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Film: Waging Peace

Confronting the military industrial surveillance complex

 WAGING PEACE the latest documentary by multi-award winning Australian filmmaker, David Bradbury, is a window into the passions and politics of the modern Australian peace movement.

 Shot during the action-packed 2014 Canberra Peace Convergence at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, WAGING PEACE tracks a convoy of activists who set out […]

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Why are there so few strikes?

Strike experience in the UK mirrors Australian experience, so are the reasons for the strike decline the same as argued here? Discuss. Why are there so few strikes? Simon Joyce http://www.isj.org.uk/www.isj.org.uk/index68c9.html?id=1038&issue=145 This article addresses a key issue for socialists: the current low level of strikes.1 As Alex Callinicos recently put it: The absence of any […]

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Debating tax reform

Tax reform debate – earlier on this blog. a. United Voice calls for crack down on large corporations tax avoidance http://chriswhiteonline.org/2014/09/corporations-avoid-tax/ Now the ALP campaign: Stopping MultiNationals Tax Avoidance http://www.alp.org.au/fairshare The global corporate tax fraud: the issue http://redflag.org.au/article/global-corporate-tax-fraud Rich avoid tax http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/tax-evasion-by-super-rich-hurts-every-australian-20150103-12gbd5.html b ACTU millionaires tax http://chriswhiteonline.org/2012/05/millionaires-tax/ c.A National Land Tax http://chriswhiteonline.org/2011/11/a-national-land-tax/ d. Frank Stillwell […]

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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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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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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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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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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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