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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Our Long Depression

Our Long Depression

The nature of the current Long Depression. by Michael Roberts http://thenextrecession.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/marxism-in-london-socialism-in-slovenia/ There were three things that I wanted to argue in that presentation. First, I argued that Marx’s law of the tendency of the rate of profit to fall was the underlying cause of the cycle of recurrent crises (booms and slumps) in modern economies, […]

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Against war

Monday August 4th marks one hundred years since the beginning of World War I – The “war to end all wars”. Over that time, the human race has failed to change radically enough to see anything near an end to the violence and catastrophe that war inevitably brings. Put simply, nothing has changed. Over the […]

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MUA Bust the Budget

On unions – july 2014

The royal commission into trade unions is a political witch hunt. If Ministers have ordered the public service to pursue this anti-democratic frolic, it’s a clear abuse of power. The government is aiming for a union-free Australia. by Tim Lyons The residents of the right-wing fever swamp on the internet who are following the process […]

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On Gaza

On Gaza

Update:World stands disgraced’ as Israeli shelling of school kills at least 15 • UN condemns IDF attack on sleeping children as violation of international law • Strike on crowded market in Shujai’iya during ceasefire kills 17 • Death toll now more than 1,300 after three weeks of fighting http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/30/world-disgrace-gaza-un-shelter-school-israel?CMP=soc_567 Israel bombs UN shelter http://commondreams.org/news/2014/07/30/world-stands-disgraced-israel-bombs-another-un-designated-shelter-gaza Please […]

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Dave Oliver Bust the Budget

ACTU claims

From the ACTU. UNION RESPONSES TO THE HOCKEY BUDGET 2014-15 Please take steps to organise around these or similar claims in workplaces. INTRODUCTION The 2014-15 Federal Budget includes a range of proposed measures which will directly affect the living standards of Australian workers and their families. If they are implemented, they will result in increased […]

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Oh! What a Lovely War

Melbournians ought not miss this production of Oh What a Lovely War with fine singing by a strong cast. Book now. http://benfuller852.wix.com/pierrot-productions This year marks one hundred years since the beginning of World War I – The “war to end all wars”. Over that time, the human race has failed to change radically enough to […]

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Sr Agio Pereira, TL Minister of State and President of the Council of Ministers launched the Chega! Report in English Timor Leste Melbourne Conference

Chega!

When I was in Jakarta last week I talked to Pat Walsh. Chega! is now in English and he wants supporters of Timor Leste, governments, organisations and individuals to read and distribute and campaign for the recommendations. Agio Pereira Minister of State and President of the Timor-Leste Council of Ministers publicly launched this English edition […]

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Waging Peace on War: Canberra. WACA Peace Convergence

No more war in Iraq

PM Abbott follows Obama sending in “Special Forces” to “guard our Embassy”. Peace groups say no new military intervention into Iraq. Statement issued by IPAN – Independent and Peaceful Australia Network June 24, 2014 Anti-war and peace groups from across the nation are uniting to urge the Australian government not to involve itself in any […]

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Jokowi wins Indonesian Presidential elections

Jokowi wins Indonesian Presidential elections

I follow the Indonesian Presidential elections: Jokowi v Prabowo. I will be in Solo, Indonesia for the election July 9th. Update July 22nd: And so Jokowi wins, comfortably. Jakarta was quiet around the streets of the Presidential palace. The return of the Old Fascist Order is now held back. I guess Prabowo’s ‘tactic’ of resigning […]

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