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Issue No. 247 19 November 2004  

In Defence of Jeff
Those of us who know and have worked with Jeff Shaw over the years have found the unfolding spectacle of his very public fall from grace profoundly distressing. Surely they have the wrong guy.


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.


 Activists What's On!

 Union Baiter on Charges

 Commuter Champ Backs Workers

 Late Night Threats in Perth

 Corporates Gobble Apprentices

 Fleas Get Thumbs-Up

 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


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.

 Backbone Derail Causes Paralysis
 Shawly we’ve heard enough
 Decline of The American Empire
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Admin Staff Exposed

Workers at Johnson and Johnson’s North Ryde headquarters were exposed to asbestos last Monday when they returned to work after removal work.

The CFMEU's Dick Whitehead confirmed 25 administrative employees were exposed to the deadly dust after a WorkCover approved contractor had disturbed roof tiling.

Whitehead said security should have been informed of any broken tiling and the workspace should have been thoroughly vacuumed and cleaned.

"The workers came in on Monday morning and there is dust on their computers," said Whitehead "WorkCover has advised me it was definitely asbestos."

I'm very disappointed it was a licenced asbestos contractor who was responsible for this."

Howard's Hardy Mate

Former chief of staff to John Howard, Graheme Morris, has got a new job doing spin for James Hardie on asbestos.

The close fried of Howard is a political lobbyist and spindoctor, and owns PR firm Jackson Wells Morris.

The company said Morris was helping to keep "Canberra and Macquarie Street in the loop".

Asbestos Awareness Week

A week of activities is planned for the week beginning Monday November 22 to

raise awareness about asbestos and the plight of victims.

On Friday at the Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour from 9.30am a public

awareness day will be held.

Maree Bashir, patron of the Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia, will

launch a day of entertainment and opportunities to meet and speak with

victims and their families.

"It's an opportunity for people to give that lift that helps go the ectra

yards in out fight against hardies,' says Barry Robson from ADFA.

Nick Willey is arriving in Sydney next week after riding from Canberra

wearing an asbestos suit and mask in an attempt to raise $500,000 for

asbestos victims.

Willey's father succumbed to Mesothelioma, a respiratory disease that occurs

after exposure to asbestos fibres.


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