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It's just not cricket in fascinating industrial relations standoff

July 7, 2017 - 13:25 -- Admin

Aussie Rules football and Australian cricket make an interesting contrast when it comes to the views of their controllers when it comes to industrial relations. The commission that runs the AFL this year accepted the idea that the players who generate the income for the game were entitled to share directly in the proceeds.

Current ACT Chief Minister accused of "gross conflict of interest" by Labor predecessor

May 23, 2017 - 12:35 -- Admin

Canberra Times Letters to the Editor this morning:"Labor joining the wrong clubs"I assume it was a coincidence that Chief Minister Andrew Barr launched the new government-friendly CFMEU Clubs Association on the day that submissions to the Legislative Assembly select committee inquiry into the establishment of an independent integrity commission closed.I don't know if it is just me but the Chief Minister's Trump-like response to Clubs ACT daring to oppose the government over the decision to gi

Australia siding with major international corporations at climate change talks

May 17, 2017 - 15:49 -- Admin

A cryptic reference in the New York Times today puts the Australian government on the side of big business in the continuing talks on the United Nations climate change agreement.The Times reports that developing nations and environmental groups are challenging some of the world’s biggest companies and wealthiest countries over the role corporate lobbyists play in United Nations climate

A little repetition - Leadership speculation gives back benchers a taste of importance

March 2, 2017 - 22:35 -- Admin

Understanding all the leadership speculation - No reason really to change this little item from 9 February 2012The devil finds mischief for idle hands and for most of their parliamentary life backbench politicians are essentially idle. Their only real role of importance comes when they are called on in the party room to vote on a new leader.The rest of the time they are treated with disdain by other participants in the political system.