Archive | November, 2009
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Abbott

We all know Abbott. One memory I have is in Adelaide at an AIRS conference addressed by Abbott as Workplace Relations Minister spinning his Building and Construction laws. At the time little building work in Adelaide meant few strikes. More union industrial action in Melbourne and Perth had Abbott’s ‘double-speak’ labelling lawful and legitimate workers […]

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Dum splits threeways

I was wrong in an earlier blog with Tweedledum splitting left wing and right wing as it’s a three way split. The change is too breathtaking to keep up. The political viciousness and treachery by all is intense. Some observations at 9am. 22 million Australians are removed from the interests of these very small number […]

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Cameronisation of Turnbull

4.10 pm Canberra. While we are waiting for the Liberals , here is The Cameronisation of Turnbull by Alex White Recently, Turnbull went to visit David Cameron, the very successful UK Tory leader. Cameron has been extremely successful in transforming the unelectable Tories to a forward looking, “progressive” conservative party. He has turned areas of […]

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Hockey

2pm Canberra. While waiting for Hockey, I remembered this on June 29 from Dr Norman Abjorensen, ANU. Dog Days for the Liberal Party of Australia “If Malcolm Turnbull survives it will prove one thing: that the Liberal Party has a potent death wish. What should have been the Coalition’s great asset – and only a […]

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Asbestos week 2

ASBESTOS MEMORIAL DAY 2009 ADELAIDE by Andy Alcock On Asbestos Memorial Day 127 November 2009, two events were held in Adelaide to commemorate those who have died or are suffering from asbestos-related diseases. KILBURN The first event was held at the Jack Watkins Reserve [see note(1)] which is located near the Islington Railway Workships where […]

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Asbestos week 1

Asbestos Awareness Week by Kevin Jones http://safetyatworkblog.wordpress.com/2009/11/28/asbestos-awareness-week-calls-for-action/ During Asbestos Awareness Week 2009 in Melbourne the trade union movement pledged to begin a national strategy to control and remove asbestos from Australia. This would have been a very tall ask any time in the last two decades but Asbestos needs to compete now with Climate Change […]

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287 truck deaths

I attended outside of Parliament yesterday a TWU protest about the 287 truck deaths. The TWU’s campaign is for Safe Rates. The graveyard will travel around Australia over coming months. The 287 crosses are a sad symbol of those killed in truck crashes in the twelve months since the National Transport Commission criticised: LOW RATES […]

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Right to strike curtailed

The right to strike in Australia by Aron Neilson. He is a dual qualified Solicitor in both Australia and England and is a Legal Officer for UNISON in the UK. This appears in ICTUR journal ‘International Union Rights’ Vol 16 Issue 4 2009. Aron Neilson looks at the historical development of the right to strike […]

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Work report

Australia at Work: In a Changing World http://www.wrc.org.au/index.php The findings from the Workplace Research Centre are from The Australia at Work study, which is tracking 8,000 workers over five years and is the largest and most up-to-date study of Australian working life. This third annual report includes data from 2008 and the first half of […]

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