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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Options 66

Options 66

The magazine Australian Options no 66 Spring 2011 has good articles on: why we have to get out of Afghanistan and the costs of war; critiques of Gillard’s Clean Energy policies – a capital agenda, ecological modernisation, and limits and alternatives on climate change; unions greens and markets;education in the aboriginal world;national competition policy; the […]

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We Built This Country

We Built This Country

‘We Built This Country – Builders’ Labourers and their Unions’ by Humphrey McQueen Order copies from bookshops or Ginninderra Press, Port Adelaide, 2011. The following are the timelines. 1780s to 1850 Unions 1788 The first BLs are convicts. Some run away from floggings to range the bush. 1829 ‘Free’ workers are controlled by Masters and […]

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Rosewarne: Clean Energy is a capital agenda

Rosewarne: Clean Energy is a capital agenda

The Labor government’s Clean Energy Policy: a capital agenda by Stuart Rosewarne ‘The Clean Energy Future Policy, along with various proposed supplementary measures not incorporated into the resolutions of the multi-party talks, represents a considerable win for Australia’s emissions-intensive industries while promising no real abatement of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. Indeed, as the Treasury modelling […]

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Stilwell on tax reform

Stilwell on tax reform

I support a campaign to pressure the Gillard Government to include in tax reform – land and resources taxes, estate duties and on international financial transactions…for starters. The priority reform areas for the tax and transfer system need to be driven by goals of economic efficiency, social justice and ecological sustainability. by Professor Frank Stilwell […]

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ACTU on tax

ACTU on tax

Tax reform must redress imbalance against lower income Australians 03 October, 2011 | ACTU Media Release then below CFMEU on sham contracting and Taxwatch ‘Unions will strongly resist any agenda at tomorrow’s Tax Forum to reduce company taxes or increase the heavy tax burden already unfairly carried by Australia’s low and middle income earners. ACTU […]

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Day 17: Occupy Wall Street

Day 17: Occupy Wall Street

I am following on websites what’s happening with Occupy Wall Street: Day 17 Rebuild the American Dream. http://www.adbusters.org/campaigns/occupywallstreet The Campaign against the US wealthiest 1% is happening… TruthOut is one news source, today http://www.truth-out.org/tax-rich-more-patriotic-millionaires-urge/1317647752 http://www.sacbee.com/2011/09/30/3951832/usw-supports-the-occupy-wall-street.html#ixzz1ZfNEKdgh Success? http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/09/27-2 (more…)

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Financial transactions tax

Financial transactions tax

Robin Hood Tax coalition submission to the Australian Tax Forum Posted on September 26th, 2011 by Ned Kelly The merry women and men at the Robin Hood Tax coalition worked with ‘Skippy’ our campaign mascot to write our submission to the Government’s upcoming Tax Forum. “The Robin Hood Tax Australia Coalition is pleased to present […]

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Environmentalism and capitalism

Environmentalism and capitalism

Fred Magdoff & John Bellamy Foster: ‘What every environmentalist needs to know about capitalism’ (exclusive excerpt) August 1, 2011 — Monthly Review Press has kindly given permission to Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal to publish “The growth imperative of capitalism”, an exclusive excerpt from Fred Magdoff and John Bellamy Foster’s just released What every […]

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Marx and ecology

Marx and ecology

The Ecology of Marxian Political Economy by John Bellamy Foster This article from Monthly Review is an extended version of a talk delivered at the Marxism 2011 Conference, University College of London, July 3, 2011. I recommend reading John Bellamy Foster’s book ‘The Ecological Rift Capitalism’s War on the Earth’ with Brett Clark and Richard […]

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