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Issue No. 281 16 September 2005  
 
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.

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L A T E S T   N E W S

Flexibility - Bush Rates Slashed
The Federal Government has delivered the bush its first taste of workplace flexibility, paying regional focus group participants half the amount it gives those in the city.

Howard Government representatives paid Melbourne residents $100 for commenting on TV ads designed to shore up their faltering workplace campaign but slashed the handout to $50 in regional NSW. [full story]

Seamen Marooned on Tassie
Thirty one seafarers have been locked up in a makeshift Tasmanian detention centre after their flag of convenience vessel was arrested, south of Hobart, last week.

International Transport Workers Federation officials are battling to represent crew from South America, Spain, Russia and the Ukraine who face indefinite detention, or the prospect of deportation without wages.  [full story]

Families Win Refuge in Tamworth
Community pressure has thwarted plans to close down a Tamworth refuge for battered women.

Outrage followed the closure of the refuge, with three women and their children punted out onto the street and six workers left without jobs. [full story]

Catholics Nail Andrews' Heresy
A Roman Catholic Commission has refuted Kevin Andrews' claim that his radical workplace agenda fits with church philosophy.

A damning report from the Australian Catholic Commission on Employment Relations says the most vulnerable employees would bear the burden of cut wages and conditions. [full story]

IR Changes a Beach
Changes to Australia's industrial relations system would have a devastating impact on the domestic tourism industry, according to a confidential report prepared for State Tourism Ministers.

The Tourism Research Australia research finds spending on tourism is declining across domestic travel - because it is just too difficult to organise. [full story]

Drama Queen Applies Gloss
The Building Industry Task Force has released a taxpayer funded report that distorts facts, omits its failures and passes off police work as its own.

CFMEU assistant secretary Dave Noonan has labelled Task Force boss Nigel Hadgkiss a 'drama queen' and challenged him to release a full transcript of a conversation selectively quoted in the report. [full story]

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 Super Blue Warms Up

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E D I T O R I A L
Politicians complaining about politics is a bit like a soapie star complaining about the paparazzi; they enter the game with the eyes wide open and exploit the very things that they later claim are exploiting them.

Pitt Street Farmers Federation

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.


LETTERS to the Editor
 Dinosaurs Bite Back
 Killer Culture
 Who Cares?
 Do the Bus Stop
 A Touch of Honesty
 Boss Made Me Sick

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