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Issue No. 292 02 December 2005  
E D I T O R I A L

A Free Vote
This week’s charade of the Senate amending the Howard Government’s workplace laws raises fundamental questions about the sort of democracy Australia has become.

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.

N E W S

 Read His Lips: WorkChoices Too Much

 Joyce A Christmas Goose

 Workers Leave Boss in Tool Shed

 Costello Chokes On Asbestos Compo

 Telstra Hangs Up on Former Staff

 Bank Check on Bras

 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!

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…

L E T T E R S
 Million Mum March
 Pension Pinching
 John Bares All
 Radicalising Yoof
 Tom A World Away
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Million Mum March


URGENT!! I reckon we shd try to get together A Million Mothers March to Canberra ASAP for all those who have had/who are/were/will be mothers (or even parents whatsoever). Recently NATSEM highlighted the incredible disadvantages sole parents will suffer under the wicked Welfare to Woe package. What seems to get little mention is the horrendous double triple plus whammy of people losing current benefits such as health care cards, transport concessions, and access to public housing. So it won't just be they lose $100 but will end up being minus almost everything - except the kids they are trying to look after! And maybe they'll lose them too if they have nowhere to live and can't support them. People with disabilities will suffer too whether they are women, men or kids - or mothers, fathers or kids.

PLUS the revolting Workplace Relations changes which will mean that mothers, fathers, kids, people will have to work in even more substandard conditions and for even less money.

PLUS the deplorable situation of people suffering from Domestic Violence and having no where to go (highlighted in the SMH yesterday 24/11/05 and today) plus the totally unreasonable changes to the family Law Act ...plus and plus. All this and more adds up to a very much minus situation for women and children today.

If you want to discuss this idea or comment you can contact me by email at [email protected] or [email protected] or phone 02 9326 2960.

Ariel Johnson, NSW


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