||Issue No. 310||09 June 2006|
I'm No Economist, But ….
Interview: Rock Solid
Industrial: Eight Simple Rules for Employing My Teenage Daughter
Politics: The Johnnie Code
Energy: Fission Fantasies
History: All The Way With Clarrie O'Shea
International: Closer to Home
Economics: Taking the Fizz
Unions: Stronger Together
Review: Montezuma's Revenge
Poetry: Fair Go Gone
Grandmother Fights Fabrication Company
Bog Standards, Hanssen Exposed
Iemma Told To Change At Central
"Spineless" Andrews Apologises
Process Abused - Call Peter McIlwain
The Locker Room
Greens Are Good For You
Calling All Micks!
Coming Up Swinging
Mining For Gold
Blood Spangled Banner
Never To Be Repeated Offer
Labor Council of NSW
Letters to the Editor
Mining For Gold
Disappointed with the open letter from the Beaconsfield miners to the Australian Parliament and the people of Australia.
It opens strongly and the first half delivers a theme that I thought could have been further exploited.
However, the shift to a focus on OH&S, while an extremely important issue does not build on the impact of the earlier emphasis on brother/sisterhood and the value of a strong community and union.
The Beaconsfield miners are in the epicenter of the public's attention and command a lot of emotional respect. A strong commentary from them could have done irrevocable damage to the public relations surrounding the IR laws.
I think it has missed the mark.
Regardless of this critique, why has this letter not been on the front page of every major newspaper or, at least, on the Mel and Kochy show.
My best wishes go to the workers of Beaconsfield and teh whole community. Although it is hard to hold out much hope for them given the history behind the mining company's management practices, which are mirrored by the management styles of hundreds of small and private mining companies around Australia, and the current legal context.
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