||Issue No. 187||18 July 2003|
Hearts, Minds and Other Body Parts
Interview: As They Say In The Bible ...
Industrial: Just Doing It
Unions: Breaking Into the Boys Club
Activists: Making the Hard Yards
Bad Boss: In the Pooh
Unions: National Focus
Economics: Pop Will Eat Itself
Technology: Dean for President
International: Rangoon Rumble
Education: Blackboard Jungle
Review: From Weakness to Strength
Authority Shafts Excessive Mine Hours
Insurance Quiz: Money or the Baby?
Monk Lined up with Jihad Masters
Vote Snooping Bosses Out of House
US Actors Back Aussie Comrades
Teachers Caught in Family Feud
Longer Strikes Spark Picket Code
Max Sets Athens as Airport Standard
Indigenous First for Construction
Call Centre Jobs Diverted From Delhi
The Locker Room
Sid Einfield Would be Proud
Tom in the Manger
Sermon on the Mount
Labor Council of NSW
Rat in Ranks, Tubner Warns
NSW broke ranks with Labor administrations in Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart to throw its weight behind a faster and more complete demolition of protections in the clothing, textile and footwear sector than even the Productivity Commission is suggesting.
The move shocked TCFUA officials who had spent months lobbying Egan to support them and other Labor Governments with submissions aimed at protecting jobs.
The reasons for being fobbed off became clear when NSW presented submissions contrary to ALP policy which calls for a tariff freeze unless reductions can be proved to be in the national interest.
"This Productivity Commission has been put in place by the Federal Government to throw out the jobs of Australians. In my view, the bastards shouldn't exist and Michael Egan is not much better," Tubner said.
Labor Council will go over Egan's head to seek an urgent meeting with Premier Bob Carr on NSW's decision. The Productivity Commission is scheduled to make a final report to Federal Government on the future of Textile, Clothing and Footwear tariffs by July 31, based on the submissions it has received.
Victorian, South Australian and Tasmanian Labor Governments all presented submission that reflected party policy.
Tubner lashed the NSW stand on tariffs as an "extreme ideological one" that, he said, would cost jobs around the state.
"The position to the Productivity Commission on behalf of the NSW Government in fact argues for a faster and more complete dismantling of tariffs and industry assistance than advocated by the Commission itself," Tubner said.
"Even worse, it is completely and totally in contravention of national and state ALP policy.
"The threat to these working Australians demands nothing less than the premier's direct intervention to ensure ALP policy is honoured and NSW jobs preserved."
Tubner pointed out the debate on industry tariffs took place against the backdrop of a Japanese announcement that it would increase tarrifs on Australian goods.
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