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Issue No. 305 05 May 2006  
E D I T O R I A L

Contract With Australia
If WorkChoices is the legislative expression of the Howard Government’s ideological hatred of unions, the Independent Contractors Act is the product of an altogether more dangerous form of ideological zealotry.

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

N E W S

 Andrews Axes Safety

 Plant Fission for Cost Savings

 Spotless Bosses Blame Howard

 Aussie Bushman Pronounced Dead

 Who's Smirking Now?

 Yellow Bosses See Red

 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!

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.

L E T T E R S
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King of Onkaparinga Cries Poor


The CEO of a South Australian council seeking to use WorkChoices against its own staff claims his pay rises are less than his own staff, despite trousering $221,000 a year.

Angry council workers converged on Onkaparinga Council last Tuesday, where CEO Jeff Tate wants to strip conditions from staff locked in a dispute over a new collective agreement.

Tate, whose kingsize salary is the largest in South Australian local government, and even outstrips that of the state's premier, wants to dump negotiations and start again under new federal laws.

Council workers slammed the move to take away existing employment rights.

"Prior to the new laws coming in we had reached agreement with Council on protecting employees' existing conditions" said Australian Services Union Branch Secretary Andy Dennard. "Then Howard's new laws came in and Council Management advised us that they had now decided to look at what existing entitlements they may want take away from their employees."

"ASU members are not prepared to sit idly by and watch their hard fought for conditions taken away by John Howard's new laws or anyone else."

"Council workers have been negotiating since last September," says SA Unions secretary Janet Giles. "It appears intent on maximising its bottom line by reducing workers' entitlements. The Council is also stalling the issue of giving staff a reasonable wage rise."

"The highest paid Council CEO in the state is hardly endearing himself to the planners, health officers, administrative staff, librarians, and community service personnel who actually keep Onkaparinga functioning.


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