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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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Human Rights...Negotiable?

Community Forum: What would an Australian Bill of Rights do for you?

Presented by the Port Jackson ALP State Electorate Council

Saturday 11 March 2006

Leichhardt Town Hall 2- 4:30pm

Cnr Norton & Marion Sts, Leichhardt

Guest Speakers

o The Hon. Rob Hulls MP Victorian Attorney General

o Julian Burnside Queen's Counsel, Refugee Rights Advocate, Author

o Tim Palmer Walkley Award Winning Journalist, ABC Jakarta

o The Hon. Susan Ryan Chair of the New Matilda Human Rights Campaign

RSVP: SEC Secretary Verity Firth on 02 9692 8761 (leave a message) or at [email protected] by 1 March 2006

Sick of marching in a straight line?

The Queers in Unions group - Workers Out - invites you to be involved in our float and parade entry for Mardi Gras, Saturday 4 March.

We're looking for all sorts of union members from all sorts of unions to come along and join the fun.

You can be a dancer, help us build our fabulous float or get a group together and come along and be part of the parade entry on the night.

Contacts

Dancers and other performers: Bronwyn Winter on 0412 770 424

General parade entrants: Dominic Quigley on 0424 007 638

All other enquiries: Email [email protected]

John Howard: 10 Years On

It is now 10 years since John Howard was first elected as Australia's Prime Minister.

This forum will consider the Howard Government's 10 years in power and the impact it has had on Australia.

With:

* Julia Gillard MP, Shadow Health Minister

* Gerard Henderson, columnist with the Sydney Morning Herald

* Judith Brett, Author

When: Wednesday 22 March from 6.00pm to 7.30pm

Where: Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe

Cost: Free

Chair: Senator John Faulkner, President of the NSW Fabian Society


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