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Issue No. 254 04 March 2005  

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?


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


 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


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

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

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.

 Stay Terra Firma on Tax
 Janetís Job No Victory
 Royal Finger Lickers
 Will $20 Restore Carr?
 Two Ideas
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Brogden Dances On Graves

A workplace widow is furious about John Brogdenís 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.

"Ask him if he would feel the same if one of his family members were killed at work. I think what his doing is pathetic and he should get a better understanding of Industrial Manslaughter and how important it is for the family that is left behind to get justice for the death of their loved one."

Glen Viegas was electrocuted last year, leaving behind Andreia and his two children, Corey, 6, and Makayla, 13 months.

"Glen was a great dad, a great husband, son, brother and friend, he was full of life and energy and his family was his treasure," said Viegas. "Glen's workplace was accused of breaching safety regulations and letting a worker work in an unsafe place.

"Every Australian worker deserves to work in a safe work place and we need to introduce tougher laws for employers and we need to do this now."

Brogden has joined employer groups campaigning against the Occupational Health and Safety (Workplace Fatalities) Bill.

He has been labelled laws to gaol killer bosses as "draconian" and treating "every employer in NSW as a criminal".

"This legislation is not about sending bosses to gaol," says secretary of Unions NSW, John Robertson. "It's about sending a clear signal that unsafe practices will not be tolerated."

Tamworth Campaign "Outrageous"

Workers have also described as "outrageous" a campaign in the NSW regional town of Tamworth against the legislation.

"This is the home town of Mr and Mrs McGoldrick, whose son Dean was killed at work," said the CFMEU's Andrew Ferguson. "Dean's employer was fined a measly $20,000, and has payed only $1,800 of that fine.

"It's outrageous."

Employer groups and business owners rallied in Gunnedah and Tamworth over the draft changes.

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