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Issue No. 326 29 September 2006  
 
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.

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Death Sites Under Construction
The vulnerability of the non-union construction worker is laid bare in a harrowing coroner's report into the deaths of two men at Lake Cargellico.

NSW Senior Deputy State Coroner, Jacqueline Milledge, catalogues a scenario that sounds like a scene from the ACCI's dream of the perfect workplace, and its fatal consequences. [full story]

Bank Pledge - Safe as Houses
An Australian bank is pioneering a radical plan to assist locked out workers by deferring mortgage repayments for the life of their dispute.

Members Equity Bank has offered the support to the 16 Radio Rental staff locked out of their Adelaide employer's premises for a month. [full story]

Brush Big Business: Keating
Former Prime Minister Paul Keating is urging the Labor Party to stop kow-towing to big business and look after its own constituency.

Keating says workers have won nothing from the consensual approach to workplace reform, introduced by governments he was part of, and the ALP should go into the next election promising to legislate for higher wages. [full story]

Sydney the New Mumbai
Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone has demolished the last defence of her guest worker scheme by allowing 160 Japanese workers to be paid $6,000 less than the legal minimum.

After accusing critics of the section 457 scheme of xenophobia, Vanstone is posed to approve an application by American Express to ship in workers for its Sydney call centre, claiming it can't find Aussies to do the work. [full story]

CFMEU Blocks Vets Sale
Sydney construction workers are refloating their famous Green Bans in a bid to save the homes of Aussie war veterans.

The vets turned to the CFMEU after the Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Veterans Association, announced they would be scattered across rural NSW so their Sydney flats could be sold. [full story]

Workers Go Cattle Class
A security firm that electronically tags workers is touting for business on the back of WorkChoices.

Unions are warning the scheme which monitors personal and vehicle movements could be illegal under NSW privacy laws. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Pay for Work Scheme Floated

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 Uni Flunks AWA Test

 Minchin Takes Back Door Route

 Solid Group Goes Grassroots

 Shrinking Act

 Activist's What's On!

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Contenders or Pretenders? Bill Shorten and Joe Hockey will practice their punchlines in front of a live audience this Thursday.

E D I T O R I A L
Thursday.This type of social engineering has an element of the Frankenstein about it. The ideology of the free market actually undermines the market place by eliminating the public checks and balances so vital for its free operation.

Sol Man River

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.


LETTERS to the Editor
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 Values Call

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