LHMU Auditorium, 187 Thomas Street Haymarket
Cost: Free
Chair: Michael Samaras, Secretary NSW Fabian Society


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