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Ongoing negotiations, Alison Gray

Honouring the Contract John E Martin Victoria University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9780864736345   In his new book, John Martin takes a step back in his exploration of the genesis and nature of the role of government in New Zealand labour…
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Civilisation safe, Hilary Stace

Parliament’s Library: 150 Years  John E Martin Steele Roberts, $59.99, ISBN 9781877448430 Freedom to Read: A Centennial History of Dunedin Public Library  Mary Ronnie Dunedin Public Libraries and the Dunedin Public Library Association $40.00, ISBN 9780473134624 In these uncertain times…
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The House that we built, Colin James

The House: New Zealand’s House of Representatives 1854-2004 John E Martin Dunmore Press, $59.95, ISBN 0864694636 Parliament is a brutal place. Only the idealistic, the ideological, the hard-nosed and the ruthless gather there. No person is inviolate, no secret safe,…
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The tides of labour, Len Richardson

Holding the Balance: A History of New Zealand’s Department of Labour 1891-1995 John E Martin Canturbury University Press, $49.95 limp, $69.95 cased, ISBN 0 908812 61 2 John Martin’s Holding the Balance is, in his own words, “a reassertion of…
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What about the workers? A historical view, John Roberts

The Forgotten Worker: The Rural Wage Worker in Nineteenth Century New Zealand  John E Martin, Allen and Unwin/Trade Union History Project, Wellington, 1990, $35.95 New Zealand Working People 1890-1990 Stevan Eldred-Grigg Dunmore Press, Palmerston North, 1990, $34.95   Nuclear Free:…
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