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Issue No. 314 07 July 2006  

The Power of Ones
Lorissa Sevens is no shrinking violet; she had mown down attackers for her nation playing defence for the Matildas. But even this sort of toughness means nothing in the face of WorkChoices.


Interview: The Month Of Living Dangerously
When the mobs took over the streets of Dili it was the people of East Timor that bore the brunt. Elisabeth Lino de Araujo from Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA was there to witness what happened.

Unions: Staying Mum
Penrith mums, Linda Everingham and Jo Jacobson, are at the heart of a grassroots campaign to boot Jackie Kelly, out of federal parliament. Jim Marr caught up with one half of the sister act.

Economics: Precious Metals
There's a lot of spin around AWAs in the mining industry, but Tony Maher argues all that glitters is not gold.

Industrial: The Cold 100
The Iemma Government has come up with 100 reasons why WorkChoices is a dud, with 100 examples of ripped off workers

History: The Vinegar Hill Mob
This month's Blacktown Rally was not the first time workers had stood up for their rights in the region, writes Andrew Moore.

Legal: Free Agents
Is an independent contractor a small businessperson or a worker? The answer depends upon whether the contractor is genuinely �independent� or not, writes Even Jones.

Politics: Under The Influence
Bob Gould thinks Sonny Bill Williams is a hunk; he reveals all in a left wing view of The Bulletin�s 100 most influential Australians, questioning the relevance of some, and adding a few of his own.

International: How Swede It Was
Geoff Dow pays tribute to the passing of Rudolf Meidner, one of the architects of the Swedish model of capitalism.

Review: Keating's Men Slam Dance on Howard
These punk rockers are out to KO WorkChoices. Nathan Brown joins the fray.


 Jihad Johnny Targets Perth

 Rio Sets Up Own Goal

 Telstra Fails to Snag Protest

 AWAs Bucket Queenslanders

 Kev Gives Aussies the Finger

 Movie Blue: Win-Win for Critics

 Wage Cut Scam Legal

 Hardie Boss Takes 60 Percent Rise

 The Stack Goes On

 Boss Opens Door For Thieves

 Hendy Banks on Mass Amnesia

 Eisteddfod Win: Your Rock At Work

 Airline Crashes Into Paypackets

 Canucks Can BHP

 Activist's What's On!


The Soapbox
Work Choice: US Military Style
John Howard has learnt a few lessons on workers rights from his Texan buddy, writes Rowan Cahill.

Westie Wing
As Pru Goward slams into the glass ceiling of the NSW Liberal Party, Ian West considers how women are faring under the Howard-Costello Government.

The Locker Room
A World Away
Phil Doyle is pleased that a display of subtle beauty and athletic grace has been overtaken by some good old-fashioned mindless violence

 Oz Hails Sun King
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Activist's What's On!

An Urgent Appeal From Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA

We need to raise money immediately so that the people of East Timor can rebuild their lives after the recent unrest.

Please send a generous gift to assist local organisations in rebuilding a peaceful, free and productive society in East Timor.

Click here to donate using our secure online donation form Select East Timor from the drop down menu under 'section C. Once Off donations'.

OR phone our toll free number 1800 888 674

OR send a cheque made out to APHEDA Inc. with a note alerting us that it is for the East Timor Appeal

The recent conflict in East Timor has severely disrupted the day-to-day lives of the population and has been a blow to the confidence of this young independent nation. Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA would like to provide additional support to its partner organisations in East Timor to help rebuild infrastructure and restore confidence. Support from donors like yourself can help make this happen.

Union Aid Abroad -APHEDA will need to quickly respond to the needs of local partner organisations in East Timor when they are able to resume their work. These key civil society organisations focus on strengthening vocational skills, developing the union movement, resolving conflict peacefully and informing the population through independent media.

Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA's partner organisations are likely to need assistance in the following:

Repairing any damaged infrastructure or equipment

Replacing stolen or damaged goods

Restarting their programs

Developing programs that encompass reconciliation and peace building activities using community radio and theatre groups

Providing vocational and income generating skills to unemployed young men so they feel they have a share in the future of their community.

You can help by donating:

$1000 - To fund a vocational training workshop targeting young unemployed males

$500 - To fund a theatre tour to rural villages to promote reconciliation

$100 - To partially fund training for community radio stations on developing programs that support peace building and reconciliation

$50 - To help make a gate to secure an office building

$30 - To help replace stolen/destroyed office equipment

By donating to East Timor you will be helping the traumatised people of this nation redevelop confidence and hope that their nation can continue to grow and prosper.

You will be supporting programs that equip individuals and communities in East Timor with skills and experiences to create a peaceful, free and productive society.

Your support for the people of East Timor is so important for them at this difficult and unsettling time.

Day of Action for Asbestos Victims: THURSDAY JULY 13 The $4.5 billion dollar compensation deal for James Hardie asbestos victims is at risk of collapse as the Howard Government refuses to guarantee charitable status for the scheme established to pay the victims.

While legal advice has said the scheme should be deemed a charity and compensation schemes of other former asbestos producers are treated as charities, the Australian Tax Office has refused to support the James Hardie victims.

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union, and the Maritime Union of Australia are supporting asbestos victims and their families by demanding the Howard Government put the interests of victims and their families ahead of tax revenue.

You are urged to support the Day of Action and join asbestos victims as they demand Liberal members of Parliament in marginal seats stop sabotaging the viability of the compensation settlement negotiated by the ACTU for James Hardie asbestos victims.

Blacktown - office of Louise Markus MP
11am, 30-32 Campbell Street, Blacktown

Penrith - office of Jackie Kelly MP
1pm, Cnr Woodriff and Tindale Streets, Penrith

Central Coast - office of Ken Ticehurst MP
12noon, 14 Pioneer Avenue, Tuggerah

Fair Go From Here?

Industrial Relations Forum:

2nd in the 'Fair Go' conference series
Thursday 24th August 2006
Sofitel Wentworth, Sydney
For more information please visit the conference website at:
Conference Secretariat: ICE Australia
Email: [email protected]

Pope Talks IR

Monday 25 September 2006.

Brisbane Work and Industry Futures QUT, and the Department of Industrial Relations Griffith University are convening a one-day conference that explores Work, Industrial Relations and Popular Culture.

David Pope, the cartoonist behind the Heinrich Hinze cartoons will be Keynote Speaker with his presentation - "Is the pen mightier than s356? Cartoons and Work" (

We welcome any paper that explores the manner in which popular culture is used by unions, management or policy makers or alternatively, how work and industrial relations is represented within popular culture.

Sub-themes for the conference include: - Policy, Influence and Modern Mediums - Which is Reality, Work or TV? - Popular Music: Is it the End of the Working Class Man? - Working in the Movies: What do we see? - Popular Culture as a Teaching Tool. Call for Papers. Abstracts are due 14 July 2006 Full papers are due 11 September 2006 Location; Southbank, Brisbane.

The convenors would welcome participants to submit proposed titles earlier to assist in preparations. For further information please contact Keith Townsend ([email protected]) or David Peetz ([email protected])

Rekindling the Flames of Discontent: How the Labour and Folk Movements Work Together

A Conference - Dinner - Concert

The Brisbane Labour History Association is holding a Conference/Dinner/Concert on Saturday 23 September. This event will explore the historical relationship between the labour movement and the folk movement in Australia with a particular emphasis on Queensland.

Why? To celebrate the history of the interaction between the Folk and Labour movements, and promote its longevity.

When? Saturday 23 September. Conference from 1pm. Concert from 7pm.

Where? East Brisbane Bowls Club, Lytton Rd, East Brisbane, Next to Mowbray Park

It is still in the formative stages, but to date the following are confirmed:

1-5pm CONFERENCE (will include music with the presentations):
Doug Eaton on John Manifold & the Communist Arts Group in Brisbane, Brisbane Realists
Bob & Margaret Fagan on Sydney Realist Writers
Mark Gregory on trade union & labour songs/music, nationally/internationally
Lachlan & Sue on international perspectives

5 - 7pm Drinks followed by DINNER

7 - 11pm CONCERT
Combined Unions Choir
Bob and Margaret Fagan
Mark Gregory
Jumping Fences

For more information contact the BLHA President Greg Mallory on [email protected], or Secretary Ted Reithmuller on [email protected], or Dale Jacobsen on [email protected]


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