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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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Captain Cook Runs Away


Top silks for Sydney harbour cruise operator Captain Cook stormed out of a meeting when the industrial umpire backed workers' right to union representation.

"We're beating them in their own turf," says Robert Coombs from the Maritime Union of Australia. "They'd be better off spending that money on fair conditions for their staff instead of using pricey lawyers to screw workers out of entitlements."

Maz Al-helo, who works for the cruise operator, told a Sydney rally he was relieved the company's bid to go non-union had been blocked.

"Today is a triumph," says Al-helo. "This is a victory for all workers who have stood up against Work Choices."

"They can spend all the millions of dollars they want, but victory belongs to those who need it the most."

Captain Cook's attempt to register a non-union agreement in the Federal jurisdiction backfired when the Australian Industrial Relations Commission ruled Al-helo and his colleagues could have the protection of a union.

Al-helo was one of half a dozen rank and file workers who spoke of their individual battles with Work Choices at a rally organised by Unions NSW as a show of defiance outside a celebratory dinner held by the Liberal Party to mark the 10th anniversary of the Howard Government.


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