The Power of One
The power has now shifted. John Howard has control of the Senate by a solitary vote and no matter where your politics lie, the earth has definitely moved.
Interview: On Holiday
Historian Richard White looks back on the Aussie vacation - and finds a way of life is under threat.,
Unions: One Day Longer
Nathan Brown travels to the Boeing picket line and find a group of workers with a steely determination to stick together.
Industrial: Never Mind the Bollocks
Jim Marr plays the Howard Government's industrial relations spin job on its merits.
Politics: Spun Out
Canberra’s latest campaign underlines the need for controls over government advertising, according to Graeme Orr and Joo-Cheong Tham
Economics: If the Grog Don't Get You ....
Evan Jones explains how the way we purchase alcolohol reflects the type of economy we live in.
History: Taking a Stand
Neale Towart looks at two books that chronicle how to build community support against social injustice.
International: The Split
Amanda Tattersal outsider's account of an insider's shake-out at the AFL-CIO Convention 2005
Legal: Pushing the Friendship
George Williams argues that the federal government’s constitutional powers are not sufficient to enact a comprehensive national industrial relations scheme
Poetry: Simple Subtractions
The latest blitz of taxpayer-funded advertising has revealed a crisis of arithmetic in government ranks has moved resident bard David Peetz to prose.
Review: Sydney Trashed
Sydney band SC Trash are on a mission to give new life to folk and country music – and the politics of common sense. Nathan Brown had a beer with them
“Disgusting” AWAs Court Out
Andrews Agenda Rolled in DEWR
Sick Days Get Hadgkiss Sniffing
Fun Guy Skips Work, Docks Staff
Nurse Launches Neighbourhood Alert
Security Staff Bush Whacked
Commo Bank Staff Force Smiles
Cameron Gets ‘Fair Dinkum’
Feds: Inconsistency “Not Inconsistent”
Telstra Dials Up Cash Grab
Howard Votes Family Last
PacNat Troops Won't Be Railroaded
All Aboard Vic Safety Train
Activist's What's On!
The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP, Ian West, goes away for a couple of weeks and look what happens…
The Last Weekend
Unions NSW secretary John Robertson's speech to the Last Weekend - how the Howard government laws will undermine the Ausrtalian way of life.
The Locker Room
A Concept Is Born
In which Phil Doyle helps the proponents of the vision thing across the road.
Workers Blood For Oil
A new book by Abdullah Muhsin and Alan Johnson lifts the lid on the bloody reality of US backed democracy for Iraq's trade unions
Farmers’ Best Friend
During his recent stay in London IEU industrial officer John Shapiro was living only a few hundred metres from the site of one of the bomb blasts.
Govt Has No Case
Logon to IR
Ears and Minds
Howard on the Couch
Kevin the Tool Man
Tom On Safety
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Letters to the Editor
Ears and Minds
The article 'Andrews provokes showdown' reveals the tactics of the government very clearly. Stall, deny, and wait for the big guns of the taxpayer funded ad campaign to come to the rescue of a government caught with its rhetorical pants down! However the labour movement needs to do more than simply point out that the government are liars. People know this and don't expect anything more from this government.
We need to shake up the debate in this country at the most basic levels. Just what is it about Howard/Costello's 'golden economy' that requires real wages to be cut? If the economy is so good, why are they banking on workers working longer hours as a way to increase productivity?
How do we know that increased productivity (if it occurs which it won't from these changes) won't be trousered by CEOs and shareholders, the way productivity increases have been trousered over the last decade? There are many more questions and points to be made about the federal government's jihad against working families, and if the labour movement doesn't raise them, no one else will. I think people are ready for an honest debate about the state of the economy, and are ready to hear different voices arguing for different options than the ones we have been listening to for so long.
So far the labour movement has the ear of people. People are listening because they know the government are liars and they are worried about the future. But we have to do more than simply spell out how bad this will be for working families. We need to start spelling out alternative pathways to a better, more secure, more sustainable economic and social future for every-body.
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