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Issue No. 298 10 March 2006  
E D I T O R I A L

Home Truths
The truth has been breaking out in all sorts of strange places this week.

F E A T U R E S

Interview: Organising In Cyberspace
Workers Online speaks to the ACTU's Union Organiser of the Year, Greg Harvey from the RTBU, who has been using cutting edge ways to communicate with a blue-collar workforce spread across five states.

Industrial: How Low Is Low
Neale Towart looks at the much hyped link between minimum wages and employment

Industrial: Cloak and Dagger
The Howard Govwernment has begun rolling out workshops to inform employers on how to use WorkChoices. Sean Ambrose sneaked through the doors for Workers Online.

Unions: Bad Medicine
Nathan Brown reports on how Australia Postís dodgy Faculty Nominated Doctor system is leaving sick workers feeling worse.

History: Right Turn, Clyde
Bob Gould believes news of Clyde Cameronís demise may be premature

Economics: Long Division
Kenneth Davidson looks at a successful political strategy

International: Union Proud
A University of California librarian calls for union labels to increase worker visibility

Politics: Howardís Sick Joke
Phil Doyle looks at an attack on one of the great achievements of the union movement

Indigenous: The year of living dangerously
That mob in parliament house seems to be hopelessly out of touch with Indigenous Australia. So much so, that Graham Ring wonders if the House on the Hill is becoming a Ďcultural museumí.

Review: Lights, Camera, Strike!
Mandrake the Electrician has been down to the video store over the summer and rounded up the Top Ten Union Movies of all time.

Culture: News Front
If the owners are selling off papers, perhaps the unions should buy them says Mark Dobbie.

N E W S

 Wipeout: Minchin Surfs New Wave

 Scoop-idity: How The Truth Was Nicked

 Howard's Bastard Under Lock and Key

 Bank Shops Skilled Workers

 Debnam Dogs on Libs

 Jacko: "I'm Bad"

 Computer Strike Could Crash System

 Builders' Cleavage Strikes Gold

 Andrews Cops Legal Buffeting

 Brough Love for Women

 CFMEU Aids Escape

 Hunt on for Asbestos Crims

 Unions Counsel Queen

 Guests Get Pizza Topping

 Download a Pollie

 Activist's What's On!

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
Australian Fascism
Rowan Cahill critiques Gerard Hendersonís unique take on history

Parliament
Westie Wing
Will Westie's Wings be clipped, or will the Hills Angels repent and deliver?

The Locker Room
The Heart Of The Matter
Phil Doyle rolls up the red carpet and celebrates the death of an old foe

L E T T E R S
 Howard, My Part In His Downfall
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Ian West launched his new website - www.ianwestmlc.com.au for quicker downloads, easier information and better useability for workers.

The website's been designed by Intrinsic Digital, a visual identity company which does motion graphics, film & video production and multimedia production including web design.

"I hope people find it handy and practical to use, and visit it regularly to get information and Parliamentary and Government news," Ian said.

"There's also a section on my website that takes the hassle out of contacting MPs. Unions sometimes ring me and ask for MP's information when they're running an issue. So if you want that - you only have to remember my website."

"There's handy links to sites that have legal, political, research and other information as well."

"I've kept my Westie-minster section, and devoted a page to Westie Wing, but I have 'strong, detailed plans' for a new section called 'Westie World' - including online forums, your chance to vote on an issue and a few others things I think people will warm to," Ian hinted sheepishly.

"I'm keen to make MPs and others even more aware of the important work Unions do. So if you've got an idea, event or an issue, let me know. I'll do my best to let people know about it."

"My website is taxpayer funded - you've paid for this - so tell me if you reckon you're not getting your money's worth."

When asked what else is planned for his website, Ian responded "I'm wanting to do things a bit differently - I've got a few ideas, but I'm keen to hear from anyone prepared to tell me what they need and want from an MP."


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