A Secret Country
Beyond the obvious shift in the Australian political landscape, we are currently witnessing major changes in our political culture – personified in the two Herald Sun journalists currently facing jail.
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
Busted: Howard's 14 Percent Fudge
Emperor Stripped on Wages
Witch Hunt Targets Priest
No Malice in Pregnancy Termination, Court
Building Boss Risks Lives
Cleric Preaches Murder
Bus Rams Home IR Message
Contractors Get Run Of “The Mill”
BHP Mining Cheap Labour
Toll Bells For Corrigan
Lorikeet Folds Wings
Safety Is Apples In Orange
IR Ads Dubious
Striking Tongans Serenade Princess
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
Rodent Knows Best
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.
Proof in the Pudding
Safeguards Already There
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Letters to the Editor
Wouldn't it be great if elected governments were held against performance standards that citizens could all generally agree on? This would cause no end of debate, however, it could prove very useful.
Imagine the following as a broad job description:
Government Responsibility To All Citizens
Government does what the country (or state) requires and what the private sector cannot do - or is not doing - effectively, ethically, or at all. It is the job of government to promote and, where possible, provide sufficient protection, greater democracy, more freedom, a better environment, broader prosperity, better health, greater fulfilment in life for all citizens, less violence, and the building and maintaining of public infrastructure.
All of this will mean little if the government decides to allow the 'free market to rule' unregulated. Sounds unbearably fuzzy, however, that doesn't make it any less important come election time.
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