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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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G Spot for Rally


The People's Ground will take on a whole new meaning, with plans to hold a massive Your Rights at Work rally at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on November 30th.

Pending final approval, the ACTU hopes to hold November's rally at the MCG, building on June's national day of protest that saw 150,000 union members and their families flood Melbourne's CBD.

ACTU Secretary Greg Combet predicted that the ground record might be under threat.

"I think the capacity is 95,000 to 100,000 but we are hopeful also of having people stand on the ground... but I think there will be a lot of people attend this rally in late November and it could well be that we will have quite a few people outside the ground as well, I think, who won't be able to get in" he said.

Similar to last November's protest that drew over one million people Australia-wide, this year's event would be broadcast via the Sky Channel network to locations across the nation.

News of the proposed rally reportedly ruffled the feathers of some MCC members. However there was support for the union plan from unlikely quarters.

The Murdoch-owned Herald Sun had tongue firmly in cheek when it pondered "Blue collars and no ties at the MCG? What's the world coming to?" before describing the move as "politically smart".

AFL football personality and self-styled ladies man Sam Newman declared his support, musing; "We have covered religion, politics and sport at the MCG - nothing much is left. Maybe they can hold a giant Sexpo there".

The MCG is Australia's most famous sporting venue with a history stretching back to 1853.

The iconic ground is best known as the home of the Australian Football League grand final and the Boxing Day cricket test match. 'The G' has also been the stage for rugby league, rugby union and soccer matches.

However the hallowed turf has also been the setting for rock concerts, papal masses and royal visits.

Ironically, the ground record was not set during a sporting contest. That honour goes to evangelical preacher Billy Graham who packed in 130,000 faithful during a 1959 visit.


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