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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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Activist's What's On!

Rudd Raises the Roof

Willoughby ALP Branch and SEC Cocktail Party

Meet Kevin Rudd - Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Trade and International Security

Bookings Essential

When: Thursday 13 October 2005
Time: 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Where: 105 Mowbray Road,
Willoughby NSW 2068
Cost: $35.00 (Includes liquid refreshments and home cooked food)

MC - Carmel Tebbutt, NSW Minister for Education & Training

Once only auction of original political cartoons by Alan Moir, Bill Leak, Ward O'Neill, Stewart McCrae, Bruce Petty, Lindsay Foyle

RSVP by C.O.B. Friday 7 October 2005 to:

Imogen Wareing : Tel: 9967 2300 (wk) 0407 477 225 (Mob)
Fax: 9967 2311 Email: [email protected]
Address: 105 Mowbray Road, Willoughby NSW 2068

Cheques made out to: Willoughby Branch of the Australian Labor Party

Tribute to HT Lee

Photojournalist - Independent film-maker
Trade unionist
Activist for East Timor
07.08.1946 - 27.07.2005
Saturday 8th October
Gaelic Club
64 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills (upstairs)

Speakers include;

� Andrew Refshauge (former Deputy Premier)
� Andrew Ferguson, State Secretary, CFMEU
� Katherine Thomson (Playwright)
� Kim Gago (East Timor Community)
� Neil McLean
� Peter Chandran
� Carmela Baranowsk

Other speakers to be confirmed

Performances by Enda Kenny and a choir

Entry by donation

Money raised will go to the HT Lee Memorial Political Film-makers Fund to assist people going to East Timor to work on film documentaries

Jointly organised by Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union (Construction & General Division) and the Australia-East Timor Association (NSW)

AUSIRAQ union solidarity Jazz night

Tuesday 18 Oct.
CFMEU auditorium
12 Railway St. Lidcombe

Dinner & live jazz $25
Kids & unwaged $15.00
Home cooked Iraqi food

To book & pay by credit card ph. Ken at APHEDA 9264 9343

All money to Iraqi trade unions
Organised by Australia/Iraq Trade Union SoIidarity.

Call Lynn 0439 640118 or Michael 0406 020702 for info

One Year Down & Two to Go - Can Labor Win in 2007?

With John Singleton (Advertising Executive), Geoff Walsh (former ALP National Secretary) & Julie Owens MP (Member for Parramatta)

When: Wednesday 26 October from 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Where: LHMU Auditorium, 187 Thomas Street Haymarket
Cost: Free
Chair: Michael Samaras, Secretary NSW Fabian Society


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