Unveiling his 'modern Labor' pitch in the Budget in Reply, Opposition leader Simon Crean seemed very 1950s – when 'modern' was good in itself, like spray-cans, zippers and uncomfortable furniture.
Interview: Licking the Wounds
Elder statesman Neville Wran expands on his review into Labor's performance at the last federal election.
Industrial: The Accidental Tourist
Standing on a picket line, just metres from the sleaziest part of Kings Cross, was not what Cheshire chemist David Lui had in mind when he was saving for his trip of a lifetime.
Unions: Stars And Stripes
Fly the flag, beat the war drum and screw the old, the sick and the poor – Peter Costello’s budget aims to emulate the worst aspects of American politics argues Noel Hester.
International: The Un-Promised Land
Andrew Casey lifts the lid on a little-known campaign to establish a Jewish homeland in the Kimberleys.
History: Mate Against Mate
Neale Towart trawls the records to recount some of the more acrimonious ALP State Conference debates.
Politics: Reith's Gong
Peter Reith's medal from the HR Nicholls Society overlooks a number of lamentable aspects about his character as Stuart Mackenzie reports.
Poetry: You've Got a Friend
A friend is someone who protects you, but in an interesting twist the Federal budget has redefined the notion of 'protection' by adding the word 'from'.
Review: War on Terror: Now Showing
Arnold Schwarznegger's latest flick Collateral Damage is spooky for many reasons, writes Tara de Boehmler.
Satire: Burmese Regime Makes Genuine Commitment To Pretence Of Change
The government of Myanmar (Burma) released democratic opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi today after a year and a half of house arrest.
Solidarity In The Post To East Timor
Joy Wins For All Workers
Workers Call Abbott On Democracy Bluff
Wran Tells MPs: Talk to Unions
Family First on Conference Agenda
Cole Commission Declares Paper War
Yarra Workers Thank Australia
Budget Attacks Retirement Incomes
PSA Challenges Carr’s Secrecy Shield
Election Talk Aint Cheap
Hotel Bosses Back Down On Pay
Welfare Staff Strike Out At Harrassment
Della Ups DIR Inspectorate
Fake Notes Expose Government as Tax Cheat
Labor Faces Acid Test on Asylum Seekers
New Project Encourages Cultural Exchanges
Bush’s Western Saharan War And Oil Deal
The Australian Workers Union's Bill Shorten explains why he drew a line in the cement in support of the CSL Yarra crew
The Locker Room
The Dangerous Life Of A Hot Dog Seller
Phil Doyle ruminates on the virtues of processed meats in the world of elite sports.
The Bottom Line
Peter Costello wasn't the only one flaunting a budget deficit this week, as Rupert Murdoch announced the largest corporate write-down on record.
East Timor Appeals For Help
At midnight on Sunday 19 May, the UN mandate in East Timor comes to an end and East Timor becomes a new independent nation.
Week in Review
The Spin Cycle
Budget week brings that much spin you half expect to see Shane Warne wheeled out as a spokesman on health, economics, or whatever else the combatants are blabbing about. Jim Marr lifts the covers.
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What Women Want
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Workers Call Abbott On Democracy Bluff
Tony Abbott’s driving ambition to remove unions from workplace bargaining is being resisted by staff in his own department.
A simmering dispute in the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations is expected spill over into the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) next week.
Central to the argument is DEWR staff's demand to negotiate a new agreement, with union involvement, under section 170LJ of the Workplace Relations Act 1996.
Abbott's managers, giving lie to their boss' insistence that workers are being given the democratic right to decide their own forms of agreement, are insisting on a non-union agreement or AWAs, despite 94 percent support for union involvement in a recent email ballot.
The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) has asked for a secret ballot of all staff to decide on the form of agreement, a common occurrence in other public service agencies.
According to CPSU spokesperson Jenness Gardner, DEWR management is 'hypocritical'.
"Democracy in the workplace is one of Minister Abbott's key concerns. Why then does this same standard not apply to employees to employees in his own department?" Gardner asked.
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