Those of us preparing to protest US President George W Bush’s visit to Australia must tread a fine line – between condemning the policies of an illegitimate president with a dangerous agenda and damning an entire nation.
Interview: No Ifs, No Butts
Rugby League Professionals Association president Tony Butterfield on his battle to deliver a collective agreement for NRL players.
Unions: National Focus
In this month’s national wrap: Noel Hester meets a heavy hitter talking up open source unionism, truckies front the suits at Boral’s AGM, tales of corporate bastardry and Medicare birthday revelry.
Industrial: Fools Gold
Unions have thrashed out a string of protocols with the NSW Labor Government. Some, now, are questioning whether they are worth the cheap, imported paper they are written on, reports Jim Marr.
Bad Boss: Bones of Contention
Byron Bay chicken boners have nominated thier boss for a Tony after seeing their entitlements plucked.
History: The Gong Show
In late September the South Coast Labour Council (SCLC) celebrated 75 unbroken years championing the rights of workers in the coastal Illawarra region 80 kilometres south of Sydney, writes Rowan Cahill.
Politics: The Hawke Legacy
The election of the Hawke Labor government twenty years ago holds some salient lessons for today’s Labor Party, writes Troy Bramston.
International: Sick Nation
As Australia celebrates 20 years of Medicare’s universal health coverage the crisis facing American workers in need of medical care is a useful reminder of what we’ve got – and what we stand, writes Andrew Casey.
Economics: Closed Minds
Philip Mendes looks at the political influence of right-wing think tanks, their financial backing and asks why the left hasn’t been able to get its ideas out there.
Review: Mixing Pop and Politics
He's had relations, with girls from many nations... but Billy Bragg seems to like us Aussies as much or even more than any of the others, writes Pádraig Collins.
Poetry: One Size Fits All
There once was a man from the Lodge - Who tried hard, our poems, to dodge... Resident bard David Peetz is back!
Rail Whistleblower Attacked - Again
Royal Con on Tape
Call Centre Stumps Umpire
Breakthrough for Email Privacy
Harbour Sell Off Sparks Occupation
Harvey World Travel Locks Up Tour
STOP PRESS: Telstra Drops Out
Workers Voice Gets Hard Edge
Employees Disable Hard-Ball Bosses
Canberra Eyes Crash Windfall
Bush Whacker - Dubya Fingered
Assault Costs Education Department
Uni Workers Stand Up To Feds
Thousands Say No to Cole
The Town that Struck
North By Northwest
Phil Doyle returns from up north, where he survived on nothing but goodwill, good people and a great big orange bus.
The $140 Million Patriot
It would be hard to imagine a steeper slide from hero to zero than the experience of Richard Grasso, the now-deposed head of the New York Stock Exchange. writes Jim Stanford.
Bush's Bad News Blues
The Bush Administration is cooking up a new campaign 'to shine light on progress made in Iraq', writes Bill Berkowitz.
The Locker Room
A Tale Of One City
Phil Doyle gazes into the crystal ball for signs of life, and finds that somewhere the horses are running in the wrong direction.
With Banners Furled
There is no better account of the glory that was the annual Labour Day marches than that given by Kylie Tennant in Foveaux, her fictional account of life in inner Sydney in 1912, the year she was born.
The Westie Wing
Our favourite Macquarie Street MP, Ian West MLC, reports on the world of NSW politics.
On The Waterfront
The Cancun Wash-Up
The dramatic collapse of the World Trade Organisation Ministerial Meeting in Cancun, Mexico, last month has been followed by a deafening quiet from Geneva, Brussels and Washington, writes Peter Murphy.
An Honest Job
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Canberra Eyes Crash Windfall
Melbourne couple Lindall and David Connelly have been dudded of $73,000 while the Federal Government sits on hundreds of millions it collected from air travellers under the guise of an Ansett workers’ levy.
Twenty five-year flight attendant Robbie Holdaway, from northern NSW is even worse off, out of pocket $90,000 on money earned during her time with Ansett.
ACTU secretary, Greg Combet, highlighted the trio's predicament in a call for the Howard Government to release $260 million to the people travellers believed it was being collected for.
Federal Government imposed the $10 slug on air tickets when Ansett collapsed, pitching 15,000 Australians out of work.
Combet accused Canberra of profiting from their misfortune.
"My office gets many calls from former Ansett workers who are still out of pocket, despite the Howard Government holding $260 million collected from the Ansett ticket levy," Combet said.
"Soon it will collect another $190 million from Ansett's administrators.
"Why is it that sacked workers remain unpaid while the government stands to make a profit of between $115 million and $260 million from the Ansett collapse?"
The $400 million admistrators have raised by sales is frozen because of court action by one of the superannuation funds. But the first $190 million of that money has been ear-marked to repay the Federal Government's contribution towards workers' entitlements.
With the ticket levy, having raised $305 million, Combet says, a worst case scenario will see Canberra profit from the exercise by $115 million.
If, as seems likely, sell-offs realise more funds, however, it could reap a windfall of as much as $260 million.
Combet said the Government's "double dipping" meant there would be a shortfall in funds available to pay outstanding entitlements to thousands of former Ansett employees.
The likelihood of a significant Government profit has been confirmed by Deputy Prime Minister, John Anderson, who says the surplus is likely to be directed to a "tourism fund".
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