keywords: Workchoices

  • AUSTRALIA

    Union officials victimised by fear campaign

    • Brendan Byrne
    • 31 October 2007
    13 Comments

    The Coalition's election campaign portrays union officials as industrial thugs. But far too often, they are the only support mechanism standing between stressed Australian workers and human tragedy.

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  • RELIGION

    Frank Brennan replies to Tony Abbott on religion in politics

    • Frank Brennan
    • 25 October 2007
    1 Comment

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Laying out the Catholic response to Work Choices

    • Brian Lawrence
    • 05 September 2007

    Work plays an immensely important role in personal, family and community relations.  We can expect that the Federal Government's Work Choices legislation will have a significant impact on its election prospects.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Innocent happiness and heavily curtained windows

    • Michael Mullins
    • 25 July 2007

    The Australian character is set against that of the European nations from which the 'new Australians' arrived after World War II. For them, Australia offered "considerably safety and little menace", but heavily curtained windows rather than dancing in the streets they were accustomed to.

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  • CONTRIBUTORS

    Keith Harvey

    • Keith Harvey
    • 27 June 2007

    Keith Harvey is a National Industrial Officer for the Australian Services Union and has worked in the union movement for almost 35 years. Over this time he has been a close observer of interplay between Christian social teaching and industrial law, and especially since the advent of the Federal Government’s WorkChoices legislation.

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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

    No place for truth in citizenship training school?

    • Erasmus
    • 13 June 2007
    4 Comments

    It’s an ordinary day at the Citizenship Traditional School. Citizenship questions are about Australian values – fair go, mateship, correct use of English, etc. Take the questions home and memorise the right answers.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The master of talkback radio

    • Colin Long
    • 15 May 2007
    1 Comment

    Mr Howard is a master of talking over people he doesn’t want to hear from. By going on talkback, politicians can appear to be available in an open and unstructured forum, reaching out over the heads of the media to constituents.

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  • RELIGION

    Acting on Conscience Canberra Launch Speech - Kevin Rudd MP

    • 27 February 2007

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  • AUSTRALIA

    An insider's view of Labor's sea change

    • Ursula Stephens
    • 23 December 2006
    5 Comments

    A NSW Labor Senator predicts that Kevin Rudd’s leadership of the ALP will be sophisticated and incisive in identifying the trigger points that will defeat the Howard government.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The union official as pastoral carer

    • Brendan Byrne
    • 30 October 2006
    3 Comments

    Union officials and ministers of religion have much in common. No-one rings a union to tell them that they’re being treated well and paid decently. People only ring the union when they’re in trouble, and usually, by the time they get around to doing so, they’re in lots of trouble.

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