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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Pirates Face Kofi Break
Unions have succeeded in bringing the issue of piracy before the UN Security Council in a bid to protect the lives of maritime workers.
Global Union federation the ITF has congratulated the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) for responding to the pirate attack on the cruise ship Seabourn Spirit by calling on the UN Security Council to tackle the anarchy of the seas off Somalia - and beyond.
The ITF had made a personal plea to IMO Secretary General Efthimios Mitropoulos to bring in the Security Council, since it is capable of making the kind of necessary naval intervention that the IMO cannot. The Federation described itself as delighted by his response that the IMO had already planned to do so.
"This latest attack, coming hard on the heels of the shameful theft of two relief vessels, proves that the situation is almost beyond control. Even 100 miles offshore ships are unsafe. We must bite the bullet and admit that as a unified nation, Somalia has ceased to exist. That may well mean that other countries will have to enter its waters and take over the duties that it can no longer carry out," says John Bainbridge, who represents the ITF on piracy at the IMO explained:
"Piracy is a world problem, a growing plague feeding on global trade, and sad to say it goes far beyond just this one area.
"The Security Council will have to ask how many more attacks there need to be before real action is taken. They may want to remember what the response has been to a single terribles incident in the past - how a single terrorist attack against the Achille Lauro resulted in the adoption of the SUA Convention."
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