keywords: Workplace Relations

  • AUSTRALIA

    Unions personify collective humanity

    • Chris Perkins
    • 21 November 2007
    2 Comments

    The union movement in Australia has fought hard to protect Australians' rights to equal pay for equal work, without discrimination. However the Howard Government's Work Choices legislation seems to have undermined this.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Making obligation mutual

    • Frank Quinlan
    • 14 November 2007

    For the unemployed, single parents and people with disabilities, mutual obligation is about pushing income support recipients into the labour market. It’s a combination of help and hassle — but with the emphasis increasingly on hassle.

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  • EDUCATION

    Performance-based pay for teachers could kill collegiality

    • Chris Middleton
    • 19 September 2007

    Earlier this month, a federal parliamentary committee recommended that teachers should receive higher pay, as an incentive to attract quality recruits and to improve retention. But a new policy could undermine the collective quality of school education.

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  • CONTRIBUTORS

    Brian Lawrence

    • Brian Lawrence
    • 06 September 2007

    Brian Lawrence is the author of Workplace Relations: A Catholic Perspective, published by the Australian Catholic Council for Employment Relations (ACCER).

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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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  • 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

    Family policy grapples with modern complexities

    • John Button
    • 16 April 2007
    4 Comments

    The social policies of the Australia's past worked reasonably well in protecting people from serious poverty. But now we require new policies providing a similar sense of security and contemporary relevance.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The domestic space of gay men and lesbians

    • Deborah Singerman
    • 08 March 2007
    1 Comment

    The popularity of Waz and Gav, the gay couple in the first series of Channel 9’s The Block, helped them launch their own design company. It also highlighted the boundaries of acceptable mainstream images of gay men.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Opportunity passes over Beazley and Costello

    • Jack Waterford
    • 24 December 2006

    The idea that neither Peter Costello nor Kim Beazley will ever be Prime Minister of Australia has been reinforced in recent months. From 25 July 2006.  

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Social message from knight in shiny overalls

    • Paul Mitchell
    • 21 August 2006
    2 Comments

    While sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, the new Australian film hero Kenny Smyth also provides a strong social critique. The movie is dedicated to those who do menial jobs and are often overlooked, and even sometimes scorned by their fellow Australians.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Opportunity passes over Beazley and Costello

    • Jack Waterford
    • 24 July 2006
    1 Comment

    The idea that neither Peter Costello nor Kim Beazley will ever be Prime Minister of Australia has been reinforced in recent months

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Community in an electronic age

    • Rufus Black
    • 09 July 2006

    Technology has changed human relationships, argues Rufus Black.

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