||Issue No. 313||30 June 2006|
Interview: Rock Solid
Industrial: Eight Simple Rules for Employing My Teenage Daughter
Politics: The Johnnie Code
Energy: Fission Fantasies
History: All The Way With Clarrie O'Shea
International: Closer to Home
Economics: Taking the Fizz
Unions: Stronger Together
Review: Montezuma's Revenge
Poetry: Fair Go Gone
The Locker Room
Dare To Dream
Better Get A Lawyer
The Last Laugh
NRL Throws Tradition a Dummy
The Canberra Raiders have been warned “political addresses, special awards or presentations” must have written approval from the National Rugby League.
The law was laid down by Liberal Party candidate and NRL chief operating officer, Graham Annesley.
"I've had an assurance from the [Raiders] CEO this morning that it won't be re-occurring," said the Liberal candidate for Miranda in next year's state election.
Hundreds of people spread across the field during half-time at the Raiders clash with the Roosters to draw attention to the work laws, which do away with penalty rates and make it easier for to be sacked.
Raiders players Simon Woolford and Clinton Schifcofske backed unions in pre-recorded videos on the ground's big screen.
"Get behind your union because you can bet your life your union will get behind you," Woolford said.
Woolford, president of the Rugby League Professionals' Association, said footy players needed the support of their union to get a better deal.
The public response to the groundbreaking action was mixed, with some saying they felt "disgusted" by mixing politics and sport, others saying the union had as much right to advertise as any other sponsor.
One caller to ABC radio suggested John Howard's appearance at major sporting events was political.
Rugby league started off as a working class breakaway from the rugby union in 1895.
Rugby league was born when the rugby union refused to pay compensation to injured players from working class clubs in Northern England.
According to the NRL website, rugby union's attitude was "if men couldn't afford to play, then they shouldn't play at all".
Australia's working class rugby players followed the English lead, with the formation of a rugby league competition in 1908.
For the past two seasons, the NRL, half-owned by News Ltd, has made a point of honouring its roots.
The half-time demonstration was organised by Unions ACT.
The Raiders defeated the Roosters 42-10 with Schifcofske playing his way into the Queensland team for this week's state of origin decider.
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