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Me in Green Left Weekly on tackling tax avoidance at the G20

November 8, 2014 - 18:07 -- Admin

I have an article on tax avoidance and the G20 in Green Left Weekly.

Here is how I finish it up:

The best way to address the shift in wealth from labour to capital is not through the tax system but through fighting for big real wage increases. Our task should be to help build all those economic and political battles to strengthen our class in its fight for equity and justice, including tax justice and tax equity.

The contradictions of Whitlamism

November 6, 2014 - 21:18 -- Admin

Tom Bramble has written about the contradictions of Whitlamism in Red Flag. Here is a snippet:

If Whitlam is to be remembered as a significant reformer, he also should be recalled as the man who paved the way for every grubby Labor government that followed him and the degeneration of the party that has resulted.

This is the link to the full article.

Former Labor Chief Minister Jon Stanhope to speak out against Australia’s refugee disgrace

November 4, 2014 - 20:27 -- Admin

This Wednesday Jon Stanhope is speaking out against Australia’s refugee disgrace at 6:30pm in the Manning Clark Centre at the ANU.

Mr Stanhope recently called on Labor politicians to repudiate their party’s support for punitive refugee policies, saying: “I challenge any senior members of Shadow Cabinet such as Tanya Plibersek, Anthony Albanese and Andrew Leigh to look me in the eye and tell me that these policies reflect what the Labor Party stands for.”

Left-wing election slogans

November 3, 2014 - 20:41 -- Admin

I am looking for interesting suggestions for left-wing election slogans relevant for Australia today.

Here are some old and new ones.

Turn Morrison back – to the Hague

Jail Morrison for his crimes

Morrison to the Hague

Make the bosses pay for their climate change

It is right to strike

Equal pay for equal work

Tax the Rich

Equal Love Now

Treaty Now

Refugees are welcome here

Abbott is a bigot

I shall go

November 2, 2014 - 20:38 -- Admin

I shall go

I do not ride anymore
Not now,
Not even before
But past today becomes
The present ever numb

And In the style unknown
Where children, overgrown,
Live full their lives
Of futility
What can it be?