Revenge of the Footy Dads
The release of the second wave of ACTU TV advertising last weekend continues to take the debate around industrial relations into the broader community – and specifically the nation’s footy grounds.
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.
Brazilians Score at Rocky
PM Discounts Fair Go
Centrelink Crashes Internet
On Yer Bikes
Road Toll Off The Rails
Part-Timers in Bank Heist
It’s Eight Against Eight
OEA Says Plaque You
Kez and Rupe Tighten Grip
Feds Get Blank Cheque
Rev Kev Absolves Killers
Turning Business Upside Down
Stink Over CountryLink Shrink
Nurses Brush Sick Offer
Men Make Permanent Choice
Activist's 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
Four Cornered Rat
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.
Hrowad’s Meixd Msesgaes
Petrol Price of War
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Feds Get Blank Cheque
Federal Government is free to spend tens of millions of taxpayers’ dollars on TV ads before it reveals the details of its IR changes.
The High Court has ruled the Government can dip into the public purse after an attempt by unions and the Labor Party to stop the plan failed last week.
"We lost on a technicality," says Labor justice spokesperson Nicola Roxon, adding the Opposition will try other methods to stop the Government's "taxpayer-funded propaganda".
The reasons for the court's decision are not yet know.
Political observers are interested to see the court's decision in full because two of the judges, who will probably make the unions and Labor pay up to $200,000 of the Government's legal costs, likened Howard's new ad plan to the propaganda of former Soviet bloc countries.
The Howard government is planning a massive television, newspaper and radio ad blitz to counter the ACTU's "Footy Dad" and other IR TV ads, which have put an unwelcomed spotlight on the Government's industrial relations agenda over the last few months.
The Howard government has not sought authorisation from parliament to spend public funds on the ads.
It is estimated that the Government plans to spend $20 million on the new ad blitz, and may have already spent around $5 million.
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