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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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Students Take $10,000 Trim

TAFE hair dressing students are being charged up to $10,000 a course because the State Government took its scissors to the education budget.

North Coast TAFE is applying the five-figure slug to pay for positions additional to those funded by the state government, according to the NSW Teachers Federation.

The $10 000, one-year courses are the latest in a line of fee hikes faced by TAFE students.

"The ALP Government is ignoring its own policy platform on this issue," says Phil Bradley from the NSW Teachers Federation. "We will continue to fight this campaign on behalf of TAFE students and our members whose jobs are threatened because of these cutbacks."

Bradley points out that many 'high-demand' trade courses will face this sort of 'fee for service' provision.

Industrial action by TAFE teachers to protest the rise in TAFE fees is scheduled for March 10. A number of rallies are scheduled on March 10 to protest fee hikes.

The TAFE 'Big Day Out' starts from 10.30am in Farrer Place, off Bent Street in Sydney with a march on Parliament House scheduled. Other allies are set down for Wollongong, Newcastle, Lismore, Port Macquarie, Orange, Albury and Wagga.

Gaol Teachers Strike

Meanwhile Long Bay gaol teachers stopped work in protest of the State Government's refusal to pass on the 5.5% interim increase awarded to Department of Education and Training teachers.

"Education and training contributes to inmates' more successful integration into the community upon release," says Kevin Sheppard, Secretary of the Corrective Services Teachers Association. "Teachers are disappointed and feel undervalued by the Government's refusal to recognise our contribution to improving inmates' education and vocational skills."

Other stop work meetings were held at other NSW prisons last week, including Mannus Correctional, Long Bay Correctional, Goulburn Correctional Centre and Lithgow Correctional Centre


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