|Issue No 93||27 April 2001|
Letters to the Editor
Where the Greens Stand
Dear Workers On Line,
I'm pleased to see that Mr Ian McDonald, MLC, has joined the ranks of those who wish to see workers better off, but as a Parliamentary Secretary his ignorance of Parliamentary procedure is startling, and on the facts he is just plain wrong.
The proposed judicial inquiry into workers' compensation that Mr McDonald refers to was not moved by me, but by the Liberals in the Legislative Council. And it certainly was not seconded by Michael Gallacher as asserted by Mr McDonald. There is no such thing as a seconder in this situation in the Upper House, where Mr McDonald has been a member for the past 13 years. It was a Liberal motion * nothing to do with the Greens whatsoever, and we did not support it.
The Greens support an independent inquiry into workers' compensation, not a judicial one, because the Carr government has prevented all the relevant information and data coming to light. Our support for an independent inquiry is based on a request from left unions.
Lee Rhiannon MLC
Corporate: The Jobs Myth
Access Economics' Chris Richardson debunks employer claims that increased workers compensation premiums have a dramatic impact on jobs.
Interview: The Workers� Voice
When trade union stalwart Ian West took a seat in the NSW Upper House he was determined to be more than a bench-warmer. Then the Workers Comp legislation hit.
Unions: Postcard from the Pilbara
In the face of unprecedented pressure, BHP workers in the Pilbara are standing together and refusing to sign individual cotnracts.
Economics: Currency Unification: Dollarize or Die?
Dick Bryan asks what happens to an economy when it gives up its domestic currency.
History: Instant History
In his address to the Australian Labour History Conference, the SMH's Brad Norington asks whether there is still time for history.
International: The End of an Era?
The post-Cold War era is over. Something different is developing to take its place. John Passant writes.
Media: The Battle for Aunty
The CPSU's Graeme Thompson ouitlines the campaign to save the ABC and this week's emergency share-holders' meeting.
Review: Share-Holder Nation
A legacy of government-backed privatisations, demutualisations and stockmarket hype over the past decade is the creation of a nation of shareholders.
Satire: SOS: Save the Investment Banker!
Spare a thought for those less fortunate With redundancies at investment banks around the globe looming, now is the time for us to show the world just how much we care. It's just not right.
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