About chriswhite

Chris White now lives in Melbourne, Australia. He worked for 17 years as Assistant Secretary and Secretary of the United Trades and Labour Council of SA. He was honorary Secretary of APHEDA NT. He is now Convener of APHEDA Victoria. He is active in the Timor Sea Justice Campaign. He started organising with IPAN Independent and Peaceful Australian Network in Darwin and now in Melbourne. He assisted the first IPAN National Conference in Canberra and the Canberra Peace Convergence. He contributes to union challenges at Melbourne meetings and active in protests against the Abbott and Napthine governments. contact chrisdwhite@bigpond.com He was a Honorary Senior Research Fellow at The Northern Institute Charles Darwin University and casual in Industrial Relations. He lived in Canberra from 2005 researching labour law and industrial relations and worked for the union ASMOF and then the NTEU ACT. He tutored in Politics for two years at the ANU Politics and International Relations. He has been criticising WorkChoices, specifically the labour law supressing the right to strike, the repression of building and construction workers, and reporting on the new China labour laws . He writes on social justice and our environmental crisis challenges. He links into international solidarity for workers and the disadvantaged. He worked for the SA unions for 27 years. First as an Industrial Officer for the Australian Workers Union SA branch. Then he was for 10 years Research Officer/Industrial Advocate for the LHMU, then the Miscellaneous Workers Union SA branch, now United Voice. In 1985 he was elected Assistant Secretary of the United Trades and Labor Council of SA and then in 1998 elected Secretary until 2001. He was on the ACTU executive for 15 years. He represented unions on SA Industrial Relations and Occupational Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Commisions and social justice and employment committees. From 1998 to 2002 he was a Director and Trustee of SA Statewide Superannuation Trust and United Superannuation Pty Ltd. He was active in Socially Responsible Investment decisions. For 10 years he was on the board of the SA Working Womens Centre. For 15 years he was Chair of the Junction Theatre Company. For 6 years he was Ministerial Arts Board member on the State Theatre Company. He was awarded a Centenary Medal Commonwealth Honour for contributions to unions and the community. From 2003-2005 he was a Board member SA Housing Trust Board In 2002 he was on the Offenders Aid and Rehabilitation Services (OARS): prison rehabilitation and restorative justice. For 30 years he was active in the SA East Timor Association and now Patron. Since 1974 he has been a member of the ALP and with SA unions organising in state and federal election campaigns. He has been active in the ACTU Your Rights at Work Worth Fighting For campaign. He was a Post Graduate Research PhD scholar 2003-2006 School of Law, Flinders University researching 'The right to strike', but for personal reasons did not complete his thesis. He was a radical student activist, editor of ON DIT and Secretary of the Student's Union. He completed a Law degree LLB and Arts (Honours Politics) in 1972. He then worked for a year as a law tutor at the University of Adelaide Law School before his career with the unions. He is an advocate and consultant on workforce and social justice issues. contact chrisdwhite@bigpond.com
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The Great Capitalist Climacteric

The Great Capitalist Climacteric Marxism and “System Change Not Climate Change” by John Bellamy Foster This article is from a keynote address presented at Manifesta in Ostend, Belgium on September 19, 2015. This year’s Manifesta was organized around the theme of climate change in preparation for the COP21 climate negotiations (and protests) in Paris in […]

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More on Whitlam Dismissal

1.Rundle: proving the CIA-backed conspiracy that brought down Whitlam A missing part of the puzzle concerning the dismissal of the Whitlam government might have been hiding in plain sight for some time — buried in the memoirs of senior public servant Sir Arthur Tange, permanent head of the Defence Department during the Whitlam years. In Defence Policy-Making: […]

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Joe Hill by Mike Alewitz

Joe Hill – The Man Who Never Died concert

I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night
 Alive as you or me
 Says I, But Joe, you’re ten years dead I never died, says he
 I never died, says he. Labour, Anti-War Singer/Songwriter and Folk Musician Returns to Australia to Celebrate Joe Hill! Melbourne Saturday 28th November VTHC Bella Union 2pm. Come celebrate the […]

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Ongoing Timor Leste oil /gas battle with Australia

Earlier posts http://chriswhiteonline.org/2015/09/tl-oilgas-dispute-with-australia-continues/ http://chriswhiteonline.org/2014/09/australia-steals-timor-leste-oil/ Update: Special Lateline http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-25/east-timor-greater-sunrise-spy-scandal/6969830 Senator Xenophon calls for Royal Commission

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Indonesian fires: world environmental crisis – corporations responsible

1. Setting a country alight: Indonesia’s devastating forest fires are manmade The Guardian (Australia) – November 7, 2015 Irhash Ahmady and Sam Cossar-Gilbert We are witnessing the worst manmade environmental disaster since the BP gulf oil spill. Huge, out-of-control fires rage through the forests of Indonesia — and the source of many is the practice […]

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Paris: Your Wars – Our Dead

Responses: “Your Wars – Our Dead” Many of us are fearful of the reaction upon reaction which our rulers will unleash. A renewed cycle of war and terror – terror and war. Scared also of the murder upon murder which the forces of the racists and the far right would like to unleash – thus […]

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Saving the Great Barrier Reef: more action

Background: http://chriswhiteonline.org/2015/08/environmental-crisis-save-the-great-barrier-reef-campaign/ Earlier I posted that the world’s largest coal mine was proceeding. “Environment” Minister Hunt gives the go-ahead, but now a further legal challenge by ACF and environmental groups are campaigning even more strongly. This mine must be stopped to save the Great Barrier Reef. This is one vital campaign to support at the […]

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Campaign against the TPP

I post various arguments against the TPP Trans Pacific Partnership that has been signed and to be ratified by each country. Updates first: The TPP text has been released and our fears confirmed – it’s time to organise major activities. It is not over yet.Unions and communities in US, New Zealand and Japan are gearing […]

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Beyond Capital

If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich? by Michael Lebowitz

If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich? by Michael A. Lebowitz Dear Reader, we place these articles at no charge on our website to serve all the people who cannot afford Monthly Review, If you read our articles online and you can afford a subscription to our print edition, we would very much appreciate […]

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