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Articles from Vol. 33, No. 1, 2007

Addressing Work: Industrial Women and Organising in the Interwar Years
It is not to be wondered at that class hatreds should grow when a wage rate is fixed which is as near to the poverty line as one can get ... less pay to women workers being nothing but exploitation.1We have, and will continue to, make public the long...
Alexis Wright Interview
This interview with Kerry O'Brien for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation '7.30 Report' programme was televised on 21 June 2007.KERRY O'BRIEN: Coincidentally tonight, as governments continue to grapple with the on-going social crisis in Aboriginal...
Collateral Damage: Women and the WorkChoices Battlefield
In 2003, management at a nursing home in Parkes, New South Wales, attempted to persuade its enrolled nurses to become Care Service Employees, on significantly lower rates of pay. The nurses refused, and the company, aware it would have to deal with the...
Dead Women
Lily woke up one morning to find Virginia Woolf sitting on the end of her bed. She instantly recognised the thin, protuberant cheekbones and phosphorescent eyes. She liked the way the dark morbid floral pattern on Virginia's shirt-dress skimmed her bony...
Focus on Women and Work Editors' Introduction
In March 2006, Australia's national industrial relations laws were significantly rewritten. At the same time, welfare legislation was amended. There was considerable concern about these two sets of changes, individually and in combination, among women's...
'I Just Juggle': Work and Family Balance in Australian Organisations
There is a plethora of research that addresses women's need to integrate family and community responsibilities with paid work and an extensive debate on the work and family interface in Australia, and how it can best be accommodated across workplaces.1...
Institutions and Activism around Women and Work at a Time of Change
IntroductionRecent and substantial 'reforms' have significantly amended the 1996 Workplace Relations Act (Cth) and 'Welfare-to-Work' regimes. These reforms have renewed the focus on gender at work, in the community at large, and among academics. However,...
Little Bird
I found Little Bird lying on a gritty, sunstruck pavement in the port of Patras one sweltering morning in June. I had been sent to that city by the British Council in Athens with a large contingent of English examiners, to conduct the interview component...
Loss of Mother/hood: Maternalising Postcolonial Cultural Memory
Remembrance and nostalgia for mother and motherhood saturate contemporary culture, and are often inseparable from the ideological project of fixing the maternal subject both in the past and in the home. In remembering mothers, a specifically feminist...
Nine Days
Today it is winter. The houses close like clouds. And that sweet steam, how it drifts in from the unfilled swamp. Without our fence we get the thick of it - in the summer we were killing flies and now it's just the muck from the wetland in our noses....
Occidental Echoes: Beth Yahp's Ambivalent Malaya
This paper discusses the novel The Crocodile Fury (1992) by Beth Yahp, winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, Sheaffer Pen Prize for First Fiction, 1993, and the New South Wales State Literary Awards, Ethnic Affairs Commission Award for Literature...
'Only Teachers, Nurses and Wives': Women on Methodist Missions in Arnhem Land
'I don't think we had many women missionaries in North Australia. Only teachers and nurses.'1'On Elcho Island, to tease us, our husbands used to say to us, 'Oh, but you are only a wife!"2Only' was a pejorative term used to describe the personhood, the...
Steve Irwin: Death of a Hero
I.Before the camerahe was larger than lifebut in the Great Barrier Reefsmall enough for deathAn 'authentic Australian,'he showed uswho we are supposed to be,that iswho we are not,not what we are.We'd all like to hurl ourselvesheroicallyon top of our...
The Birth of Shame
1.Skidding along the spinal cordUncurling for the first timeVertebra by vertebraThe whole way upYou're hungry it seemsFor the smell of human hair2.The teacher told us to breatheThrough our sidesAs though we had gillsThen we had to leave it thereI was...
'The Flour Shed'
'I'll be the doctor!' called David, as the three children ran towards the flour shed at the end of the driveway, the medical set in its white box bouncing against his thigh. Before Nell could say anything, Elizabeth cried, 'I'll be the nurse!'Aww ......
The Interplay of Welfare-to-Work and WorkChoices
IntroductionThe main object of labour law has always been, and I venture to say will always be, a countervailing force to counteract the inequality of bargaining power which is inherent and must be inherent in the employment relationship.1A review of...
'There's No Guarantee That the Future Will Be Worth It'-Government and Class in Amanda Lohrey's the Reading Group
IntroductionAmanda Lohrey's 1988 novel, The Reading Group, a polyphonic dystopian fiction, is arguably a deeply pessimistic account of the failures of reformism and a lament for the resistance and imaginative possibilities brought about by the political...
Uncovering the Normative Family of Parental Leave: Harvester, Law and the Household
IntroductionFrom the mid 1970s, Australian parliaments enacted legislation for the stated purpose of addressing discrimination in the paid labour force, including more recently in relation to the issues of pregnancy and childbirth. These initiatives...
WorkChoices and Pay Equity
IntroductionThe year 2006 was a milestone for the regulation of industrial relations and efforts to achieve gender pay equity in Australia. The commencement on 27 March 2006 of the Howard government's Workplace Relations Amendment (WorkChoices) Act 2005...
Workplace Bullying, Women and WorkChoices
[B]ullying behaviour involving grossly improper conduct, including racist and sexist vilification, is notoriously under-reported even in the workplace and the undoubted fact that many victims seem unable or unwilling to take action at least for a considerable...
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