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Issue No. 324 15 September 2006  

Democracy Rules
The hysterical response to the ACTU’s blueprint to restore industrial democracy to the Australian workplace only serves to underline what a brazen grab for employer privilege the Howard Government’s changes to IR really are.


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.


 Medibank Sale "Critical"

 Broken Down and Packaged for Export

 Child's Play: New Low for Spooks

 Judge Lashes Building Laws

 Buy Gum and Masticate on "Associates"

 Bosses on the Barbie

 No Secrets On Union Agenda

 OWS: Better Never Than Late

 Youth Workers Beat AWAs

 Kiwis Demand Shelf Respect

 Meat Man Steaks Claim

 Heinemann Chooses Its Laws

 Air Safety Crashes

 Super-Size Me

 Less is More for Dixon

 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.

 Tony Terrific
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Tool Shed

Billion Dollar Baby

He’s happy to throw rights and lefts down at the block, but when it comes to the big time, Frank’s a pushover.


A month after taking on the Man down at Redfern's block, Planning Minister Frank Sartor has apparently lost his nerve.

The Lord Mayor turned Minister for Lord Mayors turned to water when grilled on radio about why the Hungry Mile was left off the list for proposed names for the East Darling Harbour development.

Sartor, quite uncharacteristically, said the matter was out of his hands.

"I was not on the panel, I was not - the Government nor I were part of this process, we just set up the process," Diamond Frank Sartor said.

"The view of the panel I think was and the view of the staff that have advised me - the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority - is that it would be better to name a street the Hungry Mile rather than a suburb."

It was a strange statement from a man who has been given Sim City-like powers over planning in NSW.

You wouldn't think a suburb name would be a problem.

So now instead of a name that invokes the history of the area we have a list that stretches from the yawn-worthy to the snooze-worthy.

The Toolshed's particular favourite is "Waratah Bay".

The Waratah is a flower that invokes passion in every New South Welshman whenever they try to understand the rules of Rugby Union.

Trouble is, I doubt most people from Sydney have ever seen a Waratah - at least in the wild.

It could well be that our state flower might be as mythological as Frank's lack of sway on the issue.

Something that ain't myth, however, is the hardship the people on the wharves went through and the fight they put up to get the working conditions the rest of us enjoy today.


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