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SMH news: $1 million for TAHE office space, no money for worker wage rises

Jun 27, 2022

The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that the Transport Asset Holding Entity (TAHE) is splashing $1 million a year on plush new offices in the CBD, despite being just blocks away from rent-free space in […] Read More »

Why can’t we build trains in NSW?

Apr 22, 2022

The Victorian Government has signed a $1.85 billion dollar deal with French company Alstom to build 100 trams in Melbourne, featuring 65% of locally manufactured components. It’s good to see a Government committing to manufacturing […] Read More »

Tom Morello’s new song: A jam to join the fight for workers’ rights

Union activist, international rock star, and Harvard graduate Tom Morello has released a new song – Hold the Line – that serves as an anthem urging people to join the fight for workers’ rights and […] Read More »

The Huge Contradiction at the Heart of the 2021-22 Commonwealth Budget

The Huge Contradiction at the Heart of the 2021-22 Commonwealth Budget

May 13, 2021

Dear members, Please see below an email from Jim Stanford, Economist and Director at the Australia Institute’s Centre for Future Work. Dear Friends; The Commonwealth government has tabled its budget for the 2021-22 financial year. […] Read More »

Hot topic: High speed rail

Feb 23, 2017

As part of a recent opinion piece in the Newcastle Herald, Shadow Minister for infrastructure Anthony Albanese wrote: “We should also expedite progress on the proposed high speed rail link from Brisbane to Melbourne via […] Read More »

Lack of public transport major barrier for young jobseekers: report

Nov 21, 2016

Public ‍trans‍‍port limitations are a major barrier preventing young people from getting and keeping a job, according to a new report by the Brotherhood of St Laurence. The Sydney Morning Herald article covering the new report emphasises that part […] Read More »

Exec bonuses should be linked to staff’s mental wellbeing: Beyond Blue

Oct 25, 2016

Beyond Blue chairman Jeff Kennett called for executive performance bonuses to be linked to the mental wellbeing of their staff, ABC news reported this week. Mr Kennett also called for senior staff to undergo a mental […] Read More »

Malcolm Turnbull’s quest for power leaves him at odds with the electorate

Aug 25, 2016

Poll findings in the latest Essential Report show that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s compromises have left him at odds with the majority of the electorate. “To secure the numbers, Malcolm Turnbull had to ditch the […] Read More »

Newcastle rail saga continues

Jan 23, 2015

Just prior to Christmas, local community groups had a huge win with the court ruling that the NSW Government couldn’t rip up the rail line from Boxing Day because removing rail infrastructure requires legislation to be passed through parliament – which hasn’t happened. Read More »

Transport funding – what’s the answer?

Nov 14, 2014

Is increasing transport fees the way to pay for improved transport services? Sydney based think tank, the McKell Institute, think it could be. Read More »