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Issue No. 292 02 December 2005  
 
F E A T U R E S

Interview: The Binds That Tie
Dr Don Edgar has demolished the Prime Minister's credentials as a family man.

Unions: Worth Cycling For
Pedal power joined the Your Rights At Work campaign on a 350km journey to take a message to Canberra’s politicians, wrties Phil Doyle.

Industrial: The Elephant in the Corner
Jim Marr takes a look at what the government has secreted away in the WorkChoices package, revealing what is really at stake - and what can be done about it.

Legal: A Law Unto Themselves
In this extract from the Evatt Foundation's 'State of the States' Jeff Shaw & Monika Ciolek look at the constitutional issues rasied by WorkChoices.

Politics: Ethically Lonely
At a forum in the Australian Stock Exchange sponsored by big end of town solicitors, you would expect at least one person to be in favour of John Howard’s industrial relations laws, wrties Rachael Osman-Chin.

History: Women, Unions, Banners and Parades
Trade union banners reveal more about union history than their male designers and makers intended, writes Neale Towart.

Women: Relaxed and Comfortable?
Suzanne Hammond from WEL argues there are many hidden nasties in WorkChoices for working women.

International: The Last Social Democrat
A trade union leader's victory marks beginning of class politics in Israel, wrties Eric Lee

Review: The Corpse Bride
Come to a world where decay, loss and broken dreams are everywhere - and it's not the Federal Senate.

Culture: Tony Moore Holds His Own
In his new book, Tony Moore argues that today's generation of political leaders has much to learn from Bazza McKenzie.

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L A T E S T   N E W S

Read His Lips: WorkChoices Too Much
A Liberal MP has fessed up that he hasn’t even read the WorkChoices laws, as he prepares to vote for the most radical workplace changes Australia has ever seen.

Member for Robertson, Jim Lloyd, admitted to ETU members that reading the laws was not “humanly possible” but he said he would support them anyway as he was a “Liberal team player”. [full story]

Joyce A Christmas Goose
Backdown Barnaby Joyce has given Christmas the finger, delivering bosses all the excuses they need to force Aussies to work on public holidays.

If that wasn’t enough, Barnaby’s Rules slam the door on speedy redress for people who feel they might still have been dudded. [full story]

Workers Leave Boss in Tool Shed
A hardware distribution company is refusing to withdraw official warnings it gave to more than 90 staff for attending the November 15 Day of Protest.

The National Union of Workers took John Danks and Son to the Industrial Relations Commission to have the warnings withdrawn, but the company is refusing to budge. [full story]

Costello Chokes On Asbestos Compo
Federal treasurer Peter Costello is the only obstacle in the way of asbestos victims being guaranteed $4.5 billion dollars in compensation from James Hardie.

Long time campaigner for asbestos victims rights, Bernie Banton, was jubilant and emotional after the building company signed off on the agreement last Thursday. [full story]

Telstra Hangs Up on Former Staff
Retrenched Telstra workers are being shut out of the telecommunications industry by policy that blocks them from starts with companies holding Telstra contracts.

Telstra policy excludes retrenched staff from being “re-employed or engaged” by the company or any contractors “carrying out Telstra works” for 12 months after their departure. [full story]

Bank Check on Bras
The Commonwealth Bank is advising staff on its underwear preferences, how often to colour and cut their hair, and where the bottom of their ties should hang?

Its new grooming handbook hints that Ralph Norris might fancy himself as a bit of a Ralph Lauren.  [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Bill of Work Rights on Agenda

 Funny Film - Scary Message

 Sign Of the Times

 Unions Chip In for Lauren

 Company Raids Own Ship

 Activist's What's On!

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It's the Union Movements answer to Tropfest! The new short film that's raising smiles about a serious issue '36 ways to get fired thanks to John Howard', highlighting what's happenning to Young Australians Rights At Work.

E D I T O R I A L
Freeing up individual MPs to vote on the basis of their conscience would be a radical step, but it may just be the fillip the major party needs as more and more people turn to minor parties, independents, or worse still, turn off politics altogether.

Joyce's Odyssey

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
Whitefellas - You Just Can’t Trust ‘Em.
Racial stereotyping is a bad business. That said, Graham Ring has discovered a segment of society that drinks too much, behaves unreliably and can’t seem to adapt to change. Sadly, the conclusion is inescapable…

The Locker Room
Fore!
Phil Doyle slices one into the car park.

Parliament
The Westie Wing
Ian West makes a midnight dash to Workers Online, slides his State political report under the door, then heads back to the Macquarie Street Chamber of Horrors…


LETTERS to the Editor
 Million Mum March
 Pension Pinching
 John Bares All
 Radicalising Yoof
 Tom A World Away

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