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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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APHEDA Offices Attacked

The Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA office in East Timor has been broken into and computer equipment stolen and damaged during recent disturbances that have engulfed the nation.

Project staff disturbed people who had busted locks to gain entry to the offices of the aid organisation, which is supported by Australia's union movement.

An APHEDA supported vocational training centre, Knua Buka Hatene ("Place for learning/knowing" in the local Tetum language) was also damaged, along with several vehicles.

Four East Timorese APHEDA staff are reportedly safe, although fears are held for the houses and vehicles used by the aid organisation's staff.

"I saw the refugees on television last night. They were all crying, the old people and the children. So much that I started crying too. People ran there with nothing, just the clothes on their bodies," says Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA local office manager Elisabeth Lino de Araujo

"This has been a political problem, but those who suffer are the people. People here have worked so hard since 1999 to rebuild their houses, to rebuild their lives, and they have sacrificed so much. They are not ready to leave the refugee camps, they don't want to risk losing any more."

"We are currently receiving daily updates from our staff and partners on the ground in East Timor regarding the security situation there," says Peter Jennings, Executive Officer Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA. "This unrest shows that vocational education and employment generating activities for young males in East Timor is more important than ever.

"We must redouble our efforts and commitment to skills training in East Timor and support our local partner organisations in their rebuilding and reconciliation process."

Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA has launched an appeal so that the people of East Timor can rebuild their lives after the recent unrest.

Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA has a secure online donation form at

Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA is planning to provide additional support to its partner organisations in East Timor to help rebuild infrastructure and restore confidence.

Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA also operates a toll free number 1800 888 674 or doners can send a cheque made out to APHEDA Inc. with a note saying that it is for the East Timor Appeal.


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