It has been a sad spectacle watching a Labor Government run down public servants, as they have in NSW this week.
Interview: Court's in Session
As the silks line up to challenge WorkChoices, Jeff Shaw is fighting for his own legacy - the NSW IR system.
Industrial: Whose Choices?
The Howard Government's WorkChoices legislation has been dissected by lawyers and the commentariat; now it's the turn of political economists.
Politics: Peter's Principles
Forget John Howard. The force behind WorkChoices is Peter Costello. The Prime Minister-in-waiting has devoted a lifetime to undermining the security and living standards of Australian families, Jim Marr reports.
Environment: TINA or Greener?
What does the greenhouse effect and legislation to control workers have in common, asks Neale Towart
History: Its Not Just Handshakes and Aprons
Power. They have it, we want it. Friendly societies tried to keep it for working people, writes Neale Towart
International: US Locks out Jose' Bove
The US Government has refused to allow France's most famous farmer Jose Bove into the country to address a conference
Education: No AWA - No Job
The Howard Government has given the Australian community its first view of the future by forcing new staff at Ballarat University to sign an Australian Workplace Agreement if they want a job, writes Jenny Macklin.
Culture: Jesus was a Long-Grass Man
The writings of a Middle Eastern theologian may provide guidance to those grappling with indigenous issues, writes Graham Ring
Review: Charlie the Serf
Nathan Brown takes the sledgehammer (and sickle) to Mr Wonka's Chocolate Factory.
Taskforce Shrugs Bashed Teen Worker
Car Plant Puts Pedal to Metal
Call Me Now: Rev Kev
Fat Boss Sings
Unions Back After This Break
Public Cuts Must Be Last
Apprentices Grow Up
‘Castle Win Keeps Trains On Track
Chicken Worker Stuffed
‘Revolving Gangplank' at Sydney Ferries
NSW Councils Short $21 billion
Activists What's On!
Hitler in Bowral
Political censorship has made its wasy to the sleepy Southern Highlands, wrties Rowan Cahill.
The Locker Room
No Laughing Matter
Phil Doyle tries to take Australian sportspeople seriously, and fails.
Lest We Forget
The Westie Wing
Ian West is mistakenly sent an advance copy of John Winston Howard’s Little Blue Book of Australian History…
For Whom the Toll Bells
Labor Sells Hydro
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Call Me Now: Rev Kev
Calls to the WorkChoices hotline cost taxpayers six times more per minute than phone sex.
Calls to the controversial hotline, set up by the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations to “explain” industrial relations changes, cost an average of $33 per minute. Workers Online understands the going rate for a call to a phone sex hotline is about $5 per minute.
In figures revealed before a Senate committee, the Federal Government spent $4 million to set up three WorkChoices call centres, only to field 49,000 enquiries. This works out at $80 per call.
According to a Telstra client report, obtained by Workers Online, for a day in October, each call lasted an average of 144 seconds.
Criticism of the hotline emerged soon after it was set up, with many people complaining they were left without answers to questions.
Workers Online last year sprung the hotline for giving wrong advise on whether or not an employer could force an Australian Workplace Agreement onto a new employee.
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