To the Victors The Spoils
Revelations that private American lawyers, rather than the ILO, will rewrite the labour laws of countries levelled by the American military vindicate the warnings of those concerned by US unilateralism.
History: Nest of Traitors
Rowan Cahill uncovers a ripping yarn that could redefine the way we look at Australian involvement in World War II.
Interview: A Nation of Hope
Former PM Bob Hawke bemoans the demise of industrial relations but takes heart from the prospect of peace in the Middle East
Unions: National Focus
Noel Hester reports on a soap star rebellion, Howard’s plans to renuclearise South Australia, more historical atrocities in the north, the redundancy test case plus more in the monthly national wrap.
Safety: The Shocking Truth
It’s every power worker’s worst nightmare – and it happened to Adrian Ware. In a flash of voltage, his life changed forever, as Jim Marr reports.
Tribute: A Comrade Departed
From Prime Ministers to wharfies, the labour movement paid tribute to Tas Bull this week. Jim Marr was among them.
History: Working Bees
Neale Towart looks at a group of workers who got sacked so their boss could keep making the Bomb.
Education: The Big Picture
The NTEU’s Dr Mike Donaldson and Tony Brown join all the dots in the current debate around higher eduction.
International: Static Labour
Ray Marcelo argues there’s another side to the recent furore over Telstra’s use of cheap Indian IT contractors.
Economics: Budget And Fudge It
Frank Stilwell argues that Peter Costello’s latest budget plumbs fiscal policy to new depths.
Technology: Google and Campaigning
Labourstart’s Eric Lee argues the latest weapon for campaigning could be the humble search engine.
Review: Secretary With A Difference
Looking for a new job can be hard enough, without having to worry about sadomasochistic bosses and the threat of being spanked for forgetting to cross your ‘t’s, says Tara de Boehmler.
Poetry: The Minimale
The Labor Party leadership is in the news again, inspiring our resident bard David Peetz to song
Satire: Howard Calls for Senate to be Replaced by Clap-O-Meter
John Howard released a controversial policy statement today, arguing that the Senate be abolished in favour of a device measuring noise from the gallery of the House of Representatives.
Rail Chaos Looms
Electrolux Blows Fuse at Fundraiser
ACM Loosens Handcuff on Democracy
Sick Call on Mum’s Job
Now For Industrial Shock and Awe
Brian Miller – Working Class Hero
Dynamite: Howard Handout for Rorters
Family Case to Nurture Mothers
Militants Lock Out Another 600
Tipping the Turtle – Fijian Style
Carr Goes Private
Wages Blemish Sound Budget
Westie Takes On Westfield ‘Hypocrisy’
Eleventh Hour Reprieve for Women's Centre
It’s Our Party
Long time union watcher Nicholas Way looks at the changing dynamics between the industrial and political wings of the labour movement.
In his Maiden Speech, new MP Tony Burke argues that the ALP’s union links are nothing to be ashamed of.
Opinion Forming Down Under
Evan Jones condemns the mainstream’s media coverage of the War on Iraq and the damage it is doing to our national psyche.
The Locker Room
In Defence of Cuba
It’s all fun and games until someone loses a club, writes Phil Doyle
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Carr Goes Private
Private schools are the only part of the NSW education sector that will benefit from this week’s state budget, according to teachers.
Teachers Federation president, Maree O'Halloran, said that both TAFEs and public schools would be worse off after projected inflation of three percent was factored into budget allocations.
Funding for private schools, on the other hand, has been boosted by more than four percent.
On top, O'Halloran said, the Carr Government would return less than half its $27.5 million TAFE fee grab to the institutions.
Michael Egan's budget provided an extra $12.8 for TAFEs while $30 million would be required to neutralise inflation over the coming year.
O'Halloran said the new fee regime, providing increases of up to 300 percent, would hurt disadvantaged students and their communities.
"The poorest, most highly marginalised TAFE students can only do one fee free course a year, no matter how short or minor, even if it's intended to lead into another course," she said.
"These fees shift the burden of providing a quality TAFE education from the Government to TAFE students."
O'Halloran said education and training's share of the state spend had fallen steadily from 28.4 percent in 1989 to 22.6 percent. She accused the Government of substituting rhetoric and media spin for investment.
The Teachers Federation says "chronic underfunding" has put public education at risk.
Percentage increases provided in this week's budget saw TAFE up .69 percent, inclusive of revenue from increased fees; public schools up 1.2 percent and spending on private schools increased by 4.46 percent.
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