Elections are to be held both here and with our controlling shareholder this year and already we are getting the feel for how the incumbents will attempt to cling onto power: fear spiced with loathing.
Interview: Baby Bust
Labor's Wayne Swan argues that the plight of our aging workforce is only one side of our demographic dilemma.
Safety: Dust To Dust
Failure by authorities to police safety in the asbestos removal industry is threatening the lives of members of the public, writes Phil Doyle.
Bad Boss: Shaming in Print
Delegates from print shops around Sydney will publicly shame this month’s Bad Boss nominee with a rally outside his new Alexandria operation next Thursday.
National Focus: Work's Cripplin' Us
Noel Hester reports on a spin doctors' talkfest, workplace pain, stroppy teachers and IWD party time in the national wrap.
International: Bulk Bullies
An extraordinary five month struggle over affordable health care, by nearly 70,000 Californian supermarket workers, has just come to an end, writes Andrew Casey.
History: The Battle for Kelly's Bush
Green Bans saved a piece of bush before they saved much of the Sydney’s built environment, writes Neale Towart
Economics: Aid, Trade And Oil
Tim Anderson reveals Australia’s second betrayal Of East Timor is playing out before our eyes.
Review: The Art Of Work
Workers and westies are being celebrated as the cultural icons they are thanks to two Sydney exhibitions reminding us there is a world of art in the everyday, writes Tara de Boehmler.
Poetry: Sew His Lips Together
Wondering where the next porkie is going to come from? Resident bard David Peetz knows.
Taskforce "Disgraced" in Court
Students Take $10,000 Trim
Truckers Lose Way With GPS
Jockeys Down by Width of Strait
Treasury Loses Sight of Trees
Athens Built on Sweat
Signing Away Safety
Fallen Formworker Critical
Stop or You’ll Stay Blind
Bracks Spin Machine Towels Nurses
Trade Deal Fuzzy on Content
Good Will Still Hunting on Rail
Developer "Monsters" Safety Cop
Day Off for May Day
Activists What's On!
Iraq and Your Mortgage
How high interest rates go will be a key issue in 2004 and if you are looking for a clue, there's no better place to look than the war in Iraq, writes Michael Rafferty.
Hang Onto the Day Job
Show someone else the money, says Phil Doyle.
Ian West shows why Eveleigh Street’s not so far away from Macquarie Street
Bring Back Bulk Billing
Don’t Give Up the Fight
Get Up, Stand Up is the logo of choice on a popular range of subversive condoms. Ken Davis from Union Aid Abroad reports from Zimbabwe’s second city
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Treasury Loses Sight of Trees
NSW Treasury has shifted its attention from commuter services to state pine forests, sparking fears for regional timber towns like Tumut, Oberon, Bombala and Tumbarumba.
CFMEU forestry division secretary, Craig Smith, confimed privatisation was a "definite threat" after state government handed investment bankers ABN Amro the task of examining "options" for the future management of publicly-owned forests.
The CFMEU, PSA and AWU have formed a forest workers alliance in response to the government's move and will take their concerns to regional towns dependent on softwood processing.
Industry analysts say it would be extraordinarily difficult to win political support for the privatisation, or corporatisation, of native hardwood forests but the same conservation factors would not come into play with the 290,000 hectares of pine under state management.
"Government hasn't said it favours privatisation but it is adamant - the status quo is not an option, there will be change," Smith said.
"We know the history of privatisation on jobs and communities. "There are many issues that make privatisation look commercially silly but our argument is a principled one about the retention of public assets.
"Is this a Labor Government we are dealing with or not?"
The CFMEU has already held meetings with members in affected timber towns to discuss the issues.
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