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
Bolt Strikes Lecturer
Good Heavens - Della Plays Santa
Maori Take Challenge to Canberra
Drips Fail Water Test
Hardie Shuts the Door
Hadgkiss Threatens Protesters
Army Fires Salvo
The Munro Doctrine
IR Sparks Emergency Call
Tassie Jobs Hit By Truck
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.
The Locker Room
In which Whatsisname slams the recent poor form of Thingummyjig.
Sacking For Dummies
The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP, Ian West MLC, gets all casual in his latest missive from the Bear Pit.
Thus Spake Sydney Uni
Vote 1 Dictator
Buying peace Of Mind
Rev Kev Speaks
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Canberra Coy on Promised Statements
John Howard will keep his election promise to have family impact statements done on crucial issues. He just won’t let families see them.
Media outlets were stunned this week when the government informed them that promised statements on the sale of Telstra and industrial relations changes had been labelled top secret.
The Prime Minister announced the family impact statements in the lead-up to last year's federal election, picking up an initiative of Family First spokesman, Steve Fielding.
The status of the assessments was revealed when Sydney's Daily Telegraph applied for them under freedom of association provisions.
The formal application was rejected on the grounds that they were classified Cabinet documents.
Senator Fielding said Australians had been deceived and called for the documents to be released.
Fielding said if the Prime Minister had informed voters that family impact statements would be restricted to cabinet members they would have questioned their worth.
The rationale for the statements was to provide an assessment on how proposed legislation, or initiatives, would impact on families.
"Australian families would prefer to get the information and judge for themselves," Fielding said.
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