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Issue No. 326 29 September 2006  
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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

 Death Sites Under Construction

 Bank Pledge - Safe as Houses

 Brush Big Business: Keating

 Sydney the New Mumbai

 CFMEU Blocks Vets Sale

 Workers Go Cattle Class

 Pay for Work Scheme Floated

 Howard Blesses His Brethren

 Uni Flunks AWA Test

 Minchin Takes Back Door Route

 Solid Group Goes Grassroots

 Shrinking Act

 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
 Seditious Intention
 Botched Surgery
 Values Call
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Values Call


The editorial on the values debate said nearly everything that needed to be said. One more thing could be added, which is the deep hatred of Australia and the achievements of the Australian settlement that the claque supporting Howardism holds. There are a number of media commentators and the cheer squad who supply their talking points (the IPA, CIS and the like)that whose writing and opinions generally evince complete contempt for everything this country and the people who actually live and work here, have achieved.

Apparently it is all so terrible and so worthless, that no stone will be left unturned to completely reengineer the whole place. Well, to steal a phrase from the smirkin' merkin, and throw it right back-if it is all so terrible, and if the achievements and policies have all been so bad, why don't those people simply go somewhere more congenial?

Houston, Texas perhaps.

A further point might be added about that old chestnut 'social engineering', much beloved of News Ltd editorials. I have often wondered why no-one has pinned that label on a government that spends billions of tax payers money on the creation and constitution of markets as a matter of ideological preference, millions of dollars on lawyers fees to render criminal, activities that used to be thought legal, and legislative activity focused on removing as many people as possible from the status of the 'employee'.

While the reasons may be obvious to readers on this site, the popint is that no-one has 'called' them on this. What a pity.

Linda Carruthers


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