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Issue No. 254 04 March 2005  
 
F E A T U R E S

Interview: Dot.Com
Evan Thornley was a labour activist. Then he rode the tech wave. Now he's home with new ideas on how Labor can win the economic debate.

Workplace: Dirt Cheap
In her new book, Elizabeth Wynhausen learns how hard it is to live on the minimum wage.

Industrial: Daddy Doesn’t Live With Us Anymore
Andreia Viegas’ tells the story of the loss her young family has felt since her husband was killed at work, and the need for justice for families who fall victim to industrial manslaughter.

Economics: Who's Afraid of the BCA?
Big Business's agenda for Australia has gone from loopy to mainstream at the speed of light, writes Neale Towart

International: From the Wreckage
Working people across Iraq are struggling to build their own independent unions – and are successfully organising industrial action on the vital oil fields as well as in hotels, transport outlets and factories, Writes Andrew Casey

Politics: Infrastructure Blues
With much attention given belatedly to the shortage of infrastructure, little attention has been given to the structure of infrastructure, writes Evan Jones

History: Meat and Three Veg
A new book recounts the impact of the Depression on women workers, writes Neale Towart,

Savings: Super Seduction
Sharks are circling your super. From July 1, banks and financial planners will have access to the nesteggs of an extra four million workers, writes Jim Marr.

Politics: Popping the 'E-Word'
Federal shadow treasurer Wayne Swan unveils Labor's new economic doctrine.

Poetry: To Know Somebody
This week saw an appointment to the ABC Board that was even more breathtaking than that of Liberal Party figure Michael Kroger. Resident Bard David Peetz celebrates the occasion with a reworking of an old Bee Gees hit.

Review: Off the Rails
A new play on the impact of rail privatisation in Britain has a poignant message for Sydney commuters, writes Alex Mitchell

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L A T E S T   N E W S

Rev Kev: Innocent Shall Be Guilty
The Howard Government’s latest assault on working families proposes $22,000 fines for bread winners who act within existing law.

In a move labelled "extraordinary" by the Australian Financial Review, Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews, is pushing anti-building worker legislation, including massive fines and prison terms, that will be back dated to an unspecified time. [full story]

It’s Official - Taskforce "Hopeless"
While Australian building workers were staring down death threats and extortion bids John Howard’s Building Industry Taskforce was running a "hopeless" case against their union.

The hapless Taskforce copped another judicial spray as CFMEU secretary, Andrew Ferguson, revealed it had gone "missing" when industry participants closed ranks against an extortionist who threatened to kill union members. [full story]

Hollywood For Tropfest Evictees
The people who get blockbusters to the big screen are seeking support from Nicole Kidman, Mel Gibson, Russell Crowe and Keanu Reeves, after being tossed out of Tropfest.

Security officers marched Atlab employees out of the short film festival, last Sunday, after they tried to alert movie buffs to their wage predicament. [full story]

Miner Problem for Feds
Mining giant, Newcrest, has lost its bid to use a federal AWA to deny an employee the right to union representation in a decision that points to a constitutional showdown over IR.

Orange miner, Brett Tamatea, is a member of the CFMEU but Newcrest refuses to discuss disciplinary action with his union, despite a clause in Tamatea’s AWA that says he can be represented by "... another person at any time during the fair treatment procedure". [full story]

Students Driven to Sleep
Over seventy percent of university students say their education is being undermined by employer inflexibility, a survey has found.

Students report missing lectures, failing to hand in assignments and being too tired to study in the Unions NSW survey of 1200 undergraduates. [full story]

Brogden Dances On Graves
A workplace widow is furious about John Brogden’s defence of killer bosses.

"Ask that man to come and live in my shoes for just one day," says Andreia Viegas, who lost her husband in a Central Coast building accident last year. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Let Them Drink Beer

 Traffic Fines Parked

 The Airline That Flew a Kite

 Hundreds Resist Porridge

 Experts Back Better Childcare Pay

 Mushroom Mums Win

 Rotten Fruit Exposed

 Workers Sue Rumsfeld

 Activist’s What’s On

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Glen Viegas was killed at work last year, leaving behind his two children, Corey, 6, and Makayla, 13 months. His widow Andreia wants the NSW Government to get tough with killer bosses.

E D I T O R I A L
As long as we look at the economy the way we look at the weather, our politicians will get away with being as accountable as a metereologist – armed with all the stats, but invariably wrong.

The 200 Million Dollar Man

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
The Big Picture
Think about this: It takes 150 tonnes of iron ore to buy a plasma TV, writes Doug Cameron.

The Locker Room
Reducto Ad Absurdo
Phil Doyle offers advice for the lovelorn, and finds that things are getting smaller

New Matilda
Work is In
The rise and fall of the working hours debate in france is relevent to Australian workers, writes Daniel Donahoo and Tim Martyn

Parliament
The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP surveys the upcoming conservative centralist collective attack.

Postcard
Postcard from Harvard
Australian union officials making the annual pilgrimage to the Harvard Trade Union Program learnt that, at least, they are not alone, says Natalie Bradbury.


LETTERS to the Editor
 Stay Terra Firma on Tax
 Janet’s Job No Victory
 Royal Finger Lickers
 Will $20 Restore Carr?
 Two Ideas

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