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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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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.

He grabbed Robertson by the lapel and tried to steal his "Rights at Work" badge before skulking around the fringes of the rally, talking on his mobile phone.

Workers Online understands the controversial senator was supposed to have been inside supervising National Party senators.

Roberson laughed off Heffernan's attention.

"Now I know how Barnaby Joyce feels," he told Workers Online. "His social skills are pretty ordinary but it was interesting to see him trying to stand over an opponent for a change."

Robertson confirmed Heffernan had grabbed him and demanded his orange workers rights badge.

Robertson joins a list of people Heffernan has tried to intimidate, including colleagues Barnaby Joyce and Fiona Nash.

"I never thought I would have something in common with the National Party," he laughed.

Heffernan, regarded as one of John Howard's closest allies, gained notoriety when he falsely accused High Court Judge Michael Kirby of using Commonwealth Cars to pick up male prostitutes.


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