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Issue No. 316 21 July 2006  
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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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Radio Kate!

This is to let you know that radio KATE has begun transmissions katelundy.blogspot.com. Former CFMEU member, and now Senator, Kate Lundy's online audio blog takes the Aussie political campaign to a new level

Cuban Solidarity July 22, Saturday Cuban Trade Unionist speaks in Sydney 6pm CFMEU Building 10-12 Railway St, Lidcombe For more information: Hugo Nardini 0408 964 953 Nick Rawson 0414 691 732

CFMEU SOLIDARITY EVENING

A solidarity evening to support workers engaged on the Perth to Mandurah Rail Project in Western Australia. These workers had gone on strike for 12 days in February after their colleague Peter Ballard was unfairly dismissed. The dispute was resolved and the project returned to normal and no further disruptions have occurred.

On the evening of July 5th, 107 of the 430 workers were issued with summons for engaging in unlawful industrial action. Each worker is now facing a fine of up to $28,000 for protecting their job delegate. John Howard's Australian Building & Construction Commission has initiated this action against these workers.

One of the affected workers and his partner will be present at the solidarity evening. The details of the evening are as follows:

Date: Monday, 24th July 2006
Time: 5.00p.m.
Venue: Trades Hall Auditorium

Brissie APHEDA Fundraiser August 4, Friday, Trivia Challenge 2006 Happy Hour 6pm - 7pm, Trivia 7pm sharp 2nd Floor, TLC Building 16 Peel St, South Brisbane Teams of 8, $15 per person Drinks available at bar NOTE: Table numbers strictly limited to 25 To donate prizes or more info contact: Joan Skewes, Paula Rogers, or Beth Mohle on 3840 1444 Politics In The Pub Warm Up For Winter August 5, Saturday, "Warm Up for Winter" Annual Dinner 6.30pm Thirroul Railway Institute, Railway Pde, Thirroul $35 per head, Mike Deakin on piano, special guest David Field Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA NSW South Coast Activists Book now by calling 02 4229 6737 or emailing [email protected] Philippines Human Rights Tour Public Forum 4.30 pm Friday, 4th August 2006, AMWU Auditorium, Granville Speakers: Filipino Member of Congress - House of Representative from Bayan Muna Party - Joel Virador and KMU Union leader - Angelina Ladera Entrance Free Filipino Food available after the meeting Any further information contact Peter 0418312301 or Margaret 9897 9133 NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS FORUM 2006

Ends with cocktail evening

Fair Go From Here?
2nd in the 'Fair Go' conference series

Hosted by the Australian State and Territory Governments, this one-day event provides an opportunity for employers, workers, social commentators and academics to engage in constructive and open debate about the real impact of the federal Work Choices legislation on the Australian workplace.

The forum provides an affordable opportunity to hear a balanced and broad range of views from reputed experts in academia and advocacy and will discuss the implications of the federal government's industrial relations changes examine ways of working under these changes and the implications for IR in practice and explore ways forward in the new IR environment.

Date: Thursday 24th August 2006
Location: Sofitel Wentworth, Sydney
Time: 9.30am - 5.10pm

Conference website: www.iceaustralia.com/ir
Fair Go website: www.fairgo.nsw.gov.au/Conference/index.html
Conference Secretariat:
ICE Australia
Email: [email protected]

Pope Talks IR

Monday 25 September 2006.

Brisbane Work and Industry Futures QUT, and the Department of Industrial Relations Griffith University are convening a one-day conference that explores Work, Industrial Relations and Popular Culture.

David Pope, the cartoonist behind the Heinrich Hinze cartoons will be Keynote Speaker with his presentation - "Is the pen mightier than s356? Cartoons and Work" (www.scratch.com.au)

We welcome any paper that explores the manner in which popular culture is used by unions, management or policy makers or alternatively, how work and industrial relations is represented within popular culture.

Sub-themes for the conference include: - Policy, Influence and Modern Mediums - Which is Reality, Work or TV? - Popular Music: Is it the End of the Working Class Man? - Working in the Movies: What do we see? - Popular Culture as a Teaching Tool. Call for Papers. Abstracts are due 14 July 2006 Full papers are due 11 September 2006 Location; Southbank, Brisbane.

The convenors would welcome participants to submit proposed titles earlier to assist in preparations. For further information please contact Keith Townsend ([email protected]) or David Peetz ([email protected])

Rekindling the Flames of Discontent: How the Labour and Folk Movements Work Together

A Conference - Dinner - Concert

The Brisbane Labour History Association is holding a Conference/Dinner/Concert on Saturday 23 September. This event will explore the historical relationship between the labour movement and the folk movement in Australia with a particular emphasis on Queensland.

Why? To celebrate the history of the interaction between the Folk and Labour movements, and promote its longevity.

When? Saturday 23 September. Conference from 1pm. Concert from 7pm.

Where? East Brisbane Bowls Club, Lytton Rd, East Brisbane, Next to Mowbray Park

It is still in the formative stages, but to date the following are confirmed:

1-5pm CONFERENCE (will include music with the presentations):
Doug Eaton on John Manifold & the Communist Arts Group in Brisbane, Brisbane Realists
Bob & Margaret Fagan on Sydney Realist Writers
Mark Gregory on trade union & labour songs/music, nationally/internationally
Lachlan & Sue on international perspectives

5 - 7pm Drinks followed by DINNER

7 - 11pm CONCERT
Combined Unions Choir
Bob and Margaret Fagan
Mark Gregory
Jumping Fences

For more information contact the BLHA President Greg Mallory on [email protected], or Secretary Ted Reithmuller on [email protected], or Dale Jacobsen on [email protected]


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