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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Deaf, Blind and Looking For Friends
"When you walk into a football stadium you can see the size of the enormous crowd. You know the power that the roar of that crowd has. Imagine then, not being able to experience that because you are blind and deaf."
Stephen Hallinan, president of the Deafblind Association, painted a picture for the NSW Labour Council last week of what it was like to be missing the senses of sight and hearing.
Stephen, who is deaf and blind himself, was joined by Carol Ireland, Director of Operations at the Royal Blind Society. Carol spoke of the work of the Deafblind Society, which has created 8 positions for Deafblind students through the assistance of government funding and the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union.
The Deafblind Service is seeking support from other unions and the community to continue its valuable work.
15 year old Amanda, who is also deaf and blind, addressed the meeting and told of her dream to "have lots of friends and to help others like me."
To support the work of the Deafblind Service contact Carol Ireland at the Royal blind society on 1300 134 560, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
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