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Issue No. 318 03 August 2006  
E D I T O R I A L

Don't Bank on Costello's Oil Shocker
Did the economy slip on a banana skin or an oil slick?

F E A T U R E S

Interview: A Life And Death Matter
Macquarie Street and Canberra are squaring off over safety in the workplace, NSW Minister for Industrial relations, John Della Bosca, explains what's at stake.

Unions: Fighting Back
When John Howard's building industry enforcer started threatening people's homes, one couple hit the road. Jim Marr met them in Sydney.

Industrial: What Cowra Means
The ruling on the Cowra abattoir case highlights the implications of the new IR rules, according to John Howe and Jill Murray

Environment: Scrambling for Energy Security
Howard Government hypocrisy is showcased in its climate change manoeuvring, Stuart Rosewarne writes:

Politics: Page Turner
A new book leaves no doubt about whether the faction came before the ego, Nathan Brown writes.

Economics: The State of Labour
The capacity of the state to shape the political economy and thus improve the social lives of the people must be reasserted, argues Geoff Dow.

International: Workers Blood For Oil
A new book by Abdullah Muhsin and Alan Johnson lifts the lid on the bloody reality of US backed democracy for Iraq's trade unions

History: Liberty in Spain
Worker Self-Management is good management. The proof in Spain was in Catalania, Andalusia and continues in the Basque Country, as Neale Towart explains.

Review: Go Roys, Make A Noise
Phil Doyle thought he'd find nostalgia, but instead Vulgar Press' new book, Maroon & Blue is a penetrating insight into the suburban mind under stress.

N E W S

 Ah, Sol

 Telstra Contractors in Bush Raid

 Spooks Go “Nuclear”

 Drivers Under Attack

 Stacks on the Hill

 Advertising Works

 29 Face Secret Interrogations

 Bureaucrats Sit on Wages

 Blue Mountains Fit Through Loophole

 G Spot for Rally

 Chalkies Give WorkChoices An F

 Howard Base Shaky

 Deaf Workers Lose Voice

 Canberra Scratches WorkChoices Handicap

 MUA Hungry for Change

 Vanny Changes Story

 Activists What's On

C O L U M N S

The Locker Room
Ruled Out
Phil Doyle plays by the rules

Fiction
Tommy's Apprentice
Chapter One - Tommy and "The Boy"

Politics
Westie Wing
Ian West wonders what might happen if the NSW Coalition actually did win power next March at the State elections.

L E T T E R S
 Bussies Are Tops
 What Was He On About?
 Belly On Balance
 Help Wanted
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Drivers Under Attack


Undercover cops will ride western Sydney buses as drivers declare 'no-go zones' following a spate of violent attacks in recent weeks.

A Penrith driver ended up with shards of glass in his eye after a brick was thrown through a bus windscreen in Luxford Road Mt Druitt last Sunday.

In another incident a four-year-old boy was injured and a mother terrified after a "really large" rock hit a bus window in Mt Druitt, while last Friday a Glenmore Park bus was hit with a hail of rocks near a local school.

Desperate drivers from Penrith and Blacktown met last week and declared "no-go zones" to protect drivers and passengers, saying a fatality is a "matter of time" unless action is taken.

"These attacks must stop," Penrith bus driver Jim Bowman. "We simply want to be able to do our jobs safely and provide a good, efficient service for the public. It is sad we now have to avoid specific streets to protect our own safety."

Drivers hope the troubled areas can be cleaned up in the near future.

Transport Workers Union (TWU) drivers met with the Ministry of Transport last week.

"It was decided plain-clothed police officers will commence work on board public buses to protect the safety of bus drivers and the traveling public," said Transport Workers Union (TWU) Assistant Secretary Wayne Forno. "The TWU is very serious about implementing solutions that protect bus drivers at work and the members of the public they work so hard to serve."

The TWU has been fighting for months to have surveillance cameras installed on every bus and security screens for bus drivers.


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