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The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

I strongly recommend reading The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan Here are some reviews. HEROES, CERTAINLY BY SUSAN LEVER 26/11/2013 http://www.sydneyreviewofbooks.com/heroes-certainly/ I read Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North in the same week that I saw the Griffin Theatre production of John Romeril’s The Floating World, the classic […]

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Australia in America’s Third Iraq War

Australia in America’s Third Iraq War

Australia in America’s Third Iraq War by Richard Tanter Little more than two months after the start of bombing operations, Australia’s new war in Iraq is following the path of its predecessor, a path marked by Australian subordination to American interests, irrelevance to Australian national interests, casual disregard for Iraqi sovereignty and law, increasingly severe […]

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the right to strike as a last resort

CFMEU on interim Union report

The Minister for Employment Eric Abetz released the Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption. The Royal Commission has not found any corruption in the CFMEU. Instead they have made recommendations and findings regarding industrial disputes the union has been involved in. That’s not surprising for our industries where a […]

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ACTU

Workers’ rights under further attack in 2015

Government’s stealth attack on workers a week before Christmas See my 2009 post as background http://chriswhiteonline.org/2009/01/fwbcorporations-law-dominates/ The Abbott Government has shown its true colours – at a time when they hope no one is looking – by announcing a wholesale review of Australia’s workplace laws that will see wages, conditions and rights at work slashed. […]

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Phillip Hughes, workplace deaths and getting the balance right.

‘No appeal from the grave’ The death of cricketer Phillip Hughes on 27 November was one of several hundred workplace fatalities during 2014. His death was indeed an accident. Today, bouncers are a tactic of intimidation, not the strategy of Bodyline. Compared with thug-by, cricket is a safe game for kids and the middle-aged. Nonetheless, […]

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Union lies

Union lies

Abbott appointed Gerard Henderson to the PM’s Literary Panel that outrageously gives the award to the right-wing book re-writing history and fabricating anti-union lies. “Page after page, chapter after chapter, the book ‘Australia’s Secret War’, subtitled How Unionists Sabotaged Our Troops in World War II’, by Western Australian writer Hal G.P. Colebatch is an egregious […]

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AEU

Vale: Rob Durbridge

My initial thoughts on Rob Durbridge. Please add yours. Thanks Wendy, below. There was a good get together and memorable stories to Farewell Rob Durbridge. AEU 163 Greenhill Road, Parkside, 5:30 – 7.30 PM Wednesday, 26 November 2014. Update: Rob Durbridge leaves an international legacy of passionate advocacy for education, workers’ rights, social justice and […]

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From Eureka stockades

From Eureka stockades

Humphrey McQueen talks at the EUREKA DINNER ADELAIDE 15 November 2014 Imagine for a minute or two that we have been transported from the AEU offices, past South Terrace to the Adelaide Club on North Terrace. Of course, the likes of us will be waiting on tables and scrubbing in the kitchen but we might […]

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More from ACTU on TURC

More from ACTU on TURC

Address by ACTU Assistant Secretary Tim Lyons. See as well http://workinglife.org.au/2014/11/03/royal-commissions-agenda-is-crystal-clear/ Hold the front page. Liberal Government establishes Royal Commission into Trade Unions. The Heydon Royal Commission into Trade Unions, like its predecessors, is a deeply, irrevocably political exercise. Every Liberal PM since Billy McMahon has had at least one Royal Commission into trade unions[1] […]

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