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Issue No. 295 17 February 2006  
E D I T O R I A L

Please Explain
It may become the defining irony of the Howard Era that a government that rode to power on the skirt of One Nation and hung there on the bridge of the Tampa is now opening our borders to hordes of low paid guest workers.

F E A T U R E S

Interview: Court's in Session
As the silks line up to challenge WorkChoices, Jeff Shaw is fighting for his own legacy - the NSW IR system.

Industrial: Whose Choices?
The Howard Government's WorkChoices legislation has been dissected by lawyers and the commentariat; now it's the turn of political economists.

Politics: Peter's Principles
Forget John Howard. The force behind WorkChoices is Peter Costello. The Prime Minister-in-waiting has devoted a lifetime to undermining the security and living standards of Australian families, Jim Marr reports.

Environment: TINA or Greener?
What does the greenhouse effect and legislation to control workers have in common, asks Neale Towart

History: Its Not Just Handshakes and Aprons
Power. They have it, we want it. Friendly societies tried to keep it for working people, writes Neale Towart

International: US Locks out Jose' Bove
The US Government has refused to allow France's most famous farmer Jose Bove into the country to address a conference

Education: No AWA - No Job
The Howard Government has given the Australian community its first view of the future by forcing new staff at Ballarat University to sign an Australian Workplace Agreement if they want a job, writes Jenny Macklin.

Culture: Jesus was a Long-Grass Man
The writings of a Middle Eastern theologian may provide guidance to those grappling with indigenous issues, writes Graham Ring

Review: Charlie the Serf
Nathan Brown takes the sledgehammer (and sickle) to Mr Wonka's Chocolate Factory.

N E W S

 Local Jockey Odds Shorten

 Conscience II - RU4 Aussie Jobs?

 Online Porkies Spark Class Action

 Captain Cook Discovers WorkChoices

 Skippy's Escape Breaks Law

 PM's Pay Day

 STOP PRESS - 262 Day Strike Set To Finish

 Strike Sticks it to Glue Boss

 Fair Pay Chief Wages War

 Millionaires Score Tax Break

 Memo Costa: Remember Your Roots

 Gate Crashing Gourmet

 Australia Mum On Basic Rights

 Filipinos Pay for Packed House

 Son of Wal-Mart Pinged $2M

 Trust Me, I’m a Unionist

 Activist's Whats On!

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
Hitler in Bowral
Political censorship has made its wasy to the sleepy Southern Highlands, wrties Rowan Cahill.

The Locker Room
No Laughing Matter
Phil Doyle tries to take Australian sportspeople seriously, and fails.

Parliament
The Westie Wing
Ian West is mistakenly sent an advance copy of John Winston Howard’s Little Blue Book of Australian History…

L E T T E R S
 AWB Kickbacks to Iraq
 The Black GST
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PM's Pay Day


Big business will be paying up to $10,000 per head to thank the Prime Minister for running its agenda to attack workers rights at a series of fundraisers to mark his 10th anniversary in power.

The corporate victory lap, designed to raise money for the Liberal, will travel; from Federal Parliament's Great Hall, to a swank Sydney hotel to the Toorak mansion of one of Australia's wealthiest families in the first week of March.

Media reports this week suggested the guest list at the $10,000 per head dinner at the Myer family mansion in Melbourne will include Telstra CEO Sol Trujillo, NAB managing director John Stewart and Transurban's Kim Edwards.

That event, slated to earn $200,000; will be the culmination of a tour that is looking at placing half a million dollars in the Liberal party coffers.

The trough will be laid out first on March 1 when 600 Coalition politicians and business figures attend a dinner in the Great Hall, with tables of 10 selling for $10,000.

The following night, 800 people will check their cheque books into Sydney's Westin Hotel, before the serious money turns out in Toorak.

Unions NSW secretary John Robertson says he has yet to receive an invite to any of the events; and wonders how many working families will be in a position to kick the can.

"This really shows who the Prime Minister has been governing for - those who will now put money in their pocket."


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