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Issue No. 277 19 August 2005  
E D I T O R I A L

Weasel Words
We are living in an era where words are not always as they seem, and where language is used to shape the world rather than just describe it.

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

N E W S

 AWAs Bully the Sisters

 Busted: Howard's 14 Percent Furphy

 Top End of Town to Write IR Laws

 New Laws Make Green Bans History

 Hardies Dodges Responsibility

 Blokes Wouldn’t Cop Child Care Wages

 MPs Duck As Unions Hit the Road

 Profits Do Not Mean Security

 Dodgy Wagons Rolling In

 Telstra: Death By 1,000 Cuts

 Andrews Shafts Employee Safety

 Indon Rail Workers Roll Paycut Plan

 Activist's What's On!

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.

L E T T E R S
 Capital Terror
 Think of the Kids
 Let’s Talk
 Stupid Sale
 The Meal
 Stand Your Ground
 Convenient Flagellation
WHAT YOU CAN DO
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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.
 

Announcing a massive quarterly profit of $74.1 million, James Hardies CEO Louis Gries admitted the company was holding off making payments to victims while seeking a ruling from the Australian Tax Office that the compensation be tax deductible.

Those comments prompted protest action outside the James Hardies shareholders meeting, with victims putting formal questions to the Hardies CEO about his intentions.

AMWU state secretary Paul Bastian says victims are calling on Meredith Hellicar to reject the position of ex CEO Peter McDonald and accept full moral responsibility.

"We want an unequivocal statement from James Hardie that they will not cut and run," Bastian says..

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We want a statement from the CEO and the Chair of the Board that James Hardie is committed to full compensation of asbestos victims

"We also want them to withdraw support for increased compensation to directors until all victims have been compensated.

The AMWU and other victims have taken heart from statements from new Premier Morris Iemma, that he wilkl maintaing pressure on the company.

"This is absolutely immoral that they would enrich their profits while they fail to give a commitment to the NSW Government, the NSW people and victims of asbestos.

"We need to remind them that the NSW Trade Union movement is fully behind this and that our resolve is rock solid.

"The last time we campaigned on this their share price plummeted and their reputation was destroyed, they need to be reminded that this can be turned on if they don't give justice to the victims."


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