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Issue No. 211 05 March 2004  

Be Afraid
Elections are to be held both here and with our controlling shareholder this year and already we are getting the feel for how the incumbents will attempt to cling onto power: fear spiced with loathing.


Interview: Baby Bust
Labor's Wayne Swan argues that the plight of our aging workforce is only one side of our demographic dilemma.

Safety: Dust To Dust
Failure by authorities to police safety in the asbestos removal industry is threatening the lives of members of the public, writes Phil Doyle.

Bad Boss: Shaming in Print
Delegates from print shops around Sydney will publicly shame this month’s Bad Boss nominee with a rally outside his new Alexandria operation next Thursday.

National Focus: Work's Cripplin' Us
Noel Hester reports on a spin doctors' talkfest, workplace pain, stroppy teachers and IWD party time in the national wrap.

International: Bulk Bullies
An extraordinary five month struggle over affordable health care, by nearly 70,000 Californian supermarket workers, has just come to an end, writes Andrew Casey.

History: The Battle for Kelly's Bush
Green Bans saved a piece of bush before they saved much of the Sydney’s built environment, writes Neale Towart

Economics: Aid, Trade And Oil
Tim Anderson reveals Australia’s second betrayal Of East Timor is playing out before our eyes.

Review: The Art Of Work
Workers and westies are being celebrated as the cultural icons they are thanks to two Sydney exhibitions reminding us there is a world of art in the everyday, writes Tara de Boehmler.

Poetry: Sew His Lips Together
Wondering where the next porkie is going to come from? Resident bard David Peetz knows.


 Taskforce "Disgraced" in Court

 Students Take $10,000 Trim

 Truckers Lose Way With GPS

 Jockeys Down by Width of Strait

 Treasury Loses Sight of Trees

 Athens Built on Sweat

 Signing Away Safety

 Fallen Formworker Critical

 Stop or You’ll Stay Blind

 Bracks Spin Machine Towels Nurses

 Trade Deal Fuzzy on Content

 Good Will Still Hunting on Rail

 Developer "Monsters" Safety Cop

 Day Off for May Day

 Activists What's On!


The Soapbox
Iraq and Your Mortgage
How high interest rates go will be a key issue in 2004 and if you are looking for a clue, there's no better place to look than the war in Iraq, writes Michael Rafferty.

Hang Onto the Day Job
Show someone else the money, says Phil Doyle.

Westie Wing
Ian West shows why Eveleigh Street’s not so far away from Macquarie Street

Don’t Give Up the Fight
Get Up, Stand Up is the logo of choice on a popular range of subversive condoms. Ken Davis from Union Aid Abroad reports from Zimbabwe’s second city

 Bring Back Bulk Billing
 Crucifying Refugees
 Saving The Planet
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Letters to the Editor

Bring Back Bulk Billing

Hello everyone, I would like to run a campaign to bring back Medicare Bulk Billing.

I am just an individual who is fed up with Medicare Bulk Billing being taken away from us. I am looking for support from everyone and we all need to write to as many people as possible to bring back Medicare bulk billing.

For a start, let's all write to John Howard and Health Minister (unfortunately) Tony Abbott. Hopefully we get a change of Government with the election this year and Bulk Billing will hopefully be brought back in.

Write letters to this website too as a lot of people read this website.

Here are my thoughts ...

What is Australia coming to Mr. Howard, I pay almost $400 per year for Medicare in my taxes, but I now can't find a Dr that bulk bills. So now I have to pay around $40 up front to see a Doctor. Where does the money go that I pay for Medicare?

Mr. Howard is making Australia like America in more ways than one. Mr. Howard and Mr. Bush can spend billions attacking Iraq, but they can't even make a health system available for people to go to the Doctor without forking out around $40 a visit in here Australia.

Even Union Health, Swanston Street Medical Centre in the ACTU building is cutting out bulk billing from 1st March.

Bring back Gough Whitlam, he introduced Medicare, John Howard and Tony Abbot are destroying it for ordinary working people. Bring back bulk billing with Medicare so that we can just visit a doctor when we are sick and just show our MEDICARE CARD like in the good old days.


Politicians just look after themselves, they do not care about us workers! They keep making more and more money for themselves and for business leaders make more and more millions while workers get less and less. And we have to pay when we see a Doctor, Shame on you John Howard and Tony Abbott.

So everyone, write to your local members, write to your local Doctor, write to this website, write to Howard and insist they bring back MEDICARE bulk billing.

Carole Goldsmith



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