Daily Archives: January 14, 2015

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Hey look I made the Palestine team at the Asia Cup!

….which may go some way to explain the 4-0 loss to Japan at Newcastle last Monday! Japan are one of the favorites to win the competition so it’s not such a bad result. (soft penalty, one of our guys got … Continue reading

Archies Election Tips – Seats C to E

[PN: Archie always has the inside running on corruption in Queensland politics … LNP Minister for Tourism, Gavin King, jumps the gate for being the lowest of all time oncer … it is a shame that Archie did not mention the honourable member being briefly detained and questioned by Australian Federal Police in 2005 for his coverage of anti-war protesters Christians Against All Terrorism, who broke in to the Pine Gap defence base near Alice Springs. King’s camera was confiscated by Police.]

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The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and how to beat it

[PN: WBT publishes this article here because there is a similar agreement the TransPacific Partnership agreement signed up to by 12 nations:US, Japan, Australia, Peru, Malaysia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Chile, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, and Brunei Darussalam. The Transatlantic version is … Continue reading

Debt in the Banana Republic

[PN: In this article, ‘with sober senses’ explains ‘social reproduction’ in the context of the debt crisis claimed by Qld government as a rationale for austerity. It is part of a series of articles written from a marxist perspective about the crisis created under capitalism which sees rising unemployment, social inequality, and the demise of regional towns in Qld. Falls in commodity prices (oil, gas, agricultural products etc) have produced ‘the Dutch Disease‘ where over-reliance on mining has pushed up the value of the $A and made it impossible for the rest of the economy to compete on world markets. Ian Curr, Jan 2015. ]

With Sober Senses

( Originally published in, and wonderfully edited by, the good people at Mutiny)
Since their election Queensland’s LNP government has unleashed a wave of attacks on the conditions of workers and communities. These attacks include at least, the planned reduction of 20,000 public servant staff and the capping of wages, defunding of NGOs in the community sector, the intensification of the government’s power to ban strikes and restrict industrial action and notably homophobic policy that targets Queer organisations and has seen the watering down of civil unions and the removal of surrogacy rights for Queer parents (and unmarried heterosexual relationship shorter than two years). This constitutes a profound reorganisation of what we could call social reproduction.

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