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Issue No. 267 10 June 2005  

Interview: The Baby Drought
Social ethicist Leslie Cannold has delved into why women - and men - are having fewer children. And it all comes back to the workplace.

Industrial: Lies, AWAs and Statistics
David Peetz uncovers the truth behind the latest statistics on earnings under Australian Workplace Agreements.

Workplace: The Invisible Parents
Current government policies about work and family do not reflect the realities of either family life or the modern workplace. writes Don Edgar.

History: Bruce’s Big Blunder
The Big Fella, Jack Lang, gives an eyewitness account of the last time Conservatives tried to dismantle Australia’s industrial relations system.

Politics: All God's Children
The battle for morality is not confined to Australian polittics. Michael Walzer writes on the American perspective

Economics: Spun Out
The business groups are feeling cocky. The feds have announced their IR changes, business says they don't go far enough. What a surprise, writes Neale Towart

International: Shakey Trials
Lyndy McIntyre argues the New Zealnd IR experiment provides warnings - and hope - for the Australian union movement.

Legal: Civil Distrubance
Tom Roberts argues that there is more at stake than an attack on building workers in the looming legsilation.

Review: Crash Course In Racism
Paul Haggis flick Crash suggests that when cars collide the extent of people's prejudices are revealed sans the usual veil of political correctness, writes Tara de Boehmler.

Poetry: You're Fired
New laws will leave bosses holding the whip and workers with a Raw Hide, writes resident bard David Peetz

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Feds Wrong on Minimum Wage
Federal government’s arguments for doing away with minimum wage cases are "unfounded" and "inconsistent", according to the Australian Industrial Relations Commission.

After hearing months of evidence, the seven-member bench chaired by Justice Geoffrey Giudice, accused the Federal Government of putting forward a submission that breached its own laws and would have pitched many people into poverty. [full story]

Dogs in Sheep’s Clothing
Employer groups united to oppose this week’s $17 a week minimum wage increase.

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) spokesman, Scott Barklamb, said the rise would undermine the ability of employers to hire new staff. [full story]

Andrews Faces Probe
Victorian building workers are considering legal action against the federal government after seeing off Canberra’s latest bid to derail their enterprise bargaining.

CFMEU legal officer, Jesse Madisson, said evidence of "coercion" was being evaluated after six national building companies defied Canberra to agree on a draft three-year agreement. [full story]

NSW Packs IR Scrum
AWAs will be barred from state government contracts worth $35 billion as NSW looks to play the Feds at their own industrial game.

A motion before this weekend’s state ALP conference urges the Carr Government to use its power to back workers rights to the same extent that the Feds promote employer interests. [full story]

China Syndrome
"Diabolical" working conditions and brutal repression in China will be spotlighted as unions link trade with human rights at this years ALP state conference.

Unions have put forward eleven points that must be met before the ALP will support a proposed Australia-China Free Trade Agreement. [full story]

Pirates Of The Canberrean
A multi-million dollar scam that saw shiploads of cargo hijacked by criminals on the high seas could flourish here because of federal support for flag of convenience ships, says the MUA.

Crime syndicates based in Lebanon using flag of convenience vessels are offering bargain-basement freight rates and then simply making off with the cargo. [full story]


 Foxtel Scores Own Goal

 Killer Bosses on Notice

 Apprentices Spitting Chips

 Howard Chokes Working Women

 Vice Regal Notes

 Survey – Do it Now or Else

 Greens Join Fight

 Workers win repreive

 Activists Whats On!

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Community Workers in Sydney's south spell out what the Howard government changes could mean

Labor Governments must do more than just commission projects to keep executives living by the waterfront – they need to ensure that labour values are respected in the work that gets them there.

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The Locker Room
Ashes to Dust
In which Phil Doyle travels to distant lands in search of a meat pie, and prepares for the joys of sleep deprivation

The Westie Wing
Ian West lists the Top Ten reasons why workers in NSW can gain some solace from having the Labor Party sitting on the Treasury benches…

The Soapbox
Dear John
In response to this year’s Federal Budget, Bishop Kevin Manning wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister, Mr John Howard

LETTERS to the Editor
 Secure Advice
 All The Way With The USA
 Expensive Door Charge
 Teen Years in Detention
 Court Cases are Media’s Drug
 Lang Is Right
 Legalising Unfairness
 Hertz Meenz Hurtz

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