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Issue No. 308 26 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

Death Site Under Wraps
A parcel delivery company invoked WorkChoices to keep union officials out of a site where one of their members was killed.

Workers walked off the job at parcel delivery firm SWADS after corporate lawyer Meg Woods from Holding Redlich threatened to call the police on NUW officials. [full story]

Lets Get Physical, Building Bosses
Shonky builders, bolstered by federal anti-union legislation, are going the biff in an effort to prevent safety audits.

In one instance, a builder turned a hose on a 64-year-old safety expert and tried to frog march him out the gate. [full story]

Retailers Spotlight Wage Cuts
An AWA which strips employees of up to $90-a-week will become a blueprint for other retailers, according to a peak business group.

National Retailers Association (NRA) chief executive, Patrick McKendry, said other retailers would ape arts and craft chain Spotlight in embracing contracts, which eliminated weekend and penalty rates. [full story]

Sparkie Vote Will Go To the Wire
Federal Government's hyper-regulation of the workplace will be showcased by the ETU's first industrial action ballot under WorkChoices, at Kyabram, Victoria, this week.

ETU Victorian secretary, Dean Mighell, is confident that, when the Australian Electoral Commission finishes its count, proposed industrial action will be endorsed. [full story]

More Front Than Meyer
A new organisation dedicated to stripping owner drivers of union protections is a front for the shadowy Independent Contractors Australia.

The Owner Drivers Association has plied MPs with drinking mugs and propaganda in a bid to overturn drivers' exemptions from the Independent Contractors Act. [full story]

Nine Vanish in Melbourne Triangle
A Port Melbourne company has used a series of corporate manoeuvres to leave nine sacked union activists out in the cold.

The AIRC endorsed all their sacking under WorkChoices laws that deny unjustified dismissal recourse to anyone with less than 100 workmates.  [full story]

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E D I T O R I A L
Industry’s answer to the crisis bought on by our use of a dangerous earth-threatening power source – is to turn to another dangerous earth-threatening power source.

The Peter Principle

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
 Spotlight on WorkChoices
 Noll On
 Riders on the Strom
 No Gerry Can
 Insight Fires Up

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