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Why the union movement should divorce the ALP

The two organisations have had a long history, but the past few years of politics shows their union is no longer viable.

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The Coalition’s poor record on political royal commissions

The government is poised to announce a royal commission into unions. But if there’s a systemic problem in Australian commerce, it’s not corrupt officials in our ever-shrinking trade unions — look instead at ASIC and the AFP.

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Essential: unions undented by revelations; Cosgrove a popular pick

Tony Abbott’s selection of Peter Cosgrove as the next governor-general has been well-received by voters, today’s Essential Report finds.

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Kathy Jackson facing litigation of her own in HSU fallout

While she was a key witness against Craig Thomson in the former MP’s prosecution, Health Services Union boss Kathy Jackson faces legal action initiated by her own union.

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Is Cosgrove really such a great GG?

Crikey readers talk the power of unions and whether Peter Cosgrove was a good choice for governor-general.

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The LA nun who’s teaching Australians to rise up in anger

A 63-year-old Catholic nun is proving an unlikely fillip for Sydney activists. A social progressive for 35 years, Sister Maribeth Larkin is teaching Australians how it’s done.

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Rudd’s day of national reconciliation masks a real productivity challenge

While Kevin Rudd strives for a Hawke-like political effect with a call for consensus, the productivity challenge he identified is real.

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Labo(u)r’s little union problem, abroad and at home

As the British Labour Party struggles with a preselection battle in a Scottish seat, the Left in Britain and Australia tries to reinvent itself … with or without unions.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Could Labor actually win this election? Plus other political snippets noted along the way.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

There is, as the conventional wisdom has it, no point throwing good money after bad. Hence the understandable decision of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) to devote its electoral fighting fund to helping the Senate campaign of the Greens …

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WorkChoices it ain’t, but Abbott’s IR plan is partly feral

The Coalition has finally unveiled its IR policy, a minimalist document that is not without its concerns for trade unions — and anyone walking past a building site.

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Reith’s backdoor into WorkChoices could work for Abbott

Calls for an inquiry into trade unions could be an effective vehicle for the Coalition to return to aspects of WorkChoices — without using that hated name.

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Inside ‘misogynist nut-job HQ’: in bed with Michael Smith

Crikey ventured deep into “misogynist grubby nut-job” headquarters last week to meet Michael Smith, the former shock jock leading the crusade against Julia Gillard over her involvement in a fraud scandal.

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Customs plan dumps us back in the 1960s

A move by Customs to impose anti-dumping duties is a return to the bad old days of Australian protectionism. It’s inflationary and will distort policymaking.

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How we’ve forgotten the economic lessons of the 1990s

Demands for government intervention to protect manufacturing and to boost productivity share a common problem of laziness. Past economic lessons have been forgotten.

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The collapse of trust — led by older Australians

There has been a collapse of trust across the board in our key institutions — with a single exception.

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Too little, too late by the ACTU

The ACTU certainly took its time to wake up to the damage being done to the whole trade union movement

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Unions: put your money where your mouths are on cars

There’s a great way for unions to directly support the automotive sector themselves. Wonder why they’re not using it, ask Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane?

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Rudd is only stating the obvious on reform

Far from being a radical contribution to the Labor reform debate, Kevin Rudd’s proposals are only a first step in what Labor needs to do.

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The long tradition of union ‘interference’

Advocates of IR reform claim unions traditionally haven’t been allowed to “interfere” in issues such as contracting out. Wrong.

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The remorseless logic and profound disdain of Alan Joyce

Qantas is prepared to threaten the Australian economy and thus has the government over a barrel. But it’s confirming Australians’ growing resentment of corporations.

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Milne debacle: how a 16 year old story was spiked by The Oz

Glenn Milne has egg all over his face after the re-hired columnist filed an error-filled op-ed reviving discredited allegations that Prime Minister Julia Gillard had somehow been an accomplice to her one-time partner Bruce Wilson’s alleged fraud.

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War on the internet part III: lessons from the 17th, 19th centuries

The internet isn’t the first wave of historic connectedness. We’ve been here before, and so have governments.

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Faulkner, Bracks and Carr fight against the historical tide

Reversing Labor’s long-term decline in party membership looks unlikely when volunteerism is declining across developed countries.

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As decision testing ABCC laws looms, Tribe stands tall for mates

A decision in the Ark Tribe case is expected to be handed down in Adelaide tomorrow, as a new poll shows the public supports the union’s role in protecting safety on building and construction sites. Ava Hubble reports for Crikey.

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