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Issue No. 297 03 March 2006  

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


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.


 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!


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…

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

Is now open!!!

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

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

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]

Long time activist and campaigner for workers rights who recently passed away

Thursday 9th of March, 5pm

Victorian Trades hall Council

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

The Hon. Rob Hulls MP Victorian Attorney General

Julian Burnside Queen's Counsel, Refugee Rights Advocate, Author

Tim Palmer Walkley Award Winning Journalist, ABC Jakarta

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

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.


Julia Gillard MP, Shadow Health Minister

Gerard Henderson, columnist with the Sydney Morning Herald

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


Tue 4th April, 6.30 PM.

The first meeting of the Victorian Activist Group will be held 6.30 PM,

Tuesday 4th April 2006. Meeting Room 9, Community & Public Sector Union

(CPSU), 11th Floor, 575 Bourke Street, Melbourne. Light refreshments will be

provided. RSVP to [email protected] by Monday 3rd April.

The Activist network enables members and supporters to meet and share

recourses locally as they support Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA's overseas

projects and campaigns.


Thu 20th April, 6.30 PM

Make it a date to remember!

Join Melbourne members and supporters at the Cinema Nova for a night of film

and fundraising. Raising much needed dollars for Union Aid Abroad-APEHDA's

overseas projects, tickets are just $20/$15 to see the Academy Award

nominated film Tsotsi in it's first week of release (see below for movie

blurb). Thursday 20th April 6.30 PM at the Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon Street


Contact Steve Mullins for bookings (payment MUST be made before the night)

Mobile: 0413021412 [email protected]

Tsotsi - (m) nominated for Academy Best Foreign Language Film

Set amidst the sprawling Johannesburg township of Soweto - where survival is

the primary objective - Tsotsi traces six days in the life of a ruthless

young gang leader who ends up caring for a baby accidentally kidnapped

during a car-jacking. Tsotsi is a gritty and moving portrait of an angry

young man living in a state of extreme urban deprivation. His world pumps

with the raw energy of Kwaito Music - the modern beat of the ghetto that

reflects his troubled state of mind.

The film is a psychological thriller in which the protagonist is compelled

to confront his own brutal nature and face the consequences of his actions.

It puts a human face on both the victims and the perpetrators of violent

crime and is ultimately a story of hope and a triumph of love over rage.

Winner, 2005 Toronto Film Festival, People's Choice Award


29th April 2006 from 1:30pm.

This year it is all about the history - and ongoing battles - of working class women. Join us for stories, memories, hope, singing and beer.

Tickets are $30, which includes dinner.

If you wanna get on board the bus (walkers are welcome & free), please let us know ASAP - you'll have a confirmed seat if you get us the money before the day - please make cheques payable to the PROUD TO BE UNION COMMITTEE INC (send to Struggles, Scabs & Schooners - c/- FSU, PO Box A2442 Sydney South 1235).

RSVP to Chris ([email protected] or 0438 898 198) or Sian ([email protected] or 8222 3346) for more information.


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