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  Issue No 82 Official Organ of LaborNet 20 December 2000  




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Paul Howes' Year on the Web

Our resident geek surveys the best on the web from a year when trade unionism went virtual.



NSW Teachers Federation

Recently nominated for union site of the year by Labourstart, the NSW Teachers Federation website was definitely one of the most impressive union launched over the last twelve months.

The Federation has recognised the web as being an important tool in communicating with their membership and their site reflects that recognition. This site definitely sets the benchmark for all new union sites.

Carmen Lawrence Online

Federal ALP member for Fremantle Dr. Carmen Lawrence launched her own website earlier in 2000. The site was one of many sites launched by ALP pollies throughout the year, but this one was most definitely ahead of the rest of the pack.

Carmen's site differs from most MP's sites by being easy to navigate, attractive and containing enough information without swamping the public with meaningless words. Unfortunately Carmen's domain is ".com" which I believe to be bad branding.

Silly 2000

The team behind the Chaser got caught up in Olympic spirit this year and launched Silly 2000 to "Keep you sane during the Games". The site generated a lot of interest during the games especially their Medal Tally, which was adjusted to ensure that the USA wouldn't win. The site is still up so have a look.

Blatant Self Promotion

LaborNET was relaunched in February of 2000 and looking back over the year it has gone from strength to strength. LaborNET has consistently been the Number One Political site in Australia according to The AskNeale section is continually being updated with new information, the Tool Shed continues to "out" closeted tools across the political spectrum. Needless to say Workers Online continues to grow with this issue being number 82, it even survived for several months when our editor Peter Lewis fled the country in self imposed exile to escape the Olympics and the talented Noel Hester took the Helm. Next year LaborNET will continue to expand with already a revamped Labor Council site in the pipeline.


ALP National Conference

The ALP National Conference held in Hobart in August 2000. This conference was heralded as the first paperless political conference in the world. All conference documents, motions, discussion papers etc were published on the web and transmitted to delegates via a conference intranet and available to ALP members not at the conference via conference web site.

Jennie George Retirement

When former ACTU President Jennie George retired in March 2000 she did it by signing off online in LaborNET's Virtual Trades Hall (VTH) Chatroom. The was the first major chat to take place in VTH and was very successful with may young women workers and union officials asking Jennie for advice and her ideas for the future of the union movement.

New Year Surfing

Several new sites of interest have been launched recently well worth a look over the Christmas break:

Electrical Trades Union (NSW)

The ETU has had a recent revamp of their site. The new and improved site features lots of information for members, FAQ's, online membership applications and much more.... well worth checking out.

Bush-Cheney Transitional Site

The website of the George Bush's transitional administration.

National Union of Workers

The NUW Federal Office has recently launched a website.

NSW Young Labor

Young Labor has revamped their site.

If you have any sites you want Paul to review in the New Year or you want added to the LaborNET links section email him [email protected]


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*   Issue 82 contents

In this issue
*  Interview: Being Michael Costa
Labor Council�s secretary on the 2KY sell-off, the Olympics and his plans for the future.
*  Unions: Millennial Milestones
In a year of highs, some trade union stories stuck in the collective consciousness. Here's ten of the best.
*  International: Eric Lee's Year in Review
The editor of Labourstart looks back on the global issues that mobilized labour in the past 12 months.
*  Organising: Dispatches from the Field
Despite the 'Botsmanesque' critiques which have been levelled at Organising, it would be hard to deny that the year 2000 has seen more and more unions in NSW latch onto the approach - at least in principle anyway.
*  Economics: Who Gets Gold??
At the end of this Olympic year, Sydney Uni's Frank Stilwell charts the winners and losers in the new sport of redistribution of income.
*  Politics: Election 2000: The Winner is Gridlock
In the last in his series on the US Federal Election Campaign, Michael Gadiel, our roving reporter, gladly signs off.
*  Satire: Chaser Launches Book
In the great tradition of repackaging old material to cash in on Christmas, the team from The Chaser & Silly 2000 has produced its first book.
*  Review: Cultural Wasteland
The spotlight was on Australian culture in 2000. But was it a missed opportunity, asks Peter Zangari.

»  Mad Monk's Secret Union Past
»  New Life for Trades Hall
»  Top Cop is Our Organiser of the Year
»  All We Want for Christmas
»  Summer for Social Justice
»  Unions Return to Mosh Pit
»  Unions Head West
»  Big Bastard Censors Dissidents
»  South Coast Labor President Steps Down
»  As a Died in the Wool Westie Steps Up
»  Dying Workers' Asbestos Plea
»  Workers at Centre of Turn Of the Century
»  Truth about S11 Starting to Come Out

»  The Soapbox
»  The Locker Room
»  Trades Hall
»  Tool Shed

Letters to the editor
»  The Greatest Team Ever?
»  ABC Online Did Strike
»  Why Nader Vote was not Wasted
»  John Scrooge's Christmas Gift

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