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Issue No. 214 26 March 2004  
E D I T O R I A L

The Security Shift
As the War on Terror spirals out of control, the political dynamics of security are starting to shift – and those banging thee drums of war may become the unlikely casualties.

F E A T U R E S

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.

N E W S

 Terrorism: Workers In Front Line

 ‘Racist Throwback’ on Rail Project

 Green Light for Council Code

 Underground Mines a Time Bomb

 Teachers Delete Email

 Bush Uses Burma Sweatshops

 Family Mourns Dead Worker

 Call Centre Shocker

 Bosses Touched Up With Wet Lettuce

 Andrews Throws Last Dice at CFMEU

 Smelter Contractors Clear Air

 Activists What’s On!

C O L U M N S

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.

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

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

Postcard
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

L E T T E R S
 More On Green Bans
 But Will He Get the Trains To Run On Time?
 Uniting For Peace
 Cyberstalking
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Andrews Throws Last Dice at CFMEU


Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews's announcement of a permanent Taskforce for the Building Industry is being interpreted as an act of a desperate man.

CFMEU national secretary John Sutton says the move reflects how badly the Senate Inquiry into the Building Industry Legislation has gone for the Howard Government.

"This is a Government on the run, trying to breathe some life into the union bashing strategies they always reach for when they're in electoral difficulty," Sutton says.

The only substantial announcement was to remove the word 'Interim' from the Taskforce's name.

"This measure will be as permanent as this Howard Government," Sutton says. "They know their strategy for the construction industry is looking sick.

"By making the Building Taskforce permanent, they're simply showing they're prepared to use millions of taxpayers' dollars to enforce a Code and anti-worker industrial relations practice they can't get through Parliament."

"The Australian construction industry is booming at present but the only ingredient the Howard Government can add is to fund a union bashing outfit that has been criticized by the courts for the manner in which it conducts its investigations!"


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