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Issue No. 290 18 November 2005  
E D I T O R I A L

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.

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

 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!

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

Blacktown workers also raised nearly $3000 for locked out Boeing aircraft engineers, who featured in the hook up.

"The SkyChannel presentation inspired many people to get up afterwards and make their point," said convenor of the Blacktown meeting Martin Cartwright. "There was quite a number who attended from the general community."

Cartwright, who is involved in a committee in the local federal seat of Greenway, said the rallies had given the campaign to topple Liberal member Louise Markus a big boost.

Supporters have been organising street stalls, phoning residents, as well as leafleting shopping centres and train stations.

"It gives us a great impetus to keep the campaign going," said Cartwright. "A lot of people came up afterwards wanting to get involved."

The Blacktown experience was mirrored in places as diverse as Springwood and Glen innes.

Blue Mountains unionists estimate over a thousand attended rallies at five different venues, with the Springwood meeting marching on the office of local Liberal MP and chief government whip, Kerry Bartlett.

Mountains unionists are backing up the day of action with a forum on the IR changes next Saturday in Katoomba.

In Glen Innes over a hundred workers braved storms to meet at a local hotel last Tuesday.

Phil Shannon, an electrician said the rally had been a "big boost" to a growing number of people campaigning against Workchoices in the Northern Tablelands.


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