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Issue No. 248 26 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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Helicar Fingers Victims ... Again
James Hardie has marked Asbestos Awareness Week with another two-fingered salute to Australians dying from contact with its products.

It announced, this week, that it would reward disgraced former CEO, Peter Macdonald, with a $77,000 a month consultancy. [full story]

Rabbits Sick of Clover
The CFMEU is contesting moves that could see the South Sydney Rabbitohs driven out of Redfern.

The union, this week, flagged a ban on work at Redfern Oval unless Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, improves consultation with the community. [full story]

What a Banker
A banker trousering $4.5 million a year is bleating about workers being compensated for successful health and safety prosecutions.

Commonwealth Bank CEO David Murray launched a blistering attack on NSW�s OH&S regime, describing proposed gaol sentences for killer bosses as "absolutely abominable". [full story]

Pack Up and Go Home
To bring working hours down to the OECD average Aussies would have knocked off for the year on November 20 � and still not touched their annual leave.

Research just published by the Australian Institute shows the average Australian is working longer than counterparts in any other developed country. [full story]

Pratt By Name
Australia�s second richest man is using helicopters to fly scabs over picket lines in a bid to claw money from sick and injured workers.

Billionaire Richard Pratt was flying strikebreakers into Visy, Dandenong, and bussing them into, Warwick Farm, as the Federal Court rejected his application to have employee resistance declared illegal. [full story]

Horror at the Hacienda
Workers in the Phillipines are demanding political scalps after 14 people were killed when the military broke up striking farm and sugar mill workers at Hacienda Luisita, last week.

Top of their list is Representative Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III � only son of former Prisident Cory Aquino � whose family has owned the massive Hacienda Luisita sugar complex for generations. [full story]


 Women Wiped for Bush Jobs

 Veteran Fights Bullet

 Tunneler Survives Death Trap

 Bathurst Three Face Court

 Chullora Cuts Struck Out

 Bully Breaks Heart

 Southern Cross Flies High

 Activists What's On!

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Miners rose up against the Victorian Government at the Eureka Stockade 150 years ago. Workers and democrats celebrate their landmark resistance, this weekend.

It would be a cross between Idol and The Apprentice � a bunch of hopefuls � rank and file workers, mortgagees and contractors in a face-off for the ultimate prize � leadership of the Australian Labor Party.

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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
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 Pee Pole Shame
 Latham Is A Scapegoat

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