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Issue No. 264 20 May 2005  
E D I T O R I A L

Conviction Politics
In modern politics even ideology has become a matter of convenience; look no further than the principle that ‘third parties’ need to be removed from the workplace.

F E A T U R E S

Interview: Fortress NSW
NSW IR Minister John Della Bosca on how to win the battle for workers rights - and save the state system.

Unions: Fashions Afield
With new anti-sweatshop creations being paraded at this year's Australian Fashion Week, is equity the new black and are sweatshops the new fur? asks Tara de Boehmler.

Industrial: Pay Dirt
John Burgess argues that the flow-on effect from changing the minimum wage could be more than we bargained for.

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: Big Day Out
Neale Towart looks back on the events that created the May Day heritage.

International: Making History
Hundreds of aid organisations, charities, trade unions and religious groups have formed a global alliance called “ Make Poverty History”.

Economics: The Fear Factor
The solution to skill shortages is intelligent planning, argues John Spoehr

Review: The Robots Revolt
New kids flick Robot uses our electronic friends to teach audiences that inbuilt obsolescence is just a state of mind, writes Tara de Boehmler

Poetry: The Corporation's Power
The idea of a corporations power that could cure any ill has inspired our resident bard, David Peetz, to verse.

N E W S

 BHP Gets Decision to Die For

 Howard Turns to Water

 PM Noses into Pinocchio Territory

 Protest is Child’s Play

 A Baloney Deal Under Fire

 Decapitation Witness Dudded

 Newsroom Bullies Make Headlines

 Nelson Takes Axe To Brains

 Council Unhealthy for Families

 Top End Leader Backs Unions

 A Storm In Every Port

 Greens Go Rights

 Activist’s What’s On!

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
May Spray
Unions NSW secretary John Robertson delivered the annual May Day Toast - and warned it is no time to be comfortable and relaxed.

The Locker Room
A Rucking Good Time
Phil Doyle reveals many things, some of them useful

Parliament
The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP, Ian West, is back to regale us with inside goss and intrigue from the Bearpit.

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News

Newsroom Bullies Make Headlines


A controversial newspaper has been officially warned it makes people sick.

Constant deadline pressure and the promotion of people with writing rather than people skills have been blamed for exposing journalists to bullying and intimidation.

The West Australian newspaper is the latest to come to the attention of the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance after a member reported ongoing threats of physical violence and verbal abuse.

Worksafe has issued a warning, saying the paper's failure to comply with anti bullying laws exposed journalists to workplace illness. The health and safety authority also ordered it to display a formal notice outlining the health risks that bullying posed.

"Sleeplessness , anxiety, fear of coming to work, making mistakes, vomiting, alcoholism, mental breakdown, depression and car accidents" are just a few of the symptoms of bullying at work, says MEAA's Michael Sinclair-Jones.

"Bullying behaviour is common in newsrooms and we have had a number of complaints this year," he said.

Sinclair-Jones said bullying policies only worked if people were trained in how they worked.

The journalist is now on stress leave.


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