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Issue No. 284 07 October 2005  

Interview: Under Fire
Michael Crosby outlines his agenda to save the movement – and explains why Australians have nothing to fear from the SEIU.

Politics: And the Winners Are ...
Wal King, Allan Moss, Roger Corbett, Chip Goodyear, Michael Chaney and David Murray have lots in common, writes Jim Marr.

Industrial: Un-Australian
Labour lawyer Clive Thompson argues the changes to IR are fundamentally at odds with the national tradition of consesensus.

Economics: The Common Wealth
As the policy wonks debate the future of our cities, Neale Towart mounts a simple argument: It’s the real people in a society, stupid

History: Walking for Justice
The Eight Hour Day, a very Australian celebration, had its origins in New Zealand it seems, writes Neale Towart.

International: Deja Vu
A group of trade unions have walked away from America's peak council, again. Labourstart's Eric Lee was there.

Legal: The Rights Stuff
Terror laws have sparked a fresh debate on a Bill of Rights - and workers have a bigger stake than ever before, writes Rachael Osman-Chin.

Review: That Cinderella Fella
Russell trades the phone for mitts in an inspiring cinematic slug-fest. Nathan Brown is ringside

Poetry: Is Howard Kidding?
Mel Cheal asks who Howard thinks he is kidding to the tune of the ‘Dad’s Army’ theme song.

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Secret Policemen's Balls-Up
Powers bestowed on a secret building industry police force have been labelled “sneaky” and “devious” by a Melbourne court.

Justice Shane Marshall made the comments about covertly-recorded conversations at the centre of a Building Industry Taskforce prosecution against Multiplex. [full story]

Centrelink Breaches Cyber Law
A constitutional row is brewing over Centrelink's refusal to recognise new laws that give workers a legal right to access their union's emails and websites from this week.

The NSW Attorney General's Department has entered the debate, saying charges may be laid, against the federal agency, under the Workplace Surveillance Act.  [full story]

Examiner Pulps Cadet
A Tasmanian newspaper has been accused of dumping a cadet journalist over articles critical of major advertiser, Gunns.

Rural Press's Launceston Examiner claims 25-year-old Wes Young resigned but didn't produce any supporting evidence before the Industrial Relations Commission. [full story]

Food Truck Flattens Woman
A Melbourne food truck company sacked an injured woman then snaffled her final week's wages to pay its own insurance premiums.

Tamika Curran told Workers Online her employer had also hit her with a $400 bill to meet the excess on accidental damage done to the “unroadworthy” vehicle. [full story]

Will They Know It's Christmas?
Shop assistants and other workers are in danger of having to work on Christmas and New Year's Days.

The Shop, Distributive and Allied Employers Association are calling attention to the fact that both days fall on Sundays this year, meaning employers are within their rights to ask employees to come to work. [full story]

Death By Nestle
The murder of one union leader on a multi-nationals doorstep can be put down to bad luck but the murder of a second invites a long, hard look your IR policies, according to a Philippines newspaper.

The Manila Times is demanding “instrospection” from Nestle after Drug and Food Employees Alliance leader, Diosdado Fortuna, was assassinated outside its Laguna plant. [full story]


 Taskforce On Safety Charges

 Archbishop Preaches End Of Civilisation

 Union Drives Tassie Train

 PM Cold on Lunch Date

 Seafarers Scupper Sell Off

 Fraser Terror-fied

 Tribute to HT Lee

 Activist's What's On!

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Dollars and Sense


The Soapbox
No Place For A Woman!
Doreen Borrow spoke to the Public Service Association’s women’s conference in September about her experiences of working life that span seven decades.

North By Northwest
Phil Doyle returns from up north, where he survived on nothing but goodwill, good people and a great big orange bus.

The Locker Room
In which Whatsisname slams the recent poor form of Thingummyjig.

The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP, Ian West MLC, gets all casual in his latest missive from the Bear Pit.

LETTERS to the Editor
 Rat’s Army
 Kev's Confusion
 Make Ads Not Law
 Nice One, Workers!
 Dog Eat Dog

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