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Issue No. 305 05 May 2006  
 
F E A T U R E S

Interview: Out of the Bedroom
Reverend Jim Wallis is leading a crusade to take the moral debate into the public arena.

Industrial: Cloak and Dagger
The Howard Government has begun a series of workshops to sell its WorkChoice vsision. Sean Ambrose sneaked through the doors for Workers Online.

Unions: Lockout!
Jim Comerford’s eyewitness account of the 15-month Lockout of 10,000 New South Wales miners in1929-1930 records the inside story of Australia’s most bloody and bitter industrial conflict

Legal: The Fantasy of Choice
Professor Ron McCallum argues the WorkChoices laws are built on a fundamental fiction.

Politics: Labor Pains
Labor has dealt itself out of the crucial workplace relations debate by failing to articulate a credible policy alternative to Howard’s new WorkChoices legislation, argues Mark Heearn and Grant Michelson

Economics: Economics and the Public Purpose
Evan Jones pays tribute to John Kenneth Galbraith, a big man who never stopped arguing that economics should serve the public good, not create public squalor.

Corporate: House of Horrors
Anthony Keenan takes a tour of Sydney’s notorious, Asbestos House, courtesy of Gideon Haig.

History: Clash Of Cultures
Neale Towart with a new take on Mayday through the words of a punk icon

International: Childs Play
An ILO report into Child Labour shows some progress is being made to curb this gobal scurge .

Culture: Folk You Mate!
Phil Doyle dodges Morris Dancers to find signs of Working Life at the National Folk Festival in Canberra over the Easter Weekend.

Review: Last Holeproof Hero
Finally, a superhero who has worked out how to wear his underpants. Nathan Brown ogles V for Vendetta

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L A T E S T   N E W S

Andrews Axes Safety
Kevin Andrews is denying occupational health and training safety to tens of thousands of Australian workers.

In the wake of the Minister's attempts to score political points off the Beaconsfield mining tragedy, he is being urged to “fess up” on what WorkChoices will mean for workplace safety. [full story]

Plant Fission for Cost Savings
The federal government is saving $140,000 a year by cutting raditation monitoring at the country's only nuclear reactor.

Workers at Lucas Heights confirm that is all that is being saved by a controversial move to cease testing for leaks between the hours of 11pm and 7am. [full story]

Spotless Bosses Blame Howard
A multinational cleaning company is hiding behind WorkChoices to justify a $20-a-week paycut for almost 300 low-paid workers.

Spotless Services has become the first company to invoke Australian Business Limited's advice to blame the Prime Minister for conditions being whittled away, with a letter to the LHMU (Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union) saying its hands were clean on the paycut. [full story]

Aussie Bushman Pronounced Dead
The iconic Australian bushman has been pronounced dead, killed off by farmers and the Howard Government.

“Rural workers were once able to make a living in shearing, grain handling, fencing and the like, but the conditions, the pay and the continuity just isn't there anymore,” said Mick Madden from the Australian Workers Union.  [full story]

Who's Smirking Now?
Union and community pressure has forced a Melbourne boss who gloated about new-found “control of the workforce' to reinstate three AMWU members.

Finlay's engineering owner, Jim Sutton, caved after operations at his Heidelberg factory were disrupted by a community protest, last week. [full story]

Yellow Bosses See Red
Aussie workers are rallying around 1000 sacked Indonesian colleagues and six of their imprisoned union leaders.

Unions NSW secretary, John Robertson, has urged affiliates to provide practical support to Sumatra palm oil workers who were fired en masse and had their children expelled from schools for attempting to form an independent union. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Amber Light on Howard's Way

 Secret Police Spook Mum

 Wally Pollies Set for Cracker

 Qantas to Parachute In Pilots

 Unmask the Puppeteers, Union Demands

 Cleaners Mop Up

 Cane Toads Hop Into Johnny

 King of Onkaparinga Cries Poor

 Activist's What's On!

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I am so proud to be Amber's father because she has shown concern, not just for herself, but for her workmates as well ...Phil Oswald

E D I T O R I A L
Of the million Australians currently deemed ‘contractors, University of Melbourne research suggests up to 40 per cent do all their work for one boss – they are not entrepreneurs, they are employees without rights.

Oh Happy Day

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
Albo's Meltdown
Labor's environment spokesman Antony Albanese argues that Chrernobyl is one reason why the ALP should stand firm on nuclear.

The Locker Room
A Sort Of Homecoming
Phil Doyle plays to the whistle.

Parliament
The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP, Ian West reports from Macquarie Street on some strange collective acction.


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