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The Canada Bay Debacle


Dear Sir,

The continuing saga of Canada Bay must surely be the fusty icing on the weevil-infested cake of Local Government that authenticates its worthlessness in today's governance structures. It is now time for Harry Woods , the Minister for Local Government to step in and sack this dysfunctional council.

Not satisfied with the elected councilors squabbling among themselves they altercate like belligerent magpies over over who gets to peck the bottletop , and lick the cream of the milk . Or who gets the first suck of the tomato sauce on the saveloy We now have the Mayor almost deposed in a attempted Coup d'état , and calls for strike action.

While the threat of strike action, is an absurd furphy as this only benefits the ratepayers through saved wages and justification of hidden outsourcing machinations. This Union is certainly on the right track in demanding strong

leadership.

Frank Sartor , would certainly fit the criteria to subjugate this epitome of "Bedlam". He certainly knows the price of everything,including personal tenets.

While not agreeing with most of the tactics used by Sydney City Council, in its continuing restructure. There can be no denying the gains made - not only by Sydney City residents , but also the employees, who have some of the hardest working and best paid "Garbo`s and Street Sweepers", in the world - among their assemblage.

While debate is an intricate part of democracy, the long-winded, comical,whimsical and sometime capricious verbosity of the sassy, uncultured, and curt behaviour of the councilors of Canada Bay , would be a more befitting in a sequel of "One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest"

Come on Harry, Act on the initiative of this Union and its Organizer Ms. Carolyn Moore, in demanding action! Sack the lot of the Bludgers!

Give Frank a go at the lamp-posts?

Tom Collins


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Features
*  Interview: Tony Abbott – Workers' Friend?
The new Workplace Relations minister relives his own union background and explains why he’s really just another worker at heart. Honestly.
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*  Politics: The Politics of Petrol
Australia might be burning, but is it a fire that can be brought under control?
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*  Organising: The Battle of Campsie
SDA delegate Maria Kavaratzis recounts how the Campsie Big W has been transformed into a union shop.
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*  History: Scabbing Through the Ages
Neale Towart looks back at how popular culture has treated those workers who have not considered themselves part of the collective.
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*  International: Diary of a Showdown
The Korean Metal Workers Federation recounts a week which culminated in violent attacks on workers outside the Daewoo factory.
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*  Economics: Debt Dumping Campaign Enters New Phase
The millennial deadline might have passed, but Jubilee 2000 is not giving up the fight for debt cancellation for the world’s fifty-two poorest countries.
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*  Health: The Real Drug Wars
As Africa attempts to deal with the HIV crisis, access to the medicines that can relieve victims’ suffering is emerging as a major humanitarian issue.
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*  Satire: Liberals Claim Triumph in Queensland
John Howard has claimed the Liberal Party’s decimation in Western Australia and Queensland as a triumphant vindication of his party’s embracing of the national competition policy.
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*  Review: Beyond a White Australia
As we ponder the One Nation renaissance, a new book challenges the current debates around xenophobia and the perceived threat of danger from Asia.
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»  Unions Pause On New Safety Laws
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»  Heavy Handed Tactics Leave Speedo Workers Exposed
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»  Activists Notebook
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»  Vale: Charlie Fitzgibbon (1922-2001)
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Columns
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»  The Locker Room
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»  Trades Hall
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»  Tool Shed
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Letters to the editor
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»  Service Fees a Cop Out
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»  Not Quite Right on Discrimination
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»  Explaining it to Pauline
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»  The Canada Bay Debacle
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