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Interview: Organising In Cyberspace
Workers Online speaks to the ACTU's Union Organiser of the Year, Greg Harvey from the RTBU, who has been using cutting edge ways to communicate with a blue-collar workforce spread across five states.

Industrial: How Low Is Low
Neale Towart looks at the much hyped link between minimum wages and employment

Industrial: Cloak and Dagger
The Howard Govwernment has begun rolling out workshops to inform employers on how to use WorkChoices. Sean Ambrose sneaked through the doors for Workers Online.

Unions: Bad Medicine
Nathan Brown reports on how Australia Postís dodgy Faculty Nominated Doctor system is leaving sick workers feeling worse.

History: Right Turn, Clyde
Bob Gould believes news of Clyde Cameronís demise may be premature

Economics: Long Division
Kenneth Davidson looks at a successful political strategy

International: Union Proud
A University of California librarian calls for union labels to increase worker visibility

Politics: Howardís Sick Joke
Phil Doyle looks at an attack on one of the great achievements of the union movement

Indigenous: The year of living dangerously
That mob in parliament house seems to be hopelessly out of touch with Indigenous Australia. So much so, that Graham Ring wonders if the House on the Hill is becoming a Ďcultural museumí.

Review: Lights, Camera, Strike!
Mandrake the Electrician has been down to the video store over the summer and rounded up the Top Ten Union Movies of all time.

Culture: News Front
If the owners are selling off papers, perhaps the unions should buy them says Mark Dobbie.


The Soapbox
Australian Fascism
Rowan Cahill critiques Gerard Hendersonís unique take on history

Westie Wing
Will Westie's Wings be clipped, or will the Hills Angels repent and deliver?

The Locker Room
The Heart Of The Matter
Phil Doyle rolls up the red carpet and celebrates the death of an old foe


Home Truths
The truth has been breaking out in all sorts of strange places this week.


 Wipeout: Minchin Surfs New Wave

 Scoop-idity: How The Truth Was Nicked

 Howard's Bastard Under Lock and Key

 Bank Shops Skilled Workers

 Debnam Dogs on Libs

 Jacko: "I'm Bad"

 Computer Strike Could Crash System

 Builders' Cleavage Strikes Gold

 Andrews Cops Legal Buffeting

 Brough Love for Women

 CFMEU Aids Escape

 Hunt on for Asbestos Crims

 Unions Counsel Queen

 Guests Get Pizza Topping

 Download a Pollie

 Activist's What's On!

 Howard, My Part In His Downfall
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The Locker Room

The Heart Of The Matter

Phil Doyle rolls up the red carpet and celebrates the death of an old foe

"Sports tell the truth about human life. They are the heart of the matter." Michael Novak, sports psychologist.

It gladdens the heart of an old Royboy to see the Carlton Football Club choking on its own vomit.

I don't care if you're not interested in Australian Football, I know already that you love to hate. A lot of sport is about hating. It's one of the wholesome things about sport. Hate is an emotion you can trust.

Carlton: the suburb so synonymous with Melbourne they put a bloody great cemetery in the middle of it as some giant metaphor for the spirit that made Australia what it is today.

Carlton: the club of Robert Menzies and Malcolm Fraser, or John Elliott, that annoying little fat kid from Hey Dad, the ancient junkies in the Summerworld Hotel in Coburg, of long dead communists who stood outside Brunswick hotels, broke, cursing three generations of Victorian High society.

Carlton: Australia's Ellis Island. A home to poor huddled masses ever since someone found gold in the Victorian highlands. The centre of all that was exotic, even the Irish were strange, beautiful and terrible in Carlton.

Carlton, with its mansions and boot factories and slums and working class jews and every other race, colour and shape under the sun.

Carlton: overrun by pot smoking hippies in the seventies spawning a million bad songs, thousands of bad books, hundreds of bad plays and a score of equally worse films.

Carlton. It grew too big for itself and became something else. A brash, individualistic ideal.

Fitzroy, that mad-aunt of a football club, appeared realistic at least.

Carlton was flares and wide lapels, black desert boots and long hair while Fitzroy was still long necks of beer and short back and sides. Carlton would chat up your girlfriend while you were in the dunny.

The Carlton Football Club was a bloody great bully. The sort of rugged individualists that thought they should be taken seriously. Purists, with a proud pedigree. The sort of people that make train spotters scary. Every Carlton supporter can be diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome - a form of autism.

Now its in serious strife, with figures with a lot of zeros after them appearing on the balance sheet in red ink. Tough. I hope they rot and die, and find out how we felt on the other side of Nicholson Street when they did the Wolf Creek to us in 1996 and took the blood spattered remains up to Brisbane like the savages they are.

Exterminate the brutes!

It's hardly surprising that the Australian cricket team has done a Kerry Packer and died in the arse.

Dick Ponting is obviously grief stricken at the death of his old meal ticket.

The hard heads from finance down at ACP are unlikely to tolerated the sort of largesse that gave us the AFL rights bidding war. If this keeps up Michael Clarke may have to get a real job. I'd like to say that cricket is the real winner, but unfortunately it's South Africa.

But grief is a normal human emotion, which is why it is so surprising when you find it expressed by a member of the Australian Cricket team.

No doubt the boys will snap out of it, life goes on.

That is, unless you're Kerry Packer.

Phil Doyle - going for the half ball shot on the brown into the middle pocket


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