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Issue No. 311 16 June 2006  
E D I T O R I A L

Big Target
Well, he’s finally done it. Opposition leader Kim Beazley has wrestled with his internal doubters and staked his future, and one suspects the next election, on workers rights.

F E A T U R E S

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.

N E W S

 Esselte Occasioning Workplace Harm

 Andrews Backs State Laws

 Death Sentence for BHP

 Unions Deliver: Freehills

 No Job is Safe: AIRC

 Klan Backs Jan

 Village People Clean Up

 Dad Heads for Blacktown

 Indonesian Guards Occupy Office

 Qantas Passes the Bucks

 IR Laws a Loser: Lib

 Business Bombs Beazley

 OECD Undercuts Howard

 Leafy Council Rewards Choppers

 High Price Of A Low Wage

 Actvist's What's On!

C O L U M N S

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.

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

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

L E T T E R S
 Lost in the Supermarket
 Career Opportunities
 A Nuclear Error
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Dad Heads for Blacktown


A cancer stricken father of three, punted by his employer after taking time off to receive chemotherapy, blames John Howard for ripping livelihoods off the sick.

Lyle White, a supervisor at Ullrich Aluminium in Smithfield, will join thousands of Sydneysiders at Blacktown Showground on June 28 at 9am to "make our voices heard".

"I'm fighting a big enough battle without the government getting stuck into me as well," White says.

White, who undergoes six hours of treatment every 21 days, was diagnosed with lymphoma in January.

Earlier this month he was dismissed for "performance reasons" after he explained to bosses he would need time off for chemotherapy.

Thousands of Sydneysiders are expected to head to the geographical heart of the sprawling city to take the campaign to the seat of Liberal MP and WorkChoices supporter, Louise Markus.

The rally is part of the ACTU week of action, with protests scheduled across the country.

"This is about working Australians and their communities standing up against these unfair laws," says Unions NSW secretary John Robertson. "If John Howard and Kevin Andrews think they can ignore the message this rally will send they do so at their own peril."

Free To Air Costs

The rally comes as the ACTU has sent out a call for people to help keep the current TV ad campaign on the air.

Donations can be made via the ACTU - Your Rights At Work website.


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