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Issue No. 312 23 June 2006  
 
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.

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L A T E S T   N E W S

Tooheys Orders a Blue
Tooheys drinkers are being urged to consider the attractions of Reschs, Carlton or VB as brewery drivers face earnings cuts that could cost them their family homes.

Under Tooheys' new contract with transport company Linfox, drivers are being told to cut their pay by $42,000, and to fork out up to $50,000 to upgrade their rigs. [full story]

Safety Standards Go East
A Chinese labour hire company is paying hundreds of dollars below going rates, and slashing safety standards, on a major Sydney construction job.

Despite safety improvement notices from Workcover, no workers comp premiums, and admissions of “payment irregularities”, the federal government has given Hunan Industrial Equipment Installation the greenlight to operate in Australia. [full story]

Libs Laugh At Sacked Mum
Howard backers taunted a sacked Mum with cries of “get a job” when she took her case to federal parliament.

While their leader refused to make eye contact with the dumped childcare worker, last week, Liberal MPs left little doubt where their sympathies lay. [full story]

Stoner's Cognitive Faculties Functioning
Even Tories recognise Kevin Andrews is a “dickhead” for his treatment of Aussie workers.

NSW National Party leader, Andrew Stoner, made the admission during a meeting with North Coast worker representatives, last week.  [full story]

Rail Workers Gagged
Railcorp has seized control of staff days off, forbidding employees to do anything it doesn't approve of.

Last week, it warned two people it claimed had volunteered at the RTBU office that, in future, they must seek management approval. [full story]

Post Delivers Threat
Australia Post is threatening to discipline workers who attend Wednesday's Your Rights at Work rallies around Australia.

Managers have been directed by Post's Human Resources manager to pass on the threat of formal written warnings and four-hour pay deductions to any worker who attends the rally. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Elderly Face WorkChoices Assault

 Good Yarn Hits Cyberspace

 Business Buckets WorkChoices

 Hands Off Our Vital Stats

 Telstra Plays Tag and Release

 Multi Yanks Howard's Chain

 Nurses Reject Low Road

 Micks Bone Up On WorkChoices

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E D I T O R I A L
The test of a vibrant democracy has always been its capacity of its citizens to critique their government – think suffragettes, think civil rights, think Vietnam.

Responsible Government

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.


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