If the Answer is Nuclear ….
At least George Dubya still has some influence. Not in his own country, certainly not in Europe, not even in the former dominions of Latin America.
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
Death Site Under Wraps
Lets Get Physical, Building Bosses
Retailers Spotlight Wage Cuts
Sparkie Vote Will Go To the Wire
More Front Than Meyer
Nine Vanish in Melbourne Triangle
Black is White, Andrews
Kev Nicks from Kids
Toothless Tiger Squeals
High Standard Bugs Boss
Labor Roots In Graft Allegations
ALP Urged to Front Up
On the Road Again
Activists 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.
Spotlight on WorkChoices
The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP, Ian West reports from Macquarie Street on some strange collective acction.
Riders on the Strom
No Gerry Can
Insight Fires Up
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Letters to the Editor
Insight Fires Up
The new work laws are an attack on the long standing Australian principle of the "fair go". I watched the show called "You're Fired" on SBS. It was clear that this fight isn't just a legal battle. It's about how we go about our daily lives. No wonder unions are being attacked the hardest. All of us union members have a story about ourselves or a workmate needing a helping hand or a second chance. Whether it's a Mum who needs to negotiate a part-time work agreement or a young worker who needs to get together with everyone on site and push for permanent jobs or an older workmate who needs help with a compo claim - we all want a fair go.
Paul Monro who used to hear matters at the industrial Commission spoke on the show about how industrial issues are just as much about fairness as they are about the law. In my workplace we are trying to get the boss to recognise that casuals are just as entitled to some paid maternity leave as the permanents are. It's about being fair. We haven't sorted it all out yet. But without most of us being in the union and having a union agreement we wouldn't even have a chance.
The Your Rights at Work campaign is about fairness. The next big day of action is June 28th. We should all get active that week and stand up and defend our right to a fair go. If you missed the "You're Fired" show you can find it at - http://news.sbs.com.au/insight
Cindy O'Connor, Tas
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