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Issue No. 230 23 July 2004  
E D I T O R I A L

Kill the Lawyers
What�s left of the HR Nichols Society must be popping the champagne this week, with a NSW court ruling that sees the triumph of their 20-year battle to kill industrial relations and replace it with a �rule of law�.

F E A T U R E S

Interview: Power and the Passion
ALP's star recruit Peter Garrett shares his views on unions, forests and being the Member for Wedding Cake Island

Unions: Tackling the Heavy Hitters
Tony Butterfield became a State of Origin gladiator at the unlikely age of 33. Even that, Jim Marr reports, couldn�t prepare him for the knock-down, drag-em-out world of modern IR.

Industrial: Seeing the Forest For The Wood
Proposals to flog off NSW�s forests have raised eyebrows and temperatures amongst some of the key players reports Phil Doyle.

Housing: Home Truths
CFMEU national secretary John Sutton argues for a radical solution to the housing affordability crisis.

International: Boycott Busters
International unions have issued a new list of corporations breaching ILO sanctions to do business in Burma.

Economics: Ideology and Free Trade
The absurdities of neoclassical economic assumptions has never stood in the way of their being trotted out to justify profiteering and attacks on the rights of citizens. The AUSFTA is the latest rort we are supposed to swallow, writes Neale Towart.

History: Long Shadow of a Forgotten Man
Interest in JC Watson's short time as Labor's first Prime Minister should not detract from his more substantial role as Party leader, writes Mark Hearn

Review: Chewing the Fat
As debate rages in Australia about Fast Food advertising, Julianne Taverner takes a look at a side of the industry that Ronald McDonald won�t tell you about in Supersize Me.

Poetry: Dear John
Workers Online reader Rob Mullen shares some personal correspondence with our glorious leader.

N E W S

 Vandals Hit Sweat Shoppers

 Blow For Union Busters

 Poll Rocks Election Boat

 It�s Official: Eggs Come Second

 Tetra Packs Private Dick

 Workers Demand Act of Contrition

 Wollongong�s $4000 Hamberger

 Company Pays for Casual Affair

 Shame Ships Hide Sausage

 First Test for Death Law

 Convenience Store Detains Student

 Bashed Youth Workers Walk

 Un-Fairfax Leads Paper Chase

 Nile On The Death Law

 ACCC Lays Down Council Code

 Activists What�s On!

C O L U M N S

Politics
The Westie Wing
As the NSW Labor Government sells its first budget deficit in nine years, the real concern for the union movement is the devil in the detail, especially when it comes to procurement agreements, writes Ian West.

The Soapbox
Rubber Bullets
Labor's IR spokesman Craig Emerson launches a few characteristic salvos across the Parliamentary chamber

The Locker Room
Tears After Bedtime
Phil Doyle says that it's all fun and games until someone loses an eye

Postcard
Postcard from Vietnam
APHEDA's Hoang Thi Le Hang reports from the north of Vietnam on a project being fund by Australian unionists.,

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Nile On The Death Law


The mother of a teenager killed at work has personally thanked a parliamentary inquiry for allowing her to tell her personal story and of the need for tougher laws to police workplace safety.

Robyn McGoldrick, whose son Dean died on a building site several years ago, has been lobbying for the introduction of Industrial Manslaughter laws in NSW.

Unions welcomed the conclusions of the NSW Upper House Inquiry into Death and Serious Injury in the Workplace at an Industrial Manslaughter conference last week.

The Inquiry, chaired by NSW MLC Fred Nile, echoed McGoldrick's call for tougher laws covering deaths in the workplace.

The news comes as the NSW Government introduced seven-year gaol terms for defacing the Opera House, sparking reaction from unions that the government placed more value on the Opera House than worker's lives.

"The argument is not whether there is a need for a new offence, but where," says NSW Labor Council secretary, John Robertson. "There is a clear need when one worker is killed every 2 days."

"The Government must act. This is estimated to cost the community $40 billion per year."

Unions were also impressed by the presentation of Professor Ron McCallum at the conference.

"It presented convincing arguments on the need for reform supporting the panel's conclusions," says Mary Yaager, who is the OH&S Officer for the NSW Labor Council. "We also welcome Fred Nile's commitment to the working people of NSW in supporting the introduction of tougher legislation.


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