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Issue No. 280 09 September 2005  
E D I T O R I A L

The Perfect Storm
The mayhem and misery engulfing New Orleans and its surrounds is more than a human tragedy of mammoth proportions, it is the product of a convergence of events that could shift our worldview every bit as much as the attacks on September 11, 2001.

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 won’t 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 Timor’s 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

 Telstra Cuts Off Sick Mum

 CFMEU Pulls $3M Bank Job

 Life Imitates Ad

 Equal Pay Unlawful

 AWA Threatens Kids

 Howard’s Porky Exposed

 STOP PRESS: Bank Pinged

 Thongs Flap Into IR War

 Dad Sacked Over Safety Fears

 News Leader in Advertising Stink

 PM’s Spin Hit for Six

 Daffy Ducks Dud Deal

 Canada Shamed

 Combet Stars At Rooty Hill

 Vanstone Backs Ciggie Salaries for Detainees

 Flicking the Super Switch

 Activists What's 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.

L E T T E R S
 Telstra Trauma
 Telstra’s Calling
 What Poor People?
 The Day
WHAT YOU CAN DO
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News

Combet Stars At Rooty Hill


An appeal by parents, teachers and students to Rooty Hill High School old boy Greg Combet has paid dividends.

The ACTU secretary threw his weight behind the local community's campaign for a new purpose built library for their school.

Rooty Hill High School teachers received a letter from Carmel Tebbutt, the NSW Minister for Education and Training, last week, confirming that funding has been approved to improve library facilities at the school.

The Minister has also agreed to meet with a delegation from the school to discuss the school's library facilities.

"I remember we had a small library in the seventies," says Combet, whose sister was scxhool captain. "I was shocked when i went back recently to see that the infrastructure was worse than in the seventies, so I'm very pleased about the outcome."

Combet, who played fullback and centre for the school in his younger years, said he was very proud of going to Rooty Hill High and had a strong allegiance to the school after growing up in the area.

"I have very good memories. There were a lot of good people there."

"The Rooty Hill High School community is to be congratulated on its collective strength and determination throughout this campaign," says NSW Teachers Federation Organiser Henry Rajendra.

"It is wonderful to have the support of Greg Combet in this campaign," says NSW Teachers Federation Organiser Henry Rajendra. "Considering the heavy workload he has tackling the Howard Government's proposed industrial relations attacks on working Australians and their families."


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