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Issue No. 331 03 November 2006  
E D I T O R I A L

From Green House to Glass House
History tells us that towards the end of most reigns of power the regime stops listening to the people, stops talking to them and reverts to crushes dissent. Events this week suggest this is where the Howard Government is now.

F E A T U R E S

Interview: Common Ground
Nature Conservation Council director Cate Faehrmann on the fight against global warming and how unions and greens can learn from each other.

Industrial: A Low Act
The Low Paid. The Fair Pay Commission knows who pays them. We can do something about it as they will not.

Unions: The Number of the Least
Forget 666 - 457 is looming as the scariest number for Aussie workers and their families, Jim Marr writes.

Politics: The Smoking Gun
Hayek's henchman, Raplph Harris, goes to free market heaven, writes Evan Jones

Economics: Microcredit, Compulsory Superannuation and Inequality
They are supposed to ensure the wealth of well-being of individuals. Whats wrong with that? asks Neale Towart

Environment: Low Voltage
Nuclear Power and Prime Ministerial pronouncements are seriously short of a few volts, wrties Neal Towart

History: The Art of Social Justice
Tom Martin was a terrific cartoonist and part of a great tradition in labour movement history and culture, swrties Neale Towart.

Review: Work’s Unhealthy Appetite
It pays the bills – usually – but going to work should come with a warning, wrties Jackie Woods.

Culture: A Forgotten Poet
There is little information on the public record about the radical working class poet Ernest Antony, writes Rowan Cahill.

N E W S

 Godfrey Hirst Carpets Workers

 Lies, Damned Lies and the Shirkin' Gherkin

 Guests Share Backpay Bonanza

 Win, Win for Filipinos

 Honey, They Shrunk Our Pay

 No Sex Thanks, We're Asian

 Green Jobs to Beat Climate Change

 They're Going Out The Door

 Medibank Staff Go Under Knife

 Thompson Slams Door on Delo

 Merchant Bankers Pull Entitlements Stroke

 Green the New Black

 Councils Fight Off Shoring

 Acitivists Notebook

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
Robbo Goes Green
John Robertson's speech to the Walk Against Warming

Parliament
The Westie Wing
Ian West takes a look at a former public institution and its contribution to NSW.

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HOMELESS INDIAN GUEST WORKERS' FUNDRAISER

Four guest workers employed on 457 visas are now homeless after being forced to pay $12,000 to a Singapore migration agent just to get a job in Australia.

The workers contacted the Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union for help following advice from members of the Indian speaking community in Sydney. The Union represented the workers in the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, after their employment was terminated.

The union successful negotiated for the workers to return to work, but they remain homeless and are currently being housed in the union office until they are able to find a new home.

The CFMEU is supporting them as they seek justice, but they need your help to get back on their feet.

Indian Guest Workers Fundraiser:

When: 7:30pm, Friday 17 November 2006 Where: CFMEU, Level 2, 12 Railway St, Lidcombe Tickets: $25 / under 14 $10 / under 5 free Entertainment: Dinner, guest speakers, performance by Indian rocker Santhi and local DJ with the latest Bollywood beats. For Tickets: Radhika Raju: (02) 9749 0400 or [email protected] Donate: Indian Guest Workers Appeal (02) 9749 0400 All proceeds go to supporting these four workers in their campaign for justice.


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