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Issue No. 245 05 November 2004  
E D I T O R I A L

What’s In a Name?
McDonalds is doing it, IAG has done it, James Hardie desperately needs to do it – and now the Labor Council of NSW is doing it, re-working its brand to meet the changing demands of their markets.

F E A T U R E S

Interview: The Reich Stuff
Robert Reich has led the debate on the future of work – both as an academic and politician. Now he’s on his way to Australia to help NSW unions push the envelope.

Economics: Crime and Punishment
Mark Findlay argues that the present psychological approach to prison programs is increasing the likelihood of re-offending and the threat to community safety.

Environment: Beyond The Wedge
Whether the great forestry divide can ever be overcome or whether it is best sidestepped for the sake of unity and sustainability in other areas is up for debate, writes Tara de Boehmler.

International: The End Of The Lucky Country
Linda Weiss, Elizabeth Thurbon and John Mathews show us How To Kill A Country

Safety: Tests Fail Tests
Nick Lewocki from the RTBU lifts the lid on the shonky science behind RailCorp testing

Politics: Labo(u)r Day
John Robertson lets fly at this years Labor Day dinner

Human Rights: Arabian Lights
Tim Brunero reports on how a Sydney sparky took on the Taliban and lived to tell the tale.

History: Labour's Titan
Percy Brookfield was a big man who was at the heart of the trade union struggles that made Broken Hill a quintessential union town writes Neale Towart.

Review: Foxy Fiasco
To find out who is outfoxing who, read Tara de Boehmler's biased review of a subjective documentary about corrupt journalism.

Poetry: Then I Saw The Light
Brothers and sisters! Praise the Lord! Brother George has saved the White House from an invasion by infidels, writes resident bard David Peetz.

N E W S

 Unions Dump Labor

 Shearers Brush Woolly Mammoths

 Girls Should Be Short Changed

 Sydney Turns Down Volume

 Minister Rides Collie

 Staff, Trees Weather the Blame

 Offshore Embassy for Families

 Visy Paper Folds

 Workers Unplug Power Cuts

 Silverwater Offers Porridge

 Environment Wiped Out In Dubbo

 Justice Eludes Kariong Staff

 Nelson Flags Another Raid

 Five Steps to Sanity

 Activists What's On!

C O L U M N S

The Locker Room
In Naming Rights Only
Phil Doyle has Gone to Gowings

The Soapbox
Homeland Insecurity
Rowan Cahill tells us how the Howard Government’s appointment of Major-General Duncan Lewis to head up the national security division of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet has received little critical comment, until now.

Parliament
The Westie Wing
New proposed legislation in NSW provides a vital window of opportunity for unions to ensure they achieve convictions for workplace deaths, writes Ian West.

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Girls Should Be Short Changed


Parents are being advised to give daughters less pocket money than sons, by the Equal Opportunities Commission of Victoria.

The exhortation is contained on a new poster prepared by the organisation in response to ABS figures that show Australian bosses still value women at only 85 percent the rate of men.

"Prepare your daughter for working life," the Equal Opportunities Commission poster reads. "Give her less pocket money than your son."

"Unequal pay is an insidious form of sex discrimination, which requires top level commitment from government, unions and businesses to stamp it out," says commission acting chief executive Matthew Carroll. "In 2004 women still don't earn as much as men, are subjected to sexual harassment, get sacked for being pregnant and suffer from widespread discrimination."

The Victorian Government launched a Pay Equity Inquiry earlier this year to investigate pay disparity between men and women.

"The Inquiry will investigate the pay disparity between males and females. The Commission is playing a key role in this inquiry, together with representatives from business, unions and Government," says Carroll. "The lack of affordable childcare combined with the pay gap forces most families to forfeit the earnings of the lower paid mother."

"We eagerly await the findings of the Inquiry which we see as a very positive first step to developing strategies to address this important issue."

The Equal Opportunity Commission has been celebrating the 25th anniversary of Deborah Wardley's (Lawrie) landmark battle to become Australia's first female commercial airline pilot.

Mr Carroll said this was the first complaint to come before the newly established Victorian Equal Opportunity Board and the first contested anti-discrimination case in Australia.

"Since Deborah's victory much of the blatant discrimination faced by women has decreased significantly. However, Deborah, who now lives in The Hague, said that Australia lags behind European countries in addressing sex discrimination, maternity leave entitlements, sexual harassment and sexist attitudes towards women."

"Despite years of legislation and education, we still have a long way to go to achieve gender equality."


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