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Issue No. 225 18 June 2004  
E D I T O R I A L

No Place Like Home
Little by little, the truth is seeping out; a judicial inquiry into James Hardies Industries corporate restructure is exposing a scandal of dramatic proportions.

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

 Multi Bets on China Card

 Community Flags Reconciliation Push

 Nigel’s Ad Values Questioned

 Medal for "Jobs Vandal"

 Schoolies Earn Thousands

 Westbus Drives Over Entitlements

 Circus Owners Cut Up Rough

 Fireys Slam Adelaide "Death Traps"

 Job Slasher Faces Spam

 Sixty Stations Face Axe

 "Sickies" to Join Dinosaurs

 Mr One Percent on Notice

 Stink Over DJ’s Bogs

 Aussie Kids Die on the Job

 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
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Medal for "Jobs Vandal"


John Howard has gonged a "jobs vandal" responsible for the disappearance of scores of positions from the WA waterfront.

Freemantle Ports chief executive, Kerry Sanderson, was given the OAU as Perth workers lined up a meeting with the state government to discuss her latest decision – to send skilled fabrication work for a ship unloader to Poland.

"We can only assume she has been recognised for her services to Polish industry," AMWU state secretary, Jock Ferguson said.

"During her 13 year reign, manufacturing work at the Port Authority has dwindled to a bare minimum. She is a jobs vandal whose tenure has brought disaster to local workers and their families."

Sanderson has resisted union pressure and state government intervention to allocate more than 51 percent of Port Authority work to WA companies. Currently, the manufacturing figure stands at 32 percent with Polish competitors getting twice that amount.

The ship unloader argument has been swirling since Sanderson took the Polish option 12 months ago.

Ferguson says it is both a threat to livelihoods and the manufacturing skill base on which WA hopes to thrive.

"It is a multi-million dollar contract that should have gone to a WA operation. We have the capacity, expertise and infrastructure to do the work and want to make sure that remains the situation," Ferguson said.

"Our people are scratching their heads about how this sort of attitude qualifies someone for an Order of Australia medal."


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