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Interview: Machine Man
It�s regarded as the most powerful job in the Party, but new NSW ALP general secretary Mark Arbib wants to build a bridge with the union movement.

Unions: Testing Times
Unions are not opposed to drug and alcohol testing, but they do want to see real safety issues addressed, writes Phil Doyle.

Bad Boss: Freespirit Haunts Internet
FreeSpirit forked out a motza for a whiz bang internet presence then disappeared right off the radar � once it was nominated as our Bad Boss for May.

Unions: Badge of Honour
Surry Hills is home to one of the world�s finest displays of union badges thanks to Bill "The Bear" Pirie and a supporting cast headed by Joe Strummer, Mark Knopfler, George Benson, Annie Lennox and other seriously big noises.

National Focus: Noel's World
Shrill bosses bleat over minimum wage rise, union spinmeisters congregate in Melbourne and Tassie�s nurses take the baton from their mob in Victoria reports Noel Hester in this national round up.

Economics: Safe Refuge
A humanitarian approach to refugees and an economically rational one?? I�d like to see that. Frank Stilwell did, when he went to Young in NSW to look into the impact of the Afghan refugees on temporary protection visas who came to work for the local abattoir

International: Global Abuse
Amnesty International have joined the chorus against the violation of trade union rights in the former Soviet republic of Belarus.

History: The Honeypot
To the Honeypot come those individuals anxious to get their hands on instant wealth. So it was in the early days of Broken Hill, wrties Grace Hawes in this homage to the mining town.

Review: Death And The Barbarians
This new take on coming of age films focuses on the coming of death and the dignity and maturity it can inspire among those touched by it - though not always easily in the overcrowded Canadian public health system, writes Tara de Boehmler.

Poetry: Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
Resident Bard David Peetz uncovers some of the unfolding mysteries of talk back radio.


The Soapbox
Rethinking Left and Right Part 1
Dr David McKnight, from the University of Technology, Sydney presents a new frame for looking at the competing ideas within Social Democracy.

The Soapbox
Rethinking Left and Right Part 2
David McKnight concludes the paper he presented to the �Rethinking Social Democracy� conference, in London, April 15-17, 2004.

Out On A Limb
Phil Doyle becomes the first Australian journalist to state that the Olympics will be called off.

The Westie Wing
In the latest episode, Ian West explores what Disraeli called "Lies, damn lies and statistics".

Message from America
Searing snapshots from a landscape of uncertainty have plunged the Bush Administration into deeper crisis, writes WorkingForChange's Bill Berkowitz.


The Mouse That Roars
A number of campaigns this week show how web campaigning is reaching a level of sophistication that is transforming it from a gee-whiz fad to a potent industrial tool.


 Casual Affair Costs Family

 Dob a Driver Strikes Out

 Crash LAME�s Smoking Gun

 Axe To Fall On Skippy

 Internet Replaces Crayons

 Young Lives Crushed

 Feds Move Goal Posts

 Telstra Baulks at Two Percent

 Crane Death Brings Fine

 Worker Breaks Unwritten Law

 Private Nurses Short Changed

 RailCorp Wrecks Weekend

 Thunderbirds Are Stop

 Activists What�s On!

 Justice For Victims Denied
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Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Resident Bard David Peetz uncovers some of the unfolding mysteries of talk back radio.

Ever wondered how blue chip Tory David Flint got to be head regulator of broadcasting? Or how Alan Jones' sponsorship by Telstra got the green light? Puzzled by why your Telstra landline rental is about to go up to $30 a month? Thanks to some tapped conversations leaked to resident bard David Peetz by DIO, we have the answer. Listen carefully and you will hear the voices of David Flint, Alan Jones, John Howard, and even Dana Vale - and they're all singing along to a famous Cole Porter tune. And they'll all be singing it again in at this weekend's Yag'ubi multicultural festival at Hervey Bay, Queensland!


"Who wants to be a millionaire?"
"I do!"
"Who wants, to be king of the air?"
"I do!"
"Say Telstra's bad cause Optus pays you a log
Then Telstra pays you"
"And Telstra's top dog!"
"Who wants to be above the law?"
"I do!"
"Someone the politicians adore?"
"I do!"
"Who wants a station all of his own?"
"I do!"
"Well then you
Should talk to my mate John."

"Who wants to stay Prime Minister?"
"I do!"
"Big budgets to administer? "
"I do!"
"Crush all those pesky Sods who say you're not nice
Take my advice"
"I won't even think twice"
"Who wants to be above the law?"
"I do!"
"Someone the bosses all adore?"
"I do!"
"Who wants a country all of his own?"
"I do!"
"Well then you
Should talk to my mate David"

"Who wants to have a cushy job?"
"I do!"
"Perfect one for a monarchist snob?"
"I do!"
"Hob-knob with shock jocks and rub their egos
And make lots of dough"
"Two hundred K or so!"
"Who wants to be above the law?"
"I do!"
"Someone right wingers all adore?"
"I do!"
"Who wants a sinecure of his own?"
"I DO!"
"Well then you
Should speak to my mate Alan!"

"Alan, we're all thinking of you!"
"Thank you!"
"Alan, You must stay brave and true!"
"Thank you!"
"Alan, we all give you our warmest support!
our friendship's assured!"
"So let's not get caught!" (meoww!)
"Who let the cat right out of the bag?"
"Quick! Say that he's a jealous windbag!"
"And naughty!"
"It's all a lie, He barely knows me!"
"Or he, me!"
"Or he, me!"
"And she's out of her tree!"


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