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Issue No. 323 08 September 2006  
E D I T O R I A L

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.

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

 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!

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
 Wicked Ways
 Catch a Tube
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15 Percent All Round - Super!


Emergency workers are campaigning for comfier retirements in the wake of John Howard’s boost to pollies’ super contributions from nine to 15 per cent.

NSW Police are calling on the state and federal governments to pass the 15 per cent standard on to frontline emergency workers, after Howard ditched a promise to limit politicians' super to the community standard of nine per cent after just 18 months.

"Now they have awarded 15 percent to themselves, we don't see how they can deny the same payment to workers who put their lives on the line protecting the community," said NSW Police Association Secretary, Peter Remfrey.

Police should also be able to claim their super on retirement, rather than waiting until they're 60, he said.

"The majority of police officers retire prematurely, many due to the stresses and dangers inherent in protecting the community," said Remfrey.

NSW firefighters want all the state's workers to benefit from higher levels of super.

"If increased retirement funds are good enough for the pollies they are good enough for the rest of us," said Simon Flynn, NSW Secretary of the NSW Fire Brigade Employees Union.

"Retirement needs do not only affect politicians. Nurses, teachers, factory workers and firefighters all need to be financially secure when they finish work," Flynn said.

"Over the coming months I look forward to shaming pollies into improving superannuation contributions for the rest of us."


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