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  Issue No 101 Official Organ of LaborNet 06 July 2001  

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Disconnected from Reality


How many members of the NSW Parliament are in a position to seriously understand the consequences of the changes to the workers comp bill? How many MP's, their families, friends or even neighbours are ever likely to face the prospect of life on $175 a week sickness benefits after workers comp payments stop?

On $175 per week rent, electricity and phone bills don't get paid. Secondhand clothes, public transport fares and all but the cheapest of foods become a luxury. No worker with any sense of dignity can accept a government that changes the law to tear away the social security safety net and drives sick and injured workers into a life of unemployment and poverty.

With seven unemployed people for every available job those permanently injured by a bosses negligence will be thrown on the scrap heap and join the ever increasing masses of people with no future and nothing to loose when the economy "turns bad". When Bob Carr called the bluff of the trade union movement and frog marched Labor MP's through the picket he changed for ever a society where the trade unions the Trots and the ALP had defined the Australian Left.

Well done Bob, by moving the ALP so far to the right you have just left a gaping hole in the left and I don't really think you're going to like what fills it.

Simon Flynn

(FBEU member)


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In this issue
Features
*  Interview: A Little Knowledge
Labor's science spokesman Martyn Evans was the Opposition's key player on the Knowledge Nation inquiry. He fills us in on the process.
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*  Education: Theory and Practise
Whether or not you agree with the priorities for of Barry Jones’ Knowledge Nation Taskforce, Julie Wells argues its boldness has to be admired.
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*  E-Change: 1.1 Email Nation
In the first of a series of articles on politics and the new economy, Peter Lewis and Michael Gadiel argue network technologies are reshaping the fundamentals of society.
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*  Economics: Banking on the Goodwill
Given their history, Evan Jones wonders whether banks can really claim to be "just like any other business"
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*  International: A Deathly Struggle
In this dispatch from PNG, a trade union leader briefs us on the situation following the shooting of seven students at an anti-privatisation rally.
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*  History: Enlarging Human Personality
Mark Hearn argues that Lloyd Ross's post-War approach to Workplace Democracy seems contemporary by today's standards
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*  Satire: Shit is a Four Letter Word
Australian TV drama is lame and gutless just look at the ABC's Love is a Four Letter Word, says Tony Moore
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*  Review: Tribute to an Artist
Dalgarno painted the seagulls circling the seafarer like flies buzzing around the face of a bushman. Thus did the artist depict the maritime worker.
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News
»  Academic Freedom On Trial
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»  Unified Approach to Sheahan Inquiry
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»  Living Standards Shape as Election Factor
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»  Clairvoyant PM In Secret Deal Fantasy
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»  Hotels Face Workers Quiz
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»  Call for Senate to Decide Spammer's Fate
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»  PNG – Howard Should Speak Out
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»  Couriers Buck Over Tax Ruling
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»  Kempsey Killing Highlights Health Fears
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»  Checkout Operators Better Paid Than Aged Care Workers
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»  ACTU Weighs Into Bank Campaign
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»  Fund Bad Health for Families
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»  Australian Music Web Radio Station Needs Recruits
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»  Activist Notebook
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Columns
»  The Soapbox
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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
»  Mate Against Mate
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»  Disconnected from Reality
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»  Applause for the Ton
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»  Unions Online? Not Yet!
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