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Issue No. 322 01 September 2006  
E D I T O R I A L

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

F E A T U R E S

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.

N E W S

 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!

C O L U M N S

Legends
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.

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

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

L E T T E R S
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Howard in a Spin


While state governments battled to staff cash-strapped hospitals, John Howard splurged $1 billion taxpayers dollars on advertising.

His feat has pushed Australia into fifth place on a global table of government advertising spends.

Figures released, last week, show Canberra has spent $1.1 on advertising since John Howard became Prime Minister in 1996. The figures excludes advertising by Defence and the Australian Electoral Commission.

The figures were collated by the federal ALP's Waste Watch Committee and are published on its website at www.alp.org.au/download/now/wastewatch

The staggering growth in federal government advertising has pushed it ahead of Telstra and all the corporates as the country's biggest advertiser.

Big individual outlays have included heavily party-political campaigns, including the $118 million "Unchain My Heart" tax system plugs, $55 million on WorkChoices and $20 million for Medicare Plus.

Federal Labor has promised to reign in the tax spend if it wins next year's election. Opposition leader, Kim Beazley, says money will be restricted to "legitimate community information" such as the anti-smoking campaign.

Labor is pledging to prune the advertising budget back to around $30m a year.


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