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Issue No. 322 01 September 2006  

Justice, Applied Liberally
To think, Phillip Ruddock used to be a liberal.


Interview: Australia’s Most Wanted
The ACCC is the latest state agency to turn its guns on the construction union. National official, Dave Noonan, discusses the implications.

Industrial: The Fox and the Contractor
With new laws looming for “independent contractors”, Foxtel subbies have had the carpet pulled from under their feet, writes Nathan Brown.

Unions: Industrial Wasteland
A group of inner-Sydney veterans appear to be working to strip their families of retirement incomes. Jim Marr records their desperation.

International: Two Bob's Worth
German and British workers are participating in business decisions while WorkChoices locks Australians out of the conversation, writes Anthony Forsyth.

Economics: National Interest
John Howard claimed that interest rates would always be lower under a Coalition government than under Labor, Neale Towart crunchess the numbers.

Environment: The Real Dinosaur
Economic ignorance remains at the top and the critics are oblivious says Sol Power

History: Only In Spain?
The experiences of self management during the Civil War have been the one positive factor to come from that tragic event, and the Mondragon Cooperative Corporation thrives today.

Review: Clerk Off
Nathan Brown draws solace from some fellow social misfits.


 Boss Gives Dad the Finger

 Amber's Law Pulps WorkChoices

 Westfield Flogs Good Deal

 Building Workers Spooked

 Bankers to Train Assassins

 Astroboy Blasts Off

 First Global Deal Docks in Germany

 Bans Stop the Press

 Deportation for Pay-To-Work Tradesman

 Telstra in Bush Bloodbath

 Boss Punts Assaulted Teen

 Ballots Stuffed By WorkChoices

 Howard in a Spin

 Extras – The Waterfront.

 Activist's What's On!


Westie Wing
MLC Ian West ventures beyond Macquarie St and into the desert of the eco rats.

The Soapbox
Testing Times
Former RLPA secretary and Newcastle Knights prop, Tony Butterfield, fires up over dawn raids.

Dare to Win
The union movement has lost an inspirational leader of working men and women, writes Jeana Vithoulkas

Tommy's Apprentice
Chapter Two - Tommy’s Tale.

 Please Don’t Go
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Tool Shed

Dirty Deeds, Done With Sheep

Piers makes another appearance in the toolshed this week, and this time he's brought the farm with him.


What is it with Piers Akerman and barnyard animals?

Fresh from lamenting the fact that a man and a goat cannot express their love in holy matrimony, Big Piers is carrying on like a pork chop over Play School's reworking of the nursery rhyme Baa, Baa, Black Sheep.

According to Piers's intelligence, a song appeared on Play School with the lyrics: "Baa, Baa, Wooly Sheep, have you any wool?"

The problem for Australia's self-appointed Joe McCarthy is not that the question is redundant, but it's another example of the Marxist-Leninist agenda at the national broadcaster.

It's proof positive the ABC, in league with the ALP and the union movement, is using subversive means to undermine everything from ripping off kids to mom's apple pie.

Piers is onto something.

The Toolshed can reveal part of Greg Combet's morning routine is to phone Play School's producers and dictate which window will be looked through for that day.

In fact, the conspiracy goes much further - the rocket clock is straight from Pyongyang, Big Ted bears an uncanny resemblance to Joseph Stalin and when you play show's theme tune backwards you get the preamble to the Communist Manifesto.

But the smoking gun was discovered when Piers's investigation led him to the UnionTeach website.

How he managed to connect Play School's alternative lyrics with a resource designed for teachers in helping them deal with workplace issues was a work of genius - it still has The Toolshed baffled.

In fact, we're sure parents would welcome a man of Piers's intellect taking on board the role as director of children's programming on the ABC to protect their young from values such as tolerance and respect - just nursery rhymes as they should be.

At least then they wouldn't have to put up with his three bags full in the paper each week.


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