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Issue No. 333 17 November 2006  

Altered States
OK, so it wasn't unpredictable to see the High Court bow down at the altar of expanded federal powers this week, but in ruling this way our most senior judges have betrayed something more profound.


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.


 Westpac Banks on Aussies, No Joshing

 Coal Miners Go Green

 TAFE Chiefs Want WorkChoices Cut

 “Elephant” Knocks Over Unicentre

 Bosses Strike Fair Deals

 NSW Swings to Rights

 Sparks Fly Over Electrical Interference

 States Quarantine Remaining Rights

 Carpeted Victorians Fight AWAs

 Golden Geese Rule - Have a Gander

 Super Result for Industry Funds

 Smithfield Packers Shelved


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

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

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NSW Swings to Rights

Thousands of rank and file NSW workers are now involved in Your Rights at Work committees, dedicated to knocking off WorkChoices.

Unions NSW secretary, John Robertson, welcomed the establishment of the 42nd and 43 committee - based in the Sutherland Shire and Sydney's Northside - this week.

"These are not groups we have gone out and established," he said. "They are being established in the community because of a genuine desire to get involved and make a difference.

Sutherland Shire Your Rights at Work committee rep, Maryanne Stuart, said her group was established at a meeting of more than 80 people on October 4.

It came out at the Gymea Village Community Fair where hundreds of locals signed onto an activists register and added their names to an anti-WorkChoices petition.

"We've got people from all backgrounds and all political affiliations," she said. "They are there to fight the good fight and get rid of this government."

Your Rights at Work Committees began springing up across the state in the wake of ground-breaking NSW bus trips around regional centres, last July.

They vary in size from half a dozen people to more than 80 activists.

Bathurst, Coffs Harbour, Wagga Wagga, Lindsay and Lismore are all home to active, high-profile committees.

Some are targeting marginal seats in the build-up to next year's federal election while others are campaigning around WorkChoices.

Robertson told Unions NSW delegates, the move had gone national with the establishment of 23 marginal seats committees around Australia.

"But this campaign isn't solely about the next election," he said. "It's about people getting involved in the political process and holding politicians, of all shades, to account.

"It's good for our campaign and it's good for democracy."


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