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Issue No. 277 19 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

AWAs Bully the Sisters
Two Krispy Kreme employees went looking for dough, but only found a hole when they were forced to sign Australian Workplace Agreements.

Thea Birch Fitch and Jasmin Smith have joined academics and even the Employment Advocate in telling a Senate Inquiry that women are the big losers from individual contracts. [full story]

Busted: Howard's 14 Percent Furphy
It's official: The Prime Minister's 14 per cent real wage increase boast is a mirage - built on gigantic rises for CEOs and high income earners like himself.

Workers Online will print full details of Howard's workers' “best friend” furphy on Monday.  [full story]

Top End of Town to Write IR Laws
The Howard Government has trucked in lawyers from some of Australia’s biggest union-busting firms to draft its new industrial relations laws

Amidst rumours of tensions and confusion within the federal Attorney General’s Department, corporate law firms have seconded offices to provide the briefing instructions to the government. [full story]

New Laws Make Green Bans History
Community campaigns to save heritage icons like the Rocks and Centennial Park from development could be a thing of the past after the Senate passed harsh anti-worker laws for the building industry this week.

The laws, based on the discredited $60 million Cole Royal Commission leave workers exposed to fines and even jailing over industrial and political protests. [full story]

Hardies Dodges Responsibility
Asbestos victims have renewed protest action against James Hardies as the company delays paying compensation until it can find tax loopholes to minimise the payment.

The stalling tactic has put the future claims of victims, including workers and members of a North Coast Aboriginal community in limbo, and raised fears the company will walk away from last year’s $1.9 billion settlement. [full story]

Blokes Wouldn’t Cop Child Care Wages
If men dominated the child care industry there was no way they would accept the level of pay currently being offered to women, the head of the Child Care Union has claimed.

Speaking at the opening of a landmark pay equity case, LHMU state president Jim Lloyd said the 96 per cent female workforce had been subject to a historical undervaluation. [full story]

MPs Duck As Unions Hit the Road
Excuses are coming in thick and fast as regional Coalition MPs attempt to dodge invitations to explain their attack on workers rights as Unions NSW take their campaign on the road.

Alby Shultz will extend his policy of abstaining from contentious issues, when he fails to join members of the Goulburn community to discuss the changes on Thursday. [full story]

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 Activist's What's On!

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Members of the Baryulgil community, poisoned by asbestos, joined the protest action against James Hardie in Sydney.

E D I T O R I A L
This public language is not just destructive of the soul and the mind; it has also become a tool for controlling the political debate.

Donde Esta Las Dialtone?

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
 Capital Terror
 Think of the Kids
 Let’s Talk
 Stupid Sale
 The Meal
 Stand Your Ground
 Convenient Flagellation

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