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Unions attacked

Recent union stories. 1. ROYAL COMMISSION’S RHETORIC IS HARD TO SWALLOW TONY Abbott’s Royal Commission into unions opened last week with the Commissioner, Dyson Heydon, anxious to assure unions that they would be treated fairly. But if that turns out to be the case it would be a marked change from the approach of the […]

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More on reviving unions

Reviving Labor From Below by Kim Moody The American labor movement won’t be able to revive itself without organizing at its grassroots. The American labor movement has seemingly been on the verge of total obliteration for decades. Union membership and strikes are at their lowest levels in almost a century, former union strongholds like Michigan […]

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Developing left unions

This debate is on challenges for developing left Australian unions. 1. From Don Sutherland http://donsutherland.wordpress.com/2014/04/08/theses-toward-the-development-of-left-labor-strategy/ “I am very interested to see where discussion by Bill Fletcher about these theses heads? see below It is very much about the situation in the USA, but I know that several concepts that are addressed are directly or indirectly […]

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McQueen on Anzac

Anzac ‘History wars’ are about how to control the future. They are not disputes over the past. Rather, stories about the past are pressed into service to buttress the needs of each class and imperium. Nowhere is this practice more blatant than in the reinvention of ANZAC since the 75th anniversary of the invasion of […]

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A Socialist International

‘Reflections on the New International Dedicated to the Memory and Legacy of President Hugo Chávez’ by István Mészáros Reposted from http://monthlyreview.org/2014/02/01/reflections-new-international The need for the establishment and successful operation of The New International is painfully obvious and urgent today. The enemies of a historically sustainable societal reproductive order, who occupy at the present time still […]

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More on building socialism

“In order to identify the measures necessary to build this new socialist society, it is absolutely critical to understand Marx’s concept of “revolutionary practice”—the simultaneous changing of circumstances and human activity or self-change. To change a structure in which all relations coexist simultaneously and support one another, you have to do more than try to […]

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Victorian government attacks rights to protest and picket

“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.” Update: Laws pass Parliament http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/20/victorian-anti-protest-laws-pass-lower-house Victoria Goes After Protest And Picket Rights By Adam Brereton Draconian changes to Victoria’s Summary Offences Act will empower police to move on pickets and political rallies, reports Adam Brereton Victoria’s Coalition Government is preparing to pass draconian move-on laws that will radically […]

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IPAN Peace Convergence

Peace Convergence Independent and Peaceful Australian Network April 21 – 25 2014 Canberra, 2014 Website: http://www.ipan.org.au
 IPAN is a network of organisations and peace activists from all regions of Australia who are united by our support for an independent Australian foreign policy based on peaceful resolution of conflicts. Facebook: www.facebook.com/IndependentAndPeacefulAustraliaNetwork Contact: ipan.australia@gmail.com
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A people smuggler

The people smuggler: A review by Ozleft “THE PEOPLE SMUGGLER,” ROBIN DE CRESPIGNY, PENGUIN VIKING, 2012 By Jenny Haines This is an important book in the debate about refugees, asylum seekers and people smugglers. It should be read by all members of federal parliament, some of whom stood weeping in parliament during the debate on […]

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