Queensland reveals Aussie fleet at 25 per cent

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski The Queensland state government has confirmed that just a quarter of the cars that it buys through its vehicle purchasing arm, QFleet, are Australian made as the local automotive industry and Canberra continues to apply strong pressure for more locally made vehicles to be bought on the taxpayer’s coin. […]

ELECTION 2010: PS hiring freeze to impact regional economies

By Angela Dorizas The Coalition’s plan to cut 12,000 jobs from the Australian Public Service will have a major impact on regional economies, according to research by an independent think-tank. In a policy paper released on Tuesday, the Australia Institute warned that the Coalition’s two-year hiring freeze would negatively impact on regions with the highest […]

Public service union welcomes new PM

The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) has welcomed Julia Gillard as Australia’s first female Prime Minister and has pledged to work closely with her on industrial relations. CPSU national secretary Nadine Flood said the new Prime Minister had been a “terrific advocate” for workers’ rights and workplace relations in the public service. “We have […]

Thousands rally nationwide for gender pay equity

Equal pay supporters in Sydney. Image: Australian Services Union. Thousands of people rallied across the country on Thursday in what was Australia's biggest equal pay march since the 1970s. Organised by the Australian Services Union (ASU), the rallies were held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra, Adelaide and Darwin, along with a number of regional areas, including Lismore, Nowra, […]

New alliance calls for equal pay

Working women still earn 17 per cent less than men, says the Equal Pay Alliance. Image: iStock. By Angela Dorizas A new alliance has called on government to close the gender pay gap. The Equal Pay Alliance was officially launched today to coincide with Equal Pay Day. It comprises 135 representatives from business, unions and […]

A million green jobs possible by 2030

Australia could become a global leader in creating green industries generating up to a million green collar jobs by 2030 and multi-billion dollar export opportunities in green technology. That is the finding of a new report from the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF). The Green Gold Rush: How […]


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