A tired, ageing government tries to scare the electorate into re-electing it on the basis of a lie. Sound familiar? Yep, John Howard is going to the polls again.
Interview: True Matilda
Former senior bureaucrat John Menadue coordinated the group of 43 calling for truth in government; and now he has bigger fish to fry.
Politics: State of Play
Are all political parties the same? Workers Online tries to cut through the jargon to compare the major parties' approaches to key policy areas.
Industrial: Capital Dilemmas
Public Private Partnerships amount to privatisation by stealth. Or do they? Jim Marr investigates.
Unions: Rhodes Scholars
Tim Brunero discovers how the Electrical Trades Union is doing its best to ease the national apprentice crisis.
National Focus: Rennovating the Lodge
Noel Hester previews how unions will be fighting the federal election - on the ground and online.
International: People Power
Over the next four years there is a real potential a major struggle will take place for workers’ rights and the creation of truly democratic unions in China., writes Andrew Casey
Economics: A Bit Rich
Who Gets What? Why? And So What?, Frank Stilwell reviews the BRW's Rich List
History: Mine Shafts
It's 25 years since Nymboida passed the baton to United, writes Peter Murray
Safety: Sick Of Fighting
Former RAAF engineers could be sitting on a health time bomb, Tim Brunero reports.
Organising: Building a Wave
Community groups, unions and social movements all practice organising, wrties Tony Brown and Amanda Tattersall.
Poetry: Anger In The Bush(es)
How dare any Liberal suggest that the Prime Minister is a lying rodent! Resident bard David Peetz reports on the outrage that this slur has justifiably caused.
Review: The Battle Of Algiers
Tim Brunero writes The Battle of Algiers is a coldly objective, almost scientific anatomy of revolution.
Culture: The Word On The Street
Phil Doyle reports on how the Australian working class experience lives on through the words of the remarkable Geoff Goodfellow.
Sprung: Howard Liberal with Truth
Yanks Demand Racism
The Greening of Labour
Mums Move to Ease Squeeze
Flying Kangaroo Goes to Water
Health Warning for Bank Robbers
Heritage Goes to Waste
Freespirit in Hiding
Offensive Toilets Threaten Pupils
Telstra Dials Workplace Acquiescence
P-Plate Nightmare for Young
Free Loaders on Notice
Funny Money Raises Interest
Privatisation Debate Energised
Activists What's On!
Hail to the Metro-Sexual!
If the cultural shift required in the workplace to give greater security to working families was broadly accepted the ACTU would not be locked in an adversarial Work and Family test case argues Sharan Burrow.
The Westie Wing
In his latest missive from Macquarie Street our resident Parliamentary commentator, Ian West, walks us through issues around the PBS.
How Bush Lost His Wings
Tracking the National Guard Career of the Fatuous Flyboy from New Haven, Jeffrey St Clair.
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P-Plate Nightmare for Young
Volunteers, students working nights and musicians are amongst young drivers who will be unfairly disadvantaged by the proposal to place a night curfew on P-plate drivers.
Dozens of young drivers have lodged their concerns with a Unions NSW hotline.
Among the stories:
- Jason, a volunteer officer in the Air cadets. He volunteers his time to do training of other cadets on weeknights and often does not drive home until 10pm.
- Laura a uni student who works part time in bar work at a bar often does not finish work until 1-2am. May restrict her ability to work to fund her studies.
- Daniel, a musician whose band starts most gigs at 9pm and finish anytime up to 12am. "If I cant drive to gigs I wont have a job."
- Jenny, working in sales and marketing, often have dinner with clients as part of her job.
"All these young drivers have legitimate reasons to be driving at night" Labor Council secretary John Robertson says.
"I think this indicates that the government may need to look at its curfew proposal and understand the way it may affect the lives of some young workers."
These and other stories will form the basis of a submission from the NSW Labor Council to the government as part of the consultation process around the proposed curfew.
Any other young drivers who believe the curfew will be a nightmare for them can call the Unions NSW Hotline on 1800 688 919.
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