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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Stop the War on Workers rallies march 9th

Stop the War on Workers. First union 2017 rallies march 9th 10.30am -see all cities for details. CFMEU readies to fight Turnbull’s fight on the fair go https://vic.cfmeu.org.au/news/cfmeu-declares-readiness-fight-turnbull’s-war-fair-goNational protests www.facebook.com/events/227552291043928 CFMEU urges action https://vic.cfmeu.org.au/news/rally-stop-war-workers Background: Union responses to the cut in Sunday penalty rates decision http://chriswhiteonline.org/2017/02/responding-to-the-penalty-rates-decision/ Construction deaths continue: support the right to strike on […]

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Militarism is an environmental issue

MILITARISM IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE NINE REASONS WHY THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT MUST ALSO FIGHT FOR PEACE: 1. War is an environmental nightmare that continues to poison people and the planet long after the fighting ends. 2. The Pentagon is the largest consumer of fossil fuels in the world. 3. The Pentagon is the largest emitter […]

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Responding to the penalty rates decision

1. From Don Sutherland (‘retired’ AMWU): Please debate. “Like many others I am very angry on several counts with the Fair Work Commission’s decision to cut Sunday penalty rates for Australia’s lowest paid workers. Read decision https://www.fwc.gov.au/awards-and-agreements/modern-award-reviews/am2014305-penalty-rates-case How else to react? here is my current thinking … This very wrong decision on several counts is […]

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More on Sanders and Socialism’s Return

Socialism’s Return After more than a half-century in the wilderness, the socialist left reemerges in America. By Patrick Iber FEBRUARY 21, 2017 See earlier my optimistic US experience and following of Sander’s political revolution and socialism. What about the debate in Australia where ‘political revolution’ and ‘socialism’ is not yet on the political agenda? here […]

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Richard Tanter on Trump, Australia and war with China

Richard Tanter, ‘Trump chaos to our north? Where do we stand at the end of US hegemony in Asia?’, Arena Magazine, 146, March/April 2017, pp. 7-9, Download here http://nautilus.org/network/associates/richard-tanter/publications/ “Through a chaotic mélange of intent, incompetence and cultural prejudice, the new Trump administration will overturn the post-war system of US hegemony in Asia. Of course, […]

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The Future of Trade Unions in Australia

The Future of Trade Unions in Australia 2017 Ken McAlpine, National Tertiary Education Union, kmcalpine@nteu.org.au Sarah Roberts, National Tertiary Education Union, sroberts@nteu.org.au Abstract The Australian union movement has been in decline for several decades. The social and economic factors which have led to the decline are briefly examined. Unions have spent many years developing strategies […]

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Turnbull: No more funding for dementia

Turnbull/Morrison budget fails to support dementia funding increase. https://www.fightdementia.org.au/media-releases/2017-18-budget-dementia-funding Dementia campaign for increased funding15 February 2017 ABC radio report http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-15/alzheimers-australia-calls-for-national-dementia-strategy/8270698 ‘A person diagnosed with dementia has no chance’: disease a growing cost for families and society Miki Perkins http://www.theage.com.au/national/a-person-diagnosed-with-dementia-has-no-chance-disease-a-growing-cost-for-families-and-society-20170214-guclzx.html Serious and urgent collective action is needed now, to combat or mitigate the impacts of dementia […]

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Women’s marches against Trump

Update February 2017: A long informative frightening article with a detailed account of who’s who in the Trump administration. How the Trump regime was manufactured by a war inside the Deep State. A systemic crisis in the global Deep System has driven the violent radicalization of a Deep State faction By Nafeez Ahmed Read here […]

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26 January – or thereabouts

26 January – or thereabouts Australia Day debate by Historian Humphrey McQueen Vox Pop illustrates that the most enthusiastic celebrants of Australia Day do not always know what happened on 26 January 1788 in Sydney Cove. Some think their holiday has to do with Captain Cook who had sailed past Sydney Harbour eighteen years earlier. […]

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