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 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 […]

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Support more funding for dementia

Dementia campaign for increased funding 15 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 not only within Australia, but globally. • Tackles […]

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Women’s marches against Trump

I post articles on the Women’s marches against Trump.Earlier http://chriswhiteonline.org/2016/11/on-trumpism/ “When women’s rights are under attack, what do we do? Stand up fight back,” a crowd of 6000 people chanted as they marched through Melbourne’s CBD as part of the global Women’s March movement on Saturday. http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/about-6000-join-melbourne-womens-march-as-global-movement-protests-trump-inauguration-20170121-gtw3qz.html Thousands in Sydney https://www.facebook.com/sydneymorningherald/videos/10155117992876264/?pnref=story US Veteran: There are […]

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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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John Berger on ways of seeing

1. Essential re-viewing: John Berger’s WAYS OF SEEING 1972 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pDE4VX_9Kk One of the most influential UK TV art programmes ever made. In the first programme, Berger examines the impact of photography on our appreciation of art from the past. Other sessions follow no 1. No 3 on oil painting http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=John+Berger+Ways+of+Seeing&&view=detail&mid=FFC18055548D59702C0FFFC18055548D59702C0F&rvsmid=B1B17E7A3FFECCA40557B1B17E7A3FFECCA40557&fsscr=0&FORM=VDFSRV Ways of Seeing, his book […]

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Timor Leste: first step on oil/gas sovereignty

TL sovereign rights is a key 2017 political campaign against Turnbull and Bishop to concede. I post recent stories on “Spying fallout: East Timor to tear up oil and gas treaty with Australia” http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/spying-fallout-east-timor-to-tear-up-oil-and-gas-treaty-with-australia-20170109-gto1aj.html Update:26 January TL drops spy case for negotiations http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/east-timor-dumps-spying-case-against-australia-for-good-faith-oil-gas-boundary-talks-20170124-gtxiva.html I urge that Alexander Downer, then LNP Foreign Minister, has to be […]

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RAFFWU

RAFFWU – the new Retail and Fast Food Workers Union. If you know of workers in the industry ask them to join. http://www.raffwu.org.au Update 28 January: Relevant speech by new President explaining why a new union https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/building-new-union-retail-and-fast-food-workers-union For many years while I was at the UTLC of SA, I worked with the right-wing SDA SA […]

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Tarragon st Mile End-auction 28th January 2017

Update: Open http://harrisrealestate.com.au/6065413/53-Tarragon-Street-Mile-End A Pink Trumpet tree – tabebuia. Let the fun begin in a 1913-built sandstone villa with all the potential in the world… Set on a prized 836sqm (approx.) block, just five minutes’ drive from West Terrace, and 10 minutes to West Beach. How much value you add to this double-fronted sandstone home […]

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War with China

Debate: Armed neutrality for Australia as Trump ramps up war with China. Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) Building a People’s Movement for Peace and Independence. See my earlier protests at Pine Gap http://chriswhiteonline.org/2016/10/pine-gap-the-poisoned-heart-of-australia/ Update:Paul Keating https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/13/paul-keating-castigates-rex-tillerson-over-comments-on-china?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+AUS+v1+-+AUS+morning+mail+callout&utm_term=208395&subid=11929904&CMP=ema_632 https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/13/australia-needs-a-new-foreign-policy-tillersons-remarks-on-china-make-it-urgent?CMP=share_btn_tw Australia must develop ‘independent foreign policy’ in wake of Trump win – Labor https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/nov/15/australia-must-develop-independent-foreign-policy-in-wake-of-trump-win-labor-wong?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Facebook Penny Wong urges […]

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