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Issue No. 297 03 March 2006  
 
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.

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L A T E S T   N E W S

Mum Rains on Howard's Parade
A week of Prime Ministerial back-slapping turned sour when a distressed mum told crowds gathered outside John Howard's anniversary dinner unionists were the only people who cared when her son was bashed.

Atirua Kautai stood by her son, Samuel, who is legally blind after his boss allegedly beat him with a claw hammer, to tell those who couldn't afford to enter John Howard's lavish celebration that unions had become like family since they went into bat for her son. [full story]

Aussie Rorts on Korean Tele
Immigrants being used to solve Western Australia's skills crisis are losing their homes and having families ripped apart, courtesy of the Howard Government's guest labour regime.

Seoul Broadcasting Service (SBS) is expected to show Koreans a documentary in the next seven days, based on shocking information about the treatment of their countrymen in Australia. [full story]

Hardcorp Romp: All the Goss
On one hand you've got a boss, accused of drowning an apprentice in concrete, and dudding dozens of sub-contractors. On the other, you've got small businesses and employees trying to get millions of dollars they are owed for work perfomed.

Whose side would you take? [full story]

Holiday Win for Thousands
Thousands of permanent workers will get access to holidays and sick pay for the first time, thanks to a landmark victory by Unions NSW.

After hearing months of evidence, the NSW Industrial Relations Commission green-lighted the right of permanent casuals to opt for permanent employment, after six continuous months, and also sheeted home OH&S responsibility to host employers.  [full story]

Della Exposes Rip-Offs
NSW bosses are using individual contracts to strip up to $600 out of workers pay packets every week.

Community workers earning $1566 a week on collective agreements are being offered $938 on individual contracts while chefs on $1069 are being offered $749, according to data released by NSW Industrial Relations Minister, John Della Bosca. [full story]

Robbo Heffered
Liberal bovver boy Bill Heffernan ducked out of John Howard's triumphal Sydney dinner to subject Unions NSW secretary, John Robertson, to a dose of the standover tactics that have made him a Prime Ministerial favourite.

Heffernan brushed the $1000 a plate function to join a rally against his own Government, last Thursday. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Commission Plugs Job Cuts

 Sweatshop Workers Hit the Catwalk

 Libs Beg For Worker's Dosh

 Skills Base Up In The Air

 Bakers Deal Short On Bread

 Captain Cook Runs Away

 Activists What's On!

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Workers rained on Howard's anniversary celebrations when hundreds converged on Sydney's Westin Hotel in a show of defiance.

E D I T O R I A L
From day one, Howard has maintained that he has governed for all Australians but that just might be the biggest porky of the lot.

Flugging Yourself

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…


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