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Vale Tom Uren

1. Bridges of Goodwill – Reminiscences Tom Uren Read at the end Tom’s philosophy. 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) of Union Aid Abroad […]

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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

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 party’s victory marked an end to the “viscious cycle of austerity”. Dick Nichols looks at the Syriza win, https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58111 Alexis Tsipras leader of SYRIZA Update: […]

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ACTU

Phillip Hughes, workplace deaths and getting the balance right.

‘No appeal from the grave’ The death of cricketer Phillip Hughes on 27 November was one of several hundred workplace fatalities during 2014. His death was indeed an accident. Today, bouncers are a tactic of intimidation, not the strategy of Bodyline. Compared with thug-by, cricket is a safe game for kids and the middle-aged. Nonetheless, […]

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AEU

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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From Eureka stockades

From Eureka stockades

Humphrey McQueen talks at the EUREKA DINNER ADELAIDE 15 November 2014 Imagine for a minute or two that we have been transported from the AEU offices, past South Terrace to the Adelaide Club on North Terrace. Of course, the likes of us will be waiting on tables and scrubbing in the kitchen but we might […]

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More from ACTU on TURC

More from ACTU on TURC

Address by ACTU Assistant Secretary Tim Lyons. See as well http://workinglife.org.au/2014/11/03/royal-commissions-agenda-is-crystal-clear/ Hold the front page. Liberal Government establishes Royal Commission into Trade Unions. The Heydon Royal Commission into Trade Unions, like its predecessors, is a deeply, irrevocably political exercise. Every Liberal PM since Billy McMahon has had at least one Royal Commission into trade unions[1] […]

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Human Rights

On Whitlam

McQueen on Whitlam; Pilger on Kerr/CIA dismissal 1. A Whitlam trifecta By Humphrey McQueen The passing of Edward Gough Whitlam signifies more than the death of one man. Whitlam is the only Labor prime minister whose name became an –ism, an endowment which continues to evoke veneration and loathing. He will wish to be remembered […]

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Corporates no tax

Corporations avoid tax

From United Voice: Who pays our Commonwealth? We examined the last decade worth of taxes by the Countries biggest companies. We found 29% have an effective tax rate of 10% or less. Worse, 14% have an effective tax rate of 0%! That means more than 1 in 10 of the top two hundred companies in […]

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