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Issue No. 256 18 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

MaxiRort in Ballarat
Nine Ballarat youngsters are being denied metal trades apprenticeship by a trailer manufacturer that got its hands on a consignment of Chinese welders.

MaxiTrans withdrew offers to local school leavers, after being granted Section 457 visas to import Chinese workers by a federal government that says the economy is being held back by skills shortages.  [full story]

Beer Boss’ Want Froth
NSW beer baron’s want to scrap the five days workers are currently allowed before signing onto non-union AWAs .

Australian Hotels Association general manager Andrew Vlachos thinks individual employees have too much bargaining power and has written to members promising to lobby the Howard Government. [full story]

Facts Ruin Costello’s Story
Peter Costello’s rationale for attacking minimum wage families has been blown out of the water by figures demonstrating Australian job growth surging ahead of that in the US.

Treasurer Costello and Coalition cohorts, including the Prime Minister and Workplace Relations Minister, want a brake applied to the minimum wage on the grounds that it costs jobs. [full story]

Uni Burns Book Man
Uni staff and students are backing a librarian punted for signing a petition.

Two eye-witnesses said a University of NSW manager had singled out the casual librarian for attention, following an industrial row reported in Workers Online, last week. [full story]

Strong Pulls Pianist
Orchestra pits are infested with feather-bedding bludgers who need a fortissimo blast of free-market flexibility, according to corporate high-flyer, James Strong.

Musicians are tuneing up to resist Strong’s recommendations which include job losses, workplace contracts, slashed conditions, and the downgrading of regional orchestras, including the ground-breaking Tasmanian Symphony.  [full story]

Terminator Runs Away
Hollywood tough guy Arnold Schwarzenegger is running scared of nurses and teachers.

Schwarzenegger was forced into an embarrassing exit through a hotel side door in an attempt to dodge protesting workers in Washington DC, last week. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 No Choice for Small Business

 Scully On Run from Cops

 Picketer Wins $190,000

 Wheat Board on Sea of Shame

 School Raids Condemned

 Tangled Web Weaved

 CASA Cans Safety

 Radioactive Relay Race

 Activist’s What’s On!

email workers to a friend latest breaking news from labornet
CFMEU members take their message on entitlements to the streets.

E D I T O R I A L
The real drive behind VSU is linked to the rise in free market fundamentalism – a mind set that sees a person as an individual consumer rather than as a participant in and product of their society.

Voluntary Tool

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
 Poor Prose Praised
 Fabulous Fan Mail
 Skilled Tools
 Nelson ‘Solves’ Skills Crisis
 Loyalty Nonsense

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