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Issue No. 269 24 June 2005  
 
F E A T U R E S

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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L A T E S T   N E W S

Choice Bro, Andrews Unmasked
The federal government’s "choice" lie has exploded in the face of Workplace Relations Minister, Kevin Andrews.

Twenty four hours after Andrews labelled ads about his government’s IR agenda "deceptive" and "misleading", staff from his own department confirmed they were spot on. [full story]

Rev Kev’s Big Stick
Kevin Andrews is threatening to hit Mums and Dads who join next week’s protests against his workplace agenda with massive fines.

Laws passed in federal parliament, this week, subject building workers to $22,000 fines if they walk off jobs to join the protests, but Andrews is threatening legal action against any worker who opposes his bills. [full story]

Grass Roots Flourish
Commuting is getting a lot more interesting as workers step up the campaign against the Howard government’s workplace laws.

Brett Williams from Minchinbury in Sydney’s west took it upon himself to grab a captive audience on a packed Sydney commuter train to spell out what the changes would mean for punters. [full story]

Academics Give an F
A report card issued by 17 experts undermines the rationale for John Howard’s proposed IR changes.

To argue economic progress through stripping away workers’ rights is not underpinned by reality, according to the academics from eight universities around Australia. [full story]

Feds Invoke Feared Beard
The Howard Government has rammed terror-style laws through parliament that leave Australian building workers with fewer rights than common criminals.

The Building Industry Improvement Bill makes illegal virtually all forms of industrial action, including meetings, and opens up individual workers to $22,000 fines and their unions to $110,000 slugs for breaches. [full story]

Mum Gives Johnny the Slip
A western Sydney mum, sacked for being pregnant, has earned six months compensation in defiance of moves to block unfair dismissal rights.

Lisa-Maree Wintle was sacked by Another World 4 Kids Kindergarten-Pre-school after telling the boss she wanted to take maternity leave to have her first baby. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Hadgkiss in Family Friendly Assault

 Slick Operator Goes Down

 Tassie in Grip of Chip Strip

 Elderly Boss Gets Cranky

 Army Used To Privatise Phones

 Dangerous Vic bosses face slammer

 Activists Whats On!

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Howard's grab for a fistful of our dollars doesn't make sense, according to leading academics.

E D I T O R I A L
Already there are rumours that the Liberal Party’s advertising agency will be paid $20 million to ‘inform’ the public of the ‘benefits’ of the industrial relations changes.

Cutting and Running

C O L U M N S

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

Parliament
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
 Good outlook at Hertz
 Foxtel’s folly
 Stuck for words
 More care, less scare
 Do or die time
 China throws in Mao’s towel
 Don’t strike out strikes

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