A Secret Country
So Tony Abbott has tabled his legislation to crush the CFMEU, while refusing to release the secret volume of the Royal Commission on which the recommendations are based.
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.
Cole Skeletons Shake Monk
Abbott Flags Move On Nurses
Workplace Bullies Leave Three Dead
People’s Bank Scraps People
Left-Right Combo Drops Motorway Boss
Free Wally - Movie Offer
Detention for Minister Who Praised Scabs
Cancun Flop Spurs Local Stars
Public Sector: Cuts and Thrusts
Medicare Cuts Take Cake
Beating Around The Bush
Other Half Lives It Up
Anderson Ducks Mudgee Bill
Deaf, Blind and Looking For Friends
Filipino Vote Call
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.
Freedom from Choice
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.
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Free Wally - Movie Offer
Workers Online is offering 30 free tickets to readers who want to see a new Aussie flick about a worker who runs for parliament after losing his entitlements in a lockout.
When union member Wally Norman becomes part of a mass lockout by employer National Meats and is then denied his entitlements he decides to do something about the system that allows workers to be shafted on a daily basis.
Never one to take things lying down, Wally runs for Federal Parliament to get his former boss back while shaking up the State.
The Honourable Wally Norman follows his journey from worker to pollie-with-a-difference and promises to throw in plenty of laughs along the way.
Directed by Ted Emery and starring Kevin Harrington (Sea Change, The Dish), Shaun Micallef (Bad Eggs, Micallef Tonight) and HG Nelson (This Sporting Life, The Monday Dump), this topical flick will screen nationally at full-price from November 13.
Becker Entertainment is exclusively offering union members a special advance screening of The Honourable Wally Norman at Hoyts Fox Studios at 6.30pm on Thursday, 16 October.
To secure your tix for nix email Peter Lewis at [email protected]
Meanwhile, congratulations to Sean Chaffer who won our "Beer with Billy" competition and enjoyed a soothing ale with British singer-songwriter, Billy Bragg, last Friday.
Chaffer was able to give the workers' troubadour the drum on the Australian scene, as well as a personal account of the highs and lows of trade union activism.
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