Open for Business?
While our focus in recent months has rightly been on the federal political arena, the first skirmish in the battle for rights for NSW workers will occur at the state election, due in just nine months.
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
Laughing All The Way To MacBank
Perth Apartments Go Like a Bomb
AWAs - Just Say No!
Andrews Puts Contracts on Families
Safety Laws Mine New Depths
Builder Threatens Homes
Beazley to Halt Maxi-Scam
Umpire Stumps Minister
Worker Dumped Over Casual Affair
Councils Trash Workers
Union Journo Escapes Fiji
Canucks Crash Howard’s Party
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.
Psychometric Testing for Bullies
The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP, Ian West reports from Macquarie Street on some strange collective acction.
Pleased with Beazley
What is Working Class
National Day of Protest
Higher Profile for Labor
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Umpire Stumps Minister
Kevin Andrews has been told to pull his head in, after ignoring a series of IRC directions, in a bid to scuttle wage rises for thousands of NSW families.
The full bench put it right on Andrews, last week - comply with lawful directions or risk being shut out of considerations.
The extraordinary ultimatum was delivered by the full bench after Andrews' solicitor provided the commission with a three-line statement that addressed none of the issues it had been given until April 11 to clarify.
When the Commonwealth was granted leave to intervene in the state wage case, being run by Unions NSW, it was directed to supply the following information:
- its position on Unions NSW's four percent claim
- the material it intended to rely on to support its position
- why it should be permitted to cross-examine in the proceedings
Andrews' response ignored every direction. It read, in full, "The Commonwealth's position in respect of the claim by Unions NSW is that it does not support the timing of the claim. At this stage, the Commonwealth does not have a position on the quantum of the claim."
The NSW bench said failure to "precisely identify" his position, or attempts to delay proceedings, were "unacceptable" as they failed to comply with directions.
It warned Andrews that his status gave him no "special dispensation" to ignore Commission directions.
"An indication from the Commonwealth of what view it takes of the claim by Unions New South Wales would be of assistance to this Full Bench in at least enabling us to have regard to the Commonwealth's preferred position in arriving at an appropriate outcome," it said.
The bench warned Andrews that if he did not comply before the case begins, on June 5, it could revoke his leave to intervene.
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