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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.

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TAFE Teaches A Lesson On Winning

TAFE part-time casual teachers have won increased salaries, flying in the face of a federal Minister’s claims that their union had abandoned them.

Federal Minister for Vocational and Technical Education Mr Hardgrave, has released a media statement dated 25 May 2005 entitled 'NSW Teachers Federation refuse to reward TAFE teachers'.

Far from opposing increased salaries for NSW part-time casual teachers in TAFE, the Federation made the claim in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission that resulted in the increased salaries. Says President of the NSW Teachers Federation Ms Maree O'Halloran said today:

'Federation notes and welcomes the full funding of the TAFE part-time casual teacher settlement as announced by the Minister, Carmel Tebbutt.'

Workplace Rights Not For Sale

the news comes as TAFE teachers join their colleagues in the university sector for a national day of action against the Howard Government's proposed workplace law changes.

In the tertiary sector the Howard government has threatened to withhold education funds to universities that refuse to push their workers onto AWAs.

On 1st June 2005, higher education workers will take action against the threats from canberra.

NSW TAFE teachers and higher educational staff will stop work to attend public rallies in major centres, or to take other action including protests outside the offices of the Federal Government Members of Parliament.

A major lunchtime rally is planned for Sydney on the 1st June to protest against this interference by the Federal Government.

The rally will be held at 12 noon at Sydney University for a march to Belmore Park where there will be a rally commencing at 1pm.


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