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Issue No. 269 24 June 2005  
E D I T O R I A L

Truth In Advertising
In the past seven days we have witnessed the unprecedented spectacle of a Howard Minister attempting to campaign on ĎTruthí. That it has come back to bite him on the bum is the clearest proof yet of some eternal notion of justice.

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: Bruceís Big Blunder
The Big Fella, Jack Lang, gives an eyewitness account of the last time Conservatives tried to dismantle Australiaís 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

N E W S

 Choice Bro, Andrews Unmasked

 Rev Kevís Big Stick

 Grass Roots Flourish

 Academics Give an F

 Feds Invoke Feared Beard

 Mum Gives Johnny the Slip

 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!

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 benchesÖ

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

L E T T E R S
 Good outlook at Hertz
 Foxtelís folly
 Stuck for words
 More care, less scare
 Do or die time
 China throws in Maoís towel
 Donít strike out strikes
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Foxtelís folly


FOXTEL, despite the fantastic Hugh Jackman putting on a brave face, are an embarrassment.

They enjoy a rating of being in the top 20 worst call centres in Australia, with the current manager being flown in from Sydney weekly to try to salvage the current mess.

The technicians subcontracted to do the work of installing in homes are again leaving in droves due to poor salaries.

Even better, the call out rate to technical problems has escalated due to it seems poor design of the systems.

And yet the beleaguered CEO KIm Williams, fondly looked upon by father-in-law Gough, tells us how successful everything is.

Dear Kim - please get a grip on things. FOXTEL is not a success. In fact the shareholders of Telstra still wonder what happens to the seemingly billions of dollars "invested" in this white elephant.

Time to find someone sensible to manage your human resources disasters there...could Hugh be the man?

Mike


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