November 5th 2005

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COVER STORY: CANBERRA OBSERVED: 'A dangerous moment for our democracy ...'

EDITORIAL: 'Simpler, fairer' labour laws? You've got to be kidding!

SCHOOLS: Mathematics at mercy of trendy educators

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS: Oil for food - or was it for a Mercedes?

INTERNATIONAL TRADE: WTO negotiations falter on trade liberalisation

VICTORIA: Water bill spells disaster for farmers

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Too many bulls in the China shop? / Anti-corruption conference / Logging onto other people's forests / Report from (another) conference / Little social protection

ABORTION: Cutting Australia's abortion rate

EMBRYO EXPERIMENTATION: Government push to use super funds for embryo research

WESTERN CIVILISATION: What conservatives should champion

CINEMA: In Her Shoes: Is Hollywood finally tiring of sleaze?

Maternity payment could make difference (letter)

How democracies perish (letter)

Justice for the worker (letter)

BOOKS: THE DEATH OF RIGHT AND WRONG: Exposing the Left's Assault on Our Culture and Values


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Justice for the worker (letter)

by W.K. Allen

News Weekly, November 5, 2005

Stanley Melbourne Bruce lost the safe seat of Flinders and government in the 1920s, essentially over proposed changes to Australia's industrial relations system.

On the other hand, some of your readers may recall the impact of revolutionary Pope Leo XIII, whose workers' charter of the late 19th century caused dispute throughout Europe and sent pious manufacturers out of church doors.

"A small number of very rich men,' said Leo, "have been able to lay upon the teeming masses of the labouring poor a yoke little better than that of slavery itself."

Different in degree, certainly, but not so much in kind in relation to today's imbroglio.

Are we seeing a "sea change" in the once "fair go" hearts of Australians?

W.K. Allen,
Sorrento, Vic.

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