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April 2006   

Interview: Head On
John Buchanan has been warning that WorkChoices would be a car crash. Now he surveys the damage.

Unions: Do You Have a Moment?
CFMEU Mining national secretary Tony Maher lets fly at the new industrial laws.

Industrial: Vital Signs
In his new book, Craig Emerson argues that destroying unionism will not be in Australia's long term interests.

Economics: Taxing Times
Frank Stilwell argues that there are progressive alternatives to the slash and burn approach to tax reform.

Environment: It Ainít Necessarily So
Don't let anyone tell you that jobs and the environment are opposities, argues Neale Towart.

History: Melbourneís Hours
Neale Towart reluctantly pays homage to Victoria's celebration of the eight hour day.

Immigration: Opening the Floodgates
John Howard is deciding more and more foreign workers should come into this country - without the rights of citizenship, writes John Sutton,

Review: Pollie Fiction
For someone barely 25 years Sarah Doyle has an enviable track record in theatre behind her.

Poetry: The Cabal
Poetry returns to Workers Online with this rollicking ode to employer power.


Democracy in Action
Former NSW Premier Neville Wran's speech to commemorate 150 years of responsible government.

The Westie Wing
There has been activity aplenty in the NSW Parliament this month, reports Ian West.

The Soapbox
From Chaver to Cobber
John Robertson, Unions NSW Secretary, hosting Passover at Sydney Trades Hall discovers the first comrades followed a bloke called Moses.

Postcard from New Orleans
Mark Brenner surveys the long-term impact of Hurricane Katrina on the regions workers.

The Locker Room
My Country Right Or In Lane Five
Phil Doyle observes the golden shower at the recent Commonwealth Games, and asks what it means for the last great unpredictable drama.

Vale Bill Hartley
Unlike some of his comrades, Bill Hartley never departed from his position as a radical nor did he die rich in assets, writes Bob Scates.


The Cowra Clause
The plight of the Cowra meatworkers is a fitting illustration of the way the new industrial laws will fundamentally shift the balance of relations in the Australian workplace.


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Pollie Fiction

For someone barely 25 years Sarah Doyle has an enviable track record in theatre behind her.

. Two years ago she had a stint in New York as an intern at the LAByrinth and New York Theatre Co. She has since had her own work, "Forest Blue", produced in Sydney.

Now she is starring in "Political Fiction", at the Old Fitzroy Theatre, Woolloomooloo. She plays Lee, the female protagonist in a new work about political life in Australia today. "It is so interesting to be Lee", she says, "and play a major female role that wins in the end, and not just due to sexuality. She wins in every way, including intellectually."

Political Fiction is a new work, about Australia today, written by Geoffrey Sykes, and directed by well-known theatre personality Robina Beard. "It's a really good play. It's really nice to be doing this piece now in this country".

In the play Lee accidentally meets a member of the government, Karl Mathews, played by prominent Sydney actor Kerry Casey. Karl is unhappy about the government and his place in it, and is facing losing selection in the forthcoming election. He becomes emotionally involved with Lena, 25 years his junior, but she brings more than he bargained for - fresh ideas about the world, including happenings in South America, and a plan for Karl to go it alone in politics.

"This is a highly exciting piece in today's climate", Sarah said. "The stakes are high in the play as in life. The play is upbeat in its ending but avoid simplistic preaching."

The play is a bouncy, upbeat journey through sex, power, hopes, despair and final vision for the future, she said.

"In New York when I was there everyone wanted to change the world. But that is not the case in Australia. It is really nice to be acting such a passionate female character."

Political Fiction runs April 18-May 6 at the Old Fitzroy Theatre, Cathedral and Dowling Street Woolloomooloo, Tues-Sat 8PM and Sunday 5PM. Tickets are from $16 to $27, and bookings can be made at 92944296 or


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