|Issue No 27||20 August 1999|
Letters to the Editor
Group Homes Claims Disputed
I was distressed by the alegations made in the letter about the so-called "sell off of group homes" by the NSW government.
Anybody who has been listening to Minister Lo' Po knows that there is nothing being sold to private enterprise.
The proposal is for those group homes to be managed by COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS, with long proven records of efficiency and caring practices, where parents and the community (instead of just the bureaucrats) have much more of a say in the running of the premises.
People are entitled to disagree with the proposal, but people should not be entitled to embark on slandering campaigns, misleading the people of NSW by telling them that this is a "sell off" of those services. In my view it could very well be, instead, a move to work closer and more efficiently in partnerships with the community.
Interview: Stepping Up To The Plate
ACTU secretary-in-waiting Greg Combet talks about his report on international trade union trends and the need to adapt for the future.
Work/Time/Life: The Good Type of Wharf Security
The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has locked in better job security for casuals as part of its collective agreement with P&O Ports.
International: Venezuela Warned By Global Labour Group
Venezuela's new Constituent Assembly has drafted a decree providing for the dissolution of the country's national trade union organisation, the CTV.
Legal: Politically Motivated Case Against Unionist Fails
A politically motivated extortion case against Eric Wicker, a long-time trade unionist on the Port Kembla waterfront has failed.
Republic: Direct Election Republicans who say YES � and MORE!
Despairing at the sight of Ted Mack and Phil Cleary fronting for Kerry Jones and the Australians for A Constitutional Monarchy? Appalled at the disastrous strategy and paralysis of the Australian Republican Movement? A significant group of Republicans has an answer for you!
Unions: Technology for the Times
New technology offers exciting opportunities which help union growth, according to this extract from Unions@Work.
History: Australian Unions and Industrial Action 1788-1900
A project is under way to compile a comprehensive record of unions, informal worker organisation and strikes from the period of European settlement to 1900 using a specially designed computer database.
Review: Stage Left! - Workers Theatre Hits the Mark
'Rare' is the word on the Melbourne Workers Theatre production, 'Who's Afraid of the Working Class?' currently touring the eastern states of Australia.
Satire: Australia's Most Earnest
Strewth magazine scours the cultural landscape for its inaugural Earnest Bastard of the Year Award.
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