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Unions: Demolition Derby
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Health: Secret Country
Oral history recordings are an inadequate tool in trying to find out what happened to Aboriginal stockmen and their communities on cattle stations in Northern Australia, writes Neale Towart
Review: Walking On Water
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Novelist Anthony Macris captures life on the shop floor in this extract from his upcoming novel, Capital Volume II
Poetry: The UQ Stonewall
The University of Queensland has sought to join the ranks of union-busting companies like Rio Tinto in trying to sack the president of the local union - and made the mistake of thinking they were dealing with an array of acquiescent academics.
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Funeral Workers Dig in Their Heels
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Gay and Lesbians Workers To Meet
VTHC Urges Compassion For Colombian Refugees
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Unions On Call For Working Young
I Walk The Line
American civil rights leader Jesse Jackson has weighed into the Hilton Hotel dispute with this special message to the workforce.
Union Aid Abroad's Phil Hazelton fires off a missive from Laos where he is spending a year working with the community.
Month In Review
It was a month where the world teetered on the brink of peace, no thanks to the leader of the free world, writes Jim Marr
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VTHC Urges Compassion For Colombian Refugees
The Federal Government has been urged to reconsider its decision to refuse four Columbian refugees and their families visas to enter Australia following the killing of Columbian activist Alvaro Morales by paramilitary forces on his return to Colombia recently.
VTHC Secretary Leigh Hubbard has condemned the government's decision to deny Mr Morales refugee status and fears that the lives of 10 Colombian refugees currently in El Salvador may also be at risk.
"The killing of Mr Morales sends a wake up call to the Australian Government. Over 250 unionists have been either murdered or disappeared in Colombia over the past 2 years, Mr Hubbard said.
Attorney-General Daryl Williams has denied that Australia bears any responsibility for the death of Mr Morales as he did not qualify for refugee states under the United Nations Convention on Refugees.
Mr Morales who had been living in Australia for several years was also denied refugee status in Argentina before returning to Colombia. The VTHC asks how many people must die before a civilised and compassionate approach is taken to refugees in this country.
Mr Hubbard said the plight of the 10 people currently seeking Australian visas from El Salvador must be reconsidered in light of the recent tragedy surrounding Mr Morales.
"This group of 10 people, which includes 5 children, have applied to come to Australia as refugees, but have been denied visas despite being granted refugee status by the UNHCR. Their situation in El Salvador is precarious as they find themselves under threat of being sent back to Colombia where their lives will be in danger," Mr Hubbard said.
Opposition immigration spokeswoman Julia Gillard has raised the plight of the Colombian refugees with Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock's office at the request of the VTHC and ACTU. Ms Gillard has not received a positive response.
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