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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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Now Carr Faces Medical Bill


Doctors will seek to place a dollar value on the demands of dealing with an ageing population in a health system under constant financial stress.

Staff Specialists employed by NSW public hospitals are the latest group of workers to seek a pay rise based on the increased value of their work.

They will seek a comprehensive review of their salaries in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission, arguing the value of their work has increased dramatically over recent years.

The Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation, representing staff specialists employed as emergency physicians, anaesthetists, radiologists, psychiatrists and others, will lodge the Special Case application later this month.

ASMOF Executive Director Peter Somerville says the staff specialists will ask the independent umpire to review their award salaries and possibly some other matters.

"These doctors are the backbone of the public hospital system who, because of their commitment, are being asked to do more with less to keep the system operating," Somerville says.

"They have to deal with the challenges of an aging population, a health system under increased stress and more and more paperwork and levels of accountability.

"At the same time, our members are finding it harder to get time to train young doctors - the next generation of specialists - and undertake research - two of the key incentives that attract staff specialists to work in public hospitals.

Somerville says pay and conditions have not been comprehensively reviewed since 1990.

"This is a timely opportunity for the NSW IRC to review the situation and ensure we have an award in place that is relevant to the modern public hospital system.

"It is essential that NSW public hospitals can keep attracting the best people to ensure excellent patient care, a continuing high standard of training for young doctors and cutting edge research to deal with increasingly complex health issues."


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