The Prime Minister rarely responds directly to criticism, so when he rushed out a media release rebutting an ACIRRT analysis of wages data this week, it was clear that they had a hit a raw nerve.
Interview: Polar Eclipse
Academic David McKnight challenges some sacred cows in his new book "Beyond Left and Right".
Industrial: Wrong Turn
Radical labour reform is on the horizon but some workers, like Sydney bus driver Yvonne Carson, have seen it all before, writes Jim Marr.
Unions: Star Support
It wasn't just families who backed workers' rights at The Last Weekend, but a bunch of musicians who set the tone, writes Chrissy Layton.
Workplace: Checked Out
Glenda Kwek asks you to consider the plight of the retail worker, and shares some of her experiences
Economics: Sold Out
The Future Fund and industrial relations reform are favourite projects of the PM and the Treasurer. Both are speculations on the future and the only guarantee with them is that you will be worse off, writes Neale Towart.
Politics: Green Banned
The impact of new building industry laws wonít be confined to one industry, writes CFMEU national secretary John Sutton.
History: Potted History
Lithgow is a place with a proud history as a union town. The origins of broader community solidarity lie in the early industrial development of the town and the development of unions. The Lithgow Pottery dispute of 1890 was a key event.
International: Curtain Call
The curtains have opened for East Timorís young theatre performers, thanks to a Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA project.
Review: Little Fish
At last! An Aussie film with substance, suspense and a serious dose of reality, writes Lucy Muirhead
Poetry: Slug A Worker
In a shock development, the Federal Treasurer, Peter Costello, gave a ringing endorsement to the poetry pages of Workers Online, writes resident bard David Peetz.
Trucks Run Down Mums
Boom! Biff! Itís Howard Unplugged
Fun Guy Spreads Fertiliser
Doors Close on Battered Mums
Bing Lee Peddles Rubbish
Bless This Bus
High Court: Ads Do Kremlin Proud
Families Water Win
Tesltra Cuts Get Poor Reception
Vegetable Campaign Sprouts
Check Work/Family Balance Here
Tim Wins For Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA
Activists Whatís On!
New Senator Stephen Fielding turned a few heads with his Maiden Speech to Parliament.
The Locker Room
The New World Order
Phil Doyle declares himself unavailable for the fifth and deciding test.
The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP, Ian West, reports from the NSW Government's Safety Summit
On The Bus
A bright orange bus travelling the state has become the focus of the campaign against federal IR changes. Nathan Brown was on board.
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High Court: Ads Do Kremlin Proud
Two High Court judges delivered a stinging attack on the Federal Government's taxpayer-funded soft-sell for their harsh new workplace laws.
One senior judge suggested the advertisements were like something out of the worst era of Soviet Communist propaganda pushed by the Kremlin.
Justice Michael Kirby said the Government's advertisements were like "the press in Bulgaria and Romania used to be, full of the merits of the great party leaders".
Justice Michael McHugh said the Government's argument that the advertisements related to higher pay and productivity seemed "divorced from reality".
The union movement, supported by the Labor Party, has challenged the constitutional legality of the $20 million ad campaign in the High Court.
The Government claims that the single line it included in the budget covering "higher productivity, higher pay workplaces" is enough of a fig leaf to cover spending as much as it likes of taxpayer funds on the ads.
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