It wasnít that long ago that John Howard was the great Conservative leader who wanted to remake Australia in his own image, defending the monarchy, beating up gay mums and attacking the ABC.
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Unions: State of the Union
Unions NSW secretary John Robertson unveils the annual survey of attitudes of workers to their jobs, thier lives and the union.
Industrial: Fashion Accessories
Jim Marr unpacks the unlikely claim of a suburban house to be considered the New Mecca of the New Right Ö
Legal: Leg Before Picket
Chris White looks at how the federal industrial changes will impact on the basic right to strike.
Politics: Business Welfare Brats
Neale Towart asks why the only form of legitmate welfare seems to be going to the top end of town.
Health: Cannabis Controversy
Zoe Reynolds looks at how drug and alcohol testing is leading to some addled outcomes.
Economics: Debt, Deficit, Downturn
As the indicators head south, Frank Stilwell wonders whether it is the way we do economics that is to blame.
History: Politics In The Pubs
Phil Doyle reports on the increasingly-popular Struggles, Scabs and Schooners day out.
Review: Three Bob's Worth
Doing their best Margaret and David, Tara de Boehmler and Tim Brunero have different takes on the new Australian flick Three Dollars.
Poetry: Do The Slowly Chokie
Workers Online bard David Peetz teaches how workers to dance to Howard's industrial laws.
Freedom From Choice
Hostile Takeover - Can Howard Do It?
Premier Sues Miners
Vanstone Shows Brickieís Cleavage
Sparkies Refine Safety Tactics
Ten Cent Deal Cuts Beards
Kiwis Vote for Flight
Death Penalty No Deterrent
Costa Railroads Jobs
Aussies in Ivy league Battle
Drivers Shake the Cage
Employers Come Clean
Big Call in Newcastle
Bosses Back Gaol for Cowboys
Activistís Whatís On
Notes From a Laneway
Mental Health Workers Alliance member Toby Raeburn shares a week on the frontline.
The Locker Room
War, Plus The Shooting
The Socceroos arenít their own worst enemy after all, or so says Phil Doyle
Life Imitates Art
The jokes have been around for some time about the economic rationalist's approach to the orchestra, writes Evan Jones.
Adler Should Be Hung
The Westie Wing
Ian West takes the secret passage out of Macquarie Street to deliver his take on NSW Parliamentary Committees and other goings on.
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Employers Come Clean
Employers admit some cleaning contractors are dudding workers and taxpayers.
The concession came at the launch of an ACT Cleaning Industries Code of Practice, designed to drive shonks out of the territory.
The code, developed by the LHMU and Building Services Contractors Association of Australia (BSCAA), has the Spotless Group, Tempo Services and, importantly, the Westfield Group as backers.
Westfields is especially important as a major shopping mall landlord. Contracting critics have singled out building operators whose only consideration is price, as the driving force behind rip-offs.
BSCAA president, Rodney Barnes, agreed "some" contractors were causing problems by illegally sub-contracting and failing to provide correct insurance or workers compensation payments.
LHMU representative, Lyndal Ryan, called the code a fresh start for the industry.
"For this initiative to work, we need property owners and managers to embrace the idea that it is not only ethical to prefer code cleaning contractors but it also in their commercial interest," she said.
"These will be corporations that want clean buildings without the use of dodgy employment methods, unsafe working conditions and sweated labour."
The launch, at Canberra's Hyatt Hotel, attracted widespread community support.
ACT Industrial Relations Minister, Katy Gallagher, launched the initiative before representatives of the union, Westfield, shopping malls, ACOSS, the ACT Multicultural Council, and Labor Lawyers.
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