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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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King Goes the Gouge


Millionaires backing John Howard's IR rewrite are pocketing 16 percent wage increases.

According to a survey published in The Financial Review, last week, the average pay packets of Australian chief executive officers jumped from $1.35 to $1.7 million, last year.

The CEOs double as members of the Business Council of Australia, one of the most aggressive supporters of Howard Government proposals to ditch unfair dismissal rights, hold down the minimum wage, and strip awards back to five minimal standards.

Chief executives, whose increase nearly quadrupled the average movements earned by their employees, have taken the hat around their bosses to drum up a fund to advertise their support for WorkChoices.

The ads indicate that once government enacts their workplace wishlist, they will launch a campaign to slash tax rates for corporates and high income individuals.

Leightons chief executive officer, Wal King, who extracted $36 million from the building company, last financial year, has defended CEO pay levels.

King's income comes to nearly $700,000 a week, compared with the $484 earned by minimum wage Australians that the Business Council says are earning too much.

King is a BCA council member.

Others at the top of the CEO rich list, last year, were News Limited's Rupert Murdoch on $27 million (up 46 percent): Frank Lowy, Westfield Holdings, on $14.6 million (up nearly 10 per cent) and Qantas chief Geoff Dixon $6.1 million (163 percent).


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