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Issue No. 247 19 November 2004  

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.

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Union Baiter on Charges
One of the millionaires pushing John Howard to deregulate Australian workplaces faces accusations of anti-competitive practices, and the possibility of million dollar fines for health and safety breaches.

Patrick Corporation boss, Chris Corrigan, is one of 20 New Right activists urging the federal government to use its control of both houses to eliminate collective workplace organisation. [full story]

Commuter Champ Backs Workers
The architect of this week’s fare free day on NSW trains is throwing her weight behind workers.

On the eve of the state government’s capitulation to people power, Carlingford legal secretary, Rebecca Turner, "thanked God" for the trade union movement. [full story]

Late Night Threats in Perth
Perth building workers have brushed late night threats to continue their fight against Leighton’s bid to slash night work rates.

The company has invoked the full armoury of weapons supplied by the federal government – IRC orders, Supreme Court and Federal Court writs - in its effort to evade double time payments on the Perth Tunnel project. [full story]

Corporates Gobble Apprentices
The Federal government is prepared to pay ten times more per student to private operators than it is injects into the TAFE system.

The move, which would put competency skills into the hands of big business, has been labelled a "thinly veiled attempt to privatise training". [full story]

Fleas Get Thumbs-Up
The Industrial Relation Commission is green-lighting flea-infested work camps, built alongside sewage pits.

The AMWU is seeking regulatory control over standards in central Queensland mining camps after the IRC ordered protesting maintenance staff back to work at Maronbah and Biloela. [full story]


 Activists What's On!

 Packer Perishes in Blue

 $5000 Bill for Teen

 Miners Plunge Before The Beak

 Cops Raid Press

 Christmas Sack at Broken Hill

 Admin Staff Exposed

 Teachers Swallow Lolly

email workers to a friend latest breaking news from labornet
Unions NSW joined forces with 'Captain Commuter' Rebecca Turner to force a fare free day for rail commuters.

There is a context to the Jeff Shaw story – and it lies in his decade in politics – where he achieved more for working people than most of his colleagues achieve in a lifetime.

Moore Is Less


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.

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.

LETTERS to the Editor
 Backbone Derail Causes Paralysis
 Shawly we’ve heard enough
 Decline of The American Empire

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