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Issue No. 290 18 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

Aussies Shrug Off Threats
Half a million people stared down threatened fines to challenge federal government's radical workplace agenda, last week.

They defied a sustained campaign of intimidation, by John Howard and his big-business backers, to take part in the biggest act of civil disobedience Australia has witnessed. [full story]

PM Executes Back Flip
John Howard fooled nobody with his support for “democracy” and the “right to protest” in the aftermath of last week's huge anti-government mobilisation.

The Prime Minister lobbed up on television to play statesman in a performance Unions NSW secretary, John Robertson, has labelled "dishonest" but "typical”. [full story]

National Rally Boosts Local Action
Over 2,000 people marched through Blacktown as workers across NSW turned up the IR heat on Liberal politicians.

Similar marches were conducted across the state following the SkyChannel hook up, with regional centres such as Lismore and Wollongong recording their largest ever turnouts for an industrial rally.  [full story]

Restaurateurs Do a Runner
Restaurants and caterers will use Workchoices to slash the living standards of Australia's lowest paid, a Senate Inquiry has heard.

The Restaurant and Catering Australia submission into the reforms says real wages, in the sector, must be held down. [full story]

St Hilliers No Angels
A 58-year-old building worker is recovering from a fall at a Sydney construction site a week after a foreman scrawled “bullshit” over safety warnings.

Armando Quezada, a steel fixer from Fairfield, was taken to Mona Vale Hospital after falling more than three metres onto concrete at a St Hilliers site in Mona Vale. [full story]

Penalties Frozen on Sundaes
A 15-year-old ice cream parlour worker had her shifts taken away for refusing to sign an AWA that lowered her wage and took away penalty rates.

Year 9 student Isobella Buda told by a manager at Manly's Gelatissimo in August that she had “decided” she was not working there any more by not signing an AWA. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Slammer Threat for Operators

 Sunday Light on IR Shadows

 Sol Dials Up 12,000 Scalps

 Boss Likes Women 'Work-Hardened'

 Bread Winner on $9 an Hour

 King Goes the Gouge

 Jo Jacks Up

 Currawong Funds for IR Battle

 Howard Joins IR Rogues

 Arnie Terminated

 Activist's What's On!

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This is the bed a national company offered to a father of three, if he wouldn't make the 240km a day trip to a new workplace at his own expense

E D I T O R I A L
November 15 was not just a set piece, but the culmination of six months of grass roots organising, at a workplace and a community level.

Left Right Out

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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