No Place Like Home
Little by little, the truth is seeping out; a judicial inquiry into James Hardies Industries corporate restructure is exposing a scandal of dramatic proportions.
Interview: The New Democrat
Canadian activist Judy Rebick explains how she's using lessons from Brazil to rebuild the labour movement.
Bad Boss: The Ugly Australian
Prime Minister John Howard is in California spruiking the "merits" of this month’s Bad Boss nomination …
Unions: Free Spirits and Slaves
International capital demands guest labour – legal or illegal – as a way of beating down wages and conditions and, as Jim Marr discovers, the Australian Government seems happy to oblige.
Industrial: National Focus
Noel Hester reports on another workplace death (we-will-not-RIP NOHSC), heartburn for the Canberra consensus and all the action from around the states in our national wrap.
History: A Class Act
The problem of forgetting the primacy of class in favour of other ideas of community is highlighted in a new book, writes Neale Towart
International: Across the Ditch
NZ Nurses Union leader, Laila Harré, is in Sydney this week, comparing notes with the Australian Nurses Federation and seeking transTasman support for New Zealand’s highest profile industrial campaign.
Economics: Home Truths
Sydney University's Frank Stilwell argues that tax policy is driving the housing boom.
Review: No Time Like Tomorrow
The Day After Tomorrow is one part Grim Reaper of the environmental movement and two parts fictitious fable dramatically window dressed with extreme special effects, writes Tara de Boehmler.
Poetry: Silent Note
Resident Bard David Peetz uncovers the current public service motto – "Don't tell the Minister!".
Multi Bets on China Card
Community Flags Reconciliation Push
Nigel’s Ad Values Questioned
Medal for "Jobs Vandal"
Schoolies Earn Thousands
Westbus Drives Over Entitlements
Circus Owners Cut Up Rough
Fireys Slam Adelaide "Death Traps"
Job Slasher Faces Spam
Sixty Stations Face Axe
"Sickies" to Join Dinosaurs
Mr One Percent on Notice
Stink Over DJ’s Bogs
Aussie Kids Die on the Job
Activists What’s On!
The Pursuit of Happiness Part I
The Australia Institute's Clive Hamilton questions the assumptions underlying a society that defines happiness in dollar terms.
The Pursuit of Happiness Part II
Clive Hamilton concludes his analysis, looking at how more and more Australians are pulling back from a marketplace that is no longer providing the goods.
The Locker Room
Sack ‘Em All!
Phil Doyle puts his job on the line, but doesn’t everyone these days?
Flexed To Death
The Westie Wing
The NSW Government has an agenda on the table but the test is finding innovative ways to finance it, writes Ian West
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Fireys Slam Adelaide "Death Traps"
Some of Adelaide’s popular nightspots are potential death traps, according to firefighters worried venue safety checks aren’t being completed.
The United Fire Fighters Union of South Australia says venues in Hindley St and the East End District, popular with young revellers, have fallen victim to a lack of resources that is also preventing the Metropolitan Fire Service move with the city's urban sprawl.
"A modern fire service takes a preventative approach as well as a responsive approach," says Phil Harrison from the UFFUSA. "It's always too late when you need to take these issues to the coroner."
The union says inspections need to be increased to ensure premises comply with licensing laws and the state's Fire Services Act.
South Australia's opposition emergency services spokesperson backed the union's call, telling Budget Estimates hearings last week that just over half the 750 inspections planned for 2003-04 were actually carried out because of a lack of resources.
The UFFUSA says there was no increase in resources for firefighters in South Australia's recent budget.
Harrison says that the Metropolitan Fire Service is also struggling to keep up with Adelaide's urban sprawl, affecting response times in new outlying suburbs.
Some new areas are covered by the SA Country Fire Authority, meaning response times can vary from four minutes in one area to 14 minutes a few streets away.
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