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What’s Hot and What’s Not: the Australian Options online digest Issue 9 July 2014

Posted by on July 24, 2014 in Online Digest | 0 comments

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Unravelling universalism in the Budget; Plus vote for the world’s worst boss.

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in General, Online Digest | 0 comments

The importance of being earnest By Frank Barbaro Treasurer Joe Hockey’s 2014 Budget delivery on Tuesday 12 May was an earnest public display befitting a solemn and grave task. When announcing government decisions, that widen and deepen misery, anything else would have been unfitting. The privileged are always good at expressing feeling about the pain they cause for others. Budget night’s mood matched the preceding earnest rhetoric about a national debt emergency. However, despite the...

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On-line Digest May 2014

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Online Digest | 0 comments

Issue 8 May  2014 What’s Hot and What’s Not: the Australian Options online digest The  May edition of the Australian Options Magazine will be  published in the second week of May  2014 with the theme of  Organising for Fairness and the Environment. Articles include Cam Walker on the grassroots success of Lock the Gate, Andrew Dittmer on union strategy, Valerie Cooms on Aboriginal disadvantage, John Buchnan on fairness in employment and Jim Stanford with a primer on debts and deficit. All are illustrated with Simon Kneebone's...

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Australian Options On-line Digest No 7 February 2014 Locked

Posted by on February 16, 2014 in Online Digest | 0 comments

Australian Options On-line Digest 7 February 2014   Click here  for full text online-digest-7.pdf Be Sociable, Share! Tweet

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Remembering September 11: AMWU against Chile’s military coup

Posted by on September 11, 2013 in Online Digest | 0 comments

Remembering September 11: Metalworkers ground a LAN Chile jet against Chile’s military coup © Don Sutherland, August 2013 (Based on a memoir by the late Jim Baird, an interview with Steve Cooper, Steve Cooper’s personal papers, AMWU archival material, and discussions with Chilean political refugees and exiles.)   The other September 11 – We Shouldn’t Forget The September 11 terrorist attack on the New York Twin Towers in 2001 is one of those moments in history where everyone remembers where they were at the time. But it is...

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Independence for West Papua and the Freedom Flotilla

Posted by on September 11, 2013 in Online Digest | 0 comments

Supporting Independence for West Papua There have been many reports about the heavy hand of the Indonesian military in West Papua. There are massive industrial and environmental issues at the Freeport operated Grasberg mine which is the largest gold mine in the world. The official line in both Papua New Guinea and Australia treats West Papua as an integral part of Indonesia. There are chinks in this within the O'Neill Government.The Papua New Guinea Health minister Michael Malabag, speaking as a private citizen, has said it is time PNG...

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Why so little music by women

Posted by on September 11, 2013 in Online Digest | 0 comments

Music by and for white males? An earlier edition of Options On-line recommended Michael Kieran-Harvey's Peggy Glanville-Hicks lecture. He says "Australian music makes up less than seven per cent of concert programs in this country (and even less for Opera)". And, "My tax is funding all this Dead White European Male Music for the diverting entertainment of the well-heeled – with inflated ticket prices excluding the poor – and so little of it is funding new Australian composition".   In June, Emma Ayres, a presenter on ABC Classic FM...

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Queensland Government out to control unions

Posted by on September 11, 2013 in Online Digest | 0 comments

Meanwhile in Australia's sugar state The Queensland Government has legislated to require unions and employer associations to take a vote of all members before spending $10,000 on 'political activities'. This goes well beyond donations to candidates and political and defines political activity to extend to include any activity that might (i) influence a person’s opinion about a political matter; or   (ii) ascertain a person’s opinion about a political matter, including, for example, by opinion polling;   The changes also require...

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Sugar Workers in Fiji

Posted by on September 11, 2013 in Online Digest | 0 comments

The situation for unionised workers in Fiji continues to deteriorate. Workers at Luatoka sugar mill have balloted to take strike action over wages and conditions. In response, troops were deployed to the mill in August which the Army says troops are there simply there to protect the mill and equipment in the event of a strike. According to the Fiji Sugar and General Workers Union, the management has also advised workers that it will get workers from India to operate the mills if a strike occurs. As the ITUC states The Attorney General, the...

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Strike in Singapore

Posted by on September 11, 2013 in Online Digest | 0 comments

Strike in Singapore A strike in Singapore is very rare occurrence. The Wall Street Journal says that Singapore’s last legal strike occurred in 1986 when workers at U.S. oilfield-equipment company Hydril picketed their factory for two days to protest the dismissal of several union leaders. Government officials had approved the strike in advance.   In a series of five articles the WSJ documents a strike by mainland Chinese bus drivers working for SMRT Corp a state-owned public transport operator. The Chinese workers wanted wanting...

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