Editorial – Brett Holmes

Every month The Lamp carries an editorial by Brett Holmes, General Secretary of the NSWNMA.

Real chance for health reform – October 2007

Labor’s new health plan tackles the intractable problems in our health system and gives the Commonwealth a chance to bring about essential reform – putting an end to health being used as a political football. … Read More

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Cynical politics over sound health management – September 2007

The federal government takeover of Mersey Hospital is more than just another election stunt. It shows the government can impose its agendas over any state government jurisdiction. We have recently seen several examples where politicians … Read More

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Abbott’s attack a slur on nurses – August 2007

Robust debate in Parliament is to be welcomed but there is no place for slander and the abuse of nurses. There is a place for robust debate in the arenas of politics and policy. In … Read More

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Education and skills are economic issues – July 2007

With WorkChoices and his abuse of the skilled-worker immigration scheme, John Howard is setting us on a low-skill, low-wage economic path. Labor`s alternative is a policy of increased investment in education. There is a very … Read More

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Howard’s fairness test is a sham – June 2007

Howard`s `fairness test` does nothing to undo the unfairness of his federal IR laws. In recent weeks the already intense debate about the federal government’s IR laws has gone up a notch with the release … Read More

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I thank you for your confidence

May 2007 Your right to vote is no small thing. Your vote at the federal election will be a referendum on Howard`s IR laws. Earlier in the year I said in a Lamp editorial that … Read More

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Nurses the real winners in this election – April 2007

One criteria underpins our campaigns: what`s in the best interests of NSW nurses The state election has been decided and we believe the outcome is in the best interests of nurses. The Association ran a … Read More

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Nurses must be heard – March 2007

NSWNA campaign gives nurses a voice Your union has just launched a TV and radio advertising campaign leading up to the NSW state election in defence of nurses’ rights at work. We have done so … Read More

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Our rights at work are worth voting for – December 2006

IR laws are technically legal but this doesn`t mean they are fair. The High Court decision on the legal basis of using corporations powers in the constitution to implement the federal government’s IR laws confirms … Read More

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