How It Comes To This
There are times when a worker has no real option than to take a stand, no matter the cost. This is the situation confronting NSW’s 15,000 rail workers right now.
Interview: The Reich Stuff
Robert Reich has led the debate on the future of work – both as an academic and politician. Now he’s on his way to Australia to help NSW unions push the envelope.
Economics: Crime and Punishment
Mark Findlay argues that the present psychological approach to prison programs is increasing the likelihood of re-offending and the threat to community safety.
Environment: Beyond The Wedge
Whether the great forestry divide can ever be overcome or whether it is best sidestepped for the sake of unity and sustainability in other areas is up for debate, writes Tara de Boehmler.
International: The End Of The Lucky Country
Linda Weiss, Elizabeth Thurbon and John Mathews show us How To Kill A Country
Safety: Tests Fail Tests
Nick Lewocki from the RTBU lifts the lid on the shonky science behind RailCorp testing
Politics: Labo(u)r Day
John Robertson lets fly at this years Labor Day dinner
Human Rights: Arabian Lights
Tim Brunero reports on how a Sydney sparky took on the Taliban and lived to tell the tale.
History: Labour's Titan
Percy Brookfield was a big man who was at the heart of the trade union struggles that made Broken Hill a quintessential union town writes Neale Towart.
Review: Foxy Fiasco
To find out who is outfoxing who, read Tara de Boehmler's biased review of a subjective documentary about corrupt journalism.
Poetry: Then I Saw The Light
Brothers and sisters! Praise the Lord! Brother George has saved the White House from an invasion by infidels, writes resident bard David Peetz.
Workers Seize Cat
Castle Hill Uprising
Carr Flips on Rail
Producers Call "Cut"
Fly Me To … Anywhere
Saint Buzz: Hymn the Man
Patricks Attacks Westies
Cold Comfort for Scientists
Mothball Bowls Port Hedland
Boss Rejects AWA
Asbestos Audit Refused
Bear Mauls Children
"Leave or Leave," Telstra
Activists What's On!
The Locker Room
In Naming Rights Only
Phil Doyle has Gone to Gowings
Rowan Cahill tells us how the Howard Government’s appointment of Major-General Duncan Lewis to head up the national security division of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet has received little critical comment, until now.
What about the real crooks?
The Westie Wing
New proposed legislation in NSW provides a vital window of opportunity for unions to ensure they achieve convictions for workplace deaths, writes Ian West.
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Bear Mauls Children
A huge brown bear accosted academics and frolicked with children at the University of New South Wales last week.
The six-foot teddy bear, mascot for a staff and student campaign for more child care places, spoke at a rally demanding the University reverse its reputation as the "least family friendly higher education institution in the country".
Over 150 staff, students, children and supporters ate fairy bread, painted faces, munched sausages at the rally.
NTEU activist Susan Price says there are700 parents on waiting lists for existing childcare facilities at the University.
"Three quarters of student parents on the list told us a lack of childcare services had effected their ability to study effectively," says Price.
"UNSW have said that child care is the priority, and to address this made a commitment to spending $500,000 in 2004 and $500,000 in 2005 on new childcare facilities."
"It is now November 2004, and nothing's happened."
Price is also concerned about parental leave provisions at the University which she says are close to the worst in the country.
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