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Issue No. 316 21 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

Hendification Blurs WorkChoices ll
Big business has a secret agenda to junk leave provisions remaining under WorkChoices.

Proposals to do away with entitlements to annual, sick, shift and bereavement leave were listed for a hush-hush get-together between the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and Workplace Relations Minister, Kevin Andrews, on July 12. [full story]

Visa Rorts Minister Urged to Quit
A Perth heavy engineering firm is charging guest workers $10 a week to interpret safety signs into languages they can understand.

AMWU WA secretary, Jock Ferguson, labelled the levies, imposed by United KG, at Kwinana, a “disgrace”. [full story]

Organiser On Front Line
A former Australian union organiser is in the thick of war torn southern Lebanon, helping 750 displaced people sheltering in a local school.

Sari Kassis, a long time Australian activist, is appealing for help as hundreds of thousands of Lebanese families flee their homes. [full story]

Fire Brigade Chokes on Tests
NSW's firefighters have been told to fend for themselves after the Fire Brigade welshed on asbestos tests.

Firefighters were promised asbestos tests after revelations some were exposed to the deadly material during anti-terrorist training at Holsworthy army barracks. [full story]

Union Backs Man of Steel
Bluescope Steel boss, Kirby Adams, has labelled the federal government's free trade infatuation a “naïve fantasy”.

Adams broke ranks with big business colleagues to lash John Howard's move for a free trade agreement with low-wage colossus, China. [full story]

$3 Billion Dollar Chalkies
Spending less than a third of the Federal Government surplus on schools would ensure a decent education for all Australian children, according to a Council of Australian Governments Report.

The report by the Education Taskforce, which is made up of state, federal and kiwi ministers, says schools need an extra $2.9 billion a year. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Lib Pans Telstra Job Cuts

 James Hardie Joins AWA Crusade

 Job Network Unravels

 Andrews Discovers Irony

 Big Business Bashes Bush

 Howard Pinches Pay

 Tilers Spark Korean Protest

 Activists What's On

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Goers - the big orange Your Rights at Work bus is headed west this week, 2300km in five days, featuring town meetings in Dubbo, Cobar and Broken Hill

E D I T O R I A L
Howard sent young Australians to war on the lie of weapons of mass destruction and it wasn't even his own lie.

Piers In Space

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
 Balancing Act
 Sick of Ants
 Swimming Uphill
 Praise from Belly

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