At its heart, political debate has always been a struggle between competing views about how a society should organise itself to maximise the benefits for the majority of its citizens.
Interview: Crowded Lives
Labor frontbencher Lindsay Tanner talks us through his new book on the importance of relationships and why politics is letting the people down.
Activists: Life With Brian
Work by men like Brian Fitzpatrick is exposing new Australians to old truths. Jim Marr reports
Industrial: National Focus
A showdown looms in Cancun, Qantas gets bolshie, casual and lazy in its response to aviation challenges, and long festering disputes fester on in Victoria and Tasmania reports Noel Hester in this national wrap.
Unions: If These Walls Could Talk
Trades Hall is preparing for a major facelift but first, Jim Marr reports, it must bid farewell to the colourful bunch who have populated its dusty corridors in recent years.
Economics: Beating the Bastards
Frank Stilwell looks at some of the proposals for building a fairer finance sector.
Media: Three Corners
So its come to this. Four Corners, one of the world's longest running television programs is now under pressure from an ABC Executive that is less cultural visionary than feral abacus.
History: The Brisbane Line
Percy Spender was Menzies' foreign minister, but, Neale Towart asks, was he also prepared to serve as Prime Minister in a Japanese controlled Australia?
Trade: The Dumping Problem
Oxfam-CAA helps set the scene for this month's World Trade Organisation in Cancun.
Review: Frankie's Way
In The Night We Called It A Day Frank Sinatra learns 'sorry' Down Under is a loaded word and refusal to say it when due will lose fans in important places, writes Tara de Boehmler.
Truckies Tip Safety on AGM Floor
Geelong Lockout Claims Family Homes
Aussie Labour Laws Fail US Test
No Accident – Insurance Dough Rises
Union Mum Wins
Rheem Runs Cold On Entitlements
Unions Take It Up for Footballers
Drug Boss Fails Workers
Ministers Urged to Take Responsibility
Museum Jobs Face Extinction
Less News And More Of It
Legal Costs Threaten Access
Learning for Life
Staking Our Territory
ACTU secretary Greg Combet argued for a fairer Australia in his keynote address to last month's ACTU Congress.
The Locker Room
Spring is a season when a person’s thoughts turn to…horse racing. Phil Doyle reports on the fate of nags and folk heroes.
Beyond the Block
We are wild about the people who live in The Block but not too interested in those who are on the streets outside, writes Michael Rafferty.
The Westie Wing
Workers friend Ian West MLC, reports form the Bearpit about a project to raise awareness about trade unionism amongst young people.
The Awkward Squad
Paul Smith meets one of the new generation of British union leaders who is taking the ball up to the Blair spin team.
Spicey and Tart
Tony and Pauline
PNG Bags Plastic
Fighting Words Craig Emerson
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Fighting Words Craig Emerson
Fighting words Craig Emerson in all its venom! Don't make me laugh. You must be kidding this speech was about as threatening as a dead sheep, the Labor Party will have to do better than this to win government.
The group of social misfits we now have running this country are indeed an insult to the intelligence, even to a grade seven drop out like me. But even a fool like me can see the present Labour Party especially in N.S.W. is just as far to the right as the Government. Even some of the more blue-blooded amongst the Conservatives are starting to see they don't believe there own bullshit any more, however I admire them in as much as when they are doing you over at least they have the courtesy of using a top of the line vaseline.
You can throw all the shit you like at the likes of Howard Abbot et all and I have no doubt some of it is begining to stick, however no matter how you carve it up INTEREST RATES is what killed the Federal Labor Party - simple.
I, like many other Australians, nearly lost my house when interest rates went to double digits and the Conservatives are going to beat this over the Labor Party until we put a man on Mars. Of course when we do the Astronaut, I have no doubt, will run into Simon Crean there and they can talk about Ethanol until the cows come home. I could go on, but I will leave that to the Federal Leadership. They had better get their act together or we are stuck with the Howard Government and all its venom, for the next generation.
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