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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Kiwis Unfriendly, say Aussie Bankers
New Zealandís Labour Government is "left wing" and unfriendly according to Australian bankers, miffed at the prospect of having to pay tax on their earnings.
The Australian Financial Review reports that Australia's big-four banks all face substantial claims after an industry-wide audit by New Zealand's Reserve Bank found they had grossly understated their tax rates.
National Australia Bank subsidiary, BNZ, was found to have paid an effective rate of 7.5 percent, last year, but reported paying tax at 27.1 percent of earnings.
According to the Reserve Bank, Westpac paid up at 7.2 percent while reporting a tax rate of 30.4 percent, while the ANZ generated an effective rate of 9.4 percent but reported 29.7 percent.
The audit claimed that Commonwealth Bank subsidiary, ASB, had generated a negative effective tax rate, whilst reporting payments at 33.7 percent.
Their performances caused the Reserve Bank of New Zealand to wonder what they might get up to in other dealings.
"The apparent ease with which banks can manufacture a desired reporting outcome leaves one with a sense of unease about what they could do in areas that are of more direct prudential concern," a RBNZ memo said.
All the Australian banks have denied the accusations.
Stockbroker, JP Morgan, quoted NAB chief executive, John Stewart, as slamming Helen Clarke's administration. Stewart called it "very left wing and not business friendly."
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