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Issue No. 291 25 November 2005  
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International Relations
Globalisation drags up all sorts of contradictions, none the least the attitude of nation states to international law, as show by events in Australia this week.

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

 Senators Back Rorters' Charter

 Families Last in WorkChoices

 Howard Loses Poll Position

 Printers Stamp on Low Paid

 Tough Men Back CFMEU

 Kiwis Fly into Starbucks

 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!

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
 Demonise the Laws
 Name and Shame
 Unite and Fight
 The Worker's Best Friend
 What Choices?
 Stop the Corporate Rot
 The Telemarketeers
WHAT YOU CAN DO
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Vale John Ducker


Former NSW Labor Council secretary John Ducker who died today would be remembered as one of the giants of the trade union movement, Unions NSW secretary John Robertson said today.

Born in 1932, Mr Ducker began his career as a furnace man and began working for the Federation Ironworkers of Australia in 1952.

He was an official of the NSW Labor Council between 1961 and 1979 and served as Labor Council secretary between 1975 and 1979 and as a Member of the Legislative Council of New South Wales between 1972 and 1979.

He also held positions as president of the NSW ALP and vice-president of the ACTU. He was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1979.,

"While he was dubbed 'Bruvver', John was in reality the father of the NSW union movement at the time when unions were at the peak of their powers," Mr Robertson said.

"Significantly he was the architect of the election of the Wran Government in NSW and was influential in the election of the Whitlam Government federally.

"John led at a time when the Cold War split many sections of the labour movement but he managed to hold the NSW movement together through those tumultuous times.

"Even in his later years John was generous with his time and advice - and he was proud of the current battle for workers rights that is being fought by a united union movement."

On behalf of the entire movement, Mr Robertson sent his condolence to Mr Ducker's wife Valerie, his sons Paul and Anthony and three grandchildren.


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