While the Prime Minister's penchant for the porky finally appears to be catching up with him, perhaps the biggest lie of his leadership remains largely unchallenged.
Interview: Trading Places
New ACTU International Officer Alison Tate cut her teeth delivering aid to developing nations through APHEDA. Now she is helping chart the global union agenda.
Safety: Snow Job
James Hardie has been drilled into our collective consciousness as a story of power, greed and immorality. It is also, as Jim Marr reports, a tale of human tragedy.
Politics: In the Vanguard
Damien Cahill reveals how neo-liberal think tanks have been at the forefront of the corporate assault upon trade unions and social movements in Australia.
Unions: Gentle Giant Goes For Gold
Donít get between Sydney sparkie Semir Pepic and a gold medal in a dimly lit alley, writes Tim Brunero.
Bad Boss: 'Porker' Chases Blue Ribbon
Perfect Porker, Darren Vincent, brings a history of meat worker shafting to this monthís Bad Boss nomination.
International: Cruising For A Bruising
Europeís big unions are bruised as they watch companies roll over some of their best-organised unionised workplaces demanding longer work hours Ė without any recompense, reports Andrew Casey.
History: Under the Influence
Was John Kerr drunk when he wrote and signed the letter dismissing Edward Gough Whitlam from the Prime Ministership in 1975? Geraldine Willissee investigates.
Economics: Working Capital
Where superannuation fits, where it fails and what we should we do about it. Neale Towart gives the tough answers.
Review: Fahrenheit 9/11
There's many a must see moment in Mike Moore's new flick but beating the propaganda machine at its own game wreaks havoc with wearied bullshit detectors, writes Tara de Boehmler.
Poetry: Bad Intelligence Rap
When Flood washed away the PM's sins, the truth was once again left high and dry.
Satire: Osama Bin Manchu
During a recent visit to an elderly relative in a nursing home, I was waylaid by an ancient gentleman who insisted I listen to what he had to say, writes Rowan Cahill.
Hardie Chiefs Dodge Findings
Virgin Wants Them Young
RTA Counts Cheapie Cost
Miners Trump Rio Gold
Suits Star in Big Steel
Boffins Back Sweatshops
Tony Winner Bags an Ernie
Bush Fires Up
Kiwis Unfriendly, say Aussie Bankers
CPSU in Pay Cut Territory
Brains Over Buns Claim
AIG Backs "Cowards"
BHP Makes A Killing
Schools Fight for Equity
Activists What's On!
The Westie Wing
The Labor Governments in each State must take the lead to stop the abuse of corporate law in Australia in the absence of action from the Federal Government, as the Inquiry into James Hardieís has highlighted, writes Ian West.
Cleaners Deserve Our Support
It's time the state's cleaners were given some support, loyalty and long service leave, writes Chris Christodoulou.
The Locker Room
Half Time At The Football
Phil Doyle wants to have his pie and eat it too.
Frank Mossfield was one of the labour movementís quiet achievers. Former Labor Council secretary Michael Easson pays tribute.
Howard Minor Goes Bush
Lessons From East Timor
Just back from a study tour to East Timor, National Reserach Officer with the Construction division of the CFMEU, Ben Stirling, writes about the experience for Workers Online.
Tom Relieves Himself
System Screws Workers
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Tom Relieves Himself
After receiving much negative feedback in relation to my 'Devils Advocate' letter in relation to the possibility of James Hardie instigating proceedings against entities which colluded to injure or do economic harm, I was compelled to analyze my articulation of these views.
So, after mulling over the critique both verbal and written, I have concluded that, rather that use the biblical phrase "Cast not your pearls before swine", I would phrase it as a baggy trousered philanthropist, and "You don't feed strawberries to pigs".
Now , having relieved my self, by giving a spray of my bush lawyer type legal opinion, I would seek a more educated legal opinion from those, whom read your periodical , as to the relationship of Commonwealth law to State Law, and to my understanding as to the definition of Fraud as defined in Butterworth's." An intentional dishonest act or omission done with the purpose of deceiving."
This also being an offence in the New South Wales Crimes Act 1900, Sect 185A
In this particular example I refer to the requirements of the Social Security Act 1991 which in many sections including 605 and 607 these demanding a written agreement (rather than compliance) to perform certain functions by the signing of documents with which they may although , a citizen complying with the conditions imposed, they may not agree with them, the purpose being to obtain what is their entitlements , as laid down not only In Commonwealth Law but many international treaties including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
My question is - as a government Minister is responsible for their department , the application and administration of its governing legislation, is the Commonwealth Minister of Social Security, guilty of an offence against the New South Wales Crimes Act Sect185A, by inducing a person to enter into an arrangement by misleading statements?
If this is the case will the Department of Public Prosecutions act in initiating a prosecution in not only the public interest, but in the interest of good governance?
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