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Issue No. 288 04 November 2005  

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.


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.


 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!


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

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

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

 We're Next
 Australia, 2005
 Truth in Advertising
 Investment Advice
 What a Woman!
 It's Not Pretty
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Santoro Waves Red Rag

A Liberal Senator is massing an army of spies to monitor ABC broadcasts for critical content and dress standards.

In a Senate Estimates Committee hearing, Queensland Senator Santo Santoro revealed he has a group of 28 people around Australia monitoring the public broadcaster.

"I just give you fair warning, there's a whole network of Australians that are monitoring you," Santoro told ABC's Acting Director of Strategy and Communications, Murray Green.

Santoro said he had 973 questions to ask the ABC and took issue with the non-appearance of ABC chief Russell Balding.

Among the accusations was that the ABC showed disrespect to war veterans because management did not order presenters to wear poppies on Remembrance Day - although presenters did wear rosemary on Anzac Day.

"Is it official ABC policy to acknowledge people who lost their lives at Gallipoli, but not on the Somme?" Santo asked.

Santoro said his spies send in 15 to 20 tapes a week of ABC radio and television broadcasts which he has transcribed.

"The ABC is in denial and refuses to adequately deal with my carefully documented allegations," Santoro said.

"The ABC is riddled with bias and mismanagement and I have the conclusive evidence to prove it."

To build his case, Santoro has added a poll to his website asking web surfers if ABC journos are left wing, right wing or "fair and balanced".

Santoro was forced to retract accusations in the Senate earlier this year of anti-Semitic comments on ABC youth radio station Triple J.

"Having reviewed the ABC's answer to that question on notice, and the material on which I based my question, it is clear that I was misinformed."

The hearing comes after years of attacks from the Howard Government including funding cuts and political appointments to the board and executive.

Former Communications Minister Richard Alston threatened funding cuts in 2003 linked to 68 alleged examples of "biased" reporting of the Iraq War.


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