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  Issue No 8 Official Organ of LaborNet 09 April 1999  





Costa Pushes Social Audit Plan

Labor Council secretary Michael Costa has been lobbying the new Carr Government to embrace his plan to conduct a social audit of the state.

Costa held several high-level meetings this week to promote the plan, which he says will provide a rational basis for allocating resources to areas of greatest need.

He has called on the government to appoint a high-profile figure such as former Social Security Minister Peter Baldwin to conduct the independent study into the needs of people across the state.

The audit would look at the distribution of health, education, community services and the provision of other government services to pinpoint areas where limited resources should be targetted.

"We clearly need to move services to the western suburbs and regional NSW," Costa says.

"The big question is how we do this in a rational and transparent way."

"A social audit such as the one I am proposing would provide the raw data that would provide justification for necessary decisions, which may be unpopular in the short term."

Costa says the idea is based on the financial audits conducted by the former Grenier Government when it cam to power.

"To me, this is the mechanism for creating the second-term agenda which many in the labour movement believe should be a priority for the Carr Government," Closta says.

For further details see From Trades Hall.


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In this issue
*  Interview: John Coombs - The Mouse Who Roared
We talk to the man who stood firm in the face of the federal government’s all out assault on the waterfront 12 months ago.
*  Unions: The Waterfront One Year On
One year after what was arguably the biggest Australian industrial dispute in living memory and the Maritime Union of Australia is STILL Here to Stay.
*  History: Walsh Bay Wharves : Space and Place
For historians looking at a historic structure or site like the Walsh Bay wharves, there is a big difference between 'space' and 'place'.
*  International: Compo Search for UK Coal Miners
An international search is on for former coal miners who worked mines in England and Wales from 1954 and have since suffered from chest disease.
*  Review: War on the Wharves
Some of the most honest reporting of the waterfront dispute came from the pens of the nation's cartoonists.

»  Angry Geeks Down Mouses in Industry First
»  Patrick dispute commemorated
»  Costa Pushes Social Audit Plan
»  Currawong: Majority Support But Veto Rule the Hurdle
»  A Firey Call: Give Currawong Back To The Unions
»  ACTU Braces for Reith’s Second Wave
»  Gordonstone Miners Come to Town
»  Women Take the Fight to Rio’s Front Door
»  Sydney Solictor Appointed ICTUR Secretary

»  Guest Report
»  Sport
»  Trades Hall
»  Piers Watch

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