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Issue No. 313 30 June 2006  
E D I T O R I A L

Spin Cycle
As another successful Week of Action comes to an end, we have again been exposed to the Howard Government’s defence of its IR laws, perhaps the flimsiest in Australian political history.

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

 Bold Post Spy at Rally

 NRL Throws Tradition a Dummy

 Ballarat Derails AWA Push

 Graphic Glimpse Behind the Veil

 Biz Blows Cover

 John Howard Vs God (0:1)

 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!

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
 Man-Goat Love Drug Link
 Dare To Dream
 Better Get A Lawyer
 The Last Laugh
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Sacked Mum Has Last Laugh


League legend Tommy Raudonikis and Opposition Leader Kim Beazley will this weekend confront the Liberal backbencher who laughed at a sacked Canberra mum.

Childcare worker, Emily O'Connor, is flying to Queensland for what promises to be the highlight of a Brisbane bayside fun day.

Local Liberal MP, Andrew Laming, is expected to attend.

The last time the childcare worker heard from Laming was when he laughed at her in Federal Parliament and told her to get a job.

The jibes came as the Prime Minister was being questioned about O'Connor's dismissal from the Blinky Bill Childcare Centre.

Laming is under fire from working families, in Canberra and his own electorate, for his treatment of O'Connor.

Electrical Trades Union (ETU) organiser, Allen Hicks, is calling on Laming to justify his "ruthless and heartless conduct".

Hicks said Laming should justify why he so enthusiastically supports taking away people's rights at work.

Beazley will be the keynote speaker at the Family Fun Day at Raby Bay Harbourside Park this Saturday, July 1, with anti-Workchoices campaigner, Roudonikis, also pencilled in for an appearance.


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