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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Brazil

Brazil

The United States Misreads Brazil’s World Policy By Immanuel Wallerstein When the United States first realized circa 1970 that its hegemonic dominance was being threatened by the growing economic (and hence geopolitical) strength of western Europe and Japan, it changed its posture, seeking to prevent western Europe and Japan from taking too independent a position […]

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Organising

Organising

Organizing Comes Before Mobilizing By Grace Lee Boggs ‘Last week veteran Detroit activist and TV producer Ron Scott shared his thoughts on the recent massive demonstrations in support of the Jena 6. Emphasizing the distinction between organizing and mobilizing, he reminded us that the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which began fifty-two years ago on December 1, […]

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Left renewal conference

Left renewal conference

Australian Left Renewal Conference – from global crisis to green future – May 29-30, 2010, University of Technology Sydney Building 2 Broadway, Sydney Democratic responses to the social and ecological failure of global capitalism. Alliances between environmentalists and unionists that show the way forward. The Left and its strategic direction 12 Workshops and 4 Participatory […]

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Oppose nuclear dump

Oppose nuclear dump

For some time NT activists have been opposed to a Nuclear dump. I was informed about this struggle in a 2007 DVD by Tara Jones “Nowhere here in the middle”. She interviews the aboriginal people affected. She interviews Dr Helen Caldicott: “Its supreme scientific arrogance to say that we’ll find a way to store radioactive […]

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Gillard's OHS in trouble?

Gillard’s OHS in trouble?

The recent tragic loss of life and house fires due to a deregulated labour market in the insulation industry and poor health and safety must not be repeated nationally. But DPM Gillard is ruthlessly pushing ahead with her lower national OHS ‘harmonisation’ model approved December 2009, despite major union criticism (see earlier blogs). One feature […]

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ICT school research

ICT school research

Social networking provides new opportunities for learning ‘Information Communication technologies (ICT) including social networking and games provide new opportunities for education a review of research released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) argues. But, according to Australian Education Review 56, the ‘off the shelf’ mentality which currently underpins the provision of computers […]

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Venezuela struggle update

Venezuela struggle update

Venezuela’s Revolution Faces Crucial Battles by Federico Fuentes ‘Decisive battles between the forces of revolution and counter-revolution loom on the horizon in Venezuela. The campaign for the September 26 National Assembly elections will be a crucial battle between the supporters of socialist President Hugo Chavez and the U.S.-backed right-wing opposition. But these battles, part of […]

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Democratic mixed economy

Democratic mixed economy

‘Movement for a Democratic Mixed Economy’ are a network of progressives in dialogue with each other – working to contest the dominant economic paradigm – and to promote an alternative which is democratic; involving mixed forms of ownership. ‘We believe there is a substantial role for the public sector. We accommodate many positions ranging from […]

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Bastardy

Bastardy

In Canberra at the National Sound and Film Arc, I saw a remarkable film Bastardy, that is now to be shown this thursday on ABC 1. There is a review in the Weekend Australian TV review. A remarkable documentary about a remarkable aboriginal actor Jack Charles and his life and times. He was at the […]

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