A Values Call
Opposition leader Kim Beazley has copped a bit of flak in the past week for his Aussie Values Pledge, but we reckon he got it at least half right.
Interview: Australia’s Most Wanted
The ACCC is the latest state agency to turn its guns on the construction union. National official, Dave Noonan, discusses the implications.
Industrial: The Fox and the Contractor
With new laws looming for “independent contractors”, Foxtel subbies have had the carpet pulled from under their feet, writes Nathan Brown.
Unions: Industrial Wasteland
A group of inner-Sydney veterans appear to be working to strip their families of retirement incomes. Jim Marr records their desperation.
International: Two Bob's Worth
German and British workers are participating in business decisions while WorkChoices locks Australians out of the conversation, writes Anthony Forsyth.
Economics: National Interest
John Howard claimed that interest rates would always be lower under a Coalition government than under Labor, Neale Towart crunchess the numbers.
Environment: The Real Dinosaur
Economic ignorance remains at the top and the critics are oblivious says Sol Power
History: Only In Spain?
The experiences of self management during the Civil War have been the one positive factor to come from that tragic event, and the Mondragon Cooperative Corporation thrives today.
Review: Clerk Off
Nathan Brown draws solace from some fellow social misfits.
From Comrades to CUBs
Workers Demand Right to Know
Flying Kangaroo Eyes Passage to India
It’s A Secret: Ballot Boosts ABC Campaign
Brake WorkChoices, NSW Urged
City or the Bush? It’s Telstra’s Call
Compo Rights a Burning Issue
2500 Get Coles Shoulder
Hardie Payrise Stiffs Victims
WorkChoices Reverse Somersault with Pike
Qantas Workers Ground AWAs
Latest Import: Childcare Workers
Let Tem Eat Cake!
Mugabe Thugs Mug Unionists
MLC Ian West ventures beyond Macquarie St and into the desert of the eco rats.
Former RLPA secretary and Newcastle Knights prop, Tony Butterfield, fires up over dawn raids.
Dare to Win
The union movement has lost an inspirational leader of working men and women, writes Jeana Vithoulkas
Chapter Two - Tommy’s Tale.
Aussie Values DOA
It’s Not Cricket
Kim’s New Platforms
Reaping What You Sow
Roll Out the Tanks
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Roll Out the Tanks
There was 1085mm rainfall in Sydney in the 12 months to September 13, 2006. An average house using five 1KL rainwater tanks (one for each downpipe giving 5KL storage capacity) would have yielded 100KL of water - enough to supply two-thirds of household water used indoors each year.
Rainwater will cost under $1.50/KL if tanks are installed in all houses and buildings. Mains water costs $1.20/KL but it won't be long before mains water costs more than rainwater. Recycled stormwater is unlikely to be cheaper because of the cost to collect, treat and pipe it back to the buildings it came from. Large-scale manufacture and installation of rainwater tanks will guarantee a cost of $3,000 per house. Reduction in mains drinking water consumption can become mandatory at point of sale of a building (enabling simplest, lowest cost financing) with rainwater tanks complying. Most houses can have rainwater supply within seven years because this is the average turnover of houses.
Rainwater tanks are Sydney‚ cheapest and most sustainable source of additional water supply.
Greg Cameron, Vic
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