Archive | June, 2009
capitalist crisis severe

Failure of free trade

The current global trading system is dominated by transnational corporations which are overwhelmingly based in industrialised countries, mainly the US, Europe and Japan, although a few have emerged from newly industrialising countries. They have developed global production and distribution chains in both goods and services. Seventy per cent of global trade is between industrialised countries, […]

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Global crisis: financial regulation

Financial sector corporations must take a large part of the blame for the deepening Global Economic Crisis – or ‘Great Recession’. Environmenecession’. From Search. Reckless lending, obscene payment to executives, and financial engineering designed to avoid regulation, are all part and parcel of the ‘casino capitalism’ that led to the crash. Fixing finance is a […]

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Rights on site campaigns to abolish the ABCC

Building strife

1. It’s all about production stupid! While Ark Tribe could go to goal for 6 months for defending the rights of construction workers to remain silent, the MBA, voice of the construction bosses, has responded as to why it is necessary to retain draconian laws for construction workers. Master Builders Australia chief executive Wilhelm Harnisch […]

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AA:”WHO KILLED MR WARD?”

Andy Alcock on ABC TV 4 CORNERS PROGRAM “WHO KILLED MR WARD?” Congratulations to 4 Corners for screening this tragic story about Ian Ward. I believe that the answer to the question Who killed Mr Ward” involves a number of people. The prison officers who drove Ian Ward were definitely guilty of manslaughter. Most people […]

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CLIMATE EMERGENCY RALLIES 13 JUNE

CLIMATE EMERGENCY RALLIES ON 13 JUNE AS CPRS HEADS INTO SENATE Climate Action Canberra along with Friends Of the Earth, The Wilderness Society, Greenpeace and hundreds of climate action and environmental groups around Australia are holding midday rallies in all capital cities on Saturday, 13 June. In Canberra, there is a rally and festival in […]

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Rights on site campaigns to abolish the ABCC

Ark’s Tribe

On Wednesday, June 3 2009 Unions at the ACTU Congress called on Gillard to abolish the ABCC. Ark Tribe, a South Australian construction worker, faces six months jail after being charged with allegedly refusing to attend an interrogation by the Australian Building and Construction Commission. http://www.arkstribe.org.au/ The Australian union movement stands behind Ark and urges […]

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Tank Man Tango

Tank Man Tango http://www.forget2forget.net/

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Tiananmen 1989

Tiananmen Square In 1989, in Adelaide, on behalf of unions, I spoke at a protest rally condemning the crack-down and arguing that ‘socialism’ has to be invigorated by democracy…albeit Chinese style. This has not happened as Deng’s power brutally crushed dissent and opened up the Chinese economy for capitalist profit-making. For an exciting novel, read […]

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Rights on site campaigns to abolish the ABCC

Ark’s case: abolish ABCC

Ark Tribe is a construction worker from South Australia. Like any other Australian worker, Ark just wants to rock up for work in the morning in as safe an environment as possible, do his job, and make it home at the end of the day. Unlike other Australian workers, Ark is facing six months in […]

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