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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Safety Is Apples In Orange
A new $2.6 million rural safety package, protection for union right of entry and Codes of Practice to enshrine workers' safety have been the highlights of a major NSW OHS conference held in the central western city of Orange.
Delegates to the NSW Workplace Safety Summit in the state's central west finalised action plans to improve health and safety in NSW workplaces.
Union delegates spoke of the need to protect the right of entry for union officials from federal changes to workplace laws.
The co-operative approach between unions, employers, government and occupational health and safety experts to develop new plans for nine industry sectors brought praise from the state minister responsible for workplace safety..
"I congratulate all involved for dedicating themselves to this task and for making the Summit productive and effective," said Minister for Commerce, John Della Bosca "I am sure the action plans that will be produced will save lives, prevent injuries and improve productivity and profitability."
The conference saw vigorous debate between delegates on how best to tackle workplace safety.
"We know that workplace death and injury draws passionate responses - and delegates have demonstrated that in the working groups and the plenary sessions," said Della Bosca. "Debate has been vigorous and constructive."
Premier Morris Iemma opened the Summit at the Orange Ex-Services Club, announcing a new $2.6 million rural safety package. The initiative includes a new rebate scheme to help farmers fit life-saving power take-off guards on tractors.
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