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Issue No. 265 27 May 2005  

Hit and Myth
John Howard came to power on the back of a myth about the sort of Australia we had once been; now he is creating a new myth about the sort of Australia we want to become.


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.


 Sign or You're Gone

 Unions Back a Winner

 Howard Chases Nurses

 Victims Champ Joins Resistance

 Red and Green Blue

 Usual Suspects Lead Cheer Squad

 Ugly Australian On Charges

 Aussies Longer and Harder

 Guard Attached, Then Sacked

 Doh – Homero Loses Voice

 Bunbury Families Win Payouts

 Double Standards For Dads

 Libs Back 'Illegal' Rally

 TAFE Teaches A Lesson On Winning

 Activist’s What’s On!


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

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

 One Hell Of A Job
 US Fan Mail
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US Fan Mail

I am not sure what to call you guys-somehow the usual "To Whom It May Concern" just doesn't seem right. Anyhow-I think you are magnificent. I have been reading back issues & as they come out. I think your stance about industrial homicide is the only morally correct one. Here in the States-when a story about someone being killed on the job due to management F**K-ups DOES make the news, it's 9/10ths about how the company "Thinks it's regretable -but OH NO! it's not OUR fault.. blah blah! They are criminals & shld be treated w/all the contempt & outrage possible-jail-time-hell, yes. In fact, I think that a new category of assult shld be added to the books-Industrial Assult-& it shld be used whenever an employer's blatent disregard for safety standards has lead to some-one being injured. AND it shld be in the newspaper AND on T.V-& said employer shld be exposed to the world as the piece of shit he is-no matter how small or large the company.I have to admit, in all honesty, that this is a position I have arrived at recently,& it is due to bitter personal expierience.I am a machine operator-by trade & by choice-In

december of 2004 I had the hell torn out of my left index finger ttrying to run a drill-press set up that wld've embarrassed a freshman shop student. Nerve damage,tendon damage,artery damage-no guards on the machine-& a major asshole boss who says that "I must've driled my own hand" & thinks I had no good reason to leave his employ. Unemployment agrees w/him.

Jennifer Martin Cirino



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