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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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CFMEU Dips Out on Fullback


Canberra has failed to retain Queensland Origin fullback, Clinton Schifcofske, despite an extra time sweetener from the CFMEU.

The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union offered to train Schifcofske for a post-football career as an occupational health and safety officer if he stayed with the Raiders.

However, the offer came too late and Schifcofske confirmed he would play his football with the Queensland Rugby Union side next year.

CFMEU ACT secretary, George Wasson, said his members would be disappointed.

"Clinton was a very good captain but he also made a positive contribution to the community," Wasson said.

"His father was a miner and a member of the CFMEU for donkey's ages and Clinton was always supportive of what we did for our members in Canberra."

Schifcofske and Raiders captain, Simon Woolford, fronted a Your Rights at Work halftime video presentation, last month, that drew the ire of the National Rugby League.

The job offer was part of the CFMEU's controversial move to become the Raiders' major sponsor. Liberal supporters and business groups have lashed a tie-up that will run to the end of the 2009 season.

Wasson said the link was an obvious one for a blue collar union.

"Rugby league is the working man's game," he said.

"There was a real chance that the Raiders would be forced to relocate and we weren't prepared to sit on our hands and watch that happen to an integral part of the Canberra community."

He said members funds weren't involved in a sponsorship arrangement that was underwritten by successful Tradies licensed clubs at Dickson and Woden.


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