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Issue No. 278 26 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

Busted: Howard's 14 Percent Fudge
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.

While the highest CEOs’ wages have blown out by 229 per cent since 1998, the average increase for non-managerial adult income between 1998 and 2004 was just 3.6 per cent, according to an analysis of ABS data carried out by ACIRRT for Unions NSW. [full story]

Emperor Stripped on Wages
Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane has blown John Howard's workplace cover, revealing plans to slash real wages by around 50 percent.

Macfarlane came clean at the end of a 2GB interview with Alan Jones, last week, confirming claims made by critics of his government's radical workplace agenda. [full story]

Witch Hunt Targets Priest
The Howard Government's use of police and the criminal law to plug embarrassing leaks has moved into the industrial relations arena.

Australian Financial Review journalist Marcus Priest has been questioned by the Australian Federal Police over the source of a briefing from within the department of Workplace Relations, critical of the Minister's use of the building and construction code. [full story]

No Malice in Pregnancy Termination, Court
A WA court has brushed public interest arguments to block the broadcast of a boss axing a pregnant woman.

A Perth receptionist claimed to have her boss on tape telling her she was gone because of her pregnancy but Supreme Court Justice, Rene le Miere, found that broadcasting her tape would not have been in the public interest. [full story]

Building Boss Risks Lives
Five workers may have been handed death sentences by a construction company that ignored a prohibition notice on a contaminated Newcastle worksite.

Sydney-based construction firm Timwin had scaffolders working unprotected amongst loose asbestos at Latec House, the site of a new housing development. [full story]

Cleric Preaches Murder
Republican preacher Pat Robertson is calling for the murder of democratically-elected Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez.

The founder of America's Christian Coalition used his television program, last week, to urge the Bush Administration to eliminate Chavez. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Bus Rams Home IR Message

 Contractors Get Run Of “The Mill”

 BHP Mining Cheap Labour

 Toll Bells For Corrigan

 Lorikeet Folds Wings

 Safety Is Apples In Orange

 IR Ads Dubious

 Striking Tongans Serenade Princess

 Activist's What's On!

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The Rights at Work bus brought colour to the NSW South Coast racking up 1100 clicks on the first leg of its regional tour.

E D I T O R I A L
Notions such as freedom of the press, the right to silence and the right to strike may sound twee concepts hardly worth the fight. Until they are taken away.

Golden Gloves

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
 Rodent Knows Best
 Godspeed LHMU
 Help Wanted
 Proof in the Pudding
 Safeguards Already There

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