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Issue No. 326 29 September 2006  

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.


 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!


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.

 Seditious Intention
 Botched Surgery
 Values Call
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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.

There are fears for the lives of some of the 60 Belmore-based vets - two of whom survived the notorious Changi prisoner of war camp.

"Even the veterans' doctor has said that forcing these people out of their homes could kill some of them, yet the organisation responsible for their care seems unable to look past the financial benefits," CFMEU NSW secretary Andrew Ferguson said.

After CFMEU delegates voted to fight for the vets, Ferguson sign-posted their strategy.

"It won't be a sign that says LJ Hooker," he promised. "It will be a sign that says 'Not for sale - union ban."

Former Whitlam Government Minister Tom Uren is backing the green ban.

"This is a struggle of men and women of good will," he said.

Uren, a prisoner of war during World War II, slammed the Howard Government for its involvement in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"We have to give [veterans] support because it's not the veteran's problem, it's the government's."

Vietnam veteran Michael Tanovic said residents objected to the breaking up of "a close knit community".

"If we are forced to move into regional areas we will lose access to friends, family and medical care," Tanovic said. "It's time the Federal Government stepped in and saved our homes."


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