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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.

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Created Wed 16/07/2014, Last Updated Wed 16/07/2014

Moura No. 4: Remembering the human cost of coal

Today is the anniversary of the day the Queensland community of Moura was hit with disaster, when a massive explosion at No. 4 mine claimed 12 lives, on 16 July 1986.

19 men were working underground when disaster struck; 12 were killed instantly and 7 were able to help each other to the surface through clouds of dust and gas. District Check Inspectors and rescue teams were quickly on the scene, but it was apparent from the intensity of the blast and the accounts of the survivors that the operation would be one of recovery rather than rescue.