Independent of Facts
John Howard's mastery of the big lie was evident again this week.
Interview: The Month Of Living Dangerously
When the mobs took over the streets of Dili it was the people of East Timor that bore the brunt. Elisabeth Lino de Araujo from Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA was there to witness what happened.
Unions: Staying Mum
Penrith mums, Linda Everingham and Jo Jacobson, are at the heart of a grassroots campaign to boot Jackie Kelly, out of federal parliament. Jim Marr caught up with one half of the sister act.
Economics: Precious Metals
There's a lot of spin around AWAs in the mining industry, but Tony Maher argues all that glitters is not gold.
Industrial: The Cold 100
The Iemma Government has come up with 100 reasons why WorkChoices is a dud, with 100 examples of ripped off workers
History: The Vinegar Hill Mob
This month's Blacktown Rally was not the first time workers had stood up for their rights in the region, writes Andrew Moore.
Legal: Free Agents
Is an independent contractor a small businessperson or a worker? The answer depends upon whether the contractor is genuinely ‘independent’ or not, writes Even Jones.
Politics: Under The Influence
Bob Gould thinks Sonny Bill Williams is a hunk; he reveals all in a left wing view of The Bulletin’s 100 most influential Australians, questioning the relevance of some, and adding a few of his own.
International: How Swede It Was
Geoff Dow pays tribute to the passing of Rudolf Meidner, one of the architects of the Swedish model of capitalism.
Review: Keating's Men Slam Dance on Howard
These punk rockers are out to KO WorkChoices. Nathan Brown joins the fray.
Howard Chews Up Lollipop Men
Ridout: WorkChoices “Revolutionary”
Voters: WorkChoices Rotten
Terror: WorkChoices Rule
Bussies Go Gangbusters
Strikers Drive Deal
Australia Faces Jobs Meltdown
Fat Lady Sings at Opera House
PM's Pick Burns Fire Fighters
Spooks Tail Early Risers
Telstra Boss Gets Crossed Line
Prof: Fair Pay Should Be Lower
TNT Snub is Dynamite
Activist's What's On!
Work Choice: US Military Style
John Howard has learnt a few lessons on workers rights from his Texan buddy, writes Rowan Cahill.
As Pru Goward slams into the glass ceiling of the NSW Liberal Party, Ian West considers how women are faring under the Howard-Costello Government.
The Locker Room
A World Away
Phil Doyle is pleased that a display of subtle beauty and athletic grace has been overtaken by some good old-fashioned mindless violence
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Voters: WorkChoices Rotten
WorkChoices is on the nose with two thirds of voters in marginal electorates.
New polling, in 12 marginal seats across six states, shows 62 percent of voters believe people who sign a Workchoices AWA will be worse off and that 57 percent reject government's central premise of more jobs.
Only 38 percent of respondents agree new workplace laws will strengthen the economy, while just 12 percent believe AWA employees will be better off.
The polling was commissioned by the AMWU and released at last week's national conference.
Melbourne-based MarketMetrics interviewed 1008 people in the federal electorates of Lindsay, Macquarie (NSW); La Trobe (Victoria); Bonner, Herbert, Moreton (Queensland); Makin, Wakefield (South Australia); Hasluck, Stirling (WA); and Braddon (Tasmania);
Forty two percent of respondents said new IR laws were more likely to make them vote for the ALP.
AMWU national secretary, Doug Cameron, said the results showed government's $55 million advertising spend hadn't swung perceptions.
"People know these laws are bad for working people," Cameron said. "They know have had their rights and they know the Howard Government has made life harder for them.
"The community is aware the new IR laws will have a negative effect on people, and they totally reject the push to make AWAs the predominant form of employment contract."
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