Archive | May, 2012
Ludlam, ADF on bases

Ludlam, ADF on bases

Senator Scott Ludlam at Senate estimates asks ADF questions on bases and defence issues. ADF says yesterday there would not be widespread public consultation in the very demonstrable way that you saw last time with submissions, public meetings etc; although it is a political decision. Worth reading. (more…)

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Most disturbing of all is the lack of public discussion and detailed analysis of the
implications of these new military arrangements for security in the Australian national
interest and the broader human interest.
...there is some sense that, when it comes to the US alliance, there is
simply nothing that can be done. So brazen is the government’s willing subordination,
and so powerful the ally, that serious discussion of the operations and consequences of
the alliance is just so much pissing in the wind.Or even more dismayingly, both security practitioners and their would‐be critics share,
by default if not by choice, a notion of Australia that is inseparable from the US alliance.
Alternatives are, analytically as much as politically, just unthinkable. If any of this close to true, we are all in for serious trouble.

Obama’s Oz bases

After Obama – The new joint facilities by Richard Tanter from Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability “When Barack Obama visited Australia in November last year he and Julia Gillard announced a new level of military cooperation between the United States and Australia. The public centre‐piece of the “announceables” for Obama’s visit was the planned […]

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AMWU on Gina

AMWU on Gina

Bowen puts big mining`s interest ahead of jobs for Australians May 25, 2012 The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union has demanded mining companies be contractually obliged to first train and employ Australian workers, rather than fostering unemployment and destroying Australia’s skills base by importing labour on 457 visas. The AMWU National Secretary, Paul Bastian, said today’s […]

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Basewatch Darwin: 'consultation'

Basewatch Darwin: ‘consultation’

Basewatch Darwin May Comment by Chris White I participated last Thursday 24th May 2012 for two hours in Basewatch’s response with the ADF’s consultants, the firm of Noetic. The social impact of the Joint Force Posture Initiative, otherwise known as the marine base here in Darwin is at issue. Another report describes this meeting. Here […]

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USLAW Iraq Unions

USLAW Iraq Unions

USLAW US Labor against War Iraq unions ‘Sisters and Brothers: I want to share with you a letter sent by Falah Alwan, President of the Federation of Workers Councils and Unions in Iraq to United Steelworkers Union President Leo Gerard. It is a message of greeting and solidarity on the occasion of the United Steelworkers […]

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HSU members to vote

HSU members to vote

What about the HSU workers? As well as all of amendments to labour law for the HSU East and other proceedings, one amendment to promote for this Parliament is for workers, members of HSU, to have legally rights to have meetings at work and collectively discuss the issues and vote on their resolutions. The ACTU […]

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earthworker cooperative

earthworker cooperative

Unions support for earthworker cooperative http://earthworkercooperative.com/

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About Gina

About Gina

About Gina Rinehart plan to offshore Australian jobs shows world’s richest woman cares only for profits The mining industry must be investing in secure, permanent jobs for Australians before resorting to importing guest workers. The ACTU says the Government’s decision to cave in to Gina Rinehart’s demands to bring 1700 overseas guest workers to Australia […]

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Greek left

Greek left

On Greece “At the same time, the success of the radical Left in the elections was not a linear function of the bad economic situation. History has taught us that unemployment, poverty and generally the worsening of economic conditions do not necessarily create a favourable political environment for the Left. The situation in the countries […]

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