keywords: Senate Inquiry

  • AUSTRALIA

    Howard mandarins capturing Labor ministers

    • Tony Kevin
    • 22 January 2008
    2 Comments

    Last week, Immigration Minister Senator Chris Evans paid a little-publicised visit to Jakarta for talks with ministerial counterparts on border control and people smuggling. The circumstances suggest Evans could be out of his depth, and at risk of policy capture by his department.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    More than enough ministerial discretion

    • Frank Quinlan
    • 22 August 2007
    1 Comment

    Flawed process and flawed substance characterise the Northern Territory emergency response legislation, which has been rushed through Parliament in the past fortnight. It raises major questions about whether our parliamentary processes ensure adequate scrutiny of poposed legislation.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Make foolish haste while the Treasurer smiles through gritted teeth

    • Michael Mullins
    • 08 August 2007

    Opinion polls suggest the ALP's "me too" strategy is enhancing their electibility. But in the end, Australians may just stick with the devil they know. "It's time" may have worked for Gough Whitlam, but only time will tell whether "Kevin 07" will do the same for Kevin Rudd.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Who has the fairest IR policy?

    • Keith Harvey
    • 27 June 2007
    2 Comments

    The Government’s "fairness" Bill provided that new agreements should compensate employees for loss of particular award conditions. Since individual agreements remain the cornerstone of the Government’s laws, the fundamental right of employees to bargain collectively and be represented by their union remains absent.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Election year strategies for bleeding hearts

    • Tony Kevin
    • 05 June 2007
    3 Comments

    It is looking more and more that Labor will win, and that the present unforeseen Coalition government majority in the Senate may be lost too. There are interesting moral questions arising from this analysis for us "bleeding hearts", among whom I am happy to count myself.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Economic boom's new generation poor

    • Stuart Braun
    • 30 October 2006
    1 Comment

    A decade of economic growth has been good for many Australians. The property market has boomed. Wages have spiralled. Equity markets continue to ride record highs. Ordinary Australians have grown rich—but others have missed out.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Sentencing laws will further alienate indigenous Australians

    • Frank Quinlan
    • 16 October 2006
    3 Comments

    Just last week, the coroner’s report into the death in custody of Palm Island man Mulrunji, called for a major overhaul of how the justice system deals with indigenous Australians. Yet in the same week, a Senate Committee began looking into a Bill that will increase the potential for injustice in sentencing decisions affecting indigenous people, and other cultural minorities.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Tall tales, but true

    • Kristie Dunn
    • 04 July 2006

    Kristie Dunn reviews Dark Victory by David Marr and Marian Wilkinson.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Fair Go, FairWear

    • Daisy Gardener
    • 26 June 2006
    1 Comment

    The Independent Contractors Legislation recently introduced in Parliament affects many immigrant outworkers. The fashion industry faces a serious challenge over unfair practices towards outworkers.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    How to measure corporate social responsibility

    • John Sweeney
    • 12 June 2006
    15 Comments

    Corporate social responsibility is not the same as ethical behaviour, but it is an important component of such action. It is therefore important to measure companies’ social responsibility and work out how their performance can be improved.

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  • RELIGION

    A fair go in an age of terror

    • Frank Brennan
    • 31 May 2006

    The following is an edited text of an address given by Frank Brennan SJ as part of the Jesuit Lenten Seminar Series 2004.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Wherefore art thou Billy?

    • Troy Bramston
    • 31 May 2006

    Revisiting the government of Billy McMahon

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