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Issue No. 261 29 April 2005  
E D I T O R I A L

Lest We Forget
Just four days separate Anzac Day and the International Day of Mourning for Deaths at Work, but in the eyes of our leaders the gap could be 100 years.

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 Ö

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

 Employers Desecrate Graves

 Blackadder Bones Boss

 Tights Fail In Flight

 Dick Tracy Booted In Blacktown

 Cops Not Fashion Victims

 Picnic On for Working Families

 Skinny Pay Starves Weight Watchers

 Banks Get Work For Free

 Aged Care Workers Off Their Feet

 Cleaners Clean Up

 VSU Bad for Business

 Unions Urge Fair Go For Timorese

 Activistís Whatís 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 arenít 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
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VSU Bad for Business


Howard Government plans to scrap compulsory student union fees could do more than erode services and inspire a few thousand scholars to take to the streets in protest.

Legislation that limits resources will ultimately undermine the attractiveness of Australian universities to the multi-billion dollar international student market, says the National Tertiary Education Union.

NTEU president Dr Carolyn Allport said access to services provided by institutions was a major selling point for Australian universities.

"Universities face limited choices if they cannot charge a fee for these services. They will either have to fund them from their own scarce resources, farm them out to private providers who will provide them on a full cost commercial basis, or not provide them at all," she said.

"Student organisations make a crucial contribution to a dynamic, democratic and creative educational environment in our universities, provide a range of essential support services and facilities and give students a representative voice and participatory role in the governance of their institutions."

Meanwhile National Union of Students president Sarah Collins said there was little doubt that students would not pay union fees if they didn't have to.

She said that just as people would not pay their taxes if they weren't required to, students would treat voluntary union fees the same way.

A Sydney rally to protest plans for axing compulsory student unionism this week attracted up to 4000 people. The rally coincided with other activities throughout the country, held as part of a national day of action.


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