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Issue No. 260 22 April 2005  

Praying Mantras
The election of a new Pontiff is a moment of cultural significance, a point where the world’s moral compass comes under scrutiny, and not just for the world’s billion-odd Catholics.


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.


 Pope Backs Rights At Work

 Trade Deal Built On Corpses

 AWAs Go – So Do Long Hours

 Sunday Too Far Away

 True Lies at RailCorp

 Mushrooms Mums Fed Bull

 Sewage In The Streets

 Taskforce Stands Over Vet

 Engineers in Driving Seat

 Backyard Funerals Targeted

 Work Deaths Get Permanent Reflection

 Yanks Brawl With Mall

 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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Work Deaths Get Permanent Reflection

A Sydney harbourside park will be dedicated as a permanent reminder of the dangers of work when Sydney workers join millions around the globe in observing the International Day of Mourning for Deaths in the Workplace.

NSW Premier Bob Carr will official rename Little Pier Park as 'Reflection Park' at a ceremony involving friends and colleagues of five workers who have died in NSW workplaces.

The park is on the site of Australia's first "industrial revolution", being the home of one of Sydney's earliest mills and a brewery.

Around NSW Every CFMEU OH&S delegate in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong will attend the service, with the construction union announcing there will be 100 stop work meetings on the commemorative day.

Victorian workplaces, who have had a horror start to 2005 with nine fatalities by the end of March alone, have adopted the canary as a symbol for this year's International Workers Memorial Day.

Workers' Memorial Day commenced in Canada in 1986 as a way of remembering those killed or injured as a result of their work. It was adopted internationally in 1996.

Victorian Unions are marking the day with a memorial service at 10:30am - to be held at the Memorial Rock at Trades Hall in Lygon Street, in conjunction with IDSA (Industrial Death Support & Advocacy), followed by a light lunch at Horti Hall, Interested persons can RSVP to Margot Hoyte, [email protected], 9662 3511

Unions are encouraging workplaces to hold a minute's silence at 11am on April 28 to remember those who have lost their lives through work.


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