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Issue No. 288 04 November 2005  
 
F E A T U R E S

Interview: Public Defender
The CPSU's Stephen Jones has confronted the Howard Government's IR agenda at close quarters.

Legal: Craig's Story
An inquest in western NSW is a cautionary tale of the use of AWAs, writes Ian Latham

Unions: Wrong Way, Go Back
The WorkChoice legislation sends Australia down the wrong economic road by smashing the instittutions that have made it strong, argues Greg Combet.

Industrial: WhatChoice?
The Howard Government has shown itself to be the master of illusion, writes Dr Anthony Forsyth

Politics: Queue Jumping
The changes to industrial laws, betray a new vision of Australian society, writes James Gallaway.

History: Iron Heel
Conservative governments using laws to take away basic civil rights. It's nothing new, writes Rowan Cahill

Economics: Waging War
When was the last time you heard an Australian politician talk about incomes policy, asks Matt Thistlethwaite

International: Under Pressure
The push for UN intervention in Burma is intensifying, following a report by Vaclav Havel and Bishop Desmond Tutu into slave labour.

Poetry: Billy Negotiates An AWA
More and more people are meeting Billy, the hero of page 15 of the WorkChoices booklet, including our resident bard, David Peetz

Review: A Pertinent Proposition
Nick Cave's "Australian western" touches on some themes still relevant today, Julianne Taverner writes.

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L A T E S T   N E W S

D-Day For Political Rights
November 15 looms as the day industrial action becomes a criminal act, after the Prime Minister confirmed building workers would be jailed if they refuse to pay fines for attending the national protest day.

With ACTU secretary Greg Combet warning a trade unionist would be Australia's next political prisoners, 100,000 CFMEU members plan to stare down $22,000 fines for attending the national action. [full story]

Bosses In Sack Race
Employers will get the green-light to victimise trade unionists under new laws that allow them to sack anybody in Australia, as long as they are clever about it.

John Howard's “Workchoices” give employers the right to punt anyone for “economic, technical or structural or similar” reasons. His legislation describes these broad get-out provisions as “operational”. [full story]

“Choice” By Decree
The federal government will lavish hundreds of millions of dollars on partisan agencies to ramp up its attack on Australian workers.

Nearly half a billion extra dollars have been set aside, over four years, to bring “Workchoices” to fruition with most of the spend earmarked for the Office of the Employment Advocate and an expanded Office of Workplace Services. [full story]

Howard Barges Into Workplace
The Howard Government has given itself the right to veto negotiated conditions under legislation it says will get third parties out of Australian workplaces.

Legal experts say the new Act will empower the Minister to disallow sick leave, notice provisions, redundancy pay and a host of other conditions in AWAs, collective agreements and State awards, without reference to Parliament.  [full story]

Della Grounds Boeing
The NSW Government has used special ministerial powers to drag Boeing before the state industrial umpire in a bid to end a long running lockout.

Locked out Boeing workers from Williamtown have welcomed the move by the NSW Minister for Industrial Relations, John Della Bosca, to refer the Boeing dispute to the NSW Industrial Relations Commission. [full story]

Wal-Mart Sees the Light
Penny-pinching retailer Wal-Mart wants the US minimum wage increased, after discovering the low-paid can't afford to shop in its stores.

As thousands of Wal-Mart employees and former employees head to court over allegations of wage abuse, chief exec Lee Scott says the time has come for Congress to act. [full story]

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Energy Australia workers have been told by their local MP, Jim Lloyd, he will not talk to them about IR changes. They reckon that's just fowl.

E D I T O R I A L
From today every member of the Howard Government is individually responsible for the worst behaviour of the worst employer.

Howard, I Know

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
Men and Women of Australia
What makes a perfect speech? Michael Fullilove has scoured Australian history to find out.

The Locker Room
The Hungry Years
Phil Doyle gets the feeling we’ve been here before

Culture
From Little Things
Paul Kelly's song about the battle for land rights misses one important character, writes Graham Ring

Parliament
The Westie Wing
Ian West takes a look at Public Private Partnerships, and wonders if we should all just drink rum…


LETTERS to the Editor
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 Australia, 2005
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 Investment Advice
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 It's Not Pretty
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