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Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (0)

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Saturday’s socialist speak out

The Victorian Trades Hall Council Rally against the Budget on Thursday was a great success, with up to 40,000 turning out, including many workers who walked off the job to be there.

In Sydney the head of Unions NSW refused to allow a 500 strong delegates’ meeting to debate an amendment to the official piss-weak, do nothing effective, motion. The amendment called on the ACTU to organise a 24 hour nationwide strike against the Budget.

There will be ACTU rallies across Australia on 6 July, a Sunday and the day almost guaranteed to have absolutely no workers walking off the job to attend. Couldn’t upset the bosses and their flow of profit could we?

Unionists across Australia should be clogging up the arteries of their sclerotic union bureaucracies demanding a 24 hour nationwide strike as the first step in busting the budget. We should make the same demand at the 6 July rallies. If that doesn’t happen then we should organise these actions in our unions without our ‘leaders’.

It is no accident that Tony Abbott, the man waging war on Australian workers, is also keen to wage war again in Iraq. The two are interconnected.

Australian capitalism depends for its ability to expand its influence in the region on US imperialism. In the coming battles between Chinese and American imperialism, the Australian ruling class is opting for the US war machine while often profiting from a Chinese economy. Hence troops, troops and more US troops in Darwin.

To make Australian capitalism more profitable, in response to the fall in global profit rates, Australian capitalism needs to shift even more wealth from workers to the bosses.

Hence Abbott’s two wars – against Australian workers and with US imperialism.

Iraq is going well, isn’t it? More than a decade after the invasion and years after declarations of mission accomplished and the recent withdrawal of US troops, the next stage in that bloody invasion that killed over one million innocent Iraqis is being played out.The descent into sectarianism is a result of the invasion.

It is even possible the Iranians will become the de facto allies of the US in the area and prevent the Sunni fighters taking over the country. According to the Wall Street Journal that may already be the case.

The map of the Middle East is being redrawn.

Abbot’s overseas trip was a success. The gaffes are not important. He has shored up climate change denying support from Canada, another country with a climate change denier as its Prime Minister. He won the heart of war criminal Barack Obama by agreeing to more US troops in Darwin.

Obama and Abbott share a common vision on the basics. Their disagreements over climate change are neither here nor there in the grand scheme of imperialism. Obama can ignore this bit player on the world stage of climate change, especially when he is giving US imperialism a major foothold in Darwin as part of the strategy to contain China.

We Australians of course can’t ignore Abbott, nor his climate change denialism, his war on workers, his expansion of the US base in Darwin and his wannabe war in Iraq. That’s why we need to continue the fight back against Abbott and his policies.

The World Cup has started in Brazil.

To have your say or see what others are saying hit the comments link under the heading. Like all posts on this blog comments close after 7 days.



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Comment from Chris Warren
Time June 14, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Now that we have endured another year of global capitalist crisis and the IMF has all but admitted defeat, we need to highlight just how socialism is needed to establish and maintain social equity and financial security.

Currently capitalists are manoeuvering to implement savage cuts to social welfare based on the claim that social welfare is unaffordable due to population growth and increased longevity. For capitalism this is true – for socialism it is not. One aspect has already been implemented. It was announced in the budget that old-age pensions base rate will not longer be indexed to ABS Average Male Weekly Earnings. This has been a capitalist dream since the days of Howard when it was recommended by the 1996 Audit Report compiled by; R Officer (Melbourne Business School), E Alexander (Price Waterhouse), J Fraser (SBC Brinson Ltd), M Newman (Bain and Company) and G Carmody (Access Economics).

As Marx predicted capitalism cannot continue with past standards of workers entitlements and cutting the old wage pension from the benchmark of 25% AMWE is an aspect of class struggle as capitalists protect their own fortunes by increasing poverty for others.

Under socialism a lifelong pension after 35 years of work is easily achieved as it can be funded from an accumulation that amounts to the equivalent of 10 average wages. Such equity can be expected to earn 2.5% permanently with no redraw of principal. Obviously this funds 25% of a single annual wage. Longevity does not affect this payment or funding in any way at all. Workers would only need to save less than 10% of wages if other social partners contributed equally.

The key to this is that the accumulation is not expropriated by capitalists demanding fees, and that tax is not applied until fund earnings reach the standard Australian long-term growth rate – 3%. By getting rid of capitalism and by introducing socialism (or what ever term you wish), workers guarantee their retirement futures at least at the current pre-Abbott benchmark and more than likely even higher.

Comment from Ross
Time June 15, 2014 at 8:48 am

Unless the socialists push for Govt Banks all the strikes and protests on the planet will mean nothing.

They steal from by inflation. Without inflating house prices we have almost no new money to grow our economy. We lose out three times just on inflation. First by the the depreciation of our wages and savings, secondly repaying the principal and thirdly repaying the interest.
Our $1.6 trillion economy has inflation of 3% this is $48 billion pa X 3. No wonder we have no money for infrastructure, services and pensions. We are being robbed blind. It is like me stealing form my neighbour and saying I loan back your money as principal + interest.

I have not included our average growth rate of 3% and much of this money is created by the banking system as debt. China and Russia have huge Govt development banks ,this is why our greedy system demonises them.So wake up people and demand new Govt banks or go the way of Greece and the poorer countries of the planet.

Comment from Kay
Time June 16, 2014 at 5:13 pm


At the moment, employers contribute 9.25% of employees’ wages into superannuation. Employees are able to make their own contributions – but very few do. That is why their super is not growing as quickly as it might. Now you propose that employees contribute up to 10% of their wages to super. Are you envisioning it being compulsory for workers to contribute up to 10% of their after-tax income? (like public servants have to contribute 5%). At the moment it is voluntary, but very few add to their super from their own money. I mean, if workers were interested in super, or could afford to contribute their own money, they would – but they don’t. So how would you propose to force this dramatic change?

Comment from Lorikeet
Time June 16, 2014 at 7:05 pm

I think ongoing problems in the Middle East are the forerunners of the development of a new Economic Union comprising former states of the USSR and middle eastern nations. Maybe the Russians will move in and iron the problems out themselves.

As for the ongoing accumulation of 2500 US troops in Darwin, I have to wonder if they are expecting the Indonesian government to send a massive flotilla of asylum seekers to our shores.

On the housing front in Australia, we have recently been told that prices have to stall while interest rates cannot increase. This would certainly be in keeping with attacks on wages and working conditions, and the general clobbering of the western nations.

The DLP and KAP support a government owned bank. The Commonwealth Bank was sold off by Labor under Hawke/Keating.

According to today’s news, workers are retiring at later ages. For women the average retirement age is 59 and for men it is 63.

The idea that the welfare bill is increasing has been proven to be a furphy, since lots of people are retiring on superannuation.

The federal government seems to be relying on the new Senate members from 1 July 2014 to get some of their legislation through. I am hoping that PUP senators will vote down a lot of the Coalition’s bad ideas.

When out and about in the community, I am finding that lots of disgruntled voters now have an interest in voting for Clive.

Comment from Kay
Time June 17, 2014 at 2:11 pm


The recent lesson from the Middle East is that without the presence of a tyrannical dictator (like Saddam Hussein, or Hosni Mubarak), the Middle East just degenerates into centuries-old shia/sunni conflicts, and tribal allegiances. The mistake by western countries was to imagine that democracy could ever develop in such an environment. The lure of oil makes the Middle East sufficiently attractive to all major powers to make intervention worthwhile. Otherwise, it would be best to just leave these primitive Islamists to battle it out – only problem, the millions of innocent people caught up in this never-ending conflict, and the ongoing degradation of women’s rights and freedoms. So more and more Muslim refugees! What’s the point of the whole thing? Just Muslims killing Muslims – appalling.

Comment from paul walter
Time June 17, 2014 at 8:01 pm

If you truly want to understand the desolate Abbott vision for Australia, consider Brazil.

But I doubt whether Australians will see the writing on the wall any more than they could twig to the significance of Cameron, partly because they are thicker than twenty planks of four-be and because the media has them brainwashed anyway.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time June 18, 2014 at 8:17 am

Yes Paul, and many people are too busy telling everyone else they are wrong to shut their mouths for long enough to listen to reason.

However there is a growing number of dissidents who say they will no longer vote for Labor or Liberals.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time June 18, 2014 at 8:20 am

Kay, I think there are people who deliberately stir up conflicts in the Middle East for their own gain. Despite some of the horrible stories reported in the media, lots of Muslim women are now receiving an education.

The point of the whole thing? That would be the worldwide redistribution of populations and wealth and the ongoing development of economic unions throughout the world, which also achieve the same end.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time June 18, 2014 at 8:30 am

Another point: The United Nations does not wish to develop democracy in the Middle East. It aims to take democracy away from every nation on Earth and replace it with a global corporate neo-communist regime.

The United Nations and its bankers have a vested interest in setting people of various faiths and denominations against one another, and will continue to use ongoing conflicts as an excuse to wipe out all but the Greens Climate Change religion.

In Australia in 2013 and 2014, both Labor and Liberals (at both state and federal levels) have tried to make attacks on the Constitution and our democratic rights and freedoms. At the same time, pressure is mounting for a Bill of Rights from which some traditional rights are likely to be excluded.

Comment from Kay
Time June 18, 2014 at 3:36 pm


You can rattle on and on about the dastardly “UN and its bankers”, and other worldwide conspiracies, but there is nothing as powerful as religious hatred. And that is what is enveloping the Middle East. The US invasion has brought more educational opportunities for women, but that will all end once the US influence is gone. It seems genocide and barbaric atrocities are the norm in these centuries-long battles between the various Muslim groups. When the US invaded Iraq, much of the world supported the move to get rid of Saddam Hussein, but in hindsight, the US’s original support of Saddam resulted in a more stable Iraq. And the US itself knows that it stuffed up the peace process in Iraq by its hamfisted lack of understanding of the power of these religious divisions. It seems only ruthless dictators can control the unfortunate outcomes of these overwhelming religious hatreds.

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