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Issue No. 224 11 June 2004  
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The Passion For Power
Arguably Midnight Oils’ greatest ever song ‘Powderworks’ starts off with the apocalyptic warning "there’s a shit storm a-coming."

The Passion for Power
Arguably Midnight Oils’ greatest ever song ‘Powderworks’ starts off with the apocalyptic warning "there’s a shit storm a-coming."

F E A T U R E S

Interview: The New Democrat
Canadian activist Judy Rebick explains how she's using lessons from Brazil to rebuild the labour movement.

Bad Boss: The Ugly Australian
Prime Minister John Howard is in California spruiking the "merits" of this month’s Bad Boss nomination …

Unions: Free Spirits and Slaves
International capital demands guest labour – legal or illegal – as a way of beating down wages and conditions and, as Jim Marr discovers, the Australian Government seems happy to oblige.

Industrial: National Focus
Noel Hester reports on another workplace death (we-will-not-RIP NOHSC), heartburn for the Canberra consensus and all the action from around the states in our national wrap.

History: A Class Act
The problem of forgetting the primacy of class in favour of other ideas of community is highlighted in a new book, writes Neale Towart

International: Across the Ditch
NZ Nurses Union leader, Laila Harré, is in Sydney this week, comparing notes with the Australian Nurses Federation and seeking transTasman support for New Zealand’s highest profile industrial campaign.

Economics: Home Truths
Sydney University's Frank Stilwell argues that tax policy is driving the housing boom.

Review: No Time Like Tomorrow
The Day After Tomorrow is one part Grim Reaper of the environmental movement and two parts fictitious fable dramatically window dressed with extreme special effects, writes Tara de Boehmler.

Poetry: Silent Note
Resident Bard David Peetz uncovers the current public service motto – "Don't tell the Minister!".

N E W S

 Making Plans For Nigel

 People Importer Wants Indemnity

 Desperate Ambos Turn to Copper

 Victims Dusted in Asbestos Row

 Delos Bang Victory Gong

 Teaching 12 Percent Tougher

 Now Carr Faces Medical Bill

 Officers Hurt in Transit

 Support Unit Makes Canberra Debut

 Winter Beds Breakthrough

 Workers Wait For Bread

 HoWARd the A**sLIcKEer

 Activists What’s On!

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
The Pursuit of Happiness Part I
The Australia Institute's Clive Hamilton questions the assumptions underlying a society that defines happiness in dollar terms.

The Soapbox
The Pursuit of Happiness Part II
Clive Hamilton concludes his analysis, looking at how more and more Australians are pulling back from a marketplace that is no longer providing the goods.

The Locker Room
Sack ‘Em All!
Phil Doyle puts his job on the line, but doesn’t everyone these days?

Politics
The Westie Wing
The NSW Government has an agenda on the table but the test is finding innovative ways to finance it, writes Ian West

L E T T E R S
 Godbotherers Descend On Poor
 Sick Of This Job
 Office Junior’s Secrets
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Delos Bang Victory Gong


Wollongong workers have won their battle for 24/7 availability of emergency doctors, after threatening a region-wide strike.

A new deal will make a Wollongong Hospital Doctor available for medical and rescue work across the Illawarra.

The new 'Memorandum of Understanding' (MOU) was thrashed out between union delegates, the Ambulance Service of NSW, the Medical Retrieval Unit (MRU), the Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter Service and Illawarra Health.

Combined Union delegates in the Illawarra, who unanimously endorsed the new MOU last week, had threatened a district stoppage if no progress was made on their claim for improved emergency services.

Workers campaigned for the service after concrete renderer Ron Tabak died before he could be reached by a doctor dispatched from Sydney - two and a half hours after witnesses say he fell into a trench.

"This is good news not just for workers in heavy and dangerous industry but the broader community as well," says South Coast Labour Council secretary, Arthur Rorris. "The unanimous vote of combined union delegates is a positive indication that this deal will increase confidence in medical retrieval services in the Illawarra."

"The delegates were particularly appreciative of the goodwill and professionalism of the Wollongong Emergency Doctors who undertook their basic helicopter training at short notice this week given their heavy schedules at the hospital."

"Having secured an acceptable outcome regarding the use of Wollongong ED Doctors, the delegates are keen to ensure that the tasking of Wollongong's Lifesaver 3 Helicopter is also addressed by the upcoming findings of the Aeromedical Review."


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