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Issue No. 315 14 July 2006  
 
F E A T U R E S

Interview: The Month Of Living Dangerously
When the mobs took over the streets of Dili it was the people of East Timor that bore the brunt. Elisabeth Lino de Araujo from Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA was there to witness what happened.

Unions: Staying Mum
Penrith mums, Linda Everingham and Jo Jacobson, are at the heart of a grassroots campaign to boot Jackie Kelly, out of federal parliament. Jim Marr caught up with one half of the sister act.

Economics: Precious Metals
There's a lot of spin around AWAs in the mining industry, but Tony Maher argues all that glitters is not gold.

Industrial: The Cold 100
The Iemma Government has come up with 100 reasons why WorkChoices is a dud, with 100 examples of ripped off workers

History: The Vinegar Hill Mob
This month's Blacktown Rally was not the first time workers had stood up for their rights in the region, writes Andrew Moore.

Legal: Free Agents
Is an independent contractor a small businessperson or a worker? The answer depends upon whether the contractor is genuinely ‘independent’ or not, writes Even Jones.

Politics: Under The Influence
Bob Gould thinks Sonny Bill Williams is a hunk; he reveals all in a left wing view of The Bulletin’s 100 most influential Australians, questioning the relevance of some, and adding a few of his own.

International: How Swede It Was
Geoff Dow pays tribute to the passing of Rudolf Meidner, one of the architects of the Swedish model of capitalism.

Review: Keating's Men Slam Dance on Howard
These punk rockers are out to KO WorkChoices. Nathan Brown joins the fray.

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L A T E S T   N E W S

Howard's $30m Rip Off
Under cover of WorkChoices, John Howard slipped through a regulation, that will cost hundreds of Victorian families $30 million.

The manoeuvre came to light when Huon Group administrators sacked 122 people from factories in Bendigo, Frankston and Dandenong, last week, and announced $30 million in owed entitlements, for all 600 employees, had disappeared. [full story]

Jetstar Sells Job Interviews
Qantas owned Jetstar is charging job applicants $89 for the privilege of an interview, with further charges if they proceed to a company medical.

The move shows John Howard's claim that workers are in a “sellers market” is a lie, according to Australian Services Union Assistant National Secretary Linda White. [full story]

Jail or Jobs - Seamen Choose
Australian seamen stared down $6000 fines and the possibility of jail to win a breakthrough Memorandum of Understanding with Norweigan shipping company, Stolt.

The Stolt Australia was tied up in Hobart for six days as crew protested plans for the mass sacking of Australians and their replacement by Filipinos earning barely $400 a month. [full story]

Vanstone Mum on Rorts
Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone is being challenged to release a report that shows a Murray Bridge slaughterhouse rorted guest labour rules.

A five-month DIMA investigation into T&R Pastoral's use of 137 Asian meatworkers has disappeared down a bureaucratic back alley with consultants confirming its completetion but departmental officials denying it. [full story]

WorkChoices Whacks Chalkies
Moves to push private school teachers onto second-rate contracts have been hailed as an example of WorkChoices by a former elite private school head.

Judith Wheeldon, AM, former principal of Sydney girls schools, Abbotsleigh and Queenwood, described the offer by the Association of Independent Schools (AIS) as “Work Choices Contracts” in The Australian this week.  [full story]

Telstra MIA in Bush
The bush will be left with “stone age” telephone technology following Telstra's decision to axe more than 200 technicians across the state, according to the CEPU.

The technicians will be made redundant as Telstra rolls out its “next generation” fibre optic network. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 WA Safety Rep On Mission

 Sallies Join Sack-A-Thon

 CFMEU Dips Out on Fullback

 Pollies Brush Sick, Kids

 Pollie Cries Like a Croc

 Training Minister Gives Himself an A

 25 Years On the Grass

 Activist's What's On!

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Striking a chord ... World champion picketer, Mr Tanaka, has got the blues.

E D I T O R I A L
John Howard's idol Margaret Thatcher nailed it when she spruiked the "end of society". The follower has become the leader.

Back To School Tool

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
Work Choice: US Military Style
John Howard has learnt a few lessons on workers rights from his Texan buddy, writes Rowan Cahill.

Politics
Westie Wing
As Pru Goward slams into the glass ceiling of the NSW Liberal Party, Ian West considers how women are faring under the Howard-Costello Government.

The Locker Room
A World Away
Phil Doyle is pleased that a display of subtle beauty and athletic grace has been overtaken by some good old-fashioned mindless violence


LETTERS to the Editor
 Real Hero
 Howard vs World
 Marching Orders
 Tough as ABC

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