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Issue No. 254 04 March 2005  
E D I T O R I A L

Thatís Our Team
Hereís a test. Hands up all those who watched the news last night. Who can remember the weather forecast for tomorrow? What about the forecast in Perth?

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 Doesnít Live With Us Anymore
Andreia Viegasí 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 Ė 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

N E W S

 Rev Kev: Innocent Shall Be Guilty

 Itís Official - Taskforce "Hopeless"

 Hollywood For Tropfest Evictees

 Miner Problem for Feds

 Students Driven to Sleep

 Brogden Dances On Graves

 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

 Activistís Whatís On

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.

L E T T E R S
 Stay Terra Firma on Tax
 Janetís Job No Victory
 Royal Finger Lickers
 Will $20 Restore Carr?
 Two Ideas
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Letters to the Editor

Will $20 Restore Carr?


Dear Editor,

For the record, I was raised in a house that supports labour and I have done so all my life!

Call me cynical, but given the NSW Government is suffering from 'leaking boat syndrome', I find it comical that Mr Carr would support a $20 a week increase in award rates for workers.

Mr Carr, it would appear is leading the fight against proposed IR reforms in July, and this is his strategic

point of departure?

Think about it, many of our systems have some major issues in need of reform, and here is Mr Carr trying to win the hearts and minds of workers by

increasing wages.

Yes, I admit - money talks!, However, NSW has some major house cleaning to do before firing off shots at the Federal Government.

Just how does he think this generous offer will really translate into increased credibility and support from workers? This is a Government in which hardly a

day goes by without another hole appearing?

Taking this into account how will the $20 a week translate into real value?

A dollar in NSW does not translate into the purchasing power of a dollar in other states, especially when a dollar in NSW is being quickly eroded by the

avalanche of taxes we already pay.

Don't forget, someone has to fund these increases as well as provide ongoing funds needed to fix the numerous problems we already have as a state.

Don't get me wrong, workers in NSW deserve an increase in wages just to keep up with the value eroding taxes, $20 a week, however, is an insult. Especially given the Government seems to be hell bent on taking more than this measley amount from workers (and mum and dad property investors) just to deal with the ongoing 'cock ups' it creates.

I could also be completely wrong about Mr Carr's Government?

Kind regards

John McPhilbin


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