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Issue No. 287 28 October 2005  
 
F E A T U R E S

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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L A T E S T   N E W S

Howard's Fatal Laws
The federal government's changes to industrial relations could kill people, according to a major study into the impact of the new laws commissioned by Unions NSW.

Drawing on ground breaking research from social epidemiologist Sir Michael Marmot, ACIRRT argues that there is a direct link between income inequality, sickness and lower life expectancy. [full story]

Saving Private Buy-In
Taxpayers have lost billions of dollars because of a flawed method of calculating Public Private Partnerships, according to research commissioned by Unions NSW.

The report by Centennial Consultancy finds that State Governments have been biased in favour of projects carried out by private consortiums because of a fear of public debt. As a result private companies are able to retrieve large returns, 16% in the case of the Cross City Tunnel, at taxpayer's expense. [full story]

PM Scoffs at Wollongong
John Howard scoffed a $250 meal and lectured party faithful on rights at work within metres of apprentice chefs earning as little as $8.50 an hour, and being denied annual leave, sick leave, allowances and penalty rates, under his AWAs.

Nine people, apprentices and fully trained chefs, have either been sacked or resigned since the Prime Minister grazed at Wollongong's City Beach Centre, earlier this month. [full story]

Commo Bank in Denial
The Commonwealth Bank has shocked shareholders by denying its role in legal action against its own employees.

Chairman John Shurbert misled mum and dad investors when he denied the bank was suing the FSU for its attempt to have a resolution passed at last year's AGM.  [full story]

Family Values
Unions NSW will fill the void left by the Federal Government's failure to release a promised family impact statement for its proposed industrial relations legislation.

Secretary, John Robertson, has asked foundation Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, Don Edgar, to compile the report on the likely impact on families before the legislation is voted on by the Senate. [full story]

Johnny Fails Comprehension Test
Welcome to the wonderful world of Workchoices.

In this exclusive story, Workers Online, lifts the lid on what punters are really telling John Howard about his plot to rewrite the workplace rulebook.  [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

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 Business, As Usual

 Terror Laws Strike Fear

 Asbestos Giants Claw Back Compo

 Staff Told to Take a Hike

 Activist's What's On!

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Insult to injury: Marlene Shores, whose husband Ron was killed in Sydney's cross city tunnel, tells Penrith construction workers Howard's regime threatens their health.

E D I T O R I A L
Both Dr Edgar’s work and the ACIRRT report are important research, not just in the current political debate, but in placing on record the damage to Australian society that is about to be done.

The Human Wedge

C O L U M N S

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.

Postcard
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
Disaster
In which Whatsisname slams the recent poor form of Thingummyjig.

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


LETTERS to the Editor
 Rung Out
 PM's Fatal Flush
 Sign of the Times
 Labor's Love Lost

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