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Issue No. 289 11 November 2005  
E D I T O R I A L

The Great Repression
In a rare outbreak of candour in Federal Parliament this week we have seen the Prime Minister admit the five-day week is going out the door and his leader of business, Tony Abbott, blow kisses across the House.

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

 Nobody Expects the Construction Inquisition

 Howard in Redundancy Raid

 States Sidestep Wage Hurdle

 Catholics Bless Day of Action

 PacNat Bids to Railroad Future

 Feds Authorise Invasion

 Howard Censors Workers

 Sol Plays Dumb Card

 Boycott Hangs Over Hardie

 Directile Dysfunction

 Pirates Face Kofi Break

 Miners Don’t Dig Safety Levy

 Keep the Spirit Alive

 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
 Just AWBul
 Convict Costello
 We're Just Serfin'
 Take Warning
 Smells Familiar
 Howard's Gas
 Andrews' Operandi
 To the Shredder
 Stop Violence
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Keep the Spirit Alive


“Keep the Spirit Alive – Join a Union” was the cry taken to the people of Campbelltown at the Fisher’s Ghost Festival last Saturday.

Amid the pageantry, led by the victorious Wests Tigers, the Macarthur "Your Rights at Work" Campaign was one of the most enthusiastically received entries with the bright banners and flags of participating unions and even an ambulance brought along by HSU member Warren Boon!

This message was taken directly to Macarthur Liberal MP Pat Farmer who watched silently from the podium as the group marched past to the sound of cheers from the crowd and several dignitaries!

In a show of solidarity Member for Macquarie Fields, Stephen Chaytor, Camden based MLC Peter Primrose and former Mayor, Councillor Brenton Banfield marched with the workers.

The response from the thousands of spectators was very enthusiastic and highlighted the success that community based campaigning is having amongst workers in the region.

Everyone who came had such a great time that we are sure to do it again next year - bigger and better!

The Macarthur Your Rights At Work Committee was formed by local unionists and community groups concerned about the impact of the Howard Government's industrial relations changes on local families. The Committee is open to all local residents who share similar concerns.

To assist with the campaign email [email protected] or visit www.unionsmacarthur.org


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