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Issue No. 306 12 May 2006  

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


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


 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!


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.

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

 Immigration Department Strikes Again
 Budget Dividend
 The Real Truth About Independent Contractors
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Cozzies Skills Skid

Peter Costello has ignored the pleas of mates at the Business Council of Australia, as well as unions, and sat on his hands over Australia’s skills crisis.

Costello's budget figures reveal spending on training has declined over a year from 0.75 per cent of government expenditure to 0.73 per cent. By 2010 the figure will be 0.67 per cent

This is despite groups as varied as unions, employer advocates and the Reserve Bank barking for more funding for skills.

NSW Teachers Federation Assistant Secretary Phil Bradley said from 1997 to 2004, the Howard Government had dropped its funding by a dollar for each student, for every hour they attended job training.

Bradley said Costello appeared to be blind to the crisis in skills.

"You've even got ACCI, the Reserve Bank, Peter Hendy complaining and the Federal Government seems to be ignoring them all."

Bradley said as 270,000 guest workers had been brought in to Australia over the last ten years, 300,000 Australians were turned away from TAFE.

Australian Industry Group Chair Heather Ridout told ABC radio: "The Budget didn't go far enough in terms of putting more money behind the skills agenda, which is probably, aside from competition, the biggest issue facing Australian industry and business across a broad range of sectors".

The Reserve Bank identified the shortage of skilled workers would raise both inflation and interest rates.

Money For Jam

meanwhile, the Federal government is throwing money to prop up WorkChoices while victims of asbestos and the Ansett collapse have been brushed.

According to budget papers an extra $7.3m to be put aside in the remainder of the 2005-06 year for "education activities to explain the workplace relations reforms", including employer adviser program and seminars announced by workplace relations minister Kevin Andrews.

The Australian Fair Pay Commission will receive $7.7m and the Australian Building and Construction Commission $32.9m for 2006-07, while $1.6 million has been set aside for conducting secret ballots.

Unlawful termination assistance has been allocated $6.3 million.

No allocations have been made to victims of asbestos funding or those affected by the Ansett collapse, despite commitments by the Howard government to fund these prior to the 2004 election.


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