Globalisation drags up all sorts of contradictions, none the least the attitude of nation states to international law, as show by events in Australia this week.
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.
Senators Back Rorters' Charter
Families Last in WorkChoices
Howard Loses Poll Position
Printers Stamp on Low Paid
Tough Men Back CFMEU
Kiwis Fly into Starbucks
Vale John Ducker
Iemma Drives Hardie Bargain
Memberships on the increase
Uni Union Shown The Door
In a Flap Over Flu
Job Cuts Threaten CBA's Bottom Line
Blackouts as Bosses Cut Deep
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
Demonise the Laws
The Westie Wing
Ian West takes a look at Public Private Partnerships, and wonders if we should all just drink rum…
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Name and Shame
I, as a fully paid up, voting member of the ALP, honestly believe that the current IR changes (WorkChoices et al), are an attempt to return Australian Workers to the economic prosperity they enjoyed prior to the 1890's.
Therefore I suggest that the ALP and the Unions adopt a similar policy. All unions should retreat from being incorporated, licensed participants in Industrial Relations (This would absolve them of the majority of penalties which they could otherwise incur). They should instead re-register as employee advocates for OH&S, thus allowing for multi-industry strikes (even general strike action) without incurring any penalties.
Moreover, I suggest a return to the identification of SCABS, with clandestine action once so identified. In order to facilitate this it will be necessary for any person involved to be a member of the ALP, in order that they may not be culpable for incitement of rioting, or of sedition. I also propose that any employer that takes lockout action should be identified, and the name, address and pictures of them, their family and their business be published on a website for all to view (if any take action on the base of this, be it upon their own head).
Remember comrades, strikes were illegal for a long time, let 'em do it if they wish - they simply need to be reminded why s.51(xxxv) was inserted into the Constitution to begin with.
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