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Issue No. 307 19 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

Perth Apartments Go Like a Bomb
Perth property buyers are falling over themselves to enrich Asian businessmen linked to Burma's military regime, and implicated in the illicit sale of nuclear weapons technology.

A search of company records reveals financial backers of the Perth builder using labour hire, AWAs and immigrant labour to slash incomes have equally chequered records. [full story]

AWAs - Just Say No!
NSW unions will begin the push to enshrine the abolition of Australian Workplace Agreements in ALP Policy at the June state party conference.

The motion, to be endorsed across factional lines, is a response to a push to soften Labor's policy on AWAs being promoted by some in the political wing. [full story]

Andrews Puts Contracts on Families
Employers will use federal government's Independent Contractors Act to launch an assault on surviving workplace rights, including access to family friendly conditions.

Master Builders Association chief, Brian Seidler, confirmed the agenda at a NSW Industrial Relations Society Convention, last week. [full story]

Safety Laws Mine New Depths
Moves to water down NSW workplace safety laws would make it harder to prosecute managers in disasters like the Beaconsfield collapse, a senior lawyer has warned.

Unions are opposing the changes to the Occupational and Health and Safety Act that would end the regime of strict liability and limit the targets of safety prosecutions.  [full story]

Builder Threatens Homes
Family homes and small business are on the line after a corporate builder cried poor, leaving debts of $2.5 million.

Over 100 workers and sub contractors, facing the loss of $2.5m, are picketing a Parramatta building site. [full story]

Beazley to Halt Maxi-Scam
A former Australian soldier, sacked last week only to his see his job replaced by a Chinese worker on a short term visa, has sparked a shift in ALP immigration policy.

After attending a protest addressed by former MaxiTRANS employee Mark Walker, Opposition leader Kim Beazley announced a major shift in ALP policy, banning employers who retrench locals from using guest labour. [full story]

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E D I T O R I A L
While there could be a case that budget trimming is needed to neutralise the economy attack from the Conservatives, there is no logical argument for making a crusade out of it.

The Full Nelson

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.


LETTERS to the Editor
 Psychometric Testing for Bullies
 Pleased with Beazley
 What is Working Class
 National Day of Protest
 Tax Cuts
 Solidarity
 Independent Contractors
 Drought Proofing
 Higher Profile for Labor

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