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Issue No. 315 14 July 2006  

Give Truth A Chance
Civic values - aah another boring conservative rant. Well, perhaps, but here goes.


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.


 Howard's $30m Rip Off

 Jetstar Sells Job Interviews

 Jail or Jobs - Seamen Choose

 Vanstone Mum on Rorts

 WorkChoices Whacks Chalkies

 Telstra MIA in Bush

 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!


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

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

 Real Hero
 Howard vs World
 Marching Orders
 Tough as ABC
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Howard vs World

John Howard has been caught with a "Dead mans hand".

It's time that John Howard called an "Ace an Ace" and a "Spade a Spade" and stopped with the Poker face and bluff about his new "Workchoices" legislation.

John Howard's "jihad" upon working men and women strikes far beyond the workplace. Pensions are indexed from the minimum wage and the essence of "Workchoices" is merely to reduce wages and conditions. If the minimum wage is reduced then so to will the Pension.

In 1987, John Howard stated; "We will be getting rid of the bulk billing system, it is an absolute rort, "he went further to say, 'we will be proposing changes to the public health system which will amount to complete dismantling, we will pull it right apart".

Medicare is levied from our wages at 1.5% of Gross and a further 1% for any person earning over $50,000 if he or she does not have private health care. Any reduction in wages is not only an assault on workers but a callous attack upon Medicare and Pensioners.

John Howard is no friend of Small Business, by reducing wages, workers will no longer have the disposable income to spend on consumables or services as they will be indebted with their mortgages.

The "Workchoices" legislation is merely designed to shift wealth from the "working class" to the "ruling class" as who would have the capital to purchase assets (at a steal) when interest rates rise because working wages are reduced.

When people begin to default on their mortgage or loan repayments interest rates are adjusted to accommodate against the risk, it is not rocket science, simply basic economics.

John Howard and his Government should be wearing Balaclavas.

In Solidarity

Sean Ambrose aka (Governor)

Stevedore MUA Port Botany


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