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Issue No. 308 26 May 2006  
E D I T O R I A L

If the Answer is Nuclear ….
At least George Dubya still has some influence. Not in his own country, certainly not in Europe, not even in the former dominions of Latin America.

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

 Death Site Under Wraps

 Lets Get Physical, Building Bosses

 Retailers Spotlight Wage Cuts

 Sparkie Vote Will Go To the Wire

 More Front Than Meyer

 Nine Vanish in Melbourne Triangle

 Black is White, Andrews

 Kev Nicks from Kids

 Toothless Tiger Squeals

 High Standard Bugs Boss

 Labor Roots In Graft Allegations

 Security Posted

 ALP Urged to Front Up

 On the Road Again

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

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.

Both Comcare and WorkCover are investigating how the Filipino forklift driver was killed.

Swads employees have been distressed since the incident, claiming it was the third fatality in four years.

Sixty workers from other Swad's warehouses quit work and estate joined those at Weatherill Park.

The NUW has accused Swads, recently bought by Australia Post, of hiding behind WorkChoices to avoid scrutiny of its safety practices.

"We went to get access to the site to ensure safety and that workers were adequately counselled," said NUW state secretary Derrick Belan. "One of our members has been killed here.

"It's an unbelievably horrible situation. The company is acting in a completely callous manner.

"What has this company got to hide?"

NUW spokesperson Mark Ptolemy said senior management had flown up from Melbourne and slapped a "shut up or get out" order on staff, hindering efforts to get to the bottom of the tragedy.

At the time of going to press the family of the deceased worker had attended the site and had received no notification from the company about the death.


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