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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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Leave Your Human Rights At The Door

The workplace in Howard's Australia

The new workplace laws introduced by the Howard Government are a serious attack not just on living standards, but also civil liberties. Special legislation has been introduced to allow government investigators to interrogate workers about union activities. The coercive powers of these investigators are greater than the powers of the NSW police investigating major crime.

The right of a citizen to silence has been suspended, with a 6 month jail sentence for workers or union delegates who refuse to answer questions. The government has created an inquisition aimed at workers in the building industry.

We already have 107 workers on a building site being prosecuted and facing fines of $28,600.00 for involvement in industrial action protesting against the unfair sacking of their union delegate. These laws are extreme and unprecedented in Australian workplace relations.

6.00pm, Wednesday November 1st 2006 NSW Teachers Federation Auditorium 23-33 Mary Street, Surry Hills

Speakers:

John Robertson - Unions NSW Secretary (TBC)

Bernadette Peters - Partner of one of the 107 WA workers being prosecuted

Andrew Ferguson - NSW CFMEU Secretary

Maree O'Halloran - NSW Teachers Federation President

Chris Harris - Greens Councillor City of Sydney

Julian Burnside - QC and Human Rights advocate (TBC)

________________________________________________________________________________________________ Blue Mountains Politics in the Pub

Community Forum about WorkChoices

2.30 pm, Saturday 7th October 2006, Blackburn's Family Hotel, 15 Parke Street, Katoomba

Speakers include: Associate Professor Joellen Riley, author of book: WorkChoices; Mark MacDiarmid, Senior Solicitor, Elizabeth Evatt Community Legal Centre Justice; Paul Munro, former Senior Deputy President, AIRC Sydney; Martin Cartwright, 'Your Rights at Work Campaign', Macquarie, Unions NSW

Further information: Brett O'Brien 0413866520 Margaret McDonough-Glenn 0401385509

Blue Mountains Unions Council Inc. http://bmucinc.com/

Public forum - Knowledge is Power

Freedom of Information in NSW: Why isn't it working?

Information is key to a robust democracy. But the right to access information in NSW is being eroded by an increasing culture of secrecy in government. Come along to our public forum to discuss FOI in NSW, why the system isn't working and what we can do about it.

When: 12:45 for 1pm, Wednesday 11 October
Where: Jubilee Room, Parliament House, Macquarie St, Sydney
Speakers include Journalist Wendy Bacon, FOI expert Peter Timmons and Dr Ann Smith from the Save Barrington Tops Group.

To RSVP and for more details about the Greens FOI campaign, contact Lee Rhiannon's office on 9230 3549 or [email protected]


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