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Issue No. 323 08 September 2006  

Double Jeopardy
As more examples of the human misery that is WorkChoices comes to light, the Howard Government is constructing a devious defence strategy that further erodes the independence of the public service.


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.


 All Work and No Pay

 Peking Ducks Safety Regs

 MPs Face Super Clean-Out

 Gas Man Won't Say What's Cooking

 Crane Boss Lifts Her Profile

 World Bank Hollers for Marshalls

 Pork Choices

 Medibank Sale Looking Crook

 Radio Rentals Off Air

 Finger Man Gives For Sale Sign

 Libs: Lay Off Our Oppressor

 Cleaners Mop Up a Big One

 15 Percent All Round - Super!

 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.

 Wicked Ways
 Catch a Tube
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Tool Shed

Peter O'Tool

The NSW Opposition Leader has finally found a way to grab the headlines.


You'd have to feel sorry for whatsisname - the leader of the gang of misfits masquerading as an opposition in NSW at the moment.

Indeed, Peter Denton's job runs as the second least coveted behind coaching the "Sydney" Roosters.

It's the political equivalent of having chronic halitosis; every time you open your mouth, people start backing away.

But it's even worse when your only claim to fame is being mistaken for Prince Charles once while buying a cucumber croissant at the deli in Double Bay.

Struggling for public recognition, Denson has tried everything to lift his profile.

We've had it all - racisim, pulling the plug on services, threatening to block out the sun.

None of it has cut through, but this time Dengate has pulled a PR manoeuvre so daring that it can't fail.

Decklan has caught wind that bad bosses are a hit in the media these days, so when the Industrial Relations Commission ruled he had to give his staff a payrise, he said no.

Well, he said no to everyone except for his top four advisors, who were given pay rises of up to 50 per cent.

You see, the bonnie prince does not believe in this socialism nonsense.

"We pay on performance," Denison decreed to the Telegraph.

The Toolshed can only speculate this is an elaborate media stunt, because the truth is, if people were paid on performance, Peter Durham would be living in a cardboard box in Hyde Park.

Nobody knows his name and his idea of providing more services is to sack the people performing the services.

And now we know how he will treat public servants he doesn't sack, as well as the rest of the NSW workforce.

That's one thing we won't forget.


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