Sunday, July 30, 2006

Qana massacre: Now Rice says time for ceasefire

An Israeli air strike killed at least 40 Lebanese civilians, including 23 children, on Sunday, prompting Lebanon to tell U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice she was unwelcome in Beirut before a ceasefire.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, speaking after the Israeli bombing of the Lebanese village of Qana, said it was time for a ceasefire in the war between Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas.

Will the Australian poodles Downer and Howard follow their leader?

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Employers split over IR laws

The federal government has gone over the top with its workplace revamp, according to Australia's largest employer organisation.

AiG chief Heather Ridout said her organisation never supported the junking of unfair dismissal rights and Australians had ended up with harsher laws than employers wanted.

"The parliamentary system failed us and we got tougher laws than we might have," Ridout told a Women, Management and Employment Relations Conference in Sydney.

Ridout's comments broke ranks with other peak business groups, including the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the rich man's, Business Council of Australia, made up of chief executives from 200 leading companies.


Urgent appeal from Lebanese unions

Pakistani children show solidarity with the Lebanese people in an event organised by the Azad Foundation, a shelter for street children.

The Education International, representing teachers' unions around the
world, has issued an urgent action appeal in support of requests for
humanitarian assistance from two Lebanese teachers' unions. LabourStart
is assisting by providing a secure online way to donate in your own
currency using your credit or debit card. Please give generously today:

Friday, July 28, 2006

Bishop urges fair go for cleaners

Bishop Harrower Tasmania’s Anglican Bishop has told the Fair Pay Commission how a national contract cleaning company- Biniris – is using individual contracts to undercut Award wages.

Biniris has been a target of rowdy rallies in Tasmania by cleaner activists and supporters of the Clean Start: Fair Deal for Cleaners campaign.

Anglican Bishop John Harrower has urged Australia's Fair Pay Commission to live up to its name, in his submission to the new wages umpire.


Thursday, July 27, 2006

Fatal Fantasy: Free Trade Agreements hurt Manufacturing

Bluescope Steel boss, Kirby Adams, has labelled the federal government’s free trade infatuation a “naïve fantasy”.

Adams broke ranks with big business colleagues to lash John Howard’s move for a free trade agreement with low-wage colossus, China.

Adams said Australia was caught up in a “fantasy” that it could lead the world to a free trade “nirvana” by unilaterally dropping tariffs “while the rest of the world laughed at it”.

“There are massive costs for Australia’s manufacturers and for the millions of men and women employed by them,” he told a meeting of the American Chamber of Commerce.


International Unions: The killing must stop now

ICFTU/WCL statement on the crisis in the Middle East

Brussels, July 25, 2007

The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions and the World Confederation of Labour today issued a statement expressing their feelings of revulsion at the growing loss of innocent lives due to the escalating violence between Israel and Lebanon.

“We deplore the indiscriminate use of lethal force against civilians, and call for an immediate and unconditional cease fire. The region stands at a crossroads leading either to a deepening spiral of conflict, hatred and death, or to a lasting peace offering the hope of a better future for the working people of all countries.


Wednesday, July 26, 2006


Attorney-General Philip Ruddock announced "commonsense" changes to Australia's copyright laws that "will maintain Australia's copyright laws as the best in the world". The minister's announcement included a little Q&A session intended to show how the laws work.

Q: Does this mean I can record my favourite television or radio program to enjoy later?

A: Yes. For the first time, you will be able to record most television or radio program at home to enjoy at a later time. This will allow you to watch or listen to a program as it was made available to the public at the time of the original broadcast.

Q: How long can I keep the recording?

A: The recording must be deleted after one use. It will not be possible to use the recording over and over again.

Q: Can I make a collection of copied television and radio programs?

A: No. You will not be able to burn a collection (or library) of your favourite programs on DVD or CD to keep. It will be permitted to record a program on DVD or CD but only temporarily until you watch or listen to it for the first time.

Q: Can I give a recording I have made to a friend?

A: No. A recording is for the personal use of the person who made it. You can invite a friend over to watch or listen to your recording but you can't lend or give it to a friend to take home with them.


Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Attacks on Civilians Must Stop: ACTU

Humanitarian crisis: Lebanon estimates 800,000 people have been displaced by the fighting.

Humanitarian crisis: Lebanon estimates 800,000 people have been displaced by the fighting.Ordinary Palestinian, Lebanese and Israeli families are suffering from a military conflict that must cease says the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

"Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA has two appeals for humanitarian assistance, one for families in the Gaza Strip and another for families in Burj el-Barajneh refugee camp in Lebanon. I urge people to make donations to these appeals - please ring 1800 888 674 or visit," said Ms Burrow.

"Immediate steps must be taken to end the ongoing attacks against civilians and civilian targets," Sharan Burrow, President of the ACTU said today.

"It is working people who are suffering, and especially the children and elderly in the refugee camps in Lebanon.

"It is vital at this time of rapidly rising tension that all parties observe the requirements of international humanitarian law, and that the Australian Government takes all appropriate steps to insist that they do so," says Ms Burrow.

According to Article 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, "extensive destruction ... not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly," is a grave breach of the Geneva Conventions and constitute war crimes.

Likewise Article 33 prohibits "collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism".


Sunday, July 23, 2006

Big business plans: new wave of IR attacks

Commenting on the document and a leaked agenda and discussion paper for ACCI-Government talks, ACTU Secretary Greg Combet said:

"These documents show that there are secret discussions between the business lobby and the Government to further attack the basic rights of Australian workers.

Employment Minister Kevin Andrews needs to come clean and explain whether he met with the ACCI last week to discuss business proposals for more IR changes that would further cut the wages and conditions of employees.

The big business documents detail changes that would deny more workers access to overtime pay, and indicate that employers also want to allow AWA individual contracts to override the current five minimum standards.

Together, these proposals would mean that all working Australians would be in danger of being put onto an AWA individual contract that cuts their sick leave to just 5 days a year, takes away their annual holidays and has no limit on the hours they have to work each week."

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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Support Central Coast truck drivers

70 truck drivers have today protested outside the Coles store in Wyoming after being been left with no job security by Coles and Linfox management following the closure of the Somersby distribution centre.


Monday, July 17, 2006

Wave Hill: 40th anniversary

Where it all began … Billy Bunter Jampijinpa and his grandson Selwyn at the site of the stockmen's camp where the freedom walk started in 1966.

Billy Bunter Jampijinpa walked off Wave Hill cattle station 40 years ago but he remembers the historic event as if it were yesterday. "It was the day we walked out of the darkness into the light," he says.

Mr Jampijinpa is one of the few Aboriginal stockmen still alive who walked-off the Lord Vesty-owned station on August 23, 1966 in what turned out to be the beginning of Australia's land rights movement.

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Friday, July 14, 2006

What Transition?

Stolt crew reaches historic agreement

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) today announced that the MT Stolt Australia sailed over night after negotiating a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the owners of the vessel.

The protracted industrial action taken by 18 crew members on board the MT Stolt began last weekend after the company revealed plans to reflag the ship to the Cayman Islands and sack the crew in favor of cheap unskilled foreign labour.

The MUA National Assistant Secretary, Mick Doleman said, the stance taken by the crew was extremely significant in the current industrial relations environment.

"This MOU is a moral victory for the crew on board the MT Stolt who stood up for their rights and their jobs".

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Katoomba: David Bradbury's Blowin' in the Wind, Tris Elies

Monday, July 17, 7.30 pm

All welcome. Doors open 7pm (approx.). Don't miss this important film. Bring your friends. Please forward this message to anybody interested.

Green Left Weekly and Socialist Alliance are screening David Bradbury's new documentary, Blowin' in the Wind, on Monday July 17, 7.30 pm, at Tris Elies nightclub in Katoomba (next to the train station). Blowin' In The Wind is the latest film from two-time Academy Award nominee, David Bradbury. It examines the secret treaty that allows the US military to test depleted-uranium weaponry on Australian soil. Blowin' In The Wind reveals that Iraqi babies are now being born with major birth defects. The film is timely as the Howard government currently moves to approve more uranium mines and is promoting nuclear power, arguing that it is 'safe' and 'green'.

$10, $5 concession, $15 solidarity price. Phone 4787 7859 for more details.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Lufthansa attacks Australian unionists

Suddenly, the employer takes advantages of new anti-union laws and tells you that your collective agreement is now a thing of the past. You're on all individual contracts from now on, and -- by the way -- we're cutting your pay by up to 15%.

That's exactly what has happened to 80 call centre workers in Melbourne, Australia employed by a subsidiary of the German airline Lufthansa.

In Germany, they probably couldn't get away with this, but under the viciously right-wing, anti-union Howard government in Australia, they now can.

Send a loud and clear message to Lufthansa that you cannot behave this way toward your workers and get away with it.

Please send your message now:

Protecting workers’ rights

Protecting workers’ rights

a poem by John Tomlinson

Work place rights are not for sale
Howard and Co are going to fail
worst choice jobs –beyond the pale.
We are workers, not crims on bail.

Profits first and people last
is an idea whose time has passed.
We’ll fight for workers’ dignity
with a quiet serenity,
for a fair day’s work and a fair day’s pay
with arbitration holding sway.
We’ll hold out come what may
worker’s rights are here to stay.
Though the mighty would betray,
workers together will hold the day.

They can stick their pomp and ceremony
workers united will be free.
This unjust system they’d disguise
with half truths and bare-faced lies
by which they hope to sanitise.
But it’s dead - we see the flies.

Work place rights are not for sale
Howard and Co should go to jail
worst choice jobs –beyond the pale.
Together we will never fail.

John writes

Our brothers and sisters in WA are facing $28,000 individual fines for striking. Our relaxed and comfortable government has legislated industrial tyranny against unions and ordinary working people. As the old slogan says: "When injustice becomes law resistance becomes duty." and as the Redgum song says: "If we don't fight we lose"

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Howard's corporate state for building workers

Workers face jail if they refuse to attend secret interrogations by investigators from the Howard Government's building industry commission.

The ACTU said workers on the Perth rail project, who face fines for a strike in February, could be jailed unless they attended secret hearings about the industrial action.

ACTU secretary Greg Combet said the workers faced jail if they did not attend the hearings or if they did not answer questions put by investigators from the Australian Building and Construction Commission. The workers are prevented from disclosing details of the hearings to family members and have to be represented by separate lawyers.

"It's an extreme denial of basic civil rights," said Mr Combet. "This is David Hicks-style treatment. It denies them the right to silence and to protect themselves from self-incrimination.

"Under threat of being thrown in jail, you have to incriminate yourself. That is a breach of one of the fundamental democratic and human rights that people have had in democratic countries."

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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Crew delay Stolt Australia departure

"We the crew of the MT Stolt Australia took a responsible position yesterday and have alleviated the pressures on our fellow workers within the Hobart Zinc Smelter by co-operating and loading sulphuric acid onto our vessel," a crew statement released this morning said.

"Having done that we are still of the view that we must continue to take a firm stand and refuse to sail the ship today.

"We call on Stolt to enter into immediate and good faith discussions with our union to explore ways and means of retaining the Stolt Australia as an Australian flagged and Australian crewed vessel."

MUA Asst National Secretary Mick Doleman said 20 years of progress towards a globally competitve shipping industry in Australia will be undermined unless Stolt Australia takes urgent steps to work with its crew and unions to protect the jobs of Australian seafarers and help prevent the loss of another Australian operated ship,

"The 18 crew of the Stolt Australia are faced with losing their jobs and safety standards being compromised so that cheaper labour can be employed. The significant progress made in recent years to ensure Australian shipping remains competitive on the world stage will be eroded if this proceeds."

On site at the Hobart dock, MUA NSW Secretary Warren Smith said Australian seafarers are the best trained in the world and the unions have played a key role to ensure that the industry remains among the most competitive.

"The Howard Government has sanctioned the demise of the Australian shipping industry over the last 10 years. The MT Stolt is only 1 of 52 Australian flagged ships left in operation.?Stolt Australia's actions will hurt working families all for the sake of a bigger bottom line. Where will it stop?" Mr Smith said.

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no one advised him!

After a long conversation with our beloved Prime Minister I can now reveal that he did not know that refugees weren't throwing children overboard because no one advised him.
He did not know that Saddam Hassein did not have weapons of mass destruction because no one advised him.
He did not know that AWB was paying kickbacks in Iraq because no one advised him.
He did not know that asylum seekers were being driven mad in our concentration camps because no one advised him.
He did not know that unemployed people, disability support pensioners and single parents were driven to suicide after having their social security suspended because no one advised him.
He did no know that Indigenous Australians were dying of preventable illnesses 17-20 year younger than other Australians because no one advised him.
He particularly did not know that he had made an agreement with Peter Costello to step down, after one and a half terms as Prime Minister, because no one advised him.
You would have thought that someone would have told him but they didn't.
They definitely did not.
He has received advice to the effect that no one advised him.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Howard = jobs overboard

The Australian Greens today suggested it would be more honest for Prime Minister John Howard to swap the Australian flag used for news conferences to a Cayman Islands flag, since he seems to prefer it flying over ships plying Australian waters.

Australian Greens Senator for Tasmania, Christine Milne, said the dispute in Hobart over the intention of the Norwegian company to change the MT Stolt Australia to a foreign flag and dismiss 18 Australian crew members was the latest example of the Howard government undermining Australian shipping and Australian values.

"Ten years ago, there were 104 Australian-flagged ships working the Australian coastline. Now, there are only 52," Senator Milne said in Hobart.

"Waving the Australian flag and wearing the Australian colours are more than just for show. Every time the Cayman Islands flag is run up the flagpole where an Australian flag used to fly, the Prime Minister stands condemned.

"Prime Minister Howard says he supports the battlers and Australian jobs but he continues to drive jobs offshore, leaving the battlers unemployed and faced with a $33,000 fine if they take action to try to save their jobs. How un-Australian is that?"

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25 years protest and picket in Japan

On June 29 1981, the Japanese electronics company OKI sacked one of its workers, Tetsuro Tanaka, who had refused to sign the choices he was offered, a transfer order to work far from his home or to a piece of paper that said he agreed to be fired.

On June 29 2006, 25 years later Tetsuro Tanaka, was forcefully evicted from the company's shareholders meeting. This violence against a shareholder who dared to ask a question was reported the following day in a Tokyo newspaper. A number of Japanese companies have been forced to appoligise to their stockhoders on matters of corruption and other violations of their legal responsibilities.

Tanaka has become famous around the world for his daily picket of the OKI factory where he worked in Takao. He sings songs he has composed about his struggle with the company. Late year he was awarded a Japanese human rights award in Tokyo for his determination and support for other workers who find themselves in similar situations, being unfairly dissmissed or being punished for standing up for themselves.

The German magazine Der Spiegel wrote about Tanaka this February and his story was picked up recently by a Turkish website but the best place to find out more is from his own website at

Congratulations on on the 25th anniversary!

The Sydney documentary maker Maree Delofski has been researching a film about Mr Tanaka. During her most recent visit to Tokyo last month, Ms Delofski filmed him giving moral support to a school teacher who has spent months suspended without pay for refusing to stand and sing the national anthem. "Another type of loyalty test," Mr Tanaka says.

For Ms Delofski, whose film is to be called Mr Tanaka Will Not Do Callisthenics, the spectre of psychologically whipped workers bending to a company exercise routine captures the struggle.

Tanaka's extraordinary struggle was picked up by the Saturday papers in Australia on 8 July:


Tetsuro Tanaka's music

On his picket line Tanaka plays music and sings he has composed for example

Tremolo in front of the gate

Etude in front of the gate

Tanaka's long struggle has since been publicised around the world by the union activist site LabourStart

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Government rocked by school play!

Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews said last night it was one thing for Calwell (Canberra high school) to educate students about current issues, "but it's another thing entirely for teachers to politically hijack a rock eisteddfod, which is designed to promote positive lifestyle messages for our youth".

"This is totally inappropriate, regardless of which side of politics is being targeted," he said, adding, in his paternalistic way, it was "difficult to believe" students came up with the idea themselves.

The high school has vigorously defended its portrayal of the Howard Government's industrial relations laws, which swept its students to victory in the national capital's rock eisteddfod grand final.

But Calwell High's dance teacher and eisteddfod co-ordinator, Cheryl Diggins, insisted the Work Choices pastiche was both student-driven and appropriate.

"We have a history of tackling contemporary themes," Ms Diggins said. Realising the anti-government theme might upset some parents at Calwell, Ms Diggins sent performers home with an explanatory note for parents. "You have to respect other viewpoints, but I didn't get one withdrawal or complaint," she said.

Ms Diggins said previous themes for Calwell eisteddfods included the stolen generation, the detention of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the power of corporations. The Nine Network is expected to air the pastiche later this year.

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"We're thrilled to have had our work recognised," says Cheryl Diggin from Calwell High. "We based our piece on a series of political cartoons published in Australian newspapers over the last 18 months.

"We were also influenced by The ABCs, The Chasers War on Everything, Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times and Fritz Lang's Metropolis.

"During the process the students gained a greater understanding of the issues involved and the impact it will have on them now, as casual workers, and later when they leave school and move into fulltime work.

"Some of them have already been forced to agree to a flat rate after having penalty rates abolished by their employers.

"They understand that employers have been given all the power with few safeguards for the workers."

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Building workers: Jail threat

Construction workers face jail if they refuse to attend secret interrogations by investigators from the Howard Government's building industry commission.

As it was confirmed that Cowra workers could be legally sacked and re-employed on lower wages, the ACTU said workers on the Perth rail project, who face fines for a strike in February, could be jailed unless they attended secret hearings about the industrial action.

ACTU secretary Greg Combet said the workers faced jail if they did not attend the hearings or if they did not answer questions put by investigators from the Australian Building and Construction Commission. The workers are prevented from disclosing details of the hearings to family members and have to be represented by separate lawyers.

"It's an extreme denial of basic civil rights," Mr Combet said. "This is David Hicks-style treatment. It denies them the right to silence and to protect themselves from self-incrimination.

"Under threat of being thrown in jail, you have to incriminate yourself. That is a breach of one of the fundamental democratic and human rights that people have had in democratic countries."

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AWB: Troops for wheat sales?

Eighteen months after the invasion of Iraq, high-ranking Australian diplomats in Washington colluded with an AWB "damage control" team to shield the wheat exporter's actions from a potentially damaging US Senate investigation.

Documents reveal for the first time the extent of the extraordinary co-operation between the Howard Government and AWB during 2004 as they worked to defuse the US Senate's probe into corruption of the United Nation's oil-for-food program.

While 850 Australian military personnel were fighting the Iraq insurgency, Australia's ambassador to the US, Michael Thawley, his deputy, Peter Baxter, a team of AWB lawyers and influential Washington lobbyists including former Clinton defence secretary William Cohen worked on a strategy to conceal the full extent of its activities from the US Senate committee.

AWB's in-house name for it was Project Rose.

The AWB strategy was, in effect, to play the Iraq card — using the presence of Australian troops as a leverage point to protect Australia's wheat market.

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Friday, July 07, 2006

In Hicks's case it's not the law that is the ass

A week ago the US Supreme Court declared that the military commission process was illegal because it was not authorised by Congress and it offended the Geneva Conventions, which are judicially enforceable instruments.

But if Geneva Conventions and congressional approval are required for Guantanamo trials, what about the whole slew of "legal" devices that the Bush White House has manufactured for the war on terrorism? This includes warrantless eavesdropping, indefinite detention, interrogation techniques, torture, rendition and CIA black sites.

Back here the news was greeted by Howard with a bit of shuffling of the feet and something about receiving the wrong legal advice. "Hicks should be brought to trial as soon as possible," he said.

How many years has that refrain been tapped out by this bloodless little coot? And yet the trial is as far away as ever because Congress is unlikely to grope its way to an agreed process any time quickly.

The true position of the US and Australian governments is that they are not so much interested in trials for the detainees as convictions. Even if the Guantanamo prisoners are innocent, the political imperative is that they should not be released because to do so would be an admission that the war on terrorism has been misconceived, or that it is not as terrifying as it's supposed to be.

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Labor: we'll axe Howard's commission

Kim Beazley has vowed to abolish the federal building industry watchdog if Labor wins government.

Mr Beazley said workers should not be fined for taking industrial action, and promised to abolish the ABCC if Labor won the next election. The pledge came after the Australian Building and Construction Commission announced yesterday it had sued 107 workers over a strike in March.

Most of the workers face fines of up to $28,000 each under tough federal laws to regulate the industry.

It is the biggest prosecution of individuals taken by the ABCC, which was set up last year by the Federal Government.

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Charged For Taking A Stand � A New Attack On Workers Rights

The decision by the Howard Government to personally prosecute 107 building workers and fine them up to $28,0000 each opened a new front in the attack on workers rights, the CFMEU warned today.

The workers, employed on the Perth to Mandurah railway project, were charged by the Australian Building and Construction Commission last night for taking industrial action after a union delegate was sacked.

CFMEU Construction national secretary John Sutton said the charges, the first under harsh and punitive anti-union laws, should be of concern to all Australians who care about democratic rights.

"This is not a case of workers taking industrial action being docked paid or even about the employer attempting to recover for economic loss.

"It is about the Howard Government launching prosecutions that could see ordinary working Australian families lose their homes as punishment for standing up for their rights.

"We have been warning these building laws were extreme even by the standards of the Howard Government. These prosecutions show our fears were well-founded.

"These laws can see workers jailed for refusing to answer questions about what is said in union meetings to government investigators."

"And the Howard government has been quite open in stating they would like to see the same laws spread across the entire workforce.

"The 107 WA workers are the first union members to face political persecution in more than 50 years - Australians should be concerned they will not be the last."

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Monday, July 03, 2006

NAIDOC week: Respect the Past - Believe in the Future

NAIDOC celebrates the survival of Indigenous culture and the Indigenous contribution to modern Australia. NAIDOC Week celebrations in 2006 are from 2 to 9 July.

The national theme for 2006 is, Respect the Past - Believe in the Future.

2006 NAIDOC Poster Competition winning entry
NAIDOC 2006 Poster Competition Winning Entry by Charmaine Green, from Geraldton Western Australia.

NAIDOC Week Programming in the ABC

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Howard's new law: Get the sack and starve

Workers who are unfairly sacked face eight weeks without welfare assistance and have no avenue of appeal under 'welfare to work' laws.

Labor employment spokeswoman Penny Wong says under the industrial relations changes an employer can sack a worker for misconduct and there is nothing the worker can do.

Ms Wong says the worker then faces eight weeks living on charity.

"The Howard Government is leaving these workers like a shag on a rock, having to rely on friends and family, on their kindness," she said.

"And it is an example on how out of touch this Government is that it believes Australian families can sustain themselves for eight weeks without any income support whatsoever."

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Howard's $1bn cuts: from disabled, parents' welfare

The Government will slash $1 billion from welfare to single parents and the disabled over the next three years, it has confirmed just before the start of its new Welfare to Work regime today.

With the Government predicting a budget surplus of $10.8 billion this year and preparing to hand out $36.7 billion in tax cuts over the next four years, welfare advocates and others have questioned its reduced support for some of Australia's most vulnerable.

According to figures from the Australian Council of Social Service, from today 158,000 people who would have received a disability or parenting pension will be forced onto the lower Newstart allowance if they are assessed as being able to work 15 hours a week. This will mean $46 a week less for disabled people and $29 a week less for single parents, according to the National Centre for Economic and Social Modelling

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The Federal Opposition says the Government's new welfare-to-work laws hurt the most vulnerable people in society.

Catholic Welfare Australia says the move is dangerous and could have disastrous consequences.

The Opposition's employment spokeswoman, Penny Wong, agrees.
She says 60,000 people with a disability and 70,000 single parents face a massive loss of support.

"Now clearly all of us agree, someone who can work should work but the Howard Government's botched welfare changes fail to tackle the reasons why so many Australians remain jobless," she said. "Their changes reduce the incentive to work, make it harder to study or train, and most importantly focus on cutting the household budgets of some of our most vulnerable Australians by nearly 20 per cent."

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AWAs: the facts revealed

The Government's own Office of the Employment Advocate has admitted that
  • every new AWA individual contract it has registered since the Government's new IR laws came into affect have removed at least one award condition
and that
  • 64% of AWAs have removed workers' right to leave loading
  • 63% cut penalty rates and overtime; 52% cut shift loadings
  • 40% stripped away public holidays
  • 16% removed ALL protected award conditions