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Issue No. 276 12 August 2005  

The Power of One
The power has now shifted. John Howard has control of the Senate by a solitary vote and no matter where your politics lie, the earth has definitely moved.


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


 “Disgusting” AWAs Court Out

 Andrews Agenda Rolled in DEWR

 Sick Days Get Hadgkiss Sniffing

 Fun Guy Skips Work, Docks Staff

 Nurse Launches Neighbourhood Alert

 Security Staff Bush Whacked

 Commo Bank Staff Force Smiles

 Cameron Gets ‘Fair Dinkum’

 Feds: Inconsistency “Not Inconsistent”

 Telstra Dials Up Cash Grab

 Howard Votes Family Last

 PacNat Troops Won't Be Railroaded

 All Aboard Vic Safety Train

 Activist's What's On!


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.

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

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.

 Farmers’ Best Friend
 Govt Has No Case
 Logon to IR
 Ears and Minds
 Howard on the Couch
 Which Bank?
 Kevin the Tool Man
 Tom On Safety
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Kevin the Tool Man

Please make Kevin Andrews Tool of the Week

This poorly disguised fascist has set new heights in the pursuit of hypocrisy. Hiding behind a mild exterior, one need not look far (his own department) to find the reality of his Industrial Relations agenda is merely a return to the laissez faire policy of uncontrolled capitalism that enslaved working Australians to a substandard existence. By forcing his department's staff onto individual contracts with reduced awards and less security he has shown the Australian public the cruel inequitable reality of his legislation that is set to destroy all fairness in the system that our workers have spent over 100 years fighting to be established. His argument, that Australia needs to innovate to compete with the international market, ridicules the statistics that show unemployment at a 28-year low, record job opportunities and sustained economic growth. Is he talking about the same country? Although his proposals have come under sustained attack from academics nationwide and every other political party (including Nationals senator Barnaby Joyce who, lets hope, takes a moral stand for rural Australia and its workers), Kevin continues to service the lower back region of the prime minister's person in his merciless destruction of job security and the family unit. He has tried to come across as a good 'Christian', however this has severely backfired since every major church in Australia has openly condemned the IR proposals as flawed. His only supporters are the very businesses that hope to exploit and undermine the 85 per cent plus of Australians that will be affected.

Sadly however this absolute tool has only been able to progress his neo-fascist ideology because of the widespread political apathy and ignorance of the Australian electorate that elected this neo-conservative regime. Next time, hopefully, those of us that have a soul will realise that all that the (extremely UN)liberal party brings to this country is injustice, inequality and immorality. Please make this tool a TOOL OF THE WEEK (if you have already do it again, you know you want to)!

Daniel Sharp



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