So this is our most successful Olympics ever. Our athletes will return from Athens with their biggest ever haul of medals, more winners per capita than anywhere on earth. If all this is true, why does it all feel so empty?
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
Don�t 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 month�s Bad Boss nomination.
International: Cruising For A Bruising
Europe�s big unions are bruised as they watch companies roll over some of their best-organised unionised workplaces demanding longer work hours � 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.
Crane Topples at Death Probe
Treasury�s "Scary" Power Play
Aussie Idol on the Farm
Email Volley Defends Delegate
Hardie Slow on the Uptake
Meatworkers Go Full Monty
Sydney or the Bush
Badge of Honour Signals Row
Libs to Trump Court
Project Champions Working Poor
Jobs Victory on the Border
Scabs in the Valley
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 Hardie�s 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 movement�s quiet achievers. Former Labor Council secretary Michael Easson pays tribute.
Watch What they Do
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.
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Sydney or the Bush
The Carr Government is siphoning millions of dollars from its rural budget to deal with urban problems, according to angry bush public servants.
More than 300 Department of Primary Industries staff will rally outside State Parliament to protest the attack on jobs and services in country NSW.
The rally will take place at 12 noon on Tuesday, August 31, outside State Parliament in Macquarie Street, Sydney.
"The Government has taken $37 million from this year's budget, and $58 million next year. So far it all seems to be coming from jobs in rural communities," Public Service Association Assistant General Secretary Shane O'Brien says.
Mr O'Brien said staff were angry that the Government was fixing its political problems in Sydney at the expense of country public servants and rural economies.
"This is the worst type of political opportunism. The Government is taking millions out of country NSW where its support is traditionally low and pumping that money into Sydney's vote winning areas", O'Brien says.
"Hundreds of efficient workers are being thrown on the scrap heap in areas where alternative employment is hard to come by just so Carr and Egan get out of gaol on Sydney trains and hospitals," Mr O'Brien said.
Staff members affected by the budget cuts will be bussing in to Sydney from as far away as Deniliquin and Grafton, where along with Temora and Narara the Government plans to close research stations forcing staff to relocate or lose their job.
"The days of public servants being political pawns are over. The PSA and staff will campaign up to and beyond budget day to secure a fair share for country departments and country staff," O'Brien says.
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