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Issue No. 315 14 July 2006  
E D I T O R I A L

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

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.

N E W S

 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!

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

L E T T E R S
 Real Hero
 Howard vs World
 Marching Orders
 Tough as ABC
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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.

"These are the staff that can do that work and now you get rid of them, who's going to do it?" CEPU Organiser Steve Dodd said.

Dodd said people from the country felt betrayed and let down by Telstra's actions.

"Telstra and federal politicians owe people in the bush an explanation why they are sacking these workers who service their homes, businesses and schools."

Meanwhile, low paid staff, soon to be sacked at a Telstra-owned data processing centre, will take court action over claims the Australia's biggest company ripped them off up to $24,000.

More than 60 workers at KAZ in Melbourne are owed three years of unpaid allowances, overtime and shift penalties.

The predominantly female workforce take home a base rate of less than $30,000 a year.

CEPU Victorian secretary Len Cooper said Telstra should avoid court action and pay workers their entitlements.

"It's a terrible way to treat their low-paid workers," Cooper said.

The company has indicated it will pay the entitlements and redundancies when the KAZ centre closes in August.

The move comes as Telstra boss Sol Trujillo was branded "worst boss ever" by his peers in business.

A survey of more than 140 financial analysts and fund managers, whose attitudes help determine company stock prices, rated Mr Trujillo the least admired chief executive in Australia.

Telstra was the second least admired company behind package producer Amcor - which has been linked to a price fixing scandal.


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