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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 Dementia campaign for increased funding15 February 2017 ABC radio report http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-15/alzheimers-australia-calls-for-national-dementia-strategy/8270698 ‘A person diagnosed with dementia has no chance’: disease a growing cost for families and society Miki Perkins http://www.theage.com.au/national/a-person-diagnosed-with-dementia-has-no-chance-disease-a-growing-cost-for-families-and-society-20170214-guclzx.html Serious and urgent collective action is needed now, to combat or mitigate the impacts of dementia […]

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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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RAFFWU

RAFFWU – the new Retail and Fast Food Workers Union. If you know of workers in the industry ask them to join. http://www.raffwu.org.au Update 28 January: Relevant speech by new President explaining why a new union https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/building-new-union-retail-and-fast-food-workers-union For many years while I was at the UTLC of SA, I worked with the right-wing SDA SA […]

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War with China

Debate: Armed neutrality for Australia as Trump ramps up war with China. Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) Building a People’s Movement for Peace and Independence. See my earlier protests at Pine Gap http://chriswhiteonline.org/2016/10/pine-gap-the-poisoned-heart-of-australia/ Update:Paul Keating https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/13/paul-keating-castigates-rex-tillerson-over-comments-on-china?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+AUS+v1+-+AUS+morning+mail+callout&utm_term=208395&subid=11929904&CMP=ema_632 https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/13/australia-needs-a-new-foreign-policy-tillersons-remarks-on-china-make-it-urgent?CMP=share_btn_tw Australia must develop ‘independent foreign policy’ in wake of Trump win – Labor https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/nov/15/australia-must-develop-independent-foreign-policy-in-wake-of-trump-win-labor-wong?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Facebook Penny Wong urges […]

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On Castro

It is 1966. I am 18. We are first studying the politics of the Cuban revolution. With many others throughout the world inspired by Fidel and Che, we follow – all these years – the triumphs and failures of the Cuban revolutionary history – here sketched in articles on Fidel Castro’s life. Indeed, lessons on […]

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