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Issue No. 320 18 August 2006  

Fixing the WorkChoices Mess
While the Rights at Work campaign has galvanised opposition to the Howard Government’s WorkChoices legislation, the debate about what sort of system should replace it is just hotting up.


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.


 Spin Bowls Fair Pay

 “Battler” Liberal on Safety

 Radio Rentals Launches Hit

 Under the Pump

 Privacy Goes East

 Which Bank Tossed Out of Court

 Mum Lashes Feds

 Sack Boss a Loser

 Let's Fly AWA

 Star City Bangs Wages Drum

 Prof Offers AWA Lesson

 Howard Stands By His Men

 Wife Miscarries After Attack

 Activist's What's On!


The Locker Room
Ruled Out
Phil Doyle plays by the rules

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

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

 Love Me Slender
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“Battler” Liberal on Safety

Jackie Kelly's husband is being accused of smashing a video camera and attacking a union official inspecting safety breaches at the couple's yet to be completed riverfront mansion.

“F*** off my site,” screamed Garry Clark at two CFMEU officials responding to a public complaint about holes in fencing next to public land, which allowed local youngsters onto the sprawling building site.

Tim Vollmer and Dick Whitehead had been recording safety breaches, under NSW OHS Act provisions, when Clark turned up.

"He was very erratic, screaming at us, saying we had no right to be there," said Whitehead. "He definitely gets himself emotional."

Clark then launched himself at Vollmer, who was videotaping proceedings, wrestling with him in an attempt to grab the camera. The camera's microphone was broken in the attack.

Clark then padlocked the front gate, but the union officials left by the breach in the perimeter fence, which had sparked the initial complaint.

While inspecting the site Vollmer and Whitehead identified numerous fall hazards and problems with temporary scaffolding.

Whitehead said the problem with perimeter fencing was serious as many children had been injured and killed on building sites after hours.

"Any young kid would be attracted to play on a building site," says Whitehead. "That's why legislation says the site has to be secured."

Vollmer, whose neck and back was injured in the attack, said he would report the matter to Penrith police.

Sydney's Daily Telegraph splashed on the Kelly-Clark property portfolio, last weekend, reporting the Liberal MP and her husband owned eight homes around Queensland and NSW.


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