It’s been 18 months since Victoria was rocked by the Black Saturday
bushfires which left over 150 people dead and thousands of homes
destroyed. But despite government commitments to improve firefighting
facilities, serious questions remain over whether the state is prepared
for another scorching summer.
The recent disaffiliation from the ALP of the Victorian branch of the
Electrical Trades Union (ETU) is the most significant example so far of
the tensions between the modern Labor Party and the more dynamic
sections of the trade union movement.
The Australian Federal election held on August 21 delivered a hung
parliament – the first in 70 years. Neither the Labor Party led by Julia
Gillard nor the Coalition led by Tony Abbott won the 76 seats required
to form a government. The result is both a reflection of the lack of
enthusiasm people have towards the...