Holes in the Net
The Medicare debate may be clouded by the minutae of the health delivery system, but it really boils down to an old-fashioned ideological battle between user-pays and state responsibility.
Interview: Union for the Dispossessed
The Welfare Rights Centre's Michael Raper on 20 years of activism, the politics of punishment and how to make Australia egalitarian again.
Unions: Joel's Law
Building Workers have overcome powerful forces to push workplace safety back up the national agenda. But, Jim Marr writes, their "success" has come at an unacceptable cost.
National Focus: Spring Carnival
It must be spring: punting in Victoria, singing in South Australia, fighting in America. It’s all there in the national wrap from Noel Hester plus an Australian union movement rugby world cup class consciousness poll.
Bad Boss: Fina and Fiends
They sacked the job delegate, reinstated him after an IRC hearing, and sacked him again two weeks later. But that was just the beginning.
Industrial: The Price of War
Mass industrial action is brewing in Israel as the policies of the right-wing Sharon Government come home to roost, writes Andrew Casey.
Economics: Who's Got What
Frank Stilwell pours over the latest BRW Rich List to build a picture of the increasing gap between the haves and have-nots.
History: Containing Discontent
Racism against minorities has always been a stock in trade of politicans, writes Phil Griffiths
Review: An Honourable Wally
Most Australians probably look at our politicians and feel they could do a better job but when redundant meatworker Wally Norman gets the chance to find out he realises getting elected is a major hurdle, writes Tara de Boehmler.
Poetry: The Colours of Discontent
A thousand blossoms bloomed during the US President's spring-time colonial visit last month.
US Giant Attacks Aussies
Exposed – OEA in Kids Scandal
Left-Right Flattens Abigroup
ANZ Cops Fine Over Robbers
Classroom Stoush Gets Personal
Seven Workers Pass "Intelligence" Test
Stop Press: Coal Strike
Nurses: MedicarePlus Points to America
‘Joel’s Law’ Gathers Momentum
Skilled Picketers Confront Patrick’s
Yahoo Censors Union Ad
Labor’s Cotter Court ‘Faking’ It
TAFE Puts Best Foot Forward
Wharfies, Actors, Seafarers Unite
Debus Gives Up On Lawyers Picnic
Nelson Backdown Not Enough
Online Pay Check
Bush's Faith-Filled Life
The President's conversion, 'sense of divine calling' and struggle with sobriety are subjects of a forthcoming book, writes Bill Berkowitz
The Not So Smart Money
Phil Doyle is sick of big money ruining grass roots sport, and he’s taking his bat and going home.
The Westie Wing
The ongoing challenge for Labor members of parliament is to make what the Premier calls the ‘creative partnership’ between the Government and the union movement a reality, writes our favourite MP Ian West.
Jack Lives Here
Behind the Junta
Saw Min Lwin, Secretary for Trade Union Rights/ Human Rights for the Federation of Trade Unions Burma (FTUB), outlines the struggle for workers in his country.
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Wharfies, Actors, Seafarers Unite
Wharfies and seamen have joined the campaign to protect Australia’s entertainment industry from globalisation and the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement.
MUA national secretary Paddy Crumlin joined Aussie icon Jack Thompson in the call to protect the country's cultural heritage on the eve of the AFI awards, last week.
Actor Thompson was in Sydney to launch the book Fighting Films: The History of the WWF Film Unit at a gathering of 200 film and
maritime workers, veteran wharfies and academics at the Australian National Maritime Museum on Wednesday.
In acknowledging the importance of filming Australian stories in our own vernacular, Thompson and Crumlin both stressed the importance of protecting home-grown culture.
"We need to protect our cultural integrity and prevent the US dumping cheap films and shows here," Crumlin said. "We need to expand local
content laws which require Australian television and other media outlets to show Australian productions just like we need tighter restrictions on foreign shipping to protect the Australian merchant
marine from being sunk by cheap, cut rate flag of convenience vessels that pollute our waters and exploit crews."
Thompson said the Australian film industry must not "surrender culturally" to the US.
"Film is the lingua franca of our age," he said. "That's where people learn who they are, what we are, and often learn what to think and how
they should say things. Without a voice in film and television, we'd end up being the 52nd state of the US."
The MEAA and maritime unions argue the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement should not be allowed to prevent an Australian government expanding local content requirements, or regulating new media.
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