The Perfect Storm
The mayhem and misery engulfing New Orleans and its surrounds is more than a human tragedy of mammoth proportions, it is the product of a convergence of events that could shift our worldview every bit as much as the attacks on September 11, 2001.
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 won’t 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 Timor’s 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.
Telstra Cuts Off Sick Mum
CFMEU Pulls $3M Bank Job
Life Imitates Ad
Equal Pay Unlawful
AWA Threatens Kids
Howard’s Porky Exposed
STOP PRESS: Bank Pinged
Thongs Flap Into IR War
Dad Sacked Over Safety Fears
News Leader in Advertising Stink
PM’s Spin Hit for Six
Daffy Ducks Dud Deal
Combet Stars At Rooty Hill
Vanstone Backs Ciggie Salaries for Detainees
Flicking the Super Switch
Activists What's 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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Letters to the Editor
Correct me if I'm wrong, but there was widespread media coverage when Mr Trujillo went to Canberra with his 'reality check' report. The Federal Government told him to shut up and get on with it. But we all got the impression there was something amiss.
As a majority shareholder and regulator, the Federal Government, has firstly, an interest in selling its shares at a premium price, and secondly, an obligation to ensure that the telco functions and will continue to function properly in the future. This would mean value for price.
Reality check - given the Federal Government has so much of OUR money invested in the telco, don't you think that they should have been monitoring OUR investment much more closely than they have been?
Mr Trujillo and his team have been labelled a 'disgrace' in spite of the fact that they have attempted to reveal the true operational state of the teleco (something that has been conveniently ignored to date). The PM admits he was aware of how the share price was being propped up by redirecting profits to shareholders as dividends instead of reinvesting in ongoing and future operational requirements (what does this say about his integrity?).
Mr Costello, heard rumours but ignored them because, he claims, it was not his area of responsibility. Yet he has been salivating over the prospect of the sale and how much it will bring to the Federal Govenment coffers. He is the Federal Treasurer who should take some kind of interest in such a major Government investment, don't you think?
What I think we have here is a case of hear no evil, see no evil - and that is what's hurting investors.
As a major shareholder and regulator, the Federal Government cannot ignore and then try to redirect blame at those who have revealed the information because it is not convenient, and potentially costly, can they?
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