Former Labor Minister Tom Uren talks very movingly about Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop, the surgeon who commanded the first Australians sent to work on the Thai section of the Burma-Thailand railway in 1943, Tanya Pliberkek writes.
TOM SAYS that when he and Dunlop were prisoners of the Japanese, Dunlop led by example.Read more
The Federal Labor Government's reforms to superannuation will help make Australia a better country to live - and retire in - writes Assistant Secretary Bill Shorten.
TWENTY YEARS AGO the Keating Labor government introduced one of the great economic reforms: 9 per cent superannuation for every worker.
It is an idea that keeps on giving. By putting some money into superannuation we build up our capacity to have lifetime income security; comfort and financial wellbeing after working life, not just during it.
Australia is going through unprecedented economic change. This change is driven by our place in the world and the demand for our natural resources. Despite what some say, our economic outlook is one of fundamental strength and resilience. The economic transformation of Asia is bringing tremendous benefits to this region. Our economy is strong. Our mining and resources sector is strong and revenue is flowing from this to both state and federal governments. Our terms of trade are high and the high Australian dollar means that everything from petrol, TVs, T-shirts and overseas holidays are cheaper than they have ever been before.Read more
I was a member of the Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications, which conducted this inquiry, together with my colleague the member for Chifley, who is in the chamber today. Can I start by expressing my thanks to my fellow committee members; the chair, the member for Cunningham; and secretariat staff, who not only did an excellent job in arranging the inquiry hearings and extensive field work that we did, providing us with excellent briefing documents, but also assisted in the compilation of this fantastic report. I am sure that I would speak on behalf of every committee member, even those who submitted a dissenting report, in saying that the support provided by the secretariat was nothing short of first-class.Read more
Alongside coal, steelmaking has dominated the Illawarra economy for the better part of a century. The industrial landscape of Port Kembla continues to define the lives of the people that work and live in its shadow, the people that I represent in the federal electorate of Throsby.
When I left high school in the early eighties, the Steelers NRL team was still running around in the top flight (before merging with St George), and many of my mates took up apprenticeships with the company that sponsored the famous scarlet jersey, BHP Steel.Read more
An adjournment speech in support of the Clean Start campaign by retail cleaners to win bettter wages and working conditions at Spotless.
ADJOURNMENT - Clean Start Campaign
Mr STEPHEN JONES (Throsby) (Mon 29 May, 21:44):
A few months ago I met with union members from United Voice, including workers employed as cleaners in my electorate of Throsby.Read more
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?Read more
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.Read more