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July 31, 2018 |

The Banks: Public Power for Private Pillage

The Banks: Public Power for Private Pillage Evan Jones Key institutions have lost their legitimacy in the last several decades. Including the political class, the banking sector is at or near the top of the list. Most people would have some grievances with their bank provider, from the minor to the devastating. High interest rates […]

July 31, 2018 |

Tax and inequality

Tax and inequality Terri Butler & Andrew Giles* A good society – a more prosperous and more equal one – rests, among other things, upon tax settings that are genuinely progressive, and felt to be both fair and efficient. Taxes are more than simply the price of civilisation: they profoundly shape economy and society. Tax […]

July 31, 2018 |

Rules of the Game

Rules of the Game Howard Guille   In 2018, Australian industrial institutions are in serious disarray. Employers now have more power to get what they want (much of which involves stopping workers getting much at all) and are using that power. The ACTU demands in “Change the Rules” are comprehensive. This is needed since the […]

July 31, 2018 |

The make-believe land of Turnbull, Morrison and co

The make-believe land of Turnbull, Morrison and co. Frank Stilwell The Federal Budget is supposed to be about responsibly managing the nation’s affairs based on the best available economic information and fiscal forecasts. If so, the legitimacy of this year’s budget is in question. The budget received a mixed reception. Various articles and letters in […]

July 31, 2018 |

A Class of Their Own: Exploitation, Exclusion and Working Students

A Class of Their Own: Exploitation, Exclusion and Working Students Arthur Rorris  Overview The Fairfax Media expose, The Great Student Swindle by Anna Patty in December 2016 exposed gross exploitation. It was a wake up call to our movement and communities about the treatment of the young workers and children who work part time through […]

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