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Issue No. 325 22 September 2006  
E D I T O R I A L

A Values Call
Opposition leader Kim Beazley has copped a bit of flak in the past week for his Aussie Values Pledge, but we reckon he got it at least half right.

F E A T U R E S

Interview: Australiaís 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 ďindependent contractorsĒ, 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

 From Comrades to CUBs

 Workers Demand Right to Know

 Flying Kangaroo Eyes Passage to India

 Itís A Secret: Ballot Boosts ABC Campaign

 Brake WorkChoices, NSW Urged

 City or the Bush? Itís Telstraís Call

 Compo Rights a Burning Issue

 2500 Get Coles Shoulder

 Hardie Payrise Stiffs Victims

 WorkChoices Reverse Somersault with Pike

 Qantas Workers Ground AWAs

 Latest Import: Childcare Workers

 Let Tem Eat Cake!

 Mugabe Thugs Mug Unionists

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 - Tommyís Tale.

L E T T E R S
 Fair Crack
 Aussie Values DOA
 Itís Not Cricket
 Kimís New Platforms
 Reaping What You Sow
 Roll Out the Tanks
 Auntie Hijacked
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Kimís New Platforms


To Mr Kim Beazley, Associates and Australian Workers

I would like to put forward a platform for your consideration Mr Beazley and fellow workers.

SURVIVAL IN AUSTRALIA FOR THE WORKERS

Bring businesses back to Australia Mr Beazley and you will win the election.

The economic state of Australia since businesses and manufacturing have gone overseas has created a big hole in the economy for Australia and the workers in this country.

Hundreds of thousands of business's have been forced to go overseas.

Why? because governments have looked towards globalisation as they call it.

Well globalisation does not work for all countries who have free trade agreements.

Free trade agreements have caused millions of hard working Australians and workers in other countries who follow this trend to put people out of work.

Why? because governments have forced business and manufacturing business's to go overseas.

We must survive too, we have to be more protective of our country and keep Australia safe and secure for the future.

Countries who are the manipulators of world economies, have made us the victims of their power. Why should we the people be subject to their manipulation and their greed?

When business's go off shore - how many people have lost their jobs? Because of this happening. Millions.

How many workers have been forced onto unemployment benefits because of these decisions?

How many of our children are disillusioned by not being able to get a job?

The young people of this country and older people too, who have been affected by economic flaws in government policies are the victims. Why should they be?

Mr. Beazley we need businesses and manufacturing back in Australia, now it is imperative that something must be done.

It is important for Australia to control business and manufacturing and to support the people of this beautiful and wonderful country - which is our home.

We must have stability for the future of all Australians to maintain our existence.

Why should our next generations be disadvantaged and kept ignorant- give them all the opportunities that they need to survive.

Education to secure their lives and the future generations.

Education extended at school, to levels of future education in skills, in all areas that they will need to be skilled in, trades, university everything so that Australia and future Australians can show multi-national organisations, that we are the leaders and not the followers, and to hell with globalisation. We will lead the way for the world to follow.

And will be the leaders for the future of the Southern Region at all times.

Barbara Balemans, NSW


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