Archive for 'Saturday’s socialist speak out'
It’s the obverse of a bear farting in the woods. Everyone heard former New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell let one rip at the Independent Commission Against Corruption hearing and within a day he had resigned. Yet all the other ruling class bears are destroying our olfactory and other senses and no one gives a shit.
The revenue forgone on tax concessions for superannuation at $45 bn will soon be more than the cost of the pension (over $40 bn). Of that $45 bn in tax concessions $10 to $15 bn will go to the top 10% of income earners. Yet Australia’s greatest Treasurer, Joe Hockey, wants to rein in expenditure on the pension by for example extending the access age to 70 (after Labor increased it to 67 over time by 2023) and tightening up the asset test to perhaps include the family home. Priorities.
According to the OECD Australia has one of the lowest pensions of any member countries (Turkey and Mexico are lower) and 35% of Australian pensioners live in poverty. Priorities.
The Labor Party is taking George Brandis’s ‘right to be bigoted’ seriously. Their number one Senate candidate in Western Australia is a reactionary anti-working class bigot. That says it all about Labor really.
Abbott had his bonfire of red tape last week. Meanwhile at Morwell the bonfire of deregulation has severely disrupted the lives of thousands of residents and the health of many, since the fire spread to the deregulated Hazelwood open cut mine about a month ago.
I’ll leave it up to readers today to comment on whatever is on their mind, within reason. The march in March, Sinodinos, missing aeroplanes, Crimea, Russia and Ukraine, Manus Island, Reza Berati, Syria, the non-existent Opposition, the forthcoming WA Senate election, the Budget in May … whatever. Go for it.
What Labor’s neoliberalism does is pave the way for right wing Liberal governments whom Labor then tries to outbid with right wing Labor policies. It is the dance of neoliberalism – right foot, right foot, right foot, the two parties jowl to flabby jowl and going round and round in an ever diminishing circle of free style neoliberalism.
Many of the reactionary forces in Venezuela have mobilised against the democratically elected left wing capitalist government. Socialists must support the government but recognise, like the Bolsheviks defending Kerensky against Kornilov, that the resolution of the crisis is socialist revolution. If workers were to mobilise in defence of Maduro as the working class it would open up that possibility.
There will be candlit vigils across Australia for murdered asylum seeker Reza Berati on Sunday from 8 pm. The one in Canberra is on Saturday night from 7.30 pm in Garema Place. This GetUp! link has details for most cities.
Australian bosses and their Abbott Government are about to go on the offensive against workers and unions and Paul Howes has waved his own white flag of surrender before even one major battle. He is a class traitor. We need to fight, and we need to learn that we need to fight. Worse, Howes’ mates at the Australian Council of Trade Unions also have no idea about how to resist the Government. They are the white flag brigade in waiting.
Maybe the time has come to organise freedom flotillas in which Australian citizens use their Australian ships and boats to bring asylum seekers from Indonesia to Australia and disperse them into protection networks in Australia.