||Issue No. 326||29 September 2006|
Interview: Australia’s Most Wanted
Industrial: The Fox and the Contractor
Unions: Industrial Wasteland
International: Two Bob's Worth
Economics: National Interest
Environment: The Real Dinosaur
History: Only In Spain?
Review: Clerk Off
Activist's What's On!
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
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
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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