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  Issue No 29 Official Organ of LaborNet 03 September 1999  




Letters to the Editor

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Hi, I can't believe that anyone with half a brain would even consider a proposal like this

I for one won't be in it - to tie myself up to a deal like this in a technology that gives a better deal every 6 months.

In the states they are giving away free computers without strings attached plus free internet connection and no download limit

It won't be long and we get the same but the ones that are stuck with this proposed deal will kick themselves

I am well informed of what the IT is about and this thing stinks why not buy the Sydney Harbour Bridge as well?

Regards and best wishes

John Lefel

ACTU Site Not Conclusive

I went to the ACTU site but it didn't give me much detail. This sounds pretty impressive though:

"The Australian union movement today endorsed an exciting new initiative that means 2.1 million union members and their families will soon have access to affordable computers and internet access."

Because of commercial confidences I can't know the details of the deal at present but its going to be good for me I am told.

At the same time, what is a virtual community? As someone who is active at a community level I have found the technology is secondary to the objective of its use.

That is the part that I will find interesting.

Warren Ross


Well Done

Congratulations to Peter Lewis and Michael Costa two sane voices in a sea of confusion and misinformation.

Steve Mason


Costa's Hypocrisy

The hypocrisy of Labor Council Secretary Michael Costa gob-smacks me. He professes to be outraged by the Kelty-Vizard IT deal Why? No independent analysis; lack of consultation, says Michael.

This from the man who has stitched up the "Currawong Beach Management Plan" thereby bypassing Labor Council Rules on how Labor Council property should be treated. This from the administrator who has refused to put Currawong out to tender but has championed but one proposal, the one from the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. This from the man who has refused to have a finance industry specialist ie. "independent analysis" develop recommendations to keep Currawong solely in union hands but run better. All these issues have been put to comrade Costa at his version of "consultative" meetings by delegates of affiliated unions like me. All to no avail.

Michael Costa is right. The Kelty-Vizard deal is shonky. Now he knows how it feels to see bad decisions like the "Costa-Maharishi" deal being made.

Yours faithfully,

David Bell


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*   Issue 29 contents

In this issue
*  Activists: Virtually Here - Eric Lee
From the Kibbutz to cyberspace, Andrew Casey profiles the work of an Internet class warrior.
*  Interview: Net Benefits
Sean Kidney has been combining business savvy with social justice for more than a decade. He gives us his take on unions and the Net.
*  International: Dateline Dili
As the United Nations attempts to begin counting the votes from East Timor�s independence referendum, the capital Dili is rapidly spiralling out of control.
*  Unions: Secret Herbs and Spices
Read KFC worker Claire Hamilton's speech to last week's Second Wave Rally.
*  Politics: Loosening Labor�s Links?
Is Labor under Kim Beazley fundamentally changing its social appeal and turning itself into the Australian equivalent of Bill Clinton�s Democrats?
*  Labour Review: What's New at the Information Centre
Our regular update on papers and articles for union officials and students.
*  History: Immigration, Racism and the Labour Movement
An upcoming conference asks some hard questions about the politics of immigration.
*  Satire: Crime Figures Down: NSW Elections Postponed
The release of statistics showing decreasing crime rates has threatened to delay the next NSW election.
*  Review: Trains of Treasure
A new CD of poems and songs pays tribute to our rich locomotive history.

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