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Issue No. 333 17 November 2006  

Altered States
OK, so it wasn't unpredictable to see the High Court bow down at the altar of expanded federal powers this week, but in ruling this way our most senior judges have betrayed something more profound.


Interview: Common Ground
Nature Conservation Council director Cate Faehrmann on the fight against global warming and how unions and greens can learn from each other.

Industrial: A Low Act
The Low Paid. The Fair Pay Commission knows who pays them. We can do something about it as they will not.

Unions: The Number of the Least
Forget 666 - 457 is looming as the scariest number for Aussie workers and their families, Jim Marr writes.

Politics: The Smoking Gun
Hayek's henchman, Raplph Harris, goes to free market heaven, writes Evan Jones

Economics: Microcredit, Compulsory Superannuation and Inequality
They are supposed to ensure the wealth of well-being of individuals. Whats wrong with that? asks Neale Towart

Environment: Low Voltage
Nuclear Power and Prime Ministerial pronouncements are seriously short of a few volts, wrties Neal Towart

History: The Art of Social Justice
Tom Martin was a terrific cartoonist and part of a great tradition in labour movement history and culture, swrties Neale Towart.

Review: Work’s Unhealthy Appetite
It pays the bills – usually – but going to work should come with a warning, wrties Jackie Woods.

Culture: A Forgotten Poet
There is little information on the public record about the radical working class poet Ernest Antony, writes Rowan Cahill.


 Westpac Banks on Aussies, No Joshing

 Coal Miners Go Green

 TAFE Chiefs Want WorkChoices Cut

 “Elephant” Knocks Over Unicentre

 Bosses Strike Fair Deals

 NSW Swings to Rights

 Sparks Fly Over Electrical Interference

 States Quarantine Remaining Rights

 Carpeted Victorians Fight AWAs

 Golden Geese Rule - Have a Gander

 Super Result for Industry Funds

 Smithfield Packers Shelved


The Soapbox
Robbo Goes Green
John Robertson's speech to the Walk Against Warming

The Westie Wing
Ian West takes a look at a former public institution and its contribution to NSW.

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Coal Miners Go Green

The miners' union will pressure coal companies to spend more of their booming profits on clean coal technology as part of a new policy on climate change.

Australia's 30,000 coal miners are well placed to influence the climate change debate and have an impact on reducing harmful carbon emissions, says CFMEU national president Tony Maher.

The union is calling on coal companies - experiencing record profits as demand from industrialising nations grows - to voluntarily increase spending on clean coal technology.

"The Australian coal industry has committed $300 million over five years to a fund to research the reduction of carbon emissions and to develop clean coal technology," Maher said.

"That's not nearly enough. We believe about $2 billion, about a dollar per tonne per year, would be a more reasonable amount."

To assist the coal producers in their decision-making, the CFMEU has bought parcels of shares in the 10 leading companies.

The union will attend shareholders' meetings with employees to raise the issue and will enlist the support of major investors such as super funds with ethical investment guidelines.

Under its climate change policy the CFMEU is also calling on the federal government to sign up to the Kyoto Protocol, invest in renewable energy and implement a carbon trading scheme.

With Australia's coal mining industry forecast to grow dramatically over the coming decade, Australia must be at the forefront of developing clean technology, Maher said.

CFMEU members have embraced the new climate change policy, Maher said.

"They're sick of being blamed for climate change. The argument doesn't have to be between jobs and the environment."


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