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Issue No. 306 12 May 2006  
E D I T O R I A L

Good Times
Hands up who watched Kim Beazley’s budget in reply last night? None of you? Thought so.

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

 Howard Hunts Heroes

 Workplace Cop Shrugs Shoulders

 Gerry Built Apartments Fall Behind

 NFF Axe Over Childcare

 Ballarat Suffers Maxi-Rort

 Hunter Collects on Jobs

 Company Doctors Terminal

 Killer Bosses Swoop on Croweaters

 US: Thousands Fired For Joining Unions

 Cozzies Skills Skid

 Howard’s Unpaid Photo Op

 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
 Immigration Department Strikes Again
 Budget Dividend
 The Real Truth About Independent Contractors
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Workplace Cop Shrugs Shoulders


The Office of Workplace Services has washed its hands of Victorians docked pay after raising funds for Larry Knight’s bereaved family.

Three Bendigo construction workers, employed by contractor McFee Propriety Limited, had their pay docked after delivering proceeds from a whip-around to a union office in town.

The company said they were 15 minutes late from their lunch break and extracted 30 minutes off their wages in retaliation.

McFee site manager, Peter Anstee, told local radio: ``We are not involved in mining, we are a construction company. If we had to chip in for every poor bugger who got killed at work we'd go broke.''

About a hundred construction workers employed at the Bendigo gold mine passed the hat around for Larry Knight's family, raising about $3500.

"Three shop stewards on the site went to management and said, 'look, we want to take this money down to the AWU office in Bendigo so that they can deliver it as quickly as possible to the family'," Victorian secretary of the Construction and Mining Union, Martin Kingham, told ABC radio. "They asked for permission to leave the site. They indicated that, because there was some distance for them to travel, that they might be a little bit late coming back from their lunch break.

The ABC reported that the Office of Workplace Services has looked into the matter and didn't propose taking action.

The Australian Building and Construction Commission said the actions of McPhee Propriety Limited might well be legal.

"For the Howard Government to praise the Australian spirit, while overseeing laws that will destroy mateship and collectivity at work is a joke," said Kingham.


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