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Issue No. 258 08 April 2005  

Be My Guest
Is anyone else confused about the current behaviour of our Prime Minister? In just a few short years he’s transformed himself from National Door Bitch to Regional Street Spruiker.


Interview: [email protected]
Labor's Penny Wong has the job of getting more people into the workplace and keeping companies honest. In her spare time ....

Unions: State of the Union
Unions NSW secretary John Robertson unveils the annual survey of attitudes of workers to their jobs, thier lives and the union.

Industrial: Fashion Accessories
Jim Marr unpacks the unlikely claim of a suburban house to be considered the New Mecca of the New Right …

Legal: Leg Before Picket
Chris White looks at how the federal industrial changes will impact on the basic right to strike.

Politics: Business Welfare Brats
Neale Towart asks why the only form of legitmate welfare seems to be going to the top end of town.

Health: Cannabis Controversy
Zoe Reynolds looks at how drug and alcohol testing is leading to some addled outcomes.

Economics: Debt, Deficit, Downturn
As the indicators head south, Frank Stilwell wonders whether it is the way we do economics that is to blame.

History: Politics In The Pubs
Phil Doyle reports on the increasingly-popular Struggles, Scabs and Schooners day out.

Review: Three Bob's Worth
Doing their best Margaret and David, Tara de Boehmler and Tim Brunero have different takes on the new Australian flick Three Dollars.

Poetry: Do The Slowly Chokie
Workers Online bard David Peetz teaches how workers to dance to Howard's industrial laws.


 Cash Grab Targets Families

 Wattyl Lacks Colour

 Censors Ban Workers Online

 Stink Over Water

 Cole Slurs Slide

 Table Hands Stuffed

 Sweat Shop Taxes MLC’s Patience

 Cops Strengthen Thin Blue Line

 Buses Drive Commuters Crazy

 Guards Win Rail War

 Building Families Pocket $15 Million

 Students Mark Lecturers

 Activist’s What’s On


The Soapbox
Notes From a Laneway
Mental Health Workers Alliance member Toby Raeburn shares a week on the frontline.

The Locker Room
War, Plus The Shooting
The Socceroos aren’t their own worst enemy after all, or so says Phil Doyle

Life Imitates Art
The jokes have been around for some time about the economic rationalist's approach to the orchestra, writes Evan Jones.

The Westie Wing
Ian West takes the secret passage out of Macquarie Street to deliver his take on NSW Parliamentary Committees and other goings on.

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Buses Drive Commuters Crazy

It takes some peak-hour commuters 50 minutes to travel the seven kilometres between Drummoyne and Sydney’s CBD.

Worried bus operators are driving a campaign to slash travelling times, fearing such scenarios will drive people away from public transport.

The drivers have gone to the public in a bid to force the RTA to provide bus lanes on the city's most stressed corridor, Victoria Rd.

Last month, they handed flyers to every passenger who got on a Victoria Rd bus, urging them to email the RTA, Members of Parliament, and Mayors.

In a follow-up, the Burwood, Leichhardt and Ryde drivers, last week, handed passengers congratulatory leaflets, in response to complaints and praise from politicians who copped hundreds of messages.

RTBU official, Peter Jenkins, said the lack of the bus lane "dramatically stuffs up" Sydney's transport system.

"There is a domino effect when buses can't get through," he said. "By regulation, drivers can only operate for five hours without a break.

"When buses run late at peak hour there are few, if any replacement drivers available, and the whole system breaks down. When people have to wait 50 minutes to travel seven kilometres, they will walk away from the system, and everybody loses.'

He said the "domino effect" had caused as many as 48 Victoria Rd, peak hour, services to be cancelled in a single week.

Drivers want bus lanes, which have sped traffic flows along Parramatta Rd, extended along Victoria Rd as far as Ryde.

Drivers thanked state Labor MP, Angela D'Amore, for publicly supporting their campaign.


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