Creating Opportunities For Our Future Tradies (31/07/2010)

Prime Minister Julia Gillard on the importance of skills training for our future apprentices. -- AS I SPEAK to parents, from all around the country, from all walks of life, one thing they all have in common is the desire to see their kids get a good education. Continue reading

Moving Forward Together On Climate Change (23/07/2010)

Speech from the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, on "Moving forward together on Climate Change". - THANK YOU for coming to this event and thanks for that welcome. Climate change is a pivotal issue for Australia. It is fundamental to the question I have put to our people. The question about whether our country moves forward or back. A lot of people have been anticipating this day. I thank them for their patience. Continue reading

Change For The Good (16/07/2010)

Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner argues the case for Federal Labor's reform credentials. - REFORM is a strange word. Everyone's in favour of it, except when it's being done to them. Ever since the Great Reform Act, which extended voting rights beyond a small elite, passed in Britain in 1832, reform has been associated with progress. Anything that can be labelled reform is by definition portrayed as a good thing. Continue reading

Keep Medibank Private In Public Hands (23/06/2010)

About three years ago I was honoured – and a little surprised – to receive a letter from former Prime Minister, Malcom Fraser. The letter said in part: “When Medibank Private was introduced in 1976 we believed that, if the Government were actively involved in the business, we would have a better handle on costs and outcomes than if it were all done by private enterprise. Continue reading

Equal Pay Remains A Myth (10/06/2010)

Australian's who think that the fight for equal pay was won in the 1970's are due for a reality check, writes Narelle Clay AM. ON Thursday 10 June, thousands of people will hit the streets around Australia in the largest equal pay demonstration this country has seen since the 1970s. Equal pay? Wasn't that sorted out in the Seventies? Continue reading

Vision For Our Digital Future (20/05/2010)

In this opinion piece published in the Illawarra Mercury, Stephen Jones argues the case in support of the National Broadband Network. IN 1949, four years after the guns fell silent in Europe and the Pacific, Australia embarked on building a piece of economic infrastructure that became the largest engineering project in the nation's history. Continue reading

Let's Have A Real Contest of Ideas in Throsby (06/05/2010)

Following today’s announcement from the National Party, it appears likely that both Coalition partners will each stand separate candidates to run in Throsby at the next Federal Election. A competitive election that engages the local community is evidence of a healthy democracy, and I welcome that. Continue reading

Long Live Chicka's memory (01/04/2010)

Colin Markham pays tribute to Aboriginal activist and unionist Chicka Dixon. Charles "Chicka" Dixon died on March 20 in Sydney after battling asbestosis, a legacy of years working on the waterfront. Chicka was born in 1928 in NSW and lived at Wallaga Lake Aboriginal Mission and later at Wreck Bay. At the age of 14 Chicka got a job on the Port Kembla waterfront as a casual labourer. Continue reading

Xstrata Lockout, Tahmoor - 11 February 2010

Following a decision by Xstrata to lock out it's workforce at Tahmoor for a week in February, I drove up the escarpment to visit with the workers on their picket line. Continue reading

Macedonian Epiphany - 19 January 2010

The Vodici (or Epiphany) celebrates the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist. At the kind invitation of the Macedonian Orthdox Community of the City of Greater Wollongong, in January I attended Epiphany celebrations in Wollongong. Continue reading