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
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Kev Nicks from Kids
Kevin Andrews is backing the widespread use of a compensation scheme that would have denied payment to children of killed miner Larry Knight.
Andrews has moved to allow large corporations to shirk state-based compensation schemes in favour of the Federal Comcare system though legislation introduced to Parliament.
Under Tasmania's compensation scheme, Knight's widow Jacqui is expected to receive $150,000 over two years, plus $196,000 from the Beaconsfield mine's insurers.
Comcare offered a larger payment as a lump sum of $206,000, but AWU national secretary Bill Shorten said Mrs Knight would not see payment for two years.
Shorten said the Knight children would also miss out on 10 per cent of their father's income.
"You certainly don't want your family to have to go through the Comcare system - it's just mean and nasty," Shorten said.
Under the new legislation, companies that join the Comcare scheme are also able to dodge state-based health and safety laws.
NSW Minister for Industrial Relations John Della Bosca said the laws allow a "workplace safety free-for-all for large employers".
Della Bosca said NSW's WorkCover had more than 300 safety inspectors, compared with just eight staff employed by Comcare in NSW.
"The incidence of workplace injuries and fatalities in New South Wales is at an 18 year low, but that is no reason for the Commonwealth to allow large companies to effectively self-regulate when it comes to safety," Della Bosca said.
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