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Issue No. 310 09 June 2006  

I'm No Economist, But �.
I'm no economist, but there a few things about the national economic debate right now that I don't quite get.


Interview: Rock Solid
Bill Shorten gives the inside story on the Australian Workers Union's involvement in the Beaconsfield rescue.

Industrial: Eight Simple Rules for Employing My Teenage Daughter
Phil Oswald bought up his kids to believe in their rights; so when his 16-year old daughter was told to cop a pay cut she was never going to take it quietly.

Politics: The Johnnie Code
WorkChoices is encrypted deep in the PM's political DNA, writes Evan Jones

Energy: Fission Fantasies
Adam Ma�anit looks at the big business push behind the 'clean nuclear' debate that is sweeping the globe.

History: All The Way With Clarrie O'Shea
The WorkChoices Penal Powers are the latest in a long line of penal sanctions against trade unions, writes Neale Towart

International: Closer to Home
If Australia can forgive its debt to Iraq, why not to Indonesia and the Philippines, write Luke Fletcher and Karen Iles

Economics: Taking the Fizz
While the Treasurer has been popping the post-Budget champers, Frank Stilwell gives a more sober assessment.

Unions: Stronger Together
Amanada Tattersall looks at the possibilities of strengthening alliances between unions, environmental and community organisations

Review: Montezuma's Revenge
Tommy Lee Jones directs and stars in a film about racism and retribution, writes James Gallaway.

Poetry: Fair Go Gone
Employers in the land rejoice, for we are girt by greed.


 Grandmother Fights Fabrication Company

 Bog Standards, Hanssen Exposed

 Foxtel Channels Contracts

 Telstra Dials Up A Shocker

 Viva La Resolution

 Smirk Boss Loses Control

 Iemma Told To Change At Central

 On The Tiles

 APHEDA Offices Attacked

 Vanstone Sits On Wages

 PM Slap for Battered Women

 "Spineless" Andrews Apologises

 Howard Lags �Best Practice�

 Harper's Bizarre Theories

 Process Abused - Call Peter McIlwain

 Activists What's On!


The Soapbox
The Beaconsfield Declaration
As the Prime Minister feted Brant Webb and Todd Russell, their colleagues were outside with a message to the rest of Australia.

The Locker Room
Run Like You Stole Something
Phil Doyle observes that there are some tough bastards out there.

The Westie Wing
That fun-loving friend of the workers, Ian West, reports from the red leather of the Bear Pit.

Class Action
Phil Bradley draws the lines between education funding and the current skills crisis.

 Her Honour Judge Judith Scheindler
 Greens Are Good For You
 Calling All Micks!
 Coming Up Swinging
 Belly's Bit
 Mining For Gold
 Blood Spangled Banner
 Never To Be Repeated Offer
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The CYO, Catholic Youth Organisation was a Catholic Church sponsored Sporting and Cultural group of teenagers.

It was formed after the 1939-1945 war to allow catholic youth to meet and interact with members of the OTHER SEX, and to form long lasting marriages /friendships.

This was post war/pre television/shortages etc., and we had to make our own fun. We conducted football/ netball competitions, ran picnics, sometimes chartering railway carriages to travel to picnic venues.

We also conducted dances and Sydney wide concerts which were held in the Trocadero Ballroom (now defunct).

There were also branch Debutante Balls, where the debs were presented to prominent members of the local gentry.

Hows that for a brief resume.

It was a lot of fun. I met my first wife at one of these functions and we were married for 33 years before she died.

We are not trying to revive the CYO, but just have a good time remembering.

Last year we had our FIRST REUNION for 25 years. It was such a success that attending members asked for another one.

This year it will be held in



On SATURDAY 21-10-2006 from 2.00pm until 5.00pm.

Members are then free to either go home or to continue their reminiscing.

If you could find room in your column for this article we would be very grateful.

This function is now open to all former CYO /YOUNGER SET Members, from wherever you belonged, to bring some of your friends with you and renew old memories.







Over the years members have lost touch with each other and we are trying to reach as big an audience as possible.

Could you please find space in your column for this item?



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