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Special Comp: Just Who Are Our Friends?


Labor Council went to Macquarie Street this week to brief Labor MPs on our shift to an organising culture. Just 32 of the 71 members elected to represent the workers of NSW turned up. Who were they??

Now we're not the sort of publication to hold a witch-hunt, but we reckon that this was the sort of event that any politician interested in trade unions would line up to attend.

Those who made it received a thorough briefing on Organising and an overview of new opportunities to work with trade unions.

Rather than running the list of attendees, we're offering you the chance to pick the Labor MPs who came along. And there's a special Unions 2000 cap if you pick an apology.

Simply click the button below and enter the name of a Labor member, specifying whether you think they turned up or didn't attend.

We'll send a special souvenir 'Howards End' T-shirt to those who get it right. Our only clue is that just five of those present were Ministers.

And we'll publish the winners and losers - along with their selections - in the next issue.


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In this issue
Features
*  Interview: The Gospel According To ...
Green Bans legend Jack Mundey looks back on his days in the BLF and the lessons that can be drawn from that experience today,
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*  Unions: Spinning at the Casino
In the lead-up to this weekend's historic strike, active LHMU members at Sydney’s Star City Casino have been making their own news.
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*  East Timor: Rebuilding From the Nightmare
NSW Attorney General Jeff Shaw travelled to Dili to get a first-hand perspective on the reconstruction work required.
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*  History: Internal Democracy and the BLF
How the rank and file team that took over the BLF in the early sixties attempted to devolve power to the grassroots.
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*  International: Towards Liberation
Zimbabwe trade unions are at the centre of the democratic struggle going on within the African Nation
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*  Republic: The Referendum We Had To Have
Paul Norton finds some hope in last year's resounding defeat of the republic proposition.
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*  Work/Time/Life: @work in the e-century
Marian Baird takes stock of how far we’ve come, or not come, in terms of our working life.
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*  Review: Rocking the Foundations
Pat Fiske's wonderful documentary on the BLF should be compulsory viewing for anyone in the union movement talking about shifting to an Organising Model.
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News
»  Sock Nazis Spark Casino Strike
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»  Grave Fears Over Carr's Funeral Agenda
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»  Packer, Pratt to Profit at Unions' Expense
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»  Telstra Discrimination: 'Round one' to the Workers
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»  Timor Fundraiser a Blast
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»  Water workers flood CBD head office
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»  Libs Plead for Help on IR
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»  Employment National Workers Win CES Conditions
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»  Teachers Deal Still Undone
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»  Pressure Builds for Compo Pull-Out
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»  Pacific Unions Increase Regional Ties
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»  Ellis to Give May Day Toast
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»  Special Comp: Just Who Are Our Friends?
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