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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Trade Deal Fuzzy on Content
Details fleshing out the US-Australia free trade Deal have left big question marks over the future of the Australian Film and Television Industry.
The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance says there are serious fears that Australian perspective within broadcast media on local and international events may be lost.
Currently free to air networks have to show 55 per cent local content between 6AM and midnight.
The FTA means that similar rules in relation to pay TV and new media may never be introduced and our entire news, current affairs, sports and documentary production may be sourced from overseas.
At best it seems that the current requirements expenditure for local content on most subscription services (Pay TV) may not be able to rise above 10 per cent - if the Government at any time wishes to increase this quota on drama channels to a new maximum of only 20 per cent over time, they would have to consult with the United States.
Federal Labor's communications spokesman Lindsay Tanner says this consultation mechanism is of particular concern, given that these consultations are likely to be influenced by powerful organisations such as the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), who publicly oppose Australia's right to increase caps.
The Screen Producer's Association of Australia says the caps on expenditures on Australian adult drama (at 20%) and children's, documentary, arts and education channel (10%) will be the lowest in the developed world.
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