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Issue No. 291 25 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

Senators Back Rorters' Charter
Liberal Senators knew they were giving free kicks to Australia's worst bosses when they agreed to rubber stamp John Howard's Workchoices legislation.

Their actions will cost Japanese woman, Sachie Murata, and thousands like her, any chance of justice. [full story]

Families Last in WorkChoices
A Family Impact Statement into the Howard Government's WorkChoice laws paints a picture of domestic upheaval and social dislocation.

The study, carried out by Dr Don Edgar, has been circulated to all Federal Senators ahead of this week's vote on the radical reshaping of Australian workplace law.  [full story]

Howard Loses Poll Position
Months of strategic trade union campaigning are being cited for the drastic plunge in John Howard's approval ratings.

Twin polls, run for the News Ltd and Fairfax organisations last week, saw Howard's approval rating drop to its lowest levels in nearly five years. [full story]

Printers Stamp on Low Paid
Printing companies are holding out on a $30 a week win for low skilled workers in anticipation of the Federal Government's industrial relations changes.

The Printing Industries Association is appealing an Australian Industrial Relations Commission decision on a skills based classification, which would boost pay for an employee's on-the-job skills. [full story]

Tough Men Back CFMEU
Two wheelchair-bound qualdriplegics have gone into bat for federal government's favourite scapegoat, the CFMEU.

Bruce Bennedick and Evan Fraser, residents of a 24-hour care facility have personally thanked the CFMEU, and Unions NSW, for helping save their home. [full story]

Kiwis Fly into Starbucks
A Kiwi campaign to boost minimum wages and conditions has brewed into the world's first Starbucks strike.

Workers walked out of 10 of the multi-national's outlets around Auckland city, last week, after the bosses of the Karangahape Rd store, in trendy Ponsonby, tried to draft in managers to cover the duties of strikers. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Vale John Ducker

 Iemma Drives Hardie Bargain

 Memberships on the increase

 Uni Union Shown The Door

 In a Flap Over Flu

 Job Cuts Threaten CBA's Bottom Line

 Blackouts as Bosses Cut Deep

 Barnaby's Choice

 Wal-Mart Exposed

 Activist's What's On!

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Hard-riding Parramatta MP Julie Owen takes a breather after the Your Rights at Work trek to Canberra. Photo by Kevin Andrews ... no kidding!

E D I T O R I A L
as long as we stand outside the international legal system, we should not expect it to work for us when we want it to

Extreme Comb Over

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
 Demonise the Laws
 Name and Shame
 Unite and Fight
 The Worker's Best Friend
 What Choices?
 Stop the Corporate Rot
 The Telemarketeers

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