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Issue No. 279 02 September 2005  
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Middle Australia
The Prime Minister rarely responds directly to criticism, so when he rushed out a media release rebutting an ACIRRT analysis of wages data this week, it was clear that they had a hit a raw nerve.

F E A T U R E S

Interview: Polar Eclipse
Academic David McKnight challenges some sacred cows in his new book "Beyond Left and Right".

Industrial: Wrong Turn
Radical labour reform is on the horizon but some workers, like Sydney bus driver Yvonne Carson, have seen it all before, writes Jim Marr.

Unions: Star Support
It wasn't just families who backed workers' rights at The Last Weekend, but a bunch of musicians who set the tone, writes Chrissy Layton.

Workplace: Checked Out
Glenda Kwek asks you to consider the plight of the retail worker, and shares some of her experiences

Economics: Sold Out
The Future Fund and industrial relations reform are favourite projects of the PM and the Treasurer. Both are speculations on the future and the only guarantee with them is that you will be worse off, writes Neale Towart.

Politics: Green Banned
The impact of new building industry laws wonít be confined to one industry, writes CFMEU national secretary John Sutton.

History: Potted History
Lithgow is a place with a proud history as a union town. The origins of broader community solidarity lie in the early industrial development of the town and the development of unions. The Lithgow Pottery dispute of 1890 was a key event.

International: Curtain Call
The curtains have opened for East Timorís young theatre performers, thanks to a Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA project.

Review: Little Fish
At last! An Aussie film with substance, suspense and a serious dose of reality, writes Lucy Muirhead

Poetry: Slug A Worker
In a shock development, the Federal Treasurer, Peter Costello, gave a ringing endorsement to the poetry pages of Workers Online, writes resident bard David Peetz.

N E W S

 Trucks Run Down Mums

 Boom! Biff! Itís Howard Unplugged

 Fun Guy Spreads Fertiliser

 Doors Close on Battered Mums

 Bing Lee Peddles Rubbish

 Bless This Bus

 High Court: Ads Do Kremlin Proud

 Families Water Win

 Tesltra Cuts Get Poor Reception

 Vegetable Campaign Sprouts

 Check Work/Family Balance Here

 Tim Wins For Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA

 Activists Whatís On!

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
Families First
New Senator Stephen Fielding turned a few heads with his Maiden Speech to Parliament.

The Locker Room
The New World Order
Phil Doyle declares himself unavailable for the fifth and deciding test.

Parliament
The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP, Ian West, reports from the NSW Government's Safety Summit

Postcard
On The Bus
A bright orange bus travelling the state has become the focus of the campaign against federal IR changes. Nathan Brown was on board.

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Check Work/Family Balance Here


Help the State Government is using online surveys to help measure the work and family balance in NSW workplaces.

By filling in a short questionnaire on the Office of Industrial Relations website, employees can help the NSW Government measure how family friendly our workplaces are and where improvements are most needed.

Minister for Industrial Relations John Della Bosca said that as well as providing an overview, the survey results would provide practical guidance for developing successful work and family policies.

He said it would also help measure how well these policies were already being implemented, and said the NSW government was committed to ensuring workers could achieve a good balance without having their rights at work undermined.

"Against the backdrop of the Howard Government's radical Industrial relations agenda, with its potentially significant impact on women and casual workers, it is important that we continue to promote best practice family friendly arrangements and highlight the dangers that the federal proposals present," Della Bosca said.

Fill out the surveys at www.workandfamily.nsw.gov.au.

Help the State Government is using online surveys to help measure the work and family balance in NSW workplaces.

By filling in a short questionnaire on the Office of Industrial Relations website, employees can help the NSW Government measure how family friendly our workplaces are and where improvements are most needed.

Minister for Industrial Relations John Della Bosca said that as well as providing an overview, the survey results would provide practical guidance for developing successful work and family policies.

He said it would also help measure how well these policies were already being implemented, and said the NSW government was committed to ensuring workers could achieve a good balance without having their rights at work undermined.

"Against the backdrop of the Howard Government's radical Industrial relations agenda, with its potentially significant impact on women and casual workers, it is important that we continue to promote best practice family friendly arrangements and highlight the dangers that the federal proposals present," Della Bosca said.

Fill out the surveys at www.workandfamily.nsw.gov.au.


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