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  Issue No 95 Official Organ of LaborNet 11 May 2001  




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Dear sir/madam,

One has to wonder about the quality of the workers' representation in Parliament following the latest offering by Ian McDonald MLC in response to allegations recently made against him by Green MLC Lee Rhiannon in relation to his actions on the workers compenstaion. Rhiannon claimed in a letter to the edotor in Workers Online, issue number 92 that Mcdonald is a strong backer of Della Bosca's Workers Compensation Bill which has generated significant opposition from unions and Labor MPs. Despite such opposition, Rhiannon claims "He [that is, McDonald] has consistently lobbied the Greens MPs and other cross benchers to support the current legislation."

What does McDonald say in reply?

In Issue 92 Workers Online published McDonald's response directly below Rhiannon's letter so presumably he has been given a copy of the letter before it was published so he can respond. In his response he makes the following claims.

1. Rhiannon has worked against the re-election of her colleague Ian Cohen MLC;

2. He, that is McDonald, lobbied the cross benches to oppose the Liberal Party initiative of a judicial inquiry into Workcover;

3. He has never stated to Rhiannon that workers would be worse off if the Workers Compensation Bill is not passed.

4. He has never said that most Left unions support his position on the Bill.

All of this is very interesting but fails to address the key point raised by Rhiannon, that is, that he, that is, McDonald, has lobbied Green MPs and other cross benchers to support the proposed legislation.

The question remains for Ian McDonald to answer: has he or has he not lobbied Green MPs and other cross benchers to support the proposed legislation.

Michael Purvis


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In this issue
*  Interview: Geek Guys
Two of the union movement�s pioneers in new technology, Peter Ross and Mark McGrath, chew the fat about wired unionism and virtual politics.
*  Compo: Costa�s Angels
Behind the spotlight of the workers comp campaign four women trade union officials have been burning the midnight oil to protect injured workers.
*  Legal: View from the Bench
Compensation Court judge and former Attorney-General, Frank Walker, argues the Della Bosca workers comp reforms are a threat to judicial independence.
*  International: Timor: Time for the Truth
HT Lee was in Dili when the militas ran rampage. Now he wants the truth to come out.
*  History: True Believers
Frank Bongiorno looks at the origins of the Australian Labor Party, which celebrated its centenary of Caucus this week.
*  Corporate: Trust Me, I�m a Multi-National!
BHP unions have united across the factions to urge �No� vote on the planned Billiton merger.
*  Unions: AWAs � A Doomed Future?
ACTU Assistant Secretary Richard Marles plays clairvoyant and predicts a dismal future for AWAs.
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President Bush today announced a major change to the United States� policy of �strategic ambiguity� towards the status of Taiwan and its One China policy.
*  Review: Surviving Survivor
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