Editorial – Brett Holmes

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

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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Aged care nurses stung first by new IR laws – November 2006

Events unfolding in aged care have implications for all nurses in NSW Our colleagues in aged care have been the first to be exposed to the realities of the new federal industrial relations system imposed … Read More

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A collective approach needed on the big issues – October 2006

The nursing shortage creates a terrain where a host of health policy issues such as skill mix, health management, training, and industrial issues are all in play. From our union perspective, it is both a … Read More

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Liberal’s nursing policy raises more questions than it answers – September 2006

State Liberals promise to keep nurses as crown employees … but this is to protect them from Federal Liberals` hostile IR laws The NSW Liberal and National parties have released a policy paper ‘Bringing nurses … Read More

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