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  Issue No 83 Official Organ of LaborNet 09 February 2001  

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Cavalier Attitude to Cricketers


Rod Cavalier's comments about the Australian cricket team are typical of many sport followers. They can't accept that improvements in training methods, sports medicine and nutrition have resulted in far fitter sportsmen who last a lot longer than their predecessors. They can't accept that technology allows sides to identify weaknesses in others and target them accordingly.

The 1920-21 & 1948 sides played the Poms immediately after 2 world wars when they'd lost a pile of players on the battlefield & the remainder hadn't had a decent feed in years. Such well prepared opposition compared with the malnourished types who tour these days.

What people who laud players & teams of earlier times as better than the present are really saying is that life was much better for them years ago when they were younger & felt healthier.

But don't worry folks - you're not alone. It's not just cricket fans who think things used to be better. It's the same in all walks of life. I love hearing how rugby sides from 50 years ago weighing in at an average 15kg lighter than their contemporary counterparts would have thrashed the current lineups. And of course, there's our leaders in the labour movement - they're not a patch on Curtin & Chifley are they?

I suppose it's all just part of living in a nation of knockers & whingers.

David Martin


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Features
*  Interview: Dispatch from Davos
ACTU President Shahran Burrow reports back on the trade union movement’s presence at last week’s meeting of the heavyweights of global capital.
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*  Unions: After the Gold Rush
Recent mass sackings at high-profile e-businesses are beginning to expose the flimsiness of the ‘jobs for all’ predictions made on behalf of the sector.
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*  Economics: The Other Davos
While the world’s business leaders met in Davos, a very different gathering was taking place in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Pat Ranald was there.
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*  Politics: While We Were Snoozing
As we lay in our banana chair through summer the political world kept turning with a new man in the White House. Here’s what we missed while we were off the air.
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*  History: Federation Day, 1901
One hundred years after Australia became a nation, Ralph Sawyer relives the original Federation Day through the eyes of Billy Hughes.
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*  International: Burma: The Struggle Continues
As the internatinal community moves to bring Burma to account, APHEDA - Union Aid Abroad is working on the ground.
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*  Review: Inside the Journopolis
In his new book, Rob Johnson brings the infamous Cash for Comment Affair to life.
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*  Satire: Families Demand Longer Work Hours
A new report confirms the long held suspicion that employees who reduce their workload to spend more time with their spouse and children just end up annoying their families even more.
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»  Action as Australia Considers WTO Ties
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Columns
»  The Soapbox
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»  Sport
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»  Trades Hall
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»  Tool Shed
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Letters to the editor
»  Cavalier Attitude to Cricketers
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»  Unions and the WEF: How should unions bridge the divide?
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»  Botsman's Ivory Tower
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»  Volunteering a Modest Proposal
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