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Issue No. 290 18 November 2005  

The Long March
Half a million Australian workers turn out for the largest industrial protests the nation has ever seen, an old style symbol of resistance linked by new world technology, opposing laws from another galaxy.


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.


 Aussies Shrug Off Threats

 PM Executes Back Flip

 National Rally Boosts Local Action

 Restaurateurs Do a Runner

 St Hilliers No Angels

 Penalties Frozen on Sundaes

 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!


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…

 Driven to despair
 What lucky country
 Swimming with Sharks
 Save Our Culture
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Save Our Culture

May I express my thoughts on the new Industrial Relations legislation the Liberal Government is about to put forward in parliament.

In the last five to ten years the Australian government and the corporate sectors have blindly followed the American work ethic of making the front liners work at breakneck speed and performing a 100 different tasks simultaneously. As a result, the Australian work ethic has changed, as the workplace attitudes of workers toward each other has significantly changed. We all know of our famous Australian attribute of knocking the person who does better than others, but we also possess that valuable, cultivated convention of supporting and looking after each other which has been entrenched by our 'Mateship' ethos. Yet, I have seen a development and general acceptance grow among the less educated and educated, of it becoming the norm to belittle one another or take the 'one up' vernacular to un attractive levels. And this new legislation will only increase this phenomena more so.

While I believe it is important for Australia to maintain a healthy relationship with our American and British friends; I have met Australians who lived and worked in the US and in Britain for a number of years under similar Industrial legislation and they all spoke of how they became disheartened with their work place and the people around them. It affected them to the point where they decided to come back to Australia for a more civil and secure way of life. Like in America, if this legislation is passed the work place attitude will worsen here as Australians will be forced compete against their workmate/colleague and neighbour for their very lively hood. Sadly this will filter through to their social lives as their attitudes will gradually mould toward fighting each other both psychologically and physically. Indeed it will encourage a 'dog eat dog', heartless, every man for himself attitude that will not benefit but poison our great lifestyle and society. To the point whe!

re violence, theft and drug trafficking will only increase. I am certain this new legislation will only erode the very core of what is so attractive to the rest of the world to be Australian. Infact, it is un Australian.

Thus, I put it respectfully to you 'is this dog eat dog' attitude really what you want?

Lincoln Coull

Seacliff SA


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