A Beautiful Set of Numbers?
In the coming week the NSW Government will hand down the first budget of its third term. Few things are certain in politics, but rest assured the budget will be characterised as ‘tough and responsible’.
History: Nest of Traitors
Rowan Cahill uncovers a ripping yarn that could redefine the way we look at Australian involvement in World War II.
Interview: A Nation of Hope
Former PM Bob Hawke bemoans the demise of industrial relations but takes heart from the prospect of peace in the Middle East
Unions: National Focus
Noel Hester reports on a soap star rebellion, Howard’s plans to renuclearise South Australia, more historical atrocities in the north, the redundancy test case plus more in the monthly national wrap.
Safety: The Shocking Truth
It’s every power worker’s worst nightmare – and it happened to Adrian Ware. In a flash of voltage, his life changed forever, as Jim Marr reports.
Tribute: A Comrade Departed
From Prime Ministers to wharfies, the labour movement paid tribute to Tas Bull this week. Jim Marr was among them.
History: Working Bees
Neale Towart looks at a group of workers who got sacked so their boss could keep making the Bomb.
Education: The Big Picture
The NTEU’s Dr Mike Donaldson and Tony Brown join all the dots in the current debate around higher eduction.
International: Static Labour
Ray Marcelo argues there’s another side to the recent furore over Telstra’s use of cheap Indian IT contractors.
Economics: Budget And Fudge It
Frank Stilwell argues that Peter Costello’s latest budget plumbs fiscal policy to new depths.
Technology: Google and Campaigning
Labourstart’s Eric Lee argues the latest weapon for campaigning could be the humble search engine.
Review: Secretary With A Difference
Looking for a new job can be hard enough, without having to worry about sadomasochistic bosses and the threat of being spanked for forgetting to cross your ‘t’s, says Tara de Boehmler.
Poetry: The Minimale
The Labor Party leadership is in the news again, inspiring our resident bard David Peetz to song
Satire: Howard Calls for Senate to be Replaced by Clap-O-Meter
John Howard released a controversial policy statement today, arguing that the Senate be abolished in favour of a device measuring noise from the gallery of the House of Representatives.
Task Force Sleeps Through Killing
Go To Gaol – Do Not Collect $500,000
Green Pollie in Picket Blue
D-Day for Media Diversity
Putting Steel into Government’s Spine
Fortnight in Killing Fields Anyone?
Underpaid Worker Fights Deportation
Truckies Deliver Death Watch
Job Cuts Caught in Spill Cycle
Mum Wins Family Friendly Hours
Allianz Plans Bite the Dust
Aussies Back Zimbabwe’s Gaoled Strikers
Boral Faces Stadium Stoush
Drought Claims More Jobs
Bridge Chaos Looms
It’s Our Party
Long time union watcher Nicholas Way looks at the changing dynamics between the industrial and political wings of the labour movement.
In his Maiden Speech, new MP Tony Burke argues that the ALP’s union links are nothing to be ashamed of.
Opinion Forming Down Under
Evan Jones condemns the mainstream’s media coverage of the War on Iraq and the damage it is doing to our national psyche.
The Locker Room
Questions for Cuba
It’s all fun and games until someone loses a club, writes Phil Doyle
Is Beazley's Popularity a Winner?
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Questions for Cuba
I recently posted a comment at Melbourne Indymedia questioning whether, if I lived in Cuba, I and others who share my views could form a Green Party, openly recruit people to it and stand a Green Party ticket in elections.
The answer, according to a Democratic Socialist Party cadre/s who write/s as "Redstar", is No, and this was justified on the grounds that allowing a plurality of political parties would open the door to counter-revolution as in Nicaragua (even if, as in the case of a Green Party, the parties would not have a platform of restoring a capitalist economy) and that multi-party democracy isn't really more democratic than a single-party state anyway.
What I find disturbing about this response is that I had hoped, and believed, that after the disastrous failures of "actually existing socialism" the entire Left would have learned that a viable socialist/left project must include a range of institutional guarantees of democracy including free elections, free and pluralistic political organisation
including a multiplicity of parties, non-partisan judiciaries to uphold the rule of law, etc., etc. Instead, a mere 14 years after the Berlin Wall came down and a mere 12 after the Soviet Union collapsed, we have forces on the left (who are not insignificant given the DSP's central role in the Socialist Alliance) defending the same institutional arrangements which blighted the socialist project in its Leninist/Stalinist form, using much the same arguments that Australian Stalinists used for decades.
It appears we have an incipient "culture of forgetting" about the evils of Stalinism on the Left comparable to the "culture of forgetting" about the Holocaust and fascism which the Right exhibited over the Demidenko literary scandal.
Am I the only person on the Left who's alarmed by this?
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