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Letters to the Editor

Reith an Error of Judgment


Comrades,

I am all for a pluraliat approach to the content of the worker's news weekily, but puhleeze! what is Reith doing here? Seriously, the excuse that the editorial offered, that it is simply providing us with the opportunity to really find out what Reith thinks is an insult to the intelligence of every worker in this country.

First, do you honestly believe that workers do not know what Reith thinks about them and their rights at work? Have you not read opinion polls which show clearly that Australians generally rate him as untrustworthy and partisan? Do you think the workers who have recently given evidence of their treatment at work under Reith's laws at the senate inquiry into the second wave IR legislation do not understand where he stands?

Secondly, Reith has available to him all the airspace and time he needs to get his message across, unlike the average worker, for whom WOL is the only generally accessible broad based and union friendly journal in the country. So how come you have given him a free kick? Shame on you. This has been a definite error of judgement.

Linda

Direct Election

With regard to Reith's little gem.Somebody should remind him if his position was directly elected he be out of a job! has he forgotten that the Labor Party scored 52% of the primary vote last election?

I'm all for more direct democracy and accountability in the union movement. Bring it on!

Labour and capital can never be reconciled!

solidarity

Uri Ben-Avraham (ANF)


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In this issue
Features
*  Interview: Let Sleeping Dogs
Republican campaigner Jason Yat-Sen Li dusts off after Saturday’s vote. We ask him: where to now?
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*  Republic: Readers Speak - Kerry the Face to Deface
We asked and you have spoken; Sydney heiress Kerry Jones is the Workers Online choice for desktop doodling, as the official winner of our Defacement of a Nation competition.
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*  Economics: Understanding the Economy
Who was voted thinker of the millenium in a recent BBC Online poll? Karl Marx shooed it in. And another socialist, Albert Einsten, came second.
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*  Unions: Come Fly Away!
With just four weeks to go, Labor Council's Organiser of the year Award is up for grabs. We've only had the one entry ...
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*  Work/Time/Life: Better Times for Casuals in the Sunshine State
The Queensland Council of Unions has mounted a case in the Queensland IRC to increase wages for casual workers by up to $2.00 extra per hour.
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*  International: All Black Fate Looms for New Zealand Right
The New Zealand economic experiment – for many years the cherished role model of the Australian Liberal Party – is just about to face an angry jury.
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*  History: Who Remembers Egon Erwin Kisch?
Egon Erwin Kisch was a well known progressive journalist living in Germany when he was invited by the Australian branch of the world committee against war and fascism to speak at a conference in Melbourne in 1934.
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*  Review: Bizarrism - Strange Lives, Cults, Celebrated Lunacy
The strange story of Donald Crowhurst or how to cheat and become a God.
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*  Satire: Support Surges for Armenian Republic Model
The assassination by gun crazed extremists of the Armenian Prime Minister has been cautiously backed by Ted Mack and the Direct Electionist lobby as a possible new Republican model.
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»  Bank Workers Win $3000 Payment for New Years Eve
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»  Union Organiser Thrown Off Bridge
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»  Justice at Last for Waterfront Asbestos Victims
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»  Timor Update: Positions Vacant; Upcoming Events.
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Columns
»  Guest Report
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»  Sport
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»  Trades Hall
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»  Piers Watch
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Letters to the editor
»  Fall of Communism as foreseen in 1931
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»  Reith an Error of Judgment
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»  Republic Post Mortem
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»  The Boston Strangler
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»  SOS From New York
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»  Mag[email protected] - Wasn't it Satire?
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