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Issue No. 281 16 September 2005  

Marked Territory
If the mountain of pre-publicity is indicative of its content, the Latham Diaries will read a little bit like a sausage cookbook; full of grisley details about the makings of something we would rather take on face value.


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.


 Flexibility - Bush Rates Slashed

 Seamen Marooned on Tassie

 Families Win Refuge in Tamworth

 Catholics Nail Andrews' Heresy

 IR Changes a Beach

 Drama Queen Applies Gloss

 Peace a Security Threat

 OEA Flicks Fraud Case

 Auto Workers Drive Union Win

 Bush Adds Insult to Injuries

 Job Vandals Cash In

 Lib Heads Witch Hunt

 Sydney Water Damned

 Super Blue Warms Up

 Activist's What's On!


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.

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

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.

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

And it says changes to the labour market including an increase in casualisation and longer working hours were one of the factors driving domestic travel down.

"For people working long hours or combining work and study, finding time to travel is an increasing problem," the report said.

"The increased casualisation of the labour market is likely to continue. This being the case, the difficulties people are having in organising and taking travel could be expected to worsen."

Instead, it finds working families who travel are more likely to stay with families and friends, which is cheaper and more flexible - but generates less economic activity.

Unions NSW secretary John Robertson says the report highlights the flow-on effect of changes to industrial relations laws

"The tourism industry, particularly in areas like the NSW North Coast, will be a big loser under these changes because people will be working longer hours with less job security.

"Add to that plans to pressure workers into trading down annual leave from four weeks to two weeks and you have a real problem for the tourism industry."

Unions NSW will highlight the impact of changes to industrial relations on the tourism industry as the bright orange Rights at work bus travels through northern NSW this week.

"This is a great chance to talk directly to regional communities about the impact of these laws on their families and their local economies," Robertson says.

Public meetings will be held at:

o Port Macquarie - Town Green - 11:00am, Sunday

o Macksville - Macksville Swimming Pool (Opposite Caltex) - 1:00pm, Monday

o Coffs Harbour - Ex Services Club - 7:00pm, Monday

o Grafton - Town Green (Prince Street) - 9:30am Tuesday,

o Lismore - Workers Club - 7:00pm Tuesday

o Armidale - Armidale Mall - Beardy Street - 1:00pm, Wednesday Tamworth - Southgate Inn (Kent Street), Wednesday - 7:00pm

o Newcastle - Panthers Club - 12:00pm, Thursday


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