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Interview: The Month Of Living Dangerously
When the mobs took over the streets of Dili it was the people of East Timor that bore the brunt. Elisabeth Lino de Araujo from Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA was there to witness what happened.

Unions: Staying Mum
Penrith mums, Linda Everingham and Jo Jacobson, are at the heart of a grassroots campaign to boot Jackie Kelly, out of federal parliament. Jim Marr caught up with one half of the sister act.

Economics: Precious Metals
There's a lot of spin around AWAs in the mining industry, but Tony Maher argues all that glitters is not gold.

Industrial: The Cold 100
The Iemma Government has come up with 100 reasons why WorkChoices is a dud, with 100 examples of ripped off workers

History: The Vinegar Hill Mob
This month's Blacktown Rally was not the first time workers had stood up for their rights in the region, writes Andrew Moore.

Legal: Free Agents
Is an independent contractor a small businessperson or a worker? The answer depends upon whether the contractor is genuinely �independent� or not, writes Even Jones.

Politics: Under The Influence
Bob Gould thinks Sonny Bill Williams is a hunk; he reveals all in a left wing view of The Bulletin�s 100 most influential Australians, questioning the relevance of some, and adding a few of his own.

International: How Swede It Was
Geoff Dow pays tribute to the passing of Rudolf Meidner, one of the architects of the Swedish model of capitalism.

Review: Keating's Men Slam Dance on Howard
These punk rockers are out to KO WorkChoices. Nathan Brown joins the fray.


The Soapbox
Work Choice: US Military Style
John Howard has learnt a few lessons on workers rights from his Texan buddy, writes Rowan Cahill.

Westie Wing
As Pru Goward slams into the glass ceiling of the NSW Liberal Party, Ian West considers how women are faring under the Howard-Costello Government.

The Locker Room
A World Away
Phil Doyle is pleased that a display of subtle beauty and athletic grace has been overtaken by some good old-fashioned mindless violence


The Power of Ones
Lorissa Sevens is no shrinking violet; she had mown down attackers for her nation playing defence for the Matildas. But even this sort of toughness means nothing in the face of WorkChoices.


 Jihad Johnny Targets Perth

 Rio Sets Up Own Goal

 Telstra Fails to Snag Protest

 AWAs Bucket Queenslanders

 Kev Gives Aussies the Finger

 Movie Blue: Win-Win for Critics

 Wage Cut Scam Legal

 Hardie Boss Takes 60 Percent Rise

 The Stack Goes On

 Boss Opens Door For Thieves

 Hendy Banks on Mass Amnesia

 Eisteddfod Win: Your Rock At Work

 Airline Crashes Into Paypackets

 Canucks Can BHP

 Activist's What's On!

 Oz Hails Sun King
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Keating's Men Slam Dance on Howard

These punk rockers are out to KO WorkChoices. Nathan Brown joins the fray.

I was sitting at my desk, doing the daily chores, when Danger Man rushed up to me.

"Cop this," he said, handing me a well-worn copy of the MX.

I flicked through articles about the Government's new plan to make trains run slower and a half-finished Sudoku puzzle.

"No - that," my colleague bellowed pointing at a picture of two guttersnipes hamming up fisticuffs for the camera.

I read: "Punk rock band Front Your Enemy has taken on its nemesis - Prime Minister John Howard - with hard core lyrics".

The antagonism made sense; the lead singer's name was Matt Keating.

Keating promised "a fair bit of moshing" that night at their gig at the Marquee in Camperdown.

"These guys look like the perfect candidates for our next family picnic," I said to Danger Man. "To the Hackmobile!"

Inexplicably, it took about four hours to travel five kilometres, but we made it half way through the set.

Although the travel had done something to my senses, my first reaction was "loud".

The lyrics were indecipherable; delivered in the punk rock's yell-sing-talk style.

According to the MX article they were singing about "WorkChoices" and student poverty.

The group had predictably roped in some punk-rock students, but the gathered mohawks were few.

A Thursday night gig, during school holidays was probably not the best time.

The small gathering did not hold them back, though, as they delivered a break-neck performance worthy of their late-90s punk influences.

This music was not for Good Charlotte consumers; it harked back to Rancid in their rawest days.

After the gig, playing some disjointed pool with the band, the assessment of Howard was brief - one word, in fact, that cannot be reprinted on a family-friendly website.

The drummer, Tom Fowler, said the new industrial laws were something that would affect his family and the anger the band felt about the state of play drove their energy.

While we may not see them at the next family picnic, if you don't mind your anti-Howard messages delivered in a cacophony of chunky guitar and screams - be sure to check them out.


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