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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Virgin Wants Them Young
Flight attendants asked to sing and dance during job interviews to demonstrate their "Virgin Flair" are taking the airline to the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Board.
The group of eight attendants, some experienced ex-Ansett employees, argue they were rejected by Virgin Blue because they were "too old and ugly".
The applicants, aged 36 to 56, claim the 2001 interview process was little more than a meat market.
Richard Branson-owned Virgin has been criticised for its "sexist" marketing practices that often feature media stunts involving Branson and a clutch of attractive, young female flight attendants. In one such incident Branson sprayed his helpers t-shirts with champagne.
In 2001 the airline denied claims by the Flight Attendants Association of Australia it had asked female flight attendants to wear G-strings after the union fielded complaints.
The FAAA's Darryl Watkins says age should not be a barrier for flight attendants if they know emergency procedures and provide good service.
"We encourage all airlines to recruit regardless of age and to recognise the need for progressive policies such as part time work and workplace flexibility," he says.
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