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Stop proposed uranium sales to Russia

Stop proposed uranium sales to Russia

At this time, Australia can be careful and not sell uranium to Russia – a country that fails to comply with their nuclear disarmament obligations under the Non Proliferation Treaty and has the world’s largest arsenal of nuclear weapons. On September 18, parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Treaties gave arguments on their merits for the […]

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Repressive IR laws against building and construction workers have to go now

I have read many legal cases where the conduct of Howard’s industrial policeforce the the ABCC is in question. The latest on friday is the acting chief justice of the Federal Court Justice Jeffery Spencer accusing the ABCC of bias in pursuing an unfounded coercion case against the plumbing union and its leader while ignoring […]

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After black friday… if she blows!

If she blows? by Humphrey McQueen 11 October If it is dodgy to speculate about the timing of, or the immediate trigger for a depression, six consequences can be predicted with almost 100% accuracy. >Above all, a collapse of real existing capitalism is not going to move the world one toenail closer towards being a […]

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The War of Wealth McQueen on the capitalist crisis

The market for futures by McQueen

If Main Street despises bankers, then it loathes the brokers who trade in futures. Bankers, at least, assemble the money necessary for expanded production. Traders in futures make their fortunes by speculating. Worse still are the brokers who trade in financial derivatives. 1. The market for futures by Humphrey McQueen and 2. A poem by […]

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Superannuation: SRI and CSR - hype or reality?

Superannuation: SRI and CSR – hype or reality?

THE SUPERANNUATION QUESTION SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT AND CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY HYPE OR REALITY? 2004 I take up one key issue, that of the question of Socially Responsible Investment, SRI, often called ethical investment together with Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR. SRI is superannuation fund investing in socially responsible companies. CSR refers to those companies that report […]

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Socialists on the financial crisis

This is a link to a challenging socialist analysis of the current world capitalist financial crisis by Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin ‘They say they won’t intervene. But they will.’ This is how Robert Rubin, Bill Clinton’s Treasury Secretary, responded to Paul O’Neill, the first Treasury Secretary under George W. Bush, who openly criticized his […]

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McQueen on 'How to lose a trillion' and 'McValue'

McQueen on ‘How to lose a trillion’ and ‘McValue’

How to lose a trillion. (2 October) When the radio news reported that the New York Stock market had “lost” a trillion dollars, my eyes glazed over. A trillion is what Douglas Hofstader calls a Very Big Number, meaning that we have no way of coping with so many zeros after the one ($1,000,000,000,000). Those […]

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Humphrey McQueen on the capitalist crisis

Freelance left labour historian Humphrey McQueen as guest comments on the capitalist crisis: exploitation the basis, it’s not socialism and all capitalists are parasites. Exploitation leads to over-consumption Even if $US700bn cauterises the collapse of the sub-prime mortgage market, it will not touch the core of the crisis. The root cause is the exploitation of […]

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Capitalist financial crisis September 2008

Capitalist financial crisis September 2008

Financial crisis: working families need protection IR and labour law policy issues in other posts commenting on the Labor governmen cannot but be connected to the capitalist crisis dramatically unfolding with bank and business crashes daily. It is on-going and impacting on working families. This is clear reading the weekend’s press, following Stephen Long daily […]

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