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Issue No. 275 05 August 2005  
 
F E A T U R E S

Interview: On Holiday
Historian Richard White looks back on the Aussie vacation - and finds a way of life is under threat.,

Unions: One Day Longer
Nathan Brown travels to the Boeing picket line and find a group of workers with a steely determination to stick together.

Industrial: Never Mind the Bollocks
Jim Marr plays the Howard Government's industrial relations spin job on its merits.

Politics: Spun Out
Canberra’s latest campaign underlines the need for controls over government advertising, according to Graeme Orr and Joo-Cheong Tham

Economics: If the Grog Don't Get You ....
Evan Jones explains how the way we purchase alcolohol reflects the type of economy we live in.

History: Taking a Stand
Neale Towart looks at two books that chronicle how to build community support against social injustice.

International: The Split
Amanda Tattersal outsider's account of an insider's shake-out at the AFL-CIO Convention 2005

Legal: Pushing the Friendship
George Williams argues that the federal government’s constitutional powers are not sufficient to enact a comprehensive national industrial relations scheme

Poetry: Simple Subtractions
The latest blitz of taxpayer-funded advertising has revealed a crisis of arithmetic in government ranks has moved resident bard David Peetz to prose.

Review: Sydney Trashed
Sydney band SC Trash are on a mission to give new life to folk and country music – and the politics of common sense. Nathan Brown had a beer with them

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L A T E S T   N E W S

Carmen's Boss No Fun Guy
When a Sydney single Mum questioned an AWA that stripped her of holiday, sickness, long service and redundancy entitlements, she was sacked.

Imperial Mushrooms, of Londonderry, dumped Carmen Walacz Vel Walewska when she asked why it also paid a rate 40 cents an hour below the award. [full story]

Discriminating Centrelink on Charges
One of the federal agencies carrying the ball for the Liberal Party's radical IR agenda faces court action for discriminating against a union delegate.

The CPSU has filed Federal Court papers against Centrelink, alleging it blocked a $1000 wage increase for Adelaide call centre staffer, Paul Willson, because he defended a workmate and forwarded an “all-staff” email to the union for advice.  [full story]

Uproar Over Holiday Plans
The tourism industry says moves to cut annual leave are a threat to the $55 billion sector, while a leading historian warns they will change what it means to be Australian.

Tourism and Transport Forum chief, Christopher Brown, said Kevin Andrews' threat to halve guaranteed annual leave entitlements could decimate domestic tourism. [full story]

Do The Bus Stop
Developer Westfield has been left with a six figure fare after the botched redevelopment of a Bondi bus stop.

State Transit and Waverley Council signed off on a bus lane at the new Bondi Junction shopping centre without consulting bus drivers, who realised it would lead to lengthy delays and endanger pedestrians. [full story]

Taxpayers to Fund Advertising Orgy
A nervous federal government is contemplating throwing $100 million at spruiking its controversial workplace agenda.

The possibility of a five-fold increase in the projected cost came after big business insisted it move to counter public opposition.  [full story]

Get Up Stands Up
Former Liberal Leader John Hewson is being accused of heading a “Labor Party Front”, which is bringing a new brand of grass roots activism to Australia.

Inspired by the United States organization, moveon.org, GetUp, will use the internet to bring pressure on Coalition senators from hundreds of thousands of Australians. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Andrews Provokes Showdown

 Thousands in Super Rort

 Constituents Don’t Trust Andrews

 Skill Shortage Fabricated

 Yanks Short Change Tradesmen

 Howard Steamroller Hits Building Sites

 CFMEU Bans Ferguson

 Activists Whats On!

email workers to a friend latest breaking news from labornet
Union delegates are under the pump at Centrelink - sparking court action against the federal government for discrimination.

E D I T O R I A L
The new Premier's challenge is to seize both the moral and political challenge of turning the protection of workers rights into one of the foundation stones of his Premiership.

Armed Robb

C O L U M N S

Parliament
The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP, Ian West, goes away for a couple of weeks and look what happens…

The Soapbox
The Last Weekend
Unions NSW secretary John Robertson's speech to the Last Weekend - how the Howard government laws will undermine the Ausrtalian way of life.

The Locker Room
A Concept Is Born
In which Phil Doyle helps the proponents of the vision thing across the road.

International
Workers Blood For Oil
A new book by Abdullah Muhsin and Alan Johnson lifts the lid on the bloody reality of US backed democracy for Iraq's trade unions

Postcard
London Post
During his recent stay in London IEU industrial officer John Shapiro was living only a few hundred metres from the site of one of the bomb blasts.


LETTERS to the Editor
 Back To The Past
 AFL-CIO Not The Only War
 Be Afraid
 Frame Up
 We Love Morris
 ANew Development
 A Readers Suggestion

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