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Issue No. 288 04 November 2005  
E D I T O R I A L

Terror Laws
It was poetic really, the WorkChoices legislation, all 1,000 plus pages of it, introduced into Federal Parliament this week under the cloak of terror.

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.

N E W S

 D-Day For Political Rights

 Bosses In Sack Race

 “Choice” By Decree

 Howard Barges Into Workplace

 Della Grounds Boeing

 Wal-Mart Sees the Light

 Libs Chicken Out

 Shame Ships Filch Fish

 Multis Line Up to Cheer

 Feds in Dock

 Santoro Waves Red Rag

 Activist's What's On!

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…

L E T T E R S
 We're Next
 Australia, 2005
 Truth in Advertising
 Investment Advice
 What a Woman!
 It's Not Pretty
 Screwed
WHAT YOU CAN DO
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Dear Editor

When you consider executive pay along with the potential for corporate greed, I can't help but think that many investors should be very hesitant about departing with their hard earned money by investing in stocks. Our superannuation may not even be a safe bet anymore.

How do you really know if you are being fleeced or not? Are we just starting to see the emergence of a problem that has devastated and decimated some of the largest companies in the U.S, and around the world?

This week, Sydney businessman Brad Cooper is facing a lengthy jail term after being convicted of 13 fraud and bribery charges relating to the collapse of insurer HIH. Adler and Williams have already recieved their penalties.

Let's not forget NAB's rogue trading scandal either? Now there's also a big question mark over AWB and their involvement with allegedly paying millions of dollars in transport costs that were illegally funnelled to Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq."

The PM can't imagine such a scnadal, however, recent reports indicate that had a secret coding system that seen faxes directed to home faxes as opposed to office faxes in an attempt to cover up the love affair with Saddam's regime.

God knows where Telstra is really headed, do you know?

Then there's the insider trading scandals which include high powered people such as 'Rene Rivkin, and Steve Vizard. Thinking back, there's a few more fraudsters such as 'Skase and Bond'

How can we really trust corporate Australia? All we need now is a downturn in the economy and nobody will be safe, especially workers and mum and dad investors.

Are we really immune?

Kind regards

John McPhilbin


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