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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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Funny Film - Scary Message


A short film has been doing the rounds of emails is getting more exposure than most Australian movies.

Called '36 ways to get fired thanks to John Howard,' the video gives a scary picture of what job security could be like under WorkChoices.

Some of the circumstances depicted in the video will remain as unlawful dismissals, but workers in businesses with fewer than 100 employees will need to brief lawyers and take expensive court action to seek any remedies.

The LHMU is publicizing the film on their website ahead of a massive campaign to increase awareness of WorkChoices among young people.

An army of LHMU activists and supporters will be handing out orange arm-bands at big concerts like Home-Bake next Saturday (December 3) and The Big Day Out at the end of January.

"There is no way a young person wanting a job over the summer - be it in a pub, a shop or at the casino - can hope to negotiate on an equal footing with their potential boss. This law sucks - and we've all got to stand up and say so," said Big Brother runner-up Tim Brunero.

"I'm joining the people at one of Australia's biggest unions - the LHMU - to hand out their orange wrist bands to remind people that now's the time to take a stand for young people's rights at work," Tim said.

"Band Together, wear the wristbands at work - and let the boss know where you stand on Rights at Work."


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