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International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

I am a supporter of ICAN and ask for mobilisation to pressure Turnbull to sign the Nuclear Disarmament Treaty. here are posts celebrating International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for […]

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Peace actions – IPAN conference

Warren Smith MUA National Assistant Secretary The 2017 IPAN National Conference in Melbourne, War, Peace and Independence – Keep Australia Out of U.S. Wars, was a great success, building on previous IPAN National Conferences in Canberra (2014), Brisbane (2015) and Alice Springs (2016). The Conference lifted and strengthened the public call for an independent Australia […]

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CBA breaching anti-terror laws

Now, Minister Dutton can have CBA executives held without charge and interrogated for breaching anti-terrorism and money laundering laws! Six Commonwealth Bank ATM deals may be linked to terrorism funding, Austral says Read here https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/aug/19/six-commonwealth-bank-atm-deals-may-be-linked-to-terrorism-funding-austrac-says Commonwealth Bank unmasked: why the government is suing over alleged terrorism trail – explainer Austrac is accusing the CBA of […]

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Responding to the penalty rates decision

1. From Don Sutherland (‘retired’ AMWU): Please debate. “Like many others I am very angry on several counts with the Fair Work Commission’s decision to cut Sunday penalty rates for Australia’s lowest paid workers. Read decision https://www.fwc.gov.au/awards-and-agreements/modern-award-reviews/am2014305-penalty-rates-case How else to react? here is my current thinking … This very wrong decision on several counts is […]

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More on Sanders and Socialism’s Return

Socialism’s Return After more than a half-century in the wilderness, the socialist left reemerges in America. By Patrick Iber FEBRUARY 21, 2017 See earlier my optimistic US experience and following of Sander’s political revolution and socialism. What about the debate in Australia where ‘political revolution’ and ‘socialism’ is not yet on the political agenda? here […]

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Richard Tanter on Trump, Australia and war with China

Richard Tanter, ‘Trump chaos to our north? Where do we stand at the end of US hegemony in Asia?’, Arena Magazine, 146, March/April 2017, pp. 7-9, Download here http://nautilus.org/network/associates/richard-tanter/publications/ “Through a chaotic mélange of intent, incompetence and cultural prejudice, the new Trump administration will overturn the post-war system of US hegemony in Asia. Of course, […]

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Turnbull: No more funding for dementia

Turnbull/Morrison budget fails to support dementia funding increase. https://www.fightdementia.org.au/media-releases/2017-18-budget-dementia-funding Kell was diagnosed with younger onset dementia, Fronto Temporal Dementia or Pick’s disease. Now he’s doing all he can to raise awareness about one of the most heartbreaking illnesses in Australia. What a remarkable man. http://bit.ly/2xu2JI6 https://www.gofundme.com/kells-ride-for-the-future Dementia campaign for increased funding15 February 2017 ABC radio […]

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26 January – or thereabouts

26 January – or thereabouts Australia Day debate by Historian Humphrey McQueen Vox Pop illustrates that the most enthusiastic celebrants of Australia Day do not always know what happened on 26 January 1788 in Sydney Cove. Some think their holiday has to do with Captain Cook who had sailed past Sydney Harbour eighteen years earlier. […]

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Timor Leste: first step on oil/gas sovereignty

TL sovereign rights is a key 2017 political campaign against Turnbull and Bishop to concede. I post recent stories on “Spying fallout: East Timor to tear up oil and gas treaty with Australia” http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/spying-fallout-east-timor-to-tear-up-oil-and-gas-treaty-with-australia-20170109-gto1aj.html Update:26 January TL drops spy case for negotiations http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/east-timor-dumps-spying-case-against-australia-for-good-faith-oil-gas-boundary-talks-20170124-gtxiva.html I urge that Alexander Downer, then LNP Foreign Minister, has to be […]

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