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Issue No. 313 30 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

Bold Post Spy at Rally
Australia Post sent a spy to Blacktown's anti-WorkChoices rally while stripping $100 a week out of low paid employees wages, according to the CEPU.

The union claims the company's Nepean manager, John Bold, harassed Post employees at the Blacktown rally, taking photos and recording names of protesters. [full story]

NRL Throws Tradition a Dummy
Rugby league's governing body has turned its back on a century of tradition, upraiding the Canberra Raiders for allowing a halftime demonstration against John Howard's anti-worker reforms.

The Canberra Raiders have been warned “political addresses, special awards or presentations” must have written approval from the National Rugby League. [full story]

Ballarat Derails AWA Push
University of Ballarat staff have nailed a collective agreement that refutes John Howard's assertion AWA workers are better off.

So much so, that the University has agreed to protect AWA staff through “policy” to ensure they aren't disadvantaged. [full story]

Graphic Glimpse Behind the Veil
In a legal first, the AMWU has won the right to join a phoenix company to action against an employer who dudded workers of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The full bench of the NSW Industrial Court decided, last week, that new entity, Digital Graphics, could be listed as a respondent to an unfair contracts case against David Graphics. [full story]

Biz Blows Cover
One third of business owners disagree with the Howard Government's industrial relations laws, while leading economists say there are no benefits for Australia.

A survey by the Australian Institute of Management found 33.9 per cent of business owners disagree on some level to WorkChoices effect on employment conditions. [full story]

John Howard Vs God (0:1)
John Howard and Kevin Andrews' push to strip working conditions came up against the Bible last week, with the good book coming out firmly against WorkChoices.

An ecumenical service at St Peters Cathedral in Adelaide, last Tuesday, received wisdom from a higher authority than the ACTU. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Andrews A Bit Rich on Wages

 Sydney Backs Booze Deliverers

 Record Numbers in Blacktown

 Hardie Busted Over Burn Victim

 Sacked Mum Has Last Laugh

 Unions: Book Dodgy AWA Bosses

 Jobs War Gathers Pace

 Activist's What's On!

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How the west was one

E D I T O R I A L
What is it about Howard? Is it just that he is so boring that he induces reporters to catatonia? Surely any political reporter worth their salt would not be letting him rewrite history so brazenly.

Small Fry

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.


LETTERS to the Editor
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 Dare To Dream
 Better Get A Lawyer
 The Last Laugh

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