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Issue No. 249 03 December 2004  

Moral Majority
Unions NSW is currently hosting one of the world’s great thinkers in Robert Reich; academic, commentator and Clinton labour secretary; a man with a mind as big as the dilemmas progressive politics face right now.


Interview: Minority Report
New federal ALP industrial relations spokesman Stephen Smith on the hostilities in store for the labour movement.

Industrial: Girl Power
Tim Brunero looks at how women are making their mark in a once-male dominated trade.

Unions: Made in NZ
Jim Marr looks behind the rhetoric to uncover what the Howard Government has in store for Australian workers.

History: Spirit for a Fair Go
Paddy Gorman looks at the importance of Eureka on the Australian political psyche.

Economics: Fool's Gold
Tom Bramble identifies some contradictions in Howard's economic miracle.

Politics: Worth Fighting For
One of the Left's most influential figures of the last 40 years gives his theory of power ...

Health: The Force Behind Medibank
Public health has always been a core activity for the union movement, writes Neale Towart

Legal: Robust Justice
Former ACTU executive member and textile union leader Anna Booth argues that Alternate Dispute Resolution is one way around the looming assault on union rights.

International: After the Revolution
Has China entered a post-revolutionary phase - and where will it take the world, asks James Goodman

Poetry: The Sound of Unions
Ah, the hills are alive, with The Sound of Unions, muses resident bard, David Peetz

Review: Bad Santa
Billy Bob Thornton's newest role puts the 'nick' in Saint Nicholas and reveals the Satan in Santa, writes Tara de Boehmler.


 Moral Crusade to Save Family

 20 Dead – Stockmarket Applauds

 Karen Gives Howard a Paint Job

 Buckeridge Bill Blocks Entry

 Casual Beach Closures

 Railworkers Scull Costa

 Racism in the Dock

 Go Home Alone – And Other Survival Tips

 Vet Beats Bullet

 Cleaners Clean Up

 Weekend Work Wiped

 Miners Go to the Movies

 Feds Attack Low Paid

 Activists What's On!


New Matilda
How Labor Lost the Plot
In his contribution to Australia's new political zine 'New Matilda' , Father Michael kelly argues the ALP is in search of a soul.

The Soapbox
Outside the Tent
Labor exile Lindsay Tanner is warning the ALP to be careful who it gets into bed with.

The Locker Room
Sons Of Beaches
Phil Doyle gets the perfect wave, and waves back

The Westie Wing
150 years since the struggle at Eureka, the fight to achieve social justice, equality and responsible government is just as vital as ever in the neo-conservative Australia, writes Ian West.

Postcard from Harare
Ken Davis, from Union Aid Abroad, on how unions are at the forefront in the battle for democracy in Zimbabwe

 Leadership Skills
 Not A Casey Fan
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Go Home Alone – And Other Survival Tips

Taking a workmate home from the office party is not just reckless, it poses psychological dangers, experts have warned.

The Australian College of Applied Psychologists have sent us a warning of the dangers of the office party, issuing a five point survival plan.

ACAP Chairman and psychotherapist Dhurva Davis says many employees see these events as a time to let their hair down and relax.

"Just add alcohol and the occasion can become fraught with avoidable dangers."

But she says following a few simple tips can help end the year on a high note and enable people to start afresh for the new year, including:

1. Don't get drunk. Just because it's been a hard year and you feel like letting your hair down, and you even if perceive a culture of heavy drinking within the organisation, getting drunk at office Chrissy party can lead to embarrassing consequences for the duration of your employment ... which could be shortened as a result

2. Don't pash or go home with anyone at the Christmas party that you might not go home with at any other time. If you think it's true love, wait two weeks.

3. Don't be the first to arrive or the last to leave the party. This can be interpreted as anxiety over your standing in the company. Being the last to leave can also mean you don't know when to call it quits.

4. Don't continue office politics at the party. Talk and mingle with everyone and avoid gravitating to the usual cliques. In the spirit of Christmas, put aside rivalries so that everyone can have a good time.

5. Don't tell anyone your New Years resolutions. Nobody keeps them anyway and you don't want to set yourself up for public failure. The less people know about what you would like to change about yourself the better.

For those who wake the next day to the reality that they have disgraced themselves, Davis advises laying low until business closes for the year.

"Hope that everybody forgets what happened over the holiday period and be thankful it is the end of the year."

"If this is something that happens regularly then perhaps you need to review your personal situation. Talk to a professional to get some help if necessary."


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