|Issue No 115||12 October 2001|
Letters to the Editor
Health in Election Equation
You are right to focus on Education as an issue in the election. But please don't forget to alert your readers to the hassles that are looming in Health. Chronic underfunding and understaffing in public hospitals, GPs failing to maintain bulk-billing, cutting of preventive programs, no free dental services are just some of the problems that the Coalition isn't interested in.
Years of satisfactory Medicare have made us complacent;it's hard to believe that a two-tiered system is being being quietly put in place. Talk to anyone who's been to the US and you'll learn of the insecurity and unfairness which result from our present trends.
Households can lose more than just a few bucks of their pay-packets if someone unexpectedly needs medical care in the user-pays "I'm all right Jack" set-up being planned. We need to tell the talk-back jocks that Health matters to us, as well as Education.
Interview: Connecting the State
NSW IT minister Kim Yeadon is the man responsible for enabling the people of NSW. Here's how he's doing it.
Workplace: The Enemy Within
In the IT industry it's the recruiters who are earning the workers' ire, as our special correspondent explains.
Unions: From the Virtual Coalface
Computer programmer Vince Caughley argues there is a place for unions in the IT industry.
History: Conditions Precedent
Frank Bongiorno writes that the recent events off the coast of Christmas Island recall a story once told by Paul Hasluck.
International: Victims of Terrorism
Repression against trade unionists on the increase world wide, with 209 trade unionists assassinated last year, reveals ICFTU 2001 Survey.
Campaign Diary: Week One: Get Shorty
Labor's first week of campaigning was as an effort to gain attention from a nation rocked by the telvised war on terrorism.
Economics: Global Alliances
Ray Marcelo reports from India that the ILO is arguing that globalisation needs a worker and employer alliance.
Health: The Phantom Menace
Trade unions made an impact this week at an international congress In Melbourne in the global fight against AIDS.
Review: Rings of Confidence
In his study on the 2000 Olympics, Tony Webb argues that the government and unions reached a new level of cooperation.
Satire: Greens 'Quietly Unconfident' of Forming Government
A leaked memo from a senior member of the Greens reveals the party is unconfident of winning government on November 10.
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