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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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Lib Pans Telstra Job Cuts


A Federal Liberal politician says his colleagues have let down the bush, following the sacking of more than 200 regional field technicians.

Alby Schultz, Member for Hume, is reported in the Yass Tribune saying he warned his colleagues country employment and services would suffer as a result of the Telstra sale.

"But my Coalition colleagues, particularly those in the National Party, who claim to represent rural and regional Australians, insisted on hanging their constituents out to dry," Mr Schultz said.

Schultz abstained from last year's vote to sell the Federal Government's remaining share of the telco.

"Since then we've seen Telstra shut down its Goulburn call centre, including the sacking of 20 staff, attempt to remove vital public pay phones in isolated areas and now this - the loss of even more field staff in an environment when complaints about fault restoration times remain high."

CEPU Postal and Telecommunications Secretary Jim Metcher said was on the money.

"Shultz knows all to well the serious impact on telecommunication services and skilled job losses will have on regional and rural Australia if Telstra Privatisation proceeds," Mr Metcher said.

"The Government needs to immediately step in and protect telecommunications services in the bush, by firstly directing Telstra to stop their job cuts programme and secondly halt any further plans to sell Telstra."

Telstra announced last week it would be shedding 207 jobs from regional NSW.


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