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Created Thu 24/07/2014, Last Updated Thu 24/07/2014

July 24 1979: 14 killed at Appin mine

Today marks the tragic anniversary of the underground explosion at Appin Mine on the NSW South Coast, which took the lives of 14 mineworkers, 35 years ago.

The explosion, which occurred at 11pm, was described as “a holocaust of exploding methane gas and coal dust”.

Ten of the men were killed as they were having their mid shift meal in the underground crib room.

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Created Thu 17/07/2014, Last Updated Thu 17/07/2014

Senate Procurement Report: Five things Federal Government Departments could do immediately to secure Australian jobs

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has put forward five changes to the way Government departments buy goods and services, to immediately support Australian jobs and industries.The union's call comes with the release of a Senate Inquiry report into Government procurement procedures that recommends an overhaul of the way the Government spends $40 billion a year of taxpayer money to buy goods and services.

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Created Thu 17/07/2014, Last Updated Thu 17/07/2014

Watching the World Cup finals in the labor camps of Qatar. 'It's like jail here'

Doha, Qatar — Half an hour before Germany faced off against Argentina in the World Cup final, Indra and his friend Kesar sit on the steps of the portacabin they share with eight other men. They watch as the gravel courtyard before them fills with soccer fans. Red and white construction safety tape divides the courtyard in half; paper signs marked "Argentina" and "Germany" hang at the entrances, directing each team's fans to their section.