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Issue No. 326 29 September 2006  
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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

 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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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.

He dismissed the Peter Hendy-led Chamber of Commerce and Industry as a Liberal Party front that wouldn't be placated by concessions.

He said Hendy, a key WorkChoices barracker, was an industry spokeman who trafficked in claims he could not and would not defend.

"Twenty years of co-operation from organised labour has not mattered a tinker's cuss to them," Keating wrote in a letter to the Australian Financial Review, this week.

"Kim Beazley and the federal parliamentary Labor Party should send the ACCI to Coventry, back to the Liberal Party, whose rancid industrial policies it argues for."

Keating said Australians should hope the High Court would green-light Canberra's industrial relations power grab so a Labor Government could use the same powers to lift wages, without reference to any third party.

Business, he wrote, could then "repent in leisure" at the real cost of their ideological support for John Howard's workplace agenda.

It had taken that line, he said, despite 20 years of industrial peace and a "huge share" of GDP going to profits.

"The lesson is clear," Keating said, "Federal Labor should no longer be wedded to a consensual wages model."

Keating was incensed by reports that Beazley and the ALP would have to jump through hoops to win ACCI support in the lead-up to the next federal election.

He said they shouldn't bother trying.


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