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Issue No. 286 21 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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Family Grieves an Enterprise Worker
Craig McLeod was John Howard's “enterprise” worker. The experienced tradesman negotiated his own contract but, within months, it had cost him $17,000 and his life.

The Coroner's Court, sitting at Griffith, has been hearing evidence about the 2002 Lake Cargellico water tower collapse that cost the 34-year-old boilermaker his life. [full story]

All Quiet in Dandenong
Calbah Industries has pulled down the cone of silence on claims it duped employees into spruiking for the federal government, then paid them a tiny fraction of the consideration it was given for allowing them to be filmed on its premises.

Calbah chief executive, Chester Baker, went to ground when Workers Online tried to seek clarification, this week. [full story]

Hotline Gets Wires Crossed
Kevin Andrews' own department would breach new workplace laws if it continues to require new staff to sign AWAs, according to the WorkChoices hotline.

In response to an inquiry to the hotline, an operator told Workers Online an employer could not make signing an AWA a condition of employment under the Government's proposed changes. [full story]

High Flyer Crashes Families
Millionaire Qantas boss, Geoff Dixon, is threatening 3000 Australian families with the dole queue in a bid to force down his company's wage bill.

The Business Council of Australia board member announced, last week, that 3000 skilled maintenance positions would be shipped offshore if workers didn't give up existing entitlements. [full story]

Bolt Strikes Lecturer
A uni lecturer targeted by right-wing columnist Andrew Bolt could lose his job while another who says black people have crime in their genes keeps his.

RMIT lecturer Dr Robert Austin, who was criticised in an article by Bolt for his stance against voluntary unionism in August, is fighting to save his position with the university. [full story]

Good Heavens - Della Plays Santa
Hundreds of thousands of NSW workers no longer face the possibility of working Christmas Day this year.

The NSW Minister for Industrial Relations, John Della Bosca, has confirmed that Christmas Day 2005, which falls on a Sunday, has been made an additional public holiday and that no general shops will be permitted to trade on that day. [full story]


 Maori Take Challenge to Canberra

 Drips Fail Water Test

 Hardie Shuts the Door

 Hadgkiss Threatens Protesters

 Army Fires Salvo

 The Munro Doctrine

 IR Sparks Emergency Call

 Tassie Jobs Hit By Truck

 Canberra Coy on Promised Statements

 Inquiry to Speak No Evil

 Activist's What's On!

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Life or Death - Maori are taking the fight to Canberra with a mass haka next month

There is no doubt the first phase of the union campaign - the raising of awareness and concerns about the changes has been successful; but there is now even more important work to do - actually hold the government accountable for the impact of their changes on the Australian way of life.

$8.4 Million Dollar Tool


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
 Sacking For Dummies
 DIY Tool
 Thus Spake Sydney Uni
 Morgan’s Way
 Vote 1 Dictator
 Howard’s Choice
 Buying peace Of Mind
 Coolies Bullish
 Unfair ads
 Rev Kev Speaks

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