Archive | December, 2009
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Climate con

A climate con: Analysis of the “Copenhagen Accord” by David Spratt and Damien Lawson http://climatecodered.blogspot.com/2009/12/climate-con-analysis-of-copenhagen.html http://www.climateactioncentre.org/

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Rudd breaches right to strike

Typical media reactions against current workers’ strike actions hides the political reality analysed in detail on this blog that Labor’s Fair Work fails to ensure the right to strike, largely denies workers’ lawful industrial action, and so continues one of the worst repressive regimes against unions. I will look at in 2010 some of the […]

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NTEU against ETS

“The NTEU National Council calls on the ALP and on opposition parties to support: 1) Abandonment of the CPRS legislation and development of a national pollution reduction strategy that does not primarily rely on market mechanisms. 2) A target of a minimum 40 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions on 1990 levels by 2020 […]

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Shambles in Copenhagen

Shambles in Copenhagen by Greg Albo The United Nations conference to address climate change in Copenhagen over the last week has illustrated several crucial features about the contemporary political setting, as Obama completes a year in power in the United States, NATO plots a military surge into the war setting spanning Palestine to Afghanistan and […]

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OHS process steams ahead

ACTU OHS Harmonisation from Geoffrey Fary “I refer to our previous circular of 10th December 2009 (No. 111/2009) regarding the outcomes of the previous day’s Safe Work Australia (SWA) meeting – and to our subsequent distribution of the decisions of the Workplace Relations Ministers’ Council (WRMC) on 11th December. That correspondence detailed that the draft […]

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Copenhagen

Yesterday, the media was calling the crucial Copenhagen climate summit dead on arrival. But 24 hours later, after millions of petition signatures, hundreds of thousands of phone calls, and a massive outcry across the planet, a deal could be back on! Leaders are frantically doing in hours what they’ve failed to do for years, but […]

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Jobs

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) published the November Labour Force Survey data and it shows that full-time employment is growing and the unemployment rate has fallen (by 0.1 per cent to 5.7 per cent). While underemployment is constant, the data suggests that the negative impact on the labour market may have peaked. But as Bill […]

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ACTU:increased workplace deaths

Increase in workplace deaths means health and safety laws need to be strengthened: new data A sharp rise in work-related fatalities last year shows that proposed new workplace health and safety laws need to be strengthened, not watered down, say unions. There were 177 fatal injuries in workplaces in 2008-9, according to newly released statistics […]

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Timor murders

Admission of murders by Damien Kingsbury. In Indonesian political culture, there was a view that inconvenient or challenging truths should be suppressed in order to retain harmony. This view had largely disappeared from Indonesian political life in the 1950s, but was re-invented by former President Suharto in order to remove challenges to his personalised authoritarian […]

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