Re-considering The Accord
The twentieth anniversary of the Hawke Government’s election provides an opportunity to ponder the Accord’s historical conundrum: how at the moment of the union movement’s greatest influence did it suffer its greatest loss of members?
Poetry: If I Were a Rich Man
Through a distortion in the time-space continuum, we have found a recording showing how people a few years into the future will deal with health care.
Interview: League of Nations
ICFTU general secretary Guy Ryder on the war, core labour standards and why Australia is an international pariah.
Industrial: 20/20 Hindsight
A retrospective analysis of the Accord is needed to help develop future strategies. Is it worth trying again? And if so, what would need to be different?
Organising: On The Buses
A new rank and file leadership team is standing up for the harried bus driver in the run-up to the NSW State Election
Unions: National Focus
A gaze around the country reveals some inspiring and innovative organising initiatives, a fruitful connection with young workers in South Australia and some typically robust industrial campaigns reports Noel Hester.
History: The Banner Room
On the eve of it’s refurbishment, Jim Marr ventures into one of Trades Hall’s best kept secrets; the room that houses relics of labour’s halcyon days.
International: The Slaughter Continues
Chilling new statistics from Colombia's main trade union confederation CUT: nine trade unionists assassinated in the first two months of this year.
Legal: A Legal Case For War?
Aaron Magner looks at the legal implications of the crusade of the Coalition of the Willing
Culture: Singing For The People
When there’s a struggle for social justice, when a war is brewing or rights are being eroded, the first ones to pen, paper and protest are often the folkwriters.
Review: The Hours
On the eve of International Women’s Day Tara de Boehmler follows the tale of three women who would rather choose death than a life devoid of personal choice.
Poetry: I Wanna Bomb Saddam
Scarier than Star Wars, the latest weapon to be deployed in the battle for Iraq is the Singing Dubya.
Satire: Diuretic Makes Warne's Excuses Look Thin
Australian cricketer Shane Warne today admitted that he was still feeling the after effects of the diuretic he tested positive to.
Sacre Bleu – It’s “La Gong” Now
Mum Raises Labour Hire Bar
Investigate the Buggers
NSW Libs Madder Than The Monk
Kits Strike Terror into Govt
West Braces for Shelling
Executive Pay Under Senate Spotlight
Clean Energy’s Jobs Bonus
Zoo Workers Buck ‘Mercy Killing’
Canberra Firefighters Win Union Backing
Global Equity Under Spotlight
Aussie Workers Fight Indian Child Labour
Water on the Brain
Shock jock Alan Jones snubbed his Liberal mates to bucket the Cole Royal Commission and launch Jim Marr's book
The Locker Room
Boer Bore Boring
In the face of oppression Phil Doyle falls asleep in front of the TV
The Hawke and Keating legacy is John Howard, Leonie Bronstein argues.
Hands Off, Tony
John Della Bosca argues the NSW Industrial Relations System gives his State a competitive advantage.
Re - Core/Non Core promises.
Another year, another round of corporate excess. Bosswatch returns from its summer slumber to find the same old dogs up to the same tricks.
Strangers in the House
Nursing Home Concerns
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Clean Energy’s Jobs Bonus
A sustainable energy industry could deliver up to 4,000 jobs to the NSW economy if the government was to seize the challenge of promoting clean power, according to a new report.
Prepared by the Allen Consulting Group for the Sustainable Energy Development Authority, the Report models the potential economic impact of sustainable energy options.
Contrary to assertions by some commentators that reducing greenhouse emissions necessarily leads to economic loss, the Report concludes that sustainable energy has strong potential to deliver economic as well as environmental benefits.
The study looks at a series of scenarios to gauge the employment impact of different government policies.
With a broad-based package of measures in place, including a a Sustainable Energy Investment fund, strengthening training and certification and lifting home and building star rating reuqirments, the Report concludes that economic activity in NSW could increase by more than $500m annually.
This would lead to the creation of up to 4,000 new jobs created - around one quarter of these in the sustainable energy industry and the remainder in the broader economy).
The report concludes these benefits depend critically on adopting a multi-pronged approach - rather than individual measures in isolation - so that the savings from improved energy efficiency can offset the added cost of increasing the share of renewable energy.
The Sustainable Energy Jobs Report also examines global trends and uses case studies to highlight the importance of government support for the sustainable energy industry and key sustainable energy technologies.
It concludes that ongoing effort will be required in order to keep pace with global trends and ensure that NSW maintains a healthy slice of the booming global market in greenhouse friendly technologies and services.
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