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Issue No. 296 24 February 2006  

Sad Sacks
It has been a sad spectacle watching a Labor Government run down public servants, as they have in NSW this week.


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.


 Taskforce Shrugs Bashed Teen Worker

 Abattoir Blues

 Car Plant Puts Pedal to Metal

 Call Me Now: Rev Kev

 Fat Boss Sings

 Unions Back After This Break

 Public Cuts Must Be Last

 Apprentices Grow Up

 ‘Castle Win Keeps Trains On Track

 Chicken Worker Stuffed

 ‘Revolving Gangplank' at Sydney Ferries

 NSW Councils Short $21 billion

 Activists What's On!


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.

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

 Lest We Forget
 For Whom the Toll Bells
 Unfinished Business
 Labor Sells Hydro
 Stop the Hordes
 Packer Whacker
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Activists What's On!

Tune in to Workers Radio Sydney 88.9FM Weekdays 5:30am - 9:00am

The 2006 Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA raffle

shortly to open!!!

Wednesday, 1 March, 2006.

We invite you to take part in this year's Raffle by buying a ticket, selling

tickets or encouraging your family and friends to participate.

FIRST PRIZE Round the World Trip for Two. Imagine, you and a friend heading

off around the world on a trip of a lifetime!! Every ticket gives you the

chance to win the great prize of a ticket for two around the world with $720

spending money and one night's accommodation in London thrown in.

SECOND PRIZE Acer Travelmate Laptop Computer. You will be able to go

anywhere with this great laptop, valued at $1,300. Acer Travelmate Model

2304Lci, Celeron M-350 with new 1MB Cache, 15" Widescreen, 256MB RAM, 40GB

Hard drive and many more features.

Raffle tickets can be purchased from 1 March 2006:

· Ph: 1800 888 674 Fax: (02) 9261 1118

· Email: [email protected]

· Online at

MONSTER East Timor Fundraising Event

When: Sunday 26 February, 2006

Time: 12.00 - 4.00pm

Where: The Republic Bar - Elizabeth Street, North Hobart

Music - Daiman Stephens (Hobart Singer/Songwriter)

Joe Adelstein (Boston USA Singer/Songwriter)

Film - "Martial Lawless" Documentary on the mobilisation and politicisation

of East Timor youth with martial arts while under occupation

Complete with martial arts displays at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm.

For more info email [email protected]

Bid for Freedom

Art Exhibition and Auction

When: Exhibition March 1-5, 2006

Mon-Fri 10am to 5pm, Sat, Sun 1pm to 5pm

Auction March 5, 2006

Sunday March 5, 1.30pm to 5pm

Where: The Glen Eira City Council Gallery

Cnr Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads

Caulfield VIC 3162

Melways Ref: 68 A2

More than 100 Australian artists have generously donated works to be

auctioned to raise money for the Brigidine Nuns Asylum Seeker Project

For more info see

30 Years of the Saharawi Republic & the Sahawari People's Struggle for


Australia Western Sahara Association

When: March 12, 2006

Where: Mori Gallery

168 Day Street


Guest Speaker: Kevin Rudd MP, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs

$20/$15 (including finger food) Money raised will go towards health and

education programs in refugee camps.

RSVP Lesley Osborne 0439 363 010 or [email protected]

APHEDA Garage Sale

When: Saturday February 25, 2006

Where: Cnr Cliff Parade and Spray Street


Take a drive over the new Sea Cliff Bridge this Saturday and score a bargain

for a good cause.

Supporters from all over the Illawarra and further have made donations which

will be sold with the proceeds going to the Fahisoi Composting project in

East Timor.

For more information email aphedasouth [email protected]

Human Rights...Negotiable?

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.


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.


n Julia Gillard MP, Shadow Health Minister

n Gerard Henderson, columnist with the Sydney Morning Herald

n 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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