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Issue No. 322 01 September 2006  

Justice, Applied Liberally
To think, Phillip Ruddock used to be a liberal.


Interview: Australia’s Most Wanted
The ACCC is the latest state agency to turn its guns on the construction union. National official, Dave Noonan, discusses the implications.

Industrial: The Fox and the Contractor
With new laws looming for “independent contractors”, Foxtel subbies have had the carpet pulled from under their feet, writes Nathan Brown.

Unions: Industrial Wasteland
A group of inner-Sydney veterans appear to be working to strip their families of retirement incomes. Jim Marr records their desperation.

International: Two Bob's Worth
German and British workers are participating in business decisions while WorkChoices locks Australians out of the conversation, writes Anthony Forsyth.

Economics: National Interest
John Howard claimed that interest rates would always be lower under a Coalition government than under Labor, Neale Towart crunchess the numbers.

Environment: The Real Dinosaur
Economic ignorance remains at the top and the critics are oblivious says Sol Power

History: Only In Spain?
The experiences of self management during the Civil War have been the one positive factor to come from that tragic event, and the Mondragon Cooperative Corporation thrives today.

Review: Clerk Off
Nathan Brown draws solace from some fellow social misfits.


 Boss Gives Dad the Finger

 Amber's Law Pulps WorkChoices

 Westfield Flogs Good Deal

 Building Workers Spooked

 Bankers to Train Assassins

 Astroboy Blasts Off

 First Global Deal Docks in Germany

 Bans Stop the Press

 Deportation for Pay-To-Work Tradesman

 Telstra in Bush Bloodbath

 Boss Punts Assaulted Teen

 Ballots Stuffed By WorkChoices

 Howard in a Spin

 Extras – The Waterfront.

 Activist's What's On!


Westie Wing
MLC Ian West ventures beyond Macquarie St and into the desert of the eco rats.

The Soapbox
Testing Times
Former RLPA secretary and Newcastle Knights prop, Tony Butterfield, fires up over dawn raids.

Dare to Win
The union movement has lost an inspirational leader of working men and women, writes Jeana Vithoulkas

Tommy's Apprentice
Chapter Two - Tommy’s Tale.

 Please Don’t Go
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Extras – The Waterfront.

A once in a life-time chance beckons to be part of the historic Waterfront dispute.

The film-makers of the ABC mini-series on the 1998 waterfront war, Bastard Boys, will be filming in Sydney this month. And they are now calling for volunteers to help recreate the Patrick 'peaceful assembly' on September 16.

MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin who has already put his hand up to make a cameo on the day is especially calling on all 1998 veterans of the dispute to make the set, thereby ensuring the film is as authentic as possible.

Especially welcome are our comrades from other unions and community groups who helped win the war on the ground - nurses, teachers, firemen, entertainers, singers, sportsmen, artists, writers, construction and transport workers, miners and manufacturing workers to name a few.

"Without the widespread support from fellow unionists and community groups, we would not have been able to hold the line or win the hearts and minds of the public," said Paddy Crumlin. "We want to ensure the role you played in making history is there for all to see."

All unionists, family and friends are invited.

Listen to John Coombs (Colin Friels, Black Jack, Water Rats) addressing the troops.

Witness the re-enactment of union friendly Derek Corrigan (Kevin Harrington), joining workers on the picket and infuriating his brother, corporate villain Chris Corrigan, (Geoff Morrell).

Filming of the picket is scheduled for 2.30 pm to allow any waterside workers rostered on the day shift at P&O and Patrick to join the shoot after work.

Food and drinks will be provided as this is voluntary and people will not be paid for attending. But those coming for the 1.30 lunch should contact the union ([email protected]) or Associate Producer Louisa Kors ([email protected]) so they can cater for everyone.

Beer and a sausage sizzle will be put on at a venue to be announced after the shoot, with one of the MUA T-shirts printed for the series and autographed by the entire cast of actors auctioned off afterwards.

Buses will be made available from the MUA union rooms next to Trades Hall at midday for veterans and others coming into Sydney by public transport. Again contact the Sydney Branch rooms ([email protected]) if you are going to need transport.

Parking down at the docks will be off Penrhyn Rd, Port Botany, with a shuttle from there to the location.

The cast of Bastard Boys includes Jack Thompson (Melbourne wharfie) Daniel Frederiksen (Greg Combet), Anthony Hayes (Melbourne wharfie/official), Justine Smith (union lawyer Josh Bornstein) Daniel Wyllie (wharfie's wife) Justine Clarke (wharfie's wife) Lucy Bell (Petra Combet) Debra Kennedy (Gwen Coombs) Rhys Muldoon (Julian Burnside)


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