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Issue No. 310 09 June 2006  

I'm No Economist, But �.
I'm no economist, but there a few things about the national economic debate right now that I don't quite get.


Interview: Rock Solid
Bill Shorten gives the inside story on the Australian Workers Union's involvement in the Beaconsfield rescue.

Industrial: Eight Simple Rules for Employing My Teenage Daughter
Phil Oswald bought up his kids to believe in their rights; so when his 16-year old daughter was told to cop a pay cut she was never going to take it quietly.

Politics: The Johnnie Code
WorkChoices is encrypted deep in the PM's political DNA, writes Evan Jones

Energy: Fission Fantasies
Adam Ma�anit looks at the big business push behind the 'clean nuclear' debate that is sweeping the globe.

History: All The Way With Clarrie O'Shea
The WorkChoices Penal Powers are the latest in a long line of penal sanctions against trade unions, writes Neale Towart

International: Closer to Home
If Australia can forgive its debt to Iraq, why not to Indonesia and the Philippines, write Luke Fletcher and Karen Iles

Economics: Taking the Fizz
While the Treasurer has been popping the post-Budget champers, Frank Stilwell gives a more sober assessment.

Unions: Stronger Together
Amanada Tattersall looks at the possibilities of strengthening alliances between unions, environmental and community organisations

Review: Montezuma's Revenge
Tommy Lee Jones directs and stars in a film about racism and retribution, writes James Gallaway.

Poetry: Fair Go Gone
Employers in the land rejoice, for we are girt by greed.


 Grandmother Fights Fabrication Company

 Bog Standards, Hanssen Exposed

 Foxtel Channels Contracts

 Telstra Dials Up A Shocker

 Viva La Resolution

 Smirk Boss Loses Control

 Iemma Told To Change At Central

 On The Tiles

 APHEDA Offices Attacked

 Vanstone Sits On Wages

 PM Slap for Battered Women

 "Spineless" Andrews Apologises

 Howard Lags �Best Practice�

 Harper's Bizarre Theories

 Process Abused - Call Peter McIlwain

 Activists What's On!


The Soapbox
The Beaconsfield Declaration
As the Prime Minister feted Brant Webb and Todd Russell, their colleagues were outside with a message to the rest of Australia.

The Locker Room
Run Like You Stole Something
Phil Doyle observes that there are some tough bastards out there.

The Westie Wing
That fun-loving friend of the workers, Ian West, reports from the red leather of the Bear Pit.

Class Action
Phil Bradley draws the lines between education funding and the current skills crisis.

 Her Honour Judge Judith Scheindler
 Greens Are Good For You
 Calling All Micks!
 Coming Up Swinging
 Belly's Bit
 Mining For Gold
 Blood Spangled Banner
 Never To Be Repeated Offer
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Belly's Bit

Here I go needlessly puting my backside at risk again saying it like it is does that.

But this trade union movement and its acheavements is more important than any of us!

On a visit to a big construction site[ it could have been any one of twenty] the youngs view of unionism was exposed, by a handfull.

The combined copys of selected workers online pages along with ACTU storeys on the miners plee to parlement and the shamefull admition that overtime and a whole list had been traded away hit the tables.

Not union produced, to far away from the ofice for that it was one union activists output, more union rubbish! we donnt need unions! our boss is our mate!

rubbish, if we wipe out the past wages would be half of what they are.

If we fail to fight good boss, and some exist, will find shonky brothers comes to town!

No fair pay and cheaper jobs! will good boss go broke? or take on this shonk by being one?

If its not time now for ALL UNIONS to UNITE and stop fighting one another, it never will be!

I have seen casuals once paid $24 plus an hour now paid $17.15! and schooled to fear unions and union oficials!

In the week of action, in every day of every week fight this goverment and workchoices.

Have you ,yes each of you written a letter to every minister? then to your church? to Labor?

Has your wife written to the paper? rang the TV?

Have your children?

See its not hard to be an activist, but its far too easy to do nothing!


ps give the grog up for one day of one weekend while we have them and go to a meeting, please?

oh ok I will have one with you be there.

Allan Bell


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