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Issue No. 297 03 March 2006  
E D I T O R I A L

Howard's Decayed
Geoff Dixon is shorthand for the Howard decade.

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

 Mum Rains on Howard's Parade

 Aussie Rorts on Korean Tele

 Hardcorp Romp: All the Goss

 Holiday Win for Thousands

 Della Exposes Rip-Offs

 Robbo Heffered

 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!

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
 Belly Tells It Like It Is
 What's Going On?
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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.

"What happened to my son was really terrible ... I want to thank the union," the shop assistant from the Cooks Islands said.

She said Howard's assault on unions was an attack on young, vulnerable people like her son.

Kautai's speech was in stark contrast to the suits slipping into the $1000-a-plate dinner.

About 1000 workers gathered at Martin Place to highlight Howard's attack on workers, as business people and politicians celebrated.

Unions NSW Secretary John Robertson said workers had suffered as a result of Howard's 10 years.

He said the situation would only get worse with the introduction of WorkChoices.

"These laws are not going to help families," Robertson said.

"They have been drafted by big business they don't talk about people; they don't talk about families; they don't talk about Australian society.

"The only thing big business is interested in is how much more money they can make."

After hearing from other workers, the crowd moved opposite the Westin Hotel where they jeered guests who entered.


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