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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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Training Minister Gives Himself an A


Federal Training Minister Gary Hardgrave has washed his hands of more than 34,000 people turned away from TAFE courses each year.

He said the Federal Government was not responsible for turning anyone away from TAFE despite presiding under a funding shortfall of $330 million a year, instead pointing the finger at the states.

Hardgrave made the comments while slamming an Australian Education Union-backed inquiry into the future of state and territory TAFE systems.

NSW Teachers Federation assistant general secretary, Phil Bradley, said the feds spent almost a quarter less on vocational training in 2004 than in 1997, accounting for inflation and increased student hours.

Bradley said although states were responsible for running TAFEs, funding was an important factor to consider.

"Gary Hardgrave's media release is misleading," he said. "There's been a significant shortfall in state funding, but the states have cut less [than the Commonwealth]."

Bradley said the official figure of 34,000 people turned away from TAFE in 2004 did not take into account people who could not afford courses, people who had not been able to access under-funded prerequisite courses and people who did not put themselves on the waiting list because of personality or language problems.

"Who's going to waste their time queuing for a course if they know they can't afford the upfront money."

The National TAFE Futures inquiry will travel around NSW until August, gleaning information on issues affecting TAFE.

More information is available from the inquiry's website www.tafefutures.org.au


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