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Issue No. 316 21 July 2006  
E D I T O R I A L

Call Security
There's a bloke, a pollster, prowling the country with a tale for the centre-left about messages and constituencies.

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

 Hendification Blurs WorkChoices ll

 Visa Rorts Minister Urged to Quit

 Organiser On Front Line

 Fire Brigade Chokes on Tests

 Union Backs Man of Steel

 $3 Billion Dollar Chalkies

 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

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
 Balancing Act
 Sick of Ants
 Swimming Uphill
 Praise from Belly
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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.

But in a statement, the Fire Brigade said the tests were off.

"The NSWFB has recommended that staff approach their own doctors for advice," it said.

The NSW Fire Brigade Employees Union says it will sue.

"This is one thing that cuts deeply with firefighters who get exposed to enough dangerous situations and then they have to put up with a department not providing a healthy and safe environment,'' FBEU secretary Simon Flynn said.

Flynn said the incident at Holsworthy was not the only concern, with firefighters potentially facing asbestos exposure at many jobs.

Unions NSW called on the Iemma Government to step in and enforce an eight-point plan to protect emergency service workers who were involved in the Holsworthy training.

The plan calls for:

* a briefing, information booklets and counselling for all workers who may have been exposed and their families;

* a screening program be established through the Dust Diseases Board; and,

* a register and a surveillance program for all workers and families.


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