Archive for 'Neoliberalism'
The other day Australia’s Finance Minister, Matthias ‘the terminator’ Cormann, called Opposition leader Bill Shorten an economic girlie man. Unlike the book of Matthew (and the neoliberals) I don’t believe the poor will always be with us. They are a creation of capitalism. We have enough in Australia (and indeed globally) to feed, house and educate everyone. Only by overthrowing the system that produces want among plenty can we eradicate poverty. That doesn’t make me girlie, manly, boyish or feminine. It makes me a socialist.
A great meme which captures what is so wrong with this Abbott/Hockey Government, a more vicious but less successful version of neoliberalism than Labor when in government.
Hot off the presses, my article in the Journal of the Australasian Tax Teachers Association on Neoliberalism in Australia and the Henry Tax Review.
The fact that over 100000 people turned out across Australia to demonstrate against this Government should give us hope that we can continue the fight and build a mass movement against Abbott and neoliberalism. Let’s try anyway and see what happens.
The best way to defend the Left from successful ruling class attacks in Australia on our right to organise is to politically destroy Stalinism in Australia by building a left absolutely free from any of its influences. The immediate task in doing that paradoxically is to defend the rights of the new Stalinists like Tim Anderson to organise, to speak and to work.
So you haven’t heard about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement? This is not surprising since it is being negotiated in secret. So afraid is the Australian government of its citizens knowing details about what is being negotiated that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade banned journalists from a public briefing on the TPP.
I have just uploaded a paper on neoliberalism in Australia and the Henry Tax Review on SSRN.
In the paper I examine the neoliberal nature of Australia’s Future Tax System Report, the Henry Tax Review.
Let’s move to a totally renewable energy Australia by 2025. In my opinion that won’t happen without a social revolution, a mass upsurge of working people to move away from concepts of profitability to satisfying human need democratically. As a slogan of the left says ‘System change, not climate change.’
We need a democratic revolution and workers’ state based on production to satisfy human need, not to make a profit, to move as soon as possible to a renewable energy economy.
Clearly that is not on the agenda in Australia at the moment. But with the failure of the Greens’ nicely nicely let’s not upset the parliamentary applecart, maybe the time has come for the Greens to abandon respectability and lead a campaign of demonstrations and civil disobedience to force governments to address climate change.
The ANU exposes the reality of Labor’s university cuts: cutting jobs and wages and increasing workloads
As the BLF used to say: ‘If you don’t fight, you lose.’ The stark choice facing students and staff at Universities today is to fight to defend higher education or to surrender.
First, Labor should, but won’t, abandon its nearly 40-year infatuation with neoliberalism. It should introduce a serious super profits tax on the mining companies, raise the tax rates on those at the top end back to where they were under Malcolm Fraser and end the concessions on capital gains.
Labor should, but won’t, lift restrictions on union rights to strike, scrap the bosses’ ability to lock out workers at will and peg the minimum wage to a decent share of average earnings.