||Issue No. 209||20 February 2004|
Regions To Be Cheerful
Interview: Trading in Principle
Unions: While We Were Away
Politics: Follow the Leader
Bad Boss: Safety Recidivist Fingered
Economics: Casualisation Shrouded In Myths
History: Worker Control Harco Style
Review: Other Side Of The Harbour
A Casual Affair
Latham Is A Bad Man
Andrews Up for Hanke Panky
Peter Reith’s former press secretary, Ian Hanke, has bobbed up on the payroll of Andrews, who is shepherding at least a dozen Bills, regarded as anti-worker by trade unionists, through Federal Parliament.
Experienced Parliamentary observers have noted a sudden change in tone since Hanke was welcomed on board by the previously mild-mannered Member for Menzies.
The following is from a 2000 Reith press release: "Labor's policy to abolish individual agreement-making reflects an ideological crusade against the rights of individual workers ...Only the unions back Mr Beazley's policy to abolish individual agreements in the regulated system. That is because union officials wrote the policy for him earlier this year."
That Reith release, which went over Hanke's name, bore an interesting comparison to a recent missive fired from Andrews Canberra office: "The Labor Party is a wholly owned subsidiary of the union bosses ... Are these the same union bosses the Labor leader now takes his marching orders from?" Andrews asked.
Another Reith special accused Simon Crean of "trying to walk both sides of the street by saying one thing to the business community and another to his militant union mates."
Andrews, of late, seems like a man possessed. Just a fortnight ago one of his pressers asked of new ALP leader Mark Latham - "Why didn't he tell his union mates that he wanted to create jobs and achieve full employment?"
Andrews' office then informed the press that half of the delegates to this year's ALP national conference had a union background.
Hanke admitted to Workers Online he was back on the IR beat, working as an adviser to Andrews on Workplace Relations. He also confirmed he had had a hand in "some" recent press releases.
The news that the Government has attempted to put a bit of mongrel into their meek and mild Workplace Relations minister came to light in the newsletter published by crikey.com.au. Crikey's political commentator Hillary Bray described several bizarre releases earlier this year as "pretty damned undergraduate".
"He won't even be giving boys and girls of the Gallery a laugh. Piles of sanctimonious twaddle are no fun to sort through,' says Bray on the Crikey site.
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