Thursday, 30 October 2014

Eighteen trapped miners are 300 metres below the surface at the mine near the town of Ermenek in Karaman province in Turkey.

Twenty workers have either been rescued or escaped on their own from the flooded coalmine, but hopes are fading for the remaining 18 trapped underground.

It is less than six months since the industrial homicide at Soma that killed 301 Turkish mineworkers on 13 May.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Chief Minister makes wild allegations under the veil of parliamentary privilege.

The CFMEU and Unions NT held a mass rally of 70 workers outside of Parliament House raising concerns over the NT Work Health and Safety regulator's inability to act on major safety concerns. It was during this rally that Mr Giles made his outrageous comments.

At today's Question Time, Chief Minister Adam Giles made allegations suggesting the CFMEU planted asbestos on Darwin sites in order to blackmail businesses into putting money towards a so-called slush fund.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

The out-of-touch Abbott Government's broken promise on petrol tax will hit Victorian workers hard. The state is struggling with the highest unemployment levels in over a decade under an ineffective Napthine Government.

The Abbott Government's total lack of understanding of the average person was demonstrated by Treasurer Joe Hockey's comment that poor people don't drive cars.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

It’s hard to imagine how hard the Irish economy was hit as result of the GFC. Ireland entered into an economic depression in 2009. In Australia the GFC caused a ripple compared to the tidal wave of misery endured in lot of other countries. So bad was the effect in Ireland, that country experienced its greatest exodus of citizens in over 150 years.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The Federal Government’s rush to quickly conclude a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China betrays Tony Abbott's lack of negotiating skills, given that it was clear from the start that the coal tariff is just a clever ploy by the Chinese Government to get the deal done by the time of the G20 meeting in Brisbane.

CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor recently returned from a trip to China, where he had a number of meetings including with Chinese officials.