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Issue No. 317 28 July 2006  

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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Howard Chews Up Lollipop Men
AWAs are being used to slash the earnings of traffic controllers across NSW.

The AWU claims Blacktown-based Complete Traffic Services is using AWAs to slash wages in regional NSW, by $32 a week, increase working hours and junk security of employment. [full story]

Ridout: WorkChoices �Revolutionary�
The federal government has gone over the top with its �revolutionary� workplace revamp, according to Australia's largest employer organisation.

AiG chief Heather Ridout said her organisation never supported the junking of unfair dismissal rights and Australians had ended up with harsher laws than employers wanted. [full story]

Voters: WorkChoices Rotten
WorkChoices is on the nose with two thirds of voters in marginal electorates.

New polling, in 12 marginal seats across six states, shows 62 percent of voters believe people who sign a Workchoices AWA will be worse off and that 57 percent reject government's central premise of more jobs.  [full story]

Terror: WorkChoices Rule
Embarrassed OWS officials won't rule out Kevin Andrews as the source of last week's hatchet job on battlers who stood up to WorkChoices.

Office of Workplace Services spin doctor, Leo D'Angelo Fisher, conceded the Minister's office had to be in the frame for a report that sought to ridicule five people who objected to being sacked. [full story]

Bussies Go Gangbusters
Fed-up bus drivers are taking action to protect the public from Sydney's notorious 'White Cap' gang.

Drivers have banned the use of buses with external emergency release buttons, saying they allow thugs to swarm onto buses, threatening drivers and passengers.  [full story]

Strikers Drive Deal
Striking auto-parts workers have rescued 20 jobs and won $4000 payments for 100 retrenched staff, after originally being offered nothing by their bankrupt employer.

Workers at three Victorian companies owned by Huon Corporation called off a 10-day strike after their unions secured the deal. [full story]


 Australia Faces Jobs Meltdown

 Fat Lady Sings at Opera House

 PM's Pick Burns Fire Fighters

 Spooks Tail Early Risers

 Telstra Boss Gets Crossed Line

 Prof: Fair Pay Should Be Lower

 TNT Snub is Dynamite

 Activist's What's On!

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Mission Accomplished - AWAs exit stage right

All these independent bodies have in common is that the Prime Minister stacks them and gives them their riding instructions.

Banana Republican


The Soapbox
Work Choice: US Military Style
John Howard has learnt a few lessons on workers rights from his Texan buddy, writes Rowan Cahill.

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
 Swimming Uphill
 Help is at Hand

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