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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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Astroboy Blasts Off

Wal-Mart has been forced to back away from comments by a front organisation, linking critics of the anti-union employer with Hezbollah.

Working Families for Wal-Mart member and prominent businessman, Herman Cain, lashed out at “Hezbocrats” - including Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton - for disagreeing with the company's policies.

In an opinion article for, the Godfather's Pizza restaurant owner refers to Democrats as "a roaming band of militant guerrillas".

Clinton, a former Wal-Mart director, returned a $5000 political donation from the company earlier this year citing "differences with current company practices".

Wal-Mart, which has admitted to partially funding Working Families for Wal-Mart, was forced to release a statement saying Cain did not speak for the retail chain.

Cain's outburst follows the resignation of the group's spokesman Andrew Young for racist remarks.

Young claimed Wal-Mart was good for communities because smaller grocery stores were ripping people off.

"First it was Jews, then it was Koreans and now it's Arabs," Young said.

Working Families for Wal-Mart's advisory board is made up of conservative businesspeople and politicians.

Their campaign is reportedly overseen by Republican-connected spin-doctors, the Herald Group.

Astroturfing, setting up public relations front groups to give the impression of grassroots support for conservative causes, is used in Australia through groups such as the Independent Contractors of Australia and the Australian Environment Foundation.

Workers Online revealed last month the Independent Contractors of Australia, which has close links to conservative think tanks, is supported by 0.1 per cent of its potential members.


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