The Great Repression
In a rare outbreak of candour in Federal Parliament this week we have seen the Prime Minister admit the five-day week is going out the door and his leader of business, Tony Abbott, blow kisses across the House.
Interview: Public Defender
The CPSU's Stephen Jones has confronted the Howard Government's IR agenda at close quarters.
Legal: Craig's Story
An inquest in western NSW is a cautionary tale of the use of AWAs, writes Ian Latham
Unions: Wrong Way, Go Back
The WorkChoice legislation sends Australia down the wrong economic road by smashing the instittutions that have made it strong, argues Greg Combet.
The Howard Government has shown itself to be the master of illusion, writes Dr Anthony Forsyth
Politics: Queue Jumping
The changes to industrial laws, betray a new vision of Australian society, writes James Gallaway.
History: Iron Heel
Conservative governments using laws to take away basic civil rights. It's nothing new, writes Rowan Cahill
Economics: Waging War
When was the last time you heard an Australian politician talk about incomes policy, asks Matt Thistlethwaite
International: Under Pressure
The push for UN intervention in Burma is intensifying, following a report by Vaclav Havel and Bishop Desmond Tutu into slave labour.
Poetry: Billy Negotiates An AWA
More and more people are meeting Billy, the hero of page 15 of the WorkChoices booklet, including our resident bard, David Peetz
Review: A Pertinent Proposition
Nick Cave's "Australian western" touches on some themes still relevant today, Julianne Taverner writes.
Nobody Expects the Construction Inquisition
Howard in Redundancy Raid
States Sidestep Wage Hurdle
Catholics Bless Day of Action
PacNat Bids to Railroad Future
Feds Authorise Invasion
Howard Censors Workers
Sol Plays Dumb Card
Boycott Hangs Over Hardie
Pirates Face Kofi Break
Miners Don’t Dig Safety Levy
Keep the Spirit Alive
Activist's What's On!
Men and Women of Australia
What makes a perfect speech? Michael Fullilove has scoured Australian history to find out.
The Locker Room
The Hungry Years
Phil Doyle gets the feeling we’ve been here before
From Little Things
Paul Kelly's song about the battle for land rights misses one important character, writes Graham Ring
The Westie Wing
Ian West takes a look at Public Private Partnerships, and wonders if we should all just drink rum…
We're Just Serfin'
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Letters to the Editor
I am writing to you and your readers of this site to warn them that companies out there are already positioning themselves for the new IR changes being forced upon us.
Last night a friend of mine I hadn't seen in a while came over and was quite distressed that she was taking antidepressants due to workplace stress.
When I asked why she told how the American based catering company she has been working for has changed its name in a minor way and acquired a new ABN and therefore could sack the lot of them no entitlements of any kind and hire them on AWA`s which are much more restricted than earlier conditions.
When I said she should fight it in court she said that they were told if anyone went to the press about it they would be instantly dismissed.
So there you go already a so-called honest Howard backed company has jumped at the chance to kick us in the guts.
I was always of the thought that governments were elected by the people for the people, that clearly is not the case!
The only thing that was going to bring this government down was itself and I think that they have just handed a landslide victory to Labor - BRING IT ON!
Bryce Regnier, SA
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