|Issue No 109||31 August 2001|
Letters to the Editor
I am a solicitor practising in the field of personal injury litigation which includes workers compensation. As a result of the Carr Government's approach to this field of law and the steps it has taken to reduce workers entitlements, I have been struggling to keep alive in private practice as have a number of my colleagues. What amazes me the most is that despite having this position I feel entirely powerless in the face of these developments not only for my own career but also for the workers this legislation is intending to deprive.
I would urge the Labour Council to remain alive and jubilent in its stance against the Carr Government's agenda. You are not only fighting for the benefactors of the legislation, but my own profession and the dependants of the workers which this legislation was pioneered to protect.
Interview: Union Power
Electrical Trades Union state secretary Bernie Riordan surveys the union movement's troubled relationship with Labor.
International: Spreading the Word
Veronica Apap profiles Kamal Fadel and the battle he is fighting for the independence of his homeland of West Sahara.
E-Change: Training for a Wired Workforce
Education is the entry point into the new economy; but the system still reflects an industrial age view of the world.
Unions: AWU Defends Millennium Train Workers
Mark Hearn looks at how a group of Newcastle workers are setting a new standard in the railways.
Politics: Chatting with Enemies of the State
Brazils MST is the largest and most radical social movement in the Americas. The CFMEU´s Phil Davey drops in for a chat.
History: Struggle and Inspiration
Rowan Cahill argues that it is only through understanding history that we can make sense of the present plight of workers.
Technology: A World Without Microsoft
Heather Sharp argues that all technologies involve political choices and moral values. Computer software is no exception, and it is Bill Gates' choices that dominate.
Review: Let There Be Rock
Kid Rock and Beer Bong, Australia’s Oldest Rock Fans review the week’s music and political events from the safety of the bar stool.
Satire: Tampa refugees ask to go home: "It's less inhumane than Australia"
The 460 asylum seekers on board the Tampa freight vessel have demanded to be taken back to their oppressive homelands, which they now realise aren’t nearly as hostile as Australia.
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