Contract With Australia
If WorkChoices is the legislative expression of the Howard Government’s ideological hatred of unions, the Independent Contractors Act is the product of an altogether more dangerous form of ideological zealotry.
Interview: Out of the Bedroom
Reverend Jim Wallis is leading a crusade to take the moral debate into the public arena.
Industrial: Cloak and Dagger
The Howard Government has begun a series of workshops to sell its WorkChoice vsision. Sean Ambrose sneaked through the doors for Workers Online.
Jim Comerford’s eyewitness account of the 15-month Lockout of 10,000 New South Wales miners in1929-1930 records the inside story of Australia’s most bloody and bitter industrial conflict
Legal: The Fantasy of Choice
Professor Ron McCallum argues the WorkChoices laws are built on a fundamental fiction.
Politics: Labor Pains
Labor has dealt itself out of the crucial workplace relations debate by failing to articulate a credible policy alternative to Howard’s new WorkChoices legislation, argues Mark Heearn and Grant Michelson
Economics: Economics and the Public Purpose
Evan Jones pays tribute to John Kenneth Galbraith, a big man who never stopped arguing that economics should serve the public good, not create public squalor.
Corporate: House of Horrors
Anthony Keenan takes a tour of Sydney’s notorious, Asbestos House, courtesy of Gideon Haig.
History: Clash Of Cultures
Neale Towart with a new take on Mayday through the words of a punk icon
International: Childs Play
An ILO report into Child Labour shows some progress is being made to curb this gobal scurge .
Culture: Folk You Mate!
Phil Doyle dodges Morris Dancers to find signs of Working Life at the National Folk Festival in Canberra over the Easter Weekend.
Review: Last Holeproof Hero
Finally, a superhero who has worked out how to wear his underpants. Nathan Brown ogles V for Vendetta
Andrews Axes Safety
Plant Fission for Cost Savings
Spotless Bosses Blame Howard
Aussie Bushman Pronounced Dead
Who's Smirking Now?
Yellow Bosses See Red
Amber Light on Howard's Way
Secret Police Spook Mum
Wally Pollies Set for Cracker
Qantas to Parachute In Pilots
Unmask the Puppeteers, Union Demands
Cleaners Mop Up
Cane Toads Hop Into Johnny
King of Onkaparinga Cries Poor
Activist's What's On!
Labor's environment spokesman Antony Albanese argues that Chrernobyl is one reason why the ALP should stand firm on nuclear.
The Locker Room
A Sort Of Homecoming
Phil Doyle plays to the whistle.
Restaurant a Rip Off
The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP, Ian West reports from Macquarie Street on some strange collective acction.
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Plant Fission for Cost Savings
The federal government is saving $140,000 a year by cutting raditation monitoring at the country's only nuclear reactor.
Workers at Lucas Heights confirm that is all that is being saved by a controversial move to cease testing for leaks between the hours of 11pm and 7am.
The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) announcedment sparked anger from workers and emergency services.
The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) says the plant is engaging in a cost cutting agenda leaving the safety of workers and the community at risk.
AMWU State Secretary Paul Bastian said ANSTO's claim monitoring was no longer necessary because of restructuring was a furphy.
"Our members, who have done monitoring in the past, say that's a nonsense," Bastian said.
"They're not prepared to risk the safety of workers and the community."
Bastian said a leak was possible at any time of the day for a multitude of reasons, including electrical faults.
"It's a nuclear reactor, not a microwave."
The union estimates the amount ANSTO would save from not monitoring would equate to the wages of two technicians.
Fire Brigade Union Secretary Craig Harris said a ban would be put in place unless ANSTO safety guarantees.
Harris said the move could breach the safety rules of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency and state occupational health and safety laws.
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