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Again as Australian unions follow US unions, this detailed criticism on US unions is relevant for Australian unions An Interview With Staughton Lynd About the Labor Movement by Andy Piascik For more than 50 years, Staughton Lynd has been a leading radical in the United States. He was an engaged supporter of the Black […]

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Developing left unions

This debate is on challenges for developing left Australian unions. 1. From Don Sutherland “I am very interested to see where discussion by Bill Fletcher about these theses heads? see below It is very much about the situation in the USA, but I know that several concepts that are addressed are directly or indirectly […]

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McQueen on Anzac

Anzac ‘History wars’ are about how to control the future. They are not disputes over the past. Rather, stories about the past are pressed into service to buttress the needs of each class and imperium. Nowhere is this practice more blatant than in the reinvention of ANZAC since the 75th anniversary of the invasion of […]

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Indonesia, Australia and the Edward Snowden Legacy: Shifting asymmetries of power

Indonesia, Australia and the Edward Snowden Legacy: Shifting asymmetries of power Richard Tanter posted from Japan Focus The Asia Pacific Journal, Vol. 12, Issue 10, No. 3, March 10, 2014. Précis A near perfect storm has descended on Australian relations with its nominal strategic partner and largest neighbour, Indonesia, to the point where the […]

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Victorian government attacks rights to protest and picket

“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.” Update: Laws pass Parliament Victoria Goes After Protest And Picket Rights By Adam Brereton Draconian changes to Victoria’s Summary Offences Act will empower police to move on pickets and political rallies, reports Adam Brereton Victoria’s Coalition Government is preparing to pass draconian move-on laws that will radically […]

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IPAN Peace Convergence

Peace Convergence Independent and Peaceful Australian Network April 21 – 25 2014 Canberra, 2014 Website:
 IPAN is a network of organisations and peace activists from all regions of Australia who are united by our support for an independent Australian foreign policy based on peaceful resolution of conflicts. Facebook: Contact:
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A people smuggler

The people smuggler: A review by Ozleft “THE PEOPLE SMUGGLER,” ROBIN DE CRESPIGNY, PENGUIN VIKING, 2012 By Jenny Haines This is an important book in the debate about refugees, asylum seekers and people smugglers. It should be read by all members of federal parliament, some of whom stood weeping in parliament during the debate on […]

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McManus on Abbott: a list and WorkChoices

1. Sally McManus provides a list on PM Abbott.2. On PM Abbott and WorkChoices. 3. Royal Commission into unions. 1.TRACKING ABBOTT’S WRECKAGE Tony Abbott has been in power since 7 September 2013. From that moment, he and his government have broken promises and hurt Australians. This post will be regularly updated to keep track of […]

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Timor Leste battles Australian corporate and political elite

I have been following with interest the ‘Australia spies on Timor Leste for the oil’ stories. See my earlier posts on Timor Leste. Update: Timor Leste v Australia so far by By Clinton Fernandes read here Marian Wilkinson 4 Corners I attended the Meeting in Melbourne 6:30pm Thursday 23 January 2014 at Victoria […]

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