If there's a common thread running through this week's issue, it's the continuing crisis faced by workers around the globe confronting the practical reality of Free Trade.
Interview: Cross Wires
Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance chief Chris Warren surveys the fluid state of the Australian media.
International: Two Tribes
As the Middle East burns, Andrew Casey shines a light into one of the world's darkest corners.
Activists: Beneath the Veil
A young Afghani woman has travelled to Australia to put a human face on the suffering of her people - and her gender.
Unions: Terror Australis
When push comes to shove, it appears the Howard Government is more scared of the Maritime Union than Osama Bin Laden, Jim Marr reports.
History: A Labor Footnote To The Royal Funeral
Stephen Holt reports that an intriguing Australian connection has been overlooked amidst the supposedly blanket media coverage of the end of the Bowes Lyon era.
Economics: Private Affluence, Public Rip-Off
New Labour's enthusiasm for business is matched only by its lack of business sense, as the private finance fiasco shows.
Review: The Great Hall of the People
In an extract from the latest issue of Labor Essays, the ARM's Richard Fidler looks at the symbolism behind the Republican debate.
Poetry: Waiting for the Living Wage
The Living Wage Case was heard this week. The workers� voices in this poem have been adapted from the evidence presented by low wage earners to the living wage case.
Satire: Israel Recruits NAB To Close West Bank
Israeli security forces have successfully enlisted the expert help of the National Australia Bank to close down the West Bank.
Baby Company Punts Netball Mum
Dairy Workers Win Global Breakthrough
Treasury Modelling Backs ACTU Claim
Bank Nabs Huge Sales Targets
Come Clean � Insurance Giants Challenged
May Day Jam and Toast
Job Security Win For Cabin Crew
Workers Gear-up For Pollution Fight
Shuffling The Deck On The Yarra
New Push On Workplace Crime
Super Child Care Win
Doubts Over Ettalong Wharf Funding
The Sane Monk Stands Down
Fabians Debate Refugees
Unions and the Web � Where to Now?
Peter Lewis argues the time has come to revisit how trade unions interact with workers and how the Web could be the catalyst for such a change.
The Locker Room
Free To Where?
Parents with kiddies who play a bit of sport will have noticed the escalating costs associated with their kids being involved in sport.
Week in Review
Labor and Unions - What About the Workers?
The Joys of the Chop
Workers come and workers go, right? Well, it�s the way of the world but while some get stiffed, others are stuffed with obscene amounts �
A Voice for the Shareholders
Noses in the Trough
Memo: Carmen Lawrence
Police: Make the Boss a Woman
Baby Faced Brogden
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Doubts Over Ettalong Wharf Funding
Question marks hover over the merit of public money being tipped into the proposed Sydney-Central Coast fast ferry project.
Labor Council will act on concerns raised by the Institute of Marine and Power Engineers by meeting with NSW Transport Minister, Carl Scully, to further investigate the scheme's viability.
The Institute's alarm bells began ringing after media reports that the private operator wanted a $4.3 million handout to construct a wharf at the Ettalong end of the run.
The Institute, which stands to gain members from the project, urges caution in the light of several facts ...
- the logistics of the operation
- alternative modes of transport available
- the duration of the trip
NSW secretary Andrew Williamson has reservations over projections based on a 55-minute journey time, suggesting it would less than ideal in less than ideal conditions.
"In adverse sea conditions it would not be alarmist to suggest that a seasoned seafarer would find prevailing conditions most uncomfortable," he says. "This may have an adverse affect on ongoing patronage for the service."
Williamson acknowledges his organisation has not had a management briefing on specifics of the proposal.
"The Fast Ships proposal rises or falls on the merit or otherwise of its business case and not the grant of government support for the building of a wharf. Public expenditure in a venture that ultimately collapses brings opprobrium on the maritime industry at large," he says.
While not writing off the concept, he urged Labor Council to raise concerns with State Government officials.
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