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Xanana Gusmao and Timor Leste new PM Rui Araujo

Xanana Gusmao is a heroic political leader. http://chriswhiteonline.org/2010/01/xanana/ Update: The challenge for the new Government and new PM Rui Araujo is when the oil runs dry. Xanana Gusmao has successfully chosen his successor but falling oil prices weigh heavily on the state’s outlook, writes Tom Allard. http://www.smh.com.au/world/as-xanana-gusmao-departs-timor-must-prepare-for-when-the-oil-runs-dry-20150213-13des2.html More than money http://laohamutuk.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/it-takes-more-than-money-to-achieve.html Members of the incoming […]

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LSunions

Our Living Standards survey

From the ACTU. More than 43,000 Australians took part in the Our Living Standards, Our Voice survey between November 2014 and January 2015. The results of this survey – the largest ever conducted by Australian unions – show working Australians feel anxious about their living standards and are deeply dissatisfied with the Abbott Government’s policies […]

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OccupyDandenong

Lock-out and NUW occupation

This report is of an NUW enterprise bargaining dispute where the employer responded to a union protected action ban after negotiations failed with an indefinite lockout. Workers responded by occupying their canteen. The dispute continues. Now, resolved with the company accepting the following. “We want to get back to work! We’re calling on IFF’s Asia […]

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Uren

Vale Tom Uren

1. Bridges of Goodwill – Reminiscences Tom Uren Read Tom’s philosophy at the end. Update: State funeral http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-04/the-coffin-of-tom-uren-at-his-state-funeral/6069106 Illawarra Unity – Journal of the Illawarra Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, 7(1), 2007, 32-36. http://ro.uow.edu.au/unity/vol7/iss1/5 The following is the text of a talk delivered to the South Coast Branch (Thirroul) […]

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March4

Abbott in more trouble

Back in Melbourne: Australia Day weekend 2015 and wounded Abbott in trouble, the corporates attack and the labour movement responds. Update: Neman gone: Abbott to go http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/feb/01/queensland-election-drubbing-puts-tony-abbotts-leadership-under-pressure?CMP=soc_567 ‘Just 16 months after being elected prime minister, Tony Abbott faces hostility on all fronts, but the greatest threat lurks within his own party. The danger for the […]

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Indonesia: Unfinished Nation

Indonesia: Unfinished Nation

I am back in Indonesia in 2015 learning more about culture, unions and politics. I read 13 books and post these reviews. 1. ‘Unfinished Nation: Indonesia before and after Suharto’ by Max Lane, Verso, 2008 and two other Max Lane books. Max Lane’s books provide a key analysis that are most interesting. Max is an […]

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Syriza wins in Greece

Syriza wins in Greece

Further update: Seven Lessons from Greece Since taking power, Syriza hasn’t accepted what’s been imposed, but instead fought to create a new political landscape. https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/02/seven-lessons-syriza-greece-troika/ Update: The anti-austerity far left party Syriza has won the Greek election by a decisive margin, but just short of an outright majority. http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2015/jan/25/greek-election-syriza-confident-of-victory-live-updates Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras said his […]

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Australia in America’s Third Iraq War

Australia in America’s Third Iraq War

Australia in America’s Third Iraq War by Richard Tanter Little more than two months after the start of bombing operations, Australia’s new war in Iraq is following the path of its predecessor, a path marked by Australian subordination to American interests, irrelevance to Australian national interests, casual disregard for Iraqi sovereignty and law, increasingly severe […]

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Vale: Rob Durbridge

My initial thoughts on Rob Durbridge. Please add yours. Thanks Wendy, below. There was a good get together and memorable stories to Farewell Rob Durbridge. AEU 163 Greenhill Road, Parkside, 5:30 – 7.30 PM Wednesday, 26 November 2014. Update: Rob Durbridge leaves an international legacy of passionate advocacy for education, workers’ rights, social justice and […]

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