Lord of the Lobster Legs
It was probably only shame that prompted the Prime Minister to drag himself away from a $250 per head fundraiser to meet with a group of emergency workers in Wollongong this week. But, this in itself may be a development.
Interview: Under Fire
Michael Crosby outlines his agenda to save the movement – and explains why Australians have nothing to fear from the SEIU.
Politics: And the Winners Are ...
Wal King, Allan Moss, Roger Corbett, Chip Goodyear, Michael Chaney and David Murray have lots in common, writes Jim Marr.
Labour lawyer Clive Thompson argues the changes to IR are fundamentally at odds with the national tradition of consesensus.
Economics: The Common Wealth
As the policy wonks debate the future of our cities, Neale Towart mounts a simple argument: It’s the real people in a society, stupid
History: Walking for Justice
The Eight Hour Day, a very Australian celebration, had its origins in New Zealand it seems, writes Neale Towart.
International: Deja Vu
A group of trade unions have walked away from America's peak council, again. Labourstart's Eric Lee was there.
Legal: The Rights Stuff
Terror laws have sparked a fresh debate on a Bill of Rights - and workers have a bigger stake than ever before, writes Rachael Osman-Chin.
Review: That Cinderella Fella
Russell trades the phone for mitts in an inspiring cinematic slug-fest. Nathan Brown is ringside
Poetry: Is Howard Kidding?
Mel Cheal asks who Howard thinks he is kidding to the tune of the ‘Dad’s Army’ theme song.
Family Grieves an Enterprise Worker
All Quiet in Dandenong
Hotline Gets Wires Crossed
High Flyer Crashes Families
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Drips Fail Water Test
Hardie Shuts the Door
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The Munro Doctrine
IR Sparks Emergency Call
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Canberra Coy on Promised Statements
Inquiry to Speak No Evil
Activist's What's On!
No Place For A Woman!
Doreen Borrow spoke to the Public Service Association’s women’s conference in September about her experiences of working life that span seven decades.
North By Northwest
Phil Doyle returns from up north, where he survived on nothing but goodwill, good people and a great big orange bus.
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IR Sparks Emergency Call
Emergency service workers who met with Prime Minister in Wollongong last week were left with the impression that he is “living on another planet” after he refused to guarantee that even half of Australia’s workforce would be better off under the proposed Workchoices laws.
Howard told the delegation of workers that, while young workers may not have choice over their work conditions, they would have "work opportunities" under his new regime.
The PM refused to give any guarantee that any worker would be better off under his new laws as "there may be a recession", distancing himself from responsibility for economic management by telling workers that "there may be an international recession, and that's not my fault".
Howard also refused to rule out the introduction of contract police officers on AWAs if there was a change of government at a state level.
Howard agreed to meet with the workers after a vocal protest by 500 workers outside a $250-a-head lunch held by the Liberal Party in Wollongong to open the office of Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells.
The delegation included a community midwife as well as fire brigade and police officers.
The delegation said that Howard is directly involved in formulating the IR policy.
"He is across the brief and following it step by step," says South Coast Labour Council secretary Arthur Rorris. "It was the sincere belief of the all who met the Prime Minister that the man must be living on another planet."
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