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Issue No. 284 07 October 2005  

Age of Consent
After more than five years of debating, cajoling and at times pleading, NSW workers have secured a set of cyber work rights worth celebrating.


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.


 Secret Policemen's Balls-Up

 Centrelink Breaches Cyber Law

 Examiner Pulps Cadet

 Food Truck Flattens Woman

 Will They Know It's Christmas?

 Death By Nestle

 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!


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.

 Rat�s Army
 Kev's Confusion
 Make Ads Not Law
 Nice One, Workers!
 Dog Eat Dog
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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.

Young denies resigning and says he was chopped because he pursued stories critical of a $1.5 billion Gunns pulp mill proposed for Northern Tasmania.

Young said he was promised a job at the Advocate, another paper owned by Rural Press, but the deal fell through after a conversation between the Examiner's chief of staff and the Advocate's editor.

He was then told he had resigned from The Examiner.

Media Entertainment and Artists Alliance Tasmanian Secretary Andrew Muthy said the cadet should have been put back on the Examiner's payroll.

"There's no reason for the company to behave this way," Muthy said.

Young said he had tried to transfer because of pressure from management over stories criticial of Gunns.

He says management at the Examiner issued him with a warning after he wrote a story about a push for a town vote on the mill, and was directed by his chief of staff not to write a story on a community group opposed to the mill.

In Parliament, last week, Tasmanian Greens Senator Christine Milne took up the case and said the Examiner had a "special relationship" with Gunns.

"There is example after example of the suppression of stories that are in any way critical [of the pulp mill] and the promotion of stories that are in favour," Milne said.

Milne cited a report on Media Watch earlier this year that claimed the Examiner ran an advertising feature as news.

Young is taking an unfair dismissal case to the Industrial Relations Commission.

Examiner editor Dean Southwell denied the claims made against the paper, but said it was not fair to elaborate on specifics until the matter reached the commission.


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