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Issue No. 259 15 April 2005  
E D I T O R I A L

Roosting Chooks
It wasn’t that long ago that John Howard was the great Conservative leader who wanted to remake Australia in his own image, defending the monarchy, beating up gay mums and attacking the ABC.

F E A T U R E S

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.

N E W S

 Freedom From Choice

 Hostile Takeover - Can Howard Do It?

 Premier Sues Miners

 Vanstone Shows Brickie’s Cleavage

 Sparkies Refine Safety Tactics

 Ten Cent Deal Cuts Beards

 Kiwis Vote for Flight

 Death Penalty No Deterrent

 Costa Railroads Jobs

 Greystanes Soiled

 Aussies in Ivy league Battle

 Drivers Shake the Cage

 Employers Come Clean

 Big Call in Newcastle

 Bosses Back Gaol for Cowboys

 Activist’s What’s On

C O L U M N S

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

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

Parliament
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.

L E T T E R S
 Adler Should Be Hung
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Kiwis Vote for Flight


Unions are rallying 450,000 Australian-based Kiwis to vote in this year’s New Zealand general election.

A Sydney-based organisation is helping expats exercise their rights in what is shaping as a watershed poll.

New Zealand Prime Minister, Helen Clark, has undone much of the damage inflicted by 20 years of hard-Right political leadership, dealing workers back into the national game.

Analysts say another Clark victory, in an election that must be held by September, will cement in those changes.

"We are trying to ensure the re-election of the only Labour Government in the region," NZ Labour Organisation in Australia spokesman, Paul Goulter, says.

"It is an important issue for Australians because, the fact is, we share a common labour market.

"More than that, Helen Clark is prepared to act as a spokesperson and promoter of unions in forums that New Zealand and Australia participate in."

Goulter said she had demonstrated those credentials at APEC and the WTO.

More than 10 percent of New Zealand's population, 450,000 people, now call Australia home.

Representatives from the ETU, CFMEU and AMWU have already joined the campaign, fronted by ACTU officer, Goulter, a former secretary of New Zealand's peak trade union body.

They have linked with Maori and Pacific Island churches and will be bringing high-profile Kiwi politicians to Sydney for meetings. First cab off the rank will be Maori Affairs Minister, Parakura Horomia.

The organisation is preparing flyers for Australian unions to put out on their jobs and fact sheets for organisers with Kiwi members.

Goulter says its "dead set" easy for New Zealanders to vote in their homeland. Essentially, New Zealand citizens only have to have returned home once in the past three years to qualifty.

New Zealanders can get more information or update their enrolment details online at:

http://www.elections.org.nz/


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