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Issue No. 298 10 March 2006  

Home Truths
The truth has been breaking out in all sorts of strange places this week.


Interview: Organising In Cyberspace
Workers Online speaks to the ACTU's Union Organiser of the Year, Greg Harvey from the RTBU, who has been using cutting edge ways to communicate with a blue-collar workforce spread across five states.

Industrial: How Low Is Low
Neale Towart looks at the much hyped link between minimum wages and employment

Industrial: Cloak and Dagger
The Howard Govwernment has begun rolling out workshops to inform employers on how to use WorkChoices. Sean Ambrose sneaked through the doors for Workers Online.

Unions: Bad Medicine
Nathan Brown reports on how Australia Postís dodgy Faculty Nominated Doctor system is leaving sick workers feeling worse.

History: Right Turn, Clyde
Bob Gould believes news of Clyde Cameronís demise may be premature

Economics: Long Division
Kenneth Davidson looks at a successful political strategy

International: Union Proud
A University of California librarian calls for union labels to increase worker visibility

Politics: Howardís Sick Joke
Phil Doyle looks at an attack on one of the great achievements of the union movement

Indigenous: The year of living dangerously
That mob in parliament house seems to be hopelessly out of touch with Indigenous Australia. So much so, that Graham Ring wonders if the House on the Hill is becoming a Ďcultural museumí.

Review: Lights, Camera, Strike!
Mandrake the Electrician has been down to the video store over the summer and rounded up the Top Ten Union Movies of all time.

Culture: News Front
If the owners are selling off papers, perhaps the unions should buy them says Mark Dobbie.


 Wipeout: Minchin Surfs New Wave

 Scoop-idity: How The Truth Was Nicked

 Howard's Bastard Under Lock and Key

 Bank Shops Skilled Workers

 Debnam Dogs on Libs

 Jacko: "I'm Bad"

 Computer Strike Could Crash System

 Builders' Cleavage Strikes Gold

 Andrews Cops Legal Buffeting

 Brough Love for Women

 CFMEU Aids Escape

 Hunt on for Asbestos Crims

 Unions Counsel Queen

 Guests Get Pizza Topping

 Download a Pollie

 Activist's What's On!


The Soapbox
Australian Fascism
Rowan Cahill critiques Gerard Hendersonís unique take on history

Westie Wing
Will Westie's Wings be clipped, or will the Hills Angels repent and deliver?

The Locker Room
The Heart Of The Matter
Phil Doyle rolls up the red carpet and celebrates the death of an old foe

 Howard, My Part In His Downfall
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Tool Shed


This week the Tool Shed exposes Comrade Minchin's plan for a Red Australia.


For years the Leninist dream of infiltrating mainstream political movements has been building in Australia. Their dream of building a vanguardist cell to lead a spontaneous workers revolution has been harboured in the hearts of patient, dangerous men.

For decades this dream has struggled in the face of a reformist, egalitarianism that has lulled the working class into a false consciousness.

That is, until the work of arch-Trotskyite, Nick Minchin came to light this week.

For years Minchin passed himself off as an extreme right-winger as he worked his way into the heart of Liberal Party politics. He knew that only the Liberal Party could provide a platform for his policy of so oppressing the Australian Working Class that they would rise up in spontaneous revolution and embrace international socialism.

Comrade Minchin revealed himself to his fellow Trots at the HR Nicholls society this week, explaining that further reform of industrial relations would be necessary if working conditions were to be driven down to a point where popular revolutionary sentiment could be generated.

The Politburo at the HR Nicholls society, no doubt funded by Moscow gold, agreed with Minchin, condemning the Howard government's deviationism into the sort of Left Wing Communism so favoured by the AWB.

Not for a Bolshevik like Minchin the bleeding heart social democracy that underpins Australian society. Minchin is a man of change.

We can be thankful that Minchin has exposed just how much the Liberal party is in thrall to this revolutionary Trotskyite Tendency.

Their constant attempts, through Comrade Minchin and his cadre Comrade Costello, to expose the absurdities of Market Economics have fallen on deaf ears as most of the finance media take them seriously.

This has forced them to realign their policy to counter such naked Bonapartism. Ever more fanciful ideas, policies and explanations are offered by Minchin and his Leninist sect, passing themselves off as the Federal Liberal-National Coalition Government of Australia.

One strategy employed by Minchin and others is to make completely contradictory remarks by different members of the "government", and then embark on a policy that is, in fact, completely divorced from the stated objectives of this so called "conservative" party.

All along Minchin's guileful plan is to leave the Australian Working class so exasperated that revolution will be seen as the only viable political solution. Then Minchin and his cadres from the HR Nicholls society will reveal their true political agenda, worker control of the means of production and distribution.

Comrade Minchin sees his role as one of glorious, selfless dedication to liberating Australian workers.

By masquerading as a brain dead, heartless Tory who would steal milk from a baby, Minchin has shown just how dedicated he is to the Bolshevist cause. He was exposed, however, because no one could possibly hope to be a Minister of the Crown and also be so completely, unutterably stupid and out of touch with the real issues facing the broader Australian population.

Thanks to Comrade Minchin the Trotskyite takeover of the Liberal-National Coalition Government is now revealed, and their hostility to the Australian people and hare brained policy decisions explained.

Step forward, Comrade Nick Minchin, Leninist revolutionary, and Tool Of The Week.


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