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  Issue No 34 Official Organ of LaborNet 08 October 1999  

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Letters to the Editor

At the Child Care Coalface


I have been working in the Early Childhood field for about 6 years and am now an Advanced Childcare worker (Qualified) in a Preschool setting.

Nowadays, We as Childcare workers and Teachers in Early Childhood are expected to do so much and get little respect and earn less than unqualified people in different fields. Not only do we interact with the children, we are also counsellors, dispense medication, clean, maintain safe play environments, write up philosophies and policies, observe children for records and programming, report accidents, illness or suspected abuse.

In my own vision of things, every person in society adds to it in their calling and vocation. I really feel for those who believe that all I do is drink cups of tea and play with children.

It still makes my day when I think that I could have a furture architect in the Block corner or a furture Archibald portrait winner at the Easel. That, is the bigger picture and the next generation. Everything else seems to pale in comparison.

Paula Jormakka.


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Features
*  Interview: A Crack to the Skull
Rail, Tram and Bus Union state secretary Nick Lewocki took on the Carr Governmentís radical rail refrom agenda and walked away a winner. He looks back on the week the trains stood still.
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*  Economics: Green Backs and Dirty Dollars
Paul Ehlrich says the real culprit behind the environmental crisis isn't so much the huge numbers of people in the world or conspicuous over-consumption in the West but an economic system that confuses price with cost.
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*  Unions: Tally Ho!
A landmark meat industry decision might not have the impact the reith cheer-squad hopes for.
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*  History: The Western Express
West Australian historians are undertaking a project to chronicle that state's rich rail history.
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*  Republic: The Referendum: A Spot of Reading
John Passant looks a the propaganda passing as information in the lead-up to the referendum.
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*  Indigenous: Australia Snubs Nose at the UN
The United Nations General Assembly will be told that Australia has breached an international convention on racial discrimination that Malcolm Fraserís Government ratified 24 years ago.
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*  International: Desert Flashpoint
The United Nations has confirmed that demonstrations were suppressed in Western Sahara last month.
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*  Review: Temper Democratic
Humphrey McQueen has been a fearless critic of received opinions across a range of subjects for many years, and as a consequence has been criticised or more often ignored in debates in Australia.
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*  Satire: Tax Cuts Come in the Nick of Time for Struggling Packers
Welfare groups have called upon on the Federal Government to bring forward the date of proposed capital gains tax cuts.
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*  Labour Review: What's New in the Information Centre
Read the latest issue of Labour Review, a resource for union officials and students.
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Columns
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»  Sport
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Letters to the editor
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»  At the Child Care Coalface
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