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Issue No. 316 21 July 2006  

Call Security
There's a bloke, a pollster, prowling the country with a tale for the centre-left about messages and constituencies.


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.


 Hendification Blurs WorkChoices ll

 Visa Rorts Minister Urged to Quit

 Organiser On Front Line

 Fire Brigade Chokes on Tests

 Union Backs Man of Steel

 $3 Billion Dollar Chalkies

 Lib Pans Telstra Job Cuts

 James Hardie Joins AWA Crusade

 Job Network Unravels

 Andrews Discovers Irony

 Big Business Bashes Bush

 Howard Pinches Pay

 Tilers Spark Korean Protest

 Activists 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

 Balancing Act
 Sick of Ants
 Swimming Uphill
 Praise from Belly
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Organiser On Front Line

A former Australian union organiser is in the thick of war torn southern Lebanon, helping 750 displaced people sheltering in a local school.

Sari Kassis, a long time Australian activist, is appealing for help as hundreds of thousands of Lebanese families flee their homes.

"Internally displaced refugees are pouring into Beirut," says Kassis. "They are being housed in schools and mosques. All of them have been attacked by the Israelis at some point in time; all of them traumatised."

Kassis is working with NGO Al-Huda to provide water, food and medical supplies as well as baby's milk and nappies for young families.

Kassis, who recently returned to Lebanon to marry, reports the 750 people are expected to swell in number as air and missile attacks intensify in the coming days.

Former workmates at the Finance Sector Union report hearing the sound of exploding shells during telephone conversations with Kassis.

"We've been trying to keep in contact each day," says Chris Gambian from the FSU. "It's chilling sitting comfortably at home in Sydney while one of your good friends is contemplating the next missile strike.

The FSU has moved to raise $20,000 to support Kassis' efforts, with money donated through the FSU to be sent to Lebanon via APHEDA - Union Aid Abroad.

Offers of assistance and messages of support can be sent to Chris Gambian at [email protected] or by phone on 0438 898 198

Meanwhile APHEDA - Union Aid Abroad is appealing for funds to face the humanitarian catastrophe in Lebanon and in the Gaza strip.

"We are facing a humanitarian crisis on an unprecedented scale. We ask all good people in the world to help us," says Olfat Mahmoud, the Director of Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA's partner organisation, Women's Humanitarian Organisation (WHO). "The women, children and elderly are terrified and trapped after days of sustained brutal bombing of the entire area around our camp. There is no electricity, no fuel for the generators, no medical supplies and we are in urgent need of food and drugs for the children and the elderly."

"I have lived through all the wars in Lebanon since 1960 and this is the most horrific scene I have ever witnessed."

Donations can be made by calling 1800 888 674, sending to Union Aid Abroad, Level 3, 377-383 Sussex St, Sydney NSW 2000, or going to and making a donation online


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